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Oldenburg: German Gangster Film 'Familye' to Open 2017 Fest

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Familye, a black and white drama set in the mean streets of Berlin's Wedding district, will open this year's Oldenburg International Film Festival, one of Germany's leading indie film events.

Familye is the debut feature from directors Kubilay Sarikaya and Sedat Kirtan and was made entirely outside Germany's film subsidy system. The drama follows and ex-con who, following his release, has to care for his two younger brothers: one of whom is a gambling addict, the other has Down Syndrome. Sarikaya and Kirtan co-star in the film, as well as writing, directing and producing the feature.

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- Scott Roxborough

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Russia's Enjoy Media Settles with Creditors, Avoids Bankruptcy

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Enjoy Movies, the production company of the Russian superhero movie Zashchitniki (Guardians), has managed to avoid bankruptcy.

Angelina Pavlichenko, general director of Enjoy Movies, was quoted by Russian business daily Vedomosti on Wednesday saying he has reached agreement with the company's creditors. Earlier this summer, Enjoy said it would file for the Russian equivalent of Chapter 11 due to outstanding debts that were crippling the company. That prospect has apparently been avoided.

The size of the company's outstanding debt has not been disclosed. One of its main creditors was the cinema fund, a government agency that administers state cash »

- Vladimir Kozlov

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'Wolf Warrior II' Star Frank Grillo on How China's $780M Blockbuster Was Made (Q&A)

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As Hollywood remains mired in a downturn at the North American box office, Chinese action movie Wolf Warrior II has firmly established itself as the blockbuster phenomenon of the summer.

With a budget of just $30 million, the film opened in China on July 27 and has earned an astonishing $780 million since. That makes it both China's highest-grossing film ever (Stephen Chow's The Mermaid now sits in a distant second at $527 million) and the second-biggest movie of all time in a single market, with only Star Wars: The Force Awakens having earned more from one territory ($936.7 million, »

- Patrick Brzeski

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'Meda or the Not So Bright Side of Things': Film Review | Sarajevo 2017

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Making the switch from actor to director, Emanuel Parvu has struck it lucky with his debut feature. An emotionally knotty slice of downbeat social realism set in a remote wooded corner of contemporary Romania, Meda or the Not So Bright Side of Things won the top awards for best director and best actor at the Sarajevo Film Festival last week.

A regular screen presence in his native Romania, Parvu recently appeared in Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes prize winner Graduation, though his credits also include trashy Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme action thrillers. For his lean but cumbersomely titled debut, he »

- Stephen Dalton

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Robert De Niro Comedy 'The War With Grandpa' Shifts Release to 2018

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TWC-Dimension Films is moving Robert De Niro-starrer The War With Grandpa from an Oct. 20 release to Feb. 23 of next year, the studio announced Tuesday. The change is a result of a late start in production.

Based on the best-selling book by Robert Kimmel Smith, the film stars Oakes Fegley as Peter, who is forced to give up his bedroom when his Grandpa Jack (De Niro), with whom he used to have a close relationship, moves in with his family. The boy attempts to drive his grandfather out with a series of pranks, but Grandpa Jack won't go down without »

- Lauren Huff

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The Depressing Inevitability of a Joker Movie

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The news that The Hangover's Todd Philips is working on an origin project for Batman villain The Joker is, on the one hand, a surprising development. Especially given that said project, which he's co-writing with an eye to possibly direct, will be part of a new DC Entertainment label unconnected to the Justice League/Suicide Squad cinematic universe that's continuing to move forward.

On the other hand, though, it's something that seems almost depressingly inevitable: Of course there's going to be a Joker movie, because there's always a Joker movie, no matter the incarnation of DC franchise onscreen. The character »

- Graeme McMillan

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