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Burkini celebration planned for beaches of Cannes during festival

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Cannes was among 30 French resorts banning burkinis on the beach last summer.

French-Algerian businessman Rachid Nekkaz, who spear-headed a campaign against a controversial ban on burkinis on some 30 French beaches last summer, is calling on people to don the full-body swimsuits and hit the beaches of Cannes during the festival this year.

Nekkaz said he was organising the event to celebrate the August 26 ruling of France’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, against the burkini beach ban, “guaranteeing freedom to bathe in burkinis on French beaches.”

He announced the event in front of the court in Paris on Tuesday (April 25) via Twitter.

Headlined “Let’s All Wear Burkinis On The Beaches During The Cannes Film Festival”, Nekkaz wants people in burkinis to hit the beaches flanking Cannes’ beachfront Croisette promenade on the afternoon of May 26, the final Friday of the festival.

Cannes was the first resort to bring in the burkini ban and a €38 fine »

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Embankment hires Content exec to head up business and legal affairs

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Exclusive: UK sales outfit makes new hire.

London-based sales outfit Embankment Films has appointed Libby D’Arcy as general counsel to head up the company’s business and legal affairs.

She joins from her role as vice president of business affairs at Content Media, where she spent a total of eight years. Before then, she was head of business affairs at Odyssey Entertainment.

“Libby is most importantly a highly positive personality, a progressive closer, multitasker and deal-maker. Libby sits comfortably in our ambitious, autonomous, and self-determinated team of executives who typify a thorough understanding of financing, filmmaking and distribution,” commented Embankment head Tim Haslam.

The hire follows the company’s appointment of former Celsius and Independent exec Calum Gray as its head of sales last month.

Embankment’s slate includes McQueen, a documentary about fashion icon Alexander McQueen that was launched at the Efm, Churchill starring Brian Cox, Breathe starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, Submergence with James McAvoy »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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'Mad Max', '45 Years' producers to speak at Bafta Guru Live

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Second edition of event for aspiring creatives reveals line-up.

Bafta has unveiled the line-up for the second edition of its Guru Live Festival, with speakers including Mad Max: Fury Road executive producer Iain Smith and 45 Years producer Tristan Goligher.

The two-day event will take place at Bafta’s Piccadilly venue in London between May 6-7 and Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts on May 6, featuring creatives from the worls of film, TV and gaming.

Iain Smith, whose credits also include Children of Men. will speak at the Glasgow event, while Tristan Goligher, also the producer of Weekend and the upcoming Lean On Pete, will appear in London.

Other speakers confirmed include writer-directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney (Notes On Blindness), and producers Camille Gatin (Girl With All The Gifts) and Oliver Roskill (Under The Shadow).

The events will feature talks on telling stories for film, making a debut feature film, pitching and freelancing »

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Amazon, Facebook & Vevo join Media Summit

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Digital heavyweights to speak at two-day event

Executives from Amazon, Facebook and Vevo will give their take on the future direction of the media industry at next month’s Media Summit.

Amazon Prime managing director Alex Green will offer an insight into the online giant’s strategy in the TV and video space following original commissions including The Grand Tour and The Man In The High Castle.

Elsewhere Vevo’s head of Europe Jon Gisby, a former board member of Channel 4 who helped launch its initial on-demand service 4oD, will also speak.

Gisby will offer insight into the way the music and entertainment platform uses data, premieres, archive and original content to over 21bn video views each month, including one-third of young adults in the UK.

Other highlights include Facebook Emea regional director Rob Newlan, who will explore how branded content is becoming an increasingly important area for brands and businesses and outline his view of »

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Sundance Film Festival: London 2017 line-up revealed

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The festival will close with A Ghost Story, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.

The line-up for the 5th Sundance Film Festival: London (June 1-4) has been announced.

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The festival will comprise 14 UK and international feature film premieres from this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, as well as 15 shorts, including a strand dedicated to new UK shorts.

As previously announced, the festival will open with Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner, starring Salma Hayek.

It will close with the UK premiere of David Lowery’s A Ghost Story [pictured], starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.

Other highlights from this year’s programme include Bushwick, starring Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow; true-life crime drama Crown Heights, which won the Us dramatic audience award; jury prize-winning documentary Dina, Michael Almereyda’s Marjorie Prime, starring Jon Hamm and Geena Davis, and Michael Showalter’s The Big Sick, which Amazon »

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Cannes: Directors' Fortnight adds Portuguese debut 'The Nothing Factory'

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Comedy-drama added to Cannes sidebar.

Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight sidebar has added Portuguese director Pedro Pinho’s feature debut The Nothing Factory to its 2017 selection.

The comedy-drama (with an occasional music number, according to a Cannes release) will play as a special screening. The majority of the Directors’ Fortnight line-up was revealed last week.

The film was produced by João Matos and Jorge Silva Melo for Portuguese outfit Terratreme. Pinho co-wrote the script with Leonor Noivo, Tiago Hespanha and Luisa Homem.

It follows a group of factory workers who go on strike in an attempt to block the relocation of their workplace by its crooked owners.

Vasco Viana was the cinematographer and the film was shot on 16mm. Cláudia Oliveira was the editor and João Gazua handled sound.

According to a statement from Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Édouard Waintrop, the film “dissects and riffs on the subject of de-industrialization, unemployment, and the »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Karlovy Vary to fete Ken Loach, James Newton Howard

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Kenji Mizoguchi, Jirí Brdecka tributes planned for 52nd edition.

The 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (June 30 - July 8) will present a Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema to British director Ken Loach.

The award will be shared with his long-time screenwriter Paul Laverty. The pair have collaborated on twelve feature films and two shorts, including The Wind That Shakes The Barley and more recently the Palme d’Or and Bafta-winning I, Daniel Blake.

Loach has a long and fruitful relationship with the Karlovy Vary festival. In 1968, his feature debut Poor Cow won a special jury prize and best actress for its star Carol White. A year later, his second film Kes won the festival’s Crystal Globe, and he has been a guest at the festival on numerous occasions since.

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Karlovy Vary will also celebrate the work of composer James Newton Howard, whose credits include Pretty Woman, The Sixth Sense, [link »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Annecy unveils 2017 line-up

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Zombillenium announced as opener; China named as guest country, Guillermo del Toro to return.

French animator and illustrator Arthur de Pin’s child-friendly comedy-horror tale Zombillenium (pictured) - set against the backdrop of an amusement-terror park were the staff are a motley crew of vampires, zombies and werewolves - will open this year’s edition of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, running June 12-17 this year. 

It is among nine special event screenings including Pixar’s Cars 3, which will be proceeded by a presentation of footage from Mexico-set, Day of the Dead-inspired drama Coco in the presence of director Lee Unkrich, producer Darla K. Anderson and co-director Adrian Molina; Despicable Me 3 and The Big Bad Fox And Other Animals.

Zombillenium will also compete in the 10-title feature film competition.

Other contenders for Annecy’s Cristal for best feature film include Iranian director Ali Soozandeh’s Tehran Taboo, exploring sexuality »

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Writers in overwhelming strike authorisation vote

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Action will commence on May 2 if no deal in place.

Writers Guild Of America (WGA) membership on Monday voted 96.3% in favour of striking on May 2 should no agreement be in place with studios and networks.

The move came as both sides prepared to return to the negotiating table on Tuesday following a recess and memories of the devastating 2007 strike loomed large.

The current three-year contract with the Alliance Of Motion Picture And Television Producers (AMPTP) expires on May 1.

The WGA is seeking higher payments and a health plan bailout that would amount to an extra $178m from the AMPTP.

The AMPTP released a statement on Monday that read: “The companies are committed to reaching a deal at the bargaining table that keeps the industry working.

“The 2007 Writers Strike hurt everyone. Writers lost more than $287 million in compensation that was never recovered, deals were cancelled, and many writers took out strike loans to make ends meet. We remain »

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Us writers in overwhelming strike authorisation vote

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Action could commence on May 2 if no deal in place.

Writers Guild Of America (WGA) membership on Monday voted 96.3% in favour of striking - possibly as soon as May 2 — should no agreement be in place with studios and networks.

The move came as both sides prepared to return to the negotiating table on Tuesday following a recess and memories of the devastating 2007 strike loomed large.

The current three-year contract with the Alliance Of Motion Picture And Television Producers (AMPTP) expires on May 1.

The WGA is seeking higher payments and a health plan bailout that would amount to an extra $178m from the AMPTP.

The AMPTP released a statement on Monday that read: “The companies are committed to reaching a deal at the bargaining table that keeps the industry working.

“The 2007 Writers Strike hurt everyone. Writers lost more than $287 million in compensation that was never recovered, deals were cancelled, and many writers took out strike loans to make »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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'Soldado', 'Granite Mountain' switch from Lionsgate to Sony in North America

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Differing views over release strategy believed to be cause.

Molly Smith’s Black Label Media has switched North American distributor on its upcoming Soldado and Granite Mountain from Lionsgate to Sony.

It is believed Lionsgate retains the bulk of international sales rights on the projects, which are both in post.

Screen understands the change stems from differing views over release strategy, however neither studio confirmed this.

Soldado is the sequel to crime thriller Sicario (pictured). Stefano Sollima directs the second in a potential trilogy that sees Benicio Del Toro and Brolin reprise their roles.

Joseph Kosinski directs Granite Mountain, which tells the true story of an elite crew of firefighters who battle to save their hometown from a wildfire.

Brolin also stars in this project alongside Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly.

Neither film was dated at time of writing. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions executives acquired both titles after Steve Bersch and Michael Helfand negotiated »

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Faye Dunaway describes 'guilt' over Oscars gaffe

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Best picture co-presenter breaks silence in NBC interview.

Faye Dunaway said in a broadcast segment on NBC Nightly News on Monday she felt guilty after reading out the wrong best picture winner at the climax of February’s Oscars telecast.

Speaking in the exclusive interview, Dunaway recalled events in which she declared La La Land the winner moments after PwC managing partner Brian Cullinan gave co-presenter Warren Beatty the wrong card.

Moonlight was announced the winner several minutes later when the mistake became apparent.

“[Beatty] took the card out and he didn’t say anything,” Dunaway told interviewer Lester Holt. “He paused, he looked over me, offstage. He looked around, he… and I finally said, ‘You’re impossible.’

“I thought he was joking, I mean Warren’s like that – he holds the power and makes people…” she said, adding after Holt prompted her: “A dramatic pause, you got it. But it’s part of his charm… And I read »

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O-Scope acquires Tribeca premiere 'November'

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Estonia-set folk tale will open later in the year.

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Rainer Sarnet’s November ahead of its Tribeca Film Festival premiere on Monday night.

The film is based on Andrus Kivirähk’s folk tale Rehepapp, a 19th century story of an Estonian peasant girl who sets out to win the heart of an infatuated young man while supernatural forces converge around the village.

Katrin Kissa of Homeless Bob Production (Estonia) produced with Ellen Havenith of Prpl (The Netherlands), and Łukasz Dzięcioł of Opus Film (Poland).

Oscilloscope acquired rights from the producers and will open the film theatrically later this year.

The distributor’s credits include Embrace Of The Serpent, We Need To Talk About Kevin, The Vanished Elephant, and The Love Witch. »

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Im Global, Boston Diva, Phantom Four developing 'The Black Company'

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Fantasy books adaptation to chronicle exploits of mercenary unit in Tolkien-like world.

Im Global Television is developing The Black Company alongside Eliza Dushku’s Boston Diva Productions and David Goyer’s Phantom Four.

The show is based on Glen Cook’s 10-book action fantasy series, which Boston Diva optioned, along with the book Port Of Shadows to be published by Tor Books in 2018. Port Of Shadows takes place between books one and two of the series. 

Goyer (pictured), whose previous television credits include Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons and ABC’s Flash Forward, will serve as executive producer along with Kevin Turen under Im Global Television’s first-look deal.

Dushku, Ami Lourie and Nate Dushku will served as executive producers via Boston Diva along with Sam Maydew of Silver Lining Entertainment.

Dushku recently joined the CBS series Bull for a three-episode arc with an option to be promoted to series regular for season two. The actress »

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Ernesto Contreras signs with Valor, Paradigm

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Exclusive: Mexican director made waves in Sundance with I Dream In Another Language.

Mexican filmmaker Ernesto Contreras has signed with Valor Entertainment and The Paradigm Agency.

Contreras earned wider international renown with his fourth feature I Dream In Another Language (Sueño en Otro Idioma), which premiered in Sundance back in January.

The drama – about a linguist who uncovers a unique story when he meets the last speakers of a dying language in a remote Mexican village – received backing some years ago from the ‎Sundance Institute’s Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award.

It went on to win this year’s World Cinema Dramatic audience award in Park City and Film Rise acquired North American rights from international sales agent Mundial, the Latino subsidiary of Im Global.

Contreras recently directed half of the new series El Chapo for Univision Communication’s Story House Entertainment and Netflix, based on the life of Mexican cartel head Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman. The show premiered »

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Breaking Glass picks up 'La Granja'

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Puerto Rico-set story to open in limited theatrical release.

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to La Granja (The Farm) from first-time Puerto Rican director Angel Manuel Soto.

The film centres on a promising young boxer, a barren midwife, and an overweight child with a bicycle. Their intersecting stories focus on the pursuit of happiness and its unanticipated consequences during the economic collapse in Puerto Rico.

Breaking Glass plans a limited theatrical release, followed by a VOD and DVD release in June.

La Granja premiered at Fantastic Fest 2016 and screened at Tribeca, Raindance and the Miami International Film Festival.

Breaking Glass CEO Wolff and Amanda Rae Simon negotiated the deal with executive producer Tom Davia.

“In a style similar to maestros González Iñárritu and Arriaga, La Granja presents multiple intersecting storylines about the pursuit of individual ​happiness and how often we are inevitably reduced to our most animalistic tendencies by our environment in an attempt »

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Michael Mann, Michael De Luca line up 'Hue 1968' series

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Vietnam War adaption will focus on lives on all sides during pivotal Tet Offensive.

Michael Mann and Michael De Luca have acquired rights to Mark Bowden’s upcoming book Hue 1968, which they will develop into an eight-to-10-hour miniseries.

Mann, the Oscar-winning director of Collateral, The Insider, and Heat, will direct multiple episodes and produce alongside De Luca, the Fifty Shades Darker producer who recently co-produced the Oscar telecast.

Hue 1968 took Bowden, the best-selling author of Black Hawk Down, five years to write and focuses on lives on all sides of the conflict during the pivotal Tet Offensive. Grove Atlantic will publish the book on June 6.

Characters include a seemingly innocent Vietnamese schoolgirl turned hardened revolutionary; a Marine captain from Pennsylvania who becomes a war hero; a Hanoi teacher who fights as an infantryman for the North Vietnamese army; and Us president Lyndon B. Johnson.

Mark Bowden’s written a masterpiece of intensely dramatic non-fiction,” Mann said. “Bowden »

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Ifp names Screen Forward Labs fellows

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Participants to receive $10,000 in services, and mentorship.

The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) has announced the 10 projects selected for the third annual Screen Forward Labs running in New York from April 24-28.

The Ifp’s year-long fellowship for content creators with serialised projects provides participants with $10,000 worth of services and a comprehensive mentorship to bring their projects to fruition.

The Screen Forward Labs will culminate with all projects pitching to investors, distributors, tech companies and network executives at Ifp Film Week 2017.

The 2017 Screen Forward Episodic Lab fellows are: Aeris by creator, director and producer Lukas Huffman, co-producer Amy Zhang and executive producer Shin CamposAnamnesis by co-creators, directors, writers, producers and editors Alex Calleros and Michael Tucker, producer Ryan McDuffie and executive producers Jeremy Norris and Patrick NorrisAngry Black Women from creators, writers and executive producers Dahéli Hall and HaJ and director Angie Browne; and Camp Abercorn by creator, director, writer and producer »

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Domhnall Gleeson, Lenny Abrahamson project receives Irish Film Board funding

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Other recipients include Virginia Woolf romance Vita & Virginia and new Hong Khaou, Carmel Winters films.

Lenny Abrahamson’s forthcoming adaptation of Sarah Waters’ acclaimed wartime ghost story The Little Stranger is among the films being supported by the Irish Film Board in its latest round of funding decisions. 

Projects by Mary McGuckian, Carmel Winters and British/Cambodian filmmaker Hong Khaou are also among those given production funding support, as is a drama about Virgina Woolf’s love affair with the poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West

In a diverse and wide-ranging first quarter, Room director Abrahamson’s [pictured] adaption of The Little Stranger has received production funding of €350,000.

The novel, which centres on the strange goings on in a country house in rural Warwickshire, has been adapted for the big screen by English novelist and screenwriter Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl). Domhnall Gleeson is attached to the project, which will be co-produced by Element Pictures

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Pinewood CEO Ivan Dunleavy exits

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CEO set to leave Star Wars and James Bond studio after 17 years.

Pinewood Group CEO Ivan Dunleavy is leaving the company after 17 years at the helm.

The UK studio has long played host to blockbusters including the Bond franchise, a string of Marvel titles and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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In an email to all staff today, Paul Golding, chairman of Pinewood, said: “Ivan has played a huge role in the success of Pinewood. When we became owners six months ago, we were delighted that he stayed on. Now, having overseen a smooth transition from public company to private ownership and with the business in such great shape, he has suggested the time is right to move on.

“I am pleased to say Ivan will continue to bring us the benefit of his experience as a senior adviser.”

In the same email, Ivan wished Pinewood, its staff and “all contributors to the screen industries »

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