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In day one of THR’s Berlin Film Festival Daily, David Bowie gets the biopic treatment, Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai discusses cutting down his martial arts epic The Grandmaster for international audiences and the European Film Market emphasizes serious, adult-oriented dramas.
Bowie/Pop Biopic Gets Greenlight
Brit producers Altered Image have joined forces with Berlin-based Egoli Tossell Film to co-produce Lust for Life, a new biopic about the legendary collaboration between popstars David Bowie and Iggy Pop in 1970s West Berlin.
Q&A: Wong Kar-wai
Seated in a hotel suite off Place Vendome in Paris, Wong Kar-wai is in fine spirits. You would never know he has just flown in overnight from Bangkok, where he was working around the clock to finish the international cut of his latest release, the martial arts epic The Grandmaster. The new version that opens the Berlinale is about 13 minutes shorter and also went through a small change in structure. Grandmaster has already been released in China to positive reviews and generated nearly $45 million at the box office, giving Wong his first bona fide blockbuster. As the film makes its international premiere Thursday night at the Berlinale Palast, audiences will be treated to a mix of stunning action choreography (by Yuen Woo-ping) and Wong’s trademark melancholy. Wong, who also presides over the festival competition jury, talked with The Hollywood Reporter about the last-minute fine-tuning of a project he conceived nearly 17 years ago and what the film says about contemporary China.
Adult-Oriented Dramas on the Rise
The aging gun-toting action hero is being taken down by a stealthy, fragrant-fresh adversary as adult-themed movies, particu- larly those designed to reach social media-savvy women, clamor for market attention.
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