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More Competition & Special Films Announced For The 2018 Berlinale

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Another ten films have now been invited to the Competition of the 68th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. Three more have also been selected for the programme of the Berlinale Special.

Joining the eight Competition films and two Berlinale Special titles are 13 productions from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong – China, Iran, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Paraguay, People’s Republic of China, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and the USA.

They come from the likes of Christian Petzold, Emily Atef, Lance Daly, Marcelo Martinessi, Cédric Kahn, Adina Pintilie, Markus Imhoof, Mani Haghighi, Måns Månsson and Axel Petersén, David and Nathan Zellner in the Competition programme and Raman Hui, Fernando Solanas, Paul Williams in the Berlinale Special.

The following films will be celebrating world or international premieres in the Competition of the Berlinale 2018.

3 Tage in Quiberon (3 Days in Quiberon
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Altitude Strikes German Deal for Berlin-Bound ‘Black 47’

Ascot Elite has picked up Irish period drama “Black 47” in German-speaking markets ahead of its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. The Hugo Weaving (“Hacksaw Ridge”) and Jim Broadbent (“Iris”) picture was announced Monday as part of the Berlinale’s official selection.

Altitude is handling international sales and will have “Black 47” at the European Film Market in Berlin, while CAA represents the film for North America.

Weaving and Broadbent are joined in the picture by James Frecheville (“Animal Kingdom”), Stephen Rea (“The Honourable Woman”), Freddie Fox (“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”), and Barry Keoghan (“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”). Irish actor Moe Dunford (“Patrick’s Day”) and Sarah Greene (“The Guard”) also appear.

Set in 1847 during Ireland’s devastating potato famine, it follows an Irish soldier (Frecheville) who has been fighting for the British and abandons his post to return to his native land. Finding his family starving and brutalized,
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Berlin Film Festival Fleshes Out Competition Lineup

Berlin Film Festival Fleshes Out Competition Lineup
The competition lineup for the Berlin International Film Festival is taking shape, with the organizers adding a raft of new titles Monday, including Robert Pattinson-starrer “Damsel.”

New competition entries for the 68th edition of the Berlin Film Festival hail from France, Germany, Ireland, the U.K. and other European countries, as well as from the U.S., Iran and Paraguay.

Pattinson stars opposite Mia Wasikowska in period Western comedy “Damsel,” which is directed by David and Nathan Zellner. It will have its world premiere at Sundance and its international premiere at Berlin.

Two German movies feature in the expanded Berlin competition lineup: Emily Atef’s “3 Tage in Quiberon” (“3 Days in Quiberon”) and Christian Petzold’s “Transit.” Both will have their world premieres at Berlin. “3 Tage in Quiberon” scooped the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award at Berlin in 2015.

Elsewhere, Marcelo Martinessi’s international co-production “Las herederas” (“The Heiresses”) and Mani Haghighi’s “Khook” (“Pig”) from Iran also feature
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Robert Pattinson, Christian Petzold movies join Berlin Film Festival Competition

Robert Pattinson, Christian Petzold movies join Berlin Film Festival Competition
Christian Petzold, Emily Atef, Lance Daly join Berlinale.

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‘Damsel’

Another ten films have joined the Competition of the 68th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 15 - 25). Three more have also been selected for the programme of the Berlinale Special.

Joining the eight Competition films and two Berlinale Special titles are 13 productions from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong - China, Iran, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Paraguay, People’s Republic of China, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and the USA.

Joining the main competition are Barbara and Phoenix director Christian Petzold’s new drama Transit, a contemporary reworking of Anna Seghers’ 1944 novel about refugees attempting to flee through Marseille after the Nazi invasion of France in 1940. The film stars Frantz breakout Paula Beer.

Also new to competition is David and Nathan Zellner’s Damsel, the western about a Us businessman who travels to join his fiancée
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Robert Pattinson, Christian Petzold movies join Berlin Competition

Robert Pattinson, Christian Petzold movies join Berlin Competition
Christian Petzold, Emily Atef, Lance Daly join Berlinale.

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‘Damsel’

Another ten films have joined the Competition of the 68th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. Three more have also been selected for the programme of the Berlinale Special.

Joining the eight Competition films and two Berlinale Special titles are 13 productions from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong - China, Iran, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Paraguay, People’s Republic of China, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and the USA.

Additional films for both categories are due to be revealed soon. Films announced today are:

Competition

3 Tage in Quiberon (3 Days in Quiberon)

Germany / Austria / France

By Emily Atef (Molly’s Way, The Stranger In Me)

With Marie Bäumer, Birgit Minichmayr, Charly Hübner, Robert Gwisdek, Denis Lavant

World premiere

Black 47

Ireland / Luxembourg

By Lance Daly (Kisses, The Good Doctor)

With Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Stephen Rea, [link
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Hugo Weaving Climbs Aboard Peter Jackson’s Fantasy Epic Mortal Engines

From Middle-earth to Mortal Engines, former Lord of the Rings star Hugo Weaving has inked a deal to climb aboard Peter Jackson’s long-in-development adaptation.

Per Variety, this marks the pair’s first collaboration since orchestrating The Battle of the Five Armies three years ago, when Weaving played the iconic role of Elrond. And though his role in Mortal Engines is yet to be confirmed – sources close to Variety claim he’ll play Valentine, head of the Historians – securing Hugo Weaving’s services is certainly a massive coup for Universal’s wildly ambitious adaptation. Lifted from the pages of Philip Reeves’s four-part steampunk series, we know that the studio has already appointed Christian Rivers at the helm, who will direct a script from Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.

Set thousand of years in the future, Mortal Engines follows the remnants of humanity as they roam the ravaged landscape aboard huge,
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Shoot underway on 'Black 47' starring Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent

Shoot underway on 'Black 47' starring Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent
The Irish famine drama also stars Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox.

Production has commenced on Irish famine drama Black 47 starring Hugo Weaving (Hacksaw Ridge) and Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent (Iris).

The eight-week shoot will take place in Connemara, Kildara and Wicklow.

Black 47 is directed by Lance Daly, whose previous films include Life’s A Breeze and Kisses. Daly teamed with Pj Dillon (Rewind), Pierce Ryan (Standby) and Eugene O’Brien (The Flag) to write the screenplay.

Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger named Feeney, who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, Feeney is shocked by the famine’s destruction of his homeland and the brutalisation of his people and his family.

When Feeney sets on a destructive path to avenge his kin, an ageing British soldier is sent to stop him before
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Prince bio-doc, Robert Pattinson crime-drama score deals

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Prince bio-doc, Robert Pattinson crime-drama score deals
Exclusive: Emilia Clarke and Noel Clarke thrillers also among titles to secure German deals.

Swiss distributor Ascot Elite Entertainment Group has finalised rights to a string of high-profile independent titles for German-speaking Europe.

The company’s Afm haul includes all rights to a new documentary biopic about iconic musician Prince from Us sales outfit 13 Films

Directed and produced by Michael Kirk (Find Your Groove), Prince: R U Listening? is set to chart the musician’s early years and rise to super-stardom as seen through the eyes of his bandmates, friends and family including Dez Dickerson, Prince’s first guitar player and Andre Cymone, Prince’s close friend and original bassist.

Contributors will also include Bono, Mick Jagger, Billy Idol, Lenny Kravitz and Sheila E. The film is due to be relesed in Q2, 2017.

Also from 13 Films, the company picked up completed mystery-thriller Voice From The Stone, starring Emilia Clarke (Game Of Thrones), Marton Csokas (The Equalizer) and Caterina Murino
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Prince doc-biopic, Robert Pattinson crime-drama score deals

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Prince doc-biopic, Robert Pattinson crime-drama score deals
Exclusive: Ascot Elite’s Afm haul also includes Emilia Clarke and Noel Clarke thrillers.

Ascot Elite Entertainment Group has finalised rights to a string of high-profile independent titles for German-speaking Europe.

The company’s Afm haul includes all rights to a new documentary biopic about iconic musician Prince from Us sales outfit 13 Films

Directed and produced by acclaimed Us doc producer Michael John Kirk, known for his work on PBS documentary series Frontline, Prince: R U Listening? is set to chart the musician’s early years and rise to super-stardom as seen through the eyes of his bandmates, friends and family including Dez Dickerson, Prince’s first guitar player and Andre Cymone, Prince’s close friend and original bassist.

Contributors will also include Bono, Mick Jagger, Billy Idol, Lenny Kravitz and Sheila E. The film is due to be relesed in Q2, 2017.

Also from 13 Films, the company picked up completed mystery-thriller Voice From The Stone, starring
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IFB backs Amy Winehouse biopic starring Noomi Rapace

IFB backs Amy Winehouse biopic starring Noomi Rapace
Irish Film Board also backs several other features and grants co-production funds to a revenge thriller starring Game Of ThronesNatalie Dormer.

A biopic of tragic singer Amy Winehouse, directed by Irish filmmaker Kirsten Sheridan, is among the productions backed by the Irish Film Board in its latest round of funding decisions.

Actress Noomi Rapace is already attached to the untitled project, which is also scripted by Sheridan (In America). It has received a production funding commitment of €540,000.

It is one of several projects backed by the Ifb as it attempts to build on what has been a successful period for the Irish film industry.

Ghost story The Lodgers, written by musician and professor of gothic literature David Turpin, has received production funding of €600,000. Directed by Brian O’Malley (Let Us Prey), it will be produced by Tailored Films (Stitches).

Described as a classic ghost story, The Lodgers tells the story of orphaned twins Edward and Rachel
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Wildcard signs for Bobby Sands doc, cocaine comedy, Rebecca Daly drama

Wildcard signs for Bobby Sands doc, cocaine comedy, Rebecca Daly drama
Exclusive: Growing Dublin-based distributor is inking deals for key local fare as well as sub-licensing for London-based distributors.

Irish distributor Wildcard Distribution has secured a wide and varied slate of forthcoming releases - including new projects from some of Ireland’s strongest emerging filmmakers.

Two crime-themed films, The Young Offenders and Cardboard Gangsters, which have completed production, will have their world premieres at the Galway Film Fleadh in July.

The Young Offenders is inspired by the bizarre case of Ireland’s biggest-ever drug seizure in 2007. The haul, off the coast of West Cork, took place after a boat capsized, leaving bales of cocaine floating in the water.

It fired the imagination of first-time feature director Peter Foott, whose film focuses on two Cork city teenagers who embark on a 160km road trip to steal some of the bales. The film will be released in Ireland this autumn.

Also on the company’s release slate is Cardboard Gangsters, the new
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‘Life’s a Breeze’ an Irish export that tells a funny story in a light and charming way

Life’s a Breeze

Written by Lance Daly

Directed by Lance Daly

Ireland, 2013

Greed is an interesting thing, one of the seven deadly sins which sometimes brings out the very worst in people. Money is a very attractive motivator and in desperate times, can turn good-natured individuals into devious scoundrels. The Irish dramedy Life’s a Breeze does focus on greed and the unfortunate effect it has on family but it does it in a way that is light and at times, rather farcical. It is a film about family, first and foremost, and how something as material as money can either bring the family together or tear it apart.

Nan (Fionnula Flannagan) is an aging woman living by her lonesome in gritty part of Dublin, Ireland. Her family consists of oddball slackers who mean well but end up irritating Nan to no end. The “leader” of the clan is
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Life's a Breeze Is a Bittersweet Working-Class Irish Comedy

Life's a Breeze Is a Bittersweet Working-Class Irish Comedy
Irish director Lance Daly's Life's a Breeze faces a curious dilemma. How to depict the degrading effects of poverty when your central character, 79-year-old grandmother Nan (Fionnula Flanagan), lives in squalor by choice, having saved up close to a million euros? Her problems begin when her extended family, realizing that she's a virtual contender for Hoarding: Buried Alive, throws out most of her possessions, including the mattress where she's stashed the money. Led by her dim son Colm (Pat Shortt), they then go on a wild chase in search of it. Along the way, Nan and Colm's teenage niece Emma (Kelly Thornton) share many pleasant moments of conversation. Ken Loach's recent comedies of working-class life seem to be Daly's main inspiration here. Life's ...
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Life’s a Breeze | Review

The Little Foxes: Daly’s Heartfelt Family Drama Pleasantly Rendered

Arriving with a bit more investment than its airy title would suggest, Lance Daly returns to Ireland for his latest film, Life’s a Breeze. A simple, working class fable, Daly fills in the schmaltzy pot holes with dry humor, relying on his comfortable cast to sustain the tale’s relatable charm. Pared down to a brisk eighty or so minutes, Daly’s film never outwears its welcome and proves to be a great showcase for the superb Fionnula Flanagan.

Times are tough for all over, and an extended Dublin family centered on matriarch Nan (Fionnula Flanagan) don’t seem to have many monetary options available to them. Her eldest son, Colm (Pat Shortt) is still living with mum and in his late forties, the house a mess with decades of old and useless belongings cluttering the rooms and halls.
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Life’s a Breeze Movie Review

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Life’s a Breeze Movie Review
Life’S A Breeze Magnolia Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: C Director: Lance Daly Screenplay: Lance Daly Cast: Kelly Thornton, Fionnula Flannagan, Pat Shortt Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 8/18/14 Opens: September 19, 2014 Fionnula Flannagan is cinema’s gift from Ireland, that country’s most engaging actress of a certain age, perhaps the equivalent here in the U.S. of Blythe Danner. But her presence in “Life’s a Breeze,” presumably an ironic title, cannot save the movie from being little more than a sitcom that you might find on commercial TV or, to be magnanimous, on a cable station like HBO. “Life’s a Breeze,” taken from [ Read More ]

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Hemingway, Still Waters to open Sonoma

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Hemingway, Still Waters to open Sonoma
The 17th edition of the Sonoma International Film Festival will open with Richard Shepard’s dark comedy Don Hemingway starring Jude Law and Chris Lowell’s friendship drama Beside Still Waters.

Amma Asante’s Belle will close the event.

World Cinema selections include Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar winner The Great Beauty, Biye Bandele’s Half Of A Yellow Sun and Lance Daly’s Life’s A Breeze.

Among the Latin American strand Vamos Al Cine are Gary Alazraki’s Mexican entry We Are The Nobles, Juan Carlos Melo Guevara’s Jardin de Amapolas from Colombia and Jorge Perugorria’s Cuban film Se Vende.

All in all more than 100 films will screen at eight venues and more than 200 filmmakers are invited to attend. The festival runs from April 2-6.

“We are very proud of what this year’s festival has to offer,” said Siff executive director Kevin McNeely. “Each day guarantees an amazing combination of films from 22 countries
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Leviathan, Saving Mr Banks, Carrie: this week's new films

Leviathan | Saving Mr Banks | Carrie | Jeune & Jolie | Marius, Fanny | Saving Santa | The Best Man Holiday | Free Birds | Day Of The Flowers | Life's A Breeze

Leviathan (12A)

(Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel, 2012, Fra/UK/Us) 87 mins

An arthouse fishing-trawler documentary sounds like a practical joke, but this takes us to places we've never before – into the ocean depths and back out on to the decks with the catch. It's a series of dark, semi-abstract tableaux full of flapping fish, clanking machinery and tattooed fishermen doing wet, gory work. It's easy to forget this is real life you're watching.

Saving Mr Banks (PG)

(John Lee Hancock, 2013, Us) Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson. 125 mins

How Walt Disney came to make Mary Poppins was hardly a pressing movie mystery, and one suspects a spoonful of drama has been added, but the leads are eminently watchable.

Carrie (15)

(Kimberly Peirce, 2013, Us) Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore. 100 mins

Brian De Palma
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Life’s a Breeze Review

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The premise of chasing an unreliable, elderly persons’ fortune is one that has been explored this year already in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska – as a film of two men travelling hundreds of miles to chase a million dollars. Well Lance Daly offers his own unique version of affairs, and somewhat more low-key too, as we follow an opportunist Irish family, running aimlessly around the streets of Dublin to recover a mattress that has close to a million euros inside of it. Similarly to Nebraska, though not quite to the same extent, you question whether this stash of money genuinely exists, adding a fun sense of ambiguity to proceedings.

When the young Emma (Kelly Thornton) takes her Nan (Fionnula Flanagan) out for the day, upon their return, the elderly woman finds her middle aged offspring have cleared out her house, throwing away everything they deemed dispensable, regardless of sentimental value. Amongst
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Busan: Irish Helmers Discuss Hollywood Dominance at Korea Fest

Busan: Irish Helmers Discuss Hollywood Dominance at Korea Fest
Five Irish directors invited by Korea’s Busan Intl. Film Festival to discuss their country’s industry ended up talking about the dominance of the U.S. over the international biz.

The quintet – John Butler (“The Stag”), Lance Daly (“Kisses”), Neil Jordan (“Byzantium”), Brendan Muldowney (“Savages”) and Jim Sheridan (“Brothers”) – mostly agreed that success in the American market has always been a big boost to the local box office.

Sheridan held up Jordan’s 1992 “Crying Game” as a prime example. The film had a hard time finding audiences in Ireland and the U.K., but after Harvey Weinstein promoted it effectively in the U.S., it took root on its home turf.

“It’s a one-town industry,” he added hyperbolically. “If a movie doesn’t go on a U.S. screen, it doesn’t feel like a movie.”

Jordan recalled that John Carney’s 2006 Ireland-set “Once” vanished quickly after its local release,
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Life’s a Breeze’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Life’s a Breeze’
A family fortune goes missing, tucked away inside a discarded old mattress in “Life’s a Breeze,” another modest, character-driven fable from Irish director Lance Daly, whose crowd-pleasing “Kisses” played Toronto in 2008. After fumbling an attempt at an American thriller with “The Good Doctor,” the helmer is back on familiar turf, studying the way relatable folks behave in heightened situations. Inspired by an Israeli human-interest story, Daly relocates the curious incident to Dublin, bringing all the excitement of a blockbuster treasure-hunt movie to his own backyard, while preserving the easy universal appeal of this inevitably tiny picture in the process.

Just where do old mattresses go once they’ve been discarded, and how would concerned parties manage to track one down? It takes a special kind of imagination to recognize the entertainment potential trapped in such a mundane scenario, and an incredibly resourceful filmmaker to spin it into as much fun as Daly does here.
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