Wild Sheep’s Erik Barmack Talks IPs, International TV, the Future at MipCancun

CANCUN, Mexico — Arguably, from mid-decade, as Netflix, VP, international originals, Erik Barmack changed history. Passionate, and immensely connected and hard working, from Mexico’s “Club de Cuervos,” launched in August 2015, he spearheaded the …

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Film Bazaar: Rinkel Film Boards Tamil Western ‘The Tempest’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Netherlands production outfit Rinkel Film (“Rafiki”) has reteamed with India’s Stray Factory (“Nirvana Inn”) for Tamil language Western “The Tempest” (aka “Aasaimugam”). It is to be directed by emerging Indian filmmaker Arun Karthick. The two companies…

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‘Twentieth Century,’ ‘Dove and the Wolf,’ ‘Hurricane Season’ Win Los Cabos Festival

LOS CABOS  —  “The Twentieth Century,” Matthew Rankin’s crazed retelling of Canadian history, won the main Los Cabos Competition this Saturday, beating out a prestige lineup of some of the most notable festival standouts of the year. The win at L…

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‘The Intouchables’ Helmers to Direct French TV Adaptation of ‘In Treatment’

“The Intouchables” directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, whose latest film “The Specials” played on closing night at Cannes, are set to make their TV debut with a French adaptation of the hit Israeli series “BeTipul…

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AFM: Panel to Launch Blockchain Working Group for the Film Industry

A group of film executives and tech industry entrepreneurs are to establish a working group seeking to plan how blockchain technology should be applied to the creative industries. The call will be made at the American Film Market on Tuesday in Santa Mo…

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Gaston Pavlovich Talks About Producing ‘The Irishman’

Through his production company Fabrica De Cine, Gastón Pavlovich is one of the producers on Martin Scorsese’s two most recent movies: 2016’s “Silence” and 2019’s “The Irishman.” The 51-year-old native of Mexico first gained notice as an executive produ…

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Blood Window Announces 2019 WIP and World Premiere Lineup (EXCLUSIVE)

Ventana Sur’s Blood Window sidebar for projects and films in progress has been a standout event on the Latin horror calendar since its launch in 2013, and is one of the Buenos Aires market’s most popular sections. In the following years, it has b…

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Facetime: Nikolay ‘Nick’ Sarkisov Explains Blitz Films

Nikolay “Nick” Sarkisov is the co-founder and head of Blitz Films, a production and financing company he founded in 2018 with his father, Sergey.  With headquarters in Los Angeles and Moscow, Blitz Films focuses on pursuing unique storie. Blitz has par…

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Filmax Acquires Avelina Prat’s Debut Feature ‘Vasil’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Barcelona-based studio Filmax has acquired international sales rights to Avelina Prat’s feature-debut “Vasil,” which is currently in pre-production. Filmax also handles Spanish distribution. “Vasil” is produced by Barcelona-based Distinto Films, which …

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Films Boutique Closes France, Japan on ‘Lunana’ (EXCLUSIVE)

LOS ANGELES  — Films Boutique has closed France and Japan on Himalayan crowdpleaser “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom,” by Bhutanese filmmaker Pawo Choyning Dorji, rolling off its market premiere at the AFM. French rights on “Lunana” have been acqu…

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Beanie Feldstein’s Comedy ‘How to Build a Girl’ Bought by IFC

IFC Films has bought North American rights to the Beanie Feldstein coming-of-age comedy “How to Build a Girl” for release in 2020. The deal was announced Saturday at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, Calif. The movie premiered at th…

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AFM: Participant Media Strikes Output Deal With Japan’s Gaga

Japanese distributor Gaga Corporation has struck an output deal with U.S. financier and producer Participant Media, giving it the Japanese release of Participant’s films that are financed via its investment in Amblin Partners. The deal was announced on…

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‘Summer White,’ ‘Perfect David,’ ‘Nocturna’ ‘Set for Ventana Sur’s Copia Final (EXCLUSIVE)

LOS ANGELES  —Three portraits of tortuous mother-son relations – “Summer White,” “A Mother” and “Perfect David” – lend an extra urgency to the Copia Final showcase at this year’s  Ventana Sur, Latin America’s biggest film market. Suggesting…

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Ventana Sur Announces 2019 Primer Corte Titles (EXCLUSIVE)

Parent figure-child relationships feature strongly in two of Ventana Sur’s main industry sections this year, Copia Final – for recently finished films which have not yet released outside their country of origin – and Primer Corte – for fiction La…

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Filmmakers Say James Dean’s Family is ‘Fully Supportive’ of Bringing Back Actor for Vietnam War Drama

The director-producers of “Finding Jack” are doubling down on their defense of bringing back James Dean through CGI visual effects for the Vietnam War-era indie drama. Producer-directors Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh of Magic City Films and p…

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AFM: First Look at ‘Black Beauty’ Remake With Mackenzie Foy

Mister Smith International has released an exclusive first look at its “Black Beauty” reboot, starring Mackenzie Foy (pictured) and Kate Winslet. Ashley Avis is directing the Constantin Films’ pic from her own script. “Black Bea…

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Hong Kong Protests Hurt Box Office, But FilMart Promises Business as Usual

Civic protests on the streets of Hong Kong have hit theatrical box office to the tune of 20%. But organizers of FilMart, Asia’s biggest film and TV rights market, promise that their March 2020 event will go ahead. The protests, which were sparked by a …

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Gerard Butler Action Thriller ‘The Plane’ Lands at Lionsgate

In one of the first major deals at the American Film Market, Lionsgate has boarded the Gerard Butler action-thriller “The Plane.” The project re-teams the actor and studio following the release of “Angel Has Fallen” this year. J…

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AFM: Neon Buys Tilda Swinton’s ‘Memoria’ for North America

Neon has bought North American rights to Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Memoria,” starring Tilda Swinton, Jeanne Balibar, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Juan Pablo Urrego and Elkin Diaz. The drama is produced by Weerasethakul’s Kick the Machine, Burni…

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XYZ Films Raises $100 Million in Production Financing

Los Angeles-based production, sales and management outfit XYZ Films has raised $100 million in production financing across a slate of 15 to 20 films. Venture capital firm IPR.VC, based in Helsinki, Finland, is co-financing the slate. XYZ made the annou…

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