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The film has taken in nearly $30 million in Japan, topping the director’s ‘Like Father, Like Son’, which also picked up a prize at the Cannes film festival. Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazoku) has become Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s biggest domestic box-office hit, pulling in $29.2 million (¥3.2 billion) from 2.65 million admissions as
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Shinzo Abe’s failure to congratulate Hirokazu Kore-eda for his film ‘Shoplifters’ is unusual in Japan, where leaders are usually quick to tout the international recognition and success of its citizens. The absence of a congratulatory call or message for Cannes Palme d’Or-winner Hirokazu Kore-eda from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has fueled speculation that the
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The prizes for the festival sidebar were given out Thursday night. The prizes for Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight sidebar were awarded Thursday evening, with Gaspar Noe’s sex-and-drugs drama Climax taking the Art Cinema Award from among the 17 films in competition. This year’s selections had some big-name directors competing, with Oscar nominee Ciro Guerra’s Summer Birds, Cesar
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Joachim Trier’s jury awarded the Nespresso Grand Prize and other honors. The first major awards of this year’s Cannes Film Festival were handed out Wednesday night, with Diamantino taking the top honor in the Critics’ Week sidebar. Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s surrealist film, one of seven features in competition, took the Nespresso Grand Prize.
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Norwegian drama ‘State of Happiness’ won best screenplay and music honors. When Heroes Fly soared Wednesday night at the inaugural CanneSeries Awards, with the Israeli drama taking the top prize for best series at the event’s closing ceremony. The show from Hostages creator Omri Givon follows a group of war veterans who unite in the Colombian
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The series will be the platform’s first Prime Original in France. Amazon is joining Bavaria Fiction, German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom and France’s Newen on the original series Germanized. The series will premiere as its first Prime Original in France, with Amazon distributing the series in France and Belgium on its platform and taking exclusive rights
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The French producer behind Netflix hit ‘Narcos’ has hired former Warner Bros. TV executive Sabine de Mardt to run the local-language production unit. Gaumont, the French producer of Netflix’s Narcos, is expanding into Germany, launching a regional production operation to deliver original local-language series. Sabine de Mardt, formerly director of fiction and film at Warner Bros.
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The production firm will work with the distributor of hits such as ‘Shopping Monsters’ and ‘1001 Nights.’ Bouchra Rejani’s French production company WeMake has signed a first-look deal with Turkey’s Global Agency, the international distributor behind formats The Married Game, Shopping Monsters and Wardrobe Wars. Former Shine France COO Rejani was in charge of strategic development of hits
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The Hollywood blockbusters that went bust, the low-budget underdogs that triumphed and Germany’s inexplicable affection for David Hasselhoff. Even in this world of global homogenization, local tastes matter. The studios, with their worldwide marketing campaigns and day-and-date releases, dominate the international box office, and last year was no exception. But a hit in Hollywood can
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