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The Match Factory Closes Germany, France, Japan, Spain on ‘Jupiter’s Moon’ (Exclusive)

The Match Factory Closes Germany, France, Japan, Spain on ‘Jupiter’s Moon’ (Exclusive)
Barcelona – Cologne-based The Match Factory, Michael Weber’ sales agency handling foremost auteur-driven world titles such as Semih Kaplanoğlu’s “Grain” and Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama,” has clinched a flurry on sales, including rights to Germany, France, Japan and Spain on “Jupiter’s Moon,” the latest feature of Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó a Cannes Un Certain Regard winner for 2014’s “White God.”

Cannes competition entry “Moon” scooped best picture and best F/X awards on Saturday at Sitges’ 50th International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.

Pyramide has taken “Jupiter’s Moon”‘s rights for France, Nfp for Germany, Wanda Vision for Spain and The Clockworx for Japan. Pyramids will release “Jupiter’s Moon” theatrically on Nov. 11.

“Juipiter’s Moon” has also been licensed to Netherlands (Filmfreak), Norway (Tour de Force), Switzerland (Outside the Box), Bulgaria (Art Fest), Czech Republic (Aerofilms), Portugal (Alambique), Poland (Gutek) and Austria (ThimFilm).

Further territories sold, demonstrating just how wide arthouse film sales can still
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‘Jupiter’s Moon’ Tops Spain’s Sitges Festival

‘Jupiter’s Moon’ Tops Spain’s Sitges Festival
Barcelona — Cannes competition entry “Jupiter’s Moon,” directed by Kornél Mundruczó, took best picture and F/X awards at Sitges’ 50th International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, which wraps Saturday.

Awarded titles suggest a balance between the author-driven, arthouse genre with supernatural elements – such as The Match Factory’s “Jupiter’s Moon,” an existential supernatural thriller with black comedy touches exploring immigrant crisis, terrorism, and the West’s loss of values – and features closely linked to more traditional genres and sub-genres like revenge thrillers and horror Westerns. Notably, two main category awards went to movies directed or co-directed by women. French-Brazilian “As Boas Maneiras” directed by Jualiana Rojas and Marco Dutra won the Critics Award.

Sold by Paris’ Charades and premiering at Toronto’s Midnight Madness, Coralie Fargeat’s feature debut’s “Revenge,” a stylish rape-revenge horror thriller, took best director Fargeat snagged the Citizen Kane Award for an up-and-coming director.

A disturbing
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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ Dazzles 50th Sitges Festival

Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ Dazzles 50th Sitges Festival
Sitges, Spain — Opening with Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” which dazzled critics and audiences alike at the Spanish Festival, the 50th Sitges Festival, a Mecca for genre fanboys and Europe’s biggest fantasy event, looks set to pack some weighty Spanish world premieres: “La Zona,” the fourth original series from Movistar + to see the light of day, a family and crime drama set in the wake of a post nuclear power station meltdown; and “Muse,” an English-language supernatural thriller from Filmax and one of its star directors, Jaume Balagueró, whose [“Rec”] franchise installments have proved a highlight of multiple Sitges events.

Sitges will also world premiere “Errementari – The Blacksmith and the Devil,” a Basque Country-set fantasy horror debut from Paul Urkijo, mentored by Álex de la Iglesia and again sold by Filmax.

The big TV premiere is a departure for Sitges. Del Toro’s humanistic horror and powerful local premieres are not so new to
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Gal Gadot in Talks to Join Bradley Cooper in Thriller ‘Deeper’

Gal Gadot in Talks to Join Bradley Cooper in Thriller ‘Deeper’
Gal Gadot is in early talks to join Bradley Cooper in the MGM thriller “Deeper.”

“White God” helmer Kornel Mundruczo is also attached to the project. Max Landis, who penned the script, will produce with David Goyer and Addictive Pictures. If a deal closes, production is expected to start in the first quarter of 2018.

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The film follows a former astronaut (to be played by Cooper) hired to take a submersible to the deepest part of the ocean. Supernatural events transpire as the vehicle gets closer to its destination.

Following the news that “Wonder Woman” helmer Patty Jenkins closed a deal to direct “Wonder Woman 2,” sources wondered if Gadot would film another movie prior to commencing production on the superhero sequel. The tentpole has become one of the biggest domestic box office hits of the year, grossing more then $411 million in the U.S.
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Gal Gadot In Talks To Join Bradley Cooper In MGM’s ‘Deeper’

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Gal Gadot In Talks To Join Bradley Cooper In MGM’s ‘Deeper’
Exclusive: Gal Gadot is in early talks to join Bradley Cooper in Deeper, the MGM pic that Max Landis scripted and White God helmer Kornel Mundruczo will direct. In the drama, a disgraced astronaut embarks on a mission to reach the bottom of a newly discovered oceanic trench, theorized to be the lowest point on planet Earth. He encounters an increasing level of danger, and soon finds himself in a psychological (and physical) fight against mysterious forces. Landis is…
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Haugesund: Joachim Trier’s ‘Thelma’ Takes Norwegian Critics’ Prize

Haugesund: Joachim Trier’s ‘Thelma’ Takes Norwegian Critics’ Prize
Haugesund, Norway — Director Joachim Trier’s “Thelma,” which opened the 45th Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund on Aug. 20, won the Norwegian Critics’ Prize, one of the top awards at the event which wrapped on Thursday night with the closing night screening of Finnish director Dome Karukoski’s “Tom of Finland.”

Lionized by Norwegian critics – one announcing “a new triumph for Trier”- the director is now bound for Toronto for the film’s international premiere.

Of further big winners at this year’s Haugesund Festival, Swedish director Jesper GanslandtJimmie” – represented by Swedish producer Hedvig Lundgren – took the €50,000 ($59,000) Eurimages Lab Project Prize.

First seen at Goteborg, “Young Dreams,” from Sweden’s “Rojda Sekersöz, about a young woman ex-con’s battle to go straight despite peer pressure and a hostile society, took the Fipresci Intl. Federation of Film Critics’ Prize.

“Artistically we could not have had a better start than ‘Thelma,’ but
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Curzon grabs Cannes titles 'Faces Places', 'Jupiter's Moon' for UK

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Curzon grabs Cannes titles 'Faces Places', 'Jupiter's Moon' for UK
Exclusive: Agnes Varda doc, Hungarian Competition title get UK deals.

UK arthouse stalwart Curzon Artificial Eye has beefed up its slate with the acquisition of two further Cannes titles.

The company has picked up revered Belgian director Agnes Varda’s latest film Faces Places (Visages Villages), which premiered as a special screening. The film is a documentary road-trip in which she travels through rural France with photographer/muralist Jr.

The deal was negotiated with Liz Mackiewicz of Cohen Media Group.​

Screen’s Cannes review called the documentary a “heartwarming road trip”.

Curzon has also moved for Kornél Mundruczó’s Hungarian-German co-production Jupiter’s Moon, which premiered In Competition at Cannes this year. The film follows a young Syrian refugee who is shot down while illegally crossing the border. Terrified and in shock, the wounded man can now mysteriously levitate at will. Thrown into a refugee camp, he is smuggled out by a doctor intent on exploiting his extraordinary
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Joachim Trier’s ‘Thelma’ Opens Nordic Encounter in Haugesund

Joachim Trier’s ‘Thelma’ Opens Nordic Encounter in Haugesund
Norwegian director Joachim Trier – whose latest feature, the English-language “Louder than Bombs,” was Norway’s first contender for the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 36 years and won, among other plaudits, the Nordic Council’s Film Prize – will launch the 45th Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund. Unspooling on Norway’s west coast, it runs Aug. 20-25.

”Trier is one of our most important filmmakers and all his films have been on show here, so of course it is a pleasure to start with ‘Thelma,’” said festival and program director Tonje Hardersen, close to finishing the festival schedule. Starring Norwegian actress Eili Harboe, the film is a supernatural thriller about a young woman who falls in love and discovers she has frightening and inexplicable powers.

Thelma” will be the first of so far 78 films from 24 countries in the program and one of the rather few local entries in this year’s selection, compared
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Sarajevo Film Festival reveals 2017 competition titles

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Sarajevo Film Festival reveals 2017 competition titles
Golden Bear winner Semih Kaplanoglu to present new feature.

The 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 11-18) has unveiled its competition line-up.

Three world premieres and four regional premieres will compete for the festival’s top prize, the Heart of Sarajevo.

Golden Bear-winning director Semih Kaplanoğlu will compete with his latest feature Grain, which has its world premiere in Sarajevo. The film is his first feature since 2010 drama Honey, which won Berlin Film Festival’s top prize and was nominated for three prizes at the European Film Awards.

His new film is a dystopian story set in a world where a genetic crisis leads to massive crop failure. The Match Factory is handling sales.

Also having world premieres in Sarajevo are two debut features: Emanuel Pârvu’s Romanian feature Meda Or The Not So Bright Side Of Things and Gentian Koçi’s Albanian-Greek feature Daybreak.

Among the regional premieres are Rezo Gigineishvili’s Hostages, which premiered
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Andy Vajna Explains How He’s Bringing Hollywood to Hungary

Andy Vajna Explains How He’s Bringing Hollywood to Hungary
Andy Vajna, whose credits during his time as a Hollywood producer included movies from the “Rambo” and “Terminator” franchises, is sitting on a yacht in Cannes’ Old Port surveying the horizon, and all looks fair. His focus nowadays — as Hungary’s film commissioner — is on helping international producers navigate a smooth and successful shoot for their movies in his country, and propelling Hungarian films into the global market. He’s making waves on both fronts.

Hungary is the second-biggest production hub in Europe after the U.K., with international producers attracted by the 25% tax rebate, the skilled crews and the modern production facilities. “We were nowhere five years ago,” Vajna says. Six to eight major international movies shoot in Hungary every year, as well as 10 or so films with an above-average budget. Recent productions have included 20th Century Fox spy thriller “Red Sparrow,” starring Jennifer Lawrence, and Lionsgate’s retelling
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Cannes 2017: 'The Square' wins Palme d'Or; full list of winners

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Cannes 2017: 'The Square' wins Palme d'Or; full list of winners
There were also wins for Sofia Coppola, Joaquin Phoenix and Diane Kruger.

The Competition prizes for the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival have been handed out tonight (28 May) in the Lumiere Theatre, with Ruben Östlund’s The Square winning the coveted Palme d’Or.

Pedro Almodóvar presided over this year’s jury that also included Will Smith, Maren Ade, Park Chan-wook, Paolo Sorrentino, Jessica Chastain, Fan Bingbing, Agnès Jaoui and Gabriel Yared.

Full list of winners below:

Palme D’Or

The Square (Ruben Östlund)

Grand Prix

120 Beats Per Minute (Robin Campillo)

Best Director

Sofia Coppola (The Beguiled)

Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix (You Were Never Really Here)

Best Actress

Diane Kruger (In the Fade)

Jury Prize

Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev)

Best Screenplay

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer and You Were Never Really Here

Camera D’Or

Jeune Femme (Léonor Sérraille)

Best Short Film

A Gentle Night (Qui Yang)

Short Film Special Mention

Katto (Teppo Airaksinen)

70th Anniversary
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Cannes 2017: Competition - full list of winners as they happen

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Cannes 2017: Competition - full list of winners as they happen
19 films are competing for the Palme d’Or.

The Competition prizes for the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival will be handed out this evening (28 May) in the Lumiere Theatre, including the coveted Palme d’Or.

Pedro Almodóvar presided over this year’s jury that also included Will Smith, Maren Ade, Park Chan-wook, Paolo Sorrentino, Jessica Chastain, Fan Bingbing, Agnès Jaoui and Gabriel Yared.

The ceremony begins at around 6:15pm GMT. Watch the red carpet coverage below or Here on mobile.

Full list of winners, as they happen, below:

Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix (You Were Never Really Here)

Best Actress

Diane Kruger (In the Fade)

Jury Prize

Loveless (Andrey Zvyagintsev)

Best Screenplay

The Killing Of Sacred Deer and You Were Never Really Here

Camera D’Or

Jeune Femme (Léonor Sérraille)

Best Short Film

A Gentle Night (Qui Yang)

Short Film Special Mention

Katto (Teppo Airaksinen)

Palme D’Orgrand Prixbest DIRECTORCannes 70 Competition filmsIn the Fade (Fatih Akin
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Cannes 2017 verdict and awards predictions: a festival of sorrow, strength and middle-class woes | Peter Bradshaw

This year’s event took in the migrant crisis, Russian authoritarianism, sulky sculptors – and even introduced us to a loveable pig. There was plenty to enjoy

This year’s Cannes had its overriding theme imposed from without: terrorism. The festival was widely and solidly shocked by the news from Manchester, and the director Thierry Frémaux made an affecting speech from the Palais stage about the need to stand firm with that city and asked for a minute’s silence. Delegates were coming up to Brits all the time and expressing their sympathy. Cannes had had its own scare earlier in the week: a stray bag spotted in an empty auditorium. In went security staff with dogs, a reminder of how convulsed France has been by terrorist outrage – particularly up the coast, in Nice.

But otherwise, the themes of Cannes revolved around the three Rs: refugees, Russia and the ruin of the middle class.
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Jupiter’S Moon (2017) Movie Trailer: An Immigrant Develops a Superhuman Ability

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Jupiter’s Moon Trailer and Poster Kornél Mundruczó‘s Jupiter’s Moon / Jupiter holdja (2017) movie trailer and movie poster star Merab Ninidze, Zsombor Jéger, György Cserhalmi, Mónika Balsai, and Majd Asmi. Jupiter’s Moon‘s “A young immigrant is shot down while illegally crossing the border. Terrified and in shock, wounded Aryan can now mysteriously levitate at will. Thrown [...]

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Out’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Out’
Like an Eastern European Candide, a downsized Slovak power-plant engineer leaves for Latvia, pursuing a dream of a better job and good fishing in the absurdist picaresque “Out,” from feature debutant György Kristóf, who like his protagonist is an ethnic Hungarian Slovak. Although a tad lacking in dramatic oomph, the smartly stylized episodic tale is crammed full of oddball characters and boasts a deeply sympathetic turn from Hungarian actor Sándor Terhes as the protagonist, who sets out on his odyssey with barely more than schoolboy Russian and a vintage fishing pole. Fests most definitely should bite; sales agent Cercamon is closing on several Asian territories and following up on interest from European distributors.

Embracing the opportunity to go out into the world, naïve, fiftysomething Ágoston (Terhes, who has a minor role in competition title “Jupiter’s Moon”) leaves his stoic wife (Éva Bandor) and university student daughter (Judit Bárdos) for
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Cannes 2017. Just Business—Bong Joon-Ho's "Okja"

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The worst of the Cannes slate is often characterized by self-importance mixed with complete wrong-headedness. That’s certainly true of Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Loveless and reportedly even truer of Kornél Mundruczó’s Jupiter’s Moon, both of which are competing for the Palme d’Or this year. But that goes a long way to explaining why unpretentious genre fare can be such a refreshing prospect amidst the arthouse torpor. That’s a slot that, in the competition slate at least, Bong Joon-ho’s Okja should have filled—and for a while, it looks like it may fulfill that promise. Opening ca. 2007 New York with a garish infomercial for the Miranda Corporation, headed by CEO Lucy Mirando (a blonde-wigged Tilda Swinton with bright silver braces), the sequence is a fluid mix of exposition and sprightly satire. World hunger is the problem and Lucy Miranda has the solution: a 10-year competition where
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70th Cannes Film Festival Review – Jupiter’s Moon (2017)

Jupiter’s Moon, 2017.

Directed by Kornél Mundruczó.

Starring: Zsombor Jéger, Merab Ninidze, György Cserhalmi, and Móni Balsai.

Synopsis:

A Syrian refugee is fatally shot as he crosses the border into Hungary. However, he magically heals and rises from the dead, with the added ability of flying. His presence in the country prompts a manhunt but he also earns the unwavering support of a rogue doctor.

Europe’s refugee crisis is given the supernatural treatment in Jupiter’s Moon, a heavy-handed and messy Palme d’Or contender by director Kornél Mundruczó.

The opening card states that Jupiter has 67 moons but only one, Europa, might be capable of supporting life due to its geographical features. Straight away Mundruczó’s mixes his metaphors. Since the film has absolutely nothing to do with outer space or satellites, is this simply an interesting astronomy fact? Or is he implying, rather clunkily, that the European continent
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German Film Budgets Experience Boom Under Merkel

German Film Budgets Experience Boom Under Merkel
The German film industry is cheering Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government for significantly increasing film funding this year, particularly for major international productions.

While total annual funding last year reached nearly €240 million ($261.6 million) from the country’s 10 federal and regional film support agencies, the government has agreed to up the film support budget overseen by German culture and media commissioner Monika Grütters.

This includes the German Federal Film Fund (Dfff), a 20% rebate program vital for major international productions, as well as a separate pot supporting smaller artistic and experimental films. Recent Dfff-funded productions include James Kent’s upcoming historical drama “The Aftermath,” starring Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård; Gore Verbinski’s “A Cure for Wellness”; and Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War.”

In February, Grütters announced an increase in this year’s Dfff budget from $55 million to $81.7 million, with the hike aimed specifically at international co-productions and big-budget domestic films.
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Homegrown German Films Makes Global Showing

Homegrown German Films Makes Global Showing
While German-language films screening at this year’s Cannes Film Festival are scant in number, German talent and market titles nevertheless offer a glimpse of current and upcoming productions, ranging in subject matter from prehistoric adventure and Nazi-era intrigue to modern day terrorism and romance in the face of sorrow.

This year’s crop of local productions follows a standout year for German films, which not only made an impressive showing on the international festival circuit but also at both the domestic and international box office. Maren Ade’s Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann,” a bittersweet comedy about an aging father trying to reconnect with his distant, workaholic daughter, enjoyed a stellar year, winning a slew of international prizes, including five European Film Awards, sweeping this year’s German Film Awards, and leading to Ade’s selection for this year’s Cannes competition jury.

Domestically, the refugee crisis was the focus of
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‘Alien: Covenant’ Soundtrack: Listen to Jed Kurzel’s Score for Ridley Scott’s New Sci-Fi Thriller

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‘Alien: Covenant’ Soundtrack: Listen to Jed Kurzel’s Score for Ridley Scott’s New Sci-Fi Thriller
Fans of the “Alien” franchise will finally get to see Ridley Scott’s latest installment,”Alien: Covenant,” this Friday, May 19. But before heading out to the movies, you can listen to the film’s soundtrack, by composer Jed Kurzel.

Read More: ‘Alien Covenant’ Review: Michael Fassbender Is a Creepy Delight, But It’s Mostly the Same Old Horror Show

In an interview with Dread Central, the Australian singer/composer spoke about the combination of organic and synthetic sounds present in all of the “Alien” movies. “It definitely provided a jumping off point for me,” the composer said. “When I first met Ridley, we talked a lot about these organic-sounding instruments being corrupted either by foreign sounds or from within themselves. Even within the more lush orchestral pieces there are elements suggesting a threatening presence, like breaths and pulses. Ridley was a big fan of the BBC Radiophonic show from the 60’s.
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