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Film News Roundup: Michael B. Jordan’s ‘Just Mercy’ to Close Austin Film Festival

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Film News Roundup: Michael B. Jordan’s ‘Just Mercy’ to Close Austin Film Festival
In today’s film news roundup, “Just Mercy” is the closer for the Austin Film Festival, Tyler Christensen’s “Vulture” gets an award and Simon Helberg is cast opposite Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard in “Annette.”

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The Austin Film Festival will close with legal drama “Just Mercy,” starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson, on Oct. 31 at the Paramount Theatre.

Andrew Lanham, who co-wrote the script with director Destin Daniel Cretton, and cast member Tim Blake Nelson will participate in a Q&a.

Just Mercy” is based on the case of Walter McMillian, an African American death-row prisoner who was exonerated in 1993 after being convicted five years earlier for a 1986 murder in Alabama. Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, took on McMillian’s cause in 1988 in his first case as an attorney.

Jordan stars as Stevenson while Foxx portrays McMillian in the Warner Bros. film.
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Simon Helberg Joins Adam Driver & Marion Cotillard In Leos Carax’s Amazon Musical ‘Annette’; France Deal Inked As Cameras Roll

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Simon Helberg Joins Adam Driver & Marion Cotillard In Leos Carax’s Amazon Musical ‘Annette’; France Deal Inked As Cameras Roll
Exclusive: Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory) is joining Oscar-nominee Adam Driver and Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard in Leos Carax’s (Holy Motors) musical romance Annette.

Shoot is underway on Carax’s first English-language film, which is set against the backdrop of Los Angeles. Pic will follow star-crossed lovers: a stand-up comedian (Driver) and a modern opera star (Cotillard), with both Driver and Cotillard doing their own singing. Florence Foster Jenkins star Helberg will take the role of ‘The Conductor’.

The on-off project will bring together U.S. rock band Sparks, which has scripted the movie and is composing original songs, and celebrated music producer Marius de Vries, known for his work on La La Land, Bohemian Rhapsody and Moulin Rouge, who will serve as executive music producer.

Producing are Charles Gillibert’s (Personal Shopper) CG Cinema, Driver and Paul-Dominique Vacharasinthu (The Jesus Rolls) of Tribus P Films.

Amazon Studios will distribute in the U.
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Olivier Assayas on Making ‘Wasp Network’ in Cuba ‘During a Very Tense Time’ (Exclusive)

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Olivier Assayas on Making ‘Wasp Network’ in Cuba ‘During a Very Tense Time’ (Exclusive)
Headlined by Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez, “Wasp Network” is world premiering and competing in Venice, but the Cuba-set film was a long-shot to get made because of its political subject and the difficulties in raising financing, director Olivier Assayas said.

Wasp Network” centers on the true story of Cuban spies in American territory during the 1990s, when anti-Castro groups based in Florida carried out military attacks on Cuba and the Cuban government struck back with the Wasp Network to infiltrate those organizations. Assayas wrote the screenplay, which is based on Fernando Morais’ book, “The Last Soldiers of the Cold War: The Story of the Cuban Five,” published by Companhia das Letras.

Assayas, whose credits include the Golden Globe-winning miniseries “Carlos” and “Personal Shopper,” which won him the best director prize at Cannes, told Variety that Cuban authorities had initially refused to let the film shoot there.

“They first refused
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Venice: Olivier Assayas’ ‘Wasp Network’ Inks Raft of European Sales (Exclusive)

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Orange Studio has pre-sold Olivier Assayas’ “Wasp Network” – the Cuban spy thriller headlined by Penelope Cruz, Gael Garcia Bernal and Edgar Ramirez – to a number of European territories.

Set to world premiere Saturday in competition at the Venice Film Festival, “Wasp Network” centers on the true story of Cuban spies in American territory during the 1990s, when anti-Castro groups based in Florida carried out military attacks on Cuba and the Cuban government struck back with the Wasp Network to infiltrate those organizations. Assayas wrote the screenplay, which is based on Fernando Morais’ book, “The Last Soldiers on the Cold War: The Story of the Cuban Five.”

The film, which wrapped shooting in May, has been picked up for Italy (Bim Distribuzione); Israel (Shoval); Greece (Spentzos); Portugal (Nos Lusomundo); Russia (Mauris Film); Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania (Prorom); former Yugoslavia (McF); Baltics (Acme); and airlines (Cinesky).

CG Cinema’s
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‘Papicha’ Producers Join Forces to Launch Investment Fund (Exclusive)

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‘Papicha’ Producers Join Forces to Launch Investment Fund (Exclusive)
After collaborating on Mounia Meddour’s 2019 Un Certain Regard title “Papicha,” High Sea Production and Tribus P have joined forces with CG Cinema to launch an investment fund, Dock, which is dedicated to financing and co-financing director-driven film and TV content for the international market.

Patrick André at High Sea, Charles Gillibert at CG Cinema and Paul-Dominique Vacharasinthu at Tribus P Films will work together to co-finance four to five films as well as three series or other formats per year during the next five years. The fund’s committee will include André, Gillibert, Vacharasinthu and investors. The fund will be open to international third-party productions that are not set up at High Sea Production, CG Cinéma or Tribus P.

Dock’s first slate of projects include Alex Carvalho’s “La salamandre,” inspired by Jean-Christophe Rufin’s novel and set in Brazil. The movie will star Marina Fois, Jesuita Barbosa and Laetitia Dosch.
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Tim Roth Joins Mia Hansen-Love on ‘Bergman Island’ (Exclusive)

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Tim Roth Joins Mia Hansen-Love on ‘Bergman Island’ (Exclusive)
Tim Roth, who stars in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” has joined the cast of Mia Hansen-Love’s English-language debut, “Bergman Island,” a supernatural melodrama with Vicky Krieps and Mia Wasikowska.

Charles Gillibert’s CG Cinema is producing “Bergman Island.” Gillibert previously collaborated with Hansen-Love on “Eden,” which played at Toronto.

Sold by Kinology, “Bergman Island” follows a couple of American filmmakers who travel to the Swedish island of Faro, where filmmaking icon Ingmar Bergman lived, to write their respective films. The two get lost between fiction and reality amid the island’s mysterious landscapes.

Now considered one of France’s most successful production companies, CG Cinema is about to increase its scope, launching new collaborations with established and promising directors across the world, such as France’s Alain Guiraudie (“Stranger by the Lake”) and Amandine Gay, Thailand’s Phuttiphong Aroonpheng and China’s Qiu Cheng.
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Director Leos Carax revives Annette

The Adam Driver-starrer Annette, Leos Caraxs long-gestating English-language romantic musical, is being revived.

Charles Gillibert's CG Cinema, whose credits include Kristen Stewart-starrer Personal Shopper, has come on board to help revive the on-again-off-again project, which will start shooting in mid-August, reports variety.com.

Amazon will release the film in the Us.

Tracing the rise and fall of two star-crossed Hollywood lovers and the exceptional destiny of their daughter, Annette will bring together the rock band Sparks, which is composing original songs, and celebrated music producer Marius de Vries, who is known for his work on La La Land, Moulin Rouge?and Cats.

Over the course of his 30-year career, Carax has garnered just a few directing credits, though his films have won attention for their artistic flair, including Boy Meets Girl,?Mauvais Sang,?Les Amants Du Pont Neuf and Holy Motors.

A passion project for Carax,?Annette
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Marion Cotillard Joins Leos Carax’s Musical ‘Annette’ (Exclusive)

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Marion Cotillard Joins Leos Carax’s Musical ‘Annette’ (Exclusive)
Marion Cotillard has joined Adam Driver In the cast of “Annette,” Leos Carax’s English-language romantic musical, which will start shooting this summer.

Charles Gillibert’s CG Cinema, whose credits include Kristen Stewart-starrer “Personal Shopper,” is producing the film. Amazon will release it in the U.S.

Cotillard and Driver will star as star-crossed Hollywood lovers. “Annette” will bring together the rock band Sparks, which is composing original songs, and celebrated music producer Marius de Vries, who is known for his work on “La La Land,” “Moulin Rouge” and “Cats.”

CG Cinema is producing “Annette” with Paul-Dominique Vacharasinthu at Tribus P Films. Co-producers include the French-German channel Arte, with Kenzo Horikoshi from Japan’s Eurospace, Fabian Gasmia from Germany’s Detail Film, and Geneviève Lemal and Benoît Roland from Belgium’s Scope Picture & Wrong Men. Kinology will handle international sales on “Annette” in association with Logical Pictures. CAA Media Finance
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Adam Driver-Starrer ‘Annette’ Revived, With Leos Carax Directing (Exclusive)

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Adam Driver-Starrer ‘Annette’ Revived, With Leos Carax Directing (Exclusive)
The Adam Driver-starrer “Annette,” Leos Carax’s long-gestating English-language romantic musical, is being revived. Charles Gillibert’s CG Cinema, whose credits include Kristen Stewart-starrer “Personal Shopper,” has come on board to help revive the on-again-off-again project, which will start shooting in mid-August. Amazon will release the film in the U.S.

Tracing the rise and fall of two star-crossed Hollywood lovers and the exceptional destiny of their daughter, “Annette” will bring together the rock band Sparks, which is composing original songs, and celebrated music producer Marius de Vries, who is known for his work on “La La Land,” “Moulin Rouge” and “Cats.”

CG Cinema will be producing “Annette” with Paul-Dominique Vacharasinthu at Tribus P Films. Co-producers include the French-German channel Arte, with Kenzo Horikoshi from Japan’s Eurospace, Fabian Gasmia from Germany’s Detail Film, and Geneviève Lemal and Benoît Roland from Belgium’s Scope Picture & Wrong Men.
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Lucía Garibaldi’s The Sharks | 2019 Sundance Film Festival

We caught wind of Lucía Garibaldi when she wowed San Sebastián industry people winning top prize coin in the Films in Progress 32 Industry Award. The Sharks is one of those debut films informed by some of the master female filmmakers of native Latin American cinema by Euro-centric visionaries as one. The world premiere was unveiled at the Egyptian Theatre with jury members Jane Campion, Ciro Guerra and producer Charles Gillibert (Mia Hansen-Løve’s masterwork Things to Come) in the crowd — they would end up awarding the filmmaker with the Best Director prize of the section.

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‘Blade Runner 2049’s Ana de Armas Joins Edgar Ramírez & Penélope Cruz In Spy Drama ‘Wasp Network’

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‘Blade Runner 2049’s Ana de Armas Joins Edgar Ramírez & Penélope Cruz In Spy Drama ‘Wasp Network’
Exclusive: Cuban actress Ana de Armas is set to co-star in Olivier AssayasWasp Network, the spy drama based on Fernando Morais’ book The Last Soldiers of the Cold War. De Armas joins previously announced cast members Edgar Ramírez, Penélope Cruz, Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura and Gael García Bernal.

The film, which will go before cameras in Havana at the end of this month, tells the true story of Cuban spies in American territory during the 1990s, revealing the tentacles of a Florida-based terrorist network with ramifications in Central America and with the consent of the U.S. government.

Rodrigo Teixeira of Rt Features, the production company behind Call Me By Your Name, and CG Cinema’s Charles Gillibert are producing the project. Exec producers are Rt’s Lourenço Sant’Anna and Sophie Mas.

Orange Studios is handling international rights, while CAA Media Finance is managing U.
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Orange Studio Scoops Olivier Assayas’ ‘Wasp Network’ With Penelope Cruz (Exclusive)

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Orange Studio has boarded Olivier Assayas’ “Wasp Network,” the anticipated Cuban spy thriller that stars Penelope Cruz, Gael Garcia Bernal, Edgar Ramirez and Wagner Moura.

CG Cinema’s Charles Gillibert and Rt FeaturesRodrigo Teixeira are producing the film, which will start shooting on location in Cuba on Feb. 18. Adrian Guerra at the Spanish banner Nostromo (“Buried”) is co-producing.

Orange Studio, the film and TV arm of France’s leading telco group, has acquired international sales rights, as well as French distribution and pay-tv rights through Ocs. CAA is representing U.S. rights. The project was previously handled by Imr.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled about this collaboration with Olivier and this group of fantastic actors,” said Teixeira, whose production credits include Luca Guadagnino’s Oscar-winning “Call Me by Your Name” and Crystal Moselle’s Sundance standout “Skate Kitchen.” “Bringing ‘Wasp Network’ to the big screen is a dream come true.
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Sundance 2019 Winners Include ‘Clemency,’ ‘The Souvenir,’ ‘One Child Nation’ & More

Before we unveil our favorites of Sundance Film Festival 2019, the juries and audiences have selected their 28 feature filmmaking picks from 121 total films. This year’s jurors featured Desiree Akhavan, Damien Chazelle, Dennis Lim, Phyllis Nagy, Tessa Thompson, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Yance Ford, Rachel Grady, Jeff Orlowski, Alissa Wilkinson, Jane Campion, Charles Gillibert, Ciro Guerra, Maite Alberdi, Nico Marzano, Véréna Paravel, Young Jean Lee, Carter Smith, Sheila Vand, and Laurie Anderson.

Topped by the harrowing documentary One Child Nation, the prison drama Clemency, Joanna Hogg’s astounding The Souvenir, and the beautiful Honeyland, see the winners below and our complete coverage here.

2019 Sundance Film Festival Feature Film Awards

The U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary was presented by Rachel Grady to: Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang, for One Child Nation / China, U.S.A. — After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China’s one-child policy and the generations
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Sundance announces juries by Amber Wilkinson - 2019-01-17 21:15:14

Sundance has announced its juries Photo: Sundance Institute The Sundance Film Festival has announced big hitters, including Oscar-winners Jane Campion and Damian Chazelle and last year's director of Us Grand Jury Prize Desiree Akhavan among its jury members for this year's festival.

Creed actress Tessa Thompson and Phyllis Nagy, who adapted Carol for the big screen, will join Sundance veteran Chazelle, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post director Akhavan and Film Society of Lincoln Center director of programming Dennis Lim on the Us Dramatic Competition jury.

Piano director Campion will be joined on the World Dramatic Cinema Jury by French producer Charles Gillibert and Embrace Of The Serpent director Ciro Guerra.

The Us Documentary jury will comprise Leviathan co-driector Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Strong Island director Yance Ford, Jesus Camp co-director Rachel Grady, Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Ice) and Vox film critic Alissa Wilkinson.

Director Maite Alberdi (The Lifeguard), Ica film curator Nico Marzano and Leviathan co-director.
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Tessa Thompson, Damien Chazelle, Phyllis Nagy Join 2019 Sundance Jury

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The Sundance Institute announced on Thursday that “Sorry to Bother You” star Tessa Thompson, director Damien Chazelle and screenwriter Phyllis Nagy will be judges during the 2019 Sundance festival.

Thompson, Chazelle and Nagy will be part of the U.S. dramatic jury along with “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” filmmaker Desiree Akhavan and Dennis Lim, director of programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York.

In the U.S. documentary section, anthropologist and filmmaker Lucien Castaing-Taylor; Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning director Yance Ford; Emmy-winning filmmaker Jeff Orlowski; Loki Films co-owner Rachel Grady and Vox film critic Alissa Wilkinson will be on the jury.

Also Read: Ryan Coogler, Morgan Neville Headline Keynote Speakers at New Sundance Program

Palme d’Or winner Jane Campion, Charles Gillibert and Ciro Guerra will serve as judges for the world cinema dramatic category, while Maite Alberdi, Nico Marzano and Véréna Paravel will be on
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Sundance: Tessa Thompson, Damien Chazelle Named to Dramatic Jury

Sundance: Tessa Thompson, Damien Chazelle Named to Dramatic Jury
The Sundance Film Festival has announced some big names as its 2019 jury members.

Actress Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok), Carol writer Phyllis Nagy and filmmaker Damien Chazelle, who premiered his drama Whiplash at the 2014 fest, will judge the U.S. Dramatic competition, along with Dennis Lim, director of programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Desiree Akhavan, the helmer behind last year's grand jury prizewinner The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

Palme d'Or winner Jane Campion will sit on the World Cinema Dramatic jury, along with Charles Gillibert (Personal Shopper) and Ciro Guerra (The Wandering Shadows).

Lucien Castaing-Taylor ...
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Los Cabos: Piano Co-produces ‘Memoria,’ ‘Bergman Island,’ Shows Mexico’s Standing (Exclusive)

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Mexico City — In what is already an extraordinary year for Mexican filmmaking, Piano, the Mexico City-based production-distribution house, has boarded “Memoria,” from Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul who dazzled the Cannes Festival in 2010 with Palme d-Or winner “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.”

The move comes after Piano, founded by Julio Chavezmontes and Sebastián Hofmann, has also pacted to co-produce Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Bergman Island.” Coming in a year when Guillermo del Toro won the best picture Academy Award and Alfonso Cuarón the Venice Festival’s Golden Lion, Piano’s two co-production accords underscore another way that Mexican filmmakers are making an impact on the world stage – joining a highly select clutch of production houses who support the most robust and original directorial voices from around the globe.

That is far more than a commercial play for foreign markets. “We see ourselves as part of an international community of filmmakers that believes in openness,
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France Disqualifies Olivier Assayas’ ‘Non-Fiction’ From Oscar Race, Director Reacts by Criticizing Submission Rule

Five movies have been shortlisted by France to be the country’s selection for this year’s foreign-language Oscar race, and Olivier Assayas’ festival favorite “Non-Fiction” isn’t one of them. France has disqualified the movie from Oscar contention since it violates a rule set by the French National Film Board (Cnc) that states films can only be submitted for the Oscar if they are comericially released in dozens of French theaters prior to September 30. “Non-Fiction” is currently making the festival rounds and won’t be released in France until January 16, 2019.

“Non-Fiction” stars Juliette Binoche and Guillaume Canet in the story of an editor and an author who have to contend with a changing technological world and mid-life crises. The movie premiered at the Venice Film Festival before screening at Telluride and Tiff, and it will become the rare movie to play all four major fall film festivals when it
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Olivier Assayas’ ‘Non-Fiction’ Snubbed by France’s Oscar Committee

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Olivier Assayas’ ‘Non-Fiction’ Snubbed by France’s Oscar Committee
For a country that boasts Europe’s biggest film industry and produces about 300 films per year, France has a fairly bad track record when it comes to the foreign-language Oscar race. Only three French entries have earned an nomination in the last decade, and the last one which took home the statuette was Régis Wargnier’s “Indochine,” in 1993.

Olivier Assayas, who won best director at Cannes two years ago with Kristen Stewart-starrer “Personal Shopper,” believed he had a solid shot with his latest outing, “Non-Fiction,” which stars Juliette Binoche and competed in Venice before earning praise in Toronto. But France’s Oscar committee has caused a ruckus by declaring it ineligible for submission according to rules that Assayas and the film’s U.S. distributor criticize as “arcane.”

“I’ve been making films since 1986, and I think I’m one of the only French directors whose every movie since
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Olivier Assayas’ ‘Wasp Network’ Adds Penélope Cruz, Wagner Moura And Gael García Bernal – Toronto

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Olivier Assayas’ ‘Wasp Network’ Adds Penélope Cruz, Wagner Moura And Gael García Bernal – Toronto
Penélope Cruz, Narcos‘ Wagner Moura and Gael García Bernal have joined the cast of Wasp Network, the next film from Olivier Assayas who wrote and is directing. The trio join Pedro Pascal and Edgar Ramirez to star in the spy drama, based on Fernando Morais’ book The Last Soldiers of the Cold War. Shooting is now set to begin in early 2019.

The pic tells the true story of Cuban spies in American territory during the 1990s, revealing the tentacles of a Florida-based terrorist network with ramifications in Central America and with the consent of the U.S. government. Imr International launched the film to foreign buyers in Cannes and will continue at Toronto, where CAA Media Finance is handling U.S. rights.

Rt Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira is producing alongside CG Cinema’s Charles Gillibert, with Rt’s Lourenço Sant’Anna and Sophie Mas executive producing. Rt also produced the Oscar-nominated
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