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Frankie Shaw To Direct T Kira Madden’s ‘Long Live’ Memoir; Bow & Arrow Financing The Feature

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Frankie Shaw To Direct T Kira Madden’s ‘Long Live’ Memoir; Bow &  Arrow Financing The Feature
Exclusive: Coming off a deal earlier this month to develop Judy Blume’s Wifey into an HBO limited series, Frankie Shaw is now setting her sights on the big screen again.

The Smilf creator is set to direct a feature adaption of essayist T Kira Madden’s acclaimed Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls memoir, I’ve learned.

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‘T Kira’s story is a lesson in radical self-acceptance, an open-hearted love letter to our pain and our mistakes, and proof that while we are fundamentally shaped by our trauma, it does not have to define us,” Shaw told me of Madden’s true tale of a queer, Chinese, Hawaiian and Jewish teenager growing up in the glare of Boca Raton,
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CAA Signs Sundance ‘Surge’ Filmmaker Aneil Karia

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CAA Signs Sundance ‘Surge’ Filmmaker Aneil Karia
Exclusive: CAA has inked filmmaker Aneil Karia, who was recently directed and co-wrote the Protagonist Pictures thriller Surge which made its world premiere in the competition slot at the Sundance Film Festival.

The movie, starring 007 Q actor Ben Whishaw, is set over 24 hours in London, and follows a man who goes on a bold and reckless journey of self-liberation. Surge was nominated for Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize, and will screen at the Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama program.

Karia’s TV credits include the final three episodes of Top Boy’s third season on Netflix. He also directed the opening block of Pure, which was produced by Drama Republic for Channel 4. Karia’s short movie Work was nominated for a 2018 BAFTA award.

He continues to be represented by Roxana Adle at Independent Talent Group in the UK.
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New Directors/New Films announces line-up by Amber Wilkinson - 2020-02-21 17:36:07

New Directors/New Films announces line-up by Amber Wilkinson - 2020-02-21 17:36:07
Boys State Photo: Thorsten Thielow The line-up for the 49th edition of New York City's New Directors/New Films has been announced by Film at Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art. The festival - which runs from March 25 to April 5, will open with Sundance Us Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner Boys State and close with Chilean documentary The Mole Agent.

Boys State, directed by Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss, offers a look at the electoral process as Texas high school students participate in an elaborate mock election to build their own state government, while Maite Alberdi’s The Mole Agent - which also premiered at Sundance sees an octogenarian go undercover in a nursing home.

Other films have been selected from Locarno, Venice and Rotterdam. The line-up includes UK film Surge - the debut feature by Aneil Karia, starring Ben Whishaw as an airport security guard who goes on a manic spree.
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NYC’s New Directors/New Films Sets Lineup For 2020

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Film at Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art announced the complete lineup for the 49th annual New Directors/New Films running March 25 – April 5 and opening with Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss’s Boys State, winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for documentary at Sundance.

The closing film is Maite Alberdi’s The Mole Agent. Both are New York premieres.

In between, the iconic series will screen 27 features and 10 short films from 35 countries, with 13 North American premieres and 4 U.S. premieres, 15 films directed or co-directed by women and 15 works by first-time feature filmmakers

In Boys State, Texas high school students participate in an elaborate mock election to build their own state government, encapsulating “precisely the state of politics in the United States today. The idealistic, pragmatic, witty, and combative teenage subjects are uncanny reflections of their adult counterparts,” said La Frances Hui, Associate Curator of Film, The
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Protagonist picks up Sundance drama ‘Nine Days’ ahead of Efm (exclusive)

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Protagonist picks up Sundance drama ‘Nine Days’ ahead of Efm (exclusive)
Cast includes Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz and Bill Skarsgard.

Protagonist Pictures has taken international sales rights to metaphysical drama Nine Days and will launch sales at the Efm in Berlin this week.

The film stars Winston Duke (Us) as a reclusive man in a distant reality who interviews prospective human souls for the privilege to be born. The cast also includes Zazie Beetz, Benedict Wong, Bill Skarsgard and Tony Hale.

It marks the feature debut of Edson Oda, a Japanese Brazilian writer-director based in Los Angeles.

The film received its world premiere in the Us Dramatic Competition stand at Sundance last month,
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Mexican drama ‘Identifying Features’ double winner at Sundance 2020

World Cinema Dramatic entries Surge, Cuties among winners.

Mexican missing persons drama Identifying Features has won the World Cinema Dramatic audience award and the section’s juried screenplay prize for director Fernanda Valadez and co-writer Astrid Rondero at the Sundance awards ceremony.

Saturday’s (February 1) event in Park City, Utah, also honoured the UK’s Ben Whishaw with the World Cinema Dramatic special jury award for acting for Aneil Karia’s Surge, which Protagonist Pictures sells internationally, while Cuties on the Netflix slate from director Maïmouna Doucouré won the World Cinema Dramatic directing award.

Kino Lorber acquired North American rights
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‘Minari,’ ‘Boys State’ Win Sundance Film Festival’s Top Jury Awards

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‘Minari,’ ‘Boys State’ Win Sundance Film Festival’s Top Jury Awards
The narrative feature “Minari” and the documentary “Boys State” have won the top prizes from the U.S. jury at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, which announced its winners at an awards ceremony on Saturday night. “Minari,” director Lee Isaac Chung’s coming-of-age story about a Korean-American boy, also won the festival’s audience award.

The only other films to win more than one award were “Identifying Features” (“Sin Senas Particulares”), Fernanda Valadez’s drama about a Mexican woman searching for a son who disappeared while attempting to cross the border; and “I Carry You With Me,” in which documentary director Heidi Ewing makes her narrative feature debut about an aspiring Mexican chef whose life changes when his sexuality becomes public. “Identifying Features” won the audience award in the World Cinema Dramatic section and a jury award for its screenplay, while “I Carry You With Me” won the audience award in
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Sundance 2020 Award Winners: ‘Minari’ and ‘Boys State’ Take Grand Jury Prizes

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Sundance 2020 Award Winners: ‘Minari’ and ‘Boys State’ Take Grand Jury Prizes
The 2020 Sundance Film Festival is coming to a close in Park City, and that means that this year’s award winners have been announced. The awards spotlight standout films across the festival’s various categories, including U.S. films spanning fiction and documentary, as well as foreign-made films, and Next and Midnight selections.

This year’s fest brought a bounty of riches that are continuing to attract buyers, including high-profile pickups from Neon and Hulu (“Palm Springs”), Sony Pictures Classics, Searchlight Pictures (“The Night House”), and more. The 2020 Sundance Film Festival broke a number of records, from diversity in its programming to sales. Culled from 15,000 submissions, the 2020 edition offered up a range of timely, boundary-pushing documentary and narrative storytelling, promising new voices and satisfying new heights from established filmmakers. (Check out IndieWire’s roundup of the best 15 films out of Sundance here.)

Netflix, which owned this year’s Academy Awards nominations,
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Sundance Winners: ‘Minari’ and ‘Boys State’ Take Top Honors

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The Sundance Film Festival concluded with the announcement of its grand jury awards, honoring Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari,” a semi-autobiographical glimpse into the Korean American director’s Arkansas upbringing, and “Boys State,” an immersive vérité look at an impassioned class of politically inclined Texas teens who participate in an annual mock-government competition.

Ethan Hawke and his fellow U.S. dramatic competition jurors Wash Westmoreland and Rodrigo Garcia gave the directing prize to Radha Blank for her “The 40-Year-Old Version.”

Caught off-guard by the award, Blank riffed, “Anybody who feels there’s an expiration on a passion, f— that shit. If it’s in you to be a rapper, a parent, a director in your 40s, do that sh–.” Many of the night’s speeches reflected similar attitudes, as directors who’d confronted discrimination in order to make their films shared their experiences from the podium.

The U.S. dramatic
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Sundance Review: Surge Finds Ben Whishaw’s Cracked Mind Spilling Out

As Joseph (Ben Whishaw) sits at the table with his parents (Ellie Haddington and Ian Gelder), he puts his mouth to a glass. He wraps his lips around the rim as his breathing starts to heave. The others continue eating; he starts to lock his jaw. Then the glass cracks. He’s done this before a lot but never like this, and when he finds himself spitting blood into the bathroom sink with his mom screaming on the other side of the door, it seems that his tics have finally caught up with him.

That’s not to say he’s ever been a lax guy, but, to put it lightly, some things are getting to him. There are too many people, not enough manners. It’s too loud outside his apartment, too quiet inside his own head. It seems that only his job as an airport checkpoint officer grants
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‘Surge’: Film Review

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‘Surge’: Film Review
There’s mannered, there’s manic, and then there’s the malfunctioning pinball-machine delirium that Ben Whishaw brings to “Surge”: a blinking, buzzing, flashing clatter of hyper-accelerated impulses, chicken-fried synapses and staggered hypnic jerks that never culminate in sleep. You wouldn’t expect stillness from a film called “Surge,” and in that respect only does Whishaw zig where you expect him to zig — to say nothing of his character, a humdrum airport worker who one day snaps in spectacularly feral fashion, embarking on the unlikeliest of London crime sprees. It’s quite a performance, sure to exhilarate some and aggravate others, and it joins the dots of Aneil Karia’s stylish if somewhat overstimulated debut feature while adding several disconnected ones of its own.

A rare shot of genuinely frenzied energy in British genre cinema, “Surge” seems likely to prompt comparisons to the recent work of Benny and Josh Safdie — in particular,
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‘Top Boy’ Director Aneil Karia On Sundance Debut ‘Surge’ With Ben Whishaw: “I Wanted To Inhabit Spaces That Don’t Have Labels”

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Sundance drama-thriller Surge, starring Ben Whishaw, marks the feature debut of Brit filmmaker Aneil Karia. We sat down with the director to discuss his first movie, which he says “ebbed and flowed in early development for around five years”.

In Surge, Whishaw stars as a man trapped in a soulless job, living a life devoid of emotion and meaning. After an impulsive act of rebellion, he unleashes a wilder version of himself and is propelled on a reckless journey though London, ultimately experiencing what it feels like to be alive.

Produced by Julia Godzinskaya and Sophie Vickers of The Witch and The Other Lamb outfit Rooks Nest and co-produced by Scott O’Donnell, the film was financed by BBC Films and the BFI with Protagonist handling world sales.

Karia recently shot the closing three episodes of Netflix series Top Boy. Before that, he directed the opening block of Pure, produced by Drama Republic for Channel 4,
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BBC Films Talks Biggest Ever Sundance Slate, Fresh Voices, Netflix, BAFTA & New Movies With Ruben Östlund, Reggie Yates & Anna Rose Holmer

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Exclusive: BBC Films is at the Sundance Film Festival with a record five movies playing in official selection. It’s one of the UK producer-financier’s biggest hauls at any overseas festival.

Debuting in Park City this year are Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd’s Herself, Remi Weekes’ debut His House, Sean Durkin’s Jude Law-starrer The Nest, Eliza Hittman’s abortion drama Never Rarely Sometimes Always and Aneil Karia debut Surge starring Ben Whishaw. Each project was developed from an early stage by BBC Films, which also backed production. Weekes’ Midnight thriller His House is already making waves after Netflix snapped up global rights yesterday.

In a wide-ranging interview, we spoke to the revamped BBC Films team, led by former Film4 executive Rose Garnett since 2017, about Sundance, BBC Films’ direction, the growing challenge posed by streamers and the #Baftasowhite furore.

BBC Films rarely discusses development projects but today we
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Berlin completes 2020 Panorama line-up, adds Riz Ahmed’s ‘Mogul Mowgli’

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Berlin completes 2020 Panorama line-up, adds Riz Ahmed’s ‘Mogul Mowgli’
The section will also showcase the world premiere of Srdan Golubović’s Father

The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 20-Mar 1) has completed the line-up of its Panorama strand with a further 15 world premieres.

The newly announced titles take the Panorama total to 35, after a first wave of features for the strand were announced last month.

They include the world premiere of Bassam Tariq’s Mogul Mowgli (previously titlted Mughal Mowgli), which stars Riz Ahmed as a UK rapper on the verge of international stardom when a crippling illness strikes him down, and he is forced to move back in with his family.
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Our 20 Most-Anticipated Sundance Film Festival 2020 Premieres

Comprising a portion of our top 50 films of last year, Sundance Film Festival has proven to yield the first genuine look at what the year in cinema will bring. We’ll be heading back to Park City this week, but before we do, it’s time to highlight the films we’re most looking forward to, including documentaries and narrative features from all around the world.

While much of the joy found in the festival comes from surprises throughout the 11 days, below one will find our 20 most-anticipated titles. Check out our picks and for updates straight from the festival, make sure to follow us on Twitter, and stay tuned to all of our coverage here.

20. The Truffle Hunters (Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw)

There will be no shortage of timely, issue-driven documentaries at Sundance Film Festival, as is the case each year, and we’re looking forward to seeing a
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Protagonist Boards Sundance-Bound Drama-Thriller ‘Surge’ Starring Ben Whishaw, First Look Revealed

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Protagonist Boards Sundance-Bound Drama-Thriller ‘Surge’ Starring Ben Whishaw, First Look Revealed
Exclusive: Protagonist Pictures has boarded world sales on Sundance-bound drama-thriller Surge, starring Ben Whishaw. Here’s a first look at the buzzed-about UK film.

Whishaw stars as a man trapped in a soulless job, living a life devoid of emotion and meaning. After an impulsive act of rebellion, he unleashes a wilder version of himself and is propelled on a reckless journey though London, ultimately experiencing what it feels like to be alive.

Produced by Julia Godzinskaya and Sophie Vickers of The Witch and The Other Lamb outfit Rooks Nest and co-produced by Scott O’Donnell, the movie marks the feature debut of UK director Aneil Karia who recently shot the closing three episodes of Netflix series Top Boy.

Before that, Karia directed the opening block of Pure, produced by Drama Republic for Channel 4, and in 2016 his short Work was BAFTA and Bifa-nominated.

Also among cast are Ian Gelder
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The BFI’s Ten Biggest Production & Distribution Awards Of 2019: Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan Romance ‘Ammonite’ Tops Pile

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The BFI’s Ten Biggest Production & Distribution Awards Of 2019: Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan Romance ‘Ammonite’ Tops Pile
Ammonite, the period romance pic starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan from God’s Own Country filmmaker Francis Lee, received the highest individual production award from the British Film Institue’s Film Fund this year.

The pic from The King’s Speech outfit See-Saw Films was awarded $1.74m (£1.3m) in production finance. It tells the story of Mary Anning, an infamous fossil hunter who develops an intense relationship with a young woman after being sent to convalesce by the sea, and was shot on location in West Dorset in spring this year.

The pic was absent from the Sundance list, where Lee’s God’s Own Country debuted to acclaim, likely because it wasn’t ready in time, though it’s expected to pop up at a significant festival this year. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, Lionsgate and Transmission have all boarded distribution in key markets.

Second on the list is Ali & Ava,
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UK films enjoy strong showing in Sundance selection

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Line-up includes five BBC Films titles and two from Film4.

Fourteen UK productions or co-productions will play at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City next month.

This is up on the 12 that screened at the previous festival in 2019 and 13 in 2018.

Among the titles announced yesterday are five from BBC Films, including Aneil Karia’s Surge, which plays in the world cinema dramatic competition. Starring Ben Whishaw, it follows a man who goes on a reckless journey of self-liberation through London after robbing a bank. Produced by Julia Godzinskaya and Sophie Vickers, it was backed by the BFI.

Remi Weekes
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Andrea Riseborough Leads Cast In Movie Thriller ‘Here Before’ For Rooks Nest, BBC Films, Pia Pressure & Northern Ireland Screen

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Andrea Riseborough Leads Cast In Movie Thriller ‘Here Before’ For Rooks Nest, BBC Films, Pia Pressure & Northern Ireland Screen
Production is underway on Brit thriller Here Before, the feature debut of writer and director Stacey Gregg, starring Andrea Riseborough (Birdman).

Jonjo O’Neill (The Fall), Martin McCann (Calibre) and Eileen O’Higgins (Brooklyn) round out the cast on the production which will shoot in and around Belfast for four weeks.

After new neighbours move in next door, a bereaved mother, played by Riseborough, begins to question her reality in the psychological thriller written and directed by Belfast born and based Gregg.

Most recently, Gregg co-directed stage play Inside Bitch for the Royal Court Theatre and Clean Break. Her writing credits include Sophia Al-Maria’s series Little Birds currently shooting with Juno Temple and Riviera, both for Sky Atlantic; as well as The Innocents and on the new Charlie Covell series Kaos for Netflix.

Pic is produced by Julia Godzinskaya and Sophie Vickers of Rooks Nest Entertainment (The Witch), who recently wrapped
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