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“More stubbornness, outspokenness and ambition please,” says Iffr’s Bero Beyer as he looks forward to next chapter

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“More stubbornness, outspokenness and ambition please,” says Iffr’s Bero Beyer as he looks forward to next chapter
The artistic director reflects on this year’s festival.

Bero Beyer, the outgoing artistic director of International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr), says new talent should not try to compete with Disney if they are to be successful in the film industry. “You’re not going to beat Disney at their own game. So don’t even try.”

To foster this mindset, the theme of the final year of his five-year stint at the helm of the Rotterdam Film Festival was ‘New Talent.’ In March, Beyer will take over as CEO of the Netherlands Film Fund.

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Iffr Pro unveils its winners during the 37th CineMart - Iffr 2020 – Iffr Pro

The Eurimages Co-production Development Award has gone to Argentina’s Infanta by Natalia Garagiola. Traditionally, International Film Festival Rotterdam’s CineMart concludes with the Iffr Pro awards ceremony (this year held on 29 January). As the 37th edition of the yearly co-production market came to a close, the jury handed out six different Iffr Pro awards to the most promising projects. New this year were the Splendor Omnia Award and the Iffr Pro Young Network Award. “This edition of Iffr Pro proved that bringing together talent and ideas, and those who can support them, remains a very important thing to do,” Marit van den Elshout, head of Iffr Pro, mentioned during the event. “Cinema and the stories we aim to bring to fruition are relevant and have meaning. I am very proud of this year's edition and look forward to tweaking our endeavours in the future to both create and reflect change.
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Radu Jude, John Trengove projects among Rotterdam industry winners

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Six prizes awarded this year at CineMart closing night.

Argentinian director Natalia Garagiola’s Infanta, produced by Rei Cine, won the Eurimages Co-production Development Award, worth €20,000, at the Iffr Pro award ceremony at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on January 29, the closing night of co-production market CineMart (January 29).

The award Eurimages award is open to CineMart or BoostNL projects that are or will be a European co-production. Infanta is Garagiola’s second feature after 2017’s Hunting Season. The jury said: “[This] project promises to be an intense drama, with a starting point in real historical events.”

The Filmmore Post-production Award, presented
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Rotterdam’s co-pro showcase CineMart unveils 2020 projects

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Rotterdam’s co-pro showcase CineMart unveils 2020 projects
Selection includes the upcoming drama from Berlinale award-winner Radu Jude.

CineMart, the co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr), has revealed the 17 feature projects to be showcased at next year’s edition.

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Held January 26-29 during the festival (which runs January 22 – February 2), CineMart invites filmmakers to pitch their projects to a host of international film professionals in tailored one-to-one meetings, as well as presentations that are open to all CineMart guests.

Notable directors in the selection include Romania’s Radu Jude, who won a Berlinale Silver Bear in 2015 with Aferim! and picked up
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'Birds Of Passage' among Iff Panama Iberoamerican programme

'Birds Of Passage' among Iff Panama Iberoamerican programme
Colombian drug war saga Birds Of Passage from Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra is among more than 20 selections in the eighth Iff Panama’s Iberoamerican line-up.

Colombian drug war saga Birds Of Passage from Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra is among more than 20 selections in the eighth Iff Panama’s Iberoamerican line-up.

“This year we bring Iff Panama a creative and intelligent section with the best productions of our cinema,” said Iff artistic director Diana Sanchez. “It is a selection that includes works internationally celebrated by critics and audiences. They are very different films, in genre and theme and countries of production.
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San Sebastian: Rei Cine, Snowglobe Team for Pablo Fendrick’s ‘Hermano Peligro’ (Exclusive)

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San Sebastian — Denmark’s Snowglobe is teaming with Argentina’s Rei Cine to produce writer-director Pablo Fendrik’s “Hermano Peligro” (Brother Danger).

Currently at first-draft screenplay, the title weighs is as one of the big potential crossover project propositions at this year’s San Sebastian Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, which tales place Sunday Sept. 23.

The co-production also links two of the most prestigious and internationally energetic upscale film companies currently working in the Spanish-speaking world.

Headed by Benjamin Domenech, Santiago Gallelli, and Matías Roveda, Buenos Aires-based Rei Cine, “Hermano Peligro’s” lead producer, has over the last year produced Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama” and Natalia Garagiola’s “Hunting Season,” both 2017 Venice hits, then Sundance-selected “The Queen of Fear,” from Valeria Bertuccelli and Fabiana Tiscornia, and Gonzalo Tobal’s 2018 Venice competition player “The Accused.”

A Copenhagen-located co-producer of some of the highest-profile and boldest Latin American movies in the last two years – Carlos Reygadas’ “Our Time,
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Exclusive Clip From Venice Competition Title ‘Acusada,’ Starring Lali Esposito, Leonardo Sbaraglia

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Exclusive Clip From Venice Competition Title ‘Acusada,’ Starring Lali Esposito, Leonardo Sbaraglia
Variety has been given an exclusive clip from crime drama “Acusada” (The Accused), which plays in competition at the Venice Film Festival. The Argentinian film, which is also screening at the Toronto Film Festival, stars Lali Esposito and Leonardo Sbaraglia, with Gael Garcia Bernal in a supporting role.

The film, directed by Gonzalo Tobal, centers on Dolores, a beautiful young woman who is charged with the murder of her best friend. As her loved ones fight to prove her innocence and the trial is about to begin, Dolores puts the entire strategy at risk.

Tobal says that he has been “captivated” by true crime stories. “I imagine obsessively how these stories are lived behind the scenes: what happens to a person when going through such an experience in which private and public affairs are mixed with so much violence,” he says.

The film is simultaneously a crime film and “a portrait of this question,
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Lima 2018 Review: Father And Son Bond Over One Hunting Season

Despondent and lashing out after the recent death of his mother, teenager Nahuel (Lautaro Bettoni) is sent to stay for a while with his estranged biological father, Ernesto (Germán Palacios), who lives and works as a hunting guide in the Patagonia Region with a whole new family. It’s here where the two men will get to know each other and hopefully find some common ground. By now you’re probably thinking that Hunting Season (Temporada de Caza) sounds awfully familiar, and you’re not wrong; father-and-son-bonding stories have been told in movies time and time again. But it’s the details that matter, and first-time filmmaker/writer Natalia Garagiola gets a lot of them right, starting with her picturesque setting. The gorgeously photographed Patagonian wilderness is the type of...

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Alpha Violet Clinches First Sales on Agnieszka Smoczynska’s ‘Fugue’ (Exclusive)

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Paris-based sales agents Alpha Violet has announced that Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s second feature “Fugue,” playing at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, has sold to Canada, China, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Lithuania and the Czech Republic.

The sales company has two other films at the festival: Natalia Garagiola’s Venice Audience Award winner “Hunting Season” and Berlin Golden Bear nominee “Dovlatov” from Alexey German Jr.

In the film, an anonymous woman stumbles across train tracks and into a crowded station with no idea who she is, and no emotional attachments. Only when she is featured on a TV talk show years later is her family finally able to contact and bring her back.

However, when reintroduced to her parents, husband and young child she is not only unable to remember them, but fairly sure she doesn’t want her old life back. She is a new person and these
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Alpha Violet inks deals on Russian dissident film 'Dovlatov' (exclusive)

Sales for Leningrad-set pic ahead of Berlinale Competition premiere.

French sales boutique Alpha Violet has unveiled first sales on Russian director Alexey German Jr’s drama Dovlatov ahead of its premiere in Berlin Competition on Saturday.

The picture has sold to China (Times Vision), Greece (Ama Films) and Estonia and Latvia (Estin Film).

Set against the backdrop of 1970s Leningrad, the feature tells the true story of popular Russian journalist and writer Sergei Dovlatov, whose works were banned by the Soviet authorities.

In other sales news, the company has also sold Argentine director Natalia Garagiola’s Patagonia-set drama Hunting Season to Spain and Portugal (Versus Entertainment), ex-Yugoslavia (Visionary Thinking) and China (Hishow Entertainment). The film won best film at International Film Festival & Awards Macao.

Beijing-based Hishow has also acquired Italian directors Silvia Luzi and Luca Bellini’s hybrid documentary Crater which premiered in Venice Critics’ Week and market
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Women and Hollywood Announces 10th Anniversary Trailblazer Award Winners

Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot on the set “Wonder Woman”: Warner Bros. Entertainment and THR

Women and Hollywood is honored to share the recipients of the Trailblazer Awards, which will be given out during our upcoming 10th Anniversary events in New York and Los Angeles.

The New York Trailblazer Awardees are directors Amma Asante (“Belle,” “Where Hands Touch”), Julie Dash (“Daughters of the Dust,” “Queen Sugar”), and Julie Taymor (“The Lion King,” “Frida”) as well as producer and GameChanger Films president Mynette Louie and HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins. They will be honored October 17 at the Time Warner Center in NYC.

Our Los Angeles Trailblazers include directors Patty Jenkins (“Wonder Woman,” “Monster”), Haifaa al-Mansour (“Wadjda,” “Mary Shelley”), and Angela Robinson (“Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” “D.E.B.S.”). Director Leah Meyerhoff (“I Believe in Unicorns”) is being honored for founding Film Fatales. Other honorees include the Aclu; Melissa Goodman, Audrey Irmas director of the Lgbtq, Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at Aclu of SoCal, and ​Lenora Lapidus, Director of the Women’s Rights Project at the Aclu, will be accepting. And the founder of the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative, Dr. Stacy L. Smith, will also be recognized. They will receive their awards on October 25 at the ArcLight Theatre in Hollywood.

These are women who through their work, their voice, and/or their activism have been a part of raising the level of conversation on gender equality, stepping up the advocacy drumbeat, and paving the way for their female peers and colleagues.

To find out more about the Trailblazers, check out their bios below. And, remember, tickets are still available for our anniversary events in NY on October 17 and in La on October 25.

Amma Asante

Amma Asante, MBE is a multi-award winning writer and director who won a BAFTA for her first film, A Way of Life. This made Asante the first Black female director to win a BAFTA Film Award for writing and directing a film. Her next film, Belle, drew widespread critical acclaim, and saw Asante named one of CNN’s Leading Women of 2014, as well as being named by Variety as one of their 10 Directors to watch. In 2016, her film A United Kingdom was released and its European Premiere saw Asante celebrated as the first Black female director to open the BFI London Film Festival in its 60-year history. This year Asante was named an MBE by Queen Elizabeth on the 2017 Birthday Honour’s list, for services to film as a writer and director. Asante is currently in post-production on her next film, Where Hands Touch. The film, inspired by historical events, is set in 1944 Germany and follows the plight of a young girl of color attempting to survive under Nazi rule.

Julie Dash

Twenty-six years ago, filmmaker Julie Dash broke through racial and gender boundaries with her Sundance award-winning film (Best Cinematography) Daughters of the Dust, and she became the first African American woman to have a wide theatrical release of her feature film. In 2004, The Library of Congress placed Daughters of the Dust in the National Film Registry where it joins a select group of American films preserved and protected as national treasures by the Librarian of Congress. Dash is the only African American woman with a feature film that has been inducted into the National Film Registry. She is the recent recipient of the New York Film Critics Special Award, the 2017 Robert Smalls Merit and Achievement Award, and the Visionary Award from Women in Film, Washington, D.C. Dash is currently a Distinguished Professor of Art at Spelman College. She recently directed multiple episodes of the award-winning dramatic series, Queen Sugar, Season 2, created and produced by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, for Own Television.

Mynette Louie

Mynette Louie is a New York-based film producer and the president of Gamechanger Films, the first equity fund to exclusively finance narrative features directed by women. Gamechanger’s films include Natalia Garagiola’s Hunting Season (Venice Critics’ Week 2017), Lauren Wolkstein & Christopher Radcliff’s The Strange Ones (SXSW 2017), Sarah Adina Smith’s Buster’s Mal Heart (Tiff 2016), and So Yong Kim’s Lovesong (Sundance 2016, 2017 Independent Spirit Award nominee), among others. Louie won the 2013 Independent Spirit Piaget Producers Award and was named one of Ted Hope’s “21 Brave Thinkers of Truly Free Film” and one of Indiewire’s “100 Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter.” She is on the Board of Directors of Film Independent and serves as an advisor to the Sundance Institute, SXSW, Ifp, and A3 Asian American Artists Foundation.

Sheila Nevins

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Sheila Nevins is president, HBO Documentary Films, responsible for overseeing the development and production of all documentaries for HBO, HBO2, and Cinemax. As an executive producer or producer, she has received 32 Primetime Emmy Awards, 34 News and Documentary Emmys, and 42 George Foster Peabody Awards. During her tenure, HBO’s critically acclaimed documentaries have gone on to win 26 Academy Awards, the most recent of which was A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness in 2016. Nevins has been honored with several prestigious career achievement awards including, most recently, the 2009 Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She has supervised the production of more than 1,000 documentary programs for HBO. Nevins is the bestselling author of You Don’t Look Your Age… and Other Fairy Tales, published by Flatiron Books.

Julie Taymor

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Julie Taymor became the first woman to win the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, and won a Tony for Best Costumes, for her landmark production of The Lion King. The Lion King has gone on to become the most successful stage musical of all time: 24 global productions have been seen by more than 90 million people. Her credits also include Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Green Bird, and Juan Darien: A Carnival Mass (five Tony nominations). She directed the play Grounded, and completed a cinematic version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, filmed during the production at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn. Film credits include Titus, Frida, Across the Universe, and The Tempest. Operas include Oedipus Rex, The Flying Dutchman, Salome, The Magic Flute, and Grendel, composed by Elliot Goldenthal. Taymor is a recipient of the 1991 MacArthur Genius Award and a 2015 inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement. She is currently in rehearsals for a revival of M Butterfly starring Clive Owen on Broadway.

Melissa Goodman

Melissa Goodman conducts legal and policy advocacy concerning Lgbtq rights, reproductive rights, gender equality, and the rights of people with HIV. Goodman leads the Aclu SoCal’s advocacy to end discrimination against women directors and increase inclusive hiring in Hollywood, to protect the rights of transgender students and adults, to expand access to quality and confidential reproductive healthcare, to increase protections for working parents, to end bias and over-policing and over-incarceration of Lgbtq people, and to improve healthcare for incarcerated women.

​Lenora Lapidus

Lenora Lapidus litigates gender discrimination cases in courts throughout the country, engages in public policy advocacy, and speaks on gender equity issues in the media and to the public. Her work focuses on economic justice, educational equity, ending gender-based violence, and women in the criminal justice system. Along with Melissa Goodman of the Aclu of Southern CA, she urged the Eeoc to investigate the low number of women hired by studios to be directors for film and television. Lapidus has received several fellowships and awards, including 21 Leaders for the 21st Century from Women’s eNews and the Wasserstein Fellowship for outstanding public interest lawyers from Harvard Law School.

Patty Jenkins

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Patty Jenkins is a writer and director best known for directing Warner Bros. and DC ComicsWonder Woman, her debut feature Monster, based on the life of convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos, and helming the pilot episode of AMC’s hit show The Killing. Monster was named by AFI as one of its Ten Best Films of the Year. Jenkins garnered a number of awards and nominations, including winning Best First Feature at the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards. She went on to direct many commercials and TV programs including the pilot and finale episode for AMC’s The Killing, for which she received an Emmy nomination, and won the DGA award for best dramatic directing. Jenkins directed several other pilots and episodes including Fox’s Arrested Development and HBO’s Entourage. She was nominated for an Emmy for a segment of Lifetime’s Five, an anthology about breast cancer.

In 2017, Jenkins broke the record for biggest grossing live-action film directed by a woman, domestic and worldwide, with Wonder Woman. The film simultaneously smashed box office records and received critical acclaim and it has grossed a worldwide total of more than $820 million to date. ​

Haifaa al-Mansour

Haifaa al-Mansour is the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia and is regarded as one of its most significant cinematic figures. She studied comparative literature at the American University in Cairo and completed a Master’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Sydney. The success of her 2005 documentary Women Without Shadows influenced a new wave of Saudi filmmakers and made the issue of opening cinemas in the Kingdom front-page news. At home, her work is both praised and vilified for encouraging discussion on taboo issues and for penetrating the wall of silence surrounding the sequestered lives of Saudi women. Wadjda, al-Mansour’s feature debut, is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first by a female director. The film received wide critical acclaim after its premiere at the 2012 Venice Film Festival and established al-Mansour as an important talent emerging from the Arab World. She recently published a novelization of the film titled The Green Bicycle for Penguin publishing group. Her latest film, Mary Shelley, starring Elle Fanning and based on the life of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Leah Meyerhoff

Leah Meyerhoff is an award-winning filmmaker whose debut narrative feature film I Believe in Unicorns was released theatrically in 2015 after premiering at SXSW, winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival and additional awards from Woodstock Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, First Time Fest, Tribeca Film Institute, Ifp, Nyu, and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. Meyerhoff is also the founder of Film Fatales, a female filmmaker organization based in New York with dozens of local chapters around the world. Film Fatales is a global community of women feature film and television directors who meet regularly to mentor each other, share resources, collaborate on projects, and build a supportive environment in which to get their films made and seen. Founded in 2013, Film Fatales actively supports over 500 women directors in New York and Los Angeles, and hundreds more in a dozen sister cities across Europe, North America, Australia, and Africa.

Angela Robinson

Angela Robinson is a filmmaker who explores and exposes the breadth and complexity of humanity in an extensive body of work across both film and television. Filtering her storytelling through the multi-faceted prism of identity, Robinson uses the power of her unique voice to intelligently and empathetically bring compelling, intersectional stories — specifically those of women, people of color, and Lgbtq individuals — to the mainstream in a way that is entertaining, emotional, and thought-provoking. Most recently, Robinson wrote and directed Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, the origin story behind one of the world’s most famous superheroes, Wonder Woman.

Moving fluidly between film and television, Robinson has an overall deal with ABC Television Studios and recently served as a Consulting Producer on ABC’s hit series “How to Get Away with Murder.” She is in development on a series exploring the intersecting lives of Golden Age stars Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich.

Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D.

Stacy L. Smith is the Founder and Director of the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative, the leading think tank globally studying issues of inequality in entertainment. Mdsc research focuses on inclusion in film, television, and digital media and all facets of the music industry. Dr. Smith has written over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and reports on media content patterns and effects. She was the principal investigator of the Card report, examining Hollywood’s hiring practices on screen, behind the camera, and in the executive ranks across the major media companies and digital distribution platforms. Dr. Smith speaks routinely on issues of inequality. She has given a Ted Talk and spoken at the United Nations, the White House, Sundance Film Festival, Promax, and Lunafest. Dr. Smith’s work was the basis for the EPiX docuseries, 4%: Film’s Gender Problem.

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Venice Film Fest 2017 Women Directors: Meet Natalia Garagiola — “Hunting Season”

Hunting Season

Natalia Garagiola is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is the writer-director of shorts “Rincón de López,” which screened at the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, and “Yeguas y Cotorras” (“Mares and Parakeets”), which premiered at Critics’ Week at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. “Sundays,” a short she co-wrote and co-directed with Kræsten Kusk, was selected for Cannes 2014’s Directors’ Fortnight. “Hunting Season” is her solo feature directorial debut.

Hunting Season” will premiere at the 32nd Venice International Film Critics’ Week in competition on September 2.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Ng: “Hunting Season” is an intimate portrait of an unconventional father-son relationship, set up in the Southern woods of Argentinian Patagonia.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Ng: I don’t recall anymore whether it was a dream or an image that simply manifested itself and left a mark in my memory. The image was that of two men, a young one and an older one, wrapped up in a fist fight. Seen from a distance, it seemed like a dance that ended in a hug. Outside, a snow blizzard.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Ng: When the film is over, I would like the audience to revisit their own relationships — their own personal family dynamics — under different optics.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Ng: My greatest challenge was that of adjusting and adapting to the different situations that rose during the shooting — many of them far from a pretended ideal scenario — and be able to make progress.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

Ng: I developed “Hunting Season” together with Argentine production company Rei Cine. The producers worked very hard to finance this film, taking it to several laboratories and workshops that injected new energy and thought into the screenplay. It was here that we found our partners in the film, ranging from the U.S. (Gamechanger Films) to Germany (augenschein Filmproduktion) and France (Les Films de l’Étranger) to Qatar.

The film was supported by many funds without whom we wouldn’t have been able to produce it. Fortunately, our country has a very valuable Cinema Law that, year by year, supports the emergence of new cinema all over the country through the national film board: Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales (Incaa). Other support came from: Doha Film Institute, TorinoFilmLab, World Cinema Fund, and Strasbourg-Eurométropole, amongst many others.

Last but not least, “Hunting Season” was co-financed by NY-based Gamechanger Films, a private fund focused on female filmmakers. This was their first investment in a film outside the U.S.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at the Venice Film Festival?

Ng: Being the oldest A-list festival in the world, it’s an immense honor for us all. Premiering the film in a context filled with such prestigious filmmakers is nothing short of the best possible outcome after so many years of hard work.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

Ng: The best: “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.”

The worst: “Fake it until you make it” — nothing good can actually come out of it.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

Ng: Trust in your crew; cinema is pure teamwork.

Also, think fast and always move forward.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

Ng: Considering there’s such a vast scope of female filmmakers I respect and films that have meant so much to me, I’d rather mention a contemporary series, considering its impact for female filmmakers all across the globe: “Top of the Lake” by Jane Campion.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

Ng: I honestly don’t feel it is something to wait for but rather something to act on. Women filmmakers must keep making good films and that will create a progressive but certain effect, as it’s already happening: Every day I see women in the film industry fighting for their own opportunities rather than waiting for those to be handed [to them]. There’s still a lot of work to be done but we’re making progress. That is my starting point as a filmmaker.

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Trailer Watch: A Grieving Father & Son Face Off in Natalia Garagiola’s “Hunting Season”

“Hunting Ground”

The trailer for Natalia Garagiola’s new feature film clearly establishes two worlds: the one within the home and the one outside. “Hunting Season” (“Temporada de Caza”) follows the tumultuous relationship between an estranged father and son as they are pushed together through loss and grief.

As the synopsis explains, Nahuel’s father makes his living as a hunter in the Patagonia forests. Under his father’s authoritative grip, “Nahuel will discover love and his capacity to kill.” This ensemble cast features newcomer Lautaro Bettoni, German Palacios (“Xxy”), and Rita Pauls (“Inseparables”).

Garagiola’s debut feature as a solo director is a co-production between Rei Cine, Augenschein Filmproduktion, Les Films de l’Étranger, and Gamechanger Films.

Gamechanger films exclusively funds feature films directed by women. According to Screen Daily, “Hunting Season” marks the first time the New York-based fund “has co-financed a film outside the U.S.” Recent Gamechanger films include Sarah Adina Smith’s “Buster’s Mal Heart,” So Yong Kim’s “Lovesong” and Karyn Kusama’s “The Invitation.”

Hunting Season’s” multiple producers include Mynette Louie and Catharina Schreckenberg. Julie Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger, Abigail Disney, and Regina K. Scully serve as executive producers.

It is one of four female-helmed films scheduled to play during Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week, which will be held August 30-September 9. “Hunting Season” will debut September 14 in Argentina.

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First-look trailer for Venice, San Sebastian selection 'Hunting Season'

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First-look trailer for Venice, San Sebastian selection 'Hunting Season'
Exclusive: Argentinian filmmaker Natalia Garagiola makes feature directorial debut on Rei Cine drama.

The first-look international trailer for Rei Cine’s upcoming Venice Critics’ Week and San Sebastin Horizontes Latinos selection Hunting Season (Temporada De Caza) is now live.

Hunting Season

Argentinian filmmaker Natalia Garagiola makes her feature directorial debut on the Argentina-us-Germany-France-Qatar co-production from Rei Cine, Gamechanger Films, Augenschein Filmproduktion, and Les Films de l’Étranger.

Hunting Season marks the first time New York-based Gamechanger Films has co-financed a film outside the Us. Lautaro Bettoni, Germán Palacios, Boy Olmi, and Rita Pauls star in the story about a respected hunting guide whose life with his new family in Patagonia changes when he is forced to take in his estranged teenage son following the death of his first wife.

The man struggles to get along with his son, who displays violent outbursts. Without any sympathy from his new family, the hunter and teenager move towards forgiveness in the
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San Sebastian reveals Horizontes Latinos line-up

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Cannes titles The Desert Bride and April’s Daughters among 12 titles.

The 65th San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 22-30) has revealed the 12 titles in its Horizontes Latinos programme, featuring some of the best Latin American films of the year to date.

This year’s selection includes Cannes Un Certain Regard title The Desert Bride (pictured) directed by Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato, and Gustavo Rondón’s debut La Familia, which was screened at Cannes Critics’ Week.

Another Un Certain Regard title, Michel Franco’s April’s Daughters, has also been selected. His film After Lucia won the Prize Un Certain Regard in 2012, and his follow-up, Chronic competed for the Palme d’Or and won the best screenplay award at Cannes in 2015.

All 12 feature films compete for the Horizontes Award and its €35,000 ($40,958) prize. The six first and second films in the selection (La Educación De Rey, La Familia, Medea, Arábia, La Novia Del Desierto and Temporada De Caza) are also
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Venice 2017. Lineup

ZamaThe programme for the 2017 edition of the Venice Film Festival has been unveiled, and includes new films from Darren Aronofsky, Lucrecia Martel, Frederick Wiseman, Alexander Payne, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Abdellatif Kechiche, Takeshi Kitano and many more.COMPETITIONmother! (Darren Aronofsky)First Reformed (Paul Schrader)Sweet Country (Warwick Thornton)The Leisure Seeker (Paolo Virzi)Una Famiglia (Sebastiano Riso)Ex Libris - The New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman)Angels Wear White (Vivian Qu)The Whale (Andrea Pallaoro)Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)Foxtrot (Samuel Maoz)Ammore e malavita (Manetti Brothers)Jusqu'a la garde (Xavier Legrand)The Third Murder (Hirokazu Kore-eda)Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (Abdellatif Kechiche)Lean on Pete (Andrew Haigh)L'insulte (Ziad Doueiri)La Villa (Robert Guediguian)The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro)Suburbicon (George Clooney)Human Flow (Ai Weiwei)Downsizing (Alexander Payne)Out Of COMPETITIONFeaturesOur Souls at Night (Ritesh Batra)Il Signor Rotpeter (Antonietta de Lillo)Victoria
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UK feature debut 'Pin Cushion' to open Venice Critics' Week

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UK feature debut 'Pin Cushion' to open Venice Critics' Week
Independent festival strand unveils 2017 line-up.

The line-up for the 2017 edition of the Venice Film Festival’s independent parallel strand Critics’ Week (Aug 30 – Sept 9) has been revealed.

Organised by the National Union of Italian Film Critics, the selection is curated by the general delegate of the Venice Critics’ Week Giona A. Nazzaro with the selection committee comprised of Luigi Abiusi, Alberto Anile, Beatrice Fiorentino and Massimo Tria.

Following last year, when UK filmmaker Alice Lowe’s directorial debut Prevenge opened Venice Critics’ Week, this year’s opener is again a feature debut from a UK female director.

Writer-director Deborah Haywood’s Pin Cushion will screen out of competition as the strand’s opening film. Starring Lily Newmark and Joanna Scanlan, the film is produced by Gavin Humphries with Maggie Monteith of Dignity Film Finance. Executive producers are Josephine Rose, Chis Reed, and Lizzie Francke for the British Film Institute (BFI).

Pin Cushion is an all-girl gothic fairy tale set
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Cannes 2017: who's in the running?

Screen investigates which films from around the world could launch on the Croisette, including on opening night.

With just over a month to go before the line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival is unveiled in Paris, Croisette predictions and wish lists are hitting the web thick and fast.

Screen’s network of correspondents and contributors around the world have been putting out feelers to get a sense of what might or might not make it to the Palais du Cinéma or one of the parallel sections.

Just like the Oscars, this year’s festival is likely to unfold amid a politically-charged atmosphere. Beyond Trump and the rise of populism across the globe, France will be digesting the result of its own presidential election on May 7. Against this background, the festival will be feting its 70th edition.

Below, Screen reveals which titles might - and might not - be in the running for a place at the
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Latin American projects set for Toulouse works in progress

Latin American projects set for Toulouse works in progress
Joint initiative between San Sebastián and Cinélatino-Rencontres de Toulouse has selected six films from 198 applications.

Six films have been selected for the 31st edition of Films in Progress (March 23-24), the works in progress initiative between Cinélatino-Rencontres de Toulouse and the San Sebastián Film Festival.

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The selection includes Los Perros, by Chilean director Marcela Said whose fiction debut The Summer of the Flying Fish [pictured] premiered in Cannes Director’s Fortnight in 2013.

A Latin American and European co-production (Chile-France-Argentina-Portugal-Germany), Los Perros stars Pablo Larraín regulars Alfredo Castro and Antonia Zegers. The story revolves around a bourgeois married woman who feels attracted to her horse-riding instructor, a former military man with a dark past who was involved with Chile’s Pinochet regime.

Alongside Marcela Said, a number of other women directors are involved in this year selection.

Making their feature debut are Argentinian filmmakers Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato, who will co-direct
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Bruno Dumont, Asghar Farhadi to feature at Qumra talent event in Doha

Bruno Dumont, Asghar Farhadi to feature at Qumra talent event in Doha
Producer Michel Merkt, Cohen Media Group’s John Kochman and long-time The Simpsons writer-producer Mike Reiss will also attend.

The Doha Film Institute kicked off the third edition of its bespoke event Qumra on Friday bringing together up and coming film-makers and experienced cinema professionals from across the globe.

A total of 34 Dfi-backed projects from 25 countries at different stages of development are due to attend the six-day event featuring master-classes, screenings seminars and one-on-one sessions.

“Our focus remains to cultivate the exchange of knowledge, ideas, creativity and inspiration, and create a supportive and productive space for your projects to benefit from interactions with some of the most experienced industry professionals,” said commented Dfi CEO Fatma Al-Remaihi who welcomed the guests alongside the event’s artistic director Elia Suleiman.

Prolific Portuguese producer Paulo Branco will kick off the master-classes on Saturday (5), having chosen to screen Wim Wenders’s 1994 Lisbon Story as a work representative of his career.

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