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The Birdcatcher review – ropey rural wartime thriller

Disguising herself as a boy, a Jewish girl escapes the Nazis by getting job on a Norwegian farm in this hammy Euro-drama

Fads may change, tastes may come and fashions may go, but one thing seems constant: an inexhaustible market for ropey, hammy Euro-puddingish, lite-drama films set in the 1940s. Here’s another such, set in Nazi-occupied Norway, written by Trond Morten Christensen and directed by British film-maker Ross Clarke. It is avowedly based on a composite of real cases.

The Danish star Sarah-Sofie Boussnina plays Esther, a Jewish girl in Trondheim who escapes a Nazi roundup and flees into the countryside. She winds up disguising herself as a boy and getting a job at a farm owned by Norwegian collaborationist Johann (Jakob Cedergren) whose wife Anna (Laura Birn) is having an affair with a German officer (August Diehl).
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LevelK boards Finnish comedy ‘Games People Play’ (exclusive)

LevelK boards Finnish comedy ‘Games People Play’ (exclusive)
Cast includes The InnocentsLaura Birn; project presented at Finnish Film Affair’s works in progress this week.

LevelK has acquired world sales rights for Jenni Toivoniemi’s Finnish comedy Games People Play.

Venla Hellstedt and Elli Toivoniemi produce for Finland’s award-winning female-focused production company Tuffi Films, whose credits include 2019 Berlinale Crystal Bear winenr Stupid Young Heart. The deal marks the first collaboration between LevelK and Tuffi.

Jenni Toivoniemi makes her feature film debut following award-winning shorts such as The Date and The Committee.

Games People Play is a bittersweet comedy about a group of thirtysomething friends regressing to
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The Innocents

Network: Netflix.

Episodes: Eight (hour).

Seasons: One.

TV show dates: August 24, 2018 — August 24, 2019.

Series status: Cancelled.

Performers include: Sorcha Groundsell, Percelle Ascott, Guy Pearce, Jóhannes Hauker Jóhannesson, Laura Birn, Sam Hazeldine, Lise Risom Olsen, Trond Fausa, and Ingunn Beate Øyen.

TV show description:

From creators Hania Elkington and Simon Duric, The Innocents TV show is a British supernatural drama. The series follows young lovers June McDaniel (Groundsell) and Harry Polk (Ascott), who defy their families and run away to be together. Their romantic adventure is upended when June starts to exhibit mysterious abilities.

When Harry and June realize she has the power to shape-shift, they try to find a way to control the
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The Innocents: No Season Two? Netflix Series Reportedly Cancelled

Will there be another season of The Innocents? According to TVLine, Netflix has cancelled the TV show after only one season.

The supernatural drama follows young lovers June McDaniel (Sorcha Groundsell) and Harry Polk (Percelle Ascott), who defy their families and run away to be together. Their romantic adventure is upended when June starts to exhibit mysterious abilities. The cast also includes Guy Pearce, Jóhannes Hauker Jóhannesson, Laura Birn, Sam Hazeldine, Lise Risom Olsen, Trond Fausa, and Ingunn Beate Øyen.

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Göteborg: ‘All the Sins’ Wins 2019 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize

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Göteborg: ‘All the Sins’ Wins 2019 Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize
Mika Ronkainen and Merja Aakko won the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize for outstanding writing on a Nordic drama series on Wednesday evening for “All the Sins,” a crime thriller and broken family drama set in Finland’s singular Bible belt and sod by Sky Vision.

The six-part series marks the first venture into series drama creation by documentary director Ronkainen, whose 2003’s “Screaming Men” played Sundance, and 2009’s “Freetime Machos” the Tribeca Film Festival, and by Aako, a former journalist specialized in human interest stories and social issues.

“All the Sins” is lead produced for Finnish VOD service Elisa Viihde by Ilkka Matila at Finland’s Mrp Matila Rohr Productions.

The series begins with detective Lauri Räiha being dispatched to investigate the murders of two men, both pillars of the ultra-conservative Laestadian religious community, in Varjakka, a small northern Finnish town where he grew up. He is accompanied by a senior officer,
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‘State of Happiness,’ ‘The Flatey Enigma’ To Compete At Goteborg’s TV Drama Vision

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“State of Happiness,” “The Flatey Enigma” and “The Inner Circle” are among the six Nordic drama series which will be presented at Goteborg Film Festival’s TV Drama Vision and compete for the Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize.

Written by Mette M. Bølstad (“Nobel”), “State of Happiness” follows four young characters who come from different backgrounds and are thrown into a whirlwind of opportunity during Norway’s oil boom of the 1970s.

The Flatey Enigma,” written by Margrét Örnólfsdóttir, is a mystery thriller series based on Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson’s novels. “The Inner Circle,” penned by Håkan Lindhé, is a political thriller about an ambitious young man belonging to the Swedish political elite on a journey to fulfill his life long dream and become Prime Minister of Sweden.

The other nominated series are “Kieler Street,” written by Stig Frode Henriksen, Jesper Sundnes and Patrik Syversen; “All the Sins,” written by
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Feminist anthology 'One-Off Incident' wins Finnish Film Affair's work in progress award

The project is directed by 15 female writers and directors.

Tuffi Films short film anthology One-Off Incident won the Finnish Film Affair’s work in progress award, which goes to the project presented that is most likely to attract international attention.

One-Off Incident is an anthology of short films about how power is used against women in their private lives as well as in society. The project will also include an awareness campaign.

The project is directed by 15 female writers and directors and curated by Tuffi Films’ group of female producers; it was pitched by director Alli Haapasalo and Tuffi producer Elli Toivoniemi.
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The Innocents: Season One Viewer Votes

Are you guilty of loving the first season of The Innocents TV show on Netflix? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether a TV shows like The Innocents is cancelled or renewed for season two. Netflix and other streaming platforms, however, collect their own data. If you've been watching this TV series, we'd love to know how you feel about The Innocents season one episodes. We invite you to rate them for us, below.

A Netflix supernatural drama, The Innocents stars Sorcha Groundsell, Percelle Ascott, Guy Pearce, Jóhannes Hauker Jóhannesson, Laura Birn, Sam Hazeldine, Lise Risom Olsen, Trond Fausa, and Ingunn Beate Øyen. The British series centers on young lovers June McDaniel (Groundsell) and Harry Polk (Ascott), who defy their families and run away to be together. Their romantic adventure is upended when June starts
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The Innocents: Is the Netflix TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

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Is this the end of the innocence? Has The Innocents TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Netflix? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of v, season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?   

What's This TV Show About?

A Netflix supernatural drama, The Innocents stars Sorcha Groundsell, Percelle Ascott, Guy Pearce, Jóhannes Hauker Jóhannesson, Laura Birn, Sam Hazeldine, Lise Risom Olsen, Trond Fausa, and Ingunn Beate Øyen. The British series centers on young lovers June McDaniel (Groundsell) and Harry Polk (Ascott), who defy their families and run away to be together. Their romantic adventure is upended when June starts to exhibit mysterious abilities; she is a
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Premiere Interviews: Guy Pearce, Sorcha Groundsell and Percelle Ascott on Netflix’s The Innocents

This week the cast gathered in London for the launch of the teenage supernatural love story The Innocents, the scary new Netflix Original series. It stars Sorcha Groundsell, Petcelle Ascott, Guy Pearce, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Laura Birn, Sam Hazeldine, Lise Risom Olsen, Nadine Marshall and Trond Fausa. It was created by Simon Duric and Hania Elkington.

The Innocents arrives on Netflix on the 24th of August, here are our interviews.

The Innocents Interviews

Plot:

The Innocents is a teenage supernatural love story, which revolves around two teenagers, Harry and June, who run away from their repressive family to be together. After this, they are thrown into a journey of self-discovery, due to the secrets kept by their parents, which test their love. Besides this, their respective extraordinary gifts end up unleashing powerful forces, who intend on dividing them forever.

The post Premiere Interviews: Guy Pearce, Sorcha Groundsell and Percelle Ascott
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Voltage launches WW2 drama 'The Bird Catcher' in Cannes

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Exclusive: Shoot underway for Ross Clarke-directed feature.

Voltage Pictures has launched international sales in Cannes on Motion Picture Capital’s Second World War drama The Bird Catcher.

The story centres on a Jewish girl who struggles to survive in Nazi-occupied Norway by masquerading as a male farmhand in Sweden.

Ross Clarke is currently shooting the drama from a screenplay by Trond Morten Kristensen that is due to wrap soon on location near Trondheim in Norway.

Scanbox pre-bought Scandinavian rights at script stage.

Laura Birn [pictured], Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, August Diehl, Arthur Hakalahti, Johannes Kuhnke and Jakob Cedergren star

Sense8 executive producer Leon Clarance serves as producer alongside Lisa G. Black and Clarke.

“We are pleased to continue our excellent working relationship with our friends at Mpc and excited to share this film which is as visually stunning as it is powerful and moving with our international partners,” Nicolas Chartier and Jonathan Deckter of Voltage Pictures said. “The reaction
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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival or in native Estonian — PÖFF — winners were announced…

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival or in native Estonian — PÖFF — winners were announced…
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival or in native Estonian — PÖFF — winners were announced in one of the largest and most distinctive film events in Northern Europe.

The festival is a long one from November 11 to 27, 2016 to accomodate the public and it embraces a cluster of events, accommodating three full-blown sub-festivals (Animated Dreams, Just Film, Sleepwalkers) as well as international industry events bringing together filmmakers from all over the world.

The festival includes two international competition programs (Main Competition and First Features Competition), a traditional film festival program with documentaries and feature films as well as programs for short films, retrospectives and film related special events (concerts, exhibitions, talks and more).

The winners of this year’s festival are:

Main Competition Jury Members: Uberto Pasolini, Steen Bille, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Laura Birn, Kang Soo-Yeon, William Goldstei

Grand Prix for the Best Film (Bronze wolf statuette and a grant of 10,000 Euros, equally
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Israel’s 'A Quiet Heart' triumphs at Tallinn Black Nights

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Israel’s 'A Quiet Heart' triumphs at Tallinn Black Nights
Iran’s Narges Abyar takes best director for Breath, Kadri Kõusaar’s Mother scoops best Estonian film.

Israeli feature A Quiet Heart has been awarded the grand prix for best film at this year’s Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Nov 11-27).

The drama receives a prize of €10,000, which is shared between director Eitan Anner (Love & Dance) and producer Gal Greenspan, who made the film under his banner Green Productions.

The Jerusalem-set film follows a secular young woman who seeks refuge from her life as a concert pianist. Star Ania Bukstein took the best actress prize.

A jury comprised of Uberto Pasolini, Steen Bille, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Laura Birn, Kang Soo–Youn and William Goldstein issued a statement saying that the film was “an inspiring journey towards hope and courage”.

The event’s best director prize went to Iran’s Narges Abyar for her feature Breath, which tells the story of a family living in Iran in
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Finnish Film Affair: 'Tom Of Finland', Sherlock Holmes crime series among hot projects

Finnish Film Affair: 'Tom Of Finland', Sherlock Holmes crime series among hot projects
A total of 21 projects are set to be presented at the event, which last year showcased Cannes hit The Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Mäki.

The fifth edition of the Finnish Film Affair runs from September 20 -22. The programme will showcase 40 Finnish titles, screening 24 recent releases and presenting a further 21 films as works in progress, 11 of which are currently in production while 10 are in development.

Expectation is high as it was at the Finnish Film Affair works in progress presentations in 2015 that sales agents and buyers got their first look at Aamu Film Compnay´s The Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Mäki, directed by Juho Kuosmanen, which won the Un Certain Regard best film prize at this year´s Cannes Film Festival.

A jury will select a Best Pitch from the eleven Works in Progress projects. The following projects will be vying for the prize awarded by a jury comprising Sergei Rakhlin, chair
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Horror Highlights: The Ones Below Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital HD Release Details, Hell Town, The Ninth Passenger

From the writer of AMC’s The Night Manger, The Ones Below comes out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on September 6th. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: updated release details for Steve Balderson’s Hell Town and the official start of filming on The Ninth Passenger.

The Ones Below Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD Release Date Announced: Press Release: “Los Angeles – Written and directed by David Farr (“The Night Manager,” Hanna, “Mi-5”), the intense psychological thriller, The Ones Below, arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on September 6th from Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet Label. The Ones Below features riveting performances from Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter franchise), BAFTA® nominee David Morrissey (“The Walking Dead,” “Stage Of Play”), Stephen Campbell Moore (Burnt) and Laura Birn (Purge).

Expecting their first child, Kate (Poésy) and Justin (Moore) become friendly with their new neighbors, Jon (Morrissey) and Theresa (Birn), who are also expecting,
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The Ones Below Review

Tenser and queasier than your average thriller, The Ones Below finds two soon-to-be parents living in a flat above another expecting couple, an improbable scenario that turns even more improbably tragic and horrific. Parenthood is both a blessing and a curse, and writer-director David Farr captures both sides, stretching the creepy-neighbor tension to its breaking point throughout. It’s almost exhausting watching the high-strung domestic drama play out, with nary a moment of respite to cling onto, but Farr’s evocative use of lighting, editing and sound can at times provide something else to ponder should moments of the story prove too intense to stomach.

Harry Potter alum Clémence Poésy plays Kate, the female half of the upstairs, decidedly normal couple in this London-set neighborly standoff. She and her journalist husband Justin (Stephen Campbell Moore) have just moved into their second-floor flat in anticipation of the arrival of their first child,
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The Ones Below Review – The Chilling Intensity Of Socially Awkward Neighbors

The Ones Below sounds like a serious horror film, and though it wants to call itself a thriller, it’s really something without a comfortable genre home… but, it has a bit in common with horror theories.

The story revolves around Kate (Clémence Poésy) and Justin (Stephen Campbell Moore), who are expecting a baby. They’re a more or less standard couple, who are fairly well off, and their life is offered up as “that which you can relate to.” The ins and outs of their existence moves along a familiar track.

Their one problem is that they live in a two-story flat, and new people move in downstairs. Thus, the ones below. Jon (David Morrissey) and Teresa (Laura Birn) are said ones below, and they are expecting as well.

As we ease into the film, and the general discomfort of living in a situation where you have to see
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Review: The Ones Below, Beware The Kindness Of Neighbors

Properly moody, The Ones Below brews up a strong cup of neighborly paranoia. It's a familiar story. Kate (Clémence Poésy) and Justin (Stephen Campbell Moore) live in a lovely flat in a lovely building in a lovely London suburb. Kate is pregnant and they couldn't be happier. They live upstairs and are curious about their new downstairs neighbors, Theresa (Laura Birn) and Jon (David Morrissey). Their impressions are generally positive as far as the somewhat tremulous Theresa is concerned. She too is pregnant, though she is quite anxious about it, since she and her husband have already suffered through unsuccessful attempts to have children. Kate and Justin invite the couple upstairs for a meal, where they finally meet the bombastic Jon. Theresa starts sneaking alcohol,...

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Exclusive Clip: The Ones Below - Watch The Baby And I'll Watch You

Never has breastfeeding looked so sinister. In our exclusive clip from The Ones Below, exhausted new mother Clémence Poésy asks her downstairs neighbor Laura Birn to watch her infant son. But it turns out that the new mother is more suspicious than exhausted, leading to a moment that sends chills down her spine. The movie builds tension slowly and deliberately. And if you've ever lived next door to someone -- anyone, really -- you'll probably be able to relate to what happens. Check the official synopsis below for more detailed information: The Ones Below is the debut feature from writer-director David Farr (screenwriter of Hanna and AMC's The Night Manager), starring the ensemble cast of Clémence Poésy, David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore (Complicit, History Boys,...

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May 2016 VOD Releases Include Bite, The Haunting Of Alice D, Crush The Skull

It looks like May will be a somewhat busy month in regards to horror and sci-fi VOD/Digital HD releases, as we have thirteen different titles arriving before Memorial Day. Dark Sky Films is kicking things off with Adrián García Bogliano’s Scherzo Diabolico, and for those of you wanting to check out the latest from Kane Hodder, The Haunting of Alice D arrives on all digital platforms the very same day.

Scream Factory is unleashing their latest film, Bite, on VOD on May 6th, and Regression, the mystery thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson, is getting released on May 10th courtesy of Starz Digital. Also, one of my favorite films from the 2015 Los Angeles Film Fest, Crush the Skull, is being released on May 17th courtesy of Breaking Glass Pictures.

Other notable VOD titles for May 2016 include The Offering, What We Become, The Curse of Sleeping Beauty, and The Ones Below.
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