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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau thriller ‘Suicide Tourist’ sparks Us, international deals (exclusive)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau thriller ‘Suicide Tourist’ sparks Us, international deals (exclusive)
Charades closes deals for Spain, Middle East, Cis.

Screen Media has acquired North American rights and Charades has struck a raft of international deals on Efm sales title Suicide Tourist, the mystery thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game Of Thrones.

Rights to Danish filmmaker Jonas Alexander Arnby’s follow-up to his 2014 Cannes Critics’ Week selection When Animals Dream have closed in Spain (B-team), Cis and Baltics (Paradise), Israel (Forum), and Middle East (Empire).

Further deals have closed in Greece (Spentzos), Hungary, former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria (Aqs), and Taiwan (Spotlight). The film’s German co-producer Dcm is the distributor for German-speaking
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Dominic Cooper To Star In Miramax-H&v-Zdf Series ‘Spy City’

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Exclusive: With AMC’s Preacher coming to a close this summer, Dominic Cooper is set to star in the six-part espionage Cold War series Spy City from Miramax and Germany’s H&v Entertainment and Zdf.

Novelist and screenwriter William Boyd is currently writing Spy City. German-Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Alexandre will direct, and Johanna Wokalek and Leonie Benesch (The Crown, Babylon Berlin) also star.

Cooper will play an English spy who is sent to Berlin in 1961 to sift out a traitor in the UK Embassy or among the Allies, shortly before the construction of the Berlin Wall. The city, declared by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev as “the most dangerous place on earth,” is teeming with spies and double agents. One wrong move could trigger the looming threat of nuclear war as American,
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #137. Suicide Tourist – Jonas Alexander Arnby

Suicide Tourist

Danish director Jonas Alexander Arnby assembles an impressive cast and crew for his sophomore feature Suicide Tourist. The Scandinvaian-German-French co-pro is produced by Eva Jacobsen, Mikkel Jersin and Katrin Pors for Denmark’s Snowglobe, while Germany’s Dcm, Norway’s Mer Film, France’s Charades, and Sweden’s Film i Vast and Garagefilm International have also been involved in production. Arnby returns to work with his When Animals Dream Dp Niels Thastum as well as composer Mikkel Hess. Greece’s Yorgos Mavropsaridis serves as editor. A stellar cast consists of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Tuva Novotny, Sonja Richter, Jan Bijvoet, Kaya Wilkins, Robert Aramayo, Sobørg Højfeldt, Lorraine Hilton and Johanna Wokalek.…
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Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to lead Suicide Tourist

Variety is reporting that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) has signed on to lead the cast of Suicide Tourist, a romantic mystery drama which is shooting now under Danish director Jonas Alexander Arnby (When Animals Dream).

Suicide Tourist follows Max, an insurance claims adjuster whose investigation into a man’s disappearance leads him to a uniquely secretive hotel which offers its guests elaborate assistance in fulfilling their fantasy suicides. Caught in his own existential crisis, Max soon begins to question his perception of reality and wonders if death is the only way out of the hotel.

“[I’m excited to be] working on a truly original, thrilling and moving love story,” said Coster-Waldau. “We are halfway through the shoot, and my enthusiasm has only increased seeing the set design, the work by our Dp Niels [Thastum] and my fellow actors.”

In addition to Coster-Waldau, the film also stars Tuva Novotny (Annihilation), Sobjørg Højfeldt (Ride Upon the Storm
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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Set for ‘Suicide Tourist’ (Exclusive)

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Set for ‘Suicide Tourist’ (Exclusive)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister in “Game of Thrones,” heads a distinguished European cast in “Suicide Tourist,” a mystery drama with romantic elements from Copenhagen-based Snowglobe, whose production credits include “Thelma,” “The Untamed” and “Birds of a Passage.”

Described by Snowglobe in a statement as its most ambitious film to date, “Suicide Tourist” marks Danish director Jonas Alexander Arnby’s follow-up to his breakout debut “When Animals Dream,” which played in Cannes Critics’ Week and sold to Radius for the U.S. and to another score of territories. Paris-based Charades has acquired world sales rights to “Suicide Tourist” and will introduce the title to buyers at next week’s American Film Market in Santa Monica.

Coster-Waldau stars opposite Sweden’s Tuva Novotny, co-star of international productions such as “Borg vs. McEnroe” and Alex Garland’s “Annihilation.”

Arnby’s “When Animals Dream” proved catnip to distributors because of its director-driven
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Berlin-Based One Two Films Unveils International Slate (Exclusive)

Berlin-based One Two Films, co-producer of such recent high-profile works as Jennifer Fox’s “The Tale” and Isabel Coixet’s “The Bookshop,” is set to follow its winning run with a slew of upcoming German and international productions.

One Two Films’ Jamila Wenske and Sol Bondy are partnering with Canadian writer-producer Mike MacMillan on two English-language films currently in development. “I Will Not Go Quietly” centers on a distant but desperate father who travels from Toronto to Switzerland to reach his ill daughter; the film is penned by MacMillan and Darragh McDonald. “Nightlife” is a comedy set in Berlin.

In addition, the company is co-producing Icelandic director Grimur Hakonarson’s recently wrapped “The County.” The film, which follows his 2015 Cannes Un Certain Regard award winner “Rams,” is a co-production by Iceland, Denmark, Germany, and France.

Wenske and Bondy — selected by Variety for its 2018 10 Producers to Watch list — are re-teaming with
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Pluto does business on Efm slate with 'Lemonade', 'Freedom' (exclusive)

Freedom sells to Us, Lemonade sells to France.

Berlin-based sales agent Pluto Film has struck keys deals on two of its European Film Market (Efm) titles.

Jan Speckenbach’s Freedom has gone to the Us after a deal was reached with Corinth Films.

The film premiered at last year’s Locarno Film Festival, it stars Johanna Wokalek in the story of a mother who leaves her husband and two children behind in pursuit of freedom.

Lemonade, produced by Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days), has been picked up for France by Asc Distribution.

The Romanian-Canadian-German-Swedish co-production is from first-time feature director Ioana Uricaru. The Us-set drama follows a Romanian woman who, after moving to the Us with her nine-year-old son, marries a man she has only known for a few months.

Screen revealed the film’s first trailer before its premiere in this year’s Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama strand.

Prior to this year
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Wild Bunch signs up for Schwochow's 'The German Lesson' (exclusive)

The poroject is based on the classic Siegfried Lenz’s novel.

Wild Bunch has boarded German director Christian Schwochow’s adaptation of Siegfried Lenz’s classic novel The German Lesson (Deutschstunde) which begins shooting in North Rhine-Westphalia in March.

Schwochow, who has oscillated between TV and feature productions throughout his career, is at the Berlinale this year with his buzzed-about high-finance thriller TV series Bad Banks (pictured) which premieres in the festival’s TV sidebar.

One of the classic novels of post-Second World War German literature, The German Lesson explores human behaviour under a dictatorship through the tale of a young man who defies his police officer father to save the expressionist paintings of a neighbour from destruction during the Nazi reign.

Network Movie Film is producing alongside Senator Film with the support of Zdf. The picture sees Schwochow collaborate again with his mother Heide Schwochow who wrote the screenplays for three of his previous feature films: November
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‘Freedom’ Trailer: First Look at Jan Speckenbach’s Mysterious Feminist Drama — Watch

For his second feature film, German filmmaker Jan Speckenbach is tackling familiar material, with a twist. In Speckenbach’s first feature, “Reported Missing” (aka “Die Vermissten”), a father goes searching for his estranged — and now missing — daughter and is shocked by what he finds along the way.

In his “Freedom,” Speckenbach appears to be working through a similar idea, but told through a very different perspective.

Read More‘Good Manners’ Trailer: ‘Hard Labor’ Filmmakers Return With an Ambitious, Terrifying Fairy Tale — Watch

Starring “Pope Joan” and “The Baader Meinhof Complex” star Johanna Wokalek, “Freedom” centers on the seemingly average Nora, who simply walks away from her family in search of her own version of freedom. She leaves behind a shell-shocked husband and a pair of baffled children, moving to a random city and totally changing her identity in order to pursue an entirely new life.

As Nora digs into her
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Germany's One Two Films to co-produce Laura Dern-starrer 'The Tale'

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Berlin-based One Two Films is making its first foray into Stateside production as the co-producer on Jennifer Fox’s fiction feature debut The Tale, which begins shooting at locations in Louisiana today (Oct 20).

The $3.5m investigative thriller is being produced by Blackbird Films and A Luminous Mind Productions, with Lawrence Inglee and Laura Rister as producers and Oren Moverman serving as executive producer.

The autobiographical story has a cast headed up by Laura Dern, with Ellen Burstyn, Isabelle Nélisse, Elizabeth Debicki and Jason Ritter.

One Two FilmsSol Bondy - who was a Screen Future Leader at Cannes 2013 - told ScreenDaily he had been introduced to The Tale as a project when he and Fox took part in the 2013/14 edition of the Transatlantic Film Partners programme.

He subsequently brought public broadcaster Zdf and Arte to the project which is being handled internationally by Mongrel International and is set to wrap principal photography in December.

From Helsinki
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Blu-ray Giveaway: North Face

German moutaineers get their climb on in North Face.

The contest is over. And the two winner, chosen by, are Anita and Matt! Congratulations! Please email your mailing address to before July 17 to claim your prize.

The acclaimed 2008 adventure film North Face was finally released on Blu-ray today and Music Box Films has given Disc Dish two copies to give away to a pair of readers!

Directed by Philipp Stölzl and starring Benno Furmann, Florian Lukas and Johanna Wokalek, North Face is based on the true story of a 1936 attempt to scale the most dangerous rock face in the Alps, the North Face of the Eiger, by two competing climbing teams. One team consists of German climbers are Toni Kurz and Andi Hinterstoisser, who quit their service in the German military in order to make the attempt. The competing group of Austrians that eventually team
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This Weekend's Epic October MovieMovie: Pope Joan

"This is my calling."

Did you miss the epic movie event Pope Joan when it aired on Reelzchannel? Not to worry, this is your weekend to catch up, with the first half of Pope Joan airing this weekend at 3Pm Et/12Pt on Saturday and 11Am Et/8Am Pt on Sunday as part of our Epic October movie series.

Based on the controversial international bestseller by Donna Woolfolk Cross, Pope Joan stars Johanna Wokalek in the titular role of a 9th century woman who decides to dress as a man and eventually rises through the Vatican ranks, eventually becoming the Pope, as well as the only woman to sit on the throne of St. Peter. Her time as the Pope was short-lived, and her tenure was omitted from papal records. Of course, many religious scholars consider the story fictitious and merely that of legend, but we'll let you decide. John Goodman
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Catch-up TV Guide: From Cosmos to The Baader Meinhof Complex

TV: Cosmos

"The cosmos is also within us, we're made of star stuff … " Before Prof Brian Cox started looking up into the skies, it was the job of Dr Carl Sagan to blow people's minds with the massive scale of everything. Arguably the interstellar equal to David Attenborough's Life On Earth, Sagan's engaging, thoughtful delivery throughout this 13-part journey into outer space is still as captivating as it was in 1980.

iTunes, £9.99

Podcast: If There Is Hell Below

This excellent new music podcast is now over 80 episodes old. The self-deprecating badinage of your hosts Callum and Rob ("I could say that's a mash-up but that would make me a twat") is reminiscent of Adam & Joe, were the Black Squadron allowed to drop Jaekim's re-edits of the Monks and the Stepkids, or Lilacs & Champagne's imagined Italian sleazecore soundtracks, all while good-naturedly poking fun at 6Music, NME and … well the whole record industry.
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Pope Joan Returns to ReelzChannel for National Women's History Month

The epic movie event Pope Joan will be re-airing on ReelzChannel this month and again in March to celebrate National Women's History Month (Nwhm). March is officially Nwhm and what better way to celebrate than to honor a legendary woman whose alleged existence has been denied for over a thousand years.

Pope Joan is the story of a controversial figure of historical record who disguised herself as a man and rose to rule the Catholic Church in the 9th century as the first and only woman to sit on the throne of St. Peter. The movie, based on the international bestselling novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross, features the performances of John Goodman, Johanna Wokalek and David Wenham.

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Pope Joan - Trailer

Johanna Wokalek, David Wenham, and John Goodman star

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Pope Joan | David Wenham | John Goodman | Johanna Wokalek
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Pope Joan Author Talks About Her Book Coming to Life (Video)

When Donna Woolfolk Cross first stepped on set of the movie adaptation of her book Pope Joan, she literally got goosebumps watching the words she wrote transform into hundreds reenacting a market scene.

I remember writing that scene in my little study and I just had goosebumps... I was very moved by that, actually.

Now the Us audience will be able to watch Cross' words on screen when Reelz airs the four-hour Pope Joan. The miniseries tells the story of Johanna von Ingelheim, a woman whose existence has been denied for more than a thousand years. A controversial figure of historical record, she disguised herself as a man and rose to rule the Catholic Church in the 9th century as the first and only woman to sit on the throne of St. Peter.

Pope Joan, which stars Johanna Wokalek and John Goodman, will air in two two-hour parts on Dec.
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Pope Joan: Truth or Legend?

In a little over a week, Reelz will be debuting the 2-part miniseries Pope Joan to U.S. television audiences. Set to air December 18th, Pope Joan tells the story of Johanna von Ingelheim, a woman whose existence has been denied for a thousand years. A controversial figure of historical record, she disguised herself as a man and rose to rule the Catholic Church in the 9th century as the first and only woman to sit on the throne of St. Peter.

Based on the international bestselling novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross, Pope Joan was produced by Constantin Film. Made as a four hour miniseries, Reelz will air it in separate two-hour parts starting December 18th and 19th at 8pm Et and 8pm Pt.

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Link | Posted 12/8/2011 by Lindsey

Pope Joan | David Wenham | John Goodman | Johanna Wokalek
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Lotte Flack makes her American debut

"Lotte Flack makes her American debut"

Exclusive Interview by Michael Aaron Gallagher

Actress Lotte Flack arrives on the red carpet.Syracuse, NY - As she stepped out of the limousine and onto the red carpet at the Palace Theater, her delightful smile and carefree twirl, showing off her stylish heals, were sure signs that German actress Lotte Flack (who is from Hamburg) was glad to be in America. It may not have been the warm, tropical beauty of the Florida coast, but for her coming to United States was something she had always wanted to do.

On April 2, her film “Pope Joan,” which was directed by Sonke Wortmann and also stars Johanna Wokalek, John Goodman ("Roseanne"), David Wenham (“Lord of the Rings”), and Iain Glen (“Resident Evil”) premiered in front of a sell-out crowd. The author, Donna Woolfolk Cross, a Central New York native was also in attendance, as well as Barbara Rosenblat,
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Drama at the end of the world. Trailer for Lars Kraume’s The Days To Come (Die Kommenden Tage)

In the opening few seconds of the trailer for Lars Kraume’s The Days to Come (Die kommenden Tage, or The Coming Days as it’s referred to in some places) was looking like your average drama (there may be hints of some scifi bits in the voiceover but my lack of German can’t make it out). But then there’s this little scene, quick and inconspicuous, that suggests otherwise.

The deal here? The near future. Perhaps even the apocalypse. Check out the official synopsis:

The Days To Come is the story of an upper-middle-class Berlin family on their personal journey from the present into a near future, a journey into a time of uncertainty and major changes. Due to a rare antibody reaction, Laura Kuper has to choose between her desire to have children and Hans the love of her life. Her sister Cecilia is driven into the
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Carlos makes me nostalgic for terrorism the way it used to be

Islamist extremists simply don't have enough idiot poster girls to make good movies, argues John Patterson

Why have film-makers recently become – if it's the right word – nostalgic for the old-school political terrorism of the 1970s? Movies are popping up everywhere about the glamour boys and girls of such deformed and often demented political groupings as West Germany's Red Army Faction and the Japanese United Red Army. Now there's Carlos, Olivier Assayas's five-hour globetrotting epic about the life of peripatetic assassin, kidnapper, Opec hostage-taker and ideologically addled playboy terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sánchez, Aka Carlos the jackal.

Me, I blame al-Qaida, with their nihilism and grotesque misogyny, their stated preference for death over life and, worst of all, their world-beating humourlessness. (It took Chris Morris, in Four Lions, to find the laffs in Islamofascism.)

Jeez, lighten up, fellas. Watching these guys dropping new fatwa videos and declarations of total war on,
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Vatican Not Too Keen On Pope Joan Flick

A new German language movie, Pope Joan, starring Baader-Meinhof Complex’s Johanna Wokalek has caused a bit of a stink with Catholic priests and bishops in Italy this week.

You’d think they’d be more outraged with the lurid actions of some of their own than have time to whinge about a new movie based on the medieval legend of a female pope.

Yes, that is what has got their goat. A no-tail pope! One newspaper, albeit one for priests, said the film held an:

“extremely limited vision.”

The film directed by Sönke Wortman, based on an American novel, also stars John Goodman as Pope Sergius and David Wenham as Pope Joan’s lover (although he looks exactly like his character in Lord of the Rings). Now you might be thinking the history of Roman popes was a pure as the driven snow, but you’d be dead wrong.
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