Andrew Lauren Productions To Produce And Finance Claire Denis’ “High Life” Starring Robert Pattinson, Patricia Arquette, And Mia Goth. The film will be shot in Germany and Poland.

In the beginning of November Andrew Lauren Productions (ALP) has partnered with Alcatraz Films (France), Pandora Film Produktion (Germany), The Apocalypse Films (UK) and Madants (Poland) to produce and finance "High Life”, the English-language debut of acclaimed French filmmaker Claire Denis. The film, which stars Robert Pattinson, Patricia Arquette and Mia Goth, is a sexy sci-fi thriller about convicts who trade in their jail time by agreeing to crew a dangerous mission to a black hole, set on an intergalactic ship designed by renowned visual artist Olafur Eliasson.

Andrew Lauren and partner D.J. Gugenheim will produce for ALP, Laurence Clerc & Olivier Thery-Lapiney for Alcatraz, Claudia Steffen & Christoph Friedel for Pandora, and Oliver Dungey for Apocalypse. Klaudia Smieja  and Beata Rzeźniczek will co-produce for Madants, in association with Match& Spark represented by Anna Różalska. Wild Bunch is handling international sales. The film is now fully financed and supported by Arte France Cinema and CNC in France, Film and Medienstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderungsanstalt, Arte/WDR and DFFF in Germany, developed with the British Film Institute and Altaris in Great Britain and financed by the Polish Film Institute in Poland. The producers aim to go into shooting, planned for Germany and Poland in Spring 2017.

Lauren commented: “My family first turned me on to Claire Denis when they showed me “Beau Travail” and I’ve been a huge admirer of her work ever since. It’s very exciting to have Claire bring her ability to challenge how we think about the human condition and her unique visual style to the science fiction genre for the first time."

“High Life” is being scored by British musician Stuart Staples of Tindersticks, who has worked with Denis on numerous projects. Her team also includes long-time collaborators Agnès Godard as DP and Nelly Quettier as editor.  World-renowned physicist and black hole expert Aurélien Barrau is on board as the project's scientific consultant. CAA will handle domestic US sales.

Through its participation in the production of “High Life,” Madants expands its catalogue of foreign co-productions. The company is currently co-producing Polish-Greek “PITY” directed by Babis Makridis (yet another collaboration with Neda Films and Faliro House Productions, known from such films as “Lobster”, “Before Midnight” and “Only Lovers Left Alive”); Icelandic-Polish-Danish “Under the Tree”, realised with producers known to Polish audience from “Rams” or Latvian-Polish-Lithuanian “Z pianą na ustach” by Janis Nords. Currently, two other Madants productions can be seen in European cinemas: “Park” – awarded in San Sebastian, the Polish-Greek debut of Sofia Exarchou with excellent camerawork by Monika Lenczewska, and Portuguese-American-Polish “Porto” by Gabe Klinger with Anton Yelchin; Jim Jarmusch was involved in the production of the latter.

Ivan I. Tverdovskiy takes the Main Award at the 26th FilmFestival Cottbus

The 26th FilmFestival Cottbus culminated on Saturday with the conferment of its much-sought after LUBINA awards, as well as prize money amounting to an approximate 80,000 EUR.

On the occasion of the festival's 26th anniversary Dietmar Woidke, Minister-President of the Federal State of Brandenburg, stressed the continued relevance of the FilmFestival Cottbus: "This year the festival's outstanding selection of films has again impressed visitors and film critics alike, thus providing renewed justification of its reputation as the leading festival of East European Film in Europe. As well as providing an impressive overview of contemporary East European filmmaking, the festival furthermore serves as a cultural ambassador for the federal state of Brandenburg."

The festival's Award for Best Film, worth 25,000 EUR and financed by the Munich-based Agency for Film and Television Rights (GWFF) was this year won by Ivan I. Tverdovskiy with ZOOLOGIYA/ZOOLOGY, the story of zoo employee Natasha who finds herself transformed into an animal of sorts, as she grows a tail which proves a source of excitement, uncertainty and terror amongst her contemporaries, whilst throwing up questions that neither institutionalised religion nor medicine are able to find answers to. In the words of the international festival jury: "The Main Prize for Best Film goes to a film which perfectly unites high artistic achievements and an exceptional sensitivity for human values. Using a strong metaphor, it tells us an original and emotional story about loneliness, love, hope and lust for life in a society full of bigotry, prejudice, insensitivity for the others. With lots of humor, irony and true emotions, this extraordinary film gave us a different perspective on humanity."

The Special Award for Best Director, worth 7,500 EUR and financed by Berlin- Brandenburg Broadcasting (rbb), went to Szabolcs Hajdu for ERNELLÁÉK FARKASÉKNÁL/IT'S NOT THE TIME OF MY LIFE. The jury declared: "We admired
the art of showing us the complicated and fragile construction of family abysses, and the high class of leaving us, at the end, in a state of hope."

The Outstanding Actress Award, financed by the City of Cottbus to the value of 5,000 EUR, was awarded to Natalia Pavlenkova in recognition of her performance in ZOOLOGIYA/ZOOLOGY. The Outstanding Actor Award, similarly valued at 5,000 EUR, an amount donated by the Sparkasse Spree-Neisse, was conferred to Dawid Ogrodnik for his performance as Tomasz Beksinski in OSTATNIA RODZINA/THE LAST FAMILY.

In the Short Film Competition SINYT/THE SON, directed by Hristo Simeonov, took the Main Award, worth 1,500 EUR and financed by Druckzone, Cottbus. The jury praised: "The film reveals its own inner dramaturgy only rudimentary. Instead of drawing upon conventional paradigms, the film approaches, in an almost casual documentary manner, a life constrained by natural and creaturely conditions only. The cautious observation of the son and his family is nothing other than poetry." The category's Special Award, worth 1,000 EUR and likewise funded by Druckzone, was conferred to Vadim Valiullin, the director of KREDIT/CREDIT.

The U-18 Youth Film Competition, overseen by a six-member jury of schoolchildren from the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland, was won by GEWITTERZELLEN/STORM CELLS, a film of psychological nuance in which a young man unexpectedly reappears in the life of his biological mother. Director Jakob Schmidt took the Award for Best Youth Film, worth 3,000 EUR and financed by the Cottbus-based Association for Film and Media Pedagogy. The jury thus justified its decision: "We have chosen this film not only because of its extraordinary aesthetics, but also because of the great storytelling which captured us from the beginning to the end. The film left us in a state of emotion and suspense that was difficult to shake."

A total of 18 awards were conferred at the 26th FilmFestival Cottbus. As well as the above-mentioned, further award-winners include director Rusudan Glurjidze, who won the DIALOGUE-Award for Multicultural Communication for SKHVISI SAKHLI/HOUSE OF OTHERS. The award, which amounts to 3,000 EUR, is financed by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The Award for Best Debut, worth 3,000 EUR and jointly financed by Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU)  and the Konrad Wolf Film University, Babelsberg, went to Jan P. Matuszynski's OSTATNIA RODZINA/THE LAST FAMILY, an intimate portrait of a family of artists that spans two generations. Honorable Mention also went to Estonian production THE GHOST MOUNTAINEER, whilst the Ecumenical Jury Award, created by SIGNIS and Interfilm, was conferred to Attila Till for TISZTA SZÍVVEL/KILLS ON WHEELS.

PLANETA SINGLI/PLANET SINGLE proved particularly popular amongst this year's festival visitors. Director Mitja Okorn took the Audience Award, valued at 3,000 EUR and financed by daily regional newspaper the Lausitzer Rundschau.

Over the course of seven days the 26th FilmFestival Cottbus played host to almost 200 productions from a total of 45 producing nations. One-off programme sections such as the Cuba Focus and the "Specials" Programme Section "Exploring the Past: German-Czech-Polish History Through the Ages" generated a vibrant, creative exchange of ideas that transcended borders. This year attended by more than 20.000 visitors, the festival once again provided proof of both the appeal and diversity of East European cinema. In addition the festival was able to serve an approximate 600 accredited industry guests as a leading platform for those interested in East European
film, which provides both incomparable networking opportunities and an accurate overview of current industry trends.

The 27th FilmFestival Cottbus is due to take place between November 7th and 12th, 2017.

The 26th FilmFestival Cottbus was generous supported by the Federal State of Brandenburg, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the City of Cottbus, the German Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

This year’s edition of the Bratislava International Film Festival (BIFF) focuses on the theme of the city, which is reflected by the festival’s selection of films featuring titles such as Aquarius (2016), All These Sleepless Nights (Wszystkie nieprzespane noce, 2016) or a series of urban music documentaries from Little Planets (Les Petites Planètes), a collection by avant-garde filmmaker Vincent Moon. The central theme will also be accentuated through a multitude of side events.

WARSAW: Tomasz Wasilewski’s drama United States of Love will be released theatrically in the UK on 18 November 2016.

Guests, generations and stories at the 26th FilmFestival Cottbus

The FilmFestival Cottbus, internationally regarded as the leading festival of Eastern European film, will launch its 26th issue with a grand opening at the Großes Haus of the Staatstheater Cottbus. A cosmopolitan attitude and hospitality will blend with an informal festival atmosphere when international and domestic guests from the world of film meet with friends of Central and Eastern European cinema. A host of well-known film makers will turn the city into an annual venue for the film industry's 'Who is Who'.

The grand opening will be presented by actor and director Axel Ranisch (ALKI ALKI, I FEEL LIKE DISCO and other films); notable guests include the Honorary Festival President and Academy Award winner István Szabó as well as numerous representatives from the worlds of media, politics and society. Dr Martina Münch, State Minister of Science, Research and Culture for the Federal State of Brandenburg, will give one of the opening addresses. The actor Urs Rechn (roles include a part in SAUL FIA/SON OF SAUL, Academy Award 2016 for Best Foreign Language Film) is a member of the jury in the Short Feature Film Competition and will furthermore provide his skills as a DJ at the opening party at the FestivalClub Scandale, which will launch the multifaceted supporting programme.

The FilmFestival Cottbus will welcome guests not only from across various industries and many different countries, but also from different generations: the age difference between the youngest and the eldest active festival attendant is a whopping 74years. Olivia Nike Frenzel (age 16) from Cottbus is a member of the German-Polish-Czech jury of pupils in the U18 Youth Film Competition. Abraham Ascher, a historian and protagonist in the documentary film WE ARE JEWS FROM BRESLAU, was born in Wroclaw/Breslau in 1926. The FilmFestival Cottbus brings them together - a symbol for connecting the generations and guests from all around the globe, with all
their stories and films. 

Almost 200 films from 45 countries with a running time of approximately 145 hours will be presented at seven venues over the course of six days, including 19 world and international premičres and 76 German premičres. 14 interpreters will provide simultaneous translation into German for the films as they are screened in their original language (with English subtitles). In part, these films have travelled from afar by courier. They hail not only from Poland, Russia, the Baltic States and Hungary, but also from Australia, the United States, Columbia, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Turkey and South Korea. Almost all films have been provided in the digital screening format DCP (Digital Cinema Package). Only five films are 35 mm copies. Eight fulldome films will fill the planetarium's dome with their 360-degree format.

The FilmFestival will maintain a keen eye on the work of regional film makers in Cottbus, the Berlin-Brandenburg region and Lusatia in Saxony with the Cottbus FilmSchau. Their films will be screened at the Weltspiegel cinema on the evening before the grand opening (7 November) and compete for three awards.

The FilmFestival Cottbus receives significant support from the Federal State of Brandenburg, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH, the City of Cottbus, the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

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At the Seville European Film Festival the European Film Academy and EFA Productions proudly announced the nominations for the 29th European Film Awards. The more than 3,000 EFA Members will now vote for the winners who will be presented during the awards ceremony on 10 December in Wroclaw, European Capital of Culture 2016.

Nominated are: 

EUROPEAN FILM 2016:

ELLE
France / Germany
DIRECTED BY: Paul Verhoeven
WRITTEN BY: David Birke
PRODUCED BY: Saïd Ben Saïd & Michel Merkt

I, DANIEL BLAKE
UK / France
DIRECTED BY: Ken Loach
WRITTEN BY: Paul Laverty
PRODUCED BY: Rebecca O’Brien

JULIETA
Spain
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Pedro Almodóvar
PRODUCED BY: Agustín Almodóvar

ROOM
Ireland / Canada
DIRECTED BY: Lenny Abrahamson
WRITTEN BY: Emma Donoghue
PRODUCED BY: Ed Guiney & David Gross

TONI ERDMANN
Germany / Austria
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Maren Ade
PRODUCED BY: Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade & Michel Merkt

 

EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY 2016:

21 X NEW YORK
Poland
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Piotr Stasik
PRODUCED BY Agnieszka Wasiak

A FAMILY AFFAIR
the Netherlands / Belgium
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Tom Fassaert
PRODUCED BY Wout Conijn

FIRE AT SEA / FUOCOAMMARE
Italy / France
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Gianfranco Rosi
PRODUCED BY Donatella Palermo, Gianfranco Rosi, Serge Lalou, Camille Laemle, Roberto Cicutto, Paolo Del Brocco, Martine Saada & Olivier Pere

MR. GAGA
Israel / Sweden / Germany / the Netherlands
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Tomer Heymann
PRODUCED BY Barak Heymann

S IS FOR STANLEY – 30 YEARS AT THE WHEEL FOR STANLEY KUBRICK
TRENT’ANNI DIETRO AL VOLANTE PER STANLEY KUBRICK
Italy
DIRECTED BY: Alex Infascelli
WRITTEN BY: Alex Infascelli, Filippo Ulivieri & Vincenzo Scuccimarra
PRODUCED BY: Inti Carboni, Federica Paniccia, Alex Infascelli, Lorenzo Foschi & Davide Luchetti

THE LAND OF THE ENLIGHTENED
Belgium / Ireland / the Netherlands / Germany
DIRECTED BY Pieter-Jan De Pue
WRITTEN BY Pieter-Jan De Pue & David Dusa
PRODUCED BY Bart Van Langendonck

 

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2016:

Maren Ade for TONI ERDMANN
Pedro Almodóvar for JULIETA
Ken Loach for I, DANIEL BLAKE
Cristian Mungiu for GRADUATION
Paul Verhoeven for ELLE

 

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2016

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi in LIKE CRAZY
Trine Dyrholm in THE COMMUNE
Sandra Hüller in TONI ERDMANN
Isabelle Huppert in ELLE
Emma Suárez & Adriana Ugarte in JULIETA

 

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2016

Javier Cámara in TRUMAN
Hugh Grant in FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS
Dave Johns in I, DANIEL BLAKE
Burghart Klaußner in THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER
Rolf Lassgård in A MAN CALLED OVE
Peter Simonischek in TONI ERDMANN

 

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2016

Maren Ade for TONI ERDMANN
Emma Donoghue for ROOM
Paul Laverty for I, DANIEL BLAKE
Cristian Mungiu for GRADUATION
Tomasz Wasilewski for UNITED STATES OF LOVE

Full list of all nominations at www.europeanfilmawards.eu 

WROCLAW: Toni Erdmann received five European Film Academy nominations including the best European film category. The German/Austrian film directed by Maren Ade was coproduced by Romania’s Hi Film Productions.

Press Release 11/2016
Cottbus, 28 October 2016

Cuba between East and West - >Focus series at the 26th FilmFestival Cttbus

From 8 to 13 November, the FilmFestival Cottbus will take stock of Cuban reality and compare it to the change in Eastern Europe

"At the FilmFestival Cottbus, Eastern Europe is not merely a geographical term. For a long time, Cuba constituted an ideological entity together with the states of the Eastern bloc", stresses film journalist and co-curator of the series Wolfgang Martin Hamdorf. "The current political opening up of the country now results, with delayed effect, in new commonalities. What makes more sense than to compare the respective perceptions regarding the change?"

19 short, medium-length and long films by international and Cuban film makers will do just that between 8 and 13 November. The FilmFestival will be welcoming eight of these film makers in person. The critical examination of today?s Cuba and its recent past finds expression in topics dealing with exile, families that are torn apart and the longing for a better life.

Feature films and documentaries by young talents and experienced directors will be contrasted by two GDR-produced films, including the film CARLOS by Humberto López Guerra. Like numerous of his colleagues, Guerra learned his craft at an Eastern European film school, the former Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen in Potsdam-Babelsberg. The short film programme 'Cuba in Shorts' reveals surprising insights by young directors into the reality of Cuba today.
The series >Focus Cuba was curate by Wolfgang Martin Hamdorf and the film maker Daniel Abma, whose documentary about gender reassignments in Cuba, TRANSIT HAVANNA, will be screened in German cinemas from 3 November and will also be shown at the FilmFestival Cottbus. Series focusing on other extra-European regions whose development has been characterised by close ties to Eastern Europe are being planned for the coming years.

>Focus Cubain the programme of "Kino Hinter Gittern", "interfilm" and bpb

The FilmFestival will screen the film HAVANNA MI AMOR, winner of the 'Lola' in 2001, on 9 November in cooperation with the Menschenrechtszentrum Cottbus e.V. (Centre for Human Rights Cottbus); the film's director Uli Gaulke will be present. At the same time, the film is part of the film series "Kino Hinter Gittern" (Cinema Behind Bars) organised by the FilmFestival Cottbus from September to December 2016 at the Memorial Prison of Cottbus with support from the Brandenburg State Centre for Political Education.

The programme featuring short films from and about Cuba was compiled in cooperation with the "interfilm" International Short Film Festival Berlin, where it will also be shown in mid-November. The >Focus Cuba series is supported by the German Federal Centre for Political Education (bpb). A selection of films from the series, augmented by work material, will be made available for streaming on the bpb' web portal. For the 26th time, from 8 to 13 November, the FilmFestival Cottbus will be the most important international showcase for Eastern European cinema. It receives support from the Federal State of Brandenburg, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH, the City of Cottbus, the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

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BRATISLAVA: Eight films have been announced for the main competition of the 18th Bratislava IFF, which runs 11-17 November 2016. The festival will have a focus on Croatia, including one Croatian film in the international competition.

WARSAW: A documentary by a Polish film student has made the first cut in the Oscar Race. Zofia Kowalewska’s Close Ties is one of ten films still in the running for the Best Documentary Short Oscar.