Category: Markets & Festivals

Movistar Plus+ Nabs ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ for Spain (EXCLUSIVE)

Spain’s Movistar Plus+, the pay TV/SVOD service of telco giant Telefónica, has picked up the Sky and Peacock original series “The Tattooist of Auschwitz,” starring Harvey Keitel and based on the bestselling novel by Heather Morris. The six-part limited series is one of the key draws on the sales slate of All3Media International, which hosts […] Go to Source

Epic Chess Show ‘Rematch,’ Bought by HBO Europe and Disney+, Sets New Milestone for French Banner Unité and Federation Studios...

A rare flagship indie producer left on the French market, Bruno Nahon’s Paris-based company Unité is preparing to conquer international audiences with “Rematch,” a period psychological thriller chronicling the historical battle between world chess champion Garry Kasparov (Christian Cooke, “That Dirty Black Bag”), and IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue in 1997. The sprawling show, directed by […] Go to Source

Sony Pictures Television Sells to Warner Bros. ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Format Rights for Nordics and Benelux (EXCLUSIVE)

In what marks Sony Pictures Television’s (SPT) first international format deal for its non-fiction unit since its distribution takeover in 2022, SPT has sold the Nordics and Benelux region format rights of “So You Think You Can Dance” to Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP). The deal comes just as the dance competition series returns to Fox […] Go to Source

Streamers Take Center Stage as Second JBX Content Market Turns Toward Future of African Screen Industries

One year after launching with an ambitious aim to become the premier industry confab for dealmakers on the African continent, the JBX Content Market returns to Johannesburg with an expanded, three-day event that will touch on some of the key trends in the fast-growing African market. Running parallel to the Joburg Film Festival, whose sixth […] Go to Source

Showcasing Stress-Filled Reality of Emergency Medicine, Gritty Hospital Drama ‘KRANK Berlin’ Strives for Authenticity (EXCLUSIVE)

While medical dramas have long been a favorite staple on German TV, a new series helmed by Alex Schaad, director of the award-winning fantasy romance “Skin Deep,” and penned by British writer Samuel Jefferson looks set to give the genre a bold, modern take. “KRANK Berlin” is an eight-part series that follows a young team […] Go to Source

Greek Filmmaker Yorgos Zois, Director of Berlinale Encounters Premiere ‘Arcadia,’ Developing Mystery-Drama Series ‘Play’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Greek filmmaker Yorgos Zois, who’s set to bow his sophomore feature, “Arcadia,” in the competitive Encounters strand of the Berlin Film Festival Feb. 18, is developing his first TV series. “Play” follows a lone cinephile who joins a mysterious group of strangers that reenact scenes from movies in real life. The eight-part mystery-drama series tells […] Go to Source

Mati Diop Merges Fact With Fantasy In Berlin Doc ‘Dahomey’

Launching in competition in Berlin, Mati Diop’s “Dahomey” traces the path of 26 royal treasures purloined by French soldiers in 1892 and restituted to the country of Benin in 2021. Moving from Paris to Cotonou, the inventive documentary allows the artifacts to speak for themselves, reflecting on their journey in Fon-language dialogue often set against […] Go to Source

Levan Akin Discusses Panorama Opener ‘Crossing,’ Connecting With Audiences, Loving Anne Rice

Georgian-Swedish director Levan Akin is again winning over audiences with his latest film, “Crossing,” which opened the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section. The touching drama is about retired teacher Lia (Mzia Arabuli), who sets off with a young companion, Achi (Lucas Kankava), on a journey from the Georgian city of Batumi to Turkey, where she […] Go to Source

African Cinema Set to Shine at Berlin Film Festival, but Continent’s Moviemakers Insist ‘There’s Always Room for More’

Africa’s growing screen industries are making their mark on the global stage, with three titles in the main competition at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, but how to unlock the continent’s still-untapped potential was a question on the minds of many at a conference hosted on Saturday by the European Film Market. A partnership between […] Go to Source

Ukraine Industry Strikes Defiant Note in Berlin Two Years After Russian Invasion: ‘War Is Our Reality. It Is Not Our...

The Russian invasion of Ukraine will mark its second somber anniversary next week, though in recent months the conflict has been pushed from the headlines in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war. But with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy arriving in the German capital on Friday in an effort to shore up flagging European support for […] Go to Source

‘The Chronicles of Libidoists,’ Modern Sex Tale, Set at Distribution Workshop — EFM (EXCLUSIVE)

Culturally pluralistic and gender-diverse Taiwan is the backdrop for “The Chronicles of Libidoists,” a new film by Gilles Yang, a director whose three previous films have also explored the erotic. The story is inspired by “The Little Mermaid,” the traditional fairy tale in which a mermaid princess falls in love with a human prince. But […] Go to Source

Korean Sci-fi Film ‘30 Minutes’ Picked Up by EST N8 for European Film Market Launch (EXCLUSIVE)

U.S-Asian sales company EST N8 has picked up the international rights for “30 Minutes,” a Korean sci-fi thriller film that is currently in production. The story revolves around a middle-aged man trapped in a time loop, repeatedly reliving the Christmas Eve of his murder. It stars Hong Kyeong In (long-running TV series “The Great Queen […] Go to Source

Shudder Acquires Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala’s Psychological Thriller ‘The Devil’s Bath’ Ahead of Berlin Film Festival Debut (EXCLUSIVE)

Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror films, thrillers and supernatural stories, has acquired “The Devil’s Bath,” the new film from Austrian horror auteurs Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala. The deal comes ahead of the psychological thriller’s world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it will play in competition. Shudder has picked up […] Go to Source

Odin’s Eye Launching Sales, Expanded Version of Adult Animation ‘The Weird Kidz’ at Berlin EFM (EXCLUSIVE)

Australia-based indie sales firm Odin’s Eye Entertainment has picked up international rights to adult-skewing animation film “The Weird Kidz.” The film, which has a 1980s vibe and sense of humor, debuted last year in festivals and Odin’s Eye will be using Berlin’s European Film Market to launch an expanded version. A weekend camping trip becomes […] Go to Source

Berlin’s ‘In the Belly of a Tiger’ Puts World Cinema Icons in Service of Indian Village Tale, Drops Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

Indian director and cinematographer Jatla Siddhartha has assembled several of the biggest names in world cinema in service of “In the Belly of a Tiger.” The film has its premiere next week at the Berlin Film Festival. Pitched as a blend of surreal horror and selfless love, the film is a fictionalization of reportedly real […] Go to Source

Heretic Takes World Sales Rights to Berlin-Bound ‘The Great Yawn,’ Poetic Road-Trip Drama From First-Time Iranian Director Aliyar Rasti (EXCLUSIVE)

Heretic has acquired world sales right to Iranian director Aliyar Rasti’s “The Great Yawn,” a debut feature that premieres this month in the competitive Encounters strand of the Berlin Film Festival. “The Great Yawn” tells the story of a man who dreams of a box of gold waiting for him at the end of a […] Go to Source

Focus Features Buys Sundance Coming-of-Age Movie ‘Didi’

“Dìdi,” a coming-of-age drama that won the U.S. dramatic audience award at Sundance, has sold to Focus Features. The semi-autobiographical film was written, produced and directed by Sean Wang in his feature debut. The film follows a 13-year-old Taiwanese American boy in the throes of an awkward adolescence, as he enjoys the last month of […] Go to Source

Netflix Closing Deal for Sundance Award-Winning Documentary ‘Daughters’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Natalie Rae and Angela Patton’s “Daughters,” an acclaimed documentary about a program that allows young girls to participate in a special dance with their incarcerated fathers, is finalizing a sale to Netflix. If the deal closes, it is expected to be in the seven-figure range. It was a competitive situation with at least three companies […] Go to Source

‘Yumi’s Cells’ Animated Feature to Launch at European Film Market (EXCLUSIVE)

A feature-length fully-animated version of smash hit Korean series “Yumi’s Cells” will launch next month at the European Film Market in Berlin. International rights to the property were picked up by Barunson E&A, part of the Korean Barunson conglomerate that also produced Oscar-winning live-action film “Parasite.” “Yumi’s Cells: The Movie” is a 3D feature animation […] Go to Source

Brazil’s Globo, Spain’s Atresmedia Renew Pact

Brazil’s giant media conglom Globo and Spain’s Atresmedia International, the overseas arm of top commercial broadcaster Atresmedia, have renewed their strategic pact for another five years, in which Atresmedia delivers Globo telenovelas, series and mini-series across Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic market. “Since we launched the agreement five years ago, we have witnessed how […] Go to Source

Hong Kong-CAA China Genre Film Initiative Unveils Projects for First Edition

Six projects have been announced as participating in the inaugural edition of the HKIFF Industry – CAA China Genre Initiative, a project incubator in Hong Kong for Chinese-language genre films. The HCG platform will run March 11-13, 2024, alongside the 22nd Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) and the Hong Kong International Film […] Go to Source