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Jodorowsky actor to debut film at new co-pro event

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Jodorowsky actor to debut film at new co-pro event
Jodorowsky actor directorial debut to be presented at new co-production event; Reygadas curates for Filmfest Hamburg.

Argentinian actor Leandro Taub’s directorial debut The Dream of the Guest and Slovenian filmmaker Jan Cvitkovic’s new feature film Mercedes Fire Horse are among the projects to be presented at a new co-production event, the Matchbox Coproduction Lounge, during this year’s Oldenburg International Film Festival (Sept 14-18).

Matchbox’s inaugural edition will also present Buddy Giovinazzo’s Potsdamer Platz which had been the last project, which the late Tony Scott had optioned to direct.

Taub, who was a lead actor in veteran Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Cannes competition film Endless Poetry this year, wrote the screenplay for the comedy drama which centres on how a family’s life changes dramatically when a special guest, claiming to be building a space ship, moves into their home to “confront them” with his strong belief in the possibility of the
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German producers 'regret' over €10m cuts proposal

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German producers 'regret' over €10m cuts proposal
Germany’s film producers have expressed ¨exceptional regret¨ at learning that Angela Merkel’s cabinet has proposed reducing the annual budget for the Dfff ¨German spend¨ incentive by another €10m to €50m in the global federal budget for 2015.

In a first reaction, the German Producers Alliance said that it welcomed the statement by the new State Minister for Culture and Media Monika Grütters that she would push in future budget negotiations for the current level of €60m to be retained.

However, the German film community had already been disappointed by Bernd Neumann’s successor earlier this year when she seem to go back on pronouncements made at the Berlinale in February to keep the Dfff’s budget at €70m when she indicated at the German Film Awards in May that €60m would be her goal.

It remains to be seen whether she has the political clout to hold her own - and the interests of the German
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Summer '04

Though it's been likened to the early Roman Polanski classic Knife In The Water, presumably because they both involve sailboats, Summer '04 isn't really a thriller per se, but it has the unnerving tension of one. If comparisons must be made, it's actually more like a European version of The Ice Storm: Both are morality tales about the limits of permissiveness, and both build to an accident of stunning consequence. But Summer '04 is subtler and more insinuating, and less burdened by a puritanical urge to judge. German director Stefan Krohmer does seem to view some of the film's relationships as inappropriate or hypocritical, but he isn't given to generalizing too far beyond the five characters in immediate focus. His film is about people first, and social statements a distant second. Projecting an earthy sexiness that's just right for a woman torn between temptation and maternal responsibility, Martina...
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