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Netherlands, Finland pick Oscar 2020 international film entries

Netherlands, Finland pick Oscar 2020 international film entries
Which film will follow on from ‘Roma’ in winning the prize?

Submissions for the best international feature film award at the 2020 Academy Awards have started to come in, and Screen is keeping a running list of each film below.

This is the first year the award will be given under the new name of ‘best international feature film’, after a change in April from ‘foreign-language film’.

The eligibility rules remain the same: an international feature film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the Us with a predominantly non-English dialogue track and can include animated and documentary features.
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Colombia-France drama 'Wandering Girl' triumphs at 2018 Tallinn Black Nights

22nd edition of festival had its closing ceremony on Saturday (Dec 2).

Rubén Mendoza’s Colombia-France drama Wandering Girl scooped the top prize as the curtain came down last night on the 22nd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia.

The film, which had its world premiere in Tallinn, follows 12-year-old Angela and her three step-sisters who are approaching their thirties. The four meet for the first time when summoned for the death of their charismatic father. Daniel García produced.

The jury, which was headed by Italian director Andrea Pallaoro, cited the film for “powerfully exploring themes of grief and abandonment through a very moving,
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Atlas picks up Dutch dramedy 'Tulips, Love, Honour And A Bike'

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Atlas picks up Dutch dramedy 'Tulips, Love, Honour And A Bike'
Exclusive: Sales outfit also boards spy drama Margery Booth, which has Stephen Fry attached.

Munich-based sales company Atlas International has picked up international rights to Dutch director Mike van Diem’s (Character) dramedy Tulips, Love, Honour And A Bike, which is currently in post-production.

Set in southern Italy in the 1980s, the Dutch-Canadian-Italian co-production boasts an international cast including veteran Italian actor Giancarlo Giannini, Gijs Naber, Anneke Sluiters and Lidia Vitale.

A71 Entertainment has already acquired Canadian theatrical rights to the film, which follows a young woman who uncovers an unwanted family connection to the Italian mafia.

Atlas has also boarded sales on Margery Booth: The Spy In The Eagles Nest (working title), the biopic of English opera singer Margery Booth, a Second World War spy who performed for Hitler and British POWs.

Wigan-born Booth (1905-1952) emigrated to Germany before the outbreak of the war, during which she helped British intelligence service MI6.

Stephen Fry is attached
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Dutch duo get film fund backing

Dorst and Marionette will receive support through the Dutch Crossover project.

The Netherlands Film Fund is to provide financial support for projects from Dutch directors Elbert van Strien and Saskia Diesing through their Dutch Crossover project.

Strien’s Marionette tells the story of a therapist who loses her grip on reality when a patient says he dreamed her into existence, while Diesing’s sophmore feature Dorst follows a young woman who finds purpose in life by moving back in with her ill mother.

Both films will receive backing of $910,000 (€800,000).

Dutch Crossover supports the production of auteur films that the Film Fund believe have the potential to attract an audience of at least 50,000 and achieve international distinction.

Marionette previously received a single project grant from Creative Europe and participated in the Frontieres market in 2014. It is being sold by Protagonist Pictures.

Diesing’s debut feature Nena was selected for Generation 14+ at Berlin International Film Festival in 2015 and is being
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Le Conversazioni 2015 by Anne-Katrin Titze

Stephen Sondheim and Joyce Carol Oates in conversation before Antonio Monda's Le Conversazioni Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Following his fall 2014 Le Conversazioni with Zadie Smith (White Teeth) and Patrick McGrath (Asylum and Spider), Antonio Monda invited Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen Sondheim to discuss films that influenced their lives and work.

Henry Hathaway's Niagara, Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull and Elia Kazan's On The Waterfront were chosen by Joyce Carol Oates.

George Stevens' The More The Merrier, Mike van Diem's Character (Karakter), Krzysztof Zanussi's The Contract and Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow Of A Doubt were picked by Stephen Sondheim.

Le Conversazioni and Rome Film Festival Artistic Director Antonio Monda Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Marilyn Monroe, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Hepburn, Jean Arthur, Walk Don't Run with Cary Grant, Privacy, Gene Hackman, West Side Story, Vertigo, The Rules Of The Game, Marlon Brando,
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An Oscar Winner Returns With Quirky Action Rom Com The Surprise

It was all the way back in 1997 that Dutch director Mike van Diem won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar with his debut feature, Character. This is, of course, the sort of event that is typically looked at as being career-making but for whatever reasons van Diem's credited work in the years since has amounted to just a pair of short films but he makes his return to the big screen a whopping eighteen years after his debut success when his sophomore feature, The Surprise, hits Dutch screens in May.An eccentric multimillionaire signs an agreement to have his life terminated. While selecting his coffin he meets a young woman who has signed up for the same arrangement. But when the couple fall in love,...

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Dutch rebate driving up production

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Dutch rebate driving up production
Speaking in Rotterdam, Netherlands Film Fund director Doreen Boonekamp has delivered an upbeat assessment of the state of the Dutch film industry.

Boonekamp has also revealed details of how the country’s new cash rebate system, introduced last year, is driving up production levels.

Some €78m was spent on Dutch production last year, a considerable hike on production investment in 2013, which was around €14m less.

Boonekamp said, as a result of the new incentive, “a lot of post production work is going back to the Netherlands”.

The incentive offers a cash rebate of 30% on the eligible Dutch spend.

Since the incentive was launched in June 2014, 51 film projects have received a total of €13.6m from the scheme.

These have included high profile projects such as Mike van Diem’s De Surprise, Alex van Warmerdam’s Schneider vs. Bax, Polish feature Math Sucks, Austrian movie The Night Of A Thousand Hours, and Roel Reiné’s epic seafaring yarn Michiel de Ruyter
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IFC Midnight Acquires Dark Summer

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IFC Midnight has announced the acquisition of Dark Summer, with plans to release the movie in North America early next year:

“IFC Midnight has acquired North American distribution rights to Content Media’s supernatural horror film Dark Summer.

IFC Midnight plans to release the film on all platforms January 9th, 2015.

A highly stylized modern ghost story, Dark Summer follows Daniel Williamson, a 17 year old on house arrest for the summer. With his mother away on business, a horrifying incident occurs, followed by an even more terrifying presence in the house, and twists that will leave audiences reeling.

Paul Solet (Grace) directed Dark Summer for Preferred Film & TV (Pft), based off a screenplay by Mike Le (creator of the popular web series, K-town and writer of Screen Gem’s Patient Zero). The film was produced by Pft‘s Ross M. Dinerstein and executive produced by Content’s Jamie Carmichael.

The film
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Efp launches new producer initiative

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Efp launches new producer initiative
European Film Promotion (Efp) has launched a new initiative, Producers Lab Hamburg (Plh), bringing producers from across Europe to meet with their Hamburg-based opposite numbers.

The event’s two-day programme (Oct 1-2) during this year’s Filmfest Hamburg will include seminars, pitching sessions, one-to-one meetings and a Hamburg location tour.

The ten European producers coming to Hamburg are drawn from the pool of Efp’s former Producers on the Move, including the UK’s Isabelle Stead (Human Films), Luxembourg’s Donata Rotunno (Tarantula), Norway’s Silje Hopland Eik (Cinenord Kidstory) and Spain’s Antonio Saura (Zampa Audiovisual).

Stead will be coming to Hamburg after having taken part in the fifth edition of the Producers Lab Toronto, while Rotunno is now developing Yilmaz Arslan’s new project Raqs after producing his last film Fratricide and is also looking for German partners for his own third feature film Sara Sarà.

Eik has produced and co-produced more than 20 feature films and
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Dutch production scheme backs 34

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Dutch production scheme backs 34
Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein In Guanajuato and Alex van Warmerdam’s Schneider vs. Bax among those to receive a share of €8.5m ($11.4m) from the new Netherlands Film Production Incentive.Scroll down for full list of projects

A total of 34 film projects have received funding totaling €8.5m ($11.4m) from the budget of the new Netherlands Film Production Incentive.

It is anticipated that these projects will generate €47.9m ($64.6m) in Netherlands-based production expenditure.

Some 21 of the 34 successful applicants were international co-productions of feature films and documentaries, in which a Dutch producer has a majority or minority stake.

Productions include The Night Of A Thousand Hours by screenwriter/director Virgil Widrich, a co-production between Austria (Amour Fou Vienna), Luxembourg (Amour Fou Luxembourg) and The Netherlands (KeyFilm); The Lobster by director/screenwriter Yorgos Lanthimos, a co-production between Ireland (Element Pictures), France (Haut et Court), Greece (Faliro House), UK (Scarlet Films) and The Netherlands (Lemming Film); and
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Imelda Staunton, Freddie Highmore, Miranda Hart Join Hugh Laurie & Stephen Fry In The Canterville Ghost

Content announced today that Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton (Maleficent, Vera Drake), Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory), Miranda Hart (Miranda, Call The Midwife), and Toby Jones (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hunger Games) have joined the voice cast of Kim Burdon’s Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost featuring two-time Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie (House MD) and Golden Globe nominee Stephen Fry (The Hobbit Parts 2 and 3, Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows).

Giles New and Keiron Self are adapting the classic Oscar Wilde story. The animated film is produced by Robert Chandler and Gina Carter. Content will be handling worldwide sales starting at the Cannes market this month.

Currently in pre-production, the animated comedy follows the story of Sir Simon de Canterville who has been haunting his ancestral home in rural England, Canterville Chase, for over three hundred years. He has successfully scared off
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Content’s Speeds moves ahead

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Content’s Speeds moves ahead
Leif Tilden’s Life At These Speeds starring Douglas Booth, Billy Crudup, AnnaSophia Robb and Sam Rockwell will start production in autumn and Content will introduce to Cannes buyers.

Marc Novak wrote the story of a youngster who takes up running as a way of remembering his best friends who died in an accident.

Tom Butterfield and Scott Alvarez produce.

“Every now and then a script comes from left field and entirely captures your imagination and your heart,” said Content’s Jamie Carmichael.

Life At These Speeds is that script. It’s powerful, emotional, inspiring and uplifting – Leif, Tom and Scott have put together something truly beautiful.”

The Content slate includes: Amy Berg’s Janis Joplin documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue, Mike van Diem’s The Surprise, Jimi: All Is By My Side starring Andre Benjamin; family adventure Pudsey: The Movie and supernatural horror Dark Summer.
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Bac joins Makhmalbaf’s President

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Exclusive: The President is one of a record eight features on 2014 production slate from Film & Music Entertainment.

Mike Downey & Sam Taylor’s London-based Film & Music Entertainment is launching a record eight features in 2014, representing total production budgets of $21m. This comes after six features totalling $12m in 2013.

Bac Films has come on board to handle international sales and serve as French co-producer for one of those eight, Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The President, which is casting now for a February start of shoot in Georgia. As with their recent Georgian shoot for Ben HopkinsEpic, F&Me are partnering in Georgia with Vladimer Katcharava’s 20 Steps Productions as well as the Caucasian Film Service. Germany’s Herzog and Brümmer co-produces the $1.95m project.

Also in February, sequel documentary Streetkids United II – The Girls from Rio will start its shoot in Brazil, with a budget of $995,000 and directed by Mara Mourao. The Brazilian co-producer is Walkiria Barbosa of Total
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Dardennes begin ‘Two Days’ shoot

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Dardennes begin ‘Two Days’ shoot
The Dardenne brothers have begun shooting their latest film - one of 21 features to receive a major financial boost from Eurimages.

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have commenced principal photography on Two Days, One Night (Deux Jours, Une Nuit) in Seraing, Belgium.

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Two Days, One Night (Deux Jours, Une Nuit)

Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard and Fabrizio Rongione play the leads alongside a variety of Belgian actors including Olivier Gourmet, Christelle Cornil and Catherine Salée.

The film follows 30-year old Sandra (Cotillard) and her husband (Rongione) on their hunt across the city for colleagues prepared to sacrifice their bonuses so she can keep her job.

Artificial Eye pre-bought the film for the UK from Wild Bunch, which is handling international sales. Sundance Selects has acquired it for the Us.

This €7m ($9.1m) film will be co-produced by Les Films du Fleuve (Belgium), Archipel (France) and Bim (Italy).

The technical crew will be mainly Belgian, including
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Flanders fund backs 20 films with €5m

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Flanders fund backs 20 films with €5m
Former Oscar winner Mike van Diem’s The Surprise and BBC backed series The White Queen [pictured] are among the recipients in the first funding round from the new Screen Flanders economic fund.

A total amount of €4,995,000 ($6,678,685) is to be distributed in the fund’s inaugural call.

The next call for projects closes on 28 June. The final call for 2013 opens from Sept 1 and closes on Oct 25. Another €5 million will be divided among applicants in both remaining calls.

Sitting alongside the Belgian Tax Shelter, the new fund is bound to boost the region’s appeal for coproduction and inward investment yet further. The aim of the selective system is to support (co-) productions that are made, in part or entirely, in the Flanders region. One of the conditions is that the project spends a minimum of €250,000 ($334,205) in the region. The 20 supported titles together stand for well over €20 million ($26,7m)of audiovisual expenses in the Flanders region.

The Screen
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Camp, Trespass, Surprise, World Set Directors

Happy Camp Peter Webber ("Girl With a Pearl Earring") is attached to direct the noir thriller "Happy Camp" for Bedlam Productions. Playwright Zayd Dohrn penned the script. Shooting will begin in North America at the end of the year.

The movie follows a drug-addled former deputy sheriff searching for his missing daughter amongst the complex politics of a rural Californian logging community. Stella Nwimo will produce. [Source: THR]

In A Perfect World

Filmmaker Alexandre Aja ("Piranha 3D") has acquired film rights to American writer Laura Kasischke's bestselling novel "In a Perfect World". Charles Gillibert will produce.

The story revolves arounda newly-married, former flight attendant surviving life as a new stepmother to three children. Their lives are altered forever when a deadly flu epidemic breaks out.

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Trespass

Brit director Clio Barnard ("The Selfish Giant") is set to write and direct an adaptation of Rose Tremain's novel "The Trespass" at Left Bank.
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Foreign Winners Selected For 2012 Student Academy Awards

Three student films, selected from 51 entries representing 29 countries, have been selected as winners in the Foreign Film category in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 39th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. The student filmmakers will be brought to Los Angeles to join U.S.-based Student Academy Award® recipients for a week of industry activities. The festivities will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at the Academy.s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 2012 Foreign Film winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):

For Elsie,” David Winstone, University of Westminster, United Kingdom

“Of Dogs and Horses,” Thomas Stuber, Film Academy Baden-Wüerttemberg, Germany

“The Swing of the Coffin Maker,” Elmar Imanov, The International Film School Cologne, Germany

Academy members have viewed these films at special screenings to determine the winners. placements . Gold, Silver or Bronze . which will be revealed at the June 9 ceremony.
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5 Foreign Finalists Selected For 2012 Student Academy Awards

Five finalists, selected from 51 entries representing 29 countries, will advance in the Foreign Film category in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 39th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. Up to three winners will be selected from this group and brought to Los Angeles to join U.S.-based Student Academy Award® winners for a week of industry activities and social events. The festivities will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at the Academy.s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 2012 Foreign Film finalists are (listed alphabetically by film title):

.Emily,. Benjamin Mathews, Australian Film Television and Radio School, Australia

.For Elsie,. David Winstone, University of Westminster, United Kingdom

.Of Dogs and Horses,. Thomas Stuber, Film Academy Baden-Wüerttemberg, Germany

.Skyborn,. Jamie Stone, National Film and Television School, United Kingdom

.The Swing of the Coffin Maker,. Elmar Imanov,

The International Film School Cologne, Germany
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Academy Awards Selects Student Foreign Films

HollywoodNews.com: Five finalists, selected from 51 entries representing 29 countries, will advance in the Foreign Film category in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 39th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. Up to three winners will be selected from this group and brought to Los Angeles to join U.S.-based Student Academy Award® winners for a week of industry activities and social events. The festivities will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 2012 Foreign Film finalists are (listed alphabetically by film title):

Emily,” Benjamin Mathews, Australian Film Television and Radio School, Australia

For Elsie,” David Winstone, University of Westminster, United Kingdom

“Of Dogs and Horses,” Thomas Stuber, Film Academy Baden-Wüerttemberg, Germany

“Skyborn,” Jamie Stone, National Film and Television School, United Kingdom

“The Swing of the Coffin Maker,” Elmar Imanov, The International Film School Cologne,
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