Cannes Roundup: Kino Lorber Acquires 'Fokkens', Digital Domain In Abu Dhabi

Meet The Fokkens
Kino Lorber has acquired all U.S. rights to Meet The Fokkens, a documentary about 69-year-old twins Louise and Martine Fokkens and their experience working as prostitutes in the red-light district in Amsterdam for over 40 years. The film is set to begin its U.S. festival run at the upcoming SilverDocs Film Festival in mid-June. Directed by Gabrielle Provaas and Rob Schröder, Meet The Fokkens is slated for a theatrical premiere at New York’s Film Forum on August 8. The film will expand to major markets in September and October.

Abu Dhabi Goes Digital
Digital production company Digital Domain Media Group and twofour54, the Abu Dhabi government-backed media and entertainment company, announced today that Digital Domain will set up an animation, vfx and motion capture studio in Abu Dhabi, as well as a school to teach the next generation of artists. The collaboration is designed to support the Emirate’s goal to become the region’s hub for media content creation.

The new Digital Domain studio will create animated feature films, produce visual and 3D effects, engage in the production of original Middle Eastern-branded entertainment for global audiences and contribute to international productions. The studio will become part of Digital Domain’s global feature film VFX and animation pipeline, connected to its studios in Los Angeles, Vancouver, San Francisco, London, Florida and Mumbai. Digital Domain’s credits include the Transformers features and the buzzed-about “performing” hologram of late rapper Tupac Shakur that was shown at the recent Coachella music festival.

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