Cillian Murphy, Margot Robbie, Tilda Swinton – The Hollywood Reporter

Battered by disappointing markets at Toronto and AFM, each of which had been held below the shadow of the actors strike, consumers and sellers wish to Berlin’s European Film Market (EFM), which runs Feb. 15-21, to re-energize the indie enterprise. The outlook, popping out of Sundance, is sweet.

“The distinction in Sundance from final yr to this was excessive, there have been much more offers being down, each by distributors and streamers,” says Janina Vislmaier, head of gross sales at Protagonist Footage, which screened The Outrun with Saoirse Ronan and Sasquatch Sundown with Riley Keough and Jesse Eisenberg in Park Metropolis, each of which can display screen on the EFM. “Everybody is actually excited forward of Berlin, particularly as a result of all of the consumers are again, together with from Asia, which is a extremely good signal.”

The tip of the SAG and WGA strikes hasn’t, but, delivered the flood of latest tasks and packages many had predicted, one thing David Garrett at Mister Smith Leisure places all the way down to “everybody competing for a similar crew and expertise” making a bottleneck that would gradual deal-making in Berlin.

However among the many confirmed tasks heading to the EFM, there may be a lot to get consumers buzzing, together with new options with Dave Bautista, Margot Robbie, Tilda Swinton, Bob Odenkirk, Cillian Murphy, and Christoph Waltz.

500 Miles

DIRECTOR Morgan Matthews

STARS Invoice Nighy, Roman Griffin

BUZZ Residing and The Finest Unique Marigold Resort star Nighy is the estranged grandfather to JoJo Rabbit breakout Roman Griffin Davis on this road movie a couple of damaged household pressured to return collectively, tailored by What Richard Did screenwriter Malcolm Campbell from Mark Lowery’s novel Charlie and Me. The promise of a heartwarming household drama with a splash of British wit ought to discover specialised consumers far and large.

SALES Beta Cinema



STARS Dave Bautista, Samuel L. Jackson

BUZZ Motion and sci-fi could be an explosive combo on the international market, and this future-set journey story, that includes Bautista as a treasure hunter tasked with recovering invaluable objects in a world the place all expertise has been worn out, may get play with theatrical consumers – if the streamers don’t get there first.

SALES Black Bear, CAA Media Finance

The Beacon

DIRECTOR Ralph Fiennes

STARS Ralph Fiennes, Indira Varma, Charles Babalola, Alison Oliver

BUZZ Fiennes re-teams along with his The Fixed Gardener producer Gail Egan on this up to date U.Ok. drama, directing and staring alongside a pack of up-and-coming British expertise within the story of Joshua Nyaga (Charles Babalola), who got here to London as a baby refugee from Uganda and units off for a weekend within the English countryside along with his girlfriend’s upper-class household.

SALES Cornerstone, CAA Media Finance

A Large Daring Lovely Journey


STARS Margot Robbie, Colin Farrell

BUZZ The plot of this new bundle remains to be being saved below wraps however the expertise connected — significantly a post-Barbie Robbie — along with After Yang and Pachinko director Kogonada, helming from an authentic script from The Menu author Seth Reiss, ought to have consumers salivating.

SALES 30West, CAA Media Finance

La Concina

Rooney Mara and Raúl Briones in ‘La Cocina’

Juan Pablo Ramírez/Filmadora

DIRECTOR Alonso Ruizpalacios

STARS Rooney Mara, Raúl Briones

BUZZ Emmy-winning FX collection The Bear demonstrated an insatiable urge for food for intense back-room kitchen drama and consumers will be sure you pattern Alonso Ruizpalacios’s English-language debut, a modern-day adaptation of Arnold Wesker’s 1957 stage basic The Kitchen, with Mara taking part in an American waitress whose relationship with Briones, an undocumented Mexican grill cook dinner, is put to the check in the course of the lunch rush on the high-stress Manhattan restaurant The Grill.

SALES HanWay Movies, Fifth Season, WME

The Finish

DIRECTOR Joshua Oppenheimer

STARS Tilda Swinton, George Mackay, Moses Ingram, Michael Shannon.

BUZZ Oppenheimer’s characteristic debut after the Oscar-nominated documentaries The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence was snatched up by Neon stateside and appears to have an identical crossover attraction as Ruben Östlund’s capitalism satire Triangle of Unhappiness. The “post-apocalyptic musical” is ready in an underground bunker amongst a household of 1 percenters who straight contributed to the tip of the world. Simply the promise of a singing and dancing Michael Shannon, who performs the household patriarch, must be sufficient to get consumers on board.


SALES The Match Manufacturing facility


DIRECTOR David Mackenzie

STARS Aaron Taylor-Johnson

BUZZ The brand new crime thriller from Hell or Excessive Water director Mackenzie sees him reunite along with his Outlaw King collaborator Taylor-Johnson in a U.Ok.-set style mash-up that mixes a financial institution heist film with a high-stakes story of an unexploded bomb. The combo may show explosive for worldwide consumers hungry for elevated motion that may play theatrically.

SALES Anton, UTA Unbiased Movie Group, WME Unbiased

The Housewife

DIRECTOR Ben Shirinian

STARS Naomi Watts, Tye Sheridan, Michael Imperioli, Norman Reedus

BUZZ The A-list solid and attractive true-story premise — primarily based on a New York Instances journalist who tracked down a suspected Nazi officer residing in Queens — ought to attract indie theatrical consumers who will see upscale viewers potential on this psychological interval drama.

SALES Neon Worldwide, CAA Media Finance




DIRECTOR David N. Weiss

STARS Adam Devine, Elsie Fisher, J.Ok. Simmons, Sam Richardson

BUZZ Berlin arguably helped spark the worldwide craze for anime after Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away gained the Golden Bear right here again in 2001, serving to put together the marketplace for what’s now a real blockbuster style. This English-language movie, from the producers of One Piece Movie: Crimson and The First Slam Dunk encompasses a story and characters co-created by Sonic the Hedgehog sport designer Naoto Oshima and veteran anime producer Joseph Chou (Ghost within the Shell) with Shrek 2 and The Smurfs screenwriter David N. Weiss directing.

SALES Charades

The Mild


STARS Lars Eidinger, Nicolette Krebitz, Tala al Deen

BUZZ The primary characteristic movie from A Hologram for the King and Cloud Atlas director Tykwer in eight years is an occasion. Smaller in scale to his style efforts, this new German-language drama appears nearer in really feel to his 2010 effort 3, telling the story of a dysfunctional middle-class household whose world is disrupted and enlivened when a brand new housekeeper, Farrah (Tala al Deen), from Syria, enters their lives.

SALES Beta Cinema (outdoors North America, France and German-speaking Europe)

The Magic Faraway Tree


BUZZ The primary in a deliberate franchise of household movies primarily based on the favored e book collection by Enid Blyton, The Magic Faraway Tree arrives to market with the cachet of a script by Wonka and Paddington 2 screenwriter Simon Farnaby and the backing of award-winners Neal Avenue Productions (1917, Name The Midwife).

SALES Palisades Park Footage, CAA Media Finance


DIRECTOR Ben Wheatley

STARS Bob Odenkirk

BUZZ Odenkirk re-teams along with his No one screenwriter Derek Kolstad (who additionally penned the John Wick franchise) on this offbeat actioner, taking part in Ulysses, a substitute sheriff within the sleepy city of Regular, inhabitants 4,890. When the city’s financial institution is robbed, Ulysses uncovers a prison conspiracy that reveals all will not be proper in Regular. WME is launching pre-sales on the Regular bundle in Berlin.

SALES WME Unbiased

The Quiet One

DIRECTORS Delphine, Muriel Coulin

STARS Vincent Lindon, Benjamin Voisin, Stefan Crepon

BUZZ Pierre, a loyal father in his 50s, raises his two sons alone. The three of them are very shut. As Louis, the youngest, is about to go away residence to attend the Sorbonne in Paris, Fus, barely older and never as profitable academically, turns into increasingly secretive. Pushed by a fascination for violence, he will get entangled in far-right extremist teams on the very reverse of his father’s values. Between them, there may be love and hate, till tragedy occurs.

SALES Playtime

Sasquatch Sundown

‘Sasquatch Sundown’

Sasquatch Sundown

DIRECTORS David and Nathan Zellner

STARS Riley Keough, Jesse Eisenberg, Nathan Zellner, Cristophe Zajac-Denek

BUZZ A yr within the lifetime of a household of bigfooted sasquatches, instructed with out dialog and with a big dollop of slapstick humor, will most undoubtedly not be for everybody, however the off-beat comedy boasts a powerful solid and a bizarre sufficient idea to lure in specialty consumers.

U.S. DISTRIBUTOR Bleecker Avenue

SALES Protagonist Footage

Small Issues Like These

DIRECTOR Tim Mielants

STARS Cillian Murphy, Eileen Walsh, Michelle Fairley, Emily Watson

BUZZ Cillian Murphy’s first movie post-Oppenheimer is a low-key Irish drama helmed by his Peaky Blinder collaborator Mielants and primarily based on a Booker Prize shortlisted novel by Claire Keegan, creator of The Quiet Woman, whose adaptation was a 2023 Oscar nominee. Co-produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Artist Fairness shingle, the Eighties-set drama about trauma and abuse is a world away from Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster however may appeal to consideration from arthouse consumers on the Berlinale, the place it’s this yr’s opening night time movie.

SALES FilmNation Leisure

The Stranger’s Case

Omar Sy in ‘The Strangers’ Case’

Philistine Movies

DIRECTOR Brandt Andersen

STARS Omar Sy, Yasmine Al Massri, Saleh Bakri, Constantine Markoulakis

BUZZ The primary characteristic from veteran producer Anderson (Everest, American Made) is an formidable story of the worldwide refugee disaster that interweaves tales involving 5 totally different households in 4 totally different international locations, from Aleppo to Paris. The latest success of refugee dramas Inexperienced Border and Io Capitano suggests such politically-charged drama is in demand within the arthouse market.

SALES Mister Smith Leisure/WME Unbiased

Prepare Desires

DIRECTOR Clint Bentley
STARS Joel Edgerton, Felicity Jones

BUZZ Tailored from Denis Johnson’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated Hemingwayesque novella, this is likely one of the few tasks at Berlin this yr with a very epic scope. Edgerton will play Robert Grainer, a day laborer within the American West within the early twentieth century who, battered by tragedy and trauma, struggles to regulate in a altering world.

SALES Black Bear, WME Unbiased


Stephen Fry, Lena Dunham in ‘Treasure’

Anne Wilk

DIRECTOR Julia Von Heinz

STARS Lena Dunham, Stephen Fry

BUZZ In Nineties Poland and follows Ruth, an American music journalist, and her father, Edek, a charmingly cussed Holocaust survivor, on a journey to his homeland. Whereas Ruth is raring to make sense of her household’s previous, Edek embarks on the journey along with his personal agenda.

Producers: Seven Elephants and Lena Dunham’s Good Factor Going

U.S DISTRIBUTOR FilmNation Leisure/ Bleecker Avenue

SALES FilmNation Leisure

Wilder & Me

DIRECTOR Stephen Frears

STARS Christoph Waltz, Maya Hawke, John Turturro, Jon Hamm

BUZZ Berlin, Billy Wilder’s outdated stomping floor, is a perfect spot to pitch this biopic starring double Oscar winner Waltz because the Austrian directing legend identified for Some Like It Scorching, Sundown Boulevard and The Residence. Tailored by The Father screenwriter Christopher Hampton from Jonathan Coe’s novel Mr Wilder and Me, and set across the capturing of Wilder’s Fedora, the venture options Turturro as Wilder’s lifelong pal and screenwriting associate I.A.L. Diamond, Hamm as Fedora star William Holden and Hawke as a younger musician who falls in love with cinema and life whereas engaged on the set.

SALES HanWay Movies, CAA Media Finance

Winter of the Crow

DIRECTOR Kasia Adamik

STARS Lesley Manville

BUZZ Oscar-nominated Phantom Thread actress Lesley Manville stars as a British psychiatric professor working in Warsaw as a visitor lecturer who finds herself reduce off from the world on December thirteenth, 1981, when martial legislation is imposed and the nation shuts down in a single day. However as chaos engulfs the town, she witnesses, and pictures, a brutal homicide carried out by the key police. Primarily based on a brief story by Nobel Prize-winning Olga Tokarczuk, Winter of the Crow guarantees an identical mixture of thriller, politics and mysticism as Tokarczuk’s adaptation Spoor from Agnieszka Holland, which gained Berlin’s Silver Bear in 2017.

SALES HanWay Movies

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