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Berlin: Online Market Wraps With Record Dealmaking

It was all-online (again!) this year, but that didn’t stop business from getting done. Berlin’s European Film Market wrapped its second virtual European Film Market with a “record number of deals” signed during the 2022 event, according to EFM director Dennis Ruh, who pointed to Sony Pictures’ $60 million worldwide prebuy for Tom Hanks project […]

Berlin Film Festival Faces Future Challenges After In-Person, COVID-Era Edition

The rain came down in a cold drizzle outside the Berlinale Palast on Wednesday night as, inside, Berlin Film Festival jury president M. Night Shyamalan unveiled that Carla Simón’s sun-drenched Spanish drama Alcarràs, had won the 2022 Golden Bear for best film. It was a popular choice — most critics warmed to Simón’s bittersweet tale […]

Berlin Hidden Gem: Dito Tsintsadze’s Genre Mash Up ‘Roxy’

Asked to describe his new film, Roxy, director Dito Tsintsadze compares it to a mashup of two of his favorite Coen Brothers’ films: Fargo and The Man Who Wasn’t There. “We have this sort of faceless man, a taxi driver, like the barber in The Man Who Wasn’t There, a man who doesn’t believe in […]

Berlin: Icelandic Drama ‘Beautiful Beings’ Wins Europa Cinemas Label Award

Beautiful Beings, the second feature from Icelandic director Guomundur Arnar Guomundsson has won this year’s Europa Cinemas Label prize as best European film in the Panorama section of the 2022 Berlin International Film Festival. A jury of four arthouse exhibitors, representing the Europa Cinemas network, announced the award Wednesday. The coming-of-age drama was a critical […]

Berlin: ‘Helsinki Syndrome’ Inks European Sales

Helsinki Syndrome, a new conspiracy thriller from Finnish producer Fisher King (Bordertown), has sold across Scandinavia and the Netherlands ahead of its national premiere. Created by Bordertown showrunners Mikko Oikkonen and Juuso Syrjä, the eight-part drama series is billed as a modern-day Robin Hood story. It stars Peter Franzén (Vikings) as Elias Karo, a desperate […]

Berlin: Claire Denis on Directing Juliette Binoche and Vincent Lindon in ‘Both Sides of the Blade’

Both Sides of the Blade, the new film from French auteur Claire Denis, wasn’t supposed to happen. After making her English-language debut with the sci-fi drama High Life (2018), starring Robert Pattinson, Mia Goth, Juliette Binoche and André 3000, the 75-year-old director was set to head to South America to shoot The Stars at Noon, […]

Berlin: The Red Carpet May Be Empty, But the Market Is Red-Hot

In-person, this year’s Berlin Film Festival has been subdued and often somber, with a paucity of big stars, sparsely-attended red carpets and, largely due to the festival’s strict COVID regulations, a distinct lack of glitz and glamour. Online, Berlin’s all-virtual European Film Market (EFM) is red-hot though. Sony Pictures’ huge, $60 million deal for worldwide […]

Shooting Stars Add a Touch of Glamour to COVID-Restricted Berlin Film Festival

There’s been a lack of glamour and star power at this year’s Berlinale —hardly surprising given that the 2022 festival is being held under strict COVID-19 safety measures, with enforced masking, social distancing and a ban on parties and after-event galas. But 10 of Europe’s most exciting up-and-coming talents made it to the German capital […]

Berlin: Andreas Dresen on His Long Journey to Make Guantanamo Drama ‘Rabiye vs. George W. Bush’

Since 2008, when he first read the memoir Five Years of My Life: An Innocent Man in Guantanamo, Andreas Dresen has been trying to tell author Murat Kurnaz’s story. Kurnaz, born in Bremen, Germany, to Turkish immigrant parents, was just 19 in December 2001 when, returning home from a trip to Pakistan, he was detained, […]

Berlin: Studio Break-In Disrupts European Film Market Online Sessions

Looks like Berlin is becoming the new Cannes. But not in a good way. On Thursday night, thieves broke in and stole key equipment from the studio where the European Film Market was recording the online sessions for its 2022 virtual events. The brazen break-in brings to mind similar robberies in Cannes, where smash-and-grab gangs […]

Berlin: Capital Motion Picture Takes Cycling Biopic ‘The Pantani Affair’ for North America

Capital Motion Picture Group has picked up North American rights to the Italian cycling biopic The Pantani Affair, about the mystery surrounding the decline and death of legendary Italian Tour de France and Giro d’Italia winner Marco Pantani, who died tragically at the age of 34. Iuvit Media Sales, which is handling world sales on […]

Berlin: Tim Blake Nelson, Clifton Collins Jr. Join Millennium’s ‘Bricklayer’ (Exclusive)

Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Old Henry) and Clifton Collins Jr. (Star Trek, Westworld) have signed on to co-star alongside Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev in Bricklayer, the new action-thriller from director Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger), which Millennium Media is producing and selling at Berlin’s virtual European Film Market this week. Eckhart headlines […]