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Locarno Fest Launches Industry Academy (EXCLUSIVE)

By John Hopewell

LOCARNO – From 2010, the Locarno Fest’s ramp-up in industry activities has synched with the major trends forging the international independent industry. It has caught Latin America’s dramatic movie industry build, launching pix-in-post secti...


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Luc Besson Puts His EuropaCorp to the Test With 'Lucy'

By Scott Foundas

The son of scuba-diving instructors, Luc Besson came of age exploring the depths of the ocean floor and inventing stories out of the debris he would find along the shore. Some 50 years later, he is still playing with rocks in the sand — only...


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Cinema Guild To Distribute ‘Princess of France’ (EXCLUSIVE)

By John Hopewell

LOCARNO – The Cinema Guild has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Argentine Matias Pineiro’s “The Princess of France,” which opens Locarno’s International Competition on Thursday. The U.S. distribution deal continues a relationship between...


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Locarno's 'Love Island' Kicks Off Stellar Festival Run for The Match Factory

By Leo Barraclough

LONDON -- Cologne-based sales company The Match Factory has a busy two months ahead of it with a stellar fall fest lineup that includes four titles at Locarno film festival, four at Venice, and one announced so far at Toronto. In Locarno, Mi...


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M-Appeal Picks Up Locarno Player 'Unlikely Heroes' (EXCLUSIVE)

By Leo Barraclough

LONDON -- Berlin-based sales company M-Appeal has picked up Locarno film festival player “Unlikely Heroes” (Schweizer Helden), which centers on a Swiss housewife and 11 asylum seekers, who have just a few days to put on a play. Peter Luisi’s...


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Media Luna Acquires U.S. Indie Title ‘Buzzard‘ (EXCLUSIVE)

By John Hopewell

Swooping on a black comedy which one Variety critic hailed as the discovery of this year’s South by Southwest Festival, Media Luna has acquired international sales rights to Joel Potrykus’ “Buzzard,” the final film in the U.S. direc...


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FiGa/Br Bows With ‘August Winds’

By John Hopewell

LOCARNO – Driving still more into one of the building assets of Brazilian filmmaking –movies and new filmmakers from its regions outside Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo – L.A.-based sales-distribution-production company FiGa Films is launching ...


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Film Movement Takes U.S. on ‘Marie’s Story’

By John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

BOURG MADAME, France – New York-based Film Movement has closed U.S. rights to Jean-Pierre Ameris’ “Marie’s Story,” which world premieres at next week’s Locarno Festival as a Piazza Grande screening. The sale and Locarno berth – a Piazza Gran...


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France's Wide inks VOD deal with FilmDoo for U.K. and Ireland

By Emiliano De Pablos

Paris-based production and sales company Wide has inked with new VOD platform FilmDoo to distribute in the U.K. and Ireland VOD market the film titles set up at Wide's first-time directors sub-labels Eye on Films / Eye to Eye. Deal kicks-off...


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Picture Tree Acquires Paulo Coelho Biopic 'The Pilgrim' (EXCLUSIVE)

By Leo Barraclough

LONDON -- Berlin-based international sales and production outfit Picture Tree Intl. has secured the global distribution rights for the Paulo Coelho biopic “The Pilgrim -- the Best Story of Paulo Coelho” from Brazilian production house Cuatro...


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North and South American Pix Among Locarno Fest Mix

By Nick Vivarelli

ROME -- The 67th Locarno Film Festival has unveiled a promising lineup, which sees particularly strong presences from both North and South America, more established auteurs competing alongside lots of newcomers, and a distinct diversity of g...


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