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Bac Films, Snowglobe Unveil Trailer of Berlinale-Bound Danish Thriller ‘Wildland’ (Exclusive)

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French sales/distribution company Bac Films and Danish production banner Snowglobe have unveiled the trailer of “Wildland,” Jeanette Nordahl’s female-driven crime thriller which is set to world premiere at the 70th Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama section.

Starring Sidse Babett Knudsen (“Borgen”) as a mafia ringleader and introducing Sandra Guldberg Kampp, “Wildland” was written by Ingeborg Topsøe (“The Charmer”) and explores the themes of family, loyalty and the cycle of violence, addiction and corruption.

Set in a Danish countryside around an old industrialized farming town, “Wildland” follows a 17-year old girl, Ida, who moves in with her aunt and cousins after the tragic death of her mother in a car accident. The home is filled with love, but outside of the home, the family leads a violent and criminal life.

Babett Knudsen stars in the film opposite Joachim Fjelstrup (“Itsi Bitsi”), Elliott Crosset Hove

(“Winter Brothers”) and Besir Zeciri
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #139. Kød & Blod – Jeannette Nordahl

Kød & Blod

Denmark’s Jeannette Nordahl makes her debut with crime thriller Kød & Blod (Wildland), headlined by esteemed actress Sidse Babett Knudsen. She’s joined by Elliott Crosset Hove (Best Actor from Locarno 2017 for Winter Brothers) and Carla Philip Roder. Nordahl’s debut (which sort of looks like an Animal Kingdom-esque package) is produced by Eva Jakobsen (Thelma; Valhalla Rising), Mikkel Jersin (Thelma; The Untamed) and Katrin Pors (Thelma; Godless; Birds of Passage; The Untamed). The project is lensed by David Gallego (Embrace of the Serpent; Birds of Passage).…
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Morelia, Locarno Festivals Host Fifth Academy for Young Professionals

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Mexico’s Morelia Intl. Film Festival (Ficm) and Locarno Academy are hosting the fifth edition of their joint academy for young professionals at this year’s festival, supported by the Mexican Film Institute (Imcine) and the Ibermedia program.

The Morelia/Imcine-Locarno Intl. Industry Academy – it’s official name . counts as one of a series of Academies hosted by the Locarno Film Festival, which takes in Brazil, at the Sao Paulo Iff; in Santiago, Chile– previously in Valdivia; Iff Panama; in Greece at the Thessaloniki Festival; at the Lincoln Center in New York; and in Beirut, Lebanon.

The workshop’s main objective is to support young professionals in the areas of sales, marketing, online and traditional distribution, and exhibition and programming.

With only four days to fit in everything, the Locarno Academy at Morelia is always more sprint than marathon. Attendees arrived Monday and meet from 9am – 6:30pm each day this week.
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UK Film Centre in Cannes 2019: Full line-up of events revealed

UK Film Centre in Cannes 2019: Full line-up of events revealed
Ken Loach, Jessica Hausner, Asif Kapadia all to give talent talks.

Talent talks from directors Ken Loach, Jessica Hausner and Asif Kapadia all feature on the UK Film Centre’s programme of industry events at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25).

Each will discuss their respective films, which are having world premieres at the festival.

Loach will be joined by screenwriter Paul Laverty and producer Rebecca O’Brien on Friday, May 17 to discuss Competition title Sorry We Missed You, hosted by Screen’s Wendy Mitchell.

Hausner will talk alongside co-writer Geraldine Bajard and producers Geradine O’Flynn and
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Rei Cine, Snowglobe, Cine-Sud Promotion Board Quijote’s ‘The Settlers’ (Exclusive)

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Madrid — Selected for this year’s Cannes Atelier, Felipe Gálvez’s Chilean Western “The Settlers,” one of the most buzzed-up projects to come out of Chile in recent years, has attracted three of the most successful production partners currently working in Latin America: Argentina’s Rei Cine, Denmark’s Snowglobe and France’s Cine-Sud Promotion.

Lead produced by Chile’s Quijote Films, “The Settlers” hits Cannes having won in November the 2018 TorinoFilmLab, one of Europe’s key co-production prizes.

The Quijote-rei Cine partnership won financing from the Chile-Argentina bilateral co-production fund.

Written by Gálvez, and scheduled to shoot in tierra del Fuego and Patagonia in March 2020, “The Settlers” is set in 1901 as Segundo, a mixed-race Chilean, rides south on an expedition led by MacLenan, a former Boer War English captain and Bill, an American mercenary, to fence off land granted to Spanish landowner José Menéndez. They brutally – and euphorically -slaughter a settlement of indigenous Onas,
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Swedish hybrid nature documentary 'Ridge' wins Cph:dox main prize

A Moon For My Father, Dark Suns also among winners.

This year’s Cph:dox festival in Copenhagen has handed out its main prize, the Dox:Award, to John Skoog’s Ridge. The film is an artistic hybrid documentary portrait of the Swedish summer, featuring visual art, abstract fiction and documentary material from Skåne, the country’s southernmost county.

The jury, consisting of producer Katrin Pors, critic and curator Eric Hynes, filmmaker Soudade Kaadan, filmmaker Frederic Tcheng, and Berlinale Panorama programme director Paz Lazaro, also gave a special mention to Pia Hellenthal’s feminist doc Searching Eva about a young woman living in Berlin.
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Turkey's Meetings on the Bridge unveils 2019 project selection

Mohamed Siam, Emre Akay and Myriam El Hajj will be among the filmmakers heading to Turkey.

Mohamed Siam, Emre Akay and Myriam El Hajj will be among the filmmakers heading to Turkey for the 14th edition of the Meetings on the Bridge project meeting, running April 11-12 within the framework of the 38th Istanbul Film Festival (April 5-16).

Egyptian documentarian Mohamed Siam, whose last feature Amal opened the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (Idfa) in 2017, will present his first fiction feature project, Blood And Honey (Carnaval).

Siam describes it as comedy mixing ingredients from Amal – which followed a young female revolutionary
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All-star Iranian cast board Dutch-Danish-German drama 'Mitra' (exclusive)

All-star Iranian cast board Dutch-Danish-German drama 'Mitra' (exclusive)
’Under The Shadow’, ’Radio Dreams’ actors set for project from Dutch-Iranian Kaweh Modiri.

A cast of actors with Iranian roots whose credits include Under The Shadow, Radio Dreams and Fack Ju Göthe 2, have signed up for Dutch-Iranian Kaweh Modiri’s upcoming suspense drama Mitra.

Inspired by the director’s own family history, the project will be set between present day Netherlands and 1981 Tehran. 37 years after her daughter Mitra was executed in Iran and she fled her home country, Haleh leads a successful life as a renowned academic in the Netherlands. Her peaceful existence is shaken by the arrival of
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #46. Divine Love – Gabriel Mascaro

Divine Love

Brazilian director Gabriel Mascaro’s third feature, Divine Love (previously known as Overgod) has been highly anticipated ever since his 2015 breakout Neon Bull (read our review). A co-production between Uruguay, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden, the film is produced by Rachel Ellis. Mascaro reunites with his Neon Bull Dp Diego Garcia (who also lensed Cemetery of Splendor and this year’s Wildlife) and among the cast are Dira Paes, Julio Machado (of Hard Labor and Joaquim), and Emilio de Mello.…
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #114. White, White Day – Hlynur Palmason

White, White Day

Iceland’s Hlynur Palmason returns with his sophomore feature White, White Day, an Icelandic-Swedish-Danish coproduction produced by Anton Mani Svansson for Join Motion Pictures (which financed his 2017 debut Winter Brothers), Sweden’s Katarina Krave for Film i Vast and Nima Yousefi for Hob Ab, plus from Denmark’s Snowglobe the trio of Katrin Pors, Eva Jakobsen and Mikkel Jersin. Palmason has recruited noted Icelandic actor Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, best known for his appearances in several of Baltasar Kormakur films, and who can currently be seen in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018).…
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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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Palm Springs International Ff 2019: ‘Birds of Passage’

Directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, filmmakers of ‘Embrace of the Serpent’, the first Colombian film ever to be nominated for an Oscar®, comes ‘Birds of Passage’ / ‘Pajaros de Verano’.Interviews with Christina Gallego and Ciro Guerra

A sprawling epic about the erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth, a a native Wayúu family in the mountains of Colombia discovers that only as long as they adhere to the matriarch’s dictates according to their oral traditions, they will prosper.

Set in 1970s Colombia among the Wayúu indigenous people, this mystical epic centers on Rapayet, a man torn between the desire to be powerful and his duty to uphold his culture’s values. Ignoring ancient omens, his tribe enters the drug trafficking business getting caught up in a conflict where honor is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood.

In three generations the ancient wisdom rooted
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‘Birds Of Passage’ Trailer: A Visually Epic Origin Story Of Colombian Drug Trade

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‘Birds Of Passage’ Trailer: A Visually Epic Origin Story Of Colombian Drug Trade
Exclusive: The new trailer for Birds of Passage, Colombia’s official entry for the Foreign Language Film Oscar race, shows off the visual epicness of the drama directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra. The Orchard film is slated for release February 13 in New York and Los Angeles, with a national rollout to follow.

Tracing the origins of the Colombian drug trade as it slowly corrupts a native Wayúu family, Birds of Passage stars Jose Acosta, Carmiña Martínez and Natalia Reyes (the upcoming Terminator reboot). The film premiered as the opening-night selection of the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in May and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Gallego and Guerra made history with their 2015 film Embrace of the Serpent, the first Colombian film ever to be nominated for an Oscar. Birds of Passage marks the directorial debut of Gallego, who produced Embrace of the Serpent. She also
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Colombia’s Academy Award Entry for Best Foreign Language Film: ‘Birds of Passage’

Directed by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra, filmmakers of ‘Embrace of the Serpent’, the first Colombian film ever to be nominated for an Oscar®, comes ‘Birds of Passage’ / ‘Pajaros de Verano’.Interviews with Christina Gallego and Ciro Guerra from press notes.

A sprawling epic about the erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth, a a native Wayúu family in the mountains of Colombia discovers that only as long as they adhere to the matriarch’s dictates according to their oral traditions, they will prosper.

Set in 1970s Colombia among the Wayúu indigenous people, this mystical epic centers on Rapayet, a man torn between the desire to be powerful and his duty to uphold his culture’s values. Ignoring ancient omens, his tribe enters the drug trafficking business getting caught up in a conflict where honor is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood.

In three generations the
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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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San Sebastian: Rei Cine, Snowglobe Team for Pablo Fendrick’s ‘Hermano Peligro’ (Exclusive)

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San Sebastian — Denmark’s Snowglobe is teaming with Argentina’s Rei Cine to produce writer-director Pablo Fendrik’s “Hermano Peligro” (Brother Danger).

Currently at first-draft screenplay, the title weighs is as one of the big potential crossover project propositions at this year’s San Sebastian Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, which tales place Sunday Sept. 23.

The co-production also links two of the most prestigious and internationally energetic upscale film companies currently working in the Spanish-speaking world.

Headed by Benjamin Domenech, Santiago Gallelli, and Matías Roveda, Buenos Aires-based Rei Cine, “Hermano Peligro’s” lead producer, has over the last year produced Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama” and Natalia Garagiola’s “Hunting Season,” both 2017 Venice hits, then Sundance-selected “The Queen of Fear,” from Valeria Bertuccelli and Fabiana Tiscornia, and Gonzalo Tobal’s 2018 Venice competition player “The Accused.”

A Copenhagen-located co-producer of some of the highest-profile and boldest Latin American movies in the last two years – Carlos Reygadas’ “Our Time,
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Alexander Payne to be San Sebastian president by Amber Wilkinson - 2018-09-07 12:30:11

Official Competition Jury: Alexander Payne, Bet Rourich, Agnes Johansen, Francesca Cima, Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Rossy de Palma Photo: Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival Downsizing director Alexander Payne has been announced as the jury president for the 66th San Sebastian Film Festival.

The helmer of films including Sideways and Nebraska will be joined on the Official Competition jury by 42 Beats actor Nahuel Pérez Biscayart and Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown star Rossy de Palma, alongside Adult Life Skills and Songbird cinemtographer Bet Rourich. Producers Francesca Cima (The Great Beauty) and Agnes Johansen (Jar City) will also take part, with a seventh juror still to be named.

In a refreshing change from many festivals, female talent also dominates the New Directors award jury, with Thelma producer Katrin Pors named president, alongside Refugiado director Diego Lerman, artist Imma Merino, scriptwriter Léa Mysius (Ismael's Ghosts) and Sydney Film Festival director Nashen Moodley.
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Colombia selects 'Birds Of Passage' for Oscars

Colombia selects 'Birds Of Passage' for Oscars
Ciro Guerra, Cristina Gallego co-direct after Oscar-nominated Embrace Of The Serpent.

Birds Of Passage, the Cannes Director’s Fortnight opener co-directed by Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego, has been selected to fly the flag for Colombia in the upcoming foreign-language Oscar contest.

The film heads to Toronto next week where it will screen in Contemporary World Cinema and chronicles the origins of the Colombian drug trade as it gradually corrupts a native Wayúu family.

Wayúu descendants Jose Acosta and Carmiña Martínez star alongside rising Colombia star Natalia Reyes of the upcoming Terminator reboot.

North American distributor The Orchard will release
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‘Birds of Passage’: Colombia Selects Cannes Breakout as Foreign Language Film Submission — Exclusive

The Colombian Academy of Cinematography Arts and Sciences has picked Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s “Birds of Passage” as Colombia’s Official Entry in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar category. Billed as “a sprawling epic about the erosion of tradition in pursuit of material wealth,” the film premiered as the Opening Night selection of the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. It will next screen at Tiff.

The film is the second effort by Guerra and Gallego to serve as Colombia’s Oscar submission — their previous film, “Embrace of the Serpent,” which Guerra directed and Gallego produced, earned the country’s first ever Oscar nomination in 2015. The film marks Gallego’s directorial debut, who also produces the film alongside Katrin Pors and takes a Story By credit. It is the fourth feature film for co-director Guerra, who is set to helm the upcoming film adaptation of
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The Orchard Picks Up Colombian Film ‘Birds of Passage’

The Orchard Picks Up Colombian Film ‘Birds of Passage’
The Orchard announced on Sunday that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for “Birds of Passage,” the family drama from Oscar-nominated directors Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra that explores the impact of the Colombian drug trade on an indigenous village.

Premiering as the opening film at this year’s Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, “Birds of Passage” takes place in the 1970s, following an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in the very lucrative business of selling marijuana to American tourists. While it proves to be profitable, the trade soon tears the family apart, putting their traditions, relationships and very lives at stake.

Also Read: Cannes Report, Day 5: Salma Hayek Sounds Off, Gaspar Noé Redeemed

Gallego and Guerra broke into Hollywood’s arthouse scene with “Embrace of the Serpent,” a 2015 period drama set in the Amazon that became the first Colombian film to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language film. The screenplay was written by Maria Camila Arias and Jacques Toulemonde Vidal.

“This film was always conceived as a theatrical experience, and there’s really no better way to appreciate it than in the cinema,” said co-directors Gallego, Guerra and producer Katrin Pors. “We are very happy that audiences will have the opportunity to see it the way it was intended, and that we have found a passionate distributor that loves and defends the art of cinema as much as we do.”

Also Read: Cannes So Far: The Spotlight Belongs to the Women

“‘Birds of Passage’ swept us up immediately into an engrossing familial drama surrounded by a world bursting with stunning color and sound,” said Orchard’s Evp of Film and Television Paul Davidson. “Cristina and Ciro have delivered something altogether special and unique that we are honored to be a part of.”

The deal was negotiated by The Orchard‘s Danielle Digiacomo, and by Films Boutique’s Jean-Christophe Simon and Louis Balsan on behalf of the filmmakers.

Read original story The Orchard Picks Up Colombian Film ‘Birds of Passage’ At TheWrap
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