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Locarno Film Review: ‘Iceman’

An extraordinary premise gets a slightly ordinary workout in Felix Randau’s meticulously mounted but narratively simplistic “Iceman,” an imagining of the last days in the life of the man we now know affectionately as Ötzi, whose mummified remains were found in the Alps in 1991, and were subsequently discovered to date back to 330… Variety

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Locarno: Casa Wabi, Mantarraya Launch Film Prize

LOCARNO, Switzerland — Mexico’s Mantarraya Group, producer of Cannes Best Director winners Carlos Reygadas (2012’s “Post Tenebras Lux”) and Amat Escalante (2013’s “Heli”), is establishing another festival presence in Europe, teaming with art foundation Fundación Casa Wabi to adjudicate a new prize at the Locarno Festival’s ne… Variety

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HBO Adds to Europe Team Ahead of Sarajevo Film Festival

HBO has brought in a new programming executive to bolster its original programming drive in Europe. Ana Balentovic has joined the HBO Europe team and will work up projects from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro. In the new development role at HBO she will work with local talent to get original…  Full Article…

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Locarno Film Review: ‘Mrs. Hyde’

An offbeat, fizzy farce that goes a little flat by the end, Serge Bozon’s hot-ticket Locarno premiere “Mrs. Hyde” drinks no potion, but nonetheless demonstrates a split personality. Half enjoyable, half frustrating, the film’s (extremely) loose basis on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novella “Strange Case of Dr… Variety

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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘The Nothing Factory’

In times of crisis, suggests a character in “The Nothing Factory,” there are various possible responses: You can shoot a gun or form a community garden. Or in Portuguese documentary director Pedro Pinho’s case, you can make your narrative debut, an occasionally inspired, but often trying three-hour-long, genre-hopping patchwork of… Variety

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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Little Crusader’

An epic poem makes for echoingly sparse cinema — however vast the historical milieu — in “Little Crusader,” a tight-lipped study in Medieval minimalism from talented Czech formalist Václav Kadrnka.

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China Tightens Control of Film, TV as Major Political Events Loom

The Chinese government is tightening control of film and TV and cranking up its propaganda machine to ensure a “unified atmosphere” in the run-up to politically sensitive events and anniversaries this fall. New directives order the film and television industries to screen serious, patriotic content as the country prepares for the Communist Part… Variety

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Film Republic Picks Up Karlovy Vary Competition Title ‘The Line’ (EXCLUSIVE)

London-based sales agency Film Republic has picked up the international rights, excluding Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Ukraine, to the Slovak-Ukrainian coproduction “The Line,” which has its world premiere in the competition selection at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival. The first official co-production between Slovakia and Ukraine, “… Variety

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