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Edinburgh Film Festival’s Talent Lab Connects Nurtures Rising Filmmakers

Since 2011, the Edinburgh Film Festival’s Talent Lab has nurtured a number of rising filmmakers through an assortment of masterclasses, workshops and individual mentoring sessions: Talents like Ben Sharrock (“Limbo”), Eva Riley (a recent winner BIFA winner for “Perfect 10”) and Rob Savage (“Host”) are alumni of the program. In 2019, however, the program yielded […]

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Macao Festival Unveils Lineup for Fully Online Edition

Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut “Falling” and the already acclaimed Chinese film “The Cloud in her Room” form part of the 11-title competition section announced by the International Film Festival & Awards Macao. The festival will take place entirely online this year, running Dec. 3-8.The competition, which focuses on first and second films, also includes: Wang […]

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Amir El-Masry, ‘Limbo’ Star, on Representation for U.K. Arab Actors & Controlling His Narrative

British actor Amir El-Masry has been ubiquitous on international screens in the last five years, but like most Arab actors in the U.K., he’s reached his threshold for backward stereotypes, and is trying to forge his own narrative in the industry.Born in Egypt but raised in the U.K., El-Masry, who leads Ben Sharrock’s refugee drama […]

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‘Limbo’ Review: The Refugee Crisis Takes an Offbeat Comic Turn in This Toronto-via-Cannes Premiere

Spartan and wind-whipped and 25 miles from the already far-flung mainland of northern Scotland, the Uist Islands would be a disorienting place for most outsiders to find themselves stranded for an indefinite amount of time — and that’s without the additional, time-stretching uncertainty of a pending application for political asylum. For the Syrian protagonist of […]

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Picturehouse Acquires U.K. Rights for Maria Sødahl’s ‘Hope’

Picturehouse Entertainment has acquired U.K. rights from TrustNordisk for Maria Sødahl’s “Hope,” which stars Stellan Skarsgård and Andrea Bræin Hovig, and will have its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival this month.Based on the director’s own experiences after being diagnosed with brain cancer, “Hope” explores the relationship between artists and partners Tomas (Skarsgård) and […]

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‘Birds of Passage’ Review: A Violent Crime Saga in the Desert from the Director of ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ — Cannes 2018

“Birds of Passage” starts in 1968 and encompasses a dozen years of violent upheaval in the northern Colombian desert, chronicling the rise and fall of a drug dealer and his family; the desert, however, turns out just fine. “Embrace of the Serpent” director Ciro Guerra’s latest surreal drama, co-directed by “Serpent” producer Cristina Gallego, once […]

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LevelK acquires Danish family action feature ‘Hacker’ (exclusive)

Poul Berg’s feature debut was developed in cooperation with fellow Emmy nominee Kalle Bjerkø.LevelK has acquired world sales rights for Poul Berg’s Danish family action film Hacker.The film marks the feature debut for Emmy nominee Berg, whose TV credits include Ride Upon The Storm, Mille and Limbo.The script has been developed in cooperation with writer […]

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Bravos Pictures brings action titles to Filmart, including ‘Limbo’ with Lam Ka Tung (exclusive)

Hong Kong-based company’s slate includes Soi Cheang’s Limbo, produced by Wilson Yip.Hong Kong-based Bravos Pictures is handling international sales on a fresh slate of action titles, including Soi Cheang’s Limbo, starring Lam Ka Tung.Lam plays a detective on the trail of a serial killer in the $16m action drama, which is produced by Wilson Yip […]

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