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Pinewood Group Strikes Deal With Prime Video to take UK Production Facilities at Shepperton Studios

Pinewood Group Strikes Deal With Prime Video To Take UK Production Facilities At Shepperton Studios

In a further commitment to the UK production industry, Prime Video today announced a landmark multimillion-pound long-term contract with Shepperton Studios for exclusive use of new production facilities at the Surrey studios for future original TV series and movie productions. The new facilities will comprise 9 sound stages, workshops and office accommodation, totalling approximately 450,000 square feet, and forming part of the wider redevelopment and expansion of Shepperton Studios, which will deliver approximately 1.2 million square feet of new studio space.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Pinewood Group as we continue to support, develop and invest in the world-leading UK creative industries,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “Shepperton has long been synonymous with top-tier television and movies and we’re proud that it will be home to many Prime Video original productions in the years to come.”

“As we continue to grow the number of original series we’re making in the UK, it is critical that these productions support and develop a diverse pipeline of talent,” added Dan Grabiner, head of UK Originals, Amazon Studios. “We’re excited to be collaborating with Pinewood Group and our production partners to create new opportunities for UK creatives.”

“We’re delighted to be welcoming Prime Video to our expanded Shepperton Studios,” said Paul Golding, chairman, Pinewood Group. “This landmark long-term commitment to Shepperton supports our considerable investment in this fantastic studio. Once construction is completed in 2023, Shepperton Studios will comprise 31 purpose-built stages, making it the second-biggest studio in the world.”

 

“We’ve supported our world-leading cultural and creative sector throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so as it bounces back,” said Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak. “It’s fantastic to see Prime Video expanding its UK presence and giving yet another boost to our rebounding economy. The investment will drive growth and create jobs with thousands of opportunities for the producers, actors and directors of tomorrow.”

“The UK”s film and production industry is rightly recognised as among the best in the world,” said Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries. “This multimillion-pound investment by Prime Video is a huge vote of confidence in the strength of our infrastructure and workforce and I hope encourages other firms to follow. I look forward to seeing all the fantastic film and TV created in this state-of-the-art facility in the years to come.”

 

The long-term commitment to studio space at Shepperton Studios aligns with Amazon Studios’ strategy of expanding its production footprint in the UK. The first UK-produced series, The Grand Tour, was launched on Prime Video in 2016; it was followed by All or Nothing sports documentaries featuring Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. Subsequent unscripted series launched regularly, like Clarkson’s Farm in the summer of 2021. Good Omens, the first UK-produced scripted original series, debuted on Prime Video in 2019; as a result of increased production, 2022 and 2023 will see the largest number of UK original series launching to date. These include The Devil’s Hour, a six-part thriller series produced by Hartswood Films starring Jessica Raine and Peter Capaldi; Jungle, a grime and drill music drama series from first-time TV producers Nothing Lost; The Rig, Wild Mercury’s six-part epic thriller series starring Martin Compston and Emily Hampshire; and Mammals, a six-part comedy-drama series written by Jez Butterworth and starring James Corden and Sally Hawkins.

Many of Amazon Studios’ major global series already call the UK home such as Citadel and The Power – with filming currently underway in Scotland on Anansi Boys and Good Omens Season Two. And in 2021, Amazon Studios announced its forthcoming Lord of the Rings series, The Rings of Power, will film Season Two in the UK. Amazon Studios has also signed overall deals with British creators including Neil Gaiman, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Sir Steve McQueen.

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44TH EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL DES 3 CONTINENTS-KEY EVENTS

The Festival des 3 Continents is back in 2022 for its 44th edition from November 18 to 27, with screenings in Nantes and in cinemas across the Loire-Atlantique region (Ancenis, Bouguenais, Clisson, Héric, La Turballe, Rezé, Sainte-Marie-sur-Mer, Saint-Herblain, and Saint-Nazaire).

The event will take place over 10 days, bookended by two weekends.

A wide range of dramas and documentaries from Africa, Latin America, and Asia will be presented in a programme of some 90 feature films, many of which are rare and will premiere at the festival.

THE PROGRAMME

In addition to the Official Selection of recent films, the Festival will host an homage to renowned Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters, 2018 Palme d’Or at Cannes), whose documentary works are little known. Other events include a voyage through Indian cinema of the 70s and 80s and, for the first time in the world, a complete retrospective of the works of Mike De Leon, a key figure in Filipino cinema. Festivalgoers will also have an opportunity to dive headfirst into the prolific and marginal work of Argentinian filmmaker Raúl Perrone and to enjoy the programme A Family Resemblance.

. Official Selection

The Official Selection, featuring an International Competition and Special Screenings, includes recent feature films (drama and documentary), most of which have never before been screened in France.

. Hirokazu Kore-eda: A Country at Heart

French audiences first discovered the work of Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda in the mid-90s. Maborosi (Maboroshi no Hikari,1995) and After Life (Wanafuru Raifu,1998) were screened in their year of release at the Festival des 3 Continents, the latter earning a Montgolfière d’Or award and establishing the filmmaker’s renown. Shortly thereafter, Distance (2001) and Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai, 2004) were selected for the Cannes Film Festival. With the release of each new film, French audiences developed an increasingly strong loyalty to the filmmaker, whose works paint a subtle portrait of Japanese society. This connection grew even stronger with the release of Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku, 2018), which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes that year. As we await the release of Broker (December 7, 2022), we will have the pleasure seeing his little-known documentary work. In presence of the filmmaker (to be confirmed).

 

. Indian Autumn

Autumn, the most clement season in India, is the perfect time to take a tour of Indian cinema from the 1970s and 80s through films that are unknown, forgotten, or overlooked. Fifteen films pay tribute to the aesthetic diversity of a filmmaking industry that is too often reduced to Bollywood. Filmed in a range of languages including Hindi, Malayalam, Urdu, Bengali, Tamil, and Gujarati, the films in this programme speak of the immensity of a country whose cinema industry is rich and multifaceted. Indeed, some films feature singing and dancing and falling in love, but what truly excites us is the profound desire of moviemaking that they emanate.

 

Mike De Leon: A Life in (Moving) Pictures

Those who attended the recent theatrical releases of the works of Lino Brocka, the biggest name in Filipino cinema, may recall having seen Mike De Leon’s name in the credits of Manila in the Claws of Light (Maynila sa mga kuko ng liwanag, 1975). A little-known and thus noteworthy fact is that Mike De Leon was both producer and director of photography for the film; this detail might seem insignificant were it not for the fact that now, with the release of his latest film, this world-premiere retrospective reveals a lifetime dedicated to cinema, like his family before him. Psychological thrillers, film noir, love stories, realistic films and fantasies: Mike De Leon’s films avoid being pigeonholed and, as if emerging from the darkness (of his native country), bring to light works imbued with remarkable stylistic power.

. Raúl Perrone: The Straight Shooter from Ituzaingó

For the past 30 years, and with nearly 60 films to his credit, Raúl Perrone has been a giant in Argentine cinema, albeit surprisingly on its fringe. Independent even of his country’s independent film scene, Perrone is bound exclusively through his life and his work to his birthplace of Ituzaingó (in Corrientes, an hour from Buenos Aires), which he only ever leaves for brief periods. He seeks neither fame nor recognition: he simply makes films. These can be compared to unpredictable subjective drawings as precise in their depiction of the reality of the people around him as they are open to the influence of unpredictable imaginary forces; and to conversing freely with other arts such as cinema itself, painting, and literature…

. A Family Resemblance

Cinema, like literature before it, is in its element when it comes to family. Laboratories exploring personal passions by giving free rein to the excesses of imagination, other people’s families are always a bit like our own: perhaps far removed from our actual experiences, yet they couldn’t be more… familiar. From a clash between two very different families in Parasite, to the burden of tradition in Sofia; a story of adoption in Gran Torino; and a retake on personal memories in La Ciénaga, while clear differences exist between the films in this programme, they are all part of the same extended family and any resemblance between them is no coincidence. This programme is aimed at all audiences. In addition, the Festival has compiled an educational guide for secondary-school teachers; this programme is also our invitation to their students to the Festival des 3 Continents.

. First Steps Towards the 3 Continents

First Steps Towards the 3 Continents offers a selection of films for children aged 3 and up and their families. This year features premiere screenings of films with age-specific programmes for pre-school and primary-school children.

The full programme of the 44th edition of the Festival des 3 Continents will be revealed at a press conference on November 3, 2022.

. 2022 Festival Poster

“A group of children and a pensive old man in a coastal landscape belonging to a modest village in Kerala in the late 1970s: imbued with a gentle meditative feel, this image taken from the restored version of the magnificent film Thampu by Govindan Aravindan will be the emblem of our 44th festival. Cinema as a link or a meeting point between generations, film as a potential locus for people to gather and share perspectives: as said by the late Jean-Luc Godard, ‘Cinema is not timeless; rather, it is time itself.’ And a film temporality, no matter where it is from, becomes our own.”
—Jérôme Baron, Artistic Director (Festival des 3 Continents)
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The 2022 festival poster was created by LESBEAUXJOURS graphic design studio.

The Full Programme Of The 44th Edition Of The Festival Des 3 Continents Will Be Revealed At A Press Conference On November 3, 2022.

© Thampu (1978) by Govindan Aravindan/courtesy of Film Heritage Foundation (India) © lbj

 

 

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Stone Turtle’ Winning Fipresci Prize at Locarno

Stone Turtle' Winning Fipresci Prize At Locarno

‘Drawing from a variety of traditional myths, speculative futures to social realist observations and performative rituals, our winner at the 75th Locarno Film Festival offers a multiplicity of perspectives on urgent themes such as violence against women, the question who has a right to citizenship and the way we deal with our natural environment. The jury praises how the film uses a great diversity of audio-visual media such as cartoons and animation, plays with genres such as the rape/revenge film and other narrative expectations, to escape from desperate and damaging cycles to a moment of hope for a possible future.’ — Fipresci Jury

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75th Locarno Film Festival Line-up.

WORLD PREMIERE
Piazza Grande

Last Dance
Directed by Delphine Lehericey

Piazza Grande

Cast: François Berléand, Kacey Mottet Kein, La Ribot, Déborah Lukumuena,
Astrid Whettnall, Jean-Benoît Ugeux, Sabine Timoteo, Anna Pieri,
Dominique Reymond, Lisa Harder, Luc Bruchez

2022 – Switzerland / Belgium – 84′ – v.o. French

Synopsis
Germain, an introspective retiree, abruptly becomes a widower at 75. He barely has the time to realize what has happened to him before his family forces their way into his daily life: non-stop phone calls and visits, meals and activities organized in advance – all meant to make his life as regular as clockwork. But Germain’s mind is elsewhere. Honoring a promise he made to his dear departed wife, he suddenly finds himself at the heart of a contemporary dance company’s newest work.

Screenings
Sunday 7 21:30-22:54 Teatro Kursaal P&I
Monday 8 21:30-22:54 Piazza Grande

WORLD PREMIERE
Concorso internazionale

Il Pataffio
Directed by Francesco Lagi

WORLD PREMIERE,Concorso Internazionale

Cast: Lino Musella, Giorgio Tirabassi, Viviana Cangiano, Giovanni Ludeno,
Vincenzo Nemolato, Alessandro Gassmann, Valerio Mastandrea

Italy, Belgium – 2022 – 117’ – o.v. Itanian

Synopsis
An unlikely group of soldiers and courtiers led by Marcount Berlocchand his new bride Bernarda take possession of a distand fief. But their castle is a decrepit dump and their villages aren’t willing to be ruled. Profane appetites and sacred yearnings, sloppy guards and poor rascals, in a fantastic Middle Age tale of freedom, hunger, sex and power.

Screenings
Saturday 6 08:50-10:45 Teatro Kursaal P&I
Saturday 6 16:45-18:40 Fevi (intro + Q&A)
Sunday 7 11:15-13:10 l’altra sala
Sunday 7 15:30-17-25 Cinema Otello @ Ascona
Lundi 8 21:30-23:25 Palacinema 1

WORLD PREMIERE
Concorso internazionale

WORLD PREMIERE Concorso Internazionale

Stella est amoureuse / Stella in Love
Directed by Sylvie Verheyde

Cast: Marina Foïs, Benjamin Biolay, Flavie Delangle

France – 2022 – 110’ – o.v. French

Synopsis
For Stella, it’s her final year. But she says she doesn’t care! That year, she discovers the famous Parisian club, the Bains Douches, 80’s and its crazy nights. Her friends are just studying, her father has left with another woman and her mother is depressed. And then there is André who dances like a God… That year will decide her whole life. She pretends not to think about it…

Screenings
Saturday 6 14:00-15:50 Teatro Kursaal P&I
Sunday 7 14:00-15:50 Fevi (intro & Q&A)
Monday 8 10:30-12:20 Cinema Otelio @ Ascona
Monday 8 18:00-19:50 l’Altra Sala
Tuesday 9 21:00-22:50 La Sala

WORLD PREMIERE
Concorso Cineasti del presente

Petites / Little Ones
Directed by Julie Lerat-Gersant

Cast: Pili Groyne, Romane Bohringer, Victoire Du Bois, Lucie Charles-Alfred,
Suzanne Roy-Lerat, Bilel Chegrani

France – 2022 – 90’ – v.o. French

Synopsis
Pregnant, 16-year-old Camille is placed in a home for teen mothers by a family court judge. Separated from her own loving yet toxic mother, she strikes up a friendship with Alison, another rather immature underage mother, and rebels against the social worker Nadine, a passionate, albeit blasé authority figure. These encounters will radically change her destiny.

Screenings

Saturday 6 16:30-18:00 Teatro Kursaal P&I
Sunday 7 11:30-13:00 PalaCinema 1 (intro + Q&A)
Monday 8 18:30-20:00 Cinema Otello @Ascona (Q&A)
Monday 8 21:00-22:30 L’altra Sala (Q&A)
Tuesday 9 13:30-15:00 PalaCinema 2 & 3 (Q&A)

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