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Saudi Arabia Launches Film Fund for Arab Cinema With Slate Toplined by Biopic of Singer Umm Kulthum Played by Mona Zaki

Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has launched a new film fund called Big Time Investment to boost production of quality Arabic movies and announced a slate of Egyptian feature films...

Beta Takes Sales on Daniela Porto and Cristiano Bortone’s ‘My Place Is Here’

Beta Cinema has acquired international sales rights outside Italy to “My Place Is Here,” directed by Daniela Porto and Cristiano Bortone. They kicked off sales on the film at the European Film...

Franz Rogowski Starrer ‘Lubo’ Lands U.S. Sale For True Colours (EXCLUSIVE)

U.S. specialty distributor Shadow Distribution has taken North American rights to Italian director Giorgio Diritti’s ethnic cleansing drama “Lubo,” toplining Franz Rogowski, from Italy’s True Colours. “Lubo,” which launched from the...

Iranian Directors Banned From Traveling to Berlinale Talk ‘Crossing All the Red Lines’ in ‘My Favourite Cake’

Iranian director duo Maryam Moghaddam and Behtash Sanaeeha were recently banned by Iranian authorities from traveling to this year’s Berlin Film Festival, where their drama “My Favourite Cake” is premiering in...

Berlin Golden Bear Winner Paolo Taviani Set to Shoot ‘Canto Delle Meduse’ With Kasia Smutniak (EXCLUSIVE)

Revered Italian auteur Paolo Taviani will soon be back in the director’s chair. Shooting is set to start in April on “Canto Delle Meduse,” a pandemic-themed drama helmed by Taviani with...

Berlinale Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian Talks Diversity of 2024 Lineup — and How Matt Damon Helped Secure the Opener

For his fifth and final edition, outgoing Berlin Film Festival artistic director Carlo Chatrian has assembled a promising lineup, rich in prestige, star-driven titles as well as more eclectic films containing...

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