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Unseen Pleasures: My 20 Most Unmissable New Films of 2018

Below is a strictly personal, unapologetically idiosyncratic list of the twenty films I'm most looking forward to in 2018 and which have so far yet to be seen by any paying audiences. Among those seriously considered but ultimately excluded on the basis that they're more likely to be ready next year are Ad Astra (James Gray), Blessed Virgin (Paul Verhoeven), The Fire Next Time (Mati Diop), Late Spring (Michelangelo Frammartino), the particularly-dynamite-on-paper Martin Eden (Pietro Marcello), Mektoub, My Love: Canto Due (Abdellatif Kechiche) and Motorboats (Yuri Ancarani). I also reluctantly discarded a couple of highly tantalising projects whose status, at the time of writing, was frustratingly unclear, namely Tijuana Bible (Jean-Charles Hue) and the worryingly long-in-gestation You Can't Win (Robinson Devor). Omitted because they're made primarily for TV rather than cinemas: Martin Scorsese's The Irishman (Netflix) and Bruno Dumont's Coincoin and the Extra-Humans (Arté). Finally, Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir: Part I
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Voltage launches WW2 drama 'The Bird Catcher' in Cannes

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Exclusive: Shoot underway for Ross Clarke-directed feature.

Voltage Pictures has launched international sales in Cannes on Motion Picture Capital’s Second World War drama The Bird Catcher.

The story centres on a Jewish girl who struggles to survive in Nazi-occupied Norway by masquerading as a male farmhand in Sweden.

Ross Clarke is currently shooting the drama from a screenplay by Trond Morten Kristensen that is due to wrap soon on location near Trondheim in Norway.

Scanbox pre-bought Scandinavian rights at script stage.

Laura Birn [pictured], Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, August Diehl, Arthur Hakalahti, Johannes Kuhnke and Jakob Cedergren star

Sense8 executive producer Leon Clarance serves as producer alongside Lisa G. Black and Clarke.

“We are pleased to continue our excellent working relationship with our friends at Mpc and excited to share this film which is as visually stunning as it is powerful and moving with our international partners,” Nicolas Chartier and Jonathan Deckter of Voltage Pictures said. “The reaction
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Terrence Malick Vows to Return to More Structured Filmmaking: ‘I’m Backing Away From That Style Now’

Terrence Malick Vows to Return to More Structured Filmmaking: ‘I’m Backing Away From That Style Now’
Earlier this month, after Terrence Malick’s “Song to Song” debuted to very low numbers during its opening weekend, IndieWire asked film critics if audiences had finally lost their patience with the auteur director. It’s an understandable question given how polarizing Malick’s style has become in the years after “The Tree of Life.” His fragmented, wandering vision in “Song to Song” even forced some of his biggest advocates to question the direction of his career.

Read More: Have People Lost Patience With Terrence Malick? — IndieWire Critics Survey

While Malick will never just abandon all of his trademark flourishes, it appears he’s finally going back to more structured storytelling with his next film. Rumor had it that “Radegund,” a WWII drama about conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter, would be Malick’s most narrative-minded film in years, and the director outright confirmed it during a chat at Washington D.C.
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Fox Searchlight Picks Up ‘The Spy With No Name,’ FilmRise Buys ‘Marjorie Prime’ and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: Fox Searchlight Picks Up ‘The Spy With No Name,’ FilmRise Buys ‘Marjorie Prime’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Fox Searchlight has bought the rights to “The Spy With No Name,” an ebook written by Jeff Maysh and published by Amazon Kindle Single, Deadline reports. Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert of Emjag Productions will produce alongside “Argo” executive producer David Klawans.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Grasshopper Film Gets ‘Escapes,’ Amazon and IFC Films Date ‘City of Ghosts’ and More

The true story centers on Erwin van Haarlem, a Cold War secret agent who stole the identity of a Dutch man whose mother had given him up for adoption. The Communist spy pretended to be Johanna van Haarlem’s long lost son for 11 years before being caught.

– FilmRise has acquired the U.S. rights to Michael Almereyda’s “Marjorie Prime,
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The Orchard acquires 'The Young Karl Marx'

Distributor plots theatrical release for autumn. Separately, FilmRise acquires Marjorie Prime, Gravitas Ventures takes California Typewriter, Oscilloscope picks up Polina and Summer 1993, and Paladin and Electric Entertainment acquire The Drowning.

The Orchard has acquired all Us distribution rights to Oscar-nominee Raoul Peck’sThe Young Karl Marx.

Peck’s latest film premiered at the Berlinale in February on the heels of his Oscar nomination for the documentary I Am Not Your Negro.

Directed, produced and co-written by Peck with Pascal Bonitzer, The Young Karl Marx explores the origins of the international socialist movement, the emergence of the Communist League and its founding document,The Communist Manifesto written by Marx and Friedrich Engels.

The film paints a portrait of the two young men who, with the support of Marx’s wife Jenny, passionately believed in the vision of a humane society and the revolutionary power of the abused and oppressed. The film stars August Diehl, Stefan Konarske and [link
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‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Director’s Karl Marx Film Lands at The Orchard

‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Director’s Karl Marx Film Lands at The Orchard
The Orchard has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Raoul Peck’s historical drama “The Young Karl Marx” for a theatrical release in the fall.

Peck was nominated this year for an Academy Award for the documentary “I Am Not Your Negro.”

“The Young Karl Marx” premiered at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Directed, produced, and co-written by Peck (with Pascal Bonitzer), the film stars August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, and Vicky Krieps. The producers are Nicolas Blanc, Remi Grellety, Robert Guediguian, and Peck.

“The Young Karl Marx” explores the origins of the international Socialist movement, the emergence of the Communist League, and its founding document, the Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

Peck said, “A few years back, while the world was going through yet another financial crisis, I felt the need to go back to the basics: The analysis of the violent capitalist society we are still embedded in,
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'I Am Not Your Negro' Director's Karl Marx Film Acquired by The Orchard

The Oscar-nominated Raoul Peck is back.

After scoring a nomination for the documentary I Am Not Your Negro, the director's next venture, The Young Karl Marx, has found a distributor.

The independent film, TV and music company The Orchard has acquired all distribution rights for the film, which stars August Diehl, Stefan Konarske and Vicky Krieps, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The film first premiered at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival and tracks the origins of the International Socialist Movement and the rise of the Communist League, as well as The Communist Manifesto written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. 

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Raoul Peck’s ‘The Young Karl Marx’ Acquired By The Orchard For Fall Bow

The Orchard has acquired U.S. distribution rights to The Young Karl Marx, the latest film from Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro director Raoul Peck. A fall theatrical release is planned for the pic, which bowed this year at Berlin. August Diehl, Stefan Konarske and Vicky Krieps star. Peck directed, produced and co-wrote the film, which explores the origins of the international Socialist movement, the emergence of the Communist League and its founding document the…
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Win Allied on Blu-ray

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Author: Competitions

To mark the release of Allied on 3rd April, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Oscar® winners Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star as Max Vatan and Marianne Beauséjour, two of the world’s deadliest spies, who fall in love while undercover on a top-secret mission and marry during World War II. But when Max learns his wife may be secretly conspiring with the enemy, he has only 72 hours to prove her innocence and save his family before he must do the unthinkable. The film features an outstanding supporting cast including Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”), Jared Harris (“The Crown”), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds) and Matthew Goode (“Downton Abbey”).

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Giveaway: Win Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Allied’ on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Studio tentpoles in today’s age rarely come more slickly entertaining than Robert Zemeckis‘ WWII romantic thriller Allied, which we named one of the best films of last year. Set to arrive on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray this week, we’ve teamed with Paramount to give away two copies to our readers (and if you don’t have a 4K player, it also includes a Blu-ray + Digital HD copy). All entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Sunday, March 5th.

To enter, do the first two steps and then each additional one counts as another entry into the contest.

1. Like The Film Stage on Facebook

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3. Comment in the box on Facebook with your favorite World War II film.

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Berlinale 17 Talents: Shock of the Real: History as Provocation

Berlinale 17 Talents: Shock of the Real: History as Provocation
In cooperation with Berlinale Panorama, Berlinale Special and dffb: A conversation between Raoul Peck and Ben Gibson.Raoul Peck and Ben Gibson

Acclaimed Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck has created a body of work in documentary and fiction distinguished by its critical engagement and intellectual courage. Taking on such specters of postcolonial injustice as underdevelopment, racism and communal violence, Peck’s films illuminate the personal stories and contradictory experiences of those individuals often treated by history and cinema as faceless, invisible, silent. This year’s Berlinale features two new Peck films: the fictional “The Young Karl Marx” in Berlinale Special and the Academy Award-nominated “I Am Not Your Negro,” a documentary based on an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin in Panorama. In the 50th year of the dffb, Peck, a graduate of the Berlin film school, reflects on his cinematic journey with Ben Gibson dffb’s first non-German director of the school.
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Berlinale 2017: The Young Karl Marx Review

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Author: Stefan Pape

While he has a film nominated for the Academy Award this year, with documentary I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck has been celebrated for showing innovation and ingenuity, and yet the talented filmmaker returns with a dramatic offering The Young Karl Marx, which falters in the aforementioned area, ticking all the boxes of the period piece biopic, abiding frustratingly by formula. Naturally tedium kicks in, but at least the director can be commended for taking this complex series of events and making them easily digestible, and accessible to a broad audience.

Set in 1844, we’re introduced to Marx (August Diehl) at the age of 26, living in exile with his wife Jenny (Vicky Krieps); a man who wants to change the world but is lacking the platform to do so – until he meets Friedrich Engels (Stefan Konarske), the son of a factory owner, dismayed by the treatment of the staff,
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Berlin Film Review: ‘The Young Karl Marx’

As a director, Raoul Peck is a passionate and protean talent. He has been making films for close to 30 years, and he’s right in the middle of his most seismic moment with “I Am Not Your Negro,” his searching meditation on James Baldwin, which has struck a deeper, wider chord than anyone might have anticipated. In 2000, Peck made a galvanizing drama about Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected leader of the Congo, that was the cinema’s most perceptive (and agonizing) study of colonialism: what it is, how it works, why its legacy is so hard to shake off.

Now, at the Berlin Film Festival, Peck takes a different leap altogether with “The Young Karl Marx,” a classically conceived and executed biopic that traces how Marx, as a struggling family-man writer in the 1840s, came to create “The Communist Manifesto.” It’s an impeccably crafted and honorable movie — but,
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‘The Young Karl Marx’ Review: Raoul Peck’s Communist Biopic Is a Bit Too Bourgeois — Berlinale 2017

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There’s a specter haunting Europe — the specter of mediocre biopics. A straightforward period piece about the life and times of a radical man, Raoul Peck’s “The Young Karl Marx” is well-furnished and fitfully gripping stuff, but it desperately lacks the full-bodied fervor that crackles throughout his Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro.”

Snagged between the hard-nosed history of “Lumumba” (Peck’s sobering 2000 docudrama about the first prime minister of the Congo) and the jocular gusto of “Shakespeare in Love,” this immaculately furnished film sacrifices too much drama in order to expound upon its characters’ ideals, and sacrifices too much exploration of those ideals in order to accommodate for a healthy degree of drama. “I’m done fighting with needles,” Marx says, “I want a sledgehammer.” Peck opts for a safety net, ensuring that even the most electric moments never feel like they’re risking a challenge to
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‘Radegund’: First Look at Terrence Malik’s World War II Drama

‘Radegund’: First Look at Terrence Malik’s World War II Drama
Decades after helming “The Thin Red Line,” Terrence Malick is making his return to World War II with “Radegund,” a war drama about love, sacrifice and destiny.

Variety has shared the first image of the upcoming film, which features two actors standing outside in a lush green field, surrounded by mountains. Check out the image here or in the tweet below.

Berlinale: Mister Smith Sells Terrence Malick’s ‘Radegund’ to Ugc For France (Exclusive) https://t.co/jwZ0E3He7j pic.twitter.com/JUxivmMFES

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Radegund” tell the true story of Franz Jägerstätter (portrayed by August Diehl), an Austrian solider who became a conscientious objector during World War II and was sentenced to death at age 36 for his actions. The script was written by Malick and is told through a series of real wartime letters between Jaegerstaetter and his wife. Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Nyqvist, Alexander Fehling and Jürgen Prochnow co-star.
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Terrence Malick Returns to WWII in First Look at ‘Radegund’

In just five weeks we’ll be getting a new film from Terrence Malick, but as we await the first trailer for Song to Song, the debut look at his next drama has now arrived. Returning to World War II after The Thin Red Line — albeit in a very different form — Radegund follows Austria’s Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), a conscientious objector who was put to death at the age of 36 for undermining military actions.

The cast also features Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jürgen Prochnow, and Bruno Ganz, and Variety has premiered the first image, which one can see above. “This is Malick returning to the top of his game in the telling of an extraordinary true story which has great resonance in today’s moral climate,” sales agent David Garrett says, who also confirms a 2017 premiere is the works, which is a rapidly fast turn-around in the world of Malick.
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Berlinale: Mister Smith Sells Terrence Malick’s ‘Radegund’ to UGC For France (Exclusive)

Berlinale: Mister Smith Sells Terrence Malick’s ‘Radegund’ to UGC For France (Exclusive)
In a first — and key — territory sale, Mister Smith Entertainment has licensed Terrence Malick’s upcoming “Radegund,” a true story set during World War II, to UGC for France.

The deal was closed at the European Film Market, which runs concurrently with the Berlin Film Festival, by Mse’s David Garrett and Ugc’s Thierry Decourcelle, who said Malick’s screenplay is “one of the strongest scripts we have read in recent years.”

Variety has had access to an exclusive first look photo to the film, for which buyer interest appears large. Marking Malick’s return to World War II two decades after “The Thin Red Line,” the English-language “Radegund” tells the true story of Franz Jaegerstaetter (played by August Diehl), an Austrian farmer who, after Germany annexed Austria in 1938, refused to fight for the Third Reich. Written by Malick, the story is told through a series of real wartime
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Berlin: First Clip & Images From ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Director Raoul Peck’s New Film ‘The Young Karl Marx’

Next to Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” there is perhaps no movie more vital to the current moment of race relations, political unrest, and social and class strife than “I Am Not Your Negro.” Raoul Peck’s documentary uses some of the final writings of James Baldwin to paint an incendiary portrait of the political climate, and his interest in figures who have stirred popular thought continues with his next film, “The Young Karl Marx.”

A narrative feature that will be premiering at the Berlin Film Festival, it stars August Diehl, Stefan Konarske, Vicky Krieps, Olivier Gourmet, Michael Brandner, Alexander Scheer, Hannah Steele, and Niels Bruno Schmidt, it follows the exiled Karl Marx who becomes newly inspired to revolution when he meets Friedrich Engels.

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Berlin: Sellers Hit the Festival and Market With Mixed Expectations

Berlin: Sellers Hit the Festival and Market With Mixed Expectations
Sellers are heading to Berlin with realistic expectations about the state of the marketplace and the hurdles facing them.

“Consistently delivering great movies has always been the challenge, but you need the rigor required for that even more so now,” says Sierra/Affinity CEO Nick Meyer, who’ll be repping the Wwi-era drama “The Promise,” starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, in Berlin. “The demand for excellence in filmmaking from independent distributors around the world is higher than ever.”

While Meyer is pragmatic about the global economy (“There are always going to be currency fluctuations and markets that are up and down — that’s the rule,” he says), others see a more ominous landscape.

“The fundamental issue right now is that every single territory in the world has problems that are very challenging, not just for the cinema market, but politically and economically,” says FilmNation Entertainment senior VP of international sales Tara Erer,
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