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Beta boards Jim Broadbent drama

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Beta boards Jim Broadbent drama
Exclusive: Beta Cinema will handle international sales on German director Isabelle Stevers’ grotesque drama Cooking Cats, which began shooting in Cologne last week.

UK actor Jim Broadbent has been cast as a British ambassador in the drama set in the world of international aid schemes with Maria Furtwängler as an Un aid worker caught between the contradictions of a jetsetting life and tackling Third World poverty.

Other cast members include former European Shooting Star Dorka Gryllus and newcomer Mehmer Sözer.

Stever’s previous films include the feature films Erste Ehe and Gisela and an episode of the omnibus film Deutschland ‘09.

The co-production between Sutor Kolonko Filmproduktion, cine plus Filmproduktion and broadcasters Wdr, Br and Ndr will be released theatrically in Germany by Movienet.

Shooting will continue at the Hürth-based Medienparks Nrw studio, in Düsseldorf and Jordan’s Amman until the beginning of June.

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Film News: ‘My Sweet Pepper Land’ is Top Film at 2013 Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago – The 2013 49th Annual Chicago International Film Festival and Michael Kutza – Festival Founder and Artistic Director – announced the competition award winners at a ceremony in the ‘W’ Hotel City Center on October 18th. The Gold Hugo for Best Film went to “My Sweet Pepper Land,” from Iraq, France and Germany.

Kutza made the announcements along with Mimi Plauché, Head of Programming, Programmers Alex Kopecky and Penny Bartlett, plus members of the various juries who worked evaluating the competition. The W Hotel City Center is near Chicago’s financial district and the Sears (now Willis) Tower. The Festival’s highest honor is the Gold Hugo, named for the mythical God of Discovery.

International Feature Film Competition

My Sweet Pepper Land

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The Gold Hugo for Best Film: “My Sweet Pepper Land” (Iraq/France/Germany), directed by Hiner Saleem

The Silver Hugo – Special Jury Prize: “The Verdict
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Global Screen picks up Bank Lady

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Global Screen has acquired Christian Alvart’s Bank Lady - the true story of Germany’s first female bank-robber

Global Screen has picked up worldwide distribution rights to Bank Lady, the true story of Germany’s first female bank-robber, who carried out 19 armed robberies in the 1960s.

Produced by Syrreal Entertainment, the feature is directed by Christian Alvart, whose 2005 film Antibodies about a fugitive serial killer sold widely.

Bank Lady tells the story of Gisela Werler, a factory worker from Hamburg, who becomes notorious throughout Germany as a female bank robber. Thanks to the various disguises, wigs and film star sunglasses she wears during her heists, the media portray her as a cunning and sexy bandit. Together with a passionate love affair, Gisela gets reckless, taking ever-greater risks, with police inspector Fisher close on her heels.

”Bank Lady is a perfect blend of authentic cops-and-robbers drama and love story. Catch Me If You Can meets Bonnie and Clyde,” said
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Global Showbiz Briefs: Global Screen Gets World Rights To ‘Bank Lady’; ‘Madras Café’ Pulled After Protests; More

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Global Screen Is ‘Bank Lady’s Partner In Crime Worldwide Global Screen has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Bank Lady, the true story of Germany’s first female bank robber. Christian Alvert’s film is produced by Syrreal Entertainment. Gisela Werler, a factory worker from Hamburg, became notorious throughout Germany for carrying out 19 armed robberies in the 1960s. Nadeshda Brennicke, Charly Hübner, Ken Duken and Heinz Hoenig star in the film, which StudioCanal will release in Germany in the spring. ‘Madras Café‘ Pulled From Some Theaters After Protests Bollywood spy thriller Madras Café opened Friday in India but was pulled from some British and Indian cinemas after complaints by Tamil protesters. The movie is set against the backdrop of the Sri Lankan civil war and stars John Abraham as an Indian secret agent sent to Sri Lanka during the conflict between the government and separatist Tamil rebels. “Our UK exhibitors,
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‘Chechnya’ wins top Locarno co-pro prize

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‘Chechnya’ wins top Locarno co-pro prize
Film-makers from Georgia were the big winners at the Open Doors awards ceremony at the Locarno Film Festival.

The prizes were handed out at the end of the 11th edition of Locarno’s four-day co-production lab devoted to cinema from the South Caucasus, with a focus on Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.

See You In Chechnya, a feature documentary about war correspondents, won the Open Doors Production Award worth $22,600 (20,000 Chf).

The film, directed by Georgia’s Alexander Kvatashidze, also won the Arte Open Doors Award worth $8,000 (€6,000). Set for release next year, it already has French, Dutch and Estonian partners on board.

Abysm, directed by Armenia’s Oksana Mirzoyan, picked up the Open Doors Development Award while Madona, by Georgian director Nino Gogua, won the Open Doors Post-Production Award. Both prizes are worth $16,000 (15,000 Chf).

Sleeping Lessons, the second feature from Georgia’s Rusudan Pirvelli, won the Cnc Award, worth $9,300 (€7,000).

The 12 projects that participated in the co-pro lab were selected
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Kinski @ 85

He was born Nikolaus Günther Karl Nakszynski in Zoppot, near Danzig, on October 18, 1926. In 1930, his family moved to Berlin. Drafted in 1944, he was taken prisoner by the British and transported to Camp 186 near Colchester, where he'd take on his first theatrical roles. By 1946, he was performing in the Schlosspark-Theater in Berlin and, in 1947, he scored his first film role as a Dutch prisoner in Eugen York's Morituri.

In 1960, he took his one-man show on the road: Kinski spricht Villon, Rimbaud, Wilde, Majakowskij und Schiller. That same year, he landed his first role in an Edgar Wallace adaptation: Lorenz Voss in Karl Anton's The Avenger. He'd appear in several international productions, but of course, it wasn't until Klaus Kinski and Werner Herzog found each other that cinema was jolted by one of those rare alchemical bonds of director and actor in which — like Scorsese and De Niro, Kurosawa and Mifune,
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