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Eva Green: "The Edit"

Take a look at actress Eva Green ("300: Rise Of An Empire") in "The Edit" magazine, photographed by Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello:

Green started her career in theater before making her film debut in director Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Dreamers" (2003).

She then achieved international recognition as 'Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem' in director Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005).

Green then played 'Bond Girl' 'Vesper Lynd' in "Casino Royale" (2006).

Since 2006, Green has starred in the independent films "Cracks" (2009), "Womb" (2010) and "Perfect Sense" (2011).

She has also appeared in the TV series "Camelot" (2011)...

...followed by the role of 'Angelique Bouchard' in director Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" (2012).

In 2014, Green played 'Artemisia' in "300: Rise of an Empire"...

...followed by the character 'Ava Lord' in the Frank Miller/Robert Rodriguez- directed "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For".

Green also stars in Showtime's "Penny Dreadful"...

...and "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
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Eva Green In "The Edit"

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Sneak Peek new images of actress Eva Green ("300: Rise Of An Empire") in the September 2016 issue of "The Edit" fashion magazine, photographed by Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello:

Green started her career in theater before making her film debut in director Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Dreamers" (2003).

She then achieved international recognition as 'Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem' in director Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005).

Green then played 'Bond Girl' 'Vesper Lynd' in "Casino Royale" (2006).

Since 2006, Green has starred in the independent films "Cracks" (2009), "Womb" (2010) and "Perfect Sense" (2011).

She has also appeared in the TV series "Camelot" (2011)...

...followed by the role of 'Angelique Bouchard' in director Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" (2012).

In 2014, Green played 'Artemisia' in "300: Rise of an Empire"...

...followed by the character 'Ava Lord' in the Frank Miller/Robert Rodriguez- directed "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For".

Green also stars in Showtime's "Penny Dreadful"...

...and currently
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Eva Green In "W"

Take a look @ new images of actress Eva Green ("Penny Dreadful") in the August 2016 issue of "W Magazine", photographed by Mert & Marcus, wearing Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Versace and a whole lot more:

Green started her career in theater before making her film debut in director Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Dreamers" (2003).

She then achieved international recognition as 'Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem' in director Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005).

Green then played 'Bond Girl' 'Vesper Lynd' in "Casino Royale" (2006).

Since 2006, Green has starred in the independent films "Cracks" (2009), "Womb" (2010) and "Perfect Sense" (2011).

She has also appeared in the TV series "Camelot" (2011)...

...followed by the role of 'Angelique Bouchard' in director Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" (2012).

In 2014, Green played 'Artemisia' in the "300: Rise of an Empire"...

...followed by the character 'Ava Lord' in the Frank Miller/Robert Rodriguez- directed "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For".

Green also stars in
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Lily Lane | 2016 Berlin Intl. Film Festival Review

Over the River and Through the Woods: Fliegauf Explores Intimate Portrait of Abuse Cycles

Hungarian auteur Bence Fliegauf returns with his first film since 2012’s Just the Wind, which picked up the Grand Jury Prize at the Berlinale, an emotionally taxing film concerning racial implications in the ruthless murder of several rural families. Known for his experimental flourishes and penchant for heavy material, the director begins in his comfortably downtrodden rhythm with his sixth feature, Lily Lane, an essay on nurtured cycles of familial abuse and the euphemistic nature of fairy tales as filter or escape from the clutches of a degraded existence. A refracted narrative unveils a troubled mother’s associations from her own childhood, hopelessly spilling into a present day predicament with her seven year old son. The result is a roundabout relay of psychological catharsis, at once frustrating and compelling.

Rebekah (Angela Stefanovics) tells her son Dani
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Sundance ’16: Lebanese Comedy ‘Halal Love (and Sex)’ is a Hilarious Discovery from Razor Film

My major discovery -- though it may yet win the Audience Prize at Sundance in the World Dramatic Competition, is the new “Divorce, Italian Style”. Or as my friend Gary Meyer said, maybe it’s more like the great Norman Lear’s “Divorce, American Style”. “Divorce, Sharia Style” is actually entitled “Halal Love (and Sex)” and depicts four tragi-comic interconnected stories about devout Muslim men and women as they try to manage their love lives and desires without breaking any of their religion’s rules.

Halal Love (and Sex)” is hilarious and eye-opening, culturally open and sharing, and God knows, we all need a good laugh about what we spend 90% of our mental life wishing for…good sex.

The film opens in an elementary school classroom as the teacher begins to explain to the young girls how babies are made.

In Beirut, Awatef is recruiting a second wife to help her satisfy her overly loving husband. The jealous Mokhtar needs to find his ex-wife another man to be able to marry her again, for the 4th time. Lubna, freshly divorced, can finally marry her true love, but on a short-term contract only. Everyone tries to live and love, by the rules of Islam.

This is a sophisticated, bourgeous comedy, somewhat French in character but most likely 100% Lebanese in its warm humor and its depiction of love and sex in civilized society today. Assad Fouadkar, the writer and director and the two Razor Film producers Roman Paul and Gerhard Meixner are all fully educated in the U.S. as well as their own respective countries of Lebanon, Australia and Germany and their understanding the meaning of cross-cultural brings special veritas to this comedy of manners.

Assad Fouladkar was born in Lebanon where he taught at the Lebanese American University before going to study filmmaking at Boston University. His thesis short, “God Have Mercy” was a finalist at the Student Academy Awards. Fouladkar’s debut feature, “When Maryam Spoke Out” won major awards worldwide and was selected as Lebanon’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Recently he has also directed the sitcom “Ragel W Sit Sitat”.

He originally took the treatment of his idea to Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors and while it attracted interest, no company came aboard definitively until the script was developed.

Roman Paul says, "We met Assad via the commissioning editor of 'Wadjda', Layaly Badr. Then we teamed up with Sundance to further develop the script."

That development took place with the Sundance Institute’s own Paul Federbush who felt it merited his personal efforts outside of any Lab. Assad was already an alumnus of the Sundance Institute. Being head of the international labs however, Paul had the protection of a firewall between the lab and the festival, so its ultimate selection for this year’s festival was not a result of his involvement or the lab’s involvement. The film was accepted on its own merits. The Guardian gave it four out of five stars. Assad will be interviewed by Newsweek Magazine; the BBC has taken note of the film and U.K. is now awakening to the film’s attractive merits. And I was not alone in my surprise at encountering such a fun film here in Sundance; I have heard many others buzzing about it too.

Producers Roman Paul and Gerhard Meixner have been focused on international feature film production for worldwide distribution since forming Razor Film Produktion in 2002. Their movies have premiered and been awarded at major festivals all over the world. They have won two Golden Gloves and one Emmy, were nominated twice for an Academy Award and received the Bernd-Eichinger Award for Outstanding Achievements in Production at the German Film Awards in 2014. They have been codirectors of the International Productions Masterclass “Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris” at Filmakademie Ludwigsburg and La Femis Paris. Roman Paul studied at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and in Paris, the U.S., and Japan. He holds a Masters Degree in Theater, Film and Media Studies and American and German Literature. He started his career in the film business as an assistant of acquisitions for the arthouse distributor Prokino in Munich which is, I think, where I met him one year at the Hof Film Festival. In 1999 he took over as head of international acquisitions at Senator Film Distribution in Berlin and Los Angeles. He is a member of the European and the German Film Academy and Ace (Atelier du Cinema Europeen) initiated by the late Claudie Cheval.

Gerhard Meixner originally trained in economics before working in marketing. He went on to study film production and media studies at the Hochschule fur Fernsehen and Film in Munich and at UCLA in Los Angeles. He worked for MGM/ United Artists. After graduating, he worked as a freelance story editor and script reader for various companies in film and TV. He began working as a producer for Senator Films in Berlin before setting up Razor Film. He too is a member of the German and European Film Academy.

Razor’s past films, the Uruguayan coproduction "Mr. Kaplan" 2014, the groundbreaking "Wadjda" 2012, the sleeper of Tiff 2012 "The Patience Stone" (coprod), "The Future" 2011, "Goodbye First Love" 2011 (coprod), "Womb" 2010 (coprod), "Paradise Now" 2005, the debut film they coproduced, "The Wind Journeys" by Cirro Guerro (current nominee for Oscar Award Best Foreign Language Film "Embrace of the Serpent") 2009 prove that Roman and Gerhard have a sharp eye for talent and good material as well as the broad cross-cultural understanding which makes for international film successes.

"Halal Love" was not produced by Razor alone however. Sabbah Media is the Lebanese production company, a company established in the 1950s. Aside from producing they distribute for Dreamworks, Warner Bros., BBC and others and have two other media companies. Sadek and Ali Sabbah currently lead and manage the full line of the whole business, to preserve a leading market position and carry on their ancestors' dear mission: honoring the past and promoting the future.

It is refreshing to see a comedy from the region and particularly one that bucks traditional stereotypes and depicts strong women in control of their own lives within their respective relationships.

Halal Love (and Sex)” is edgy but it just skirts the far edge of propriety and never oversteps what is halacha or kosher. I think Americans and other citizens of the world will get great enjoyment out of these human stories and it will soften the hard edges of mistrust growing around religious factions today much to the rest of our collective distress. Laughter is the best medicine and this provides plenty of laughs.

Sundance 2016 – World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Rt: 94min

International Premiere

Lebanon

Director: Assad Fouladkar

Writer(s): Assad Fouladkar

Producer: Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner, Sadek Sabbah

Starring: Darine Hamze, Rodrigue Sleiman, Mirna Moukarzel, Ali Sammoury, Zeinab Khadra, Hussein Mokadem, Fadia Abi Chahine

International sales agent: Films Distribution.
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #68. Bence Fliegauf’s Lily Lane

Lily Lane

Director: Bence Fliegauf

Writer: Bence Fliegauf

We had pegged Bence Fliegauf‘s latest Lily Lane as a definite 2015 title, but it was not to be. Those familiar with the films of the Hungarian filmmaker may find his style hard to pinpoint. He’s been building a reputation as an experimental filmmaker since 2001’s Talking Heads. Since then, his films regularly screen at Locarno (he won the Golden Leopard with 2007’s Milky Way). His first English language feature, the delightfully bizarre Eva Green film, Womb (2010) saw his audience widen, even as that also faced similar distribution issues. In 2012, Just the Wind snagged him the Silver Berlin Bear (along with several other accolades), and is still without distribution. Favoring strange and unnerving narratives, we’re greatly excited to see he has another project ready for the coming year (see on set pic above), Lily Lane, which the director describes as
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All 27 stars of Skins: Whatever happened to E4's teen tearaways?

Here's one of those 'This'll make you feel old' factoids - it's two years since the last ever episode of Skins aired.

E4's groundbreaking hormone-fest wrapped up on August 5, 2013 - with an older Cook (Jack O'Connell) heading off into an uncertain future at the close of 'Rise (Part Two)'.

Cook was but one of 27 major characters featured on Skins across three 'Generations' - in a total of 61 episodes, split into seven series. But where are the teen tearaways of Roundview College now?

Generation One

1. Nicholas Hoult

Hoult played Tony Stonem - the pre-eminent bad boy of Skins - across its first two series. Later badly hurt in a traffic accident and forced to rely on others, Tony had mellowed by his final episodes.

Now aged 25, Hoult has become a bona-fide Hollywood star with roles in this year's Mad Max: Fury Road and the much-anticipated book adaptations Dark Places and Kill Your Friends.
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Comic Con 2015 Friday Schedule

Comic Con 2015 Friday Schedule
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Friday, July 10. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.

10:00am - 11:00am - Inside The Big Bang Theory Writer's Room

The Big Bang Theory writers once again open the curtain and take you behind the scenes of TV's #1 comedy. From huge guest stars to the shocking moments in the season finale (Was that a ring, my Precious? Will what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas?), find out what it takes to make the hit series each week. Join the show's executive producers and writers
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #57. Benedek Fliegauf’s Lily Lane

Lily Lane

Director: Benedek Fliegauf// Writer: Benedek Fliegauf

Those familiar with the films of Hungarian filmmaker Benedek Fliegauf find him hard to pinpoint. He’s been building a reputation as an experimental filmmaker since 2001’s Talking Heads. Since then, his films regularly screen at Locarno (he won the Golden Leopard with 2007’s Milky Way). His first English language feature, the delightfully bizarre Eva Green film, Womb (2010) saw his audience widen, even as that also faced similar distribution issues. In 2012, Just the Wind snagged him the Silver Berlin Bear (along with several other accolades), and is still without distribution. Favoring strange and unnerving narratives, we’re greatly excited to see he has another project ready for the coming year (see on set pic above), Lily Lane, which the director describes as a story that sees a woman receive news of her mother’s death, which drives her to try to seek
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Euro filmmakers "in shock" over training threat

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Euro filmmakers
Film-makers across Europe are “in shock” after learning the news that the Nipkow Programm has not received backing from the EU’s Creative Europe programme for 2015-2016.

Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily, Nipkow Programm managing director Petra Weisenburger explained that the Berlin-based training initiative had not been successful in the latest round of funding for the next two years and would explore alternative strategies for a survival plan.

In the current financial year, Creative Europe had provided nearly 46% (€180,400) of Nipkow’s overall budget, with the remaining €215,543 coming from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (Mbb) and Germany’s State Minister for Culture and the Media (Bkm).

Weisenburger said that Mbb’s CEO Kirsten Niehuus had already indicated a desire to see the Nipkow Programm continue to exist, but the situation remains unclear about the funding from Bkm for 2015 onwards.

She added that the Nipkow Programm jury of experts will meet during the next Berlinale in February to discuss the initiative’s future
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Eva Green: "Mythology Mixology"

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Sneak Peek new images of actress Eva Green ("Sin City: A Dame to Kill For") posing for the 16th edition of the "Campari" calendar, titled "Mythology Mixology" celebrating the company's most popular cocktails:

About her film career, Green said "...there are simply not enough good roles for women, and for the last 20 years it has been so male-dominated and continues to be so."

The French actress and model started her career in theatre before making her film debut in 2003 in Bernardo Bertolucci's controversial "The Dreamers".

She achieved international recognition when she appeared in Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005) and portrayed 'Vesper Lynd' in the 'James Bond' film "Casino Royale" (2006).

In 2006, Green was awarded the 'BAFTA' Rising Star Award.

Since 2006, Green has starred in independent films including "Cracks" (2009), "Womb" (2010) and "Perfect Sense" (2011).

She also appeared in the TV series "Camelot" (2011) and played 'Angelique Bouchard' in Tim Burton's big-screen
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Doctor Who Ep, Stars Preview 'James Bond' Elements, Lack of Doctor-Clara 'Boyfriend' Dynamic and More

Doctor Who Ep, Stars Preview 'James Bond' Elements, Lack of Doctor-Clara 'Boyfriend' Dynamic and More
Don’t look for any lingering Matt Smith-isms when Peter Capaldi debuts as the well-traveled title character in the Season 8 premiere of BBC America’s Doctor Who (airing Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8/7c). Executive producer Steven Moffat said he and his new leading man deliberately avoided picking up tics and habits from the “Eleventh Doctor” as they fashioned a regenerated “No. 12.”

Video Doctor Who Trailer: Peter Capaldi Faces Aliens, Dinosaurs and More in Season 8

Co-star Jenna Coleman recalled filming her first few episodes opposite Capaldi and, in instances where she expected the Doctor to “dance or be running around the console,
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Doctor Who: the film careers of Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi

Alex's series looking back at the film careers of actors who've played the Doctor finishes with Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi...

Feature

Read the previous part in this series: the film careers of Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, here.

By 2009, the new version of Doctor Who had become not only an integral part of Saturday night television and a huge Christmas ratings winner but also an international success all over again. David Tennant, who had played the Time Lord since 2005 and was, arguably, more popular than any Doctor since the mighty Tom Baker hung up his scarf in 1981, had announced his resignation from the part he loved in October 2008. Many wondered how the incoming showrunner, Steven Moffat, would follow Tennant and what kind of show would emerge.

Tennant spent much of 2009 on stage in Hamlet and was only able to devote small amounts of time to Doctor Who. Occasional specials
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Czech duo win Kieslowski prize

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Czech duo win Kieslowski prize
In Cannes, the eighth annial Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast award has gone to Merican Chick.

Evita Naušová and Viktor Tauš from the Czech Republic get the prize along with €10,000 ($14,000) to further develop their project. The award recognises a script from Eastern and Central Europe.

The script is about a defiant circus girl in the 1980s who is kidnapped from the Us and taken back to communist Czechoslovakia.

A special mention was given to Life Beats Reality by Andreea Valean (Romania), a “unique 21st century family portrait”.

The selection was made by the Advisory Board members, comprising Sandy Lieberson, Manfred Schmidt, Simon Perry, Antonio Saura, Dariusz Jablonski, and heads of studies Tom Abrams and Christian Routh.

Past Kieslowski award winners that have already been produced include The House by Zuzana Liova and Womb by Benedek Fliegauf.
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Time Lord: Will Cohen talks about Doctor Who

Trevor Hogg chats with Will Cohen about making timeless visual effects for the Doctor Who franchise....

“The Milk team [as Mill TV] have been creating the VFX for Doctor Who since the series’ regeneration in 2005,” states Milk VFX CEO Will Cohen. “The team continued to work on Day of the Doctor as Milk when it launched in June 2013. Milk was recently commissioned by the BBC to create the VFX for the forthcoming 8th series of Doctor Who, starring new Doctor Peter Capaldi [In the Loop].” The iconic British TV series celebrated a 50th anniversary. “Television is a medium that often allows for true collaborative production partnership. The budgets and schedules create a situation where the VFX team is able to have a lot of creative ownership over what they are doing. As teams are smaller all the way up the chain, you get greater access to the client and so internal and external communication is a lot more streamlined.
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'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Spectacular: Talk about 'Day of the Doctor' here!

'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Spectacular: Talk about 'Day of the Doctor' here!
You need a Doctor? Good news: Doctor Who has some Doctors for you! The legendary time-tossed adventure series celebrates its 50th anniversary today with The Day of the Doctor, a Very Special Episode packed with Very Special Guest-Stars. Current Doctor Matt Smith will share the screen with his beloved predecessor David Tennant, who’s also bringing along Best-Companion-Ever Billie Piper. Not enough Doctors? The telefilm will also feature acting legend and alien-baby-daddy John Hurt as The War Doctor, a heretofore-unrevealed regeneration of the Time Lord.

Key information about Hurt’s character was revealed last week in a minisode, which
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Giveaway - Win Citadel on DVD

The feature debut of writer-director Ciaran Foy and starring Aneurin Barnard (The White Queen), James Cosmo (Game of Thrones) and Wunmi Mosaku (Clone), horror Citadel is released on DVD here in the UK on September 30th, and to celebrate we have three copies to give away to our readers courtesy of the lovely people at Metrodome. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...

The dilapidated suburbia of Edenstown casts a shadow over Tommy Cowley’s life. Trapped there by his agoraphobia since his wife was fatally attacked by twisted feral children, he now finds himself terrorized by the same mysterious hooded gang, who seem intent on taking his baby daughter. Torn between the help of an understanding nurse and a vigilante priest, he discovers that to be free of his fears, he must finally face the demons of his past and enter the one
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Berlinale Residency 2013

The Berlin International Film Festival (February 6 – 16, 2014), one of our industry's major festivals, is calling for projects for the second year of its residency program. The Berlinale Residency is an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Nipkow Programme and the Guadalajara International Film Festival, in cooperation with the Media Mundus program of the European Union and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

The international Berlinale Residency fellowship program is inviting six filmmakers with their latest film projects to Berlin from August 15 to November 15, 2013, so they can finalize their screenplays, and develop production and distribution strategies. An international jury – consisting of Clare Binns (Director of Programming and Acquisitions at City Screen, Great Britain), producer Cedomir Kolar (Asap Film, France) and Thomas Hailer (Berlinale Programme Manager, Germany) – has chosen six directors and their projects.

Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick comments: “With the Berlinale Residency, the Berlinale has successfully expanded its programme to promote filmmakers. I’m delighted that in the initiative’s second year we’ll again be supporting international directing talents in developing their new projects.”

Berlinale Residency participants in 2013:

Emir Baigazin, Kazakhstan: The Wounded Angel

Producer: Beibit Muslimov, Kazakhfilm Studios, Kazakhstan

Born in Kazakhstan in 1984, Emir Baigazin studied film and television directing at the Kazakh National Academy of Arts. In 2007 he participated in the Asian Film Academy in Busan. He is also an alumnus of the 2008 Berlinale Talent Campus. Baigazin’s debut feature film, Harmony Lessons, was supported by the World Cinema Fund and celebrated its premiere in the Berlinale Competition 2013, where it won a Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution. The film was considered an extraordinary discovery and is now travelling the international festival circuit.

Bence Fliegauf, Hungary: Glowing Wormhole

Producer: Bence Fliegauf, Fraktál Film, Hungary

Hungarian filmmaker Bence Fliegauf’s debut feature film Forest premiered in the Berlinale Forum in 2003. One year later, Dealer (2004) garnered him over 20 awards, including the Fipresci Prize at the Mar del Plata Film Festival. He won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival forMilky Way in 2007. His first English-language movie, Womb, was screened in Locarno and Toronto. The Berlinale Competition 2012 presented Fliegauf’s latest film, Just the Wind, which received the Jury Grand Prix and went on to be screened at many other film festivals.

Alistair Banks Griffin, USA: Therese (working title)

Producer: Eric Overmyer, USA

Alistair Banks Griffin was born in 1978 in England and raised in New Orleans. He received his BA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Griffin’s short film Gauge (2008) premiered at the New York Film Festival. In 2009 he was the recipient of a Cinereach grant for his first feature film, Two Gates of Sleep, which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and then won the New Talent Grand Pix Award at Cph:pix in Copenhagen in 2011. The film has screened at numerous international festivals and museums.

Sebastián Lelio, Chile: Greeting to the Sun

Producer: Juan de Dios Larraín, Fábula, Chile

Born in Chile in 1974, Sebastián Lelio graduated from the Escuela de Cine de Chile. In 2006, he completed his first film, La Sagrada Familia, which received many awards and international recognition. His second film, Navidad, made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. El Año del Tigre, his third feature film, was released in the international competition of the Locarno Film Festival in 2011. His latest film, Gloria, premiered in the Competition of the Berlinale in 2013, where it was highly acclaimed by the critics and the audience, and took home a Silver Bear for Best Actress.

Elina Psykou, Greece: Ivo & Sofia

Producer: Giorgos Karnavas, Heretic, Greece

Born in 1977 in Greece, Elina Psykou studied film directing at the Lykourgos Stavrakos Film School and sociology at Panteion University, both in Athens. She went on to study cultural history at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris. In 2007 she participated in theBerlinale Talent Campus. She has written and directed two short films, Sunday Trip (2004) and Summer Holidays (2006). Psykou’s first fictional feature film, The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas, won the Best Work in Progress award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival; the film had its world premiere in the Berlinale Forum in 2013.

José Luis Valle, Mexico: Operation Baby

Producer: José Luis Valle, Caverna Cine, Mexico

Born in El Salvador, José Luis Valle became a citizen of Mexico, where he studied literature and film. His short film Chimera won the Kodak Film School Competition and received an Honorary Mention at the Guadalajara International Film Festival in 2006. His documentary The Pope’s Miracle screened at the Locarno Film Festival in 2009. Valle’s first fictional feature, Workers, received support from the World Cinema Fund, premiered in the Berlinale Panorama in 2013, and won the Mezcal Prize for the best Mexican entry at the 28th Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Kirsten Niehuus, Managing Director of Film Funding at the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, states: “Alongside our other artist-in-residence initiatives, the Berlinale Residency represents the successful continuation of our Berlin 24/7 program. Together with the Berlinale and the Nipkow Programme, we wish the six filmmakers a creative and inspiring time in the metropolitan area of the capital.”

The Berlinale Residency directors will stay in Berlin from August 15 to November 15, 2013. With script consultants from the Nipkow Programme and other experts from the industry, they will finalize their screenplays. In a workshop towards the end of the Residency, their producers will also receive concrete feedback from experienced industry professionals and assistance in preparing the projects for the international market. In February 2014, the filmmakers will return to Berlin so they can present their projects with their producers to potential co-producers and financers at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. A number of the participants will also be given the opportunity to present their works at the Ibero-American Co-Production Meeting in Guadalajara in March 2014.
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'Doctor Who' Meets Ryan Gosling in Someone's Fantasy (and Real Life)

Ryan Gosling might just be a closet Whovian, people, because for his directorial debut "How to Catch a Monster," Gosling's now plucked none other than The Doctor himself, Matt Smith.

Per Variety, "Monster" will mark Smith's stateside acting debut, and he will star as the male lead for the film.

Outside of "Dr. Who," Smith has very few film credits to his name - British titles like "Womb" and "Bert & Dickie," e.g. - so the decision to cast him probably had a little something to do with his popular (and zany) work in TV. Given the surreal subject matter of the movie, Smith's experience muscling through wacky material to make it work will come quite in handy.

"How to Catch a Monster," based on Ryan Gosling's own twisted script, follows Billy, a single mother of two existing in a dark, vanishing city who then gets swept into a
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Ryan Gosling's directing debut gets it's male lead

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Considering it's Ryan Gosling, one of the finest actors of recent years, all eyes are on How To Catch A Monster, his directorial debut. If the name wasn't enough of an indication, this is a macabre, fantastical tale taking in vanishing cities, dark mysteries, and magical under water towns, all the while chronicling a single mother's search for her children. Christina Hendricks and Eva Mendes are already attached to star, and they will now be joined by someone who has alot of experience of dealing with monsters (no matter how shoddily they are brought to life): Doctor Who star, and the current Doctor himself, Matt Smith, who is taking the lead male role. This will no doubt delight a legion of Doctor Who fans (myself included), and bemuse just about everybody else. This will be his second feature role (he starred in British drama Clone with Eva Green, made
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