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Mon 09:34  ‘Mother Schmuckers’ Review: Gritty Belgian Cinema Gets the John Waters Twist It Never Saw Coming
If you thought the Dardenne brothers were the only game in town when it comes to fraternal auteur duos making unvarnished studies of life on the skids in working-class Belgium, newcomers Harpo and Lenny Guit have at least one surprise in store for you. If you’re thinking of the Dardenne brothers at all, however, the […]
Mon 09:04  Radu Jude on Obscenity, Porn and Pandemic Life in Berlin Competition Title ‘Bad Luck Banging’
Silver Bear winner Radu Jude (“Aferim!”) returns to the Berlin Film Festival this year with the competition feature “Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn,” the story of a schoolteacher whose life is turned upside-down after a sex video shot with her husband is leaked on the internet. The acclaimed writer-director spoke to Variety about how […]
Mon 09:00  Political Thriller ‘Hinterland’ Follows Infiltrator Into Dark World of Neo-Nazis (EXCLUSIVE)
Producer Gian-Piero Ringel, Oscar nominated for Wim Wenders’ “Pina,” and writer-director Sven Bohse, who directed true crime miniseries “Dark Woods,” a ratings hit last year in Germany, will be presenting their political thriller “Hinterland” this week as part of the European Film Market’s Co-Pro Series program. They spoke to Variety about the eight-part series. In […]
Mon 08:50  Spotify Listeners Lose K-Pop Tunes From Kakao M After Deal Talks Fail
Spotify users worldwide will no longer have access to music tracks from K-pop acts represented by Kakao M, an offshoot of Korean internet giant Kakao Corp. The global music streamer’s deal with the label has expired and has not been renewed. “Spotify can confirm that starting March 1, 2021, Kakao M’s catalogue will no longer […]
Mon 08:20  ‘Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir’ Review: A Storyteller’s Storied Life
Novelist Amy Tan’s centrality to the history of Asian American representation in literature and on-screen cannot be overstated. And the late James Redford’s pleasant, sympathetic biographical documentary, “Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir” is careful to avoid any such overstatement: It presents Tan’s fascinating life story from an intimate perspective, which is engaging and compelling on the […]
Mon 08:01  Variety’s Berlin Digital Daily, Day 1: High-Rollers Deliver Despite Downturn
Since you can’t be in Berlin this year, Variety is bringing Berlin to you. We’re publishing daily digital editions, running March 1-4, of coverage from the European Film Market. To catch up on Day 1, please click below.  
Mon 08:01  Ciaran Hinds, Lily Franky, Ryo Nishikido Board Jessie Buckley’s ‘Cottontail’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Lily Franky (“Shoplifters,” “Like Father Like Son”), Ciaran Hinds (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” “The Terror”) and Ryō Nishikido (“Hospitality Department”) have joined the cast of Oscar-nominated “Philomena” producer Gabrielle Tana’s forthcoming film “Cottontail,” starring Jessie Buckley. BAFTA “Brit to Watch” director Patrick Dickinson directs. Japanese actor Franky replaces Ken Watanabe, who […]
Mon 07:59  Post-Pandemic Polarization of China’s Film Market Tests Arthouse Films and Firms
China’s $1.2 billion Lunar New Year box office broke world records earlier this month, but Chinese film buyers and sales agents are not jumping to interpret that as a sign of lasting market recovery, particularly for arthouse productions and indie firms. Despite astonishing ticket sales, some 80% of the six-day holiday box office went to […]
Mon 07:00  Orogen, The Exchange Create Next Prods., Reveal Slate (EXCLUSIVE)
Finance firm Orogen Entertainment is partnering with sales agency The Exchange to create a stand-alone development and movie production company Next Prods., which has a slate of projects in development. The partnership, which will have a three-year term, will develop at least 15 film projects. It will be headed by Caddy Vanasirikul of The Exchange. […]
Mon 07:00  Former Virgin Television Chief Pat Kiely Launches Irish Entertainment Media Venture BiggerStage (EXC
Pat Kiely, the former managing director of Virgin Media Television, Ireland, has launched entertainment media venture BiggerStage. The Dublin-headquartered company is set up with a three-pillared approach. It will develop original content for the global market and position Ireland as a hub for international television production. It will represent established talent in broadcasting and entertainment […]
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