Panorama

Zaida Carmona’s feature debut comedy “Girlfriends and Girlfriends” makes its international premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam this week, competing in the Bright Futures section. Variety has been given exclusive access to a clip from the film. Produced by JaJaJa Industrias and Fdez & Vera, with international sales rights handled by Begin…

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to Ukrainian director Maryna Er Gorbach’s harrowing anti-war drama “Klondike,” a powerful and timely portrait of the horrors of warfare that the company will release in theaters and on digital platforms later this year. Submitted as Ukraine’s official entry in the best international…

Palestinian filmmaker Muayad Alayan’s supernatural drama “A House in Jerusalem,” about a young girl’s enigmatic quest to unravel the mystery around her new home, has released a chilling trailer ahead of its world premiere in the Intl. Film Festival Rotterdam’s Limelight strand. Heretic is handling international sales. Alayan’s third feature…

Sepideh Farsi’s “La Sirène” (“The Siren”) is opening the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama strand. The program, which comprises 35 films from 30 countries, including 28 world premieres and 11 debuts, includes new films by Patric Chiha, İlker Çatak, Frauke Finsterwalder, Maite Alberdi, Milad Alami and Apolline Traoré. They feature a galaxy…

U.K. factual outfit Zinc Media Group has launched Atomic Television, spearheaded by former Honey Bee creative director Stephen McQuillan. The Bristol-based label will target premium specialist factual content within the genres of history, science, adventure and documentary. The outpost marks Zinc’s first base in Bristol, which is considered the capital…

Ukraine’s fight for survival against Russia’s war machine isn’t only taking place in the frozen trenches of its Eastern front. Far from the frontlines around Kharkiv and Kherson, in the capital of Kyiv, there is a cultural front at work, too. On Dec. 1 – officially the first day of…

Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks has snagged comedy “The Unexpected Joker” (“El Metodo Tangalanga”) by Mateo Bendesky, a buzzy comedy produced by prominent Argentine producer Diego Dubcovsky under his production banner, Varsovia Films. Disney’s new theatrical distribution banner, Star Distribution, will release the film in Latin America in January 2023. Comedy had…

The Hainan Island International Film Festival, which had been scheduled to begin this weekend, has been postponed. “In view of the current situation of the new coronavirus epidemic, in order to ensure the health and safety of all participants the 4th Hainan Island International Film Festival, which was originally to…

The team behind Berlinale winner “Baqyt” (“Happiness”), which is at the International Film Festival of India, Goa, has a range of projects lined up. “Hunger,” by “Happiness” director Askar Uzabayev, deals with the subject of impending famine in Kazakhstan. The film, which has just wrapped, is produced by Anna Katchko,…

More than a decade after his feature directorial debut “The Days” (2008) filmmaker Boi Kwong is back in the director’s chair with Singapore crime thriller “Geylang.” The film premiered at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and will have its Southeast Asia premiere at the Singapore International Film Festival in…

A veteran of several short and documentary subjects, Anshul Tiwari’s narrative feature “Before Life After Death” has its world premiere in the Panorama strand of the Singapore International Film Festival. In the film, a rebellious female student and a reticent middle-aged gynecologist, both of Indian origin, strike up an unlikely…