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‘House Owner’, ‘Jallikattu’ among Tamil and Malayalam films selected for Iffi this year

Film FestivalSeveral film stars and about 10,000 movie lovers are expected to participate in the 50th International Film Festival of India (Iffi) in Goa this year.Digital NativeThe 50th International Film Festival of India is going to be held at Goa from November 20 to 28, and has several Tamil and Malayalam films that will be screened alongside 200 films from around 76 countries. Among these, 26 are feature films and 15 non-feature films. The Tamil films in chosen to be screened in the feature category are Parthiban's Oththa Seruppu Size 7 and Lakshmi Ramakrishnan's House owner. The three Malayalam films to be showcased are Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Jallikattu, Manu Ashokan’s Uyare, and Tk Rajeev Kumar’s Kolambi. Two Tamil and seven Malayalam films have been selected for the Panorama section. On making it to the Iffi, Parthiban had said in an interview, “I am humbled with the lovely gesture of the jury members,
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Berlinale Series Screenings Names New Head; Industry Events Get Re-Branded

  • Variety
Julia Fidel is the new head of the TV screenings that take place during the Berlin Film Festival.

TV has had an increasingly high-profile role at Berlin, with a series of screenings that are open to the public. There are also industry days and a market, which are being re-branded from Drama Series Days to Berlinale Series Market. The Zoo Palast will remain the chief venue for the screenings and the industry events.

Fidel previously worked for the Panorama and Generation sections of the film festival, and served on the selection committee for the latter. She has also worked on various films as a choreographer and press agent.

“In recent years, serial narration has given the language of cinema a new push, making a big contribution in shaping how we see ourselves through iconic characters or topics,” said Berlinale artistic director Carlo Chatrian. “The Berlinale was the first film festival to embrace this format,
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UK’s New Wave Films buys Cannes quartet, reveals potential release plans (exclusive)

UK’s New Wave Films buys Cannes quartet, reveals potential release plans (exclusive)
Robert Beeson talks about factors that impact release dates of Cannes films.

Robert Beeson’s New Wave Films has snapped up UK theatrical rights to Elia Suleiman’s Cannes Competition title It Must Be Heaven, Un Certain Regard titles Homeward and Fire Will Come, as well as The Cordillera Of Dreams, which was a Special Screening.

New Wave has also bought Jean Paul Civeyrac’s French coming-of-age film, A Paris Education, which had its festival debut in Berlin’s Panorama, from Les Films du Losange.

Suleiman’s It Must Be Heaven and Homeward, by Ukrainian director Nairman Aliev, about a
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The UK’s New Wave Films buys Cannes quartet, reveals potential release plans (exclusive)

Robert Beeson talks about factors that impact release dates of Cannes films.

Robert Beeson’s New Wave Films has snapped up UK theatrical rights to Elia Suleiman’s Cannes Competition title It Must Be Heaven, Un Certain Regard titles Homeward and Fire Will Come, as well as The Cordillera Of Dreams, which was a Special Screening.

New Wave has also bought Jean Paul Civeyrac’s French coming-of-age film, A Paris Education which had its festival debut in Berlin’s Panorama, from Les Films du Losange.

Suleiman’s It Must Be Heaven and Homeward, by Ukrainian director Nairman Aliev, about a
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Emmys: 'Maniac,' 'Romanoffs,' 'Succession' Composers Reveals Unusual Inspirations

Emmys: 'Maniac,' 'Romanoffs,' 'Succession' Composers Reveals Unusual Inspirations
For a composer, scoring a brand-new TV show means creating, from scratch, its musical identity, the sound of the fictional world the audience is experiencing for the first time.

When working with Matthew Weiner on "Panorama," the sixth episode of anthology series The Romanoffs, composer Marcelo Zarvos brought to life Mexico City as seen through the eyes of Abel, a Don Quixote-type dreamer and idealist. As Abel falls in love, he shows the object of his affection the city’s most beautiful sights, from the Metropolitan Cathedral to the ruins of Teotihuacan, and accordingly, Zarvos’ theme is painterly ...
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‘Ray Donovan’ & ‘The Affair’ Composer Marcelo Zarvos On How Music Is ‘The Difference Between Great Acting & Melodrama’ – Crew Call Podcast

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‘Ray Donovan’ & ‘The Affair’ Composer Marcelo Zarvos On How Music Is ‘The Difference Between Great Acting & Melodrama’ – Crew Call Podcast
The ability to paint a nuanced tone, both visually and aurally, can be an impossible task for any filmmaker or TV series creator. It’s what keeps them toiling away in the editing suite. However, Brazilian-born composer Marcelo Zarvos has a keen sensibility when it comes to bringing music to the psychological underpinnings of the drama on-screen.

His twenty-plus career includes such credits as early aught film festival Fox Searchlight darling Kissing Jessica Stein, the Robert De Niro-directed CIA movie The Good Shepherd, Cary Joji Fukunaga’s Honduran-Mexican crime drama Sin Nombre, and Denzel Washington’s Oscar-winning feature adaptation of August Wilson’s play Fences. Zarvos has also become the go-to composer for a number of Showtime series, starting with The Big C and the most recent seasons of The Affair and Ray Donovan.

“I’ve always equated with overacting in music. Nobody wants to see an actor overact.
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Composer Marcelo Zarvos on his ‘love letter to Mexico City’ in ‘The Romanoffs,’ plus ‘Ray Donovan’ and ‘The Affair’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Composer Marcelo Zarvos on his ‘love letter to Mexico City’ in ‘The Romanoffs,’ plus ‘Ray Donovan’ and ‘The Affair’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“This episode is really a love letter to Mexico City,” reveals”The Romanoffs” composer Marcelo Zarvos. The music veteran was enlisted to score an installment of the Matthew Weiner-created Amazon anthology series, which follows a variety of people who believe they are descendants of the Russian royal family. Watch our exclusive video interview with Zarvos above.

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His episode, entitled “Panorama,” centers on a gossip columnist (Juan Pablo Castañeda) who falls in love with a mysterious American woman (Radha Mitchell) visiting Mexico City. The Brazilian-born composer says Weiner wanted “somebody who understood the flavor” of the region to write the score. But at the same time “the music is not scoring contemporary Mexico.” It’s really meant to reflect the main character, who is “a very idealistic, very romantic guy.” So Zarvos created a sound that was closer to “classical Latin American or Spanish music.
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Series Mania: Laurence Herszberg, Frederic Lavigne on the 2019 Edition

  • Variety
Lille, France — Few festival heads are so ready to plunge into questions such as what their lineup suggests about contemporary drama series production as Series Mania’s director general Laurence Herszberg and Frédéric Lavigne. Series Mania was one of Europe’s first TV festivals to push drama series an art-form. Ten years later, it’s still a major focus of conversation with them. Variety chatted to both on the significance of this year’s lineup.

Do you see any trends in this year’s Series Mania selection?

Yes! There are emphases. Migrants and immigration is one major trend, which is interesting because it allow for multiple styles, to be approachedin a funny or dramatic way, or to focus on the lives of the people. It’s a worldwide concern, which is good. Then dystopia is also a major trend. We could say that this owes a lot to Charlie Booker,
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Berlin Film Festival 2019 Winners: Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Takes Golden Bear; Full List Of Winners

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Berlin Film Festival 2019 Winners: Nadav Lapid’s ‘Synonyms’ Takes Golden Bear; Full List Of Winners
Updated with full list of winners: The Berlin Film Festival crowned its winners tonight at a ceremony in the Berlinale Palast. Big winners included Synonyms (Synonymes), which took home the festival’s top prize Golden Bear for Best Film and By the Grace of God, which won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize. I Was at Home, But won the Best Director accolade, and there was a double hit in the acting categories for the Republic of China’s So Long, My Son, which won Best Actor for Wang Jingchun and Best Actress for Yong Mei. Scroll down for a full list of winners.

Golden Bear Best Film winner Synonyms, a French-German-Israeli co-production, was an early favorite at the festival, launching first-timer actor Tom Mercier in the breakout role of a young Israeli man who tries to reinvent himself in Paris, with the help of a Franco-Israeli dictionary that gives the film its title.
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Norwegian Producers Embrace International Co-productions

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Norwegian Producers Embrace International Co-productions
Blessed with scene-stealing natural beauty, Western Norway has served as a breathtaking backdrop for international films such as Alex Garland’s sci-fi drama “Ex Machina” and “Mission: Impossible — Fallout.” But local bizzers say there’s more to the region than meets the eye.

“People may already know that our region is picture perfect,” says Sigmund Elias Holm, of the Western Norway Film Commission, but “it’s also a creative hotbed open to international co-productions, whether it’s controversial docs, uncompromising drama or inventive genre films.”

With Norway the Country in Focus at this year’s European Film Market, 10 rising Norwegian producers will be presented as part of the Norwegian Producers Spotlight at the Efm Producers Hub. A number of industry professionals from Western Norway will also be on hand with new projects showcasing what the region has to offer.

Producer Maria Ekerhovd of Mer Film, whose credits include Ciro Guerra
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Brits Shine a Light on European Auteurs in Berlin

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Brits Shine a Light on European Auteurs in Berlin
The latest films from Agnieszka Holland, Joanna Hogg, Lone Scherfig and Sally Potter will be repped by U.K.-based sales firms in Berlin as the Brits continue to carve out a profile for European auteur-driven movies. Scherfig’s Berlinale opener “The Kindness of Strangers,” Holland’s Stalin-era competition title “Mr. Jones,” and Hogg’s “The Souvenir” from the Panorama sidebar all have U.K. sales agents – HanWay Films, WestEnd Films, and Protagonist Pictures, respectively.

As the Brits enjoy a moment in the sun, the effects of the Brexit clouds on the horizon remain an uncomfortable unknown. An even more pressing issue in recent weeks, however, was the proximity of Sundance to Berlin this year, which put Brits who made the trans-Atlantic trip on a tight schedule.

It was a high-class problem for Cornerstone Films, which is run by industry veterans Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder. It had five films
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Director Jenna Bass Corrals Modern Female Take on the Western at Berlin Festival

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Director Jenna Bass Corrals Modern Female Take on the Western at Berlin Festival
Three women trapped by circumstances and thrown together by fate set out on a cross-country journey of self-discovery in South African director Jenna Bass’ contemporary Western, “Flatland,” which opens the Panorama section of this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

Bass returns to Berlin a year after taking part in the Generations program with the satirical thriller “High Fantasy.” For her third feature, she sought to make a film that’s as much a tribute to a beloved genre as a reimagining of its gender tropes, asking herself, “What do I bring to this…that another filmmaker wouldn’t?”

Starring Faith Baloyi, Nicole Fortuin and Izel Bezuidenhout, “Flatland” is produced by Proper Film (South Africa), Deal Prods. (Luxembourg) and Igc Films (Germany), with support from the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund. Sales are being handled by The Match Factory.

The film follows a lonely policewoman pining for her fugitive boyfriend while
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Casey Affleck Says His Directorial Debut Wasn't a Response to Misconduct Claims

Casey Affleck Says His Directorial Debut Wasn't a Response to Misconduct Claims
Oscar winner Casey Affleck on Thursday said his directorial debut, the indie survival drama Light of My Life, is no personal response to earlier sexual misconduct allegations against him, or the Time's Up and #MeToo movements.

"It's not. I wrote this movie and made this movie before all of those things became part of the conversation, became so much about the global and online culture. And thank god for that," Affleck told a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival, where his film is having a world premiere as part of the Panorama program.

Light of ...
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Koji Fukada Teams With MK2 Films, Kadokawa on ‘A Girl Missing’ (Exclusive)

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Japanese auteur Koji Fukada’s “A Girl Missing” tops the slate of MK2 Films. The shingle also has Agnes Varda’s “Varda by Agnes” and “Jessica Forever” playing at the Berlin Film Festival. MK2 is introducing “A Girl Missing” to buyers at the European Film Market.

“A Girl Missing” reunites Fukada with the star of his Un Certain Regard prize-winning “Harmonium,” Mariko Tsutsui, in the story of a private nurse who has become part of the family she works for until a fateful day when one of the daughters disappears. The media soon reveals the kidnapper to be the nurse’s nephew.

“Anchored by Koji Fukada’s meticulous dissection of flawed and failing family relationships, ‘A Girl Missing’ is a carefully crafted film which will surprise audiences as the story unfolds,” said Juliette Schrameck, the managing director of MK2 Films.

“The sobriety and quiet beauty of the seemingly tranquil setting
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​Cercamon boards Miroslav Terzic's Berlin Panorama title 'Stitches' (exclusive)

Film is inspired by stolen baby scandal that rocked Serbia.

Cercamon has acquired world sales rights for Serbian director Miroslav Terzic’s abducted baby drama Stitches (Šavovi), ahead of its premiere in Berlin’s Panorama section.

The drama is inspired by a recent, real-life stolen baby scandal in Serbia in which hundreds of parents, who were told their babies had died shortly after birth, later claimed they had been stolen.

Serbian cinema and TV star Snežana Bogdanović, who made her big screen debut at the Berlinale in 1989 in Ademir Kenovic’s drama Kuduz, returns 30 years later in the role of
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Producers of 'Better Days' issue statement on Berlinale withdrawal

Producers of 'Better Days' issue statement on Berlinale withdrawal
The Chinese film is no longer in the Generation line-up.

The producers of Chinese title Better Days have issued a statement to say that the film was pulled from Berlin Film Festival official selection because it was not ready in time.

Directed by Derek Tsang, and produced by Goodfellas Pictures and Fat Kids Production, the Hong Kong-China co-production was originally selected to receive its world premiere in Berlin’s Generation 14Plus section.

The statement on the film’s Weibo account said: “I am sorry to inform you that because of post-production reasons, the film Better Days could not participate in
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Berlin completes 2019 Panorama line-up, adds Casey Affleck's 'Light Of My Life'

The final Panorama selection includes 45 films from 38 countries, including 34 world premieres.

The final titles for the 2019 Berlin Film Festival (Feb 7-17) Panorama programme have been revealed.

Among the new additions is Light Of My Life, directed by and starring Casey Affleck and co-starring Elisabeth Moss.

Titles revealed back in December include Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, Seamus Murphy’s Pj Harvey documentary A Dog Called Money and Rob Garver’s documentary What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael.

The final Panorama selection includes 45 films from 38 countries, including 34 world premieres. There are 29 features, 16 documentaries and 19 directorial debuts.

The full list
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Berlin Film Festival Completes Panorama Lineup

The Berlin International Film Festival on Monday unveiled the titles for this year's Panorama sidebar, announcing the final films that will make up the upcoming edition.

Casey Affleck's Light of My Life, a post-apocalyptic drama about a father raising a daughter in a society without women, will have its world premiere in the festival sidebar, whose 2019 slate features a typical mix of the international art house and politically themed dramas that have come to exemplify the Panorama.

The final lineup added a handful of new titles, including the Cuban drama On the Starting Line from director Aldemar Matias, the ...
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Diverse Talents Pepper Variety’s Fifth 10 Europeans to Watch List

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Variety has unveiled its fifth edition of 10 Europeans to Watch, spotlighting 10 rising talents from across the continent who are poised for breakthroughs in 2019. The selection includes emerging actors, directors, showrunners and cinematographers from six countries whose dynamic talents are being showcased on screens big and small, and on both sides of the camera.

The group will be feted at the upcoming Berlin Intl. Film Festival with a luncheon in partnership with Dr. Hauschka at the Gorki Apartments on Feb. 9, and at the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg party that evening at the Ritz-Carlton.

The 2019 10 Europeans to Watch:

French cinematographer and director Marine Atlan has two films screening in Berlin: her directorial feature debut, “Daniel,” premieres in Berlin’s Generation Kplus section and she shot Panorama selection “Jessica Forever.”

German thesp Jonas Dassler toplines Fatih Akin’s Berlin competition pic “The Golden Glove.”

Belgian helmer Bas Devos, whose feature debut, “Violet,” won the Berlin
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‘The Romanoffs': Meet Matthew Weiner’s (Maybe) Royals in First Look Photos, Episode Lineup

  • The Wrap
If we (and we do mean the royal we) weren’t excited for “The Romanoffs” before, we certainly are now, as Amazon has released a batch of first look photos and the Season 1 episode lineup for Matthew Weiner’s new anthology series.

The shot at the top of the page and the first one below are from Episode 102 (‘The Royal We”), which will star Corey Stoll, Kerry Bishé, Janet Montgomery and Noah Wyle. That story centers around a married couple in a rut, faced with their own temptations.

The following two shots are from the premiere episode, “The Violet Hour,” starring Aaron Eckhart, Marthe Keller, Inès Melab and Louise Bourgoin. Here’s Amazon’s description for that one: Set in Paris, an ancestral home holds the key to a family’s future.

Also Read: 'The Romanoffs': Everyone's a Romanoff in First Footage From Matthew Weiner's Amazon Series (Video
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