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in Events / 19.03.2020

Cannes Film Festival 2020 Postponed Over Coronavirus Concerns

The Cannes Film Festival will no longer take place during the scheduled dates of May 12-23, 2020 and will instead be postponed till late June.

Here it is the official Press release of the Cannes International Film Festival:

“At this time of global health crisis, our thoughts go to the victims of the COVID-19 and we express our solidarity with all of those who are fighting the disease.

Today, we have made the following decision: The Festival de Cannes cannot be held on the scheduled dates, from May 12 to 23. Several options are considered in order to preserve its running, the main one being a simple postponement, in Cannes, until the end of June-beginning of July, 2020.

As soon as the development of the French and international health situation will allow us to assess the real possibility, we will make our decision known, in accordance with our ongoing consultation with the French Government and Cannes City Hall as well as with the Festival's Board Members, Film industry professionals and all the partners of the event.

In the meantime, the Festival de Cannes lends its vocal support to all of those who firmly call on everyone to respect the general lockdown, and ask to show solidarity in these difficult times for the entire world.

See you very soon,
The Festival de Cannes Team.”




in Hollywood / 07.10.2019

Wasp Network: Olivier Assayas on filming in Cuba and the new cut of the film

Headlined by Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez, Wasp Network is world premiering and competing in Venice, but the Cuba-set film was a long-shot to get made because of its political subject and the difficulties in raising financing, director Olivier Assayas said.

Wasp Network centers on the true story of Cuban spies in American territory during the 1990s, when anti-Castro groups based in Florida carried out military attacks on Cuba and the Cuban government struck back with the Wasp Network to infiltrate those organizations.

Assayas wrote the screenplay, which is based on Fernando Morais’ book, The Last Soldiers of the Cold War: The Story of the Cuban Five, published by Companhia das Letras.

Assayas, whose credits include the Golden Globe-winning miniseries Carlos and Personal Shopper, which won him the best director prize at Cannes, told Variety that Cuban authorities had initially refused to let the film shoot there.

“They first refused to give us the authorization but discussions continued. So we searched for a location that could substitute for Havana and were about to start shooting elsewhere… But then the Cubans changed their minds and opened all the doors for us,” said Assayas, who lived in Havana for half a year to make the movie.

On the other hand, Olivier Assayas will head back into the cutting room with his Wasp Network, the filmmaker told Deadline on the day of its North American premiere.

Assayas wants to show a tweaked version of the movie at the New York Film Festival in October.

“There are a few things that need clarification. There are a series of fixes I’ll make. I might shorten some parts and lengthen others. The running time won’t change considerably, but it’s about gaining fluidity. I want the film to be understood by those who aren’t aware of the complexities of the local politics. The fixes will be done for the New York Film Festival [screening].”

The director only finished shooting the movie on May 4. “It has been a crazy schedule,” he noted. “To get the film ready for Venice was an intense process. It’s one of the most complex and ambitious films I’ve made.”

Sources: Variety, Deadline.




in First Look / 20.09.2019

Kung Fury 2 First Look Introduces President Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Arnold Schwarzenegger has shared a picture of himself kicking back in the Oval Office as a cigar-chomping Commander in Chief, the first look from Kung Fury 2, which has recently been shooting in Bulgaria and Germany.

Schwarzenegger posted the Kung Fury first look on social media today, showing him kicking-back as the commander-in-chief with this message:

“I met David more than 4 years ago, when he showed me his short “Kung Fury” & I laughed my ass off & told him if he ever made it a feature, I was in. Now we are having a great time together shooting the feature. His vision & persistence inspires me. I hope it inspires all of you.” noted Arnold on his Twitter account.

The feature-length follow-up to David Sandberg's cult 2015 short — a purposefully ludicrous homage to '80s martial arts and police action films that became a crowdfunded sensation, premiered in Cannes and amassed in excess of 40 million views on YouTube — Kung Fury 2 sees the Terminator star and former Governor of California, joined by Michael Fassbender, David Hasselhoff and Alexandra Shipp in a crackpot story about Kung Fu cops, time-traveling Hitlers, machine gun-wielding Vikings and much more.

Sandberg, the Swedish graphic designer who began the original short as a bedroom VFX project, returns as director, co-writer (alongside Tyler Burton Smith) and the film's main star.

Prorom will release Kung Fury 2 in cinemas in 2020.

Here you can see the original short: click here.




in Events / 20.05.2019

Prorom secures the rights for Operation Mincemeat in Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Hungary

Operation Mincemeat, a buzzy World War II drama that stars Colin Firth, has sold out international territories at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Warner Bros. has picked up several key markets, as has Central and Eastern European distributor Prorom.

The film reunites Firth with John Madden, his Shakespeare in Love director. FilmNation Entertainment and Cross City Films were overseeing sales of the picture.

The See Saw Films and Cohen Media Group production boasts a script by Michelle Ashford (The Pacific, John Adams) and adapts a Ben Macintyre book of the same name. The movie will go into pre-production later this year.

“We are delighted that Operation Mincemeat has captured the imagination of distributors all over the world at Cannes,” said See-Saw Films co-managing directors Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, and Cohen Media Group chief Charles Cohen in a statement.

“FilmNation have been incredibly passionate about the combination of director John Madden, Michelle Ashford’s script and the cast we are assembling on this project. We are thrilled that so many great companies share their enthusiasm.”

The story unfolds in 1943, as the Allies prepare to launch an all-out assault on Nazi-dominated Europe. Two intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley, concoct a disinformation strategy, aimed at preventing their massive invasion force from being massacred by German soldiers and planes when they touch down on the continent.

Warner Bros. bought France, Germany, Italy, Benelux, Spain, and the U.K. Prorom has Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania, and Hungary.

Source: Variety




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