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Global Showbiz Watch 18 – The EFA BIFA Winning Time Podcast

Global Showbiz Watch podcast 18Deadline’s International Editor Nancy Tartaglione talks in this week’s podcast with host David Bloom about winnin’ time on the Continent, as the prizes are handed out in the British Independent Film Awards and the European Film Awards, including wins for Oscar contenders The Act Of KillingThe Great BeautyPussy Riot: A Punk PrayerThe Broken Circle Breakdown and Metro Manila.

Separately, David and Nancy take a look at just-unveiled British tax credits that should be a boon to film projects of all budget sizes and also may entice more overseas visual effects work to the country’s post-production houses. They also applaud the innovative new interactive trailer the BBC has trotted out to tout the imminent return to air of Sherlock, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, two years after its last episode aired.

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2013 European Film Awards: Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The Great Beauty’ Dazzles With Wins For Best Film, Director & Actor

efaThe 26th European Film Awards ceremony just concluded tonight in Berlin. Last year, on its road to a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar win and a Best Picture nomination, Michael Haneke’s Amour won four prizes including Best European Film. This year, Italy’s Oscar entry The Great Beauty was the big winner with nods for film, director, lead actor, and a previously announced prize for editing. Paolo Sorrentino’s love letter to Rome, as seen through the eyes of a 65-year-old man, was a Cannes competitor earlier this year. Sorrentino was not on hand at the ceremony. The movie had four nominations tonight, The-Great-Beauty1losing out only in the screenwriting category where the prize went to France’s François Ozon for In The House. The most-nominated film this evening was Felix van Groeningen’s Berlin and Tribeca prize-winner, The Broken Circle Breakdown. Out of five nominations, the Oscar entry from Belgium walked away with one, for actress Veerle Baetens. Other major winners announced tonight included Ari Folman’s best animated feature The Congress. In what was an overriding theme of the night – collaboration between film industries – the Israeli director pointed out that nine different nations and 270 animators had contributed to the movie.

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Global Showbiz Watch Episode 14: Rating The Euro Awards

Listen to (and share) episode 14 of Deadline’s audio podcast Global Showbiz Watch With Nancy Tartaglione. Deadline’s international editor talks with host David Bloom about awards season in Europe, with nominations out from both the British Independent Film Awards and the European Film Awards; Doctor Who’s big day becomes a big week at the BBC; and Sweden’s new ratings system to measure sexism on film. Nancy and David also talk about the European perspective on a new study looking at portrayals of violence becoming more common in PG-13 films than in R-rated ones.

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‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ Leads European Film Awards Nominations

The European Film Academy has unveiled the nominees for the 26th European Film Awards. Felix van Groeningen’s Berlin and Tribeca prize-winner, The Broken Circle Breakdown, leads the pack with five nods in each of the top categories. The film is also Belgium’s entry for the Foreign Language Oscar. Paolo Sorrentino’s Cannes competitor, and Italy’s Oscar entry, The Great Beauty, has four nominations. Another film from Italy, Giuseppe Tornatore’s English-language The Best Offer starring Geoffrey Rush, also fared well with the Academy, taking three nominations. Three other films garnered three nods: François Ozon’s In The House; Jan Ole Gerster’s Oh Boy!, which won six Lolas in Germany earlier this year; and Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina. The latter film bagged acting nods for Jude Law and Keira Knightley. Blue Is The Warmest Color was mentioned twice, for Best European Film and Best European Director; although there were no citations for the film’s lead actresses. Naomi Watts also is a nominee for The Impossible. The winners will be announced in Berlin on December 7th. Following is a full list of the nominees: Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: EFA Announces European Documentary Noms; Pathé Lays Off 9, Will Cut Distribution Slate

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 10:00pm PST

European Film Academy Unveils European Documentary Nominees
The Act Of Killing, Stop-Over and The Missing Picture are the European Film Academy‘s nominees for Best European Documentary. The Act of Killing is a Denmark-Norway co-production from director Joshua Oppenheimer about Indonesian death squad veterans re-enacting their deeds musical numbers, twisting arms in film noir gangster scenes, and galloping across prairies as yodeling cowboys. Stop-Over (L’Escale) is a Switzerland-France co-prod from Kaveh Bakhtiari that centers on Amir, an Iranian immigrant in Athens whose modest becomes a place of transit for migrants who, like him, have chosen to leave their country. In the France-Cambodia pic The Missing Picture (L’Image Manquante), which won the Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes, writer-director Rithy Panh addresses his family’s horrifying experiences during the Pol Pot regime’s reign over Cambodia from 1975-79. The winner will be announced during the European Film Awards on December 7 in Berlin. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Matthew Lewis Joins ‘Bluestone 42′ Cast; ‘Next Top Model’ Done On Sky Living; More

Matthew Lewis Joins ‘Bluestone 42′; ‘Peaky Blinders’ Renewed
Matthew Lewis, best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter movies, has joined the cast of Bluestone 42, the BBC Three comedy/drama about a fictional bomb-disposal detachment in Afghanistan. Lewis will play an ammunition technician from Leeds with a penchant for danger. The second season of Bluestone 42 starts filming later this month and returns to BBC Three with a Christmas special, followed by a six-part series in early 2014. In other BBC News, BBC One has ordered a second season of Atlantis, the fantasy adventure series that has been the biggest new Saturday night drama series launch across all channels since 2006. The 13-part series is co-produced by BBC America and is set in the mythical city of Atlantis where it re-imagines Greek myths and legends for a new generation. It was created by Merlin writer Howard Overman. Also, BBC Two has recommissioned Cillian Murphy starrer Peaky Blinders. The period gangster drama hails from Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions. It has had an average 2.4M viewers across Season 1 and will return in 2014 with six new episodes. Peaky Blinders is created by Steven Knight and also stars Sam Neill and Helen McCrory.

‘Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model’ Off The Sky Living Runway
The CW last week officially said it had ordered a 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model. But the British version of the competition series will not be returning to Sky Living in the UK. Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model concluded its ninth cycle earlier this year. Sky said today: “After nearly a decade on air, BINTM won’t be returning to Sky Living next year. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the talent who have been involved in the series, with particular thanks to Thumbs Up Productions, exec producer and host Elle Macpherson and this final season’s judges Dannii Minogue and Tyson Beckford.” Sky Living is not without a model competition show, however. It’s airing the British version of The Face, co-produced by Princess Productions and Shine TV. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Pedro Almodóvar Set For Career Honor At EFA Awards; Senator Backs Bille August’s ‘Beware Of Pity; More

Pedro Almodóvar Set For Career Honor From European Film Academy
Pedro Almodóvar will receive the European Achievement in World Cinema award at the 26th European Film Awards in December. The European Film Academy is feting the filmmaker for his body of work, including Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown – his 1988 breakout film – All About My Mother, Talk To Her and this year’s I’m So Excited. “I am very thankful for this award,” Almodóvar said in a statement. “From its creation, the European Film Academy has been very generous with me and my closest collaborators. I share with them the joy of this award.” He will receive the award December 7 at the the EFA Awards in Berlin.

Senator Film To Finance Bille August’s ‘Beware Of Pity’
Germany’s Senator Film is backing the latest feature adaptation of Stefan Zweig’s Beware Of Pity. Danish helmer Bille August will direct. August is reteaming with his Night Train To Lisbon and Goodbye Bafana screenwriter Greg Latter, who is penning the transfer. This will be the second feature based on prolific Austrian author Zweig’s Beware Of Pity. The first was in 1946, starring German actress Lilli Palmer. Published in 1938, the book tells the story of a young lieutenant who takes pity on a paralyzed girl. He cares for her and she falls in love, but he doesn’t share her strong feelings. When she learns the truth, she makes a fateful decision. There is no cast yet, but international talent is expected to join the English-language project. Shooting starts in 2014 in Bavaria, Austria and Hungary. The film will open in Germany in 2015 through Senator. Lars Sylvest and Helge Sasse are producers. French director Patrice Leconte recently adapted Zweig’s A Promise as his first English-language film. That project drew Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman and Richard Madden. Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: European Film Awards, Bollywood, Karlovy Vary, MPA Pitch Competition, Core Media & More

European Film Academy To Honor Comedy
Amour was the big winner at last year’s European Film Awards, and that was no joke. But the European Academy will add a bit of humor to the proceedings in 2013 with a new prize for European Comedy. The award is designed to “pay tribute to a genre which has proven that it is able to unite and entertain audiences across Europe and beyond,” the EFA said. Some of the top-grossing films and crowd-pleasers that have crossed European borders of the past few years have been local comedies including Intouchables and Welcome To The Sticks. A special committee will select three nominees from across Europe and the winner will be voted for by the full membership. The EFA also said today that it is relaunching prizes for European Sound Designer and European Costume Designer. The 26th European Film Awards will take place in Berlin on December 7.

Cut-Uncut Festival To Screen Censored Bollywood Films
A new film festival in New Delhi will celebrate scenes from Bollywood movies that have been deemed too racy for Indian viewers. According to AFP, the Cut-Uncut Festival is an attempt by the ministry of information and broadcasting to bolster a new, more open-minded approach to cinema. Until recently, long kissing scenes, nudity and scenes of rebellion against the government could all be censored, an official told the news agency. “We want to be more liberal, stop enforcing the old rules and instead recognize artistic endeavor,” the person said. The festival runs from April 25-30 and kicks off with a screening of the classic Karma starring Himanshu Rai and Devika Rani, whose onscreen kiss – the first in a Bollywood film – was cut in 1933. Documentary The Final Solution, about Hindu-Muslim religious rioting, will also be shown after it was previously banned. Bollywood is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with India the country of honor at May’s Cannes Film Festival. Read More »

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Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’ Sweeps European Film Awards

By | Saturday December 1, 2012 @ 1:39pm PST

The 25th European Film Awards were held this evening in Malta with Michael Haneke’s Amour taking the best picture, director, actor and actress honors. Going in, the Cannes Palme d’Or winner led the nominations with six nods. The categories it did not win were screenwriting, which went to Tobias Lindholm and Thomas Vinterberg for The Hunt, and cinematography which was scooped by Sean Bobbitt for Shame. Helen Mirren and Bernardo Bertolucci were also on hand to receive the European Achievement in World Cinema and the Lifetime Achievement awards, respectively. Apart from the prizes, the lively ceremony included a marriage proposal, a liberal use of the f-word and a video comparing Hollywood movies to junk food. The EFAs are the European equivalent of the Oscar, “Or, as they call them in America, ‘The What?’,” host Anke Engelke quipped. The awards are handed out by the European Film Academy and honor only films hailing from Europe. Below is a full list of winners:

EUROPEAN FILM
Amour, dir Michael Haneke (Austria/France/Germany)

DIRECTOR
Michael Haneke for Amour

ACTRESS
Emmanuelle Riva in Amour

ACTOR
Jean-Louis Trintignant in Amour

SCREENWRITER
Tobias Lindholm & Thomas Vinterberg for The Hunt
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‘Amour’ Dominates European Film Noms

By | Saturday November 3, 2012 @ 12:56pm PDT

Michael Haneke’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner Amour leads nominations for this year’s European Film Awards with six nods including best picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay. The story of an elderly couple confronting the wife’s declining health will vie for best film with the French blockbuster The Intouchables directed by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano, Steve McQueen’s Shame, Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, Christian Petzold’s Barbara and Paolo & Vittorio Taviani’s Caesar Must Die.  The Hunt and Shame had five nominations apiece. Nominations were announced today. The awards ceremony will take place December 1.

Complete list of nominees follows:

EUROPEAN FILM
AMOUR, dir Michael Haneke (Austria/France/Germany)
BARBARA, dir Christian Petzold(Germany)
CAESAR MUST DIE, dirs. Paolo & Vittorio Taviani (Italy)
INTOUCHABLES, dirs. Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano 
(France)
THE HUNT dir Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark)
SHAME, dir Steve McQueen (UK)

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European Film Awards Nominations Set

The European Film Academy unveiled its nominations this morning for the European Film Awards. Winners will be announced during a December 3 ceremony in Berlin. Here are the noms:

EUROPEAN FILM 2011
THE ARTIST, France
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Michel Hazanavicius
PRODUCED BY: Thomas Langmann & Emmanuel Montamat

LE GAMIN AU VELO (The Kid with a Bike), Belgium/France/Italy
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
PRODUCED BY: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd & Andrea Occhipinti

HÆVNEN (In a Better World), Denmark
DIRECTED BY: Susanne Bier
WRITTEN BY: Anders Thomas Jensen
PRODUCED BY: Sisse Graum Jørgensen

THE KING’S SPEECH, UK
DIRECTED BY: Tom Hooper
WRITTEN BY: David Seidler
PRODUCED BY: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

LE HAVRE, Finland/France/Germany
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Aki Kaurismäki
PRODUCED BY: Aki Kaurismäki & Karl Baumgartner

MELANCHOLIA, Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Lars von Trier
PRODUCED BY: Meta Louise Foldager & Louise Vesth

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2011
Susanne Bier for HÆVNEN (In a Better World)
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne for LE GAMIN AU VELO (The Kid with a Bike)
Aki Kaurismäki for LE HAVRE
Béla Tarr for A TORINOI LO (The Turin Horse)
Lars von Trier for MELANCHOLIA

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2011:
Kirsten Dunst in MELANCHOLIA
Cécile de France in LE GAMIN AU VELO (The Kid with a Bike)
Charlotte Gainsbourg in MELANCHOLIA
Nadezhda Markina in ELENA
Tilda Swinton in WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2011:
Jean Dujardin in THE ARTIST
Colin Firth in THE KING’S SPEECH
Mikael Persbrandt in HÆVNEN (In a Better World)
Michel Piccoli in HABEMUS PAPAM
André Wilms in LE HAVRE

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EFA Unveils Documentary Nominees

By | Tuesday October 18, 2011 @ 11:22am PDT

The European Film Academy has finalized its nominees in the documentary category for the 24th annual European Film Awards, which are set for December 3 in Berlin. The films will be made available to the EFA’s 2,500 members, who will vote for the winner.

PINA, Germany
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Wim Wenders
PRODUCED BY: Gian-Piero Ringel & Wim Wenders

STAND VAN DE STERREN (Position Among the Stars), the Netherlands
DIRECTED: Leonard Retel Helmrich
WRITTEN BY: Leonard Retel Helmrich & Hetty Naaijkens
PRODUCED BY: Hetty Naaijkens

¡VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS!, Germany / the Netherlands / Argentina / Chile
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Victor Kossakovsky
PRODUCED BY: Heino Deckert

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European Film Acad Honors Stephen Frears

Stephen Frears, director of Dangerous Liaisons and The Queen, will receive this year’s European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. Having already received the Spanish Goya, the French César, and the British BAFTA, Frears told the EFA organizers by phone, “It’s very nice to be complimented by Europe. … Of course, I’m never quite sure whether England is part of Europe. We’re divided about this and have complicated feelings. But what matters is to keep European film going. And I’m totally committed to that. Nothing else matters. If the films are good, then people will go and see them.” The 24th European Film Awards ceremony takes place on December 3rd in Berlin.

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Terry Gilliam Among EFA Short Film Noms

By | Monday September 26, 2011 @ 5:31am PDT

Fifteen short films are now nominated for the European Film Awards. This year’s final nomination was just announced at the International Short Film Festival in Drama (Greece): Terry Gilliam’s The Wholly Family. (He received the European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.) The short film initiative is organized by the European Film Academy in co-operation with a series of film festivals throughout Europe. At each of these festivals, an independent jury presents one of the European short films in competition with a nomination in the short film category of the European Film Awards. The nominees will now be presented to the over 2,500 EFA members who will elect the overall winner. The European Film Academy Short Film 2011 will be presented at the 24th European Film Awards Ceremony on December 3rd in Berlin. The nominated short films are:

EFA Short Film Nominee Ghent
BERIK
by Daniel Joseph Borgman
Denmark 2010, 16 min., fiction

EFA Short Film Nominee Valladolid
SMÅ BARN, STORA ORD
(Little Children, Big Words)
by Lisa James-Larsson
Sweden, 12 min., fiction

EFA Short Film Nominee Cork
HÄNDELSE VID BANK (Incident by a Bank)
by Ruben Östlund
Sweden 2010, 12 min., fiction

EFA Short Film Nominee Bristol
DERBY
by Paul Negoescu
Romania 2010, 15 min., fiction

EFA Short Film Nominee Angers
JESSI
by Mariejosephin Schneider
Germany, 31 min., fiction

EFA Short Film Nominee Rotterdam
I LUPI (The Wolves)
by Alberto de Michele
Italy/the Netherlands 2010, 17 min., documentary

EFA Short Film Nominee Berlin
ÅTERFÖDELSEN (The Unliving)
by Hugo Lilja
Sweden 2010, 28 min., fiction

EFA Short Film Nominee Tampere
APELE TAC (Silent River)
by Anca Miruna Lăzărescu
Germany/Romania 2011, 30 min., fiction

EFA Short Film Nominee Cracow
PAPARAZZI
by Piotr Bernas
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Global Showbiz Briefs: The Netherlands, New Zealand, Mexico, UK

3D Conversion Of Paramount’s ‘Top Gun’ In The Works
Another blockbuster is getting the 3D conversion treatment, it seems. Top Gun, Tony Scott’s iconic 1986 film starring Tom Cruise, is being re-formatted for a possible 2012 release by Paramount. That was the word from Legend3D CEO Rob Hummel, speaking today at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam, where he presented a 4-minute clip in the new format. “I think Top Gun lends itself to 3D due to the aerial flight,” Hummel said. “You can have fun with 3D by bringing things off the screen if they are not attached to the edge of the screen.” Hummel said that the studio wanted to get Scott’s approval before proceeding, while Paramount said there had been no talk of a release date. If the redo of the blockbuster does materialize, it will be on top of 3D conversions of The Lion King, set for release later this month, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Titanic.

Vicki Jackways To Represent New Zealand In Hollywood
New Zealand is reaching out to Hollywood in a bid to lure more film shoots and facilitate U.S. co-productions. Film New Zealand and Park Road Post Production are teaming on an initiative that will see Park Road’s marketing chief Vicki Jackways working to heighten New Zealand’s Hollywood presence next year when she comes to L.A. in a semi-permanent capacity. New Zealand is on Hollywood’s location map and has an established effects and post-production infrastructure. It famously served as Middle Earth for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. “Thanks to the talents and entrepreneurship of our screen industry across the country, and the backing of successive governments, New Zealand has built a remarkable reputation as a film-making culture. Los Angeles-based representation is an important next step in taking full advantage of this reputation.”
Netflix CEO: Two Years Until We See Profit In Mexico
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings estimated today that it will take two years before his firm sees any returns from Mexico. “We are going to lose money for a while … it will take a lot of subscribers to get to profitability,” he said at a Mexico City news conference to mark the launch, part of a previously announced Latin American expansion. He declined to say how many subscribers it would take to get into the black but expressed confidence that the bandwidth commonly available in Mexico, markedly lower than that common to the U.S., would be viable. Netflix will charge $8 for a monthly subscription in Mexico. Local broadcasters TV Azteca and will make some of their content available through Netflix in Mexico, he said.
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