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La Pacte at Cannes

Our partners Le Pacte have once again an incredible list of titles at this years Cannes Film Festival, with Ken Loach, Nicolas Winding Refn, Cristian Mungiu and Jim Jarmusch in Official Selection and 12 films across all sections.


How Netflix’s deals for foreign movie rights are changing the global film business

Some of the titles already have opened in their home countries, and will now stream in other territories instead of opening in arthouses. Other films, such as India’s Sundance hit Brahman Naman are premièring exclusively on Netflix.

Great article from Variety.


Lord Puttnam Partners With Hani Farsi To Produce First Film in 17 Years, Greenpeace Tale ‘Arctic 30’

Lord Puttnam, a legendary figure in the British film industry, is making a return to producing after a nearly two-decade absence to produce Greenpeace activist drama Arctic 30. He is teaming with Corniche Pictures’ Hani Farsi for a joint venture to produce a feature based on the recently published book Don’t Trust, Don’t Fear, Don’t Beg by Ben Stewart, about the true story of 30 men and women who took on Russia’s largest oil company to save Earth’s most precious landscape.

Read more on Deadline.


British Producer David Puttnam Returns With Environmental Thriller ‘Arctic 30’

Prominent British producer David Puttnam, best known for “Midnight Express,” “The Killing Fields” and “The Mission,” is set to don his producer hat again after a long hiatus with environmental activism thriller “Arctic 30,” the true tale of the activists on Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise ship, who were thrown into a nasty Russian jail.

Puttnam has teamed up with Saudi philanthropist and film producer Hani Farsi. The project, which does not have a director attached yet, will be launched by Puttnam and Farsi in Cannes Monday morning at the Plage Royale.

Read the full article on Variety.


20,000 Days on Earth review – a day in the life of the ‘real’ Nick Cave

Polymath musician, writer and scourge/darling of the music press, Nick Cave has played a number of intriguing screen roles over the years. In John Hillcoat’s Ghosts… of the Civil Dead he was a psychotic inmate in a high-security prison descending into hellish self-destructive chaos. In Tom DiCillo’s Johnny Suede he played Freak Storm, a parodic rocker with a shock-white quiff singing songs about his daddy dying in the electric chair. Most notably he was a balladeer in Andrew Dominik’s brilliant (but underrated) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, infuriating Casey Affleck’s hollow gunman with his inaccurate musical recounting of already legendary history.

Mark Kermode gives 20,000 Days on Earth a brilliant review on The Guardian.


20,000 Days on Earth review – Nick Cave muses on his artistic legacy

Rock star and film-maker Nick Cave produces and stars in this sprightly, creatively enhanced documentary about the current state of his life, music and general psychospiritual equilibrium as he passes the 20,000-day mark – ie, mid-50s. It’s a time when any artist might start wondering about his or her career trajectory, and what his or her legacy might be.

Read the full film review on The Guardian.