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The 70th Berlinale International Film Festival will be held from February 20 to March 1, 2020.
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The Kindness of Strangers kicked the Berlinale in style

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We were in time for the Berlinale opening, tuxedo, black tie and a smile on the way out. The film takes us to New York City for a modern tale of ordinary people struggling to find help, hope and love.
 
Lone Scherfig, the director, had menntionned in the conference earlier today: “...I thought it would make sense…to make a film that had light and hopefully leaves the audience with a sense of not just hope, but also community...” she said" The film stars Zoe Kazan (Clara), Andrea Riseborough (Alice), Tahar Rahim (Marc), Caleb Landry Jones (Jeff), Jay Baruchel (John Peter), Bill Nighy (Timofey).
 

Berlinale Street Food opened with Dieter Kosslick and Thomas Struck

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(Berlinale Street Food on February 6, 2019 with Lindsay Bellinger and Dieter Kosslick, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019) 
By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER  
Berlinale Festival Director Dieter Kosslick and Culinary Cinema head Thomas Struck officiated the start of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival when they welcomed the media and five enticing food trucks on Wednesday, February 6th, the day before filmmakers and celebs will hit the red carpet for the world premiere of Lone Scherfig's film The Kindness of Strangers

(Berlinale Street Food on February 6, 2019 with Lauren Lee and Dieter Kosslick, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019) 

 

Director Kosslick was leaving all that taste tests to his colleague Struck who really didn't seem to mind. Kosslick did partake in some Korean hot ginger tea, which was just what the doctor ordered. Somehow among the swarm of German journalists and photographers snapping away I didn't quite catch why it was exactly that Kosslick couldn't eat any samples, it might have been that he was just too amped up or perhaps for some health reasons. My German listening skills were put to the test and with the loud noise of the snapping of cameras I failed miserably. I feel like I still understood enough of the chitchat between Kosslick and each food truck owner.

 

Juliette Binoche, Live from Berlin

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By Alex Deleon @ Berlinale 2019

The first press event of the current 69th Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) was a morning press conference with the new International competition jury presided over by alluring French movie star Juliette Binoche. now 54. None of the other jurors were celebrities of note so the main attraction of this crowded press event was the presence of La Binoche herself.  Although in her recent films she still retains much of her classic Gallic beauty today at the press conference the actress was nearly unrecognizable in a conservative, almost austere hairdo parted in the middle, and a generally deglamourized look. She speaks flawless English and seems to be going now for a more serious perception of her public image.

Binoche has been seen many times on Berlinale screens and won a Silver Bear award here for her role in The English Patient, in 1996 and an Oscar for the same film.  She won the Cannes best actress award in 2010 starring in Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy.  A major international hit in her brilliant repertoire was Kieslowski's  Bleu, of the three colors trilogy.  It was a typically smart move by departing festival director Dieter Kosslick to sign up an international star of Juliette Binoche's stature to preside over his final jury.

 
 

Jennifer Reeder has released the first footage from Knives and Skin, premiering this weekend at the Berlinale in the Generation

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  Jennifer Reeder Unveils First Look at Feminist Teen Noir; Clip Debuts for Knives and Skin, Ahead of World Premiere at the Berlinale Berlin -- Jennifer Reeder has released the first footage from Knives and Skin, premiering this weekend at the Berlinale in the Generation 14plus program.  A small Midwestern town, preoccupied with t...
 

 

UpNorth is going to the Berlinale!

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  Presentation of 10 rising Norwegian Producers Friday 8th February, 18:00-19:00 at EFM Producers Hub Producer Christian Falch is named one of the ten rising producers in Norway presented by the Norwegian Film Institute. Access with Market Badge. Discussion: Artificial Intelligence - The Unkno...
 

 

Generation X Group GmbH Line up at EFM

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    LEGEND OF CACTUS JACK   Synopsis: In this scary-fun family adventure movie, two kids are bequeathed a map and the keys to the legendary gold mine of Cactus Jack. Deciphering through a series of riddles and clues, our two gumshoe detectives unearth the entrance to the infamous labyrinth of tunnels and traps. But when the malevolent mine unleashes its mechanical traps, it's up to Billy and his spunky little sister to prevail. This amazing family adventure movie...
 

Exclusive: Tiberius Film acquires Sophie Marceau´s French Comedy MRS MILLS and other Film Highlights

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At this year’s Berlinale, Tiberius Film announces new purchases which will complement the portfolio of the independent film distributor from Munich. In addition to the French comedy MRS MILLS directed by and starring Sophie Marceau, Tiberius also purchased the genre highlight DISTORTED with Christina Ricci and John Cusack, as well as LASSO from the label “Dread Central presents”.  Sophie Marceau (“James Bond - The World i...
 

 

Storyboard Media has nabbed foreign rights to Actor William Fichtner’s feature film directorial debut Cold Brook

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Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard’s Storyboard Media has nabbed foreign rights to Actor William Fichtner’s (The Lone Ranger, The Perfect Storm, Black Hawk Down) feature film directorial debut Cold Brook, it was announced today by Costa de Beauregard, the company’s President. Gersh is repping US rights. The film stars Fichtner as well as Kim Coates (FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”, “Bad Blood”), and Harold Perrineau (ABC’s “Lost”).   S...
 

 

Kosovo Produced Film “In Between” Competes in This Year’s Berlinale Shorts Category

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  Among 24 films from 17 countries selected for the Berlinale shorts category this year, Kosovo is represented with Samir Karahoda’s short film In Between which will be competing for the Golden and Silver Bear, Audi Short Film Award, and “Berlin Short film Candidate for the Europen Film Awards 2019”. In between is a 14 minute film that treats the phenomenon of identical houses built for family members throughout rural Kosovo while they are living abroad, with the ho...
 
 
 

Catalan Films @ Berlinale - EFM 2019

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It’s Berlinale 2019 and Catalonia is, once again, represented in one of the world’s leading film festivals. We’re delighted and proud that six films have been selected troughout this year’s program. Films that are a showcase of the new and the established generations of filmmakers that live together in Catalonia and that are shining in all major film festivals. Starting with Isabel Coixet’s newest production, “Elisa and Marcela”, which will be competi...
 

 

Small drop in Cinema attendance in the EU in 2018

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On the occasion of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival the European Audiovisual Observatory releases its first estimates for European cinema attendance in 2018. After three years of above average levels, the Observatory estimates that total admissions in the European Union decreased by 3.0% to 955 million tickets sold. This is 29.4 million less than in 2017 and the fourth lowest level registered in the EU since 2009. Including non-EU territories admissions in ...
 

 

Beatrice Welles, daughter of Orson Welles, and director Dax Phelan, team up for Orson Welles Docu-series

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LIFE WITH ORSON WELLES: THE MAN BEHIND THE LEGEND Beatrice Welles with her parents, Orson Welles and Paola di Gerfalco, Contessa di Gerfalco (Paola Mori)   Beatrice Mori di Gerfalco Welles and writer-producer-director Dax Phelan have teamed up for a six-episode original docu-series, “Life with Orson Welles: The Man Behind the Legend.” The daughter of Orson Welles and his third wife Paola Mori, Welles is a countess from an Italian noble family that dates back to 400 AD, a st...
 

 

Exclusive: Studio 100 Film welcomes Cine Video y TV to the pack: 100% Wolf will howl in LATAM

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Studio 100 Film announced today that Mexican distributor Cine Video y TV has acquired the rights to theatrical movie 100% WOLF. The agreement includes theatrical, home video, VOD, pay TV and free TV rights. The story of 100% WOLF centers on Freddy Lupin, the heir to a proud family line of werewolves. Desperate to become a werewolf himself, Freddy is in for a shock when on his 13th birthday his first “transwolfation” goes awry, turning him into a ferocious… ...
 

 

Exclusive: STXFilms Acquires Seth Rogen/Michael Keaton Starrer KING OF THE JUNGLE

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STXfilms is in final negotiations to acquire the U.S. distribution rights to the Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris) comedy King of the Jungle, with Seth Rogen (This is the End, The Disaster Artist) and Academy Award® nominee Michael Keaton (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Spotlight) in talks to star, from a script by Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award winners Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Based on the true story first published in Cond&eacut...
 

 

10% by 50/50 and The Alliance of Women’s Networks Launches in Berlin

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10% for 50/50 is a new European initiative offering rebates to gender-equal productions, led by post production house Chimney in partnership with Women in Film International and Women in Film and Television Germany.   The Alliance of Women’s Networks is a new pan-European network promoting gender equality in the film industry through collaboration between national organizations in over 20 countries.   Producer Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator, The Walking Dead), for Women in Film L...

 

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