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German Films in Cannes 2014: Wim Wenders and Angela Schanelec to Present New Works

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • April 20, 2014 12:00 PM
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The German presence at this year's Cannes Film Festival will be numerous and varied across many of the festival's sections. Four German co-productions are screening in the Competition. Two German co-productions are featured in Un Certain Regard.

Foreign Oscar Entry Review: The Missing Picture (L'Image Manquante)

  • By Carlos Aguilar
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  • March 20, 2014 7:00 PM
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The Missing Picture, Cambodia's Submission for the Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. U.S. : Strand Releasing. International Sales Agent: Films Distribution

Cannes: One Less Final Day

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • February 15, 2014 1:00 PM
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Due to European elections on Sunday 25 May, the Festival de Cannes management team has decided to reveal the winners of the 67th Festival a day earlier, on Saturday 24 May, at the traditional awards ceremony in the Grand Théâtre Lumière.

Interview: Director Hany Abu-Assad on His Film 'Omar'

  • By Carlos Aguilar
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  • November 28, 2013 2:57 PM
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Internationally acclaimed director Hany Abu-Assad latest feature Omar takes him back to his native Palestine to tell a story about the extremely difficult decisions that regular man must face in order to either follow his heart, or stay true to his convictions.

Cinando

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • June 21, 2011 9:32 AM
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Cinando, the official website and database of the Cannes Market (Marche) offers online streaming for 40 films from Certain Regard, Directors Fortnight and Semaine de la Critique to its members. It also gives access to Cannes Competition and Out of Competition screenings, market screenings (with permission of international sales agents), Sofie FF, Black Night - Tallin FF, Abu Dhabi FF, Karlovy Vary FF, Ventana Sur and other festivals throughout the year.

Rights Round Up Cannes 2011 by International Sales Agent H - L

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • May 23, 2011 3:17 AM
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The Rights RoundUp is a work-in-progress which will go on throughout Cannes until the next big show: Toronto, showing deals as they get made, listed by sales agent. It also shows all the festival films including those in Competition, out of Competition, Un Certain Regard, Directors' Fortnight and Critics Week by sales agent or producer when there is no sales agent.

Publicist Richard Lormand's Choices for Cannes

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • May 10, 2011 2:30 AM
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Richard Lormand (World Cinema Publicity) is not the only great publicist one meets at the festivals, but he is unique and his missives are so unique that I want to just publish them as he writes them. I wrote about him last year and will not repeat it here. Richard limits his work to the top festivals such as Berlin, Venice, Toronto, Cannes, sometimes Karlovy Vary and San Sebastian, and he limits his work to what he considers the best. His taste must be correct because his films go on to win the top prizes. So see what he has in store for us in Cannes!!

International Sales Agent of the Day: Urban Distribution International

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • May 3, 2011 2:00 AM
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Urban Distribution, a French based international sales agent founded in 2004 by Frédéric Corvez has changed its name from UMedia.

Cannes Competition and Un Certain Regard 2011

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • April 15, 2011 4:01 AM
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Now that the titles for the Festival International de Cannes Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, Midnight Screenings and Special Screenings have been announced, we will begin to look at the business side of the titles. Cannes Rights Round Up will soon open on this blog as an acquisitions tracking tool as distributors now begin licensing rights for their territories during the spring and summer months to come. There are four female directors out of the 19 films in Competiton which is a new record of 21%. Brava to Lynn Ramsay ♀ , Naomi Kawase ♀ , Maiwenn L ♀ ., and first time Australian filmmaker Julia Leigh ♀ with her Sleeping Beauty!! Out of Competition Kung Fu Panda 2 is directed by Jennifer Yuh ♀, and The Beaver is directed by Jodie Foster ♀.Jennifer Yuh Kung Fu Panda 2Un Certain Regard features Brazilian first timer Juliana Rojas ♀ codirecting Trabalhar Cansa (Travailler Fatigue aka Hard Labor) with Marco Dutra.From Latin America comes Everado Gout's Dias de Gracia from Mexico (one of the two Midnight Screenings). Christian Jimenez's Bonsai from Chile/ France/ Argentina/ Portugal is in Un Certain Regard along with Gerardo Naranjo's Miss Bala from Mexico (from Twentieth Century Fox), first timers Juliana Rojas ♀ and Marco Dutra's Trabalhar Cansa (Travailler Fatigue or Hard Labor)From FilmBiz Asia: Two Japanese films represent Asia in the main competition section of the Cannes festival. They are joined by first film Sleeping Beauty by Australian director Julia Leigh ♀. A trio of Korean films take three of five places occupied by Asia-Pacific titles in Un Certain Regard. Accompanying the three Korean titles, Hong Sang-soo's (홍상수) The Day He Arrives (북촌방향); Kim Ki-duk's (김기덕) Arirang (김기덕);and Na Hong-jin's The Yellow Sea (황해), Un Certain Regard finds room for Eric Khoo's Tatsumi and for Ivan Sen's aboriginal drama Toomelah. Tatsumi is an animated tribute to manga artist Tatsumi Yoshihiro (辰巳ヨシヒロ). Employing non-professional actors, Toomelah is the story of a dilemma faced by a nine year-old boy. The festival selection also has a platform for Peter Chan's starry martial arts film Wu Xia as a midnight screening, and there is a special screening of Le Maitre des Forges de l'Enfer by Franco-Cambodian director Rithy Panh. We will watch for the unannounced films from Brillante Mendoza, Yorgos Lanthimos, Carlos Reygadas, Hirokazu Kore-eda to see if they show up in Directors Fortnight or Critics Week (April 18) which have yet to announce their films.You can see all titles with their international sales agents linked to Cinando here.If you are at a loss which films to see, read Anthony Kaufman's blog for his 7 top choices.

Rights Round Up Cannes 2010 by International Sales Agent: A-C

  • By Sydney Levine
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  • July 10, 2010 7:59 AM
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One of the most popular reports I publish is the Rights Roundup to show the trade who sold what to whom during the market (Cannes in this case). The ISAs (international sales agents) are all linked to their own websites. I wish all of the distribution companies who pick up the films for their territories (there are about 40 territories) and all the titles were also linked, but I lack the manpower to do the job 100% so only some are linked to their own company websites, or in the case of titles, to IMDbPro Title Pages. This reports allows sales agents to gauge their competitors, see who is buying similar types of films, and it allows buyers (distributors in this case) to see what similar acquisitions are being made by similar companies in other parts of the world and to have instant access to the sellers and buyers or to more details in the titles themselves.

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