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The President // Mohsen Makhmalbaf

The President

directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Rio 50 Degrees // Julien Temple

Rio 50 Degrees

directed by Julien Temple
Lost in Karastan // Ben Hopkins

Lost in Karastan

directed by Ben Hopkins
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Surfing legend Robby Naish narrates PAUL – in Official Selection in San Sebastian

// 14th of August, 2015
Surfing legend Robby Naish narrates PAUL – in Official Selection in San Sebastian

Produced by JaJa Film Productions in co-production with Arteffects, and executive produced by UK producer Mike Downey from Film and Music Entertainment. PAUL is a documentary film about a 13 year old boy from the Dunoon township in Cape Town, South Africa, named Paul. Paul has a dream, a dream he thinks about all day; he wants to be surfer. But boys from Dunoon township don’t surf.  There is no transportation to the beach and there is no money for equipment. Fortunately, there is a non-profit organization that picks up Paul to go surfing at the white beaches of Blouberg.

Pula Film Festival 2015

// 6th of August, 2015
Pula Film Festival 2015

The Pula Film Festival took place from 18 to 26 July 2015 in the ancient roman city of Pula. The documentary film Streetkids United II - The Girls From Rio was selected for the Dizalica program (youth program) and the Street Child World Cup Photo Exhibit, shown at Galerija Makina, was also part of the official festival program. Streetkids United II - The Girls From Rio was also selected for the HT VOD platform MaxTV in Croatia and both the film and the exhibit received a fair share of publicity.

LOST IN KARASTAN RELEASED IN GERMANY AND IN GEORGIA

// 3rd of June, 2015


"If You Love me" by Gigi Dedalamazishvili
 
"Lost in Karastan" released on 14 May in Georgia: http://www.gnfc.ge/eng/news/552
 
"Lost in Karastan" released on 21 May in Germany
 
"Ben Hopkins has achieved an incisive film about the joys and pains of an auteur filmmaker" (programmkino.de)
 
"A well-made culture-clash comedy, in which director Ben Hopkins pokes fun at the quirks of his line of work" (kunst + film)

LONDON'S FILM AND MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT PACTS WITH GEORGIA'S 20 STEPS PRODUCTIONS FOR A TRIO OF FEATURES

// 19th of May, 2015

Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) have pacted with Tbilisi-based 20 Steps Productions and The Caucasian Film Service on a three picture deal to be shot in the 2015/16 period.

'Lost in Karastan' picked up for UK release

// 12th of May, 2015

Political satire starring Matthew Macfadyen co-written by Ida’s Pawel Pawlikowski.

'Lost in Karastan' picked up for UK release

Black comedy Lost in Karastan has been picked up by Bulldog Films for a UK theatrical release this autumn alongside a simultaneous digital rollout.

Ida Scribe, Rebecca Lenckiewicz joins with Cannes alumnus Konstantin Bojanov on I Want To Be Like You

// 8th of May, 2015

Starring rising Irish Actor Barry Keoghan and Golden Globe/Academy Award Nominee Klaus Maria Brandauer

Ida Scribe, Rebecca Lenckiewicz joins with Cannes alumnus Konstantin Bojanov on I Want To Be Like You

Ida Scribe, Rebecca Lenckiewicz joins with Cannes alumnus Konstantin Bojanov on I Want To Be Like You, starring rising Irish Actor Barry Keoghan and Golden Globe/Academy Award Nominee Klaus Maria Brandauer.  Antonio Saura’s Latido Films Takes on World Sales. Shooting summer 2015.

The ‘bright future’ of Oleg Sentsov

// 19th of February, 2015
The ‘bright future’ of Oleg Sentsov

F&ME’s Managing Director Mike Downey is the deputy Chairman of the European Film Academy. This is an article he wrote on behalf of the board of the Academy for Open Democracy on 17th February 2015. It was written to help raise awareness and draw attention to Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker accused of terroism and currently being detained in prison whilst he awaits trial in April this year.

Breathe — Umphefumlo at the Polish Film Institute’s 10th anniversary celebration at the 2015 Berlinale

// 9th of February, 2015

Mandisi Dyantyis, Mhlekazi

Mandisi Dyantyis, Mhlekazi "Wha Wha" Moseia, Mike Downey, Mark Dornford May - the team of Berlinale Special movie "Breathe - Umphefumlo" attend the Polish Film Institute’s 10th anniversary celebration at the 2015 Berlinale.

Isango Ensemble, Film and Music Entertainment, Advantage pact to for next movie – The Beggar’s Opera to shoot in August in Cape Town

// 7th of February, 2015

The South African/UK-based trio screen Breathe-Umphefumlo in Official selection Berlinale Special tomorrow

Cape Town-based Isango Ensemble and Advantage Entertainment have joined forces once again with London’s Film and Music Entertainment on a brand new project, as well as a development slate for further films. The news comes hard on the heels of the announcement last week that Fortissimo Films have taken on international sales for their most recent co-venture Breathe-Umphefumlo an adaptation of Puccini’s La Boheme, which has its world premiere in Official Selection - Berlinale Special tomorrow.

Lost in Karastan opens LOCO London Comedy Film Festival

// 30th of January, 2015
Lost in Karastan opens LOCO London Comedy Film Festival

The screening took place on Thursday 22 January at the BFI Southbank’s NFT1, and was the UK Premiere for the film starring Matthew Macfadyen (Pride and Prejudice, Ripper Street), MyAnna Buring (Twilight, Kill List) and Noah Taylor (Submarine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

FORTISSIMO FILMS ADDS F&ME’S BREATHE UMPHEFUMLO(LA BOHÈME) TO ITS IMPRESSIVE 2015 BERLIN SLATE

// 28th of January, 2015

THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED FILM WILL HAVE ITS WORLD PREMIERE – IN OFFICIAL SELECTION- AT NEXT MONTH’S BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Fortissimo Films has acquired world- wide rights (outside of South Africa) to Mark Dornford-May’s highly-anticipated BREATHE UMPHEFUMLO, which will have its World Premiere as an Official Selection at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival where it will also screen in the EFM.

Isango’s/F&ME’s adaptation of La Boheme - Breathe - Umphefumlo Selected for the main programme of the Berlin International Film Festival 2015

// 19th of January, 2015

Mark Dornford May’s latest film to screen in Official Selection – Berlinale Special

Isango’s/F&ME’s adaptation of La Boheme - Breathe  - Umphefumlo Selected for the main programme of the Berlin International Film Festival 2015

We’re very please to announce that our partnership with the Isango in Cape Town on LA BOHEME - UMPHEFUMLO has been selected in Official Selection - BERLINALE SPECIAL - the main programme for "extraordinary productions...honouring great cinema personalities..films by or about outstanding persons of film whom the festival feels especially attached to".