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“Beyond The Moonwalk” Gets a Dance Partner

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • October 27, 2011 12:00 PM
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This project is one of our faves.

Berlinale Awards

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • February 20, 2011 7:20 AM
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Separation's Director Asghar Farhadi accepting the Golden Bear What a thrill is was to go to the Closing Night of the Berlinale. It felt like a night among royalty. Dieter Kosslick, with his funny twists in welcoming guests and sponsors, was accompanied by a golden comedienne who translated into English, occasionally lapsing into other unintelligible languages. My stars are those of the business world. The international audience included Francine Brucher, head of Swiss Films, Claudia Landsberger head of Holland's Eye Film Institute, Mohammad Esfandiari of Farabi Cinema Foundation (Iran), etc. and when Beki Probst entered, my section (I was sitting among my market colleagues) almost broke into a standing ovation. It has been a great market with lots of sales, more pickups from Sundance than ever before which were selling well along with the rest, winning prizes (On the Ice notably won Best First Feature giving me extra nachas for having blogged about it in Sundance.). And the festival fare was solid. The antiticipation among us was high; while we had been tipped that Iran's Nader and Simin: A Separation might win, we were astounded that Isabella Rossellini's jury awarded both Best Actor and Best Actress Awards to the entire male and female ensembles of the film as well. How thrilling to be among the Iranians at that moment, to share their joy after having received rather mixed government orders to return home when the popular uprising took hold once again in Iran. To be at an international film festival in the midst of the world's upheavals, seeing films from the very countries in the news was another extraordinary experience I shall never forget. After the Awards, we watched A Separation, a complex and beautiful film about the nature of justice which cannot exist if it is based upon a lie, how all adults lie even with the best intentions, and how the children, who only want love and truth are the ones to suffer the results. To cap it off, Memento, the international sales company of Emilie Georges with mistress of sales Tanya Meissner, sold off almost every territory by showtime Saturday night, an equally rare event for the festival films, even for the winners. "We had offers five minutes after the very first market screening before any press review came out," said Meissner. See Rights Roundup for sales.For all awards see IndieWIRE.

Black Power Mixedtapes Hosted by The Economist in Sundance is Acquired by Wide for Berlin

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • February 12, 2011 1:05 AM
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Wide Management had added Black Power Mixtapes: 1967 - 1975 directed by Swedish Göran Hugo Olsson starring Danny Glover, Talib Kwali, Erykah Badu and Harry Belafonte to its impressive documentary section of films, From 1967 to 1975, fueled by curiosity and naïveté, Swedish journalists traversed the Atlantic Ocean to film the black power movement in America. “The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975” mobilizes a treasure trove of 16mm material, which languished in a basement for 30 years, into an irresistible mosaic of images, music, and narration to chronicle the movement’s evolution.

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