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‘Three Identical Strangers’ Makes 3 Doc Stars for 2018; ‘Leave No Trace’ Solid; ’Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ in Top 10: Specialty Box Office

Three Identical Strangers

Docs are trailblazing the alternative content sphere. The debut of Neon/CNN Films' Three Identical Strangers this weekend has given non-fiction another star.  The Sundance debut by Tim Wardle snagged bragging rights to the highest opening weekend per theater average for a doc this year. The title grossed $163,023, averaging $32,605. Fellow Sundance box office stars RBG and Won't You Be My Neighbor? opened comparatively wider and have continued to bank audiences… Read


Pongalo Launches MOOVIMEX, Mexican Narco, Action And Comedy Films For Men

Pongalo, a marketplace of Latin media brands, has launched MOOVIMEX, an ad-supported, on-demand OTT service featuring Mexican action, narco and comedy movies for men. The service will begin offering a linear MOOVIMEX channel as well in the coming weeks. MOOVIMEX is initially available through Roku, Xumo, Vewd, OperaTV, YouTube and TubiTV. Its Spanish-language Mexican movies are drawn from Pongalo's library of over 13,000 hours of original and licensed film and TV… Read


China Film Bureau Names Wang Xiaohui As New Head Of Department

Wang Xiaohui, an attorney and longtime Communist party bureaucrat, has been named Head of the China Film Bureau. When the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television in March, state media said a proposed new body overseeing radio and TV management would fall directly under the State Council, i.e., more firmly under the thumb of the Communist Party. But a question mark was left over what was to become of film oversight. With Wang’s appointment… Read


Japanese Director Hirokazu Kore-eda Returns To Exploring Family Dynamics In Surprise Palme D’Or Winner ‘Shoplifters’ – Cannes Studio

After flirting with genre in courtroom drama The Third Murder, which bowed at Venice last year, Japan's Hirokazu Kore-eda—a regular face at Cannes since the early 2000s—made a return to familiar ground, not to mention a quick turnaround, with his new film Shoplifters. Having said that, Shoplifters isn't quite what it appears at first glance: dealing with a family of petty criminals who live on the breadline, it slowly reveals its secrets, gradually building to a… Read


Cannes Buzz Films ‘Girls Of The Sun’ And ‘Ash Is Purest White’ Set For US Distribution By Cohen Media Group

Cohen Media Group has acquired US distribution rights to director Eva Husson’s Girls of the Sun, a drama focusing on the sisterhood of women taken prisoner by Kurdistan extremists, and director Jia Zhanqke’s Ash Is Purest White, a Chinese drama detailing a woman’s romance with a mobster. Charles S. Cohen, the owner, chairman, and CEO of Cohen Media Group, announced the CMG deals in advance of the closing ceremony of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, where both films had… Read


Jaime Rosales Brings Greek Tragedy To Modern Cinema In Directors’ Fortnight Thriller ‘Petra’ – Cannes Studio

An early hit with festivalgoers who prefer to look outside the Official Selection, Jaime Rosales's Directors’ Fortnight entry Petra proved the Spanish director to be a fluid and unpredictable talent. Arguably most famous—or perhaps infamous—for the almost entirely dialogue-free 2008 Basque terrorist drama Bullet in the Head, Rosales this time presents a very subtle mystery-thriller. Sharing DNA with the work of his compatriot Pedro Almodóvar—not least because it features… Read


Deadline Studio at Cannes 2018 – Part 1 – Michael Shannon, Sofia Boutella, Mads Mikkelsen & More (PHOTOS)

Deadline's portrait and video studio at the Cannes Film Festival kicked off eight talent-filled days on the Croisette with visits by Arctic director Joe Penna and actors Mads Mikkelsen and Maria Thelma Smaradottir; Michael Shannon and Sofia Boutella from HBO’s Fahrenheit 451; and Tahar Rahim from Treat Me Like Fire. Also stopping by the studio for our series of photo sessions and video interviews taking place at VILLA AH were Tom Bernard of Sony Pictures Classics; Pope Fra… Read


‘Climax’ Director Gaspar Noé Shakes Up The Festival With A Heady Cocktail Of Sex, Drugs And Violence – Cannes Studio

Following in the slipstream of his 2015 3D porno Love, Gaspar Noé's latest film, Climax, didn't disappoint fans of the famous iconoclast, who presented it outside the official selection in the Directors’ Fortnight. Set in Paris, it tells the story of a rag-tag group of street dancers who gather in a church hall to work on a dance routine together. As soon as they've nailed it, the choreographer treats them to a party—unaware that one of their number has spiked the sangria… Read


‘Sink Or Swim’ Director Gilles Lellouche On Testing The Limits Of Comedy – Cannes Studio

In theory, Gilles Lellouche's sophomore film Sink Or Swim would appear to be yet another zany screwball comedy—French star (and sometime Bond villain) Matthieu Almaric plays an unemployed man who joins an amateur synchronized swimming team to break the boredom. In practice, though, it is a surprisingly thoughtful enterprise, melancholy and even rather moving in places, as if those Belgian masters of social realism the Dardenne brothers had been handed the reins of Dodgebal… Read


After Seeing Her Gay Love Story ‘Rafiki’ Banned In Her Homeland, Kenyan Director Wanuri Kahiu Calls For Artistic Solidarity – Cannes Studio

A tender, colorful lesbian love story set in the bustling streets of Nairobi, Wanuri Kahiu's Rafiki was an early hit at this year's Cannes film festival, screening in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Sadly, the film was not so warmly received in Kenya, where the authorities—much like the broader community in Kahiu's film—turned out not to be so broad-minded. Stopping by the Deadline studio, the director took time to explain the situation at home. Said Kahiu, "After you make… Read


‘Sir’ Director Rohena Gera On Pushing Boundaries As A Female Filmmaker: “I’ve Had To Work Very Independently” – Cannes Studio

Rohena Gera Deadline Portrait Studio, 71st Cannes Film Festival, France - 15 May 2018

At Cannes Critics' Week, Sir examines the meeting of two worlds as privileged Mumbai businessman Ashwin (Vivek Gomber) falls in love with his live-in maid Ratna (Tillotama Shome). Told from her point of view, we see Ratna experiencing a new and modern empowerment, as she strives to escape both the pitfalls of the old-fashioned village life that condemned her as a young widow, and a potentially damaging affair with her employer. For writer/ director Rohena Gera, Ratna’s… Read


‘Shéhérezade’ Director Jean-Bernard Marlin On Working With Marseilles Street Kids And The Need To Be Real – Cannes Studio

Directors’ Fortnight opened this year with a tribute to Martin Scorsese, whose breakout movie Mean Streets graced the sidebar way back in 1973. Down the road at Critics’ Week, however, some equally mean, and more modern, streets were found a little closer to home in the first film by former acting teacher and acclaimed shorts director Jean-Bernard Marlin. Set in Marseilles, Shéhérezade tells the story of 17-year-old Zachary (Dylan Robert), who leaves an institute for… Read