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Ron Howard’s Thai Cave Rescue Movie, Thirteen Lives, Is Coming To Theaters And Streaming In August

At this point, it feels like there have already been 13 movies made about the 2018 Thai cave rescue, with “The Cave,” “The Rescue,” and now Ron Howard’s “Thirteen Lives” flooding the market — not unlike the cave system where 12 boys and their soccer coach were once trapped and in need of rescue. “Thirteen […]

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Newen Launches Documentary Label Real Lava With Danish Producer Sigrid Dyekjaer

European production group Newen Studios is teaming with Oscar-nominated Danish producer Sigrid Dyekjaer to launch production company Real Lava.Based in Denmark, Real Lava will aim to produce cinematic documentary films and series for international audiences. Kicking off Real Lava’s documentary slate is Alex Pritz’s “The Territory” which will be premiering at Sundance. “The Territory” follows […]

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NatGeo Unveils Four Documentaries at Telluride, from ‘Fauci’ to ‘Becoming Cousteau’

Documentaries are front and center at this year’s Telluride Film Festival, far more than usual, with 18 new releases in the main program (not classics) and a total of four from NatGeo Documentary Films. How did that happen? NatGeo is no stranger to quality nonfiction, from Oscar, BAFTA, and Emmy-winning “Free Solo” to Oscar-nominated Syria-under-siege […]

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European Film Award Winners: Thomas Vinterberg Takes Best Director for ‘Another Round’ (Updating Live)

The European Film Awards, unfolding virtually this year, reveals its major winners during a ceremony on Saturday, December 12. The European Film Academy previously doled out prizes for below-the-line crafts, short films, and more throughout the week. The 33rd annual European Film Awards this year are being emceed by German TV host Steven Gätjen out […]

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Dogwoof Boards Hulu’s Greta Thunberg Documentary (Exclusive)

London-based documentary distributor Dogwoof has boarded Hulu’s hotly anticipated film on teen climate activist Greta Thunberg.“Greta” (working title) is to bow on the Disney-controlled streamer in the U.S. later this year, with Dogwoof selling the feature doc internationally.Dogwoof, whose recent slate includes the Oscar-nominated “The Cave,” will begin selling limited rest-of-world rights, and are to […]

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Oscars: How the Doc Branch Puts Women and International Stories Front and Centre (Column)

For female filmmakers in the industry, this year’s round of Oscar nominations – in which acclaimed female-helmed films such as “Hustlers” and “The Farewell” were shut out in place of male-directed Best Picture nominees predominantly centred on stories of white men – told a frustratingly familiar story. But in the Academy’s non-fiction branch, a different […]

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‘The Cave’ director Feras Fayyad reapplies for Us entry visa

Oscar-nominated Syrian director released after detainment by Copenhagen immigration authorities.Feras Fayyad, the Syrian filmmaker who lives in exile in Denmark, is reapplying for a Us entry visa to support his Oscar-nominated film The Cave after recently undergoing what his producer described as “quite the ordeal.”Fayyad, who earned an Oscar nomination for Last Men In Aleppo […]

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Embattled ‘The Cave’ director Feras Fayyad reapplies for Us entry visa

Oscar-nominated Syrian director released after detainment by Copenhagen immigration authorities.Feras Fayyad, the Syrian filmmaker who lives in exile in Denmark, is reapplying for a Us entry visa to support his Oscar-nominated film The Cave after recently undergoing what his producer described as “quite the ordeal.”Fayyad, who earned an Oscar nomination for Last Men In Aleppo […]

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‘Maiden’ and ‘Apollo 11’ Lead Oscar Documentary Feature Shortlist

The sailing documentary “Maiden” and the chronicle of the first trip to the moon, “Apollo 11,” are among the 15 titles that made this year’s shortlist for the Oscars’ Best Documentary Feature race.The shortlist also included two films about Syria, “For Sama” and “The Cave”; the first film produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production […]

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