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In THR’s Day 5 Berlin Festival daily, Iran takes center stage, The Canyons director Paul Schrader is tapped to write The Devil’s Right Hand and The Weinstein Co. nabs vampire film “Blood Sisters.”
Closed Curtain Stirs Debate
While the first half of this year’s Berlinale was dominated by the enigmatic The Grandmaster, the festival’s second half will inevitably be centered around a film even more mysterious: a secretly made piece from a filmmaker currently serving out a 20-year filmmaking ban at home. With Jafar Panahi’s Closed Curtain making its bow at the festival tomorrow, details have remained scant about the efforts that went into not just the making of the film — the festival program describes Panahi actually appearing on screen himself to interact with his two socially ostracized characters — but also the means with which it was transported to Berlin.
Schrader to Pen Devil’s Right Hand
Paul Schrader is attached to pen the screenplay for the upcoming feature The Devil’s Right Hand, a thriller set among modern day advertising executives in New York. The Taxi Driver and Raging Bull scribe will adapt an original story by Danish screenwriter Anders Olholm, moving the action from Copenhagen to New York.
TWC Strikes Deal for U.S. Rights to Vampire Pic Blood Sisters
Hoping for a franchise, The Weinstein Co. has won a bidding war for U.S. rights to Mark Waters’ big-screen adaptation of Blood Sisters, the first book in Richelle Mead’s best-selling Vampire Academy series. Insiders say the deal is valued at north of $30 million, between the acquisition fee and marketing commitment.
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