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‘The Inbetweeners’ Star Simon Bird on His Feature Debut as Director ‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’

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‘The Inbetweeners’ Star Simon Bird on His Feature Debut as Director ‘Days of the Bagnold Summer’
Gentle coming-of-age comedy-drama “Days of the Bagnold Summer,” which world premieres at Locarno Festival Wednesday, is the directorial feature debut of British actor Simon Bird, best known as the star of hit comedy series and movie franchise “The Inbetweeners.” Bird spoke to Variety in advance of the screening in Locarno’s Piazza Grande.

The film stars Earl CaveNick Cave’s son – as an angry teen, Daniel, spending a frustratingly dull summer in his suburban town with his lonely single mom, Sue, played by Monica Dolan. Rob Brydon, Alice Lowe and Tamsin Greig deliver deliciously witty cameos.

The film was produced by Matthew James Wilkinson, one of the original producers of box-office smash “Yesterday,” who also produced Bird’s directorial debut, the short “Ernestine & Kit,” which premiered at SXSW in 2016.

“Bagnold Summer” is based on the graphic novel by Joff Winterhart, and was adapted for film by Bird’s wife Lisa Owens.
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Simon Bird talks directing debut ‘Days Of The Bagnold Summer’: “I want to celebrate the UK suburbs”

Simon Bird talks directing debut ‘Days Of The Bagnold Summer’: “I want to celebrate the UK suburbs”
Film premieres at Locarno Film Festival on Wednesday (Aug 14).

English actor Simon Bird shot to fame with his starring role in hit UK TV series The Inbetweeners, which also spawned two hugely successful film adaptations.

Now, he makes his feature directing debut with Days Of The Bagnold Summer, a comedy set in the British suburbs about a teenage metal-head living with his single mother. The project was adapted from Joff Winterhart’s graphic novel.

The film will have its world premiere at Locarno Film Festival on Wednesday (Aug 14) with a screening at the iconic Piazza Grande. Altitude handles sales. Screen
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‘Undone’: Amazon To Launch Rotoscope Animation Series On September 13 & Drops Trailer – TCA

Amazon is to launch its rotoscope animation series Undone on September 13 and has dropped a new trailer.

The Svod service will launch the series, which takes inspiration from Philip K. Dick and Pink Floyd, in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, The first two episodes of the Amazon Original series got a big-screen audience at the Atx TV Festival in Austin, Texas.

The series is the work of Kate Purdy & Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman) and it follows the cosmic journey of a young woman who treks across time, space, and beyond to solve the mystery of her father’s death. Undone is produced by Amazon Studios and Tornante Productions.

Alma Winograd-Diaz (Rosa Salazar of Alita: Battle Angel) takes her mundane life one day at a time until a near fatal accident induces visions of her late-father, Jacob. Through these persistent visions he urges her to tap into a mysterious ability
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Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s ‘Undone’ Trailer Will Have You Question the Very Nature of Your Reality (Video)

Amazon Studios has released the trailer for Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s rotoscope animation series “Undone,” which we’ve just learned is set to premiere on Sept. 13.

Undone” is described by Amazon as a “groundbreaking and genre bending animated series about a young woman’s complex journey to unlock her past and solve the mystery of her father’s death.”

Here is the series description:

Alma Winograd-Diaz (Rosa Salazar) takes her mundane life one day at a time until a near fatal accident induces visions of her late-father, Jacob (Bob Odenkirk). Through these persistent visions he urges her to tap into a mysterious ability that allows her to travel through space and time with the hopes of preventing his untimely death. This quest challenges Alma’s relationships and brings into question her mental wellbeing with those closest to her.

Also Read: Jen Salke on Amazon's Secret Ratings: Sharing Numbers
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Anthony McCarten To Script Narrative Adaptation Of Lauded Docu ‘Three Identical Strangers’ For Raw, Film4 & Ske

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Anthony McCarten To Script Narrative Adaptation Of Lauded Docu ‘Three Identical Strangers’ For Raw, Film4 & Ske
Exclusive: Bohemian Rhapsody screenwriter Anthony McCarten will write the script and produce a narrative film based on Three Identical Strangers. The film, being mounted by Raw, Film4 and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, is based on the smash hit documentary film from last year.

McCarten has the unusual distinction of seeing his last three films resulting in Best Actor Oscar wins for the films’ stars. Before Bohemian Rhapsody and Rami Malek, that was Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour and Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything. McCarten was Oscar nominated for all three films. The New Zealand-born writer’s next film is The Pope, starring Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis opposite Anthony Hopkins who plays Pope Benedict.

McCarten stays in non-fiction mode with Three Identical Strangers. Set in New York and Long Island, the docu told the fascinating true story of Robert Shafran, David Kellman and Eddy Galland, three complete strangers who
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Spanish Pics Hit the Croisette

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Spanish Pics Hit the Croisette
“4×4”

(Television Abierta, Mediapro)

First solo feature from Mariano Cohn, this is a pointed social dramedy about a thief trapped in a 4 x 4 by the car’s owner.

Sales: Latido

“Advantages of Traveling by Train”

(Morena Films, Señor y Señora Films, Logical Pictures)

Aritz Moreno’s debut feature, penned by Javier Gullón, revolves around stories told by untrustworthy narrators: a young editor and a psychiatrist who unexpectedly meet on a train.

Sales: Seville Intl.

“A Sun That Never Sets”

(Miramemira, Kowalski Films, 4 A 4 Prods., Tarantula)

Olivier Laxe, 2016’s Cannes Critics’ winner, now plays Un Certain Regard with this arthouse thriller about a convicted arsonist returning to his native Galician forests.

“Baby”

(Fragil Zinema)

A young junkie gives her newborn baby to a child trafficking racket and soon regrets the act. Juanma Bajo Ulloa directs.

“Bikes”

(Animation Bikes A.I.E., Cvc Group, Aleph Media)

The first Spain-China co-production is an animated
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Udi boards ballet animation 'Coppelia' starring Michaela DePrince (exclusive)

This modern-day retelling of the Hoffman-inspired classic ballet will combine animation and live-action ballet.

Urban Distribution International (Udi) has boarded sales on a modern-day retelling of the Hoffman-inspired classic ballet Coppelia, combining animation and live-action ballet.

It stars Michaela DePrince, the Sierra Leone-born National Dutch Ballet (Ndb) soloist whose life journey from abandoned orphan to star ballerina is currently being adapted to the big screen by MGM for Madonna to direct.

She will be joined by international dance stars Daniel Camargo (Brazil), Sasha Mukhamedov (UK) and Igone de Jongh (Netherlands).

The production is based on Dnb director and chief choreographer
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Netflix Acquires Tribeca Doc ‘Circus of Books,’ Exec Produced by Ryan Murphy (Exclusive)

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Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to the documentary “Circus of Books” ahead of its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Rachel Mason wrote and directed the pic, and also produced it along with Kathryn Robson, Cynthia Childs, Camilla Hall and Adam Baran. Ryan Murphy, Josh Braun, John Battsek, Rhianon Jones and Gerald Herman executive produced. Bob Hawk is a consulting producer.

The doc is set in the gay porn shop “Circus of Books,” which for 35 years, has served as an epicenter for Lgbt life and culture in Los Angeles. Unbeknownst to many in the community, the store is cultivated and cared for by its owners, Karen and Barry Mason — a straight couple with three children. The movie offers an intimate portrait of the Masons and their journey to become one of the biggest distributors of hardcore gay porn in the United States. Their story unfolds through the lens of their daughter,
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Salvador Simó, Submarine, Sola Media Win Tribute Awards at Cartoon Movie

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Bordeaux, France – Director Salvador Simó (“Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles”), production company Submarine and distributor Sola Media have won the Tributes Awards at this year’s Cartoon Movie, Europe’s biggest animated feature co-production and sales forum which closes today in the French port city of Bordeaux.

“Buñuel,” Spaniard Simó’s solo feature debut, chronicles Luis Buñuel’s making of documentary “Land Without Bread” in the remote mountains of Western Spain. Simó shows how with the film, Buñuel found his creative voice, a mix of surrealist esprit and social critique.

“Buñuel” is a production of Spain’s Sygnatia in co-production with The Glow Animation Studio and Dutch outfit Submarine. Antonio Saura’s Latido Films has closed sales in main territories including North America, where it has acquired by Gkids, the U.S. distributor of 11 animated feature Oscar nominations.

Submarine took Cartoon Movie’s Producer of the Year kudo.
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'Loro', 'In Between' producers to present TV projects at Series Mania co-pro sessions

A five-member jury will award a grand prize of €50,000 to help develop the winning show.

French TV festival and professional meeting Series Mania, running March 22-30 in the northern French city of Lille, has announced the 16 projects due to be pitched in co-production sessions taking place during its industry-focused Series Mania Forum (Mar 25-27).

The selection includes a number of projects from production houses, working both in film and TV.

Rome-based Indigo Film, best-known for its long-time collaboration with Paolo Sorrentino on films such as Academy Award-winning The Great Beauty and Loro, will present Gymnasts. The company’s past TV
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Gkids Drops First Full North American Trailer for ‘Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’ (Exclusive)

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Gkids Drops First Full North American Trailer for ‘Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’ (Exclusive)
Madrid — In 1925, Luis Buñuel, son of one of the richest men in the Spanish region of Aragón, went to Paris to make films with Salvador Dalí. The results were two surrealist shorts, 1929’s “Un Chien Andalou,” his passport to membership of André Breton’s surrealists, and “L’Age d’Or,” banned by the Paris police.

The movies are galvanized by the joie de vivre of the young directors, but as much Dalí in their daring as Buñuel.

By 1933, however, when Buñuel returned from shooting he 29-minute documentary “Las Hurdes” (aka “Land Without Bread”) filmed in a region of Western Spain, one of the world’s greatest film directors has found his own creative voice, an explosive mix of surrealism and social critique.

Salvador Simó’s “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles,” sold by Latido, lead-produced by Manuel Cristobal and acquired for North America by New York’s Gkids, the
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Lebanon’s Abbout Productions Teams With 4 European Co-Producers on ‘Costa Brava’ (Exclusive)

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Lebanon’s Abbout Productions Teams With 4 European Co-Producers on ‘Costa Brava’ (Exclusive)
Georges Schoucair’s Beirut-based Abbout Productions has teamed up at the Efm with 4 European producers on “Costa Brava Lebanon,” a first feature set amid Lebanon’s never-ending garbage crisis to be directed by Mounia Akl who studied film at Columbia University.

Abbout has finalized its coproduction pacts on this pic with France’s Cinéma Defacto; Denmark’s Snowglobe Films; Norway’s Barentsfilm; and French-Swedish producer Olivier Guerpillon.

Set in a near future in which Lebanon is drowning in garbage, “Costa Brava” is about a family that leads an idyllic isolated life in their house in the mountains to which they’ve fled to lead a sterile and utopian exile. When the government finally finds a solution the world comes crashing in in the form of a garbage landfill to be built at their doorstep. The tensions this causes among family members makes them realize that “the rot was not just outside their home,
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First look at Sally Hawkins, David Thewlis in 'Eternal Beauty' from Craig Roberts (exclusive)

First look at Sally Hawkins, David Thewlis in 'Eternal Beauty' from Craig Roberts (exclusive)
Film is set to be Hawkins’ first lead role since her Oscar nomination for The Shape Of WAter

Screen can unveil the first look at Oscar-nominated actress Sally Hawkins in Craig Robert’s upcoming comedy-drama Eternal Beauty.

Hawkins plays June who, after being rejected by life, spirals into a chaotic, schizophrenic world, where love and normality collide. Also starring are Alice Lowe, David Thewlis, Billie Piper, and Penelope Wilton.

Bankside is handling international sales and is screening a promo to buyers at this week’s European Film Market. The company is co-representing Us with Endeavour Content.

The film shot on
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Exclusive Interview – Editor Nick Fenton talks A Private War

Red Stewart chats with Nick Fenton about A Private War….

Nick Fenton is an English editor who has been working in the film and television industries since the 1990s. He is best known for his work on projects like Submarine, The Double, and American Animals.

Flickering Myth had the chance to talk with him about his editing for A Private War, and I in turn had the honor to conduct it:

Now it’s well known that directors work closely with editors to get the final cut right. And you’ve been working as an editor in this industry since the late-90s, but in 2014 you had your directorial debut co-directing the Björk documentary. I’m wondering, how would you compare your approach to editing from before doing Biophilia Live to after. Did that experience change anything?

Interesting question. I think they were very different projects in that Biophilia Live
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Sundance deals continue as Netflix closing on 'Extremely Wicked', Nat Geo takes 'Sea Of Shadows'

Amazon Studios confirms One Child Nation pick-up.

The Sundance deal-making continues as it emerged Netflix was understood to be closing a deal for Us and select territories on the Zac Efron serial killer drama Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, And Vile, while National Geographic picked up the eco doc Sea Of Shadows.

Sources said the Extremely Wicked deal was understood to be closing in the $8m-$9m range. Efron portrays serial killer Ted Bundy and the film directed by Joe Berlinger presents its notorious subject as an innocent family man.

CAA Media Finance and UTA represent Us rights and Voltage Pictures handles international sales.
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Oscar Nominees Barras, Gagnol, Felicioli Highlights at 21st Cartoon Movie

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Oscar Nominees Barras, Gagnol, Felicioli Highlights at 21st Cartoon Movie
Claude Barras’ “Savages!,” Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli’s “Tales of the Hedgehog” and Peter Dodd’s “King of the Swamp” are among the sixty-six projects –a 10% increase from last year– to be pitched at the 21st Cartoon Movie, Europe’s leading animated movie co-production event, which will take place in the French port city of Bordeaux, kicking off March 5.

Projects will be offered to buyers and potential partners in different stages: 28 in concept, 24 in development, seven in production and seven sneak previews.

Savages!” is the much-awaited sophomore project from Switzerland’s Barras, following his multi-awarded and foreign-language Oscar nominated “My Life as a Zucchini.” A stop-motion feature, “Savages!” is produced by France’s Prélude in co-production with Switzerland’s Helium Films. It tells the story of the friendship between 11-year-old Kéria and a Bornean orangutan baby. They will be forced to flee from Kéria’s father who wants to
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Amazon Studios $14m 'Brittany Runs A Marathon deal' leads mid-week Sundance flurry

Third major Park City deal for streamer within a week.

Amazon Studios has struck again in Sundance, paying what is understood to be $14m for worldwide rights to Brittany Runs A Marathon, while Netflix was said to be closing the political documentary Knock Down The House, Neon in partnership with Topic Films acquired Luce, and Hulu took The Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary.

Amazon Studios’ acquisition follows the streamer’s $13m buy on Mindy Kaling- Emma Thompson starrer Late Night and the $14m move on Adam Driver political drama The Report.

Brittany Runs A Marathon premiered in Us Dramatic Competition
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #44. The Souvenir – Joanna Hogg

The Souvenir

British director Joanna Hogg is due to break out in a big way with her fourth feature, The Souvenir, an ambitious, star-studded project which is meant to be a two-part feature. The first segment has been completed, featuring Tilda Swinton, Welsh director Richard Ayoade, Tom Burke, Jack McMullen, French actress Ariana Labed (Greek New Wave favorite), and Swinton’s real-life daughter Honor Swinton Byrne. Produced by Hogg and Luke Schiller, the project was also notably executive produced by Martin Scorsese, while Robert Pattinson will be joining the production for Part 2.…
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Sundance Institute 2019 January Screenwriters Lab Counts Emerging Writers From Lebanon, South Africa, Turkey & United Kingdom

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Exclusive: The Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab has accepted 15 writers from countries including the U.S., Lebanon, South Africa, Turkey and the UK who will bring 12 projects to the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah from January 18-23.

The January Screenwriters Lab was created and organized under the leadership of Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program Founding Director Michelle Satter and Labs Director Ilyse McKimmie. The team of Creative Advisors includes Artistic Director Dana Stevens, Michael Arndt, Thomas Bidegain, Todd Graff, Phil Hay, Erik Jendresen, Richard Lagravenese, Jenny Lumet, Malia Scotch Marmo, Walter Mosley, Nicole Perlman, Susan Shilliday, Zach Sklar, Elena Soarez, Veena Sud, Robin Swicord, Joan Tewkesbury and Tyger Williams. This year’s Lab is dedicated to the memory of two cherished Creative Advisors: Tom Rickman and Audrey Wells. The Lab provides one-on-one story sessions for Fellows with the Creative Advisors. The Lab is the first step in a year-round continuum
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Gkids Picks Up Animated 'Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles' for North America

Indie distributor Gkids has acquired the North American distribution rights to Bunuel and the Labyrinth of the Turtles, whose subject is surrealist filmmaker Luis Bunuel. Gkids plans a 2019 theatrical release.

The film made its world premiere in October, at the Animation Is Film Festival, garnering a Special Jury Prize for its innovative handling of unexpected subject matter. It follows a time early in the career of Bunuel, as he and his friend and new benefactor Ramon Acin set out to make an ambitious documentary on the Las Hurdes region in Spain. The film from The Glow Animation/Sygnatia and Submarine animation studios,...
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