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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.

The Recall

AFM 2016: buzz titles

Screen correspondents profile some of the hottest and most intriguing projects from around the world available to buyers here at the American Film Market.

The Big Question

Screen asks industry...what job would you do if you hadn't entered the film business?

Screen quizzes industry figures on their alternate career dreams…

Deepwater Horizon on set

US film tax incentives: something to bank on?

The tax incentives offered by many states provide US-based productions with a valuable source of support. But shifts in policy have led to uncertainty about the future of some schemes.

AFM 2016 bumper

AFM 2016 Product Guide

Browse Screen International’s American Film Market (AFM) product guide here.

Matt Mueller

Looking for an edge (COMMENT)

Screen editor Matt Mueller discusses the future of cinemas and a slow-down at China’s box office.

DeVito

Danny DeVito talks highlights, 'Triplets' and directing again

Screen interviewed the US multi-hyphenate who this week receives an Honorary Award in Mallorca.

china box office

China box office focus: fast but not so furious

China’s box-office growth slowed over the summer, but there are signs the deceleration is part of a natural progression towards a more rational and mature market.

AFM

AFM preview: Brexit set to dominate industry talk

The UK’s future exit from the EU will be a hot topic of discussion at the American Film Market (Nov 2-9), for the industry from both sides of the Atlantic.

Lovely Man

Tokyo: emerging talent, Indonesia in spotlight

The 29th edition of TIFF (Oct 25-Nov 3) is adopting a global, contemporary outlook with a competition section that features a host of young film-makers.

Baahbuali on set

'Baahubali: The Conclusion', on location report

The first part of SS Rajamouli’s Telugu-language epic, Baahubali: The Beginning, stormed the Indian box office and sold to 30 territories. Now the follow-up has set its sights on further international success.

Lifeboat

Nordic focus: new talent schemes break the mould

Three initiatives in Scandinavia are encouraging film-makers to experiment by breaking out of production norms.

Shtisel

Haifa: TV strand highlights family dramas

The festival’s TV section has been rebranded as Haifa TV Series Meetings (Oct 20) this year.

Makram-J-Khoury-

Haifa: Mix Programme spotlights local projects

For the second year running, Haifa will play host to the Mix Programme, dedicated to helping teams of Jewish and Arab-Israeli film-makers take their projects to the next level.

Haifa Film Festival

Haifa focus: highlighting community, gender equality

As Haifa presents its 32nd festival (Oct 15-24), Wendy Mitchell talks to artistic director Pnina Blayer about what makes the event unique.

Arrival

Oscars 2017: Lead and supporting actress, who's in the running?

Screen’s US editor Jeremy Kay analyses this year’s lead and supporting actress contenders. (Comment)

Ouro

MIPCOM preview: Netflix, Amazon signal new television era

As content platforms proliferate, the focus of this year’s MIPCOM market (Oct 17-20) will be the rewards and challenges of The New Television era - one in which Netflix and Amazon’s future domination may no longer be a given.

Wes Anderson Rome

Rome Film Festival preview: A-list talent, enhanced market offering

The 11th Rome Film Festival (Oct 13-23) will feature an extended programme of screenings and talent.

Manchester By The Sea Casey Affleck

Crossing the channel (COMMENT)

Screen editor Matt Mueller talks MIPCOM and looks ahead to awards season.

Asian Film Market

Busan: Asian Film Market offers deal-making, new opportunities

This year’s Asian Film Market has been streamlined to keep the focus on business and deal-making, while a spotlight on transmedia projects offers new opportunities.

Odeon ticket prices

Are UK cinema ticket prices sustainable?

The UK has some of the world’s highest cinema ticket prices. Are price increases sustainable when consumers have cheaper forms of entertainment?

Busan for web

Busan focus: international industry undeterred by controversy

BIFF matters for everyone doing business with Asia. But will international visitors be affected by the continuing row between the festival and the city authorities?

LFF focus: diversity, new venues in the spotlight

In its 60th anniversary year, the BFI London Film Festival (Oct 5-16) is expanding its programme, venues and industry events. Nikki Baughan reports.

Light Years

How 'Light Years' took the direct distribution route

Guest comment: How Light Years producer Samm Haillay strategised the release of Esther Campbell’s drama.

Game Of Thrones

Emmys epitomise US/UK special relationship (guest comment)

Ahead of Sunday’s 68th Emmy Awards, The UK’s Consul-General in Los Angeles Chris O’Connor reflects on the strength of the special relationship as Brexit looms.

NM

The Night Manager’s 40m views in China highlights growing drama opportunity

EXCLUSIVE: The “last frontier” for high-end drama is opening up, according to industry experts.

Wroclaw

The wonder of Wroclaw

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE: Rounding off its year-long celebrations as European Capital of Culture, Wroclaw will be hosting this year’s European Film Awards in December.

Producers Lab Toronto

Producers Lab Toronto fosters transatlantic co-pros

Two of this year’s participants discuss opening doors to transatlantic co-productions, and the event’s organisers explain why the Lab will be taking a break next year.

Venice: Parviz Shahbazi portrays Iranian youth, nods to Kiarostami in 'Malaria'

The Iranian director talks to Screen about capturing contemporary Iranian youth and Tehran in Malaria.

The Journey

Nick Hamm talks Northern Ireland political drama 'The Journey'

The Belfast-born director on why his IM Global-backed film was the easiest project he’s ever financed.

Daniel Battsek Film4

Film4 director Daniel Battsek: "We will always be led by our filmmakers"

EXCLUSIVE: In his first official interview, Film4’s new chief talks strategy, challenges and striking a balance between UK and US shoots

Captain America Civil War

Box Office 2016: summer of surprises

Following 2015’s spectacular summer box office, it felt like 2016 would struggle to keep up. Surprisingly, even with the Euro football championships and the Olympics, the pace hasn’t been far off. By Charles Gant

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