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Franka Potente putting the finishing touches to her feature-length directorial debut, Home - Production / Funding - Germany/Netherlands/USA

Jake McLaughlin and Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates will star in Potente’s upcoming drama about an ex-convict. Franka Potente, who made her breakthrough in Tom Tykwer’s Run Lola Run, and then went on to play in big productions such as the The Bourne Identity and Taboo, is readying her feature-length directorial debut, Home. More than a decade ago, in 2006, her short film Digging for Belladonna celebrated its premiere at the Berlinale. Home will tell the story of 40-year-old Marvin Hacks, who comes back to his small Californian hometown after more than 20 years in prison, only to find out that his mother is terminally ill and that the locals have not forgotten the atrocity he committed. Despite the hostility of the people, Marvin tries to reclaim his place in society. He also takes a liking to a young woman, unaware that she is part of the family of the person.
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Efa honours TV series Babylon Berlin - European Film Awards 2019

The brand-new European Achievement in Fiction Series Award goes to Achim von Borries, Henk Handloegten and Tom Tykwer, creators and directors of the series. On the occasion of the 32nd European Film Awards, the European Film Academy is introducing a new award category – the European Achievement in Fiction Series Award. In its first edition, the award is presented to creators and directors Achim von Borries, Henk Handloegten and Tom Tykwer for Babylon Berlin. Efa introduces this new category to reflect the changes in the cinematic landscape and to celebrate the great achievements in European fiction series. As Efa Chairwoman Agnieszka Holland points out: “For younger generations, series are a much more popular format than theatrically released movies and if we want to remain relevant for our audiences, the EFAs need to reflect that.” "With this award, the European Film Academy intends to pay tribute to a ground-breaking series, at...
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European Film Awards adds TV category

European Film Awards adds TV category
German series ’Babylon Berlin’ honoured with inaugural award.

The European Films Awards (EFAs) will honour TV for the first time this year by introducing the European achievement in fiction series award.

German series Babylon Berlin is the first recipient of the prize. It is written and directed by Achim von Borries, Henk Handloegten and Tom Tykwer, with the trio set to collect the prize at the Efa award ceremony on Dec 7 in Berlin.

In a statement, the European Film Academy explained that it introduced the new award to “reflect the changes in the cinematic landscape and to celebrate the great achievements in European fiction series.
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‘Pelican Blood’: Katrin Gebbe’s Astonishing Psycho-Drama Opens The Door To A Pint-Sized Psycho [Tiff Review]

Following a general pattern of decline since its ‘20s golden age, over the past two decades, Germany has seen a moderate revival of its limited—and drastically underfunded—film industry. Even so, despite a greater output of movies and higher box office returns, few recent German productions achieved mainstream success. Wolfgang Becker’s ingenious tragicomedy “Good Bye, Lenin!” and Tom Tykwer’s disturbing psychological thriller “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” are two internationally-acclaimed exceptions that prove the rule.

Continue reading ‘Pelican Blood’: Katrin Gebbe’s Astonishing Psycho-Drama Opens The Door To A Pint-Sized Psycho [Tiff Review] at The Playlist.
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German distributor X Verleih appoints Milada Kolberg as head of acquisitions

She had previously worked at Senator Film, Atlas Film & Medien and her own company Mk Film Consulting.

Milada Kolberg has been appointed to the newly created position of head of acquisitions at Berlin-based distributor X Verleih, with responsibility for acquiring new projects and completed films from Germany and internationally for distribution.

Kolberg, who arrives in Locarno today (August 8) on the lookout for new titles at the festival, took up her position at X Verleih at the beginning of August.

She had previously served as head of acquisitions and sales at Senator Film, Atlas Film & Medien and, most recently, managed her own company,
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Berlinale Talents Open for Emerging Talents

Berlinale Talents Open for Emerging Talents
Applications are now open for Berlinale Talents 2020!

This is your chance to join the world’s top 250 emerging filmmakers for a transformative week of talks, screenings, workshops and networking from February 22–27, 2020. Boost your career with invaluable creative input from the leading lights of the industry and forge lasting contacts with peers from all over the world.

Apply by September 2, 2019, 23:59 (Cest)

Details at www.berlinale-talents.de

Who Can Apply

Actors — Cinematographers — Directors — Distributors — Editors — Film critics — Producers — Production designers — Sales agents — Screenwriters — Score composers — Sound designers.

Berlinale Talents is aimed at filmmakers and series creators in the early stages of their careers who have made two or more shorts, a feature film or a high-quality series that have screened internationally or won awards.

See application details and video.

Questions? Email talents@berlinale.de

Summit

Over 40 talks and screenings offer insights into the brightest creative minds in the industry.

Recent guests
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Spy Series Based on Real-Life ‘Isdal Woman’ Mystery in the Works (Exclusive)

  • Variety
The enduring real-life mystery of “Isdal Woman” will be the subject of a new spy thriller series.

Handwritten Pictures, part of Stefan Arndt and Tom Tykwer’s X Filme, and Beta Film’s “Undercover” producer Good Friends are the German producers. Fenes Film is the Norwegian partner. Beta Film will handle distribution and take the project to market. German and Norwegian broadcasters are expected to be announced shortly.

Isdal Woman has fascinated people for almost 50 years, with the BBC reporting new findings as recently as this week. The case began in 1970 when hikers found the body of a woman in the Isdalen Valley on the west coast of Norway. Initially considered a suicide, the case took a mysterious turn when evidence came to light showing she was in possession of fake identities, fueling speculation that she may have been a Cold War spy. Her identity has still not been established.
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Franka Potente Enlists Kathy Bates, Jake McLaughlin for Directorial Debut ‘Home’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Franka Potente Enlists Kathy Bates, Jake McLaughlin for Directorial Debut ‘Home’ (Exclusive)
German actress Franka Potente will be making her directorial debut with “Home,” a California-set redemption drama starring Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates, Jake McLaughlin and Lil Rel Howery.

Jonas Katzenstein and Maximilian Leo at leading German film production company Augenschein Filmproduktion developed the story and will produce together with Bac Films Prods.’ David Grumbach, Leontine Petit and Erik Glijnis at the Dutch banner Lemming Films, and Christine Günther and Chevy Chen at German outfit Fireglory.

Bac Films has picked up international sales rights to “Home” and will distribute the film in France.

“Home” tells the story of Marvin Hacks (McLaughlin), who comes home after more than 20 years in prison and finds out that, even after two decades, his small American hometown has not forgotten the atrocity he committed. Despite the confrontation and hostility from the locals, Marvin will do what it takes to reclaim his place in society.

“‘Home’ is a
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Mya-Lecia Naylor, 16-Year-Old Cloud Atlas Star, Dies Suddenly After Collapsing

Mya-Lecia Naylor, 16-Year-Old Cloud Atlas Star, Dies Suddenly After Collapsing
We've got some very sad news to pass along today, as British child star Mya-Lecia Naylor has passed away. The actress reportedly died after collapsing earlier this month, although the cause of death has not yet been determined. Although the majority of Naylor's acting roles were in British movies and TV series, she appeared in the 2012 movie Cloud Atlas along with Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, which was released in the United States. The news was confirmed by the BBC's children's network, Cbbc, in a statement referring to Naylor as a "much-loved part of the BBC Children's family and a hugely talented actress, singer and dancer." With a bright future still ahead of her, Naylor was only 16 years old.

Written by The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, the fantasy movie Cloud Atlas was adapted from the David Mitchell novel of the same name. With multiple plots taking place across six different eras,
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‘Babylon Berlin 3’ Sells to More Than 35 Countries, Including Netflix for U.S. (Exclusive)

‘Babylon Berlin 3’ Sells to More Than 35 Countries, Including Netflix for U.S. (Exclusive)
The international popularity of Germany’s “Babylon Berlin” shows no signs of abating.

Season 3 of the lavish historical crime drama, written and directed by Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries and Henk Handloegten, has sold in more than 35 countries, including China, where Lemon Tree Media nabbed the rights, and Brazil, where it was picked up by Blue Entertainment.

Produced by X Filme Creative Pool, Ard Degeto, Wdr, Sky and Beta Film, “Babylon Berlin 3” is based on “The Silent Death,” the second novel by Volker Kutscher featuring detective Gereon Rath.

Netflix will continue streaming the show in the U.S., Canada and Australia, while Telefonica’s Movistar+ acquired it for Spain and Mediawan for France. Nrk picked it up for Norway and Telenet for Belgium, while Yle took it for Finland and Dr for Denmark.

Beta Film will premiere the first footage of the new season of “Babylon Berlin” at its traditional brunch at MipTV on Tuesday.
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Body of work by Anne-Katrin Titze

Touch Me Not director Adina Pintilie: "Einstürzende Neubauten and Blixa Bargeld it's very important. It has always been. In particular the piece that you hear in the film. Melancholia speaks about the subconscious of the city." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the 68th Berlin Film Festival, the jury, led by Tom Tykwer, with Cécile de France, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Stephanie Zacharek, Chema Prado, and Oscar-winning producer Adele Romanski of Barry Jenkins' Moonlight and Independent Spirit winner If Beale Street Could Talk, gave the Golden Bear to Adina Pintilie's Touch Me Not, produced by Philippe Avril, and Bianca Oana.

Adina Pintilie: "I think you can find an emotional mirror of what happens within the characters." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Pintilie's début feature, shot by George Chiper, bested such films as Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, David Zellner and Nathan Zellner's Damsel, Christian Petzold's Transit, Benoît Jacquot's Eva, Cédric Kahn
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Netflix Greenlights First German-Language Films

Netflix Greenlights First German-Language Films
After dipping its toe into German TV with supernatural mystery series Dark and the crime drama Dogs of Berlin, Netflix is diving into film production "auf deutsch," meaning "in German," giving the green light to a trio of German-language features.

The streaming giant is set to begin production this spring on the young adult rom-com Isi & Ossi, the supernatural social drama Freaks, and Betongold, described as a satire set against the backdrop of Berlin's real-life real estate bubble. All three will premiere on Netflix worldwide in 2020.

Tom Tykwer's X Filme will produce Isi & Ossi with Oliver Kienle, a writer ...
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Berlin’s Dieter Kosslick’s Roots Grow Deep in Film Biz

  • Variety
Berlin’s Dieter Kosslick’s Roots Grow Deep in Film Biz
Before taking the reins at the Berlin Film Festival in 2001, Dieter Kosslick had already racked up a number of impressive accomplishments in the domestic and international film sectors, and he immediately put that know-how to work in expanding and re-shaping Germany’s premier film event.

Kosslick is being honored with Variety’s Achievement in International Film Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

In 1983, Kosslick became managing director of the Hamburger Filmbüro, which oversaw cultural film funding in Hamburg, and later headed the newly launched Film Fonds Hamburg, which provided more commercial-oriented economic film support.

While in Hamburg, in 1986 Kosslick launched a number of groundbreaking, border-crossing initiatives, such as the European Low Budget Film Forum, which attracted then-fledgling filmmakers including Derek Jarman, Stephen Frears and Lars von Trier and later developed into Filmfest Hamburg. That led to the establishment of the EU Media Program and the European Film Distribution Office (Efdo
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‘Groundhog Day’ and 10 Other Movies That Repeat the Same Day Over and Over (Photos)

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‘Groundhog Day’ and 10 Other Movies That Repeat the Same Day Over and Over (Photos)
It’s Groundhog Day!…again. Of course, it wouldn’t be a holiday without reminiscing about the Bill Murray, rom-com classic. Its ingenious concept of imagining what a man would do if he was stuck living the same day over and over again has inspired filmmakers to experiment with this gimmick. You know you have something special when people describe your movie by saying, “It’s like ‘Groundhog Day’ crossed with X.” All of these movies have variations on the time loop storyline, though with all of the repetition, you may only want to watch them once.

“Source Code” (2011)

Jake Gyllenhaal wakes up in someone else’s body eight minutes before a terrorist attack blows up the train he’s riding on. It’s his job to use that time to determine the killer and stop the attack. The movie’s first eight minutes are its best, with the realization
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The Best Films of 2018, According to the Indie Film Community

Every year, critics summarize the year in cinema with top 10 lists, but they’re not the only members of the film community paying attention to the art form all year long. From programmers to publicists, sales agents, and distributors, many of the hardworking influencers behind the scenes are passionate movie buffs tracking the highlights of the year both for work and their personal enjoyment.

So while IndieWire has already provided its own rundowns of the best of 2018, this annual tradition provides an opportunity for the indie film community we cover throughout the year to weigh in. Here’s what they had to say.

Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head, Tiff

“Roma” d. Alfonso Cuaron “The Favourite” d. Yorgos LanthimosWidows” d. Steve McQueenLeave No Trace” d. Debra Granik “If Beale Street Could Talk” d. Barry JenkinsYou Were Never Really Here” d. Lynne RamsayBlack Panther” d. Ryan Coogler “Burning” d.
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Juliette Binoche to head 2019 Berlin jury

Juliette Binoche to head 2019 Berlin jury
The English Patient actress to oversee international jury at the 69th edition of the festival.

Juliette Binoche will serve as president of the international jury at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival.

The Chocolat actress has appeared in more than 70 films. She won both the Berlin Silver Bear, Bafta and an Oscar for her performance in Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient.

Her recent credits include Claire Denis’s High Life and Olivier Assayas’s Double Lives.

Last year’s Berlin jury was led by German director Tom Tykwer – they awarded the Golden Bear to Adina Pintilie’s Touch Me Not.
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Juliette Binoche To Serve As Berlin Film Festival International Jury President

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Juliette Binoche To Serve As Berlin Film Festival International Jury President
French actress and Oscar winner Juliette Binoche will serve as president of the International Jury at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 7 -17) next year. Binoche and her as yet-unannounced jury will judge the festival’s competition lineup and hand out the Golden and Silver Bears.

“I’m very pleased that Juliette is president of the 2019 International Jury,” said Dieter Kosslick, Director of the Berlinale. “The festival shares a strong connection with her, and I’m very happy that she’ll be returning to the festival in this distinguished position.”

“Thank you for this tremendous honour and invitation for your last Berlinale, dear Dieter, it means the world to me! I’m looking forward to this special rendez-vous with the entire jury and will embrace my task with joy and care,” added Binoche.

Feted star Binoche has previously played in Berlin Film Festival movies including The English Patient, Chocolat,
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Film Studio Launches In UK With Duncan Jones’s Rogue Trooper Pic; ‘Babylon Berlin’ Series 3 Underway — Global Briefs

  • Deadline
A disused newspaper factory in the south of England is to be converted into a film studio complex. The Daily Mail printing press in Oxfordshire has been acquired by media company Rebellion, the games developer, motion capture firm and publishing outfit which owns the 2000 Ad comic book IP, which includes Judge Dredd. The complex is being lined up as a home for Duncan Jones’s Rogue Trooper film and Judge Dredd TV show Mega-City One. Six sound stages will be available at the 220,000 sq ft site, which is due to open in the spring. Rebellion founders Jason Kingsley and Chris Kingsley were producers on the 2012 feature film Dredd and set up Rebellion Productions in 2017 to develop and produce film and TV based on the company’s IP. Variety first reported news of the studio.

Shoot on hit German crime series Babylon Berlin by Tom Tykwer, Henk Handloegten and
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‘Perfume’ Trailer: Human Scent Murder Mystery Gets Netflix German TV Treatment

‘Perfume’ Trailer: Human Scent Murder Mystery Gets Netflix German TV Treatment
Just in time for Christmas comes the heartwarming story of “Perfume,” which follows a half-dozen friends so obsessed with the possibilities of smell that the death of one of them dredges up some extremely unpleasant things about their pasts.

The new series is based on the 1985 Patrick Süskind novel “Perfume,” which was previously adapted into the 2006 Tom Tykwer film “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer,” starring a pre-Bond Ben Whishaw, Alan Rickman, and Dustin Hoffman. This new TV venture brings the original story into a modern context, rather than the 18th-century French environs of the novel.

In updating the historical story, this six-part season also gets a detective show twist, with a group of investigators looking into the death of a singer. What they find is a group of one-time school friends, at least one of whom stumbled into the practice of using human scents as the basis for making a one-of-a-kind fragrance.
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Murder for Scent Returns in Modern Adaptation of Perfume [Trailer]

Patrick Süskind's novel "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" has already yielded one excellent adaptation in Tom Tykwer's outstanding movie of the same name but the concept of Süskind's book is being revamped for a new project simply titled "Perfume."

Writer Eva Kranenburg has updated the story to take place in the present and follows a young profiler tracking what appears to be a serial killer responsible for a series of brutal murders. The investigation leads her to a mysterious group formed at a boarding school whose members tried to manipulate people by using human scents.

The six-episode limited series is produced by Constantin Film who previously produced Tykwer's feature film adaptation, and is directed by Philipp Kadelbach who is best known for his
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