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Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomanic' Goes to Magnolia; Stars Gainsbourg, Skarsgard, LaBeouf and Slater

Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" has gone to Magnolia Pictures for US distribution, following their collaboration on "Melancholia." The deal was made for $2 million after footage was screened in Berlin. "Nymphomaniac," the third in Von Trier's "Depression" Trilogy...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 12, 2013 1:14 PM
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Berlin: Director David M. Rosenthal Talks Backwoods Noir 'A Single Shot,' Starring Rockwell and Macy

“I wasn’t one of these directors who knew at the age of 8 that they wanted to be a director,” said David M. Rosenthal over a large plate of currywurst and fries in the cafe at Berlin’s Grand Hyatt Hotel. “I was a photo geek in high school, the photo editor of the newspaper, and that’s how I kind of started to see the world through a lens.”
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 12, 2013 12:16 PM
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Berlin Market: Match Factory Picks Up Documentary on Legendary Director Robert 'Altman'

Match Factory has acquired worldwide rights from Submarine Entertainment for Ron Mann's documentary "Altman." Match Factory is pre-selling the film at this year's Berlinale market.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 11, 2013 2:49 PM
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'Before Midnight' Hits Berlin: Delpy, Hawke and Linklater Press Conference

"Before Midnight" isn’t just a chick flick, it’s a chick field-goal. About half way through the third Ethan Hawke-Julie Delpy love-hate-love fest, I found myself thinking two words: 'Shut up! Stop talking!! Shut the FUCK up!!!'
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 11, 2013 1:52 PM
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Catherine Deneuve's Road Trip Film 'Elle s'en va' Goes to Cohen Media Group

Cohen Media Group has picked up US rights to "Elle s'en va" ("On My Way") prior to its Berlin premiere. The film, directed by Emmauelle Bercot, stars Catherine Deneuve, Mylene Demongeot and Claude Gensac.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 11, 2013 1:27 PM
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'Paul Bowles' Doc Goes to First Run Features

First Run Features has acquired all US rights to Submarine Entertainment's "Paul Bowles: The Cage Door is Always Open," from director Daniel Young. Canadian rights have gone to Films We Like. A release will be coordinated between then and First Run Features later this year.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 11, 2013 12:58 PM
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Watch Berlin Trailer for Documentary 'GMO OMG' on Corporate Takeover of Seeds

Check out the trailer for documentary "GMO OMG," the opening night film for the Berlinale's Culinary Cinema section. The film follows first-time feature director Jeremy Seifert as he investigates genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in seeds and the subsequent effects on health, biodiversity and the global agriculture industry.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 11, 2013 11:54 AM
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Berlin: Damon on Affleck’s ‘Rough Spot,’ 'Promised Land'’s Bomb, and Berlin’s Airport Debacle

At a press conference following the screening of his and Gus Van Sant’s "Promised Land" at the Berlinale today, Matt Damon was asked what the chances of Ben Affleck’s "Argo"winning the Academy Award, and if he was tired of talking about his friend and business partner. “His life is so interesting, I never get tired of talking about him,” said Damon with a smile. “He’s been on a roller coaster for the last fifteen years.”
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 8, 2013 7:23 PM
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Berlin Market Roundup: New Adaptation from 'Terabithia' Author, Alba Stars in 'Weightless,' Dinklage in 'Long Way Home' and More

Westend Films is teaming with Bob Barney's new label Picturehouse for "The Great Gilly Project," the latest adaptation from "Bridge to Terabithia" author Katherine Paterson. Kathy Bates and Danny Glover are attached to star, while Stephen Herek ("101 Dalmations") is set to helm. The film centers on a wise-cracking foster child who meets her match in unconventional foster mom Maime Trottoer (Bates).
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 8, 2013 1:08 PM
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Berlinale Review: Wong Kar Wai's Opener 'The Grandmaster' and Press Conference

Wong Kar Wai kicked off the 63rd Berlinale today in style with the international premiere of his much anticipated kung-fu period drama "The Grandmaster," which was promptly picked up by the Weinstein Company. Based on the life of Ip Man, master of the Wing Chun kung-fu style and teacher of Bruce Lee, the film begins in the southern Chinese city of Foshun in 1936, when Ip (played with quiet dignity by Tony Leung) is 40 and living happily off of family wealth and with his own young family; it ends some 20 years later in Hong Kong, when things are very different, for both China and for Ip.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 7, 2013 4:21 PM
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