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Hacksaw Ridge

The long, frustrating journey to bring 'Hacksaw Ridge' to the big screen

It took 16 years to make Mel Gibson’s epic war film, with the $40m budget one of many stumbling blocks.

La La Land

'La La Land' behind-the-scenes: the music

Composer Justin Hurwitz and songwriting team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul describe the intense process of writing the music and songs of ‘La La Land’.

Berlin deals

EFM 2017: the big deals

MGM’s lavish spend on wrestling film and Netflix deal for zombie drama stood out.

Ana Aizenberg

Argentina focus: bold plans from the first film commissioner

Ana Aizenberg aims to establish the country’s first film tax incentive.

Play Doh

Meet the Hellers: Argentina's 3D and VR content studio

Art and technology collide at innovative Buenos Aires 3D content creator 3dar. Jeremy Kay talks to its founders, brothers Federico and German Heller.

Patriot

Berlin: High-end TV drama on the rise at EFM

Overcoming its early sceptics, the focus on high-end TV in Berlin’s market has quickly asserted itself, with EFM Drama Series Days a popular fixture in its third year.

Spoor

Poland industry rides high atop impending production incentive

A planned new incentive, soaring box-office admissions and a vibrant new generation offilmmakers make Poland a territory to watch.

Terminal

Highland Film Group talks up starry 2017 slate in Berlin

After years of quietly assembling an eye-catching stable of sales titles, Highland Film Group is poised to step up to the major leagues with its upcoming slate.

Sume

Greenland cranks up the volume in Berlin

A delegation of filmmakers from Greenland is at this week’s EFM to raise the country’s production profile with a pair of documentaries.

Emo The Musical

'Emo The Musical' director on the film's evolution from short to feature

Neil Triffett returns to Berlin this year with Emo The Musical, three years after he debuted his short at the festival.

Brimstone

How the revised European co-pro treaty can benefit producers

Europe’s latest co-production legislation makes it easier to co-produce with international partners. Geoffrey Macnab looks at what the changes mean for producers.

Soul

Berlin's Culinary Cinema strand passes the taste test

Scorned by many critics at its launch, Culinary Cinema has become a respected part of the Berlinale programme.

EFP Shooting Stars

European Shooting Stars 2017

Screen talks to this year’s selection of European Shooting Stars.

EFM buzz 2017

Berlin 2017: Market Buzz

Screen’s essential guide to the hottest titles coming to market at Berlin.

Screen Berlin Product Guide 2017

Berlin 2017: EFM Product Guide

Read Screen International’s Berlin European Film Market bumper product guide and company directory.

The Big Sick

EFM preview: Netflix and Amazon look to continue dominance

Smaller companies are having to be even more focused and collaborative if they are to find great projects in an unforgiving market, where the likes of Netflix and Amazon have very deep pockets.

Berlin 2017 preview

Berlin 2017: The stand-out titles

We pick out some of the most interesting projects to appear at the Berlinale this year.

The Hard Stop

Baftas 2017: How Mark Duggan doc 'The Hard Stop' became a contender

Director George Amponsah and producer Dionne Walker talks to Screen about their outstanding British debut Bafta nomination.

Under The Shadow

Baftas 2017: How 'Under The Shadow' became a contender

Writer-director Babak Anvari and producers Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill and Lucan Toh discuss their Bafta-nominated feature.

The Pass 2

Baftas 2017: How 'The Pass' became a contender

Writer John Donnelly and director Ben A Williams (director) discuss their Bafta outstanding British debut-nominated feature.

Notes On Blindness

Baftas 2017: How 'Notes On Blindness' became a contender

Directors Pete Middleton and James Spinney, and producer Jo-Jo Ellison talk outstanding British debut Bafta-nominated doc.

Camille Gatin Mike Carey

Baftas 2017: How 'The Girl With All The Gifts' became a contender

Writer Mike Carey and producer Camille Gatin talk to Screen after being nominated for the outstanding British debut Bafta.

Laurent Crouzeix

Clermont-Ferrand: What to look out for at the world's biggest shorts showcase

What to watch, where to network and what not to miss at France’s Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (Feb 3-11).

Lion

Dev Patel talks 'Lion' and shrugging off "that chirpy guy from 'Marigold Hotel'"

UK actor Dev Patel fought hard for his place in Lion, keen to show he was more than “the chirpy guy from Marigold Hotel”. Now he has been nominated for an Oscar.

'I, Daniel Blake' star Hayley Squires: “I can’t walk away from what’s happened in this film"

Bafta-nominated UK actress Hayley Squires talks to Dan Jolin about the life-changing effect of making I, Daniel Blake, the irony of walking the Cannes red carpet and chocolates on set each day.

Sundance deals 2017

Sundance 2017: The biggest deals

The deals that defined Sundance 2017 came in at the high end.

This Is Our Land

Lucas Belvaux talks timely political drama 'This Is Our Land'

Screen discusses Rotterdam world premiere, about a far-right party, which has stoked controversy in France.

Rey

IFFR Tiger directors: Niles Atallah, 'Rey'

Film from Chilean filmmaker takes an unusual look at the life of Orélie-Antoine de Tounens.

Sundance docs

Sundance 2017: The stand-out documentaries

Screen rounds up the critically-acclaimed documentaries from this year’s festival.

Daphne

'45 Years' producer The Bureau talks new dark comedy-drama 'Daphne'

Screen sat down with the film’s creative team and star to discuss the project’s origins ahead of its world premiere at IFFR on Jan 29.

Sundance reviews

Sundance 2017: The stand-out feature films

Screen rounds up the critical breakthroughs from this year’s festival.

La La Land

Oscar nominations 2017: predicting the winners

La La Land is the film to beat, but it faces stiff competition for all the big prizes.

Rotterdam Film Festival IFFR

Rotterdam 2017 preview: more than a film festival

Art installations, a tech hub and some of the finest indie films of the year. Geoffrey Macnab asks whether there is anywhere better than Rotterdam to kickstart the year.

Dany Boon Raid

French star Dany Boon on his new comedy 'Raid: Special Unit'

Actor-director Dany Boon tells us why he gave the starring role of his action comedy Raid: Special Unit to a woman.

Motherland

Sundance 2017 profiles: World Cinema Documentary preview

A Syria-filmed courage-under-fire doc is among those playing in Sundance’s World Cinema Documentary competition.

Samui Song

7 Asian and Middle Eastern films to tempt festival directors in 2017

Screen profiles some of the hottest projects from Asia, Middle East and North Africa in 2017.

Berlin Syndrome

Sundance 2017 profiles: World Cinema Dramatic preview

Our guide to the films in Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic competition.

Sundance Film Festival

Sundance 2017 preview: climate change to the fore

The festival will host the premiere of Al Gore’s new climate change doc, with the environment one of the key themes this year.

US preview

16 US and Latin American films to tempt festival directors in 2017

From Blade Runner to new films by George Clooney and Richard Linklater, these are the hottest projects from the US and Latin American to arrive in 2017.

Journeyman

15 UK and Irish films to tempt festival directors in 2017

From Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here to Asif Kapadia’s Maradona doc, Screen profiles a selection of hot UK projects in 2017.

Borg vs McEnroe

19 European films to tempt festival directors in 2017

From Borg/McEnroe to Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake, Screen profiles a selection of hot European projects in 2017.

British films

Baftas 2017: the lowdown on all the British film nominees

We profile all the UK films that were nominated for the 2017 Baftas, from Fantastic Beasts to Florence Foster Jenkins.

Alien Covenant

CES 2017 round-up: tech giants look beyond 4K and VR

The Consumer Electronics Show focused on augmented reality and 8K TVs.

Man's World

Exploring India's online youth content revolt

Screen looks into the blossoming world of youth-focused film content in the online Indian market.

Les Arcs

Women's second features, Quebec co-pros in focus at Les Arcs

Ensuring women directors are supported beyond their first feature, and Europe-Quebec co-productions were the hot topics at last month’s Les Arcs European Film Festival.

Dalida

Rendez-vous with French Cinema 2017 preview

UniFrance’s annual Rendez-vous with French Cinema (January 12-16) is the first industry stop of the year for many European buyers.

Odeon Holloway Road

Are much shorter theatrical windows around the corner?

We investigate why cracks are beginning to appear in the traditionally rigid theatrical window structure.

The Mermaid

10 box office records that were broken in 2016

Box office records have tumbled this year in China, Italy and the animation world. It has also been a stunning year for Disney.

Screen docs 2016

Screen critics pick the best documentaries of 2016

Ten Screen International critics select the docs that wowed them this year.

Dr Strange

In Focus: the UK's booming VFX scene

With the exchange rate in their favour, the UK’s visual-effects houses have never been in greater demand. But how is the sector adapting as Brexit looms and investment heads east?

2016 flops

Why did so many sequels flop in 2016?

‘Sequelitis’ was a legitimate story this year after so many studio sequels bombed at the box office.

Flight crew

2016 at the Russian box office: Hollywood fare dominates

The Russian box office is booming, but local films aren’t getting a look in.

They Call Me Jeeg Robot

2016 Italy box office report: homegrown comedies underperform

A local comedy raised some cheer, although most struggled with younger audiences.

A Conspiracy of Faith

2016 Nordic box office report: Local films hold their own

As is the case in recent years, Nordic audiences have continued to champion local films, often over Hollywood blockbusters.

OJ Made In America

'OJ: Made In America' director on the politics behind his epic historical doc

OJ: Made In America is a prime awards-season contender, an eight-hour exploration of OJ Simpson’s rise and fall filtered through the history of Los Angeles’ African American community.

Weiner

'Weiner' directors talk aftermath of political scandal doc

Filmed and released before the denouement of this tumultuous year in US politics, the makers of documentary Weiner tell Tom Grater what drew them to disgraced New York politician Anthony Weiner.

The Eagle Huntress

How 'The Eagle Huntress' soared to the Oscar doc shortlist

Documentary film-maker Otto Bell tells Melanie Goodfellow how Morgan Spurlock helped to transform his debut feature about one Mongolian girl’s daring quest into an awards hopeful.

A Monster Calls

2016 Spain box office report: local hits lead to buoyant year

A strong local offering led to a excellent year at the Spanish box office.

Willkommen bei den Hartmanns

2016 Germany box office report: Local hits but year-on-year slump

It was the worst performance in five years for locally produced films in the first nine months of the year.

Les Tuche 2

France box office report 2016: admissions up, arthouse struggles

It has been a tough year for arthouse pictures both from France and abroad.

Lion

Garth Davis, Iain Canning and Dev Patel on a "serendipitous" journey

The director, producer and star of TWC’s awards-season contender Lion discuss the challenges of shooting in India and Australia.

The Worthy

Dubai Q&A: Ali F Mostafa and Rami Yasin on dystopian thriller 'The Worthy'

Emirati film-maker Ali F Mostafa and producer Rami Yasin talk to Melanie Goodfellow about The Worthy, which played in DIFF’s Muhr Emirati competition

La La Land

How Damien Chazelle made 'La La Land' for just $30m

How did Damien Chazelle craft a lavish, old-style Hollywood musical on a $30m budget? The writer-director and his lead producers tell Matt Mueller the story behind his ridiculously ambitious third feature.

London Has Fallen

How did UK films fare in the US in 2016?

The Downton effect is pulling US audiences to UK films of a certain heritage.

The Mermaid

Which foreign films made a mark in the US in 2016?

What does a foreign-language film have to do to make a mark in the US market? John Hazelton looks at 2016’s releases and weighs the impact of awards, title recognition and streaming.

European Film Awards EFAs Riga 2014

Why the European Film Awards have never been more timely

In a turbulent year for the continent’s politics, the European Film Awards will celebrate the best of European film-making and honour the memory of the late Andrzej Wajda.

As I Open My Eyes

CNC seeks international applicants for ACM distribution fund

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE: Fund has supported 230 projects from 75 territories to date.

Dubai International Film Festival

Dubai: blending the old and new

The Lumiere brothers and virtual reality feature in this year’s Dubai International Film Festival programme.

Amjad Al-Rasheed

Arab Stars of Tomorrow 2016 profiles: Amjad Al-Rasheed

Screen’s inaugural Arab Stars of Tomorrow showcases the region’s up-and-coming young talent. Jordan’s Amjad Al-Rasheed, director of short The Parrot, is gearing up for his first feature.

Samer Ismail

Arab Stars of Tomorrow 2016 profiles: Samer Ismail

Screen’s inaugural Arab Stars of Tomorrow showcases the region’s up-and-coming young talent. Syrian actor Samer Ismail is rebuilding his career against the backdrop of the country’s civil war.

Mounia Aki

Arab Stars of Tomorrow 2016 profiles: Mounia Akl

Screen’s inaugural Arab Stars of Tomorrow showcases the region’s up-and-coming young talent. Writer-director Mounia Akl’s short Beirut, I Love You set the former architecture student on a path to Cannes and DIFF.

Mariam Al Ferjani

Arab Stars of Tomorrow 2016 profiles: Mariam Alferjani

Screen’s inaugural Arab Stars of Tomorrow showcases the region’s up-and-coming young talent. Former medial student Mariam Alferjani is now preparing her first feature as a director.

Alaa Eddine Aljem

Arab Stars of Tomorrow 2016 profiles: Alaa Eddine Aljem

Screen’s inaugural Arab Stars of Tomorrow showcases the region’s up-and-coming young talent. Director Alaa Eddine Aljem founded his own company to produce his works, and his tenacity has resulted in high-profile support.

The growing value of micro-budget films

Lady Macbeth and The Levelling, each made for around $600,000, are two of the most critically lauded UK films of the year. Has the stigma of micro-budget film-making finally disappeared?

Box office

UK box office 2016 verdict: the surprise hits and misses

Did the record-breaking success of 2015 help tempt consumers back into the cinema-going habit?

The Red Turtle

The story behind silent Oscar animation hopeful 'The Red Turtle'

We investigate the unusual back-story of this beautiful and unconventional animated feature.

Zootopia

'Zootopia': the painstaking journey behind a billion dollar hit

The filmmakers behind Disney’s Zootopia went to extraordinary lengths to create the animation’s lifelike world.

Paterson

Adam Driver wrote "bad poetry" to prepare for 'Paterson' role

Adam Driver tells Elbert Wyche why he was attracted to the quiet power of Jim Jarmusch’s introspective character study Paterson.

Film bazaar Sulemani Keeda

Film Bazaar: India's independents seek distribution alternatives

India’s independent film-makers are turning to alternative distribution strategies to reach audiences in India and overseas.

Elle

The story behind France's complex Oscar submission 'Elle'

Isabelle Huppert says her love of ambiguous, nuanced characters drew her to Paul Verhoeven’s uncompromising rape drama Elle.

Film Bazaar

Film Bazaar: a decade of unearthing South Asian gems

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Film Bazaar (Nov 20-24) has made South Asian indie cinema accessible by curating the vast range of film-making styles and languages on offer.

Florence Foster Jenkins

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant talk 'Florence Foster Jenkins'

Even in an awards season packed with star-crossed lovers, you will be hard-pressed to find a more touching on-screen union than Hugh Grant and Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins.

Screen November 18

Screen November 18 2016

Browse the digital edition of Screen International here, which includes a focus on the leading contenders for acting nominations this awards season.

Land Of Mine

Martin Zandvliet talks Danish Oscar contender 'Land Of Mine'

It may be set immediately after the Second World War, but Danish Oscar submission Land Of Mine feels like required viewing in the current climate.

Fire At Sea

'Fire At Sea' seller Doc & Film on dealing arthouse movies

Daniela Elstner, managing director of Paris-based sales company Doc & Film International, talks about selling foreign-language titles to the world.

Tallinn Black Nights 2015

Black Nights 2016: Industry@Tallinn preview

The industry programme at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Nov 11-27) offers a wealth of attractions for international guests.

A Man Called Ove

Hannes Holm on Oscar hopeful 'A Man Called Ove', Sweden's biggest box office hit in 32 years

Swedish writer/director discusses the challenge of bringing a beloved bestseller to the big screen.

Juho Kuosmanen on why boxing movie 'Olli Maki' is the 'anti-Rocky'

Finnish director discusses debut feature The Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Maki, Finland’s 2016 Oscar submission.

Tallinn Black Nights

Tallinn Black Nights 2016 preview: making the A-list

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Nov 11-27) will offer a raft of intriguing projects, as film-makers cast their spell over the Estonian capital.

Oscars 2017: inside the 85 best foreign-language submissions

The longlist of entries for consideration in the foreign language Oscar category is a feast of cinema from film-makers around the world, including several established masters, a strong crop of newcomers and one or two surprises.

The Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Maki

Oscars 2017: European submissions for best foreign-language film

Inside the European entries to this year’s foreign-language Oscar race.

Age Of Shadows

Oscars 2017: Asia-Pacific, Middle East, African submissions for best foreign-language film

Inside the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and African entries to this year’s Foreign-Language Oscar race.

neruda

Oscars 2017: North & South American submissions for best foreign-language film

Inside the North & South American entries to this year’s Foreign-Language Oscar race.

Screen November 11 2016

Screen November 11 2016

Browse the digital edition of Screen International here, which includes a focus on the best foreign-language Oscar contenders…

Roy Andersson

Golden Lion winner Roy Andersson reveals details of next project

Two years after he won Venice’s Golden Lion with A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, Roy Andersson is hard at work in his Stockholm studio on his next feature — but don’t mark your festival diary until 2019.

Divines

Is Netflix's 'Divines' acquisition a game-changer for indie film?

Camera d’Or winner Divines gets a worldwide release on Netflix in November.

AFM 2016 day 5

AFM 2016: Screen's dailies

Read Screen International’s daily magazines from the American Film Market (AFM) here.

Pinewood Studios

Infrastructure analysis: Can UK studios maintain the pace?

The UK’s studio infrastructure faces unprecedented demand from Hollywood tentpoles and high-end television.

Train To Busan

AFM: Korea buzz titles

Comedies, action thrillers and family films are just some of the highlights of the eclectic slate on offer from Korean film-makers at AFM.

God Of War

AFM: China & Hong Kong buzz titles

Projects from China and Hong Kong available at the American Film Market will serve up a sizzling mix of action thrills, visual feasts and culinary delights.

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