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Fame is very happy to complete filming on Winter of the Crow.

Lesley Manville, most recently seen as Princess Margaret in the final seasons of “The Crown,” is to lead “Winter of the Crow,” now shooting in Warsaw, Poland.

Ahead of the European Film Market in Berlin, HanWay is launching worldwide sales on the feature, based on the short story by Olga Tokarczuk, a Nobel Literature Prize and International Booker Prize winner and one of the most critically acclaimed and successful authors of her generation in Poland.

Alongside Manville, soon to be seen in “Back to Black,” the sporting cast includes Tom Burke (“True Things,” “The Souvenir,” “Only God Forgives”), Zofia Wichłacz (“World on Fire” and a European Shooting Star winner at the Berlin Film Festival in 2017) and Andrzej Konopka (“The Lure,” “Nina”).

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UK Global Screen Fund backs further 14 international co-productions

a winters journey 2023 man woodsThe BFI has made a further 14 awards through its UK Global Screen Fund, boosting global opportunities for the UK’s independent screen sector. Financed through the UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the awards allocate over £2.2 million through the fund’s International Co-production strand, supporting UK producers to work as partners on international co-productions and help create new global projects.

This latest round of awards sees the UK co-producing with 18 territories and will be the first time the fund has supported projects with Czech Republic, Georgia, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania,  Saudi-Arabia, Ukraine and USA. The funding will also support partnerships closer to  home with Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg.

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Agnieszka Holland’s Oscar Entry ‘Charlatan’ Acquired By AX1 in U.K. and Ireland (EXCLUSIVE)

Agnieszka Holland’s “Charlatan,” the Czech Republic’s official entry in the International Feature Film category of the 93rd Academy Awards, has been acquired for distribution in the U.K. and Ireland by AX1 from international sales agency Films Boutique. Variety spoke to the Oscar nominated filmmaker – who was recently elected president of the European Film Academy – about the project, challenges facing independent cinema, and the fall of President Donald Trump.

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The Lecturer

FAME is very pleased to be the UK Co-Producers on the feature film The Lecturer, to be directed by Kasia Adamik.

The Lecturer is a cold war thriller set in Warsaw 1981 when a visiting British university professor gets caught up in the communist imposition of Martial law.

The main producer is Olga Chajdas at Wild Mouse (Poland), and our co-producers are Iris (Luxembourg) and our traditional co-producing partner Marlene Films (Czech Republic). The Executive Producers are Agnieszka Holland and Paul Miller.

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‘How To Fake A War’ Trailer: Jay Pharoah Causes Global Unrest To Gain Stardom In New Comedy

Staying relevant at all costs has somehow overtaken truth itself. Celebrity over science, money over prestige, the whole theater of the absurd is playing out on a one-size-fits-all, 24-hour news cycle.  Vertical Entertainment’s “How To Fake A War” brings the tried and true conundrums into a 2020 world already losing grasp of what truly matters anymore. In the film, an entertainer’s ambitions supersede global concerns as he prepares for another step into the limelight. 

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Cottbus

CottbusThank you to our friends at COCO for inviting Sam Taylor to attend on November 9-11: we look forward to connecting with our fellow producers from the East and pledge our support to the filmmakers from Ukraine.

 

 
 

 

 

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Servants produced as an Irish Co-production by Fame Ireland screens in Official Selection Berlinale 2020

"Servants," which unspooled in Berlin’s new Encounters section, tells the story of 17-year-old best friends Michal and Juraj, who leave their home village of Spis in communist Slovakia to join a Catholic seminary in Bratislava. FAME (Ireland) produced the film with Ostrochovsky’s Bratislava-based Punkchart Films. Laurent Danielou’s Loco Films is selling "Servants" internationally; the pic has already sold to France’s ARP, and is a candidate for the European Film Awards.

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‘Servants’: Film Review

Servants Photo 03 b“You have to understand, we’re not here to be happy,” a so-called spiritual adviser counsels one of his wards in a Catholic seminary — a rare moment of truth in the shadowy morass of governmental and theological manipulation that consumes Ivan Ostrochovský’s impressively icy Iron Curtain noir Servants.” Though happiness has never seemed the objective of priesthood so much as a kind of affectless peace, both are in short supply in a film that jitters and shivers with anti-authoritarian sentiment beneath its serene monochrome aesthetic. Form and feeling are at odds throughout this steadily transfixing tale of young seminarians standing up to the Communist Party’s infiltration of their school in the former Czechoslovakia.

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BERLINALE 2020: Review: Servants

Slovak filmmaker Ivan Ostrochovský started his feature-length film career as one of the three co-directors of Velvet Terrorists [+], and then went on to make his solo debut with Koza [+]. While the former was a documentary with fictional elements and the latter a fiction film with real-life protagonists playing themselves, the director's latest and most successful outing, Servants [+], is pure fiction, albeit based on historical events. The film world-premiered in the 70th Berlinale's Encounters section.

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Agnieszka Holland to direct new biopic about famed Prague writer Franz Kafka

1DSC01338The life of the Prague-based surrealist writer who died at age 40 will be shown as a mosaic of events. A new biopic about Czech-German-Jewish surrealist author Franz Kafka is in the works. Polish director Agnieszka Holland will present the concept behind the film, so far simply titled “Kafka,” at the co-production market at the Berlinale film festival.

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‘Servants’ (‘Sluzobnici’): Film Review | Berlin 2020

Arriving between Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War and Limonov — the award-garlanded second and eagerly anticipated third segments of the boxy-monochrome trilogy begun with Oscar winner Ida — Ivan Ostrochovsky’s steely drama Servants somewhat bravely adopts a very similar approach in terms of style and editing.

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Taunton film producer Mike Downey awarded OBE

A TAUNTON film producer has been awarded an honour in the Queen's birthday list, published today. Mike Downey, Chairman of the Board of the European Film Academy (EFA), has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his services to cinema.

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BERLINALE 2020: Review: Charlatan

Polish director – and at this point basically living legend – Agnieszka Holland sure works quickly. Almost scarily so, as barely a year after showing Mr. Jones [+] in the main competition of the Berlinale, she is already back, baby, with a new drama, Charlatan [+] – almost restoring the somewhat limping Berlinale Special Gala section to full health. It’s an imperfect, yet complex, take on the true story of 1930s Czech healer Jan Mikolášek (Ivan Trojan, whose very own son Josef Trojan takes over as his much younger self), a strong believer in the medicinal power of plants and known as the – wait for it – “oracle of urine”. If that proud title alone doesn’t make this film sound appealing, frankly what could?

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