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Turkish TV to Remake Israeli Drama ‘Shtisel’

Turkey’s OGM Pictures has acquired remake rights to produce a local-language adaptation of Shtisel, the hit Israeli television drama carried on Netflix in the U.S. The Turkish show, Ömer, will track the same basic plot as the Israeli original, which follows Akiva Shtisel (Michael Aloni), a bachelor living in Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood with his aging […]

Venice: Festival Reads Statement From Imprisoned Iranian Director Jafar Panahi

Imprisoned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has sent a message of defiance to the Tehran regime. Panahi, one of Iran’s most acclaimed directors, whose latest film No Bears screens in competition at the Venice Film Festival next week, was arrested in Tehran last month and is currently serving a six-year prison sentence. But from his prison cell, Panahi sent […]