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Curzon, Cineart, Madman Join Forces on ‘The Offing’

Beta Cinema has closed the first major pre-sales for The Offing, a period drama starring Helena Bonham Carter based on the novel by Benjamin Myers, which Emmy winner Jessica Hobbs (The Crown) will direct. In an unusual move, indie distributors Curzon, Cineart and Madman have jointly acquired all rights for the film in U.K./Ireland, Benelux […]

Berlin: Voltage Picks Up Milli Vanilli Biopic ‘Girl You Know It’s True’

Voltage Pictures has boarded worldwide sales, excluding Germany, on buzzy Milli Vanilli biopic Girl You Know It’s True from Leonine Studios and Wiedemann & Berg Film. The company began shopping the title at Berlin’s European Film Market after a footage showcase for buyers on Thursday. The film follows the spectacular 1980s rise of the Grammy-winning German-French […]

Is China’s Film Sector Opening Its Doors to the World Again?

As China’s post-pandemic reopening gathers steam, film executives in Beijing are feeling cautiously optimistic for the first time in years. Local audiences have cast off their masks and returned to the multiplex, regulators are signaling a relaxing of control, and film professionals are finally traveling freely again to re-engage with international festivals and markets. Beijing […]

Berlin: Gael Garcia Bernal, Renate Reinsve and Berenice Bejo Join Sci-Fi Drama ‘Another End’

There seems to be no end to the supply of new indie projects at this year’s Berlin European Film Market. As the 2023 EFM kicked off Thursday, Newen Connect, the distribution arm of fast-growing production and sales group Newen Studios, added a new title, Another End, with a starry cast and high-concept sci-fi premise that […]

How Hong Kong’s Film Industry Made a Surprise Comeback

Spring has arrived.  For the Hong Kong film industry, the harsh three-year-long winter of the COVID era — with multiplexes forced to close for extended periods, industry professionals losing their livelihoods, and an indifferent administration that didn’t deign to lift a finger to help this once-mighty cultural industry that put the auteurs from the tiny […]

Experimental Collective Soda Jerk on Trump-Era Art Film ‘Hello Dankness’: “Reality Has Started to Feel Baked”

Remember that weird movie from the ’90s that somehow starred Tom Hanks as a Bernie Bro, Annette Benning as a Hilary Clinton stan, Wayne and Garth as alt-right drones, Donald Trump as himself and The Phantom of the Opera in a Vladimir Putin cameo? Well, thanks to the Australian artist duo known as Soda Jerk, […]

Bleecker Street Takes North American Rights to ‘The Return’ Starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche

In one of the first domestic deals ahead of this year’s Berlin European Film Market, Bleecker Street has picked up North American rights to The Return, an historical epic based on Homer’s ancient classic The Odyssey and starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche. Uberto Pasolini, director of Nowhere Special and producer of The Full Monty, […]

Berlin: Buyers Go Buckwild for Jackie Chan Horse Stuntman Movie ‘Ride On’

Jackie Chan’s upcoming stuntman-horse buddy action movie Ride On has sold wide ahead of the European Film Market in Berlin. Hong Kong sales outlet Golden Network has inked distribution deals for the film across North America, Europe and Asia. The film is being sold as an homage to Chan’s classic stuntman movies. Ride On stars […]

With Flood of New Projects, Berlin Market Could Help Solve Industry’s Supply-Side Issues

After a couple of lean years, Berlin is ready to feast. Its European Film Market kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 16 with hundreds of finished films and scores of new packages and projects for every cinematic taste and budget. Even as sellers are still setting up their stands at the EFM’s Martin Gropius Bau headquarters, […]