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Lucy bids to stay on top

BOX OFFICE: Superhuman Scarlett in fight against Guardians, Turtles and Apes

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By Lee Marshall

Dir: Rakhshan Banietemad. Iran. 2014. 90mins



Scherzo Diabolico

Fantastic Market unveils works-in-progress

28-Aug-2014 | By

Fantastic Fest top brass have announced their work-in-progress selections and film previews for the second edition of the international genre co-production market, Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico.

Screen Awards

Screen Awards unveils Rising Star shortlist

28-Aug-2014 | By Screen staff

The Screen Awards has now unveiled the shortlist for this year’s Rising Star award.

Fires On The Plain

Coproduction Office boards Fires On The Plain

28-Aug-2014 | By

Shinya Tsukamoto’s film plays in Venice Competition and Toronto Wavelengths.

Amira & Sam

Drafthouse acquires Amira & Sam

28-Aug-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights to Sean Mullin’s romance starring Martin Starr, Paul Wesley and newcomer Dina Shihabi. Separately, The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media Distribution have taken Love, Rosie and Level 33 has acquired Copenhagen.

Li’l Quinquin

Kino Lorber acquires Li’l Quinquin

28-Aug-2014 | By

Kino Lorber has acquired all US rights to Bruno Dumont’s Li’l Quinquin ahead of the North American premiere in Toronto on September 10.

Catherine Frot

Memento heads to Toronto with Marguerite

28-Aug-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based sales agent to launch new film loosely inspired by “world’s worst soprano”, Florence Foster Jenkins.

Vanessa Saal

Protagonist adds head of sales, US presence

28-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK sales outfit Protagonist Pictures has appointed former StudioCanal executive Vanessa Saal as head of sales, part of a company restructure that includes launching a US presence fronted by producer Eddie Vaisman.

Lee Waterworth

Yekra launches DIY theatre

28-Aug-2014 | By

The digital distribution platform has announced its self-service, customisable digital theatre.

Victor Koo

Youku Tudou launches film arm Heyi


Chinese online video platform Youku Tudou is launching a film division, Heyi Film, to produce a slate of theatrical features.

Black Nights Tallinn

Tallinn Black Nights gets int'l competition greenlight

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Stamp of approval from FIAPF puts Black Nights on a list with Cannes and Berlin.

Steve Oram, Edward Hogg join UK horror

28-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Cast, directors round on haunted-house horror; XYZ to handle US rights.

Rob Bromley

eOne acquires Force Four

28-Aug-2014 | By

eOne has acquired Canadian producer Force Four Entertainment from partners Rob Bromley, John Ritchie, and Gillian Lowrey.


Hayao Miyazaki among honourary Oscar recipients  

28-Aug-2014 | By

The board of governors of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has voted (August 26) to present honorary awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will go to Harry Belafonte.

Caity Lotz

Content brings 400 Days to Toronto

28-Aug-2014 | By

Content Film has acquired international rights to the sci-fi thriller starring Brandon Routh and Caity Lotz and will show first footage to buyers in Toronto.


Netflix unveils first French original drama Marseille

28-Aug-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Netflix taps into local cinema talent for political drama set against backdrop of France’s third largest city.

Generation Z

Zombie thriller Generation Z to star Dougray Scott

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Post apocalyptic thriller will also star Jessica de Gouw and Martin McCann.


WWII drama Fraternity wraps

28-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Coffee & Cigarettes to rep sales and distribution deals.

Oleg Sentsov

EFA renews call to free Ukrainian director

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Agnieszka Holland renews appeal to help free Oleg Sentsov.

Hal Lewis

Executive trio joins Hot Snakes

28-Aug-2014 | By

Hot Snakes Media founders Eric and Shannon Evangelista have announced three key hires.

We Are the Freaks

We Are The Freaks heads to Germany

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

German distributor Lighthouse has acquired rights from 104 Films to Justin Edgar’s We Are The Freaks for German-speaking territories.




Awards 2014: The prize fighters

As Venice, Telluride and Toronto introduce a slew of prestige titles, Jeremy Kay examines the season’s possible awards contenders


Venice 2014: Competition, Orizzonti, Critics' Week, Venice Days titles

The Competition line-up for this year’s Venice Film Festival marks the return of mavericks such as Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Fatih Akin, with a wealth of talent represented in the Orizzonti, Critics’ Week and Venice Days sections

La Vita Oscena

Venice Sala Web: The virtual festival

Festival Scope founders Mathilde Henrot and Alessandro Raja tell Wendy Mitchell about the third edition of Venice VoD platform Sala Web

Third Films: Samm Haillay and Ben Young

Samm Haillay and Ben Young tell Wendy Mitchell about Third Films’ unusual approach to characters and production, and the outfit’s two films in Venice


Barbara talks Venice line-up

Venice Film Festival artistic director Alberto Barbera discusses the strong French and Italian presence in this year’s line-up, how festivals should be places of research and discovery and the ones that got away.



Screen August-September 2014 cover

Screen August-September 2014

Download the August-September 2014 edition of Screen International here, including Venice and Toronto features…


Lucy bids to stay on top

29-Aug-2014 | By

Lucy ruled the roost last weekend with a $29m haul that elevated the international running total past $100m and to more than $65.2m from Universal territories.




Cherien Dabis

Cherien Dabis, May In The Summer

Following her noted 2010 debut Amreeka, Cherien Dabis swaps small-town USA for Jordan as a New Yorker returns to her native home in the run-up to her wedding.

Robert Englund

Robert Englund reveals Richard Attenborough influence

The horror icon talks to Ian Sandwell about his latest film The Last Showing, which premiered at Film4 FrightFest, and the current state of the genre.

Michel Hazanavicius Berenice Bejo

Michel Hazanavicius, The Search

The Oscar-winning director of The Artist talks about his latest film and shares his concerns that “there will be fewer movies than there used to be”.