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Five producers to know from Southeast Europe

All have projects at the Sarajevo Film Festival’s CineLink industry strand.

With the CineLink industry programme in full swing at the Sarajevo Film Festival, Screen profiles five producers from the region with an international outlook.

Jelena Angelovski (Serbia/Montenegro)

Serbian-born actress and producer Angelovski began to make her mark internationally when she produced Tamara Drakulić’s feature debut Wind through her Belgrade-based Monkey Production in 2016. It played at various international festivals including Torino and Goteborg.

Angelovski followed it up with two freelance projects: Ivan Salatić’s 2018 Venice Critics Week entry You Have the Night. made through Podgorica-based Meander Film,
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Dark Crimes | Review

Cold Communist Files: Avranas Paints Unorthodox Procedural into Mincing Eurotrash

A late addition to the Greek Weird Wave thanks to his 2013 sophomore title Miss Violence, Alexandros Avranas gets a chance at high profile international attention with his latest feature, Dark Crimes, based on a 2008 article by David Grann in the New Yorker adapted for the screen by Belgian writer/director Jeremy Brock. Notably, the property once belonged to Roman Polanski and was set to star Christoph Waltz. A major international coproduction shot within the beautifully preserved confines of Krakow, the project was perhaps always destined to be illogically filmed…
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Jim Carey Gets Serious in Murder Drama Dark Crimes [Trailer]

It's not too surprising to see Jim Carey step into darker material. It's said that comedians have a dark streak and Carey's has always lingered on the surface; more so than most.

Dark Crimes stars Carey as Tadek, a detective investigating the grizzly death of a salesman, who turns to an author and his novel, a novel which features a similar crime, for answers. Along with Carey, the movie also stars Marton Csokas and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

The movie is adapted from a David Grann story which appeared in The New Yorker a decade ago, and is directed by Greek director Alexandros Avranas who first caught my attention a number of years ago with Miss Violence (
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San Sebastian Film Festival adds 'The Disaster Artist'

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San Sebastian Film Festival adds 'The Disaster Artist'
Films from Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, Alexandros Avranas and Diego Lerman added to competition line-up.

Further competition titles for the 2017 San Sebastian Film Festival (22-30 September) have been announced, including The Disaster Artist.

Written, directed and starring James Franco, the project tells the story of Tommy Wiseau’s infamous cult film The Room. It will also appear at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Other titles competing for the Golden Shell include Diego Lerman’s A Sort Of Family (Una Especie De Familia); Love Me Not from Alexandros Avranas; Barbara Albert’s Mademoiselle Paradis; and The Lion Sleeps Tonight from Nobuhiro Suwa.

Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano’s C’est La Vie!, Ivana Mladenovic’s Soldiers. Story From Ferentari and Matt Porterfield’s Sollers Point have also been announced.

Alexandros Avranas won the best director Silver Lion at Venice for Miss Violence in 2013. Diego Lerman’s Suddenly won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno Festival in 2002.

Nakache
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Jim Carrey: a salute to his darker roles

Robin Bell Jan 13, 2017

Jim Carrey proved his acting range in the late 90s and 2000s. We salute the likes of The Truman Show, The Cable Guy and Man On The Moon.

You know you're a fan of something when that fandom is put to the test. Did you stick with Community when Dan Harmon wasn't writing it? During the barren 90s did you cling onto the hope that Doctor Who would return and be fantastic? Those moments when your patience and perseverance are tested are what make the privilege of being a fan important.

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Though I have to admit, in recent years, admitting to being a Jim Carrey fan has been more difficult than it used to be. Long gone are the youthful days when hits such as Ace Ventura,
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Jim Carrey-Charlotte Gainsbourg thriller to premiere at Warsaw fest

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Jim Carrey-Charlotte Gainsbourg thriller to premiere at Warsaw fest
The festival has revealed its line-up of Polish films and co-productions.

True Crimes, Alexandros Avranas’ crime thriller starring Jim Carrey and Charlotte Gainsbourg, will have its world premiere as a special screening at the upcoming Warsaw Film Festival (Oct 7-16).

The Us-Pol-uk co-production marks the English language debut of Greek director Avranas, whose previous feature Miss Violence won a Silver lion for best director at Venice Film Festival in 2013.

Based on a 2008 article in The New Yorker, the story follows a murder case that is reopened after a newly-published novel sheds light on the previously unsolved crime.

The 32nd edition of the Warsaw Film Festival has revealed the line-up of Polish films that will screen across its various strands.

True Crimes plays as a special screening. Also having its world premiere in that category is the Mex-Pol anthology film Tales Of Mexico (El Habitation), which features eight different stories from various directors, all of which
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Cannes: Elle Driver boards new films by Volckman, Al-Janabi and Avranas

Exclusive: Company to launch Christian Volckman’s English-language thriller The Room set to star Olga Kurylenko and show first images for Jorge Michel Grau’s 7:19 Am.

Elle Driver has taken world rights on Christian Volckman’s English-language, fantasy thriller The Room, about a couple who discover a secret chamber in their old house which has the power to materialise anything they want.

Olga Kurylenko (Quantum Of Solace) is set to co-star as one-half of the couple who discover the room in their old upstate New Hampshire house. Entranced, they dream up increasingly lavish requests. When they ask for a child the game turns sinister.

It is in pre-production and the role of the husband is currently being cast.

The feature marks a live action debut for French animation director and artist Volckman who won best film at the Annecy International Animation Film in 2006 for the dystopian sci-fi drama Renaissance, about a world
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Cannes: Elle Driver boards news films by Volckman, Al-Janabi and Avranas

Exclusive: Company to launch Christian Volckman’s English-language thriller The Room set to star Olga Kurylenko and show first images for Jorge Michel Grau’s 7:19 Am.

Elle Driver has taken world rights on Christian Volckman’s English-language, fantasy thriller The Room, about a couple who discover a secret chamber in their old house which has the power to materialise anything they want.

Olga Kurylenko (Quantum Of Solace) is set to co-star as one-half of the couple who discover the room in their old upstate New Hampshire house. Entranced, they dream up increasingly lavish requests. When they ask for a child the game turns sinister.

It is in pre-production and the role of the husband is currently being cast.

The feature marks a live action debut for French animation director and artist Volckman who won best film at the Annecy International Animation Film in 2006 for the dystopian sci-fi drama Renaissance, about a world
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2015 Was an Outstanding Year for Co-Productions and Foreign Films Shooting in Poland

2015 was a successful year regarding the quantity and quality of foreign productions shot in Poland. At the beginning of the year, Anne Fontaine (“Coco Before Chanel,” “Perfect Mothers”) filmed a French-Polish co-production “Agnus Dei” in Warmia, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film features Polish and French actresses among others Lou de Laage, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek and Joanna Kulig.

In the spring, the crew of a Polish-German-French-Belgian co-production about the life of Maria Sklodowska-Curie (dir. Marie Noelle) spent 20 days on the set in among others Lodz, Leba and Krakow. The cast is international, and the film is made in French. The Polish Nobelist is portrayed by Karolina Gruszka (“Oxygen”).

The summer brought about increased activity of German producers. A Zdf TV show, “Ein Sommer in…” was filmed in two resort towns in the north-eastern Poland – Mikolajki and Mragowo. Ard and Tvp collaborated on the set of "Polizeiruf 110" ("Police Call 110"), which was filmed in July and August among others in a Polish border-town – Swiecko. Also in July began the shooting of a new part of detective TV series "Der Usedom-Krimi" filmed on both the Polish and German side of the Usedom island.

However, a true influx of foreign productions took place in the autumn. American-Polish thriller “Chronology” was filmed in Poznan. The cast includes William Baldwin (TV series "Gossip Girl," "Adrift in Manhattan") and Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk till Dawn”).

The Goetz Palace in Brzesk, in Malopolska hosted filmmakers from India who for six days were shooting “Fitoor,” an Indian adaptation of Dickens's “Great Expectations.” The crew consisted of over 40 Indians and almost 80 Poles. Another crew from India – this time from the so-called Kollywood in the south of the country – spent twenty days on the set in various Polish locations (among others Zakopane, Walbrzych, Krakow, Leba). The film titled “24” features Surya, a Tamil superstar, in the main role.

The autumn months were also very intensive in Lodz with three simultaneous big film sets. Andrzej Wajda (“The Promised Land,” “Walesa. Man of Hope”) worked on his new film “Powidoki”; Opus Film, the producer of “Ida”, organized for an Israeli partner eleven-day shoot to a film set in 1970s – “Past Life,” directed by Avi Nesher; and American director Martha Coolidge (“The Prince and Me,” TV shows “Sex and the City,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Weeds”) filmed her project “Music, War and Love,” whose producer is among others Fred Roos known from such films as “Apocalypse Now,” “The Godfather” or “Lost in Translation.” The picture features Adelaide Clemens (“The Great Gatsby”), Connie Nielsen (“Gladiator”), Toby Sebastian (“Game of Thrones”) and Stellan Skarsgård (“Nymphomaniac”).

The end of the year was also very successful for Malopolska and Krakow. Two movies were filmed in the region – an American-British biography of Martin Luther commissioned by PBS with Padraic Delaney (“The Wind that Shakes the Barley,” “The Tudors”) in the main role; and a feature titled “True Crimes” starring two-time winner of a Golden Globe – Jim Carrey (“The Truman Show,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Mask”) as the protagonist. The crew spent 32 days on the set in Krakow. The picture was directed by Greek Alexandros Avranas (“Miss Violence”), written by Jeremy Brock (“Brideshead Revisited,” “The Last King of Scotland”), and produced by Brett Ratner (“X-Men 3: the Last Stand,” TV series “Rush Hour”). Accompanying Jim Carrey were Charlotte Gainsbourg (“Nymphomaniac,” “Antichrist”); Marton Csokas (“The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Polish actors Agata Kulesza (“Ida”) and Robert Wieckiewicz (“Walesa. Man of Hope”).

The first information about productions planned for 2016 has already been released. In January, Krakow will host the crew of French black comedy “Grand Froid,” Gérard Pautonnier's debut featuring Jean-Pierre Bacri (“The Taste of Others,” “Let It Rain”), Olivier Gourmet (“Rosetta,” “The Son”) and Arthur Dupond (“Bus Palladium”). The project won the first edition of the Krakow International Film Fund.
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #59. Alexandros Avranas’ True Crimes

True Crimes

Director: Alexandros Avranas

Writer: Jeremy Brock

One of the most exciting directorial debuts out of 2013 was Alexandros AvranasMiss Violence, a domestic drama lumped into the growing Greek Weird Wave movement. Initially, Avranas announced another Greek language project with returning cast members of his first film, but instead he’s inherited this Us-Polish co-production, True Crimes, concerning the murder investigation of a slain businessman and based on a 2008 New Yorker article by David Grann. A couple years ago, this was a property announced for Roman Polanski and set to star Christoph Waltz—however, Polanski’s weathered several delays in his other developing project, The Dreyfuss Affair, explaining why it’s navigated elsewhere. We’re curious to see what Avranas does with the thriller, considering it stars Jim Carrey, whose serious minded efforts can be hit or miss. Supporting cast mates like Gainsbourg, Kaurismaki regular Kati Outinen, and character
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Partisan | Blu-ray Review

After winning an award for Best Cinematography in the World Cinema competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Ariel Kleiman’s directorial debut Partisan was snapped up by Well Go USA Entertainment and released theatrically in October. The limited theatrical didn’t seem to attract much attention, though Kleiman’s film is exactly the kind of offbeat mixture of violence and social commentary which will secure greater appreciation through a slow burn trickle as time goes on. Featuring a stellar, imperious performance from French actor Vincent Cassel, you can add this to his list of under-the-radar starring turns (Sheitan; Our Day Will Come) worthy of greater renown.

Sure to draw superficial comparisons to other famed pre-teen assassin films like The Professional (1994) or Hanna (2011), Australian helmer Kleiman’s directorial debut instead feels like what you’d imagine Yorgos Lanthimos’ version of The Village (2004) would feel like. Headlined by none other than Cassel
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Jim Carrey Swaps Laughs For Thrills In First Images For Polish Drama True Crimes

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Throughout his long and respected career, Jim Carrey has dabbled in numerous genres, though the likes of Dumb and Dumber, Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty have seen him become something of a household name in comedy. That’s not to say the actor hasn’t dipped his toe in the dark side of cinema before, with both Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and, to a lesser extent, The Number 23 showcasing the breadth of Carrey’s acting range.

Now, thanks to upcoming Polish thriller True Crimes, we’re about to see the actor flex his dramatic muscles once more. Currently filming in the country’s capital Krakow, the feature is being helmed by Alexandros Avranas (Miss Violence, Without), lifting inspiration from David Grann’s New Yorker article that exposed a forgotten piece of Poland’s criminal history.

First published in 2008, it documents the ways in
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First images from ‘True Crimes’, the drama/thriller starring Jim Carrey

A batch of first images from the upcoming 2016 drama-thriller True Crimes starring Jim Carrey, have just been released online through Imgur.

The film is still filming and is directed by Alexandros Avranas (Miss Violence). It revolves around a murder investigation of a slain business man that who to clues found in an author’s book about an eerily similar crime. It is based on a 2008 article in the New Yorker. Jeremy Brock (The Last King Of Scotland) wrote the screenplay.

Here’s a brief excerpt from the oopening paragraph of the source material.

In the southwest corner of Poland, far from any town or city, the Oder River curls sharply, creating a tiny inlet. The banks are matted with wild grass and shrouded by towering pine and oak trees. The only people who regularly trek to the area are fishermen—the inlet teems with perch and pike and sun bass.
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First Shots Of Jim Carrey In Polish Set Crime Thriller True Crimes

Jim Carrey is taking a turn into dark territory with his next feature, the famed comedian currently in Krakow shooting Alexandros (Miss Violence) Avranas' thriller True Crimes. Based on a David Grann article from the New Yorker in 2008 the story follows a murder investigation following clues in a book about an earlier and eerily similar crime. With the rest of the principal cast made up of high end Polish stars - Agata Kulesza, Maja Ostaszewska and Robert Wieckiewiscz costar - the first stills from the shoot have turned up in the Polish press. We've got the Carrey-centric ones below but for a more comprehensive selection we recommend heading over to Filmstart, from whence these came....

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
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Tracking Shot: Walter Hill, Ry Russo-Young & Alexandros Avranas Shooting in November

“Tracking Shot” is a top of month featurette here on Ioncinema.com that looks at the projects that are moments away from lensing. This November, we’ve got a fivesome of projects that we feel are worth signaling out, but before we put the focus on those, the previous month was a rather fruitful one for mostly indiewood film productions. Films that we’ll be seeing in 2016 and which are for the most part still filming include: Mark Williams‘ workplace drama The Headhunter’s Calling (with Alison Brie, Gretchen Mol, Gerard Butler, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina), Philippe Falardeau‘s bio boxing drama The Bleeder (with Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss), Taron Lexton’s coming-of-ager In Search of Fellini (with Ksenia Solo, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Maria Bello), Kevin Tent‘s Black List scripted rom-com (with Domhnall Gleeson, Christina Applegate, Thomas Haden Church, Nina Dobrev), Sophie Brooks‘ NYC set Euro-fizzled comedy,
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Jim Carrey thriller 'True Crimes' sets Krakow shoot date

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Jim Carrey thriller 'True Crimes' sets Krakow shoot date
Exclusive: Principal photography on thriller True Crimes, starring Jim Carrey, will begin in Poland’s Krakow on Nov 7.

Speaking to ScreenDaily, the film’s UK screenwriter Jeremy Brock explained that his screenplay was inspired after reading David Grann’s New Yorker article True Crimes - A Post-Modern Murder Mystery, which centres on a Polish murder investigation turning to clues found in a novelist’s book that bear a bizarre resemblance to the case.

Brock, whose screenwriting credits include Mrs Brown, The Last King Of Scotland and Brideshead Revisited, spent a week in Poland in 2008 “just getting my bearings”.

“I spent the intervening time to find my inspiration for what has become an original screenplay,” he recalled, noting that, in his 30 years as a screenwriter from his beginnings as a co-writer of the BBC TV series Casualty in 1985, “I haven’t worked so long and persistently on one project as I have done on this one”.

“Through working
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Partisan | Review

Pledge Allegiance: Kleiman’s Intriguing Debut a Fascist Allegory

Sure to draw superficial comparisons to other famed pre-teen assassin films like The Professional (1994) or Hanna (2011), Australian helmer Ariel Kleiman’s directorial debut Partisan instead feels like what you’d imagine Yorgos Lanthimos’ version of The Village (2004) would feel like. Headlined by none other than Vincent Cassel and a cast of Euro accents speaking English, Kleiman and screenwriter Sarah Cyngler concoct a film that’s oddly obscure and perfectly menacing, with an unwillingness to explain itself, recalling titles by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, wherein groups of children are possibly being utilized for insidious means by the adult community. An allegory concerning the oppressiveness of Fascism, Kleiman’s film is also a coming-of-age-tale, spiked heavily with cold-blooded murder.

Opening with an ambient score that recalls Vangelis (utilized once more as a book end to the film), we observe Gregori (Vincent Cassel) in the midst
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Jim Carrey in Talks to Star in Brett Ratner-Produced Thriller ‘True Crimes’ (Exclusive)

Jim Carrey in Talks to Star in Brett Ratner-Produced Thriller ‘True Crimes’ (Exclusive)
Jim Carrey is in early talks to star in the indie thriller “True Crimes,” which is based on a 2008 New Yorker article by David Grann, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Alexandros Avranas (“Miss Violence”) will direct the movie, which follows a murder investigation that turns to clues found in an author’s book about an eerily similar crime. Brett Ratner and John Cheng are producing with David Gerson (“Skiptrace”), while “Ida” producer Ewa Puszczynska will serve as co-producer. Carrey’s Jc 23 producing partner Michael Aguilar is also expected to be involved in some capacity. Also Read: Jim Carrey,
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European Film Awards: Vogt, Östlund, Pawlikowski, Zvyagintsev , Glazer & Ceylan Among 50 Contenders

This year’s European Film Awards are officially out of the gates with a not so lean 50 film submissions to select from. The 27th edition collects titles that date back to last year’s Venice and Toronto Int. Film Festivals moving into Sundance-Rotterdam-Berlin and finally Cannes of ’14. Among the 31 European countries represented, we’ve got likes of the Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan leading the huge pack of contenders including Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida. Here’s the complete list of 50!:

Alienation

ОТЧУЖДЕНИЕ (Otchujdenie)

Bulgaria

Directed By: Milko Lazarov

Written By: Milko Lazarov, Kitodar Todorov & Georgi Tenev

Produced By: Veselka Kiryakova

Amour Fou

Austria/Luxembourg/Germany

Written & Directed By: Jessica Hausner

Produced By: Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner, Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu & Philippe Bober

Beautiful Youth

Hermosa Juventud

Spain/France

Directed By: Jaime Rosales

Written By: Jaime Rosales & Enric Rufas

Produced By: Jaime Rosales,
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