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Haifaa Al-Mansour’s ‘The Perfect Candidate’ Acquired by Music Box Films Ahead of Sundance

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Haifaa Al-Mansour’s ‘The Perfect Candidate’ Acquired by Music Box Films Ahead of Sundance
Music Box Films has acquired the North American rights to “The Perfect Candidate” from Saudi Arabian director Haifaa Al-Mansour, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

The distributor plans to release the film theatrically in 2020 followed by a home entertainment release.

The Perfect Candidate” premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 2019 and was Saudi Arabia’s official submission to the Best International Feature race at the 92nd Academy Awards. It will next make its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.

Al-Mansour is the director of “Wadjda,” which was the first Saudi film to be directed by a woman and the country’s first-ever submission to the Oscars. “The Perfect Candidate” is Al-Mansour’s return to her home country after a few projects in the English language.
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Haifaa Al-Mansour’s Political Parable ‘The Perfect Candidate’ Gets North American Deal Ahead Of U.S. Bow At Sundance

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Haifaa Al-Mansour’s Political Parable ‘The Perfect Candidate’ Gets North American Deal Ahead Of U.S. Bow At Sundance
Exclusive: Haifaa Al-Mansour’s political parable The Perfect Candidate has been picked up for North America by Music Box Films ahead of the movie’s U.S. premiere at Sundance.

The Venice title is the latest film from pioneering director Haifaa al-Mansour, who made the first Saudi Arabian feature Wadjda in 2012. The film marks a directorial return to her homeland.

The Perfect Candidate follows Maryam, a young Saudi doctor, who runs for city council after the male incumbent repeatedly ignores her request to fix the muddy road leading to her clinic. However, as the campaign slowly garners broader appeal, Maryam’s candidacy challenges her more traditional family, as she becomes a symbol for a much larger movement.

Producers include Al-Mansour, Brad Niemann, Gerhard Meixner and Roman Paul.

Music Box Films, which acquired all film rights in the U.S. and Canada, plans a theatrical run later this year followed by a home entertainment release.
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European Shooting Stars 2020 revealed

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Upcoming talent to be showcased at the Berlin Film Festival.

The 10 young actors selected for this year’s European Shooting Stars has been unveiled.

European Film Promotion (Efp) has revealed the selection of upcoming talent, which will be introduced to international casting directors, producers and filmmakers at the Berlin Film Festival next month.

They include Germany’s Jonas Dassler, who starred as serial killer Fritz Honka in Faith Akin’s The Golden Glove, a biography of German serial killer Fritz Honka, which played in competition at last year’s Berlinale.

The selection also features Poland’s Bartosz Bielenia from Poland,
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European Film Promotion Unveils 2020 Shooting Stars

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European Film Promotion has unveiled the 10 Shooting Stars, up-and-coming acting talents set to break out internationally, who will be honored at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival.

The selection comprises Bartosz Bielenia from Poland, star of Jan Komasa’s “Corpus Christi,” among films shortlisted for this year’s best international feature film Oscar; France’s Zita Hanrot, the voice talent of Zunaira in animated Oscar contender “The Swallows of Kabul” who broke out locally with Philippe Faucon’s “Fatima”; and Portugal’s Joana Ribeiro who is currently shooting Antoine Fuqua’s action thriller “Infinite” for Paramount alongside Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Previous Shooting Stars include Alicia Vikander, Alba Rohrwacher, Matthias Schoenaerts, Pilou Asbæk and Baltasar Kormákur.

The Shooting Stars initiative is also honoring German actor Jonas Dassler, who made a splash at Berlin last year with his performance as a serial killer in Fatih Akin’s “The Golden Glove”; Dutch actor Bilal Wahib,
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‘Corpus Christi’ Breakout Among Ten Rising Euro Actors Selected For 2020 Edition Of Efp Shooting Stars

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‘Corpus Christi’ Breakout Among Ten Rising Euro Actors Selected For 2020 Edition Of Efp Shooting Stars
The 2020 edition of European Shooting Stars has unveiled the 10 young acting talents it will spotlight, with participants arriving with credits including Polish Oscar shortlisted feature Corpus Christi.

On the list is Polish actor Bartosz Bielenia, whose turn as an amateur priest in Jan Komasa’s Corpus Christi has already earned him acting awards at the Stockholm, Chicago and El Gouna film festivals.

He is selected alongside Danish actress Victoria Carmen Sonne, who has appeared in Hlynur Palmason’s Winters Brothers and Isabella Eklöf’s 2018 Sundance pic Holiday; she has won two Danish Academy awards (Bodils).

Also named is Swiss actress Ella Rumpf, who lead the cast of Julia Ducournau’s 2016 Cannes selection Raw, which won her the Révelation prize at the 2018 César Awards, and Jakob Lass’s 2017 Berlin title Tiger Girl. Rumpf will also appear this year in upcoming German Netflix series Freud.

Portuguese talent Joana Ribeiro makes the 2020 cut
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2020 Movie Release Date Schedule

As we once again come upon the end of another year in film, we find ourselves looking forward to the films scheduled for release in the coming year. As in previous years, there should be something to pique everyone’s interest in 2020. There will be the usual sequels and big blockbusters, as well as a plethora of additional titles in multiple genres to choose from. We hope you this find this list of upcoming movies and their release dates useful and that it helps you plan what you’re going to look forward to over the next twelve months.

If you’re wondering what came out during 2019 and what you may need to catch up on, just head here! Meanwhile, the list below gathers all of the titles we know (right now at least) that are coming in 2020 by their current release date. Remember, these dates are subject to change.
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And Then We Danced Trailer: Acclaimed Gay Romance Arrives this February

An official selection at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and Sweden’s entry for Best International Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, And Then We Danced has earned much acclaim during its festival run along with some controversy in its filming locale of Georgia, where it prompted protests due to its gay themes. Music Box Films has now unveiled the first U.S. trailer for Levan Akin’s film ahead of a stop at Sundance an February 7, 2020 release; just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Described as an electrifying and spellbinding tour-de-force, the story conveys the trials that consume young Georgian dancer Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani) and his homosexual identity places him at odds with his conservative Georgian background and the hyper-masculine tenants that pervade traditional Georgian dance. He’s been training for many years to become a professional with his female dance partner Mary (Ana Javakishvili), but the arrival of a new
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One More Us Trailer for Wonderful Dance Film 'And Then We Danced'

"Dancing isn't for you, don't you get it?" Music Box Films has released an official Us trailer for the indie Georgian dance film And Then We Danced, which was Sweden's official film submission to the Academy Awards this year (sadly it did not make the shortlist). The story is about a carefree dancer named Irakli who arrives at the National Georgian Ensemble, causing fellow dancer Merab to push himself more all the while he falls hard for him. The film is an "interesting look into a part of the world not so many people are familiar with but also a heartfelt movie about the importance of being free." This stars Ana Javakhishvili, Anano Makharadze, Bachi Valishvili, Giorgi Tsereteli, Levan Gelbakhiani, Ninutsa Gabisonia. Don't miss this! The film was one of the most beloved discoveries at Cannes this year, and I can also attest that it's a wonderful, empowering, and exuberant film.
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The Best Queer Films of 2019, From ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ to ‘Booksmart’

The Best Queer Films of 2019, From ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ to ‘Booksmart’
Over the course of the last four years, there has been at least one queer film in the Oscar race each year. “Carol” in 2016, “Moonlight” in 2017, “Call Me by Your Name” and “A Fantastic Woman” in 2018, “The Favourite” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” in 2019. Alas, barring any big surprises, the streak may be broken at next year’s ceremony. That’s not a reflection of the many excellent Lgbtq films released this year, of which there are a variety. Celine Sciamma’s stunning masterpiece “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” was passed over as France’s Oscar submission in favor of Ladj Ly’s “Les Miserables,” and Levan Akin’s powerful coming-of-age story “And Then We Danced” was recently left off the short list for Best International Feature.

Oscars or not, there is still so much to celebrate in queer cinema. More and more filmmakers are not only embracing queer characters and storylines,
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‘Parasite’ and ‘Pain and Glory’ Advance on Oscars Best International Film Shortlist

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‘Parasite’ and ‘Pain and Glory’ Advance on Oscars Best International Film Shortlist
Bong Joon Ho’s twisted black comedy “Parasite” and Pedro Almodovar’s semi-autobiographical reverie “Pain and Glory” are among the 10 movies to land on the shortlist in the Best International Feature Film category at the 2019 Academy Awards.

Also on the list: “The Painted Bird” from the Czech Republic, “Truth and Justice” from Estonia, “Les Miserables” from France, “Those Who Remained” from Hungary, “Honeyland” from North Macedonia, “Corpus Christi” from Poland, “Beanpole” from Russia and “Atlantics” from Senegal.

Honeyland,” which follows an aging beekeeper in North Macedonia, also made the shortlist in the Oscars’ Best Documentary Feature category.

Well-received films that did not make the cut include “Invisible Life” from Brazil, “And Then We Danced” from Sweden, “The Whistlers” from Romania and “Monos” from Colombia.

Also Read: Oscars International Race 2019: Complete List of Films

This marks the second consecutive year that South Korea, formerly shut out of the Oscars international race,
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Les Arcs to Showcase New Projects by Jonas Alexander Arnby, Agnieszka Smoczyńska

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Les Arcs to Showcase New Projects by Jonas Alexander Arnby,  Agnieszka Smoczyńska
Denmark’s Jonas Alexander Arnby, France’s Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, and Poland’s Agnieszka Smoczyńska are among up-and-coming directors from across Europe whose latest projects will be presented at the 11th Coproduction Village of Les Arcs Film Festival.

This edition of Les Arcs Coproduction Village will showcase a total of 22 European projects spanning 19 countries. The forum is meant to help filmmakers and producers find sales agents, distributors, as well as co-production and financial partners.

A rising polish director, Smoczyńska, will present her English-language debut, “Silent Twins” about sibling who have spent 14 years in a high-security psychiatric hospital and have developed a unique way of communicating. The film will be produced by Madants. Smoczyńska previously directed a short in the omnibus horror film, “The Field Guide To Evil,” and the film “Fugue” which world premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week.

Gagnol and Felicioli, the directors pair behind the Oscar-nominated animated
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Oscars: Examining The Expanded International Feature Film Shortlist Possibilities

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Oscars: Examining The Expanded International Feature Film Shortlist Possibilities
The International Feature Film Oscar shortlist is due out on Monday, with an expanded 10 titles up from the traditional nine. Preliminary voting closed in the category on Wednesday with the first seven films determined (although still held under wraps) and the Executive Committee will meet Monday morning to decide on the three so-called “saves.” As ever, this is a year with a rich crop of films from talent outside the United States. In total, there are 91 movies vying for a mention.

Filmmakers have trotted the globe to festivals and Q&a screenings while presumed favorite Bong Joon-Ho even made a recent stop on The Tonight Show. Along with the Korean director’s Parasite, there are a host of other possibilities for the shortlist, and below we take a look at a cross-section of titles that could turn up on the roster on Monday.

Here’s our shot at the major
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Palm Springs Film Fest 2020 Presents a Showcase of 51 International Oscar Contenders

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Palm Springs Film Fest 2020 Presents a Showcase of 51 International Oscar Contenders
The annual Palm Springs International Film Festival in California is always an opportunity to catch up on many of the contenders for the Best International Feature — née Best Foreign-Language — Film Academy Award. Now in its 31st edition, the festival this year has 51 of them, from favorite-to-beat “Parasite” from South Korea and Senegal’s “Atlantics,” to other films quietly making strides in the race: Czech Republic’s “The Painted Bird,” Sweden’s “And Then We Danced,” Russia’s “Beanpole,” Romania’s “The Whistlers,” North Macedonia’s documentary contender “Honeyland,” Norway’s “Out Stealing Horses,” and many more.

The festival will screen 188 films from 81 countries, including 51 premieres, from January 2-13, 2020. The Awards Buzz section includes a special jury of international film critics, who will review these films to present the Fipresci Award for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, as well as Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay in this category.
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Palm Springs Film Festival Sets Lineup; ‘An Almost Ordinary Summer’ & ‘Military Wives’ Are Opening- And Closing-Night Movies

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Palm Springs Film Festival Sets Lineup; ‘An Almost Ordinary Summer’ & ‘Military Wives’ Are Opening- And Closing-Night Movies
One hundred eighty-eight films films from 81 countries including 51 premieres highlight the lineup for the 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, which kicks off January 2 with a star-studded gala that has become a must-stop during awards season for Oscar hopefuls. The festival, which runs through January 13, also is known for showcasing a large number of submissions in the Motion Picture Academy’s International Film (formerly Foreign Language) competition and will feature 51 of those entries.

The opening-night film on January 3 is the Italian farce An Almost Ordinary Summer, while the closer is director Peter Cattaneo’s heartwarming dramedy Military Wives in which Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan and Jason Flemyng lead a superb ensemble cast. The film had its world premiere at September’s Toronto International Film Festival and became an instant crowd-pleaser. Bleecker Street releases it in 2020.

Among the previously announced honorees at the January 2 gala are Antonio Banderas, Renee Zellweger,
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Pablo Larraín’s Venice & Sundance Drama ‘Ema’, Starring Mariana Di Girolamo & Gael García Bernal, Scores U.S. Deal

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Pablo Larraín’s Venice & Sundance Drama ‘Ema’, Starring Mariana Di Girolamo & Gael García Bernal, Scores U.S. Deal
Exclusive: Music Box Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Pablo Larraín’s (Jackie) Venice Film Festival drama Ema, starring newcomer Mariana Di Girolamo, Gael García Bernal (Mozart In The Jungle), and Santiago Cabrera (Big Little Lies).

Music Box plans to theatrically release the Sundance-bound drama in summer 2020. The deal was negotiated by Music Box President William Schopf and CAA Media Finance.

Ema charts a woman’s odyssey of personal liberation after a shocking incident upends her family life and marriage to a tempestuous choreographer.

“I feel proud and excited to be working again with Music Box Films, a wonderful company for a movie like Ema in the USA,” said feted Chilean director Larraín. “It’s truly amazing.” The distributor previously released the director’s 2015 film The Club.

“This is one of those films that you have to see to believe,” added Music Box Films’ President William Schopf. “Entirely singular,
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The Favourite leads the winners at the 2019 European Film Awards

A year after its triumphs on the awards circuit, The Favourite was the toast of the town again last night in Berlin as the movie was named Best European Film and Best European Comedy at the 32nd annual European Film Awards, while Yorgos Lanthimos and Olivia Colman were named Best European Director and Best European Actress respectively.

Other winners included Antonio Banderas (European Actor for Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory), For Sama (European Documentary), Les Miserables (European Discovery) and Celine Sciamma (Best Screenwriter for Portrait of a Lady On Fire). Here’s the full list of winners from the night…

European Film

The Favourite

Les Miserables

An Officer and a Spy

Pain and Glory

System Crasher

The Traitor

European Comedy

Ditte & Louise

The Favourite

“Tel Aviv on Fire”

European Discovery

Aniara

Atlantics

Blind Spot

“Irina”

Les Miserables

Ray & Liz

European Documentary

“For Sama”

Honeyland

“Putin’s Witnesses
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European Film Awards: Live Stream the 2019 Ceremony

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European Film Awards: Live Stream the 2019 Ceremony
Now in their 32nd year, the European Film Awards unfold Saturday in Berlin, and here’s where you can live-stream the ceremony. With some titles controversial (Roman Polanski’s “An Officer and a Spy”) and others at least a year old for those of us stateside (“The Favourite”), this year’s ceremony is sure to be a fun romp.

Leading the pack is director “An Officer and a Spy,” the Dreyfus affair drama that picked up a top prize at Venice back in September, tied for four nominations alongside Pedro Almodóvar’s self-reflective “Pain and Glory,” Marco Bellocchio’s “The Traitor,” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Favourite.” While released in the fall of 2018 in the United States, the latter film’s international release window made it eligible for the European Film Awards this year. “The Favourite” won star Olivia Colman, who plays a gout-stricken Queen Anne, a Best Actress Academy Award earlier
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CAA & Paris-Based Totem To Rep Sales On Zeina Durra’s Sundance Drama ‘Luxor’ With Andrea Riseborough & Karim Saleh

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Paris-based Totem Films has come on board to handle international sales of Zeina Durra’s Sundance-bound feature Luxor, starring Andrea Riseborough and Karim Saleh starring.

CAA Media Finance will rep North American rights. As previously announced, Front Row will distribute in the Middle East and North Africa.

The film, which will premiere in Sundance’s World Dramatic Competition, follows British aid worker Hana (Riseborough) who returns to the ancient city of Luxor, Egypt, and comes across Sultan (Saleh), a talented archeologist and former lover.

Along with Durra, the film is produced by Mohamed Hefzy through his production company Film Clinic, Mamdouh Saba, and Gianluca Chakra of Front Row. Paul Webster and Front Row’s Hisham Al Ghanim are executive producing; Daniel Ziskind of Film Clinic and Ihab Ayoub are serving as associate producers.

The feature marks Durra’s second film. Her debut feature was The Imperialists Are Alive, which premiered at Sundance in 2010.

Totem,
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Totem Films Nabs Zeina Durra’s Sundance-Bound ‘Luxor,’ CAA Handles North American Rights

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Totem Films has acquired international sales rights to Zeina Durra’s “Luxor,” which will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

CAA is representing North American rights. The film, which stars Andrea Riseborough (“Black Mirror”) and Karim Saleh (“Transparent”), marks Durra’s follow up to her 2010 feature debut “The Imperialists Are Still Alive!,” which also premiered at Sundance.

The drama romance follows Hana, a British aid worker who returns to the ancient city of Luxor where she comes across Sultan, a talented archaeologist and former lover. As she wanders, haunted by the familiar place, she struggles to reconcile the choices of the past with the uncertainty of the present.

Along with Durra, “Luxor” is produced by Mohamed Hefzy through his production company Film Clinic, Mamdouh Saba, and Gianluca Chakra of Front Row. Paul Webster and Front Row’s Hisham Al Ghanim are
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Paris-based Totem Films to handle international sales on Sundance title ‘Luxor’

CAA Media Finance set to represent North American rights.

Paris-based Totem Films has come on board to handle international sales on Andrea Riseborough drama Luxor, which will premiere in the Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Competition in January.

CAA Media Finance is set to represent North American rights on Zeina Durra’s film.

As previously announced, Front Row will distribute Luxor in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Film Clinic Production in association with Front Row Filmed Entertainment and Film Factory marks Durra’s second film after Sundance 2020 selection The Imperialists Are Alive and centres on a British aid worker
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