Kore-eda’s ‘Air Doll’ gets its first release in the US
EXCLUSIVE: New York distributor Dekanalog chooses a Japanese photo Air doll, directed by Palme d’Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda, and will give the film its first release in the United States. Released in Japan in 2009, the film follows an inflatable sex doll who discovers that she has acquired a conscience and a heart. While wandering around Tokyo, she discovers the innate complexities of being human, including the heartbreak of loneliness. The deal was overseen by sales agent Gabrielle Rozing at Fortissimo Films and George Schmalz of Dekanalog. The film will be released in US theaters and on VOD in early 2022.
First projects of the Red Sea Fund
Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Fund has selected 97 projects it will support in its first round of funding. The projects come from Saudi Arabia (26), the Arab region (60) and Africa (11) and range from feature films to short films, including animation and series. There were over 650 submissions in the first round. Of the 28 Saudi attached directors, 54% are women, the Fund noted. “There is a multitude of undiscovered talent in Saudi Arabia and the Arab world. As pioneers and believers in the importance of cinema and filmmaking for inspiration, creativity and innovation, we are very proud to allow these brilliant artists to showcase their work by investing in their talents and enabling them to make their dreams come true thanks to the Red Sea Fund. . These exceptional cinematographic works will challenge people’s perceptions of traditional cinema and revive the film industry in Saudi Arabia and the region. said Edouard Waintrop, artistic director of the International Red Sea Film Festival and head of the post-production funding committee.
Rajan Pillai Indian ‘Biscuit King’ Web Series
Yoodlee Films, the film production arm of Saregama, is set to produce a Hindi web series based on the life of Indian “Biscuit King” Rajan Pillai. Prithviraj Sukumaran will play the main character and also lead the currently untitled series. The plan is to shoot in mid-2022.
Tallinn Black Nights Winners
25th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival unveiled its winners, with historical biopic by Andreas Kleinert Dear Thomas win the Granx Prix. Another German title, Other cannibals, won the award for best first feature film. Wojciech Smarzowski won the award for best director for Wedding day and also won the award for best screenplay. The award for best actress was awarded to Russian Sofia Krugova for Without looking back, and Albrecht Schuch received the award for best actor for Dear Thomas. In the Baltic competition, Lithuanian film Runner won the first prize.