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UK Global Screen Fund backs further 14 international co-productions including Corniche Media’s ‘My Driver & I’

The BFI has made a further 14 awards through its UK Global Screen Fund, boosting global opportunities for the UK’s independent screen sector. Financed through the UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the awards allocate over £2.2 million through the fund’s International Co-production strand, supporting UK producers to work as partners on international co-productions and help create new global projects, one of them being Corniche Media’s My Driver & I.

This latest round of awards sees the UK co-producing with 18 territories and will be the first time the fund has supported projects with Czech Republic, Georgia, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Saudi-Arabia, Ukraine and USA. The funding will also support partnerships closer to home with Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg.

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Clips Round-Up: Terry Gilliam Tilts At Windmills In ‘He Dreams Of Giants’

we have an exclusive opening clip from He Dreams Of Giants, Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe’s two-decades-later follow-up to their 2002 documentary Lost In La Mancha. This time, they follow Terry Gilliam’s final (and successful) attempt at filming 2019’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. After debuting at DOC NYC a few years ago, the documentary is finally available on digital and VOD across North America today. 

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UK’s Caspian Films and Corniche Media team on Saudi feature ‘My Driver & I’

UK production company Caspian Films has partnered with Corniche Media on Ahd Kamel’s debut feature My Driver & I, which will shoot in the Saudi Arabian port city of Jeddah early next year.

Pan-Arab studio MAD Solutions has acquired sales rights for MENA territories, and will also distribute theatrically in those territories.

Written by UK-based Ahd (who prefers to go under that single name) and based on her own experience, My Driver & I is set in Jeddah in the 1980s and 90s. It centres on the unlikely friendship between a privileged Saudi girl and her Sudanese driver, whose shared love of pop music and ice cream helps them cross divides of culture, generation and gender.

Thembisa Cochrane and Georgie Paget are producing for Caspian Films, in partnership with Corniche Media

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‘He Dreams of Giants’: Terry Gilliam Asks “Am I Dying Here?” In Trailer For New ‘Don Quixote’ Documentary.

In 2020, acclaimed filmmaker Terry Gilliam finally released The Man Who Killed Don Quixote in the UK after 29 years of trying. Starring Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver, the film premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2018 before hitting UK cinemas early last year before the pandemic struck.

And now, in an exclusive new trailer for He Dreams of Giants – a warts and all behind-the-scenes documentary about the film, available digitally from 29 March – we see it was almost the passion project that killed Terry Gilliam.

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Oscars Obliterate Old Record With 240 Qualifying Documentaries

The Oscars Best Documentary Feature race, which set a new record for entries in December when it passed the previous record of 170, has now left all previous years in the dust with 240 eligible films.

An additional 25 documentary features were placed in the members-only online screening room devoted to the category on Saturday, in what the Academy told voters would be “the final batch” of this year’s entries. It was the last of seven groups of documentaries that qualified and were placed into the screening room: 25 in July, 12 in August, 16 in September, 33 in October, 36 in November, a huge group of 93 in December and now 25 in January.

The first round of voting, in which the 240 contenders will be narrowed down to a 15-film shortlist, will take place from 1st-5th February.

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MK2 Films to Represent ‘Silver Star’ With ‘Euphoria’ Star Sydney Sweeney

MK2 Films has come on board “Silver Star,” a timely crime drama headlined by “Euphoria” star Sydney Sweeney and directed by Ruben Amar (“Swim Little Fish Swim”). MK2 Films has acquired international sales to the indie road movie, and will introduce the project to buyers at the virtual American Film Market this week.

“Silver Star” tells the story of a Bonnie-and-Clyde-type couple, Buddy, a 20-year-old Civil War re-enactor who’s fresh out of jail and struggling to root himself in today’s world, and Franny (Sydney Sweeney), an impulsive, pregnant 19-year-old with nothing to lose. Buddy is determined to reconnect with his estranged parents by saving their home from foreclosure, whatever it takes. During a botched bank robbery, Buddy takes Franny as his hostage and together they embark on an unexpected road trip across America.

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He Dreams Of Giants Wins Best UK Feature Award at Raindance Film Festival

He Dreams Of Giants has been awarded the prize for Best UK Feature at this year’s Raindance Film Festival. The documentary beat out fellow nominees Stardust, the much anticipated David Bowie biopic, and Catherine Linstrum’s Nuclear, to the award. The winners were announced during a virtual awards ceremony, which was live-streamed from the Leicester Square Theatre in London.

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Blue Finch Takes UK On Terry Gilliam Don Quixote Doc He Dreams Of Giants

He Dreams Of Giants, the feature documentary about Terry Gilliam’s long-troubled Don Quixote adaptation, has been picked up for UK release by Blue Finch Films.

The doc is a follow up to Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe’s previous chronicle of Gilliam’s doomed efforts to get his film made, 2002’s Lost In La Mancha. The deal was made by Mike Chapman on behalf of Blue Finch and Ed Parodi on behalf of Film Constellation.

Mike Chapman commented, “We were huge fans of the documentary upon first seeing it and are thrilled to be working on the release in the UK and Ireland. It’s a compelling look at the trials and tribulations of the artistic process, where fact is perhaps wilder than fiction.”

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Film Constellation Scores European Sales on He Dreams Of Giants

Film Constellation has struck a series of deals on He Dreams Of Giants, which explores Terry Gilliam’s 30-year journey to bring the story of Don Quixote to the screen. The documentary has been picked up for German-speaking territories by Koch Media and Poland by Mayfly. Film Constellation has also boarded a remastered version of Lost In La Mancha and has sold it alongside He Dreams Of Giants to NonStop Entertainment, which will handle distribution in Scandinavia and the Baltics.

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Our Sister Company Le Pacte Wins Five Cesar Awards Including Best Picture

Les Misérables, Ladj Ly’s blistering look at life in the Parisian banlieues, on Friday won the 2020 Cesar Award for best film, beating out all comers, including Roman Polanski’s An Officer and a Spy.

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