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Today — 25 July 2024Main stream

Alpine Climate Doc ‘Flower of Mine,’ Directed by ‘Eight Mountains’ Novelist, Set to Pre-Open Locarno

25 July 2024 at 11:48
The Locarno Film Festival has set Alpine elegy movie “Fiore Mio” (“A Flower of Mine”) as its pre-opening event. It marks the first film written and directed by bestselling Italian novelist Paolo Cognetti (“The Eight Mountains”), who also stars. Besides writing “Eight Mountains,” Cognetti was also “on set” when Belgian directors Felix Van Groeningen and […]

Yesterday — 24 July 2024Main stream

Guillermo Amoedo on His Haunting Horror Comeback ‘Loved Ones’: ‘Loving Someone, Becoming Friends, is a Death Sentence in This Place’ (EXCLUSIVE)

24 July 2024 at 16:07
Spirits of those loved and lost wreak global havoc in director Guillermo Amoedo’s comeback title “Loved Ones” (“Seres Queridos”). In development, the project is produced by Harvey Grisalez, Senior Vice President at Spain’s Onza Américas (“Isla Brava”), and heads to Sanfic’s genre sidebar Morbido Lab in August. “When Guillermo shared the script for ‘Loved Ones’ with us, we […]

Supernatural Stories, Dark Humor, Hostage Plotlines Converge in 2024 Sanfic-Morbido Lab Lineup: Projects From Caye Casas, Guillermo Amoedo Headline Bold Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

24 July 2024 at 15:57
Titles from Caye Casas, whose jarring film “The Coffee Table” earned a nod from Stephen King, and a comeback project from former Eli Roth co-scribe Guillermo Amoedo (“The Inhabitant”), figure into a six-title slate for the fifth edition of the Santiago Int’l Film Festival’s Morbido Lab. According to Sanfic co-founder Gabriela Sandoval, the competition was […]

‘Bionico’s Bachata’ SXSW Audience Award-Winning Duo Heads to Locarno’s Match Me! With Next Project, ‘The Baker’ (EXCLUSIVE)

24 July 2024 at 14:10
Dominican producer Cristian Mojica and filmmaker Yoel Morales will pull double duty at this year’s Locarno, where their SXSW Audience Award-winning film “Bionico’s Bachata” will screen in the Open Doors section and their next project, “The Baker,” will participate in the Match Me! forum. Mojica and Morales produce through their label Mentes Fritas Film Production, […]

Switzerland’s Hugofilm Boards Michèle Flury Feature Debut ‘Pas Ta Maman’ Ahead of Locarno Match Me! Participation (EXCLUSIVE)

24 July 2024 at 09:41
Hugofilm has joined Sommerhaus Filmproduktion as the Swiss producer on Michèle Flury’s feature debut “Pas Ta Maman,” which won the Locarno Pro Market Breakout Award at last year’s Locarno Festival and returns to participate in this year’s Match Me! Forum at the Swiss fest. The project previously participated at Locarno’s Alliance 4 Development and Alphapanda, […]

Teddy Award Winner Babatunde Apalowo Preps ‘Londoner,’ an Immigrant’s Story of Identity, Belonging and Shattered Dreams

24 July 2024 at 08:26
Nigerian filmmaker Babatunde Apalowo, who won the Teddy Award at last year’s Berlin Film Festival for his gay romance “All the Colours of the World Are Between Black and White,” is prepping his next feature. “Londoner,” which won the Red Sea Film Fund Award for best fiction feature at the recently wrapped Durban FilmMart, is […]

Funding the African Content Boom, Cracking the Distribution Riddle and Women Making Waves: 8 Takeaways From the 15th Durban FilmMart

24 July 2024 at 08:18
The 15th edition of the Durban FilmMart, which ran July 19 – 22 in South Africa’s sun-splashed coastal mecca, wrapped on a high note this week with an invigorating sense of possibility among the industry professionals making the trek from all corners of the continent. The future of film finance in Africa, the prospects of […]

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Alberto Barbera on the Return of Erotic Cinema in Venice, U.S. Indie Movies and Netflix Being MIA

23 July 2024 at 18:06
Venice Film Festival artistic director Alberto Barbera says he’s been “toiling for the past nine months like a factory worker on an assembly line at a Chaplinesque pace” to assemble the star-studded lineup he just unveiled that on paper also looks like one of his best. The Lido’s upcoming 81st edition features a geographically balanced […]

Toronto Film Festival Unveils Platform Lineup Featuring Rodrigo Prieto’s ‘Pedro Páramo,’ Nacho Vigalondo’s ‘Daniela Forever’ and More

23 July 2024 at 14:00
The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled the 10 films that will comprise its Platform lineup, a section that is intended to highlight emerging filmmakers from around the globe. The selection includes “Pedro Páramo,” the feature directing debut of acclaimed cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto; “Viktor,” a documentary about the Russian invasion of Ukraine told by war photographer […]

‘Acts of Man,’ ‘Africa AI,’ ‘We Had the Moon!’ Among Top Prize Winners at Durban FilmMart Award Ceremony

23 July 2024 at 11:45
South African supernatural crime series “Acts of Man” took home the biggest cash prize Monday night at the Durban FilmMart award ceremony, while the South African documentaries “Africa AI” and “We Had the Moon!” were among the projects that took home multiple awards at the close of a spirited week in Durban. “Acts of Man” […]

Venice Film Festival Lineup: ‘Joker 2’ With Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga, Angelina Jolie’s ‘Maria’ and Luca Guadagnino’s Daniel Craig-Led ‘Queer’ to Debut in Competition

23 July 2024 at 08:57
Boatloads of high-wattage stars are set to disembark at this year’s Venice Film Festival.  Lady Gaga, Joaquin Phoenix, Julianne Moore, Tilda Swinton, Angelina Jolie, Daniel Craig, Adrien Brody, Felicity Jones, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Monica Bellucci, Michael Keaton and Jenna Ortega are among A-list talents toplining high-profile titles that will premiere at the Lido’s […]

TIFF Lineup: Pam Anderson’s ‘Last Showgirl,’ Ben and J. Lo Project ‘Unstoppable,’ Papal Thriller ‘Conclave’ and More 

22 July 2024 at 14:00
The Toronto International Film Festival is bringing back the star power after last year’s Hollywood labor strikes led to a drought of household names at the annual gathering. Projects from Pamela Anderson, Jennifer Lopez, Riz Ahmed, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and more will see world premieres in Toronto come September, as well as key […]

Indian Sex Toy Industry Examined in DocuBay’s ‘Bad Toys Inc.’ – Global Bulletin

22 July 2024 at 13:47
PLEASURE PRODUCTS DocuBay, the Indian documentary streaming platform under IN10 Media Network, is set to release “Bad Toys Inc.,” a 45-minute original film exploring India’s burgeoning sex toy industry. The doc, slated for a July 26 debut, offers a peek into the country’s evolving attitudes towards pleasure products. The film delves into regional preferences, consumer […]

Venice Critics’ Week: Vietnam Voodoo Film ‘Don’t Cry Butterfly’ Reveals First Look (EXCLUSIVE)

22 July 2024 at 09:07
After years of project markets and multiple rounds of Asian grant funding applications, Vietnamese horror-comedy “Don’t Cry Butterfly,” is confirmed to have its world premiere in competition at the Venice Critics Week. Its backers have unveiled a first poster image. Written and directed by Duong Dieu Linh, the Hanoi-set film follows a housewife who uses […]

Venice Critics’ Week Unveils Lineup, Including ‘Homegrown’ Doc About Group of White Supremacist Donald Trump Supporters

22 July 2024 at 09:00
U.S. journalist and filmmaker Michael Premo’s doc “Homegrown,” which follows a group of white supremacist Donald Trump supporters from the 2020 campaign trail all the way to the attack on the U.S. Capitol, is among titles set to world premiere at the Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week. Brooklyn-born Premo played a significant role in Occupy […]

Rotterdam Winner Cyrielle Raingou Finds French Backing for Fiction Debut ‘I’m Coming for You’ (EXCLUSIVE)

22 July 2024 at 08:03
Rotterdam Film Festival winner Cyrielle Raingou (“Le Spectre de Boko Haram”) has secured French backing for “Pour toi je reviendrai” (I’m Coming for You), which tells the story of a single mother in northern Cameroon who joins forces with a radical group of women after being cast out of her community. Raingou is pitching the […]

African Noir Series ‘Acts of Man,’ Inspired by Real-Life Occult Crime Unit, Attracts Canadian, U.K. Partners (EXCLUSIVE)

21 July 2024 at 09:05
South African filmmakers Sheetal Magan (“Paraya”) and Sean Drummond (“Five Fingers for Marseilles”) are teaming up on what they’ve dubbed an “African noir” series inspired by the incredible true story of an “X-Files”-style occult crime unit born in the dying days of apartheid. The duo is pitching the 8 x 60′ series this week at […]

Netflix’s Africa Content Head Dorothy Ghettuba Maps Out Streamer’s Local-First Strategy for Continent: ‘We Don’t Aim for Global Hits’

21 July 2024 at 08:58
Netflix’s director of content for Africa Dorothy Ghettuba laid out the streamer’s strategy for the continent this week at the Durban FilmMart, telling a standing-room-only session that the key to launching the next global sensation is to first capture the hearts of local audiences. “We want to entertain the world. We want to tell them […]

South African Industry Ponders Its Future as Challenges Mount: ‘We’re Not Cultivating a New Generation’

20 July 2024 at 09:48
The Durban FilmMart began Friday in South Africa with the spirited, hopeful, often contentious representatives of the host nation weighing in on the highs and lows of its screen industries three decades into democratic rule. “I think this industry has always reflected a combination of anger and courage. You see the demand. The numbers are […]