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Cannes: Ate de Jong to Direct True Story Drama ‘My Best Friend Anne Frank’ (Exclusive)

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Veteran Dutch director Ate de Jong is set to shoot “My Best Friend Anne Frank,” the true story of the teenage diarist’s best friend, who also was sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp but survived and is still alive today.

The story, based on the memoirs of Frank’s friend Hannah Goslar, is told from her perspective. The best friends, shy Hannah and precocious Anne, are separated in 1942, but meet again in 1945 in the concentration camp, where Hannah risks her life to try to save Anne.

The film, budgeted at $3.4 million, is set to start shooting late this year, continuing into early next year, with a release in 2020, the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.

De Jong’s credits as a producer or director include “Left Luggage,” “Enigma,” “All Men Are Mortal,” “Drop Dead Fred” and “Love Is Thicker Than Water.” The script is by Marian Batavier.
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Why UK and Dutch producers are beginning to collaborate

Recent projects include Iffr opener Dirty God.

Dutch producers rarely looked to the UK as potential partners until recently.

The UK is not part of Eurimages and the BFI’s minority co-production fund has limited resources. But now the two industries are coming much closer together as a cluster of high-profile new projects attests. Sacha Polak’s Dirty God, screening in Sundance this week and the opening film at Iffr, is one of several recent or upcoming features on which UK and Dutch producers have partnered.

Further examples include Elbert van Strien’s Scotland-set psychological thriller Marionette, Paula Van Der Oest
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Why the UK and the Netherlands are beginning to co-produce

Recent projects include Iffr opener Dirty God.

Dutch producers rarely looked to the UK as potential partners until recently.

The UK is not part of Eurimages and the BFI’s minority co-production fund has limited resources. But now the two industries are coming much closer together as a cluster of high-profile new projects attests. Sacha Polak’s Dirty God, screening in Sundance this week and the opening film at Iffr, is one of several recent or upcoming features on which UK and Dutch producers have partnered.

Further examples include Elbert van Strien’s Scotland-set psychological thriller Marionette, Paula Van Der Oest
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Love Is Thicker Than Water movie review: so, love is a sludge, then?

MaryAnn’s quick take… This would-be modern Romeo-and-Juliet tale is little more than a pile-on of class stereotypes, contrived dialogue, and one whopper of a coincidence. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Arthur (Johnny Flynn) hails from a family of miners in Wales, and now works as a bike messenger in London. Vida (Lydia Wilson: Star Trek Beyond) is a cellist who makes no money from her music, but that’s okay because her rich parents have bought her an amazing apartment in trendy East London. Now, Johnny is moving into that flat with Vida, and the two families are about to culture-clash.

From the directing team of Emily Harris and Ate de Jong (he’s best known for the 1991 cult film Drop Dead Fred), Love Is Thicker Than Water wants to be a modern Romeo-and-Juliet tale.
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Love Is Thicker Than Water review – Johnny Flynn stars in fraught relationship drama

This story about a couple who are brought back from the verge of breaking up by bereavements is overcomplex and indulgent

There are potentially interesting things in this love story, written by veteran Dutch film-maker Ate de Jong, and co-directed with British editor and director Emily Harris, who has worked with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and served as a consultant on the excellent documentary version of the V&A’s David Bowie exhibition.

This is a very personal, autobiographical story, pretty indulgent and sometimes a bit insufferable, with some jarringly hammy, misjudged notes. But there’s a good cast doing an honest job. Lydia Wilson and Johnny Flynn play Vida and Arthur, twentysomethings in love: one is a well-off Jewish Londoner, the other a working-class guy from Port Talbot. She’s a cellist; he’s a would-be animator. This fraught, live-in relationship is complicated further when they
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Movies Announced from Directors St. Vincent, Emily Harris, & Brittany Poulton

St. Vincent: St. Vincent’s Instagram account

Several new women-directed films are on the way. According to recent reports, we can expect the feature directorial debut from musical artist St. Vincent as well as Emily Harris’ first solo feature. In addition, Brittany Poulton will write and direct her first feature film alongside Daniel Savage.

Per Variety, Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) is set to direct a gender-reversal of Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” from a script by David Birke (“Elle”). The original 1890 novel follows a bon vivant who stays young while his portrait ages. Clark’s project will see a woman play the titular role.

Clark made her directorial debut earlier this year with “The Birthday Cake” segment of the all-women-directed horror anthology “Xx.” The film also featured segments from Karyn Kusama (“The Invitation”), Roxanne Benjamin (“Southbound”), and Jovanka Vuckovic (“The Guest”). Clark co-wrote and scored “The Birthday Cake,” which follows a mother (Melanie Lynskey) who tries to keep her husband’s death a secret during her daughter’s birthday party.

Emily Harris’ first feature as a solo director will be “Carmilla,” a gothic love story starring Jessica Raine (“Call The Midwife”). The film will be adapted from the 1872 vampire novel by Sheridan Le Fanu. ScreenDaily broke the story.

Raine will portray Miss Fontaine, a governess whose ward is the isolated teen Lara (Hannah Rae, “Broadchurch”). “Struggling to find an outlet for her burgeoning sexuality, Lara is enchanted by the mysterious Carmilla (Devrim Lingnau, “Under Suspicion”) and the pair strike up a passionate relationship,” the source summarizes. “However, with rumors and superstition rife and with the exhortation of the family doctor (Tobias Menzies, “Outlander”), Carmilla’s presence in their home begins to strike fear into those around her.”

Principal photography on “Carmilla” will begin mid-September in East Sussex.

Harris, who also penned “Carmilla,” most recently directed rom-com “Love Is Thicker Than Water” with Ate de Jong. “Paragraph,” “Borges and I,” and several short films are among her other credits.

Finally, “Lizard King” writer-directors Brittany Poulton and Daniel Savage will explore the effect faith has on a person’s life in “Them That Follow,” Deadline reports.

“‘Them That Follow’ is a dramatic thriller set deep in the wilds of Appalachia, where a Pentecostal pastor, Lemuel Childs, and his believers handle venomous snakes to prove themselves before God,” Deadline writes. “The tale focuses on Lemuel’s daughter, Mara (Alice Englert). She holds a secret that threatens to tear the church apart: her romantic past with a nonbeliever, Augie (Thomas Mann). As Mara’s wedding to a devoted follower looms, she must decide whether or not to trust the steely matriarch of their community, Hope (Olivia Colman), with her heart and life at stake.”

Production is scheduled to begin in October.

Englert has previously worked with female directors like Hannah Cowley (“Flame of the West”), Sally Potter (“Ginger & Rosa”), and Alison Maclean (“The Rehearsal”). Next, Englert will appear in “Top of the Lake: China Girl,” the Sundance series created and co-directed by her mother, Jane Campion. The Elisabeth Moss-starring show returns September 10.

Movies Announced from Directors St. Vincent, Emily Harris, & Brittany Poulton was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Jessica Raine, Tobias Menzies board UK gothic drama 'Carmilla'

Exclusive: Production gears up on debut feature from Emily Harris.

Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife, Wolf Hall) and Tobias Menzies (Outlander, Game Of Thrones) have boarded UK gothic drama Carmilla as the production gears up for a September shoot.

They join rising UK talent Hannah Rae (Broadchurch, City Of Tiny Lights) and young German actress Devrim Lingnau (Under Suspicion) in the cast alongside illusionist Scott Silven.

Inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 novel of the same name, which is considered to be one of the earliest works of vampire fiction, Carmilla is a dark coming-of-age love story set in the 1780s.

Raine plays Miss Fontaine, governess to 15-year-old Lara (Hannah Rae) who lives in total isolation in her family home. Struggling to find an outlet for her burgeoning sexuality, Lara is enchanted by the mysterious Carmilla (Devrim Lingnau) and the pair strike up a passionate relationship. However, with rumours and superstition rife and with the exhortation of the
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Jessica Raine, Tobias Menzies board UK horror 'Carmilla'

Exclusive: Production gears up on debut feature from Emily Harris.

Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife, Wolf Hall) and Tobias Menzies (Outlander, Game Of Thrones) have boarded UK Gothic feature Carmilla as the production gears up for a September shoot.

They join rising UK talent Hannah Rae (Broadchurch, City Of Tiny Lights) and young German actress Devrim Lingnau (Under Suspicion) in the cast alongside illusionist Scott Silven.

Inspired by Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 novel of the same name, which is considered to be one of the earliest works of vampire fiction, Carmilla is a dark coming-of-age love story set in the 1780s.

Raine plays Miss Fontaine, governess to 15-year-old Lara (Hannah Rae) who lives in total isolation in her family home. Struggling to find an outlet for her burgeoning sexuality, Lara is enchanted by the mysterious Carmilla (Devrim Lingnau) and the pair strike up a passionate relationship. However, with rumours and superstition rife and with the exhortation of the
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Sci-fi thriller 'Incarnation' sells to Japan, China, Europe

Exclusive: Genre specialist sales company Jinga scores deals on Serbian title ahead of Filmart screening.

UK sales outfit Jinga Films has closed distribution deals in six territories for sci-fi thriller Incarnation ahead of the film’s market screening at next week’s Filmart in Hong Kong (March 13-16).

New Select has acquired the title for Japan, Spark Future for China, MovieCloud for Taiwan, Njuta for Scandinavia, Cinema Novo for Portugal and Renaissance for Mexico.

Incarnation, written, directed and produced by newcomer Filip Kovacevic, debuted last June at Cinema City Film Festival in Serbia. Alongside South Korea-Serbia-Slovenia co-production The Rift, it was one of two sci-fi thrillers picked up by Jinga last autumn.

The film stars Stojan Djordjevic (Ravna Gora) as an amnesiac who is pursued by assassins and gets stuck in a loop of life and death.

Genre-specialist Jinga holds remake rights for Incarnation, and is looking to emulate the success of its Venezuelan horror The House
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UK-Dutch comedy 'Love Is Thicker Than Water' gets Us deal

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UK-Dutch comedy 'Love Is Thicker Than Water' gets Us deal
Exclusive: Jinga Films handles international sales on romantic drama.

Ate De Jong’s UK-Dutch romantic comedy Love Is Thicker Than Water has secured a Us distribution deal.

Santa Monica-based Cleopatra Music & Film, run by Tim Yasui, has acquired Us rights to the title and will release it theatrically.

Jinga is handling international sales.

De Jong wrote Love Is Thicker Than Water, produced it and co-directed with Emily Harris. It is a story of lovers from different sides of the tracks.

Vida comes from a well to do London family, whereas Arthur is a bike messenger from a working-class Welsh mining town. The cast is heading by former Screen International Star Of Tomorrow Johnny Flynn and Lydia Wilson (Star Trek Beyond, Never Let Me Go), Juliet Stevenson and Ellie Kendrick also feature.

The news of the Us deal comes as veteran producer-director De Jong is about to receive a lifetime career award at the Oporto International Film Festival
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February 2017 VOD Releases Include Stake Land II, Xx, Arrival, The Blackcoat’S Daughter

  • DailyDead
Well, we’ve made it to another month, which means we have a bunch of new VOD releases to look forward to throughout February. If you are looking to escape the winter doldrums while keeping safe and snug on your couches, you have plenty of horror and sci-fi titles arriving digitally in the coming weeks to keep you busy and out of the brutal winter chill.

February’s VOD offerings kick off with Katee Sackhoff in Don’t Knock Twice from IFC Midnight, and for those of you with Dish services, the psychological thriller Lavender makes its bow on that platform beginning February 3rd. The Oscar-nominated Nocturnal Animals arrives on Digital HD on February 7th, the very same day that Stake Land II gets released courtesy of Dark Sky Films.

If you missed Arrival in theaters, Paramount Pictures will release the film On Demand beginning February 14th (following its January
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Movie Review – Deadly Virtues: Love. Honour. Obey. (2014)

Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey., 2014.

Directed by Ate de Jong.

Starring Edward Akrout, Matt Barber, Megan Maczko, and Helen Bradbury.

Synopsis:

A shocking home invasion irrevocably changes the lives of all involved in ways neither victims nor perpetrator could have imagined.

Fifty Shades of Grey meets Funny Games in the latest movie from Ate de Jong, the Dutch director behind awesome cult favourites Drop Dead Fred (1991) and Highway to Hell (1992). Deadly Games: Love. Honour. Obey. is nothing like the zany comedy on display in those movies, but it does put a fresh spin on a formulaic sub-genre many horror fans find stale and predictable at this point.

That said, de Jong is a filmmaker whose career has thrived on unpredictability. Drop Dead Fred and Highway to Hell are prime examples of oddities that boast plenty of originality and are so far removed from the realms of ‘conventional’ cinema that they both feel refreshing still,
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Coming Soon to VOD: The Controversial Deadly Virtues: Love.Honor.Obey.

Coming Soon to VOD: The Controversial Deadly Virtues: Love.Honor.Obey. Deadly Virtues: Love.Honor.Obey. is the first feature film from Raindance Raw Talent and was directed by Ate de Jong (Drop Dead Fred, Highway to Hell). The unflinching tale is a riveting home invasion thriller like no other. A menacing young man (Edward Akrout) breaks into a …

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Dutch industry mulls a post-Fortissimo future

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Industry figures at the Holland Film Meeting talk to Screen about the importance of locally-based sales companies.

In the wake of the collapse of Fortissimo Films last month, a heated debate has begun in the Netherlands about the lack of sales agents in the Benelux region.

At the Holland Film Meeting in Utrecht this weekend (Sept 22-25), several leading producers have commented on the importance of establishing new locally-based companies that can represent Dutch movies at international markets. There has even been talk of government support for a Dutch sales agency, either helping existing companies or setting up a new national agency.

The debate comes as Pim van Collem’s sales outfit Dutch Features Global Entertainment has revealed that it is planning to set up a small arthouse label next year, and as speculation continues to swirl around what will happen to Fortissimo’s titles.

Throughout its 20-year history, Fortissimo always handled Dutch movies alongside its Asian
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Dutch industry mull a post-Fortissimo future

  • ScreenDaily
Industry figures at the Holland Film Meeting talk to Screen about the importance of locally-based sales companies.

In the wake of the collapse of Fortissimo Films last month, a heated debate has begun in the Netherlands about the lack of sales agents in the Benelux region.

At the Holland Film Meeting in Utrecht this weekend (Sept 22-25), several leading producers have commented on the importance of establishing new locally-based companies that can represent Dutch movies at international markets. There has even been talk of government support for a Dutch sales agency, either helping existing companies or setting up a new national agency.

The debate comes as Pim van Collem’s sales outfit Dutch Features Global Entertainment has revealed that it is planning to set up a small arthouse label next year, and as speculation continues to swirl around what will happen to Fortissimo’s titles.

Throughout its 20-year history, Fortissimo always handled Dutch movies alongside its Asian
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Looking back at Drop Dead Fred

Mark Harrison Aug 15, 2016

We revisit Drop Dead Fred, starring the late, great Rik Mayall...

Hey, snotfaces, what do you get when you mix Mary Poppins and Beetlejuice? Look no further than 1991's Drop Dead Fred, a fantasy comedy about an imaginary friend, which turns out to be about a woman's mental breakdown after years and years of emotional abuse.

If you're of a certain age and, much like Phoebe Cates' protagonist Elizabeth at the beginning of the movie, you haven't seen Fred since you were a child, you may remember it as a childhood staple that you were probably a bit young to be watching and for many, it might have been your introduction to Mayall's comic stylings. However, also like Lizzie, Fred's anarchic behaviour has different implications when you meet him again in adulthood.

He first re-emerges after Lizzie has lost the three major totems of adulthood - her marriage,
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Ron Perlman, Sarah Gavron on East End fest jury

Ron Perlman, Sarah Gavron on East End fest jury
Full programme revealed for this year’s East End Film Festival.

Hellboy star Ron Perlman and Suffragette director Sarah Gavron have joined the jury of the 15th East End Film Festival (June 23 – July 3).

It marks a return to the East End for Us star Perlman, who attended Eeff in 2014 when Dermaphoria - in which he starred - opened the festival.

Ivy director Tolga Karaçelik, who won best feature at last year’s festival, returns as the 2016 director in residence and jury chair alongside Perlman and Gavron.

Also awarding the Best Feature prize will be film writer and producer Kaleem Aftab and Bangladeshi film-maker Mostofa Sarwar (Television).

This year’s country focus will be Turkey, with screenings including the UK premiere of Emin Alper’s Turkey-France-Qatar co-pro Frenzy.

Opening film

The festival will open with the world premiere of Ian Bonhote’s Alleycats, with a cast that includes Screen Stars of Tomorrow Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark) and Sam Keeley ([link
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February 2nd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include He Never Died, Zombie Fight Club, Extraordinary Tales

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February’s home entertainment releases are kicking off in a big way, as horror and sci-fi fans have an extraordinary number of brand spanking new titles to choose from this Tuesday. From indie horror to cult classics to cult classics in the making, February 2nd’s Blu-ray and DVD releases truly do offer up something for everyone.

Scream Factory is offering up two modern genre films this week, Hellions and Zombie Fight Club and Cinedigm is keeping busy too on Tuesday with their releases of Extraordinary Tales and The World of Kanako. Vin Diesel’s latest, The Last Witch Hunter, arrives on both Blu and DVD and if you call yourself a Henry Rollins fan, you will definitely want to pick up He Never Died this week as well.

Other notable titles being released on February 2nd include From Dusk Till Dawn: Season Two, Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season,
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Kino Lorber Takes the Highway to Hell on Blu-ray and More!

More rarities are on their way from Kino Lorber and we’ve got a look at what’s on its way to full high definition! In stores and online February 2nd: Highway to Hell (1991) Director Ate de Jong Starring Patrick Bergin,… Continue Reading →

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Round-Up: New #Horror Trailer, Cooties and Black Swan Vinyl Soundtracks, Highway To Hell Blu-ray

#Horror will be released theatrically in New York City and Los Angeles and on VOD on November 20th. Also in this morning's round-up: vinyl soundtrack information for the Elijah Wood / Rainn Wilson vehicle, Cooties, and Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, as well as Highway to Hell Blu-ray details.

#Horror: "Inspired by actual events, a group of 12-year-old girls face a night of Horror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of a cyber bullying to a night of insanity. Tara Subkoff explores the rarefied world of the east coast privileged through the eyes of a group of 12-year-old girls left alone and pursued by a killer. The film examines a world of escalating cruelty and alienation through an online game where scoring likes comes at the cost of human lives.

Release Date: Friday, November 20th (NY and La / VOD)

Distributor: IFC Midnight

Director: Tara Subkoff
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