Berlinale unveils 2020 Forum titles

Screendaily - 20 January 2020

The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 20-March 1) has revealed the 35 films in this year’s Forum line-up, including 28 world premieres. The strand aims to highlight challenging and thought-provoking filmmaking that brings together film with visual art, theatre and literature. (...)

And the winners are...

TROMSØ - 19 January 2020

Seven awards were given out tonight during Tromsø International Film Festival's closing ceremony.
We proudly present this year's winners of TIFF's own Aurora Prize, the international critics award Fipresci and the Don Quijote award which is awarded by the International Film Club FICC, The Tromsø Palm for the best film in the Films From the North programme, and The Faith in Film Award, The Norwegian Peace FIlm Award – and of course the Tromsø Audience Award. (...)


Bell Media's Crave to bring select TIFF films to wider audience in new partnership

Benzinga - 14 January 2020

TORONTO, Jan. 14, 2020 /CNW/ - TIFF and Bell Media announced today that 11 feature films that celebrated their World Premieres at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival will be distributed for streaming across the country on Crave. The groundbreaking new partnership, called "TIFF Selects," is a first for TIFF as a Canadian distribution opportunity for its world-class Festival programming. The vast majority of films in the collection will have their premieres on Crave. (...)


Slamdance 2020 to open with ‘Film About A Father Who’

Screendaily - 18 December 2019

Lynne Sachs’ Film About A Father Who will open Slamdance 2020, set to run in Park City, Utah, from January 24-30, 2020.

Sachs shot her film about Ira Sachs Sr., a bon vivant and pioneering businessman from Utah, over 35 years from 1984 to 2019 using 8 and 16mm film, videotape and digital.

“It takes undeniable courage to discover and reveal shocking truths about one’s family,” said Slamdance festival manager Alina Solodnikova. “Lynne Sachs has done it with unique style, a dry sense of humour and honesty that captivates our programmers. A generation in the making, Film About A Father Who is pulling no punches. We couldn’t imagine a better film to open Slamdance 2020.”

Festival brass also announced a special festival event of Amazon Studios’ The Vast Of Night involving a masterclass workshop and selected scenes of Slamdance 2019 best narrative audience award winner with filmmaker Andrew Patterson.

The line-up includes the world premiere of Shoot To Marry, which joined the previously announced Breakouts section and is a documentary in which filmmaker Steve Markle trains his camera on interesting women with the hopes of meeting the love of his life.

Two Special Screenings added to the roster include Animation Outlaws, Kat Aliosh’s homage to Spike and Mike of Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation; and the US premiere of Cannes 2019 entry Lillian from Andreas Horvath, which follows an emigrant stranded in New York City who decides to walk back to Russia. (...)


STORIES FROM THE CHESTNUT WOODS has won the award for the best first feature film at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

DFFB - 5 December 2019

At the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, DFFB alumnus and director Gregor Božič won the award for the best first feature film with his graduation film STORIES FROM THE CHESTNUT WOODS!

The jury statement: In times of new formats, platforms and rush rhythm, it is so great to give this award to a film that holds the old torch of cinema itself. With powerful sense of reality with magic, poetry and cruelty; this tale stands for the dignity of waiting for death while life passes by in such a strong way. Beautifully shot and edited, with a great sense of communion with the people, landscape, environment and the topic. It was like enjoying a nice and humble meal from the countryside: the film left us the taste of chestnuts. (...)


Watch Slick Woods make her acting debut in the new trailer for 'Goldie'

ID - Vice - 12 November 2019

The film is partly inspired by the model's own turbulent past.

Goldie, the new film starring former i-D cover star Slick Woods, tells the story of a Bronx teenager living in a family shelter, trying to keep her sisters together, while pursuing her dream of becoming a dancer. The Vice Studios film, directed by Sam de Jong, deals with displaced youth, ambition, and believing in yourself in the face of adversity. It’s a story that Slick knows well, as it’s partially inspired by her own experience as a homeless teen living in Los Angeles, prior to her modelling success. “I think that working on a film, it’s more freeing,“ she told i-D of the move from into acting. “You could see my personality. You can see where I’m coming from. You know my accent. You can see how I talk.“ See the trailer for below. (...)


Awards of the Feature Film Competition "Youth On The March" of the 26th MIFF "Listapad"

Press Release - 8 November 2019

Victor Turov Memorial Award for Best Film:

"Lillian", director Andreas Horvath (Austria)

Special Jury Award

"White on White", director (Théo Court)

Diploma "For the exploring new ways to say something about his country and did it creatively"

"My Thoughts are Silent", director Antonio Lukich (Ukraine) (...)


Awards of the FIPRESCI jury of the 26th MIFF "Listapad"

Press Release - 8 November 2019

“New Voices” FIPRESCI Award for Best Debut: "Lillian", director Andreas Horvath (Austria)


Nil Kural (Turkey) – Head of Jury/ Passant Hassan Salama (Egypt)/ Sven Hollebeke (Belgium)/ Tonci Valentic (Croatia)/ Darya Amialkovich (Belarus).

The general partner of the Minsk International Film Festival Listapad is the Belarusbank Premium Mastercard. The World Mastercard Black Edition of Belarusbank OJSC is issued as part of the Persona Privilege Club.

The Organizer of "Listapad" – The Center for Visual and Performing Arts "ART Corporation". The founders of the MIFF are the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus, the Minsk City Executive Committee with the support of the National State Television and Radio Company of the Republic of Belarus, the National Film Studio "Belarusfilm", the Republican Public Association "Belarusian Union of Cinematographers" and the advertising agency Forte Grey.


Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival unleashes Rebels With A Cause

Press Release - 31 October 2019

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces the lineup for Rebels With A Cause, an International competition programme with 15 feature films in competition and five feature films out of competition, and a mini-competition for short films that includes seven entries. The programme includes six world and five International premieres.


Rebels With A Cause is the festival section that showcases independent productions that offer original points of view, polemic opinions or interesting aesthetic pursuits for the demanding audience. The programme is divided into two competitive programmes - for shorts and features - and a non-competitive selection. Both of the competitions will be overseen by a jury comprised of international film professionals announced during the first week of November.


Festival director Tiina Lokk shared her excitement over the fact that Rebels With A Cause is gradually developing into a section that draws international attention and attracts fresh films from emerging and established creative voices from around the world. 'We launched this programme to support filmmakers that are rebelling against common cinematic expression and narrative structures, who surprise us by doing something totally out of the box.' 'I’m glad that we have caught the attention of others and our audience!' she added. (...)

AFI Fest Raises Curtain On Full 2019 Lineup

Deadline - 29 October 2019

The AFI Fest has been rolling out its 2019 slate for months — since announcing Melina Matsoukas’ Queen & Slim as its opening-night film in August — and now we have the full lineup. Check it out below.

The festival, which runs November 14-21 in Los Angeles, will close with with Apple’s The Banker, starring Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult and Nia Long, and will feature the world premiere of Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell.

Here is the full lineup for the 2019 AFI Fest:




Samia, heavily pregnant and alone, wanders through Casablanca, seeking shelter until Abla, a single mother, reluctantly takes her in. As the women discover each other’s inner struggles, their lives are transformed. A film festival darling, Maryam Touzani’s debut feature crafts a delicate tale of love through a confident female gaze. DIR Maryan Touzani. SCR Maryan Touzani. CAST Lubna Azabal, Nisrin Erradi, Douae Belkhaouda. Morocco, France


ANNE AT 13,000 FT

Anne works at a Toronto daycare with her best friend  Sarah. Most of her interactions are awkward and erratic. When Anne goes skydiving for Sarah’s bachelorette party, it becomes a tipping point for her mental fragility in this intimate portrait of a volatile, young woman struggling to find her place in society. DIR Kazik Radwanski. SCR Kazik Radwanski. CAST Deragh Campbell, Matt Johnson, Dorothea Paas, Lawrene Denkers. Canada


STITCHES: Big Winner of the 41st CINEMED Edition

Cinemed - 26 October 2019

Antigone d'or de Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole

Dotation de 15 000 € par Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole.

Présidente du jury Julie Bertuccelli, réalisatrice
Membres du jury : Yaël Fogiel, productrice, Çagla Zencirci, réalisatrice, Shaïn Boumédine, comédien, Karim Moussaoui, réalisateur

Ex-æquo STITCHES de Miroslav Terzic (Serbie) et SOLE de Carlo Sironi (Italie/Pologne)
Mention à MADRE de Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Espagne) (...)

Cinema Guild Acquires Toronto Film ‘Anne At 13,000 Ft.’

deadline - 23 October 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Another Toronto Film Festival title has found distribution. Cinema Guild acquired U.S. distribution rights for the Kazik Radwanski-directed Anne at 13,000 ft. The film received an honorable mention from the Platform Prize jury at Toronto in September.

The picture will continue to play festivals before Cinema Guild releases it next year.

The film focuses on 27-year-old daycare worker Anne (Deragh Campbell) who has an epiphany while skydiving for her best friend Sara’s bachelorette party. Back on the ground, the pressures of her daily life threaten to overwhelm her. Her coworkers at the daycare center are constantly questioning the way she connects with the children. At Sara’s wedding, she meets a nice guy ((Matt Johnson) but she can’t help bringing him into ever-more-awkward social situations. As the stressful circumstances mount, Anne prepares for another jump. (...)

Tallinn Black Nights completes First Feature Competition line-up

Screendaily - 17 October 2019

Estonia’s Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Nov 15-Dec 1) has finalized its First Feature Competition, adding 10 films to the eight previously announced titles.

And the Golden Boll goes to ‘Noah Land’

Dailynews - 29 September 2019

“Noah Land” (Nuh Tepesi) by Cenk Ertürk received the Best Film award at the 26th Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, which took place in the southern province of Adana and ended on Sept. 28.

The jury, headed by actress Serra Yılmaz, gave two other prizes to the film - Best Director and Best Cinematography (Federico Casca). Ertürk also received the Best Director award given by Film-Yön (Association Film Directors).

“Noah Land” is an opera-prima (first film), which depicts the relationship of a man and his father whose dying wish is to be buried under the enshrined Noah tree, claiming that he planted this tree in his childhood. This is a story of the clash of generations as well as a critique of present-day Turkish society, told through the conflict between the conservative villagers led by the sordid headman of the village and the nostalgic old man. (...)

Cercamon boards sales on TIFF selection ‘Anne At 13,000 Ft' (exclusive)

Screendaily - 4 September 2019

On the eve of Toronto, sales company Cercamon has added Platform world premiere Anne At 13,000 Ft to its Toronto roster.

New York-based Film Maudit represents US and Canadian sales on Kazik Radwanski’s (Tower, How Heavy This Hammer) drama about a volatile young woman, which receives its world premiere on Monday (9).

2015 TIFF Rising Star Deragh Campbell (I Used to be Darker, Stinking Heaven) stars as a single daycare worker in Toronto who undergoes a life-changing experience when she goes skydiving for her best friend’s bachelorette party, and finds herself pushing the limits of what is socially acceptable. Matt Johnson, Dorothea Paas, and Lawrene Denkers also star.

Review: SUN - Cineuropa

Cineuropa - 24 July 2019

Jonathan Desoindre, in association with Ella Kowalska, makes his debut with a funny and crazy comedy following in the chaotic wake of a wheeler-dealer from a working-class neighbourhood in Paris.

All the great metropolises of the world are criss-crossed by delivery scooters and their drivers, zigzagging just about legally through the traffic and transporting who knows what to who knows where, invariably at full throttle. This is true of Sun [+], the film’s namesake and protagonist, who weaves through the streets of a poor Paris district in the first full-length picture by Jonathan Desoindre (in association with Ella Kowalska), a deliberately light-hearted, wacky comedy released in French cinemas today by Rouge Distribution. And it is also interesting to note that the film’s main character is a young man from the Indian sub-continent, as was also the case in the recent Italian production (of an entirely different style) Bangla [+], which shows how urban cosmopolitanism is finally beginning to permeate the cinema of the Old Continent, aside from that of the UK where it made its mark a long time ago. (...)

Set Visit: Paper Spiders

Anthem - `20 May 2019

Welcome to Anthem’s new on-going series, Set Visit, in which we give our readers a behind-the-scenes first look at select feature films, short films, and music videos that are currently in production. These on location tidings will comprise of exclusive on-set photography, a rundown of projects, 1:1 interviews, video footage, and other insights into our new travel destinations.

First up to bat is writer/director Inon Shampanier’s Paper Spiders, working from a script co-written by his wife Natalie. This inaugural edition is a personal one: Inon is our former film school classmate from the University of Southern California. Earlier this month, we traveled to Syracuse, New York to get an intimate look at the filmmaker’s upcoming film starring Lili Taylor, Stefania LaVie Owen, and featuring Peyton List, which is currently crossing its midway mark in a scheduled 20-day shoot. Arriving on set the afternoon of May 10th, we found ourselves on a closed-off suburban street 5 minutes outside of downtown Syracuse as the crew was pulling off a Steadicam shot, following Owen from her parked car into a nearby house. Later in the evening, Taylor and Owen’s mom and daughter were seen back out on the street, in an intense altercation of some sort, at which point the police are called to defuse the situation. As we found out, the inhabitants of this home are going through something rather hellish—and not in The Conjuring kind of way. (...)

Film Movement acquires North American rights to Berlin, Tribeca hit 'Goldie' (exclusive)

Screendaily - `14 May 2019

Film Movement has acquired North American rights to Goldie, Sam de Jong’s coming-of-age story that premiered in Generation 14 Plus in Berlin and is being sold in Cannes by Dubai-based Cercamon.

‘Instagirl’ supermodel Slick Woods makes her acting debut as the titular character in the Bronx-set tale about a streetwise teen who discovers her true strength when her dream of becoming a dancer collides with harsh reality.

The drama, Dutch filmmaker de Jong’s follow-up to his 2015 feature debut Prince, screened at Tribeca Film Festival last month and hails from Twentieth Century Fox and Vice Films. AgX’s Ben Howe and Luca Borghese produced. (...)

‘Lillian’ Trailer: Directors’ Fortnight Road Movie Comes From ‘Goodnight Mommy’ Producer Ulrich Seidl – Cannes

Deadline - `13 May 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a striking first trailer for Cannes Directors’ Fortnight drama Lillian, produced by Ulrich Seidl (Goodnight Mommy).

Andreas Horvath’s (Earth’s Golden Playground) feature stars newcomer Patrycja Planik as an emigrant in New York who decides to make an epic journey by walking back to her home in Russia. The Austrian, English-language feature is handled for international sales by Sébastien Chesneau’s Cercamon.

Horvath’s films have previously screened in Venice, Locarno, Karlovy Vary, Rotterdam, London, Chicago and San Francisco Film Festivals. He is writer, director, DoP, composer and co-editor on Lillian.

Cercamon picks up Andreas Horvath's Directors' Fortnight title 'Lillian' (exclusive)

Screendaily - 2 May 2019

Sébastien Chesneau’s Dubai-based world sales company Cercamon has acquired international sales rights to Austrian director Andreas Horvath’s part documentary, part fiction work Lillian, produced by compatriot filmmaker Ulrich Seidl, ahead of its premiere in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight (May 15-25).

Here are the Winners of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival's Juried Awards

Tribeca Film Festival - 2 May 2019

And the winners are...

The 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, announced the winning filmmakers, storytellers, and actors in its competition categories at this year’s awards ceremony this evening at the Stella Artois Theatre at BMCC TPAC. The top honors went to Burning Cane, which received the Founders Award for Best U.S. Narrative Feature, House of Hummingbird (Beol-sae), pictured below, for Best International Narrative Feature, and Scheme Birds, also pictured below, for Best Documentary Feature. The Festival awarded $165,000 in cash prizes. The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival runs through this Sunday, May 5th (...)

Peyton List Joins Lili Taylor & Stefania LaVie Owen In ‘Paper Spiders’

Deadline - 01 May 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Former Disney Channel star Peyton List is set to play opposite Lili Taylor and Stefania LaVie Owen in Paper Spiders, the Inon Shampanier-directed indie drama about coming-of-age in the shadow of mental illness. Shampanier and Natalie Shampanier wrote the script for the film, which will shoot in in Syracuse, NY.

List will play the best friend to Owen’s character, Melanie, a high school senior struggling to help her mother Dawn (Taylor), whose paranoid delusions spiral out of control.

List is perhaps best known for her role as Emma Ross in Disney Channel’s Jessie series and its spinoff Bunk’d. She also starred in the Hulu series, Light As A Feather, and recurred on YouTube Red’s Cobra Kai series. On the film side, she’ll next appear in MGM’s Valley Girl musical comedy remake.

She’s repped by CAA.

Lili Taylor & Stefania LaVie Owen To Star In Mental Illness Drama ‘Paper Spiders’

Deadline - 24 April 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Lili Taylor and Stefania LaVie Owen have been set to star in Paper Spiders, an indie drama that is being directed by Inon Shampanier based on a script by Inon Shampanier and Natalie Shampanier. Shooting gets underway this month in Syracuse, NY.

Owen, currently onscreen in Harmonie Korine’s The Beach Bum, is playing Melanie, a high school senior struggling to help her mother Dawn (Taylor), whose paranoid delusions spiral out of control. The pic is described as a bittersweet story about coming of age in the shadow of mental illness.

Idiot Savant Pictures’ Anne Clements (Quincenera, Stage Mother) and Cranium Entertainment’s Ash Christian (1985, Coyote Lake) are producing. (...)

Road movie Winter Flies dominates Czech Lion Awards

24 March 2019

The road movie Winter Flies by Olmo Omerzu dominated the 26th edition of the Czech Lion Awards on Saturday picking up six Lions, among others for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Hastrman directed by Ondřej Havelka picked up four Lions, while the historic drama Toman, which had a record 13 nominations fell short in all categories. The award for Best Documentary went to King Skate, on the phenomenon of skateboarding in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1980s. The winners of the main Czech film awards are selected by members of the Czech Film and Television Academy.

Berlin: Serbian Drama 'Stitches' Wins Europa Cinemas Label Prize

Hollywood Reporter - 15 February 2019

By Scott Roxborough

Miroslav Terzic's film stars Snezana Bogdanovic as a seamstress who believes her infant son was stolen from her to be sold into an illegal adoption market.

Stitches, a drama about Serbia's illegal adoption market, from director Miroslav Terzic, has won this year's Europa Cinemas Label prize at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival.

The film, which had its world premiere in Berlin's Panorama sidebar, stars Snezana Bogdanovic as Ana, a seamstress who is convinced her infant son was stolen at birth to be sold for adoption some 20 years ago.

The film is inspired by a real-life scandal that came to light in Serbia a few years ago. In thousands of cases over decades, Serbian hospitals and a network of doctors, undertakers and government employees systematically stole newborn children and sold them into adoption, telling the parents that their child had died.(...)

Serbian Drama ‘Stitches’ Unravels Scandalous Secrets

Variety - 13 February 2019

By Christopher Vourlias

Eighteen years after she was informed of her newborn’s sudden death, a Belgrade seamstress still believes her infant son was stolen from her. Coldly dismissed by neighbors, the police, and hospital officials as paranoid, she summons up the strength to uncover the truth on her own in a riveting drama pulled from real-life events.

Miroslav Terzić’s “Stitches,” which world premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, features an engrossing performance by Snežana Bogdanović, one of the most celebrated actresses of former Yugoslavia. The film is produced by Uliks Fehmiu and Milena Trobozić Garfield for West End Productions, and co-produced by Nora Production Group (Slovenia), Spiritus Movens (Croatia) and SCCA/Pro.Ba (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Dubai-based Cercamon is handling world sales. (...)

Cercamon Boards ‘Goldie,’ Starring Rihanna’s Muse Slick Woods (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - 7 February 2019


Cercamon has come aboard as international sales agent for “Goldie,” which stars Slick Woods, Rihanna’s favorite fashion model, as well as featuring rapper A$AP Ferg, George Sample III, Danny Hoch and Khris Davis.


Sam de Jong’s film, which has its world premiere Sunday in Berlin Film Festival’s Generation 14Plus sidebar, is the story of a precocious teenager living in a family shelter, fighting to keep her sisters together while she pursues her dreams of being a dancer.

Sébastien Chesneau, partner, acquisitions and sales for Cercamon, said: “[Sam de Jong] has created such a naturalistic, accessible story with Slick Woods’ unique character at its heart. Already a fashion and internet icon, Slick is a revelation in ‘Goldie,’ and delivers a breakthrough performance we will all be talking about for a long time.” (...)

Cercamon boards Miroslav Terzic's Berlin Panorama title 'Stitches' (exclusive)

Screendaily - 6 February 2019

Cercamon has acquired world sales rights for Serbian director Miroslav Terzic’s abducted baby drama Stitches (Šavovi), ahead of its premiere in Berlin’s Panorama section.

The drama is inspired by a recent, real-life stolen baby scandal in Serbia in which hundreds of parents, who were told their babies had died shortly after birth, later claimed they had been stolen. Serbian cinema and TV star Snežana Bogdanović, who made her big screen debut at the Berlinale in 1989 in Ademir Kenovic’s drama Kuduz, returns 30 years later in the role of a woman who was told her new-born baby had died, but becomes obsessed with the idea some 20 years later that it was in fact abducted. (...)

Alone at My Wedding Wins Best Film Award at Cinedays European Film Festival

20 November 2018

SKOPJE: The Belgian/Romanian coproduction Alone at My Wedding / Seule à mon marriage directed by Marta Bergman scooped the best film award in the official selection of the 17th Festival of European Film Cinedays, which ended on 18 November 2018.

The jury composed of film and theatre actress Verica Nedeska, film professor and theoretician Alexandra Nakelski and Brigitta Manthey, advisor for film funding at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, selected Bergman`s debut out of eight films in the Official Selection. (...)

Winter Flies will represent Czech Republic at the Oscars

13 September 2018

We are pleased to let you know that WINTER FLIES Directed by Olmo Omerzu is the Czech Republic's submission to the 91st Academy Awards - Best Foreign Language Film.

"As accomplished as the filmmaking is, it’s the performances that stay with you, and the two young first-time-actor leads are a revelation." Variety (...)


Cercamon Acquires Cannes ACID Entry ‘We the Coyotes’ (Exclusive Clip)

Variety - 3 May 2018

Sebastien Chesneau’s sales agency Cercamon has acquired the international sales rights to “We the Coyotes,” which premieres in Cannes’ ACID section.

The film, which was directed by two young French helmers, Hanna Ladoul and Marco La Via, but shot in English in Los Angeles. Morgan Saylor, who previously appeared in Elizabeth Wood’s “White Girl,” Rob Reiner’s “Being Charlie” and Maggie Betts’ “Novitiate,” stars alongside McCaul Lombardi, who has appeared in Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey,” Geremy Jasper’s “Patti Cake$,” and Matt Porterfield’s “Sollers Point,” opposite Jim Belushi. The producer is Raphaël Gindre. (...)

Andrea Riseborough’s Thriller ‘Nancy’ Sells to Samuel Goldwyn (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - 19 February 2018

Samuel Goldwyn Films has purchased North American rights to the thriller “Nancy,” which premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival in U.S. Dramatic Competition and won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.

'Pop Aye' wins best international film at 2017 Zurich Film Festival

Screen - 9 October 2017

The winning films at the 2017 Zurich Film Festival have been announced.

Kirsten Tan’s Pop Aye won the prestigious Golden Eye for best film in the international feature film competition. The film is Singapore’s entry for the Oscars and has already won the world cinema dramatic special jury award for screenwriting at this year’s Sundance, as well as the VPRO big screen award at International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Sundance: Elephant Dramedy ‘Pop Aye’ Sells for North America (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - 23 January 2017

Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to the elephant dramedy “Pop Aye,” following the film’s world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Dramatic section.

Set in Thailand, “Pop Aye” tells the story of an over-the-hill architect and his attempt to take his long-lost elephant back to their rural hometown. Written and directed by Singaporean writer-director Kirsten Tan, “Pop Aye” was the opening night film in the World Dramatic section on Jan. 19.

Singapore’s Maiden Sundance Selection ‘Pop Aye’ Picked Up by Cercamon

Variety - 2 December 2016

After a busy year, Singapore film making is now additionally celebrating the selection of "Pop Aye" as the opening movie in the 2017 Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema Dramatic Competition section.

The road trip drama is the first feature by Tan and the first time that a Singapore film has found such a prominent position in Sundance.

It has also secured international sales representation through Cercamon. The Dubai-based sales agency was established last year by Sebastien Chesneau, former sales head at Rezo Films International.

The film’s selection comes after a banner year that included the selection of Boo Junfeng’s Apprentice and K Rajagopal’s “A Yellow Bird” for slots in different sections of the Cannes festival.

Production is by Lai Wenjie at E&W Films and executive production by Giraffe Pictures. Giraffe is the production label of director Anthony Chen, who won the Camera d’Or at Cannes in 2013 with “Ilo Ilo.”

Hungarian Drama “It's Not the Time of My Life” Wins The Crystal Globe

Karlovy Vary Int'l Film Festival - 9 July 2016

The Hungarian feature film It's Not the Time of My Life, shot by the director Szabolcs Hajdu in his own home with the members of his own family and his friends, was awarded the Crystal Globe for the Best Feature Film and the prize of USD 25 thousand at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Hajdu also received the Best Actor Award for his family drama.

The Special Jury Prize was granted to an unusual romance Zoology by Russian director Ivan Tverdovskiy, about a woman who has grown a tail. Slovenian director Damjan Kozole received the Best Director Award at the honorary ceremony for his drama about fear Nightlife. Both the Czech co-production feature films included in the Competition succeeded, too. Zuzana Mauréry received the Best Actress Award for the film The Teacher by Jan Hřebejk and the last feature film by the late Jan Němec, The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street, received a Special Mention; another Special Mention was granted to Romanian-Swedish drama By the Rails.

By the Rails: No simple answers in matters of the heart

Cineuropa - 8 July 2016

Romanian auteur Cătălin Mitulescu brings his third feature film to the Karlovy Vary competition


Cătălin Mitulescu's third feature film, By the Rails [+], has world-premiered in Karlovy Vary's competition. It is the story of a married couple who have been separated for one year, and during this period, a lot seems to have changed. They spend one night trying to figure out where each of them stands and how they will deal with the future.(...)


There are no simple answers in these matters, however inclined we are to believe that "love is all you need". Mitulescu's new film represents another example of this, and while it will not provide any guidelines, it does set up a credible situation. 


By the Rails is a co-production by Romania's Strada Film, and Sweden's Film Väst and The Chimney Pot. The world sales are handled by Cercamon.


Cineuropa - 5 July 2016

Written and directed by Cătălin Mitulescu, By the Rails is a co-production between Romania, Italy and Sweden, screened in competition at this year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The film follows the story of Adrian, who leaves his wife and son temporarily to improve the family’s living conditions by working in Italy. However, upon his return, Monica and their son are behaving so differently that Adrian can barely recognise them. The couple then begin trying to clear up the misunderstanding between them and rekindle the sparks in their relationship. We met up with Mitulescu at the festival to talk about the film: <>

Netflix Snaps Up Camera d’Or Winner ‘Divines,’ Cannes-Competing ‘Aquarius’

Variety - 7 June 2016

CANNES — Netflix has acquired Houda Benyamina’s Camera d’Or winning directorial debut “Divines” and rising Brazilian helmer Kleber Mendonça Filho’s critically acclaimed sophomore outing “Aquarius.” (...)


Netflix has also acquired Sacha Wolff’s “Mercenary,” which world-premiered at Directors’ Fortnight. The film, sold by Brussels-based Be for Films, tells the story of Soane, a young man of Wallisian origin from New Caledonia, who defies his father’s authority to go and play rugby in France.


Other Netflix acquisitions include Jesper Nielsen’s “The Day Will Come” (sold by TrustNordisk), a 1960s-set Danish drama penned by “The Killing” writer Søren Sveistrup, about two brothers on a mission to escape a boys’ home, and Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya’s directorial debut “Very Big Shot,” a Lebanese comedy about two brothers who run a small drug-dealing business out of their takeout pizzeria in one of Beirut’s working-class districts.


Netflix has also picked up Anurag Kashyap’s Directors’ Fortnight player “Raman Raghav 2.0” (sold by Stray Dogs), about a serial killer fascinated by a 1960s psychopath and a policeman who wage a merciless battle against each other, and Sébastien Betbeder’s French comedy “Journey to Greenland” (sold by Cercamon), about a pair of of thirty-something struggling actors from Paris who decide to fly away to Kullorsuaq, a remote village in Greenland.