Unique! Only available through SydneysBuzz! A return of The Original FilmFinders Reports!

Stay ahead of the competition! The Cannes International Film Festival’s up-to-date sales activities, contacts, title links to IMDb, director, stars and synopses, country of origin and rights avails can now be yours to know and use. We are happy to announce that the Cannes International Film Festival’s Rights Roundup 2021 is now available for purchase. This report is an important part of strategic planning for film buyers, film sellers and film producers, as well as for festival programmers.

To know How to buy, who is buying, what they are buying and from whom, is to gain power and knowledge over the international market — it is also useful for targeting your own local and regional markets.

The Cannes Rights Roundup is the only compendium available in…

KINO! Film Salon is a grassroots discussion group held online by invitation only each month, where interested people talk about a chosen German film or series currently available to stream. The group is limited to the first 25 people who RSVP. You watch the film independently, and come together for a hosted conversation with other fans of German film.

Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski in ‘Transit’ and in ‘Undine’

Our film for June is Transit, directed by Christian Petzold, one of the foremost German directors working today.

According to Christian Petzold, this movie is the last chapter of his trilogy called “Love in Times of Oppressive Systems”. The trilogy also includes Barbara (2012) and Phoenix (2014). In this story, a man attempting to escape occupied France falls in love with the wife of a dead author whose identity he has assumed.

The KINO! Film Salon : This Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 11am — 12pm PDT, 2pm — 3pm EDT, 8pm — 9pm CET

Christian Petzold’s latest film ‘Undine’ received its theatrical and digital release on June 4th, 2021 (IFC). The German auteur follows ‘Transit’, ‘Phoenix’ and ‘Barbara’ with this modern fairy tale romance starring Paula Beer in an award-winning performance.

Watch the trailer here.

Chris Petzold is the most recognized and popular German director in America today. If you have not seen one of his films, and you like non-English language films, and romantic thrillers — watch Transit or Barbara for free on Kanopy (if you have a public library card), or go to TelescopeFilm.com to find out where all his films are streaming, or catch Undine now on IFC and in theaters.

Karim, a pianist dreaming of a career in Europe in 2013, lives in a war-torn village in Islamic-State controlled Syria where music, studies and anything else worth doing is forbidden. Karim’s resistance through his art finds a place when he is forced to sell his piano to gather money and leave. But first, he must repair the damage the extremist thugs inflict upon it. On a quest to repair the Broken Keys, he goes on a mad quest across his war-torn land. Director Jimmy Keyrouz captures magnificent landscapes and colossal ruined cityscapes in this drama of how art redeems humanity.

In this powerful story of brotherhood and redemption, ‘Two Gods’, Zeshawn Ali carefully and lovingly observes and tells the story of Hanif, a Black Muslim casket maker in Newark, New Jersey, who takes two vulnerable young men from his community under his wing.

‘Two Gods’ Launches in Los Angeles at Laemmle Virtual Cinemas on Friday, May 21.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/NYWTAPahnZU

“Surely we belong to God and to Him we shall return.” As Two Gods, the directing debut of Zeshawn Ali opens with this phrase from the Quran, its theme of redemption is set.

In an area of Newark where too many funerals commemorate tragically short lives; hope, love and care balance upon a fragile fulcrum. We see a community working to keep above the fray by taking care of each other. The story unfolds slowly, lovingly at leisure. …

Olympia Dukakis, Oscar® and Golden Globe winner appeared in over 60 films and 130 stage plays. An uncompromising truth-seeking rebel, Academy Award® winner, theatre icon and LGBTQ activist, Olympia Dukakis found her own voice on her own terms to assert a gigantic creative force into the world.

Her world is told her through the observing lens of director Harry Mavromichalis in his intimate fly-on-the-wall verité documentary feature film ‘Olympia’, now available on Apple TV and Digital | ON Demand.

Moonstruck Academy Award® winning actress Olympia Dukakis was 89 when she recently passed away after a prolonged illness. Harry Mavromichalis reveals through her own words the story of a woman who found her own voice on her own terms to assert a gigantic creative force into the world. Her story is well worth the watch.

You could say it is a road movie as the three Palestinians and a German tourist drive illegally across the wall dividing Jewish Israel from Palestine so that Mustafa can visit his wife and family who live 200 meters away in a separated Palestinian village. Or you could say this film is an absurd example of the unnecessary burden put upon normal people during normal times because governments flex their powerful muscles and by that actually destroy the human dignity of everyone.

Mustafa and his wife Salwa come from two Palestinian villages that are only 200 meters apart but separated by the wall. Every night, Mustafa flashes a light from his balcony to wish his children on the other side a goodnight, and they signal him back. Their unusual living situation is starting to affect their otherwise happy marriage, but the couple does what they can to make it work. One day Mustafa gets a call that every parent dreads: his son has been in an accident. He rushes to the checkpoint where he must agonizingly wait in line only to find…

Co-producing in Tough Times will be hosted by European Film Promotion (28.4K subscribers) and Cineuropa, with Tine Klint of LevelK, Susan Wendt of TrustNordisk, Hédi Zardi of Luxbox and Nicolas Brigaud-Robert of Playtime and moderated by one of today’s top producers in Europe, Ada Solomon.

This panel discussion will take place May 18 at 3pm CET online HERE.

“Which films should be produced these days? What are the views of international sales agents?” After a short period of shock caused by the pandemic, rights holders had to look at different ways of doing business. What does this actually mean for…

The Arab Critics’ Awards will be announced in Cannes July 2021.

‘Al Mutarajim’ is Arabic for ‘The Translator’

‘The Translator’ by filmmaking and real life team Rana Kazkaz and Ansa Khalif is a suspenseful and compassionate story about a family caught up in protesting the Syrian regime; the story resonates particularly today as worldwide peaceful protests are being met with military absolutism controlled by despots.

In 2000, Sami was the translator for the Syrian Olympic team in Sydney. While translating, he made a slip of the tongue which forced him to stay in Australia and live as a political refugee.

His slip of the tongue was strangely like tRump’s slip when tRump pronounced the words “some fine people on both sides” in defense of a white nationalist protest against the removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia. But in this tale, the slip offends those governing, who claim superiority over their populace as if they were above the law.

It’s the 40th edition of the MSP International Film Fest. It’s our 40th and we’re glad to be here to tell the tale. We’re particularly enthused about opening with ‘Summer of Soul’, in an outdoor setting on a big screen! After all that this city has been through it, it seems the perfect film for celebrating a better collective future. We’re also very excited about presenting ‘After Antartica’ , also outdoors on a big screen, right here in Will Steger and Sarah Pillsbury country.

Susan Smoluchowski, Executive Director

When I began my career as a feature film buyer and went in 1986 to Sundance Film Festival, so many films were from Minnesota that I assumed it was the third major film city in the States. (Here’s a list of 92 such films.). The last one was Wild Indians this past January. Recently Dear White People and Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, and most renowned, Fargo showed there. …

Sydney Levine

Sydney’s 40+ years in international film business include exec positions in acquisitions, twice selling FilmFinders, the 1st film database, teaching & writing.

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