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The Bureau Sales pounces on snow leopard doc ‘The Velvet Queen’ (exclusive)

The film follows award-winning French nature photographer and explorer Vincent Munier.

The Bureau Sales has acquired international rights to documentary The Velvet Queen following award-winning French nature photographer and explorer Vincent Munier as he attempts to track down the elusive snow leopard in Asia.

Paris-based Paprika Films is producing with Munier’s publishing and production house Kobalann in co-production with Le Bureau – the French production arm of Bertrand Faivre’s Paris and London-based film company. Haut et Court has pre-bought French rights.

French-Swiss biologist and filmmaker Marie Amiguet, whose credits include The Valley Of The Wolves, has signed to direct.
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Icebreaker Launches Looking to Blockchain Funding

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Icebreaker Launches Looking to Blockchain Funding
Cannes — Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Luc Jacquet (“March of the Penguins”) and producer Sophokles Tasioulis are partnering to launch Icebreaker, a new production company that uses blockchain technology to create innovative ways to produce and finance films.

“We saw that we’re coming to a dead end for the kind of movies we do, and how we used to do them,” said Tasioulis. “We cannot finance our movies any longer in the way we used to.”

Icebreaker is in advanced negotiations with Extended Monaco, an initiative recently launched by the principality that uses blockchain technology to offer investors an opportunity to support sustainable, environmentally minded businesses. Icebreaker will be based out of Monaco.

The company will also raise financing through an initial security token offering, as well as the sale of additional tokens through a secure, blockchain-enabled platform. Corporate sponsorship alliances will also play a role.

The new funding model will
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Ventana Sur: Focus On Sustainability session shines light on climate protection

’There is no Planet B like there is a Plan B’

Against the backdrop of the COP24 Un climate summit in Poland, Latin American festival directors in Ventana Sur discussed environmentally friendly best practices at a Focus on Sustainability session this week.

The session, presented by Connect4Climate, a climate change communications initiative based at the World Bank Group, and its Film4Climate campaign to effect social change and environmental protection through cinema, also unveiled actor and activist Calu Rivero as the global Film4Climate ambassador for Argentina.

“There is no Planet B like there is a Plan B,” said Rivero,
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Blu-ray Review – March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step (2018)

March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step, 2018.

Directed by Luc Jacquet.

Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

Synopsis:

A young penguin, born into a world of cold, harsh surroundings, embarks on the major steps towards the unknown.

The first question on a lot of people’s minds when watching March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step will be ‘is this equal to the likes of Blue Planet II?’ The answer being, of course, yes and no.

First off: the yes department. The quality of image and places the cameras get to are both excellent, to the point where the word ‘invasive’ actually comes to mind. The camera gets right in there, meaning the penguins’ lives can be seen in almost every small detail.

The ‘new family adventure’, a phrase with two meanings here, being a feature length documentary means it must draw out and edit together a sustained story. The
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Win March of The Penguins 2: The Next Step on Blu-ray

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A decade after the release of his Academy Award®-winning documentary March of the Penguins, filmmaker Luc Jacquet returns to the Antarctic to bring you the heartwarming tale of a first-time father and his newborn chick as they learn to thrive in the world’s harshest conditions. To celebrate the release of March Of The Penguins 2: The Next Step, we have teamed up with Lionsgate Home Entertainment UK to give three lucky winners the chance to win a copy of the film on Blu-ray!

Filmmaker Luc Jacquet returns to the Antarctic to revisit the emperor penguins who call the frozen continent home. A decade after making his Academy Award®-winning March of the Penguins, Jacquet spent two months shooting in the Antarctic winter using the new technology of 4K cameras, airborne drones, and under-ice diving to show the astonishing lives of these mysterious creatures in an entirely new light.
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Emmys: Limited Series or TV Movie Score Nominees Range From History to Penguins

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The six scores vying for this year’s Emmy for music composition for a limited series, movie or special range from 19th-century tales of Canada and the Old West to futuristic stories of androids and virtual reality. There’s even a documentary about emperor penguins.

Alias Grace

For this six-part Netflix drama based on a Margaret Atwood novel about a possible murderess in 1859 Canada, composers Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna wanted to “honor the time but put our own spin on it,” says Jeff. “We thought it needed a postmodern chamber sound”: just 12 strings, three woodwinds, harp and piano.

Oscar winner Mychael (“Life of Pi”), who has known writer-producer Sarah Polley for more than 20 years, adds: “We did write in period style, but with elements of minimalism and even trance music, using instruments that the characters in the story would have been familiar and comfortable with.”

Black Mirror

The
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‘March of the Penguins 2’ Filmmakers Return to Antarctic for Unique Undersea Images

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‘March of the Penguins 2’ Filmmakers Return to Antarctic for Unique Undersea Images
Luc Jacquet, the documentary filmmaker behind the 2005 sleeper hit “March of the Penguins,” will revisit those denizens of the Antarctic in “March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step,” which debuted March 23 on Hulu. Morgan Freeman again narrates.

One of the biggest challenges in “Penguins 2” was reaching the location. Jacquet started in Paris, flying 24 hours to Hobart, Tasmania. From there, it was 11 days by boat through scattered icebergs, freezing waters and swirling storms before landing on the coast of Adélie Land. The director was accompanied by a crew of 11, including cameramen Jérôme Bouvier, Manuel Lefèvre and Guillaume Chamerat; oceanographer and photographer Laurent Ballesta; and diver-photographers Yanick Gentil and Thibault Rauby.

The team captured rare images that provide glimpses into the harsh environment and extreme lengths to which the birds go to raise their young.

“The major difference for me this time was point of view,” says Jacquet, who used Sony
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‘March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step’ Review: Morgan Freeman Returns to Update the Avian Survival Story

‘March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step’ Review: Morgan Freeman Returns to Update the Avian Survival Story
The familiar, soothing baritone of Morgan Freeman’s narration in the opening minutes of “March of the Penguins 2: The Call” tells you everything you need to know about what’s to come. “Meet the remarkable emperor penguin,” he says as the tuxedoed creature waddles along a barren patch of ice. “Again.”

Completed a decade after French director Luc Jacquet’s original paean to the arctic birds made $127 million at the box office and won a best documentary Oscar, this sort-of sequel provides a refurbished, high-resolution dose of the same natural wonders found in the initial installment: the perilous routine of courtship, breeding, and long-distance treks for food in the extreme conditions of Antarctica, by animals that know nothing else.

Read More:Hulu Hit The Big Leagues With Its Emmy Win; Here’s How It Will Try To Capitalize On That In 2018

Jacquet’s franchise has had multiple lives. The
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The march continues: why documentary sequels are on the rise

Can belated follow-ups to hits like March of the Penguins, An Inconvenient Truth and Fahrenheit 9/11 prove their necessity?

Hey, remember March of the Penguins? It’s been 13 years since a National Geographic-produced documentary about emperor penguin migration grew into a global phenomenon, and in a sense, it feels even longer. The year 2005 now looks like a foreign country, where Labour still ruled Britain, we thought the Bush family was the worst thing that could happen to American politics, and a family-friendly nature doc could become a hot-button topic: lest we forget, Luc Jacquet’s film wasn’t just a popular hit and an Oscar winner, but a beloved cause of conservative politicians, who argued for its cutely anthropomorphised presentation of penguin mating as a celebration of traditional family values. To be clear, the world was insane in 2005 too – just differently so.

Related: From Rabbit Hunt to Edith+Eddie, why
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Movie Review – March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step (2018)

March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step, 2018.

Directed by Luc Jacquet.

Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

Synopsis:

Two penguins, a father and son, face and overcome the almost unimaginable challenges of life in the hostile land of Antarctica.

It’s been over a decade since the release of Luc Jacquet’s March of the Penguins, a groundbreaking look at the lives of emperor penguins during breeding season in the punishing climate of Antarctica, which took home the 2006 Oscar for Best Documentary; since then, the Disneynatue label has explored underwater depths in 2010’s Oceans, the forests of Africa in 2012’s Chimpanzees and plenty more. However, March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step is the first sequel from the production company, bringing the viewer back to familiar territory, and for that reason needs to work extra hard to justify its existence.

Admittedly, March of the Penguins 2 marches on similar grounds as its predecessor,
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'March Of The Penguins 2', 'Lumiere!' head to Benelux

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Exclusive: Septmber Films has inked deals for multiple titles.

Benelux distributor September Films has confirmed details of its latest acquisitions.

One of the most eye-catching new pick-ups is Luc Jacquet’s March Of The Penguins 2 [pictured], again narrated by Morgan Freeman and sold by Wild Bunch. September boss Pim Hermeling confirmed that the film will be released in Belgium nest month and then at a later date in the Netherlands.

Showing its cinephile tendencies, September has also picked up Lumiere! The Adventure Begins, Cannes director Thierry Frémaux’s documentary about early film pioneers, Louis and Auguste Lumière, which is also sold by Wild Bunch.

September continues to handle selected Dutch titles, among them International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) competition entry Quality Time and the forthcoming portmanteau pic, Rotterdam, I Love You. It is also boarding projects at an earlier stage, for example coming on board The Wife Of The Pilotfrom director Anne Zohra, which was recently
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Antarctica: Ice and Sky (aka Ice and the Sky) (La glace et le ciel) documentary review: how we know we are burning the planet

MaryAnn’s quick take… A deeply personal memoir from the scientist with a “wild empathy for the planet” who locked down the human responsibility for global warming. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The guy who made March of the Penguins introduces you to the guy who figured out that global warming is real and the result of human action and does any of this even matter now that Donald Trump is the President of the United States and the official stance of the White House is that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese as a tactic to ruin the American economy? We’re all so screwed. Anyway let documentarian Luc Jacquet present 82-year-old glaciologist Claude Lorius, who has made around a gazillion trips to Antarctica in the past 60 years and knows
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‘Antarctica: Ice and Sky’ Review: Environmental Doc Overpraises Its Subject

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‘Antarctica: Ice and Sky’ Review: Environmental Doc Overpraises Its Subject
Luc Jacquet’s documentary “Antarctica: Ice & Sky” comes to praise Claude Lorius, the now-84-year-old glaciologist who was the first researcher to discover a link between greenhouse gases and global warming. But Jacquet (“March of the Penguins”) goes several steps further and deifies him — and if Lorius had a hand in shaping the film’s earnest, often purple, and utterly irritating first-person narration, he effectively buries himself. French actor Michel Papineschi, not Lorius, provides the voiceover, though there’s no indication that you’re not hearing the scientist tell his own story. You may be surprised to find that “Ice & Sky” is.
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Doc Corner: The Timely Reminder of 'Antarctica: Ice and Sky'

Director Luc Jacquet ventures into the past to show us our future in Antarctica: Ice and Sky, one of the best enviro-docs that I have seen in recent times. A film about climate change that revels in the captivating splendour of its natural subject as much as it does science and the ravages of humanity. It’s an appropriate film to watch right on the outset of what could very well be four of the most environmentally disastrous years on record. A timely reminder that even in the depths of the Cold War, the USA, France and Russia worked together for the greater good of the planet.

Like he did with Oscar-winning March of the Penguins, Jacquet shows a distinct knack for taking the potentially dry blueprint of a nature documentary and manipulate it into something more broadly cinematic. With the particularly impressive work of editor of Stéphane Mazalaigue, Jacquet
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March of the Penguins is getting a sequel

In news coming out of Cannes, Variety is reporting that Wild Bunch is shopping around a sequel to the Academy Award-winning documentary March of the Penguins.

The sequel, titled March of the Penguins 2: The Call, was shot in 4K last winter in Antarctica, and is once again directed by Luc Jacquet. There’s no word yet as to whether Morgan Freeman will be back to narrate.

March of the Penguins was released in 2005 and grossed $127.4 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful documentaries of all time.
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Exclusive image: 'March Of The Pengiuns 2'

Exclusive image: 'March Of The Pengiuns 2'
Morgan Freeman-narrated original won the Best Documentary Oscar in 2006.

Paris-based Bonne Pioche has released first images of Luc Jacquet’s March Of The Penguin 2 – The Call, the sequel to the Oscar-winning documentary that made $127.4m at the box office following its release in 2005.

Jacquet spent two months shooting mainly in 4K in Antarctica last winter using submarines and drones.

The narrator has yet to be confirmed. Morgan Freeman did the voiceover for the the original documentary.

This new story follows a young penguin about to embark on his first journey, driven by the mysterious instinctual call that pushes every penguin when winter comes to leave for an unknown destination.

Bonne Pioche – which produced March Of The Penguins, The Fox And The Child, Once Upon A Forest – is lead producing with Paprika Films in association with Wild Touch and Disney France.

Wild Bunch has launched sales in Cannes and handles all world rights apart from France and the
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"March of the Penguins" Sequel Planned

Luc Jacquet's Oscar-winning documentary "March of the Penguins" is getting a sequel.

"March Of The Penguins 2: The Call" was shot mostly in 4K in the Antarctica last winter with Jacquet directing and Bonne Pioche and Paprika producing the film. No word if Morgan Freeman will return to once again provide the narration.

Wild Bunch has acquired international sales to the project and is shopping it at Cannes. A U.S. studio is circling the project.

Source: Variety
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Cannes 2016: A ‘March Of The Penguins 2’ has already been shot

Cannes 2016: A ‘March Of The Penguins 2’ has already been shot
Some more news coming out of Cannes as it has been revealed that filmmaker Luc Jacquet has already shot a follow-up to the superb documentary March Of The Penguins!

March Of The Penguins 2: The Call has been shot in super high-def 4K, and will feature stunning submarine and drone imagery, so reports Deadline. The trade blog reports that the ‘story’ this time revolves around ‘a young penguin about to embark for his first journey as he hears the mysterious call that compels the species to leave home for an unknown destination.’ They add that along with the young penguin in The Call, an older one — age 45 — will observe the journey, recalling the memories of his decisive moment and the doubts and fears which accompanied him.

The first film was memorably voiced by Morgan Freeman (in the English-language version), and while there’s no word on whether he’ll return,
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‘March Of The Penguins’ Sequel In Works; Wild Bunch & CAA Selling – Cannes

‘March Of The Penguins’ Sequel In Works; Wild Bunch & CAA Selling – Cannes
March Of The Penguins helmer Luc Jacquet returned to Antarctica this past winter to accompany a scientific expedition and film the follow-up, March Of The Penguins 2: The Call. Shot under the radar and largely in 4K, incorporating unique submarine and drone footage, the new story sees a young penguin about to embark for his first journey as he hears the mysterious call that compels the species to leave home for an unknown destination. The original film, about the…
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Kering and the Festival de Cannes Poster 2016 'Women in Motion'

The second edition of the 'Women in Motion' program will take place in Cannes from May 11 to 22, 2016 at the 69th Festival de Cannes.

The year’s official poster is of Frances McDormand whose presentation at last year’s first edition illuminated gender bias practices within the film industry in the most captivating, funny and serious presentation of the several presentations given.

During her Talk on 22 May 2015, the actress addressed the impact gender discrimination had on budget negotiations for female filmmakers, the lack of money being one of the main issues faced within the industry. Frances McDormand made her point hit home:

"We don't need help, we need money. We don't need more initiatives; we need money."

"Women in motion - it's done! We are moving, we just need to catch up."

Read more on SydneysBuzz about the inaugural sessions of Women in Motion, Cannes 2015.

Launched jointly by Kering and the Festival de Cannes in 2015 as part of an official five year partnership, the 'Women in Motion' program celebrates women's talent in cinema. In keeping with the first edition, the 'Women in Motion' program will be comprised of its two founding pillars: the 'Women in Motion' Talks and the 'Women in Motion' Awards.

The Talks will be announced ahead of the Festival, and will highlight the contribution of women and discuss their role in the film industry.

In addition to the Talks, the first 'Women in Motion' Award will reward the exemplary contribution of a laureate to both the film industry and women's causes. The second Award will be attributed to one or several up-and-coming talents in the film industry, chosen from a shortlist of individuals compiled throughout 2015.

To watch Frances McDormand's Talk on 22 May 2015 visit Here

"I am proud that ‘Women in Motion’ has once again been given the chance to feature in the program of such a major event as the Festival de Cannes this year. In 2015, ‘Women in Motion’ proved to be a powerful platform for supporting women in cinema.

With ‘Women in Motion’ – and even more so this year, given the real support we are providing to several female directors – we are taking another step towards real awareness and tangible changes, promoting a film industry that is more representative of the richness and diversity of our societies." -François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and CEO of the Kering Group

The ‘Women in Motion’ Talks: discussing the role and importance of women in film

Taking place as morning sessions throughout the entire competition, this year’s ‘Women in Motion’ Talks will welcome guests from outside the film industry to enrich the discussions about the place and contribution of women in cinema and underline solutions which would make the industry more representative.

· During the first edition of the ‘Women in Motion’ Talks held in 2015, a number of high-profile men and women eagerly joined the debate. Isabella Rossellini, Claire Denis, Salma Hayek Pinault, Matthias Schoenaerts, Melvil Poupaud, Isabelle Huppert, Sylvie Pialat, Agnès Varda, Thierry Frémaux, Frances McDormand and Deniz Gamze Ergüven all expressed their views on women and cinema during a series of interviews open to journalists and industry professionals.

The ‘Women in Motion’ Awards: celebrating talented women

· In addition to the talks, the 69th Cannes International Film Festival will also be marked by the presentation of the ‘Women in Motion’ Awards.

· In 2015, two honorary awards were attributed; the first to actress, producer and committed philanthropist Jane Fonda, who also holds two Oscars for best actress; and the second to independent producer Megan Ellison to celebrate the launch of the ‘Women in Motion’ programme. Both women are emblematic of their cinematic generations.

· In 2016, the first award will be presented to a laureate who has made an exemplary contribution to both the film industry and women’s causes. The first award winner will then be offered the chance to choose the recipient(s) of the second award, intended to support up-and-coming talents in the film industry, from a shortlist of individuals compiled throughout 2015. The second award will be accompanied by financial support for an ongoing film project.

· The awards will be presented on 15 May 2016, during the ‘Presidential Dinner’ organised by Kering and the Festival de Cannes and hosted by François-Henri Pinault, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux.

A long-term commitment to both Women and Cinema

Kering and cinema

· From financing films and restoring works to producing documentaries and supporting producers and feature films, Kering and its Corporate Foundation have supported a number of films with a strong message: “Desert Flower” by Sherry Hormann (2009), “Home” by Yann-Arthus Bertrand (2009), “Brave Miss World” by Cecilia Peck (2013), and “Ice and Sky” by Luc Jacquet (2015).

· Kering has also been a partner of the Ecole de la Cité film school, part of the Cité du Cinéma complex created by Luc Besson, since its launch in 2012.

· Through its brands, Kering has also supported high-profile film institutions and festivals, such as the Tribeca Film Institute (New York), Britdoc (London), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma) and the Lumière Festival (Lyon).

Kering and women

· Kering has been committed to empowering women for many years, primarily through the Kering Foundation, created and chaired by François-Henri Pinault, Kering Chairman and CEO, as well as the Chime for Change initiative launched by Gucci, to empower women and girls around the world.

About Kering

A world leader in apparel and accessories, Kering develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, JeanRichard, Pomellato, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Puma, Volcom, and Cobra. By 'empowering imagination' in the fullest sense, Kering encourages its brands to reach their potential, in the most sustainable manner.

Present in more than 120 countries, the Group generated revenues of more than €11.5 billion in 2015 and had more than 38,000 employees at year end. The Kering (previously Ppr) share is listed on Euronext Paris (Fr 0000121485, Ker.Pa, Ker.Fp).
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