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Berlin-based sales agent M-Appeal has struck a deal with W-FILM in Germany for the distribution rights for Venice Film Festival title “Valeria Is Getting Married,” while HBO Europe has taken the film in 15 Central and Eastern European countries, including Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic. “Valeria Is Getting Married”…

APPOINTMENTS Fifth Season, the TV company previously known as Endeavor Content, has announced a raft of executive appointments that constitute a major expansion of its Europe-Middle East-Africa television distribution team. Jennifer Ebell has been promoted from senior VP of EMEA sales to executive VP of EMEA sales and acquisitions. Under…

They’re trans-cending all limits.  Singer-songwriters Sam Smith and Kim Petras have made music history as the first ever non-binary and transgender artists to take home Grammys gold in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category.  “I’m the first transgender woman to win this award,” said an emotional Petras, 30, clad in crimson. “I want to thank all the…

James Cameron’s blockbuster “Avatar: The Way of Water” has overtaken James Cameron’s other blockbuster “Titanic” as the third-highest grossing movie in history at the international box office. The sci-fi sequel has now generated $1.538 million overseas, trailing only James Cameron’s other blockbuster “Avatar” ($2.1 billion) and “Avengers: Endgame” ($1.9 billion)…

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Armenia’s submission to the Oscars, animated feature “Aurora’s Sunrise,” took home the top Jury Award for best documentary at the MiradasDoc Festival, Spain’s foremost documentary film festival, which wrapped its 16th edition on Feb 4.  The festival closed on a strong note, reaffirming its relevance where interest in and demand…

REinvent International Sales has picked up “Fatal Crossing,” a crime series based on Lone Theils’s bestselling debut novel was published in 20 countries. The eight-episode series is produced by Shuuto Arctic, the banner behind “Outlier” and “Catch and Release,” two popular Nordic crime series. The Scandinavian cast is led by…

Three years into BAFTA’s radical overhaul of its voting system at the nomination stage, this year’s slate of nominees isn’t quite as rogue as it has been in the past two years, which saw many a heavily hyped front-runner booted in favor of homegrown underdogs and arthouse outsiders. But if…

Oscar and Tony-nominated actor Melinda Dillon, who played Mother Parker in “A Christmas Story,” and appeared in “Magnolia” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” died Jan. 9. She was 83. Her death was reported by the Neptune Society. Dillon is celebrated for her role as Jillian Guiler in Steven…

South African filmmaker Kurt Orderson’s “Apetown,” one of 20 projects selected for this year’s CineMart, the co-production market at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, describes it as a “hard-hitting love letter to Cape Town.” The film is a South African urban story “weaving together hip-hop, graffiti, segregation and camaraderie,” told…

Nino Rota’s soundtrack for Federico Fellini’s 1976 film “Il Casanova,” which is getting a re-release via Italian record label CAM Sugar, has been a favorite of Alexandre Desplat’s ever since the Oscar-winning French composer first listened to it at 15 years old. The magnificently staged film stars Donald Sutherland as…

Stephen Fry has joined the cast of “Iron Box,” a multi-generational comedy about a New York businesswoman who journeys with her father to Poland in an effort to explore their roots. The film is being directed by Julia Von Heinz, best known for her work on “And Tomorrow the Entire…