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2018 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Felix van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy

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We know him for his Directors’ Fortnight preemed The Misfortunates (2009) (and the publicity stunt on the Croisette as well), and international audiences discovered him via the Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language Film The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012), but Sundance crowds got up close and personal with the Belgian helmer when he preemed Belgica (review) in 2016.

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Eurimages Chief Roberto Olla on How a Netflix Acquisition Can Be ‘Kiss of Death’ for a European Art Film (Exclusive)

Eurimages Chief Roberto Olla on How a Netflix Acquisition Can Be ‘Kiss of Death’ for a European Art Film (Exclusive)
Roberto Olla, executive director of the Council of Europe’s Eurimages co-production fund, is concerned that as Netflix starts acquiring Eurimages-supported European art films, the type of global deals the streaming giant is doing can force these films to largely bypass theatrical and festival circuits, which are an integral part of Eurimages’ raison d’être. He spoke to Variety during the Locarno Film Festival’s StepIn Initiative, the prime European forum where the disruptive effect of global streaming platforms on the indie film industry is being discussed.

How is Netflix impacting what Eurimages does?

What we are seeing at Eurimages — and I think everyone is seeing this — is that producers are increasingly finding themselves in a bind. Let me describe it with the following scenario: They’ve had their project co-financed; the film has been released theatrically in the territory of the majority co-producer but is struggling to get released in the minority co-producer’s territory and
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'Broken Circle Breakdown' producer Dirk Impens to quit film business

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'Broken Circle Breakdown' producer Dirk Impens to quit film business
Exclusive: Felix Van Groeningen collaborator to “move aside”.

In a move that has taken the Belgian industry by surprise, veteran producer Dirk Impens has confirmed that he is closing down his production company Menuet and is planning to quit the film business.

Impens is the highly respected producer behind Oscar nominated films such as Stijn Coninx’s Daens and Felix van Groeningen’s Broken Circle Breakdown.

Contacted by Screen, Impens explained that after three decades in the business it was time to take a break.

“Old man, move aside,” 59-year-old Impens commented.

“What could be worse than becoming a grumpy old man who keeps on telling (people) how things were so much better in the old days? Never ! It’s been a wonderful 30 years, thanks to many super talented people and a very dedicated small staff. 30 years ago I did what I believed was the right thing, sometimes against all odds! And that is
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WestEnd boards Camille Cottin-Pathé comedy 'Saving Mum'

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WestEnd boards Camille Cottin-Pathé comedy 'Saving Mum'
Exclusive: Comedy co-stars Miou-Miou and Camille Chamoux; first look revealed.

WestEnd Films is launching world sales on Saving Mum (working title), a heartwarming comedy which reunites the team behind French comedy Connasse: writer-director Eloïse Lang and French actress Camille Cottin (Allied).

Rounding out the cast are ten-time César Award nominee Miou-Miou (Populaire), Camille Chamoux (Supercondriaque) and Johan Heldenbergh (The Broken Circle Breakdown).

The exclusive first picture released features Camille Cottin, Miou-Miou and Camille Chamoux (from left to right). The film is currently shooting on Reunion Island.

Saving Mum is the French-language remake of Danish comedy All Inclusive. WestEnd Films acquired the remake rights for that film from Happy Ending Film.

The film tells the story of free-spirited Rose (Cottin) and her uptight sister Alice (Chamoux) who take their mother Francoise (Miou-Miou) out of Paris to the tropical island of Reunion for her birthday. But when a sexy bartender, an attractive widow, and cheap margaritas
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FilmNation boards Steve Carell, Joaquin Phoenix projects

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Exclusive: Amazon Studios fully finances both titles and will release in Us.

Glen Basner’s FilmNation has come on board to launch international sales on the Croisette to the latest films from Gus Van Sant and Felix van Groeningen.

Van Sant’s dramatic comedy Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot stars Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill, and Jack Black, while van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy stars Steve Carell.

Amazon Studios, with whom FilmNation has collaborated several times, most recently on a headline-grabbing $12m deal on Sundance hit The Big Sick, is fully financing both films and will distribute in the Us.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot is in post and is based on Van Sant’s adaptation of the memoir by John Callahan.

Phoenix plays a hell-raiser who is paralysed and confined to a wheelchair following a car wreck.

After a dark spell of alcoholism he sobers
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Christian Convery cast as Steve Carell’s son in Beautiful Boy

Young actor Christian Convery (My Christmas Dream) has been cast to play Steve Carell’s youngest son and Timothee Chalamet’s (Call Me By Your Name) little brother in Beautiful Boy, a new Amazon Studios drama produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B.

The film is based on David Sheff’s book Beautiful Boy: a Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction as well as Nic Scheff’s Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines, which described Nic’s (Chalamet) methamphetamine addiction and its impact on his family. Convery plays Jasper Sheff, a happy seven-year-old who must deal with the serious effects drug addiction has on an older brother whom he adores.

Beautiful Boy is being directed by Felix Van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown) from a screenplay he created by Luke Davies (Lion).
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Steve Carell’s Drama ‘Beautiful Boy’ Casts Christian Convery

Steve Carell’s Drama ‘Beautiful Boy’ Casts Christian Convery
Christian Convery has been cast to play Steve Carell’s youngest son and Timothee Chalamet’s brother in “Beautiful Boy.”

The Amazon Studios drama is being produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B banner. “Beautiful Boy” is based on David Sheff’s book “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction,” as well as Nic Sheff’s “Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines,” about Sheff’s drug addiction and its impact on his family.

Chalamet portrays Nic Sheff, while Convery plays Jasper Sheff, a happy seven-year-old who must deal with the serious effects drug addiction has on an older brother whom he adores. Chalamet starred in Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released later this year by Sony Classics.

Variety reported in 2015 that Felix van Groeningen (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”) was initially attached to direct the movie.
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Amazon Studios Banks on Indie Auteurs at CinemaCon Preview

What a difference a year makes: Amazon Studios’ lunch at CinemaCon 2017 was packed. Not like last year. “We were a new studio brand who had released one movie and bought five at Sundance,” said Jason Ropell, Amazon’s worldwide head of Motion Pictures. “We were planning to release 15 movies. It was ambitious and pretty damned scary.”

It turned out exhibitors did fine with Amazon’s movies, especially Oscar-winning $47-million-grosser “Manchester By the Sea,” which was released by Roadside Attractions and is winding up its 19th week in theaters. Other hits included Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen comedy “Love & Friendship” (19 weeks) and Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” (12 weeks), along with arthouse entries “The Handmaiden” (18 weeks), documentary “Gleason” and Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman,” which collected the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Ropell and head of movie marketing and distribution Bob Berney, who is well known by exhibitors, scored rousing applause whenever
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Amazon Studios Banks on Indie Auteurs at CinemaCon Preview

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What a difference a year makes: Amazon Studios’ lunch at CinemaCon 2017 was packed. Not like last year. “We were a new studio brand who had released one movie and bought five at Sundance,” said Jason Ropell, Amazon’s worldwide head of Motion Pictures. “We were planning to release 15 movies. It was ambitious and pretty damned scary.”

It turned out exhibitors did fine with Amazon’s movies, especially Oscar-winning $47-million-grosser “Manchester By the Sea,” which was released by Roadside Attractions and is winding up its 19th week in theaters. Other hits included Whit Stillman’s Jane Austen comedy “Love & Friendship” (19 weeks) and Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” (12 weeks), along with arthouse entries “The Handmaiden” (18 weeks), documentary “Gleason” and Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman,” which collected the Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

Ropell and head of movie marketing and distribution Bob Berney, who is well known by exhibitors, scored rousing applause whenever
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of The Zookeeper’S Wife In St. Louis

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain stars in The Zookeeper’S Wife in the title role of Antonina Żabińska, a real-life working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during WWII. Niki Caro (Whale Rider, North Country) directs the movie from a screenplay by Angela Workman, adapted from Diane Ackerman’s nonfiction book of the same name which was based on Antonina’s diaries.

The time is 1939. The place is Poland, homeland of Antonina (portrayed by Ms. Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh, of The Broken Circle Breakdown). Devoted to each other, the couple thrive as personal and professional partners; the Warsaw Zoo flourishes under Jan’s stewardship and Antonina’s care. With reserves of energy, Antonina rises every day to tend to both her family and their menagerie, as the gates to the majestic zoo open in welcome…

…until the
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Kaitlyn Dever Joins Steve Carell in Amazon Drama 'Beautiful Boy' (Exclusive)

Kaitlyn Dever has joined Steve Carell and up-and-comer Timothee Chalamet in Beautiful Boy, the Amazon Studios drama being produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B banner.

Felix van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown) is directing the project, which is based on the memoir Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff.

The story tackles the problem of methamphetamine addiction and recovery through the eyes of a father (Carell) whose son, Nic, played by Chalamet, suffers from the disease.

Dever will play the son’s love interest, a recovering meth addict who relapses with Nic.

Amazon Studios is financing and...
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‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ Review: Jessica Chastain Shines In a Solid, Unexpectedly Sweet Holocaust Drama

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‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ Review: Jessica Chastain Shines In a Solid, Unexpectedly Sweet Holocaust Drama
We may never run out of movies to make about World War II, the people who lived through it, and the people who didn’t. It may seem a bit obvious given the global scope of the conflict, but the sheer number of narratives that have emerged from the period is truly mind-boggling, bordering on the infinite, and it often feels as though most of them have made their way in front of a camera. The Holocaust alone offers more stories than we could ever hope to pass along — in Niki Caro’s beautifully realized and occasionally stirring “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” even the animals have their own tales to tell.

Adapted from Diane Ackerman’s book of the same name, Caro’s most vivid and complete film since “Whale Rider” relays the remarkable true story Antonina and Jan Żabińska (Jessica Chastain and “The Broken Circle Breakdown” star Johan Heldenbergh
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The Office duo Amy Ryan and Steve Carell to reunite for Beautiful Boy

After playing a pair of lovers on NBC’s workplace comedy The Office over the course of roughly twenty episodes, Amy Ryan and Steve Carell will be reuniting for Amazon’s Beautiful Boy. Carell has been on board the project for about two months now, but Ryan has just recently joined the cast, according to Deadline.

The true story follows Carell’s David, a father who is severely impacted by his son Nic’s addiction to methamphetamine. Ryan will play David’s ex-wife, Vicki, who became estranged from the family after David won primary custody, but is back to help her son. Timothée Chalamet of Interstellar fame is set to portray Nic.

Beautiful Boy could break the pair back into the awards consideration in 2018/2019, as not only will Ryan and Carell surely deliver compelling performances, but they are surrounded by a slew of talented people behind the camera as well.
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Amazon Reunites Steve Carell And Amy Ryan For Drug-Addiction Drama Beautiful Boy

Amazon Studios is set to bring together Steve Carell and Amy Ryan (Central Intelligence) once more for Beautiful Boy, a drug-addiction drama from director Felix van Groeningen.

Word comes by way of Deadline, revealing that Carell and Ryan, who first shared the screen on long-running sitcom The Office, will play David and his ex-wife Vicki, respectively. A big-screen adaptation of the 2008 memoir, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, by David Sheff, Amazon and van Groeningen’s feature kicks into gear when David and Vicki are forced to set aside old differences in the interest of their son Nic, who has succumbed to an all-consuming methamphetamine addiction.

Best known for his work on The Broken Circle Breakdown, Felix van Groeningen is on board to direct a script he penned alongside Lion scribe Luke Davies. As for the addition of Amy Ryan, the actress struck a
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Amy Ryan Reunites With Steve Carell For Amazon’s ‘Beautiful Boy’

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Exclusive: Amy Ryan has been set to co-star in Beautiful Boy, the Amazon drug-addiction drama from Brad Pitt’s Plan B that already has Steve Carell aboard. The deal reunites Ryan and Carell for a serious pic after they played boyfriend-girlfriend so well on NBC’s comedy series The Office. Felix van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown) is attached to direct the script he co-wrote with Lion scribe Luke Davies, adapted David Sheff's 2008 book Beautiful Boy: A Father's Jou…
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Flemish animation industry set for funding boost

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Flanders funding organisation will invest €750,000 in a feature film every year.

In a move which could provide a major boost to long form animation in the Flemish region, The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (Vaf) is to set aside €750,000 ($793,000) each year to invest in a single majority-produced animated feature.

In an interview with Screen, Pierre Drouot, director of the Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (Vaf), explained the thinking behind the intervention. The aim, Drouot said, was to guarantee at least one animated feature a year for which “the content and the IP was in the hands of the Flanders sector”.

“Animation is a sector that we want to develop even more in the future,” the Vaf boss said.

Flemish animation producers have been involved as minority partners in several award winning features in recent years, among them The Triplets Of Belleville, The Secret Of Kells and A Cat In Paris (all Oscar nominated). The aim now is to give Flemish animators
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Sundance Breakout Timothee Chalamet in Talks to Join Steve Carell’s ‘Beautiful Boy’

Sundance Breakout Timothee Chalamet in Talks to Join Steve Carell’s ‘Beautiful Boy’
Timothee Chalamet, who starred in “Call Me By Your Name,” is in talks to come on board opposite Steve Carell in the drug addiction story “Beautiful Boy.”

Amazon Studios is financing and distributing and Brad Pitt’s Plan B is producing. The story is based on David Sheff’s 2008 book “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction,” which described his son Nic’s methamphetamine addiction and its impact on his family.

Variety reported in 2015 that Felix van Groeningen (“The Broken Circle Breakdown”) was attached to direct the project. Cameron Crowe was originally on board to direct but the director subsequently left the project to direct “Aloha.”

Van Groeningen directed the 2012 Belgian title “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Carell will next be seen in the upcoming “Battle of the Sexes” as Bobby Riggs opposite Emma Stone as Billy Jean King.
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Efm: Alma Cinema boards Milad Alami's 'The Charmer'

Efm: Alma Cinema boards Milad Alami's 'The Charmer'
Exclusive: Company also due to launch sales on Nicloux’s To The Ends Of The Earth and Roland Møller-starrer A Bluebird In My Heart.

Paris-based Alma Cinema has boarded sales on Swedish-Iranian director Milad Alami’s debut Copenhagen-set feature The Charmer about a young Iranian man desperately searching for a local woman who will help him stay in Denmark.

Ardalan Esmaili stars in the intense psychological drama as the protagonist who finds love with one woman but also falls foul of a man whose wife he has also attempted to woo.

It marks Alami’s first feature after a series of award-winning shorts including Nothing Can Touch Me and Void, which played in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2014 as a part of the Nordic Factory initiative.

“It’s a really touching film. The director is absolutely extraordinary. I think he’s got what it takes to be a new Joachim Trier or Michaël R. Roskam,” said Alma Cinema
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Efm: Alma Cinema boards Milad Alami's identity drama 'The Charmer'

Efm: Alma Cinema boards Milad Alami's identity drama 'The Charmer'
Exclusive: Company also due to launch sales on Guillaume Nicloux’s To The Ends Of The Earth and Roland Møller-starrer A Bluebird In My Heart.

Paris-based Alma Cinema has boarded sales on Swedish-Iranian director Milad Alami’s debut Copenhagen-set feature The Charmer about a young Iranian man desperately searching for a local woman who will help him stay in Denmark.

Ardalan Esmaili stars in the intense psychological drama as the protagonist who finds love with one woman but also falls foul of a man whose wife he has also attempted to woo.

It marks Alami’s first feature after a series of award-winning shorts including Nothing Can Touch Me and Void, which played in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2014 as a part of the Nordic Factory initiative.

The Charmer

“It’s a really touching film. The director is absolutely extraordinary. I think he’s got what it takes to be a new Joachim Trier,” said Alma Cinema
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Sundance Breakout Timothee Chalamet Joining Steve Carell in 'Beautiful Boy' (Exclusive)

Fresh off the heels of critical acclaim for his latest film Call Me by Your Name at the Sundance Film Festival, rising star Timothee Chalamet is in negotiations to star opposite Steve Carell in Beautiful Boy.

Felix van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown) is attached to direct the project, which is based on the memoir Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff.

The story reflects on methamphetamine addiction and recovery through the eyes of a father whose son suffers from the disease. Amazon Studios will finance and distribute the pic, with Plan B producing.

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