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‘The Souvenir’ Gifted Best Weekend Average; ‘Trial By Fire’ is Burned: Specialty Box Office

‘The Souvenir’ Gifted Best Weekend Average; ‘Trial By Fire’ is Burned: Specialty Box Office
The specialty box office is still in the doldrums as summer approaches, save for some breakouts. Showing some zest this weekend was Sundance’s The Souvenir from filmmaker Joanna Hogg, taking the weekend’s highest per theater average at $21,463. The A24 title starring newcomer Honor Swinton Byrne as well as her real-life mother Tilda Swinton (who plays her mother in the feature) and Tom Burke grossed $85,851 in four theaters.

“The film played to younger and older audiences in both markets this weekend with critics championing Honor Swinton Byrne’s heartbreaking and star-making performance in an expertly crafted romantic drama as one of the best of the year,” touted A24 Sunday.

How the film continues in the box office remains to be seen, but there’s already a sequel on the docket. “It’s a sign of confidence from investors in the project,” said The Souvenir producer Luke Schiller earlier this week.
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‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Tops ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With $57 Million Opening

‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Tops ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With $57 Million Opening
This weekend was a big one at the box office for Lionsgate, as “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum” gave the studio its biggest opening weekend since the “Hunger Games” series ended back in November 2015. The latest chapter in the story of the vengeful assassin has earned an opening of $57 million from 3,850 screens, nearly double the $30 million opening earned by “John Wick: Chapter 2” in 2017.

At a time when many studios are acquiring recognizable franchises for four-quadrant appeal, “John Wick” was developed entirely in-house at Lionsgate with writer/creator Derek Kolstad and director Chad Stahelski, growing from a cult favorite in 2014 to a potent R-rated summer action title. Critics and audiences have praised the film’s signature fight sequences, giving “Chapter 3” an 88% score on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- on CinemaScore.

As for “Avengers: Endgame,” which saw its time atop the box office charts come to an end this weekend, falling to No.
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‘Hitsville: The Making of Motown’ Acquired by Showtime for U.S.

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‘Hitsville: The Making of Motown’ Acquired by Showtime for U.S.
Polygram Entertainment, Universal Music Group’s film and television division, along with Capitol Music Group, Motown Records and Fulwell 73 announced today that “Hitville: The Making of Motown” has been acquired by Showtime for release in North America with plans for a fall premiere, and Altitude for theatrical release in the UK and Ireland. The feature-length documentary chronicles the enormous success and enduring cultural impact of Motown Records, which will be celebrating its 60th anniversary this September. Endeavor Content brokered both deals and represents the project worldwide.

Directed by Gabe and Ben Turner, “Hitville: The Making of Motown” focuses on the period beginning with the birth of the company in Detroit in 1958 until its relocation to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. The story of Motown is told through interviews with the label’s visionary founder, Berry Gordy, and many of its superstar artists and creative figures, as well as
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New Lucrecia Martel title among 14 projects selected for Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund

12 titles for script and development; two titles on the co-production scheme.

International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr)’s Hubert Bals Fund (Hbf) has selected 14 projects for its 2019 spring funding round, which will receive a total of €208,000 between them for various measures of advancement.

12 of the projects will get €9,000 each from the Hbf for script and project development, with two co-productions chosen to receive €50,000 each from the Netherlands Film Fund (Nff) and Hbf co-production scheme, with the Nff providing that money.

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The script and development selection is split into two strands: Bright Future, for feature films
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5 Burning Questions for Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ in Cannes

5 Burning Questions for Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ in Cannes
On Tuesday, Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” will make its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. So what do festivalgoers most want to know about the movie’s debut in the south of France?

1. How long will Tarantino’s standing ovation be?

It’s not a question about if a movie will get a standing ovation in Cannes — almost all of them do. The real question is: How long will audiences at the Palais clap for Tarantino? It will have to be lengthy to beat the five minutes of cheers that “Rocketman” received with Elton John in the audience.

2. Will there be Oscar buzz?

Tarantino’s last collaborations with Brad Pitt (“Inglourious Basterds”) and Leonardo DiCaprio (“Django Unchained”) both resulted in many Oscar nominations, including best picture. Unless Tarantino has completely missed the mark, expect the Oscar buzz to start as soon as the ovation is over.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’
The title of Céline Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” implies that her subversively seductive film will focus on the subject of its eponymous painting — an 18th-century woman who refuses to pose, in defiance of the arranged marriage into which she’s being forced — when it’s just as much a portrait of the artist responsible. How fitting, when one considers that Sciamma, the writer-director of “Water Lilies,” has adoringly crafted this project for that film’s star, Adèle Haenel, who beguiles audiences here with all that’s hidden behind her mysterious Mona Lisa smile.

One of four female-made features to premiere in competition at this year’s Cannes film festival, “Portrait” dares to engage directly with the questions of representation and gender that seem to have flummoxed the film industry of late, broadening its focus to the subject of womanhood itself at a time documented almost exclusively by men.
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Meet Rose Garnett, the mastermind behind Britain’s best movies

The head of BBC Films is worshipped by everyone from Rachel Weisz to Steve McQueen. How did an ex-heroin addict become the biggest hitmaker in British cinema?

Once upon a time, movie moguls were cinema’s biggest mystery. Wreathed in cigar smoke and secrets, the puppet masters who ran the studios were even less knowable than the stars they made and broke.

That is no longer true. Since the fall of Harvey Weinstein, cinema’s big backstage players must be an open book. Press is now necessary – and, for most, highly desirable.
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Remake opportunities tempt buyers on Croisette

Chile’s ’No Filter’, Argentina’s ’A Boyfriend For My Wife’, Thailand’s ’Bad Genius’ among big draws

Remake rights have been doing a roaring trade in Cannes. South Korea’s Company L has acquired Chilean hit No Filter while the Philippines’ Glimmer Entertainment has bought the Argentinian rom-com A Boyfriend For My Wife.

Both deals were done by Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks, one of the world’s most active purveyors of remake rights. Spain’s Latido Films has assembled an inaugural remakes sales slate where titles include the Argentinian thriller 4x4, a hit at Ventana Sur last December,
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Art House, Alpha Violet strike deal for Yaron Shani's love trilogy

Stripped, Chained and Reborn heading to French cinemas.

Fledgling Paris-based distributor Art House has acquired French rights to all three titles in Israeli director Yaron Shani’s trilogy of films revolving around the theme of love – Stripped, Chained and Reborn.

Art House was launched last year by former EuropaCorp distribution executive Eric Le Bot, who also runs the Version Originale label.

Le Bot plans to release the titles of Chained and Reborn a week apart, as mirror works, one focused on a male character, the other on a female protagonist.
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​New Europe closes fresh deals on 'A White, White Day' (exclusive)

Territories include Poland, Norway and Switzerland.

New Europe Film Sales has closed fresh deals on its Critics’ Week hit A White, White Day by Icelandic director Hlynur Palmason.

It has now been bought in territories including Poland (New Horizons Association), Norway (Merfilm), Switzerland (Xenix), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aero), Greece (Weird Wave) and Baltics (Kino Pavasaris).

Hylnur Palmason on his Iceland-set Critics’ Week selection ’A White, White Day’
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New research shows film criticism gender bias

France’s Collectif 50/50, the body which spear-headed the festival gender parity charter has launched a new initiative to investigate the gender split of cinema critics with the EU’s Media programme.

France’s Collectif 50/50, the body which spear-headed the festival gender parity charter as well as the Cannes 82 women red carpet protest last year, has launched a new initiative to investigate the gender split of cinema critics in association with European Union’s Media programme.

“Just as the festivals are important gatekeepers so are the critics,” said Delphyne Besse, one of the co-founders of the Paris-based body. “They remain the
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Terrence Malick, Corneliu Porumboiu films receive matching scores on Screen’s Cannes jury grid

Terrence Malick, Corneliu Porumboiu films receive matching scores on Screen’s Cannes jury grid
Both titles recorded an average of 2.5.

Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Whistlers and Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life are the latest titles to bed down on Screen’s Cannes 2019 jury grid, with both films receiving the same average of 2.5.

Porumboiu recorded consistent scores across his 10 marks, with four threes (good) and four twos (average) broken only by a four (excellent) from Meduza’s Anton Dolin and a one (poor) from Sight And Sound’s Nick James.

The Whistlers stars Vlad Ivanov as a corrupt cop who gets involved in a high-stakes heist, using the secret whistling language spoken on the Spanish island of La Gomera.
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Josie Rourke to direct Catherine Tate in Nan character origins story with Warner Bros (exclusive)

Mary Queen Of Scots director plots feature with Damian Jones producing.

Mary Queen Of Scots director Josie Rourke has boarded This Nan’s Life, an origins story of UK comedian Catherine Tate’s character Nan based on her TV series.

Mathew Horne is reprising his role from the series and subsequent TV spin-offs and will be joined by Katherine Parkinson (Pirate Radio) in the cast.

The feature will explore the origins of the profanity-laden pensioner Joannie Taylor, played by Tate, who first appeared in BBC sketch series The Catherine Tate Show, which ran for three series between 2004 and 2006. It was nominated for six BAFTA Awards,
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New York Asian Film Festival unveils 2019 Screen International Rising Star Asia recipients (exclusive)

New York Asian Film Festival unveils 2019 Screen International Rising Star Asia recipients (exclusive)
Nana Komatsu, Ryu Jun-yeol to receive honours.

Japan’s Nana Komatsu and Ryu Jun-yeol from South Korea will receive this year Screen International Rising Star Asia Award at the 18th New York Asian Film Festival (Nyaff), which runs from June 28-July 14.

Komatsu will receive her honour before the festival’s opening night screening of Bernard Rose’s action epic Samurai Marathon on June 28, and Ryu will receive his award on July 6.

Komatsu is in demand not only as an actor but is known as an influencer and fashion icon. She made her feature debut five years ago as Koji Yakusho
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Hard Brexit could see six million cinema admissions fall

mustNew research from Europa Cinemas was unveiled at Cannes.

A ‘hard’ Brexit, in which the UK leaves the European Union on October 31 with no transition period, could see cinema-going for UK films in Europe and for European films in the UK fall by six million admissions in one year, according to new research from Europa Cinemas, unveiled in Cannes yesterday (Sunday May 19).

The 42 UK cinemas in the EU-backed Europa Cinemas Network would be bounced out with immediate effect, losing all subsidy from Creative Europe to market and distribute European films on their total 91 screens.

Additionally, UK films would no longer
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'Widow Of Silence' finds Belgian buyer for Oration Films

Praveen Morchhale’s Kashmir-set drama premiered at Busan.

Belgian distributor Mooov has picked up Benelux rights from Oration Films here to Praveen Morchhale’s Kashmir-set Widow Of Silence.

The deal for all rights excluding airlines marks the first for the film, which premiered at Busan last year and went on to play at Rotterdam and Goteborg, and won Best Indian Film at Kolkata, and Best Film at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles in April.

Widow Of Silence is the story of a Kashmiri woman trapped inside a Kafkaesque bureaucractic labyrinth as she tries to get a death certificate
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'Three Stooges' reboot lined up at Silver Sword International (exclusive)

'Three Stooges' reboot lined up at Silver Sword International (exclusive)
Iconic comedy follows Larry, Moe and Curly as children in present-day Santa Monica.

Buyers are circling an upcoming sequel to iconic comedy franchise The Three Stooges, which Silver Sword International (Ssi) represents in Cannes and has brought on Canadian director Kirsten Carthew to direct.

Harris Goldberg wrote the screenplay about the central characters Larry, Moe and Curly, who have been reimagined as 11-year-olds in present-day Santa Monica. Michael A. Calace is producing and Harris Tulchin will serve as executive producer.

Ssi acquired production and distribution rights from Los Angeles-based C3 Productions, who made the previous film in the franchise that
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Chile’s Carnada, Spain’s Danidogfilms partner on Pinochet drama (exclusive)

Story will use split timelines to recount redemption story.

Chilean producer Pablo Berthelon of Carnada Films has signed a co-production partnership in Cannes with Spain’s Danidogfilms for their latest collaboration A Thousand Hours, a drama about a terminally ill man’s redemptive journey back to his homeland.

Berthelon has taken a minority position alongside majority co-producer Danidog’s Daniel Ortiz Entrambasaguas, and the partners are here talking to potential additional co-producers and finance sources ahead of an anticipated 2021 production start.

A Thousand Hours (Y Si Adán No Quiere a Eva) will use split timelines to tell the story of
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Jour2fête strikes deals for 'Papicha' (exclusive)

Mounia Meddour’s Un Certain Regard title is heading to Spain, Columbia and Brazil.

Paris-based sales company Jour2fête has revealed first deals for Mounia Meddour’s Un Certain Regard title drama Papicha about a young fashion student who decides to organise fashion show in defiance of rising conservatism at the height of the Algerian Civil War.

The title has sold to Japan (Klockworx), Spain (BTeam), Colombia and Brazil (Cineplex), Taiwan (H20) and Switzerland (Cineworx). Sales chief Samuel Blanc said UK, Mexico, Canada and Italy were under negotiation.

Papicha is produced by The Ink Connection, High Sea Production and Tayda Film,
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Hard Brexit could see 6m cinema admissions fall

New research from Europa Cinemas was unveiled at Cannes.

A ‘hard’ Brexit, in which the UK leaves the European Union on October 31 with no transition period, could see cinema-going for UK films in Europe and for European films in the UK fall by six million admissions in one year, according to new research from Europa Cinemas, unveiled in Cannes yesterday (Sunday May 19).

The 42 UK cinemas in the EU-backed Europa Cinemas Network would be bounced out with immediate effect, losing all subsidy from Creative Europe to market and distribute European films on their total 91 screens.

Additionally, UK films would no longer
See full article at ScreenDaily »
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