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Angry Young Goddesses set precedent for female buddy films in India

Writer-producer Arsala Qureishi claims her 2015 film "Angry Indian Goddesses" set the precedent for female budding films in India, adding that films like "Veere Di Wedding" were released only afterwards.

"'Angry Indian Goddesses' was a huge movie. I think that was the film which set the stage for 'Veere Di Wedding' and the films that followed. We didn't get credit for that, because we were independent producers and team. The film has been a learning experience. The film got a standing ovation in Toronto. It was in Rome, and the movie reached almost 90 film festivals across globe, and it has been a stellar film," said Qureishi.

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"Angry Indian Goddesses" dealt with sensitive issues such as women being objectified, gender inequality, gay-straight friendships, prejudice and more.

Qureishi is all set to rope in Hollywood bigwig actor-dancer-choreographer Robert Hoffman for
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Afm: Pan Nalin’s ‘Last Film Show’ Heads to Orange Studio (Exclusive)

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International sales outfit Orange Studio has boarded Los Angeles-based Indian director Pan Nalin’s “Last Film Show” and will commence sales at the upcoming American Film Market.

The film follows the 10-year-old son of a poor tea seller in India who begins a magical journey into the world of 35mm with the help of a film projectionist friend. It is currently shooting in remote parts of India.

“The ‘Last Film Show’ for me is a cinematic mission,” said Nalin. “I have spent years developing and preparing it. Now, it’s impossible to believe that we are actually halfway through filming in these spectacular vistas where lambs and lions roam freely.”

Nalin’s 2001 feature “Samsara” won numerous awards globally, and more recently, his “Angry Indian Goddesses” won the Audience Choice Award at Rome and the 1st Runner Up Audience Choice Award at Toronto in 2016.

Orange Studio is a subsidiary of French telecom giant Orange.
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Tannishtha : The city of Rome is a character in my film

Actress-turned-filmmaker Tannishtha Chatterjee, who was quite determined to shoot her debut film "Roam Rome Mein" in Rome, says that the city plays an important role in the story, as the narrative revolves around feminism.

"I had to go to Rome to shoot the film. That was a fact I knew from the beginning, even though I had no budget initially. My film looks at the city of Rome from a different angle because, we must not forget, Rome is the city where the genesis of modern feminism started. I had to go and shoot the film there for that historical context, because feminism is a part of my narrative. The city of Rome plays a character in the film,"

Tannishtha told a publication.

The film has been screened at the Jio Mami 21st Mumbai Film Festival With Star, after doing the rounds of the global festival circuit with screenings at
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Busan: India’s Adil Hussain Boards Apm Project ‘Marichjhapi’ (Exclusive)

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Busan: India’s Adil Hussain Boards Apm Project ‘Marichjhapi’ (Exclusive)
Acclaimed Indian actor Adil Hussain will headline director Bauddhayan Mukherji’s “Marichjhapi,” one of the new projects introduced this week at the Busan International Film Festival’s Asian Project Market.

Written by Abhinandan Banerjee and Mukherji, the film will follow the real events of January 1979, where refugees on Marichjhapi island, located in the Sundarbans delta located between India and Bangladesh, wake up to find police boats surrounding their island.

Over the next three months, the refugees are tear-gassed, their huts and fisheries destroyed, women raped, houses burnt, and they are fired upon in the middle of the night. And through all of this, relationships flourish and love blossoms.

Monalisa Mukherji will produce via her and Bauddhayan Mukherji’s outfit Little Lamb Films. “Marichjhapi” is budgeted at $800,000, too big to be self-financed. “For this one I will need co-producers,” Monalisa Mukherji told Variety. “People and countries not just supporting financially, but
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Indian Star Adil Hussain Returns to Busan With Two World Premieres

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Indian Star Adil Hussain Returns to Busan With Two World Premieres
Adil Hussain, prominent star of Indian independent cinema, will be present at the Busan International Film Festival as the male lead of two Indian world premieres.

In Vijay Jayapal’s “Nirvana Inn,” Hussain headlines alongside Sandhya Mridul (“Bridge”) and Rajshri Deshpande (“Sexy Durga”). At an earlier stage, the film was at the Busan Asian Project Market in 2018 and subsequently received post-production support from the festival’s Asian Cinema Fund.

Hussain also stars in veteran filmmaker Goutam Ghose’s “The Wayfarers” (“Raahgir”) alongside Tilottama Shome (“Sir”).

“The role I play in “Raahgir “is of the poorest of the poor, a tribal man from Central India, a wayfarer, but a giant of a human, who’s humanity is put to the test by the circumstances he suddenly finds himself in. In “Nirvana Inn” my character journeys through the darkest of human despair and guilt and unfathomable sadness which descends on him, and is beyond his control,
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German Producers Association launches TVoD platform

Service called KinoHerz is globally accessible but some films will be geo-blocked according to the rights availability.

The German Producers Association (Vdfp) has launched its own TVoD (transactional video on demand) platform, KinoHerz, to achieve a greater visibility and accessibility for its members’ films.

Titles available in this non-exclusive service include international successes such as Maren Ade’s Everyone Else and Toni Erdmann, Emily Atef’s 3 Days In Quiberon, Fatih Akin’s Tschick as well as documentaries like Tristan Ferland Milewski’s Dream Boat and Arne Birkenstock’s Chandani und ihr Elefant.

The Vdfp’s member companies also have a
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Adil Hussain Checks Into Jayapal’s Horror Feature ‘Nirvana Inn’ (Exclusive)

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Adil Hussain Checks Into Jayapal’s Horror Feature ‘Nirvana Inn’ (Exclusive)
Adil Hussain will headline the cast of Vijay Jayapal’s psychological horror drama “Nirvana Inn,” one of the 29 projects selected for the Busan Asian Project Market.

Hussain won best actor at Norway’s Amanda awards for “What Will People Say,” and the film is the country’s entry to the Oscars foreign-language category. Also featuring in the cast of the Hindi-language film are Rajshri Deshpande (“Sexy Durga”) and Sandhya Mridul (“Angry Indian Goddesses”).

Joining India’s Stray Factory as co-producers are Magic Hour Films (India/Singapore), Still Whinging (Australia) and Indian outfits Uncombed Buddha and Harman Ventures.

The project has now realized 75% of its $400,000 budget and is looking for post-production support in Busan.

“Nirvana Inn” will follow a boatman who capsizes his boat, killing all his passengers, but he survives. Wracked with guilt, he flees and becomes the caretaker of a Himalayan resort and is shocked to see his victims checking in.
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One Two Films joins 'Rams' follow-up 'The County', cast also unveiled (exclusive)

German co-producer joins anticipated new project from Grimur Hakonarson, which will start shooting in late February.

Source: Cannes Film Festival

Rams

Sol Bondy and Jamila Wenske’s Berlin-based One Two Films, has joined as a co-producer on Grimur Hakonarson’s The County, the Icelandic director’s anticipated follow-up to 2015 hit Rams.

One Two joins alongside German broadcaster Sr/Arte.

Grimar Jonsson of Iceland’s Netop Films is the lead producer, with partners Profile Pictures of Denmark, Haut et Court of France and now One Two of Germany. Backers include the Icelandic Film Centre, Danish Film Institute, Nordisk Film + TV Fond and Sr/Arte.

As with Rams, Jan Naszewski’s New Europe will handle sales. Distributors already on board are Sena in Iceland, Scanbox for Scandinavia and Haut et Court in France.

The County will start shooting in late February in the countryside of northern Iceland, for delivery in early 2019.

The story is a drama set in rural Iceland
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Rajkummar Rao ecstatic at Oscar Entry -“Newton is such a unique and a special film for all of us”

Starring Rajkummar Rao, Newton has received accolades at international film festivals the world over including the Berlin Film Festival, Tribeca, and the London Indian Film Festival among others earlier this year. Now the Eros International, Colour Yellow Productions and Drishyam production has been chosen as India’s official pick for Oscars 2018 in the Foreign Language Film category.

Rajkummar took to his social networking site to share the big news and congratulated the entire team of Newton. He wrote, “It’s amazing! Newton is such a unique and a special film for all of us. It’s a film which has been made with so much purity and honesty, without keeping any commercial aspects in mind. It’s a simple, honest story and it’s resonating with everyone. The response that we have been getting from the critics also is huge. I really hope this translates on to the box office as well.
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Liff Special Review: Newton

The Chhattisgarh region of central India is rich in mineral resources, but its people live in poverty, eking out a living amongst the fighting that has gone on for close to three decades, with many of them uprooted from traditionally held tribal land. These people end up caught between the government and the Maoist rebels, and it’s this tension that serves as the backdrop to Amit V. Masurkar’s finely chiseled film, Newton. In the world’s largest democracy, free and fair elections are seen as the way to counter Maoist opposition, and the key to free and fair elections is the voting machine.

Newton (Rajkummar Rao) is a college graduate with a master’s degree in physics and a deeply rooted sense of justice. When his government job requires him to serve as an election official at a polling station in an isolated rural area at the heart
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Mirzya Movie Review

Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s Mirzya. After watching a stage performance of Mirza-Sahibhan 35 years ago, Mirzya was born. I had the privilege of watching this film a week in advance. I have avoided all publicity about this film as I didn’t want to go in with any expectations. This is difficult in a way as this is a Rakesh Omprakash Mehra directed film. He is back since the incredibly successful Bhaag Milka Bhaag. I have sat with my thoughts of this film for four days. Normally I don’t. Normally reviews as far as they go are fairly straight forward. This one isn’t. Why? Well there are so many different elements to it and you just need a little bit of time to make your mind up about it.

Let us start with the much talked about music. Shankar Ehsaan and Loy do something different here and it suits Mirzya.
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'Olli Maki' co-producers board 'Under The Tree'

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Exclusive: One Two Films duo have joined the Icelandic-Polish-Danish co-pro from director Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson.

Sol Bondy and Jamila Wenske’s Berlin-based One Two Films, recently a co-producer on Finnish hit The Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Maki [pictured], has joined Icelandic-Polish-Danish co-production Under The Tree.

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson (Paris Of The North, Either Way) directs the film, which is produced by Iceland’s Netop Films, Poland’s Madants and Denmark’s Profile. One Two Films joins the project alongside Zdf/Arte, under commissioning editor Holger Stern.

Backing also comes from the Nordisk TV & Film Fond, The Icelandic Film Centre, Danish Film Institute and Polish Film Institute.

“We are happy to have found strong partners in Germany,“ said producer Grimar Jonsson, whose credits include Rams. “One Two Films have been part of some very interesting European co-productions and Zdf/Arte is a great stamp of approval for our project.“

“We are happy
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Tannishtha to walk the red carpet at Tiff with Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel for ‘Lion’!

Tannishtha Chatterjee is all set for her sixth outing at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Last year Tannishtha had two world premieres there – ‘Parched’ and ‘Angry Indian Goddesses’ – and this year the actress will walk the red carpet at Tiff for the premiere of her Hollywood biggie ‘Lion’ that stars Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel and Rooney Mara.

A much-celebrated face in the international cinema circuit, Tannishtha is looking forward to meeting Nicole. “Nicole was supposed to shoot with us in Kolkata where we shot in real locations. Dev was there, but for some reason Nicole couldn’t come down so this will be our first interaction,” says the actress.

Talking about her role in the Garth Davis-directed film, Tannishtha shares that she was shooting another film in Australia when she got a touching email from Garth appreciating her work and telling her that when he decided to
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The Marché du Film and Cinando Award Best Seller Pitches at Cannes

This Cannes, the Marché du Film and Cinando handed out their first-ever prize: the Cinando Best Seller Award.

Thirteen sales agents from all horizons were invited to participate in a pitching contest that took place on May 17th at the Marché du Film. Selected pitchers were given details of a real project, “Codename Madeleine”, inspired by historical events, from an original idea by Pan Nalin, its director. They then had 48 hours to prepare a 5-minute pitch that would convince the Cinando Awards jury composed of three distributors: Norio Hatano from Longride (Japan), Ira von Gienanth from Prokino (Germany), Dylan Leiner from Sony Pictures Classics (USA) and producer-sales agent Raphaël Berdugo from Cité Films (France).

The jury announced the contest winners at an event at the Plage des Palmes on May 18th, alongside Jérôme Paillard, Market exec director, Nicolas Brigaud-Robert from Films Distribution and John Hopewell from Variety.

Awardees were announced as follows:

- Winners Ex aequo: Chantal Chateauneuf, Mongrel International (Canada) and Georgia Poivre, Films Distribution (France)

- Second Prize: Rahmat Adam, Creative Content Malaysia (Malaysia)

- Honorable Mention: Emmanuel Pisarra, Doc & Film International (France)

The 2 top winners got their portrait and interview in Variety.

Here their profiles written by John Hopewell.

Georgia Poivre, Films Distribution, France

From a an internship in acquisitions with Wild Bunch, based out of New York over 2012-13, to a gig in the home entertainment marketing department at Paris-h.Q.-ed Studiocanal in 2014, to international sales manager at Wide in 2015, Poivre has come a long way fast. She joined Paris-based Films Distribution – one of Europe’s highest-profile sale companies with subsids or affiliates in Berlin, Brussels and now London – as international sales manager in April.

Pitching, Poivre said Wednesday, “I tried to do what I’ve seen [Films Distribution partners] Nicolas [Brigaud-Robert] and Francois [Yon] do: Get to the passion of the story, its essence, the characters. Without motivation, there’s no character, no conflict, no story.” She was one of the only sales agents to key into what really – in part – might have driven Khan: Her desire to be an Indian “superhero,” in Poivre’s words, serving Britain in WWII so that Britain would serve India’s interests, granting it independence.

Also, her Jewish fiance was deported. “Sometimes, romantic motivation can be above all the rest,” Poivre said. “Dynamic,” in one juror’s words, the ex-Boston U alum, majoring in film and TV, was born and raised in Paris. She was also one of the only sales agents to give ‘Codename: Madeleine’ an industrial context.

“She talked about the timeline, when delivery would be, which kind of festivals the film was suited for,” said Gienanth.

“I try to get very passionate about what I’m selling, communicate not only the story but my excitement about it,” Poivre said.

“She takes pride and joy in getting people to agree with her, convincing a buyer to see a movie or buy it. By the same token, she’s kind and gentle, she doesn’t bully her buyer. If you push people too much, they get scared. It’s like hunting,” said Brigaud-Robert.

Chantal Chateauneuf, Mongrel International

“A good seller is not the person that tells you the entire story but is a person who tells you enough in order for you to want to engage with the story,” Leiner argued.

Chateauneuf was a case in point. With “a flow in her pitch,” said Gienanth, she captured the essence of the story concisely in very few minutes, no easy task.

“It important the sales agent knows about the director they’re pitching,” Gienanth added. Here Chateauneuf was in her element, Mongrel Intl. having sold “Codename: Madeleine’s” director Pan Nalin’s latest film, “Angry Indian Goddesses”: “He looks at women in India with a fresh, contemporary lens, focusing on the average woman, who is moderately educated, dealing with real female problems: Work-life balance, sexuality,” Chateauneuf enthused.

Like Poivre, Chateauneuf also keyed in what deep motivation” “Part of it is her father’s influence, her religious inclination, which inspired her to fight injustice around the world.”

Very together, Chateauneuf studied at Montreal’s McGill U, started at Mongrel as sales coordinator in 2014 and, when it launched an international sales division under Charlotte Mickie, moved to a sales position. “She’s efficient, astute and passionate. An amazing combination! We’re so lucky to have her on our team,” a proud Mickie glowed.
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Indian Film Fest La 2016 Review: Angry Indian Goddesses, India's Women Are Docile No More

India, like every other film industry in the world, suffers from a significant shortage of films featuring women in leading roles. I'm not talking about women's films, chick flicks, or other films that celebrate women by exaggerating feminity to conform with male fantasies. I'm just talking about regular old movies with leading women who don't have any men to answer to. Even those films that do exist -- think Sex & the City, Bridesmaids, etc... -- largely predicate their existance upon how the women involved relate to men. Thankfully, Pan Nalin's new film Angry Indian Goddesses largely ignores the preset rules about what women's films should be and delivers a film in which women are characters instead of archetypes interacting with one another. The film...

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2016 Indian Film Festival of La unveils juries

The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles has announced the juries and additional programming for the upcoming 14th edition, which runs April 6-10 in Hollywood.

Three films have been added to the line-up on April 10, including Lena Khan’s feature debut The Tiger Hunter, and a community screening of Sami Khan’s Khoya.

A restored version of Sujata, provided by the National Film Archive Of India, will screen as a tribute to director Bimal Roy on the 50th anniversary of his death.

The jury for the 2016 Narrative Film Competition includes:

· Shonali Bose, film-maker (Margarita, With A Straw & Amu);

· Shalini Dore, Variety; and

· Alesia Weston, international consultant to independent film-makers and film festivals.

The jury for the 2016 Short Film Competition includes:

· Rizwan Manji, actor (Jim Jarmusch’s upcoming Paterson);

· Aldo Velasco, director and editor (Chittagong); and

· Laura Nix, documentary film-maker (The Yes Men Are Revolting).

As previously announced, the festival will open with Angry Indian Goddesses (pictured) and the
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Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles Announces Its 2016 Lineup

The 14th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles announced its lineup for this year's edition and it is an incredibly solid set of films that makes me wish I was able to attend! Among the highlights are the Opening Night films and Tiff star, Angry Indian Goddesses, along with a huge number of amazing films, several of which I can personally vouch for. Check out the press release below along with summaries for each feature, and snippets from our reviews of several of the features. Many of these will appeal greatly to TwitchFilm readers, including Visaranai, Kirumi, and Brahman Naman among others. Enjoy! Iffla 2016 takes place April 6-10 at the ArcLight Hollywood....

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Us Briefs: Iffla unveils 2016 programme

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Us Briefs: Iffla unveils 2016 programme
Plus: Production underway on Paramount’s Baywatch; and more…

Pan Nalin’s Angry Indian Goddesses will open the Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles (Iffla) on April 6. Anu Menon’s Waiting will close the 14th annual event on April 10.

“India’s independent filmmakers are taking bold risks, defying convention, and responding to injustice in each of these visionary films, and the results are breathtaking,” said director of programming Mike Dougherty.

“I’m extremely excited for our Los Angeles audience to experience these films, which have garnered raves from around the world, or are making their world premiere with us.” For further details about the line-up click here.

Melanie Miller has joined Samuel Goldwyn Films as evp and will be responsible for distribution strategy, marketing and PR. The former vp of acquisitions and marketing will work with Peter Goldwyn to expand episodic and feature-length activities.Paramount Pictures has begun principal photography on Baywatch starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron
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International producers discuss challenges at Screen's Efm panel

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At Screen International’s Efm panel at the Gropius Mirror restaurant, four international producers shared their tips for success and survival in the modern film landscape.

In an open and frank discussion, Sol Bondy of Germany’s One Two Films, Guneet Monga of India’s Sikhya Entertainment, Agnes Johansen from Iceland’s Rvk Studios (Baltasar Kormakur’s company) and Natasha Dack from the UK’s Tigerlily Productions shared their experiences on protecting producer’s fees, setting up international co-productions and managing cash flows better in order to navigate the lean times.

The panel, moderated by Screen contributing editor Wendy Mitchell, all agreed that surviving as an independent producer poses continual challenges but passion keeps them going.

Bondy, who co-produced Tom Shoval’s Youth (Berlinale Panorama 2013) and Pan Nalin’s Angry Indian Goddesses via One Two Films, was the only panellist who works exclusively in film. He credits the company’s angel investor and a focus on international
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Reflections 2015: The Best Indie and Festival Films of 2015

By Katherine Matthews and Rumnique Nannar

One of the most frustrating aspects of covering festival and indie films has been the limited access for a wider audience – very often review comments run along the lines of: “Tell me where I can see this!” 2015 was a year that finally saw some great shifts in this, with a number of festival films finally getting a theatrical release – some of them films that had been on the festival circuit for a couple of years, some of them hot off the 2015 festival rounds. Audiences for both festival and indie films are small, but they’re growing, and access to this year’s “best of” selection should be easier for interested viewers. 2015 was, indeed, a great year for these films – enjoy our choices for Festival and Indie Bests!

Qissa

A TIFF2013 film that finally saw its theatrical release this past year, Qissa (“Folktale”), set in post-partition India,
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