The pressing post-pandemic issue of how to find a theatrical audience for arthouse films was the subject of a morning panel at the Zurich Summit . Among speakers were A24 acquisitions and distribution executive David Laub, Sierra/Affinity exec Kristen Figeroid and Christian Bräuer, MD of top German indie exhibition group Yorck Kinogruppe. A24’s Laub noted that there had been a box office comeback in recent months thanks to movies like Everything Everywhere All At Once and Top Gun: Maverick: “While arthouse movies remain challenged, overall, people are returning to cinemas. If people didn’t care, they would have switched off entirely after the pandemic, but they didn’t. We are very proud of Everything Everywhere All At Once . It was a movie that appealed to a younger audience, which is very important to our brand at A24. But this fall will be very telling. We have some films that skew older that played at Venice [ The Whale ] and other fall festivals. Will that older … [Read more...] about “Will That Older Audience Come Back To Cinemas After The Pandemic? Fall Will Be Very Telling”: A24 — Zurich Summit
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Ever since Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt's epic fantasy adventure released in theatres, it has been trending on the internet for several reasons. Besides the jaw-dropping VFX and the grand scale of the film, Mouni Roy's antagonist act as 'Junoon' has also caught everyone's attention. There were even claims that the Naagin actress has overshadowed other huge stars in the film. Similarly, Mrunal Thakur who rose to fame with Ekta Kapoor's popular soap Kumkum Bhagya , has just delivered one of the biggests hit of her career- Dulquer Salmaan starrer Sita Ramam. In short, gone are those days when it was assumed that the faces from the small screen ain't cut for the marquee. Be Shah Rukh Khan, late Sushant Singh Rajput or Vidya Balan, these big names in the film industry are examples that all that matters at the end of the day, is hard work, perseverance and patience. Keeping in mind this mantra, let's have a look at some of the promising talents (actresses) from the … [Read more...] about Sumbul Touqeer To Jennifer Winget: TV Actresses Who Deserve To Spread Their ‘Jalwa’ On Big Screen
This year’s Zurich Summit kicked off with a bang as a host of top industry execs gathered on stage to discuss one of the most challenging topics facing the independent film world today – how to finance an independent film in the streaming age? The panel inevitably was drawn to the pros and cons of going down the streaming route. Former Lionsgate film chief Patrick Wachsberger , who recently was a producer on Oscar-winning hit CODA , spoke at length about the challenges he faced when financing the project. The Pathé title was a project he helped develop at Lionsgate and took with him when he left the US studio. The film had pre-sold to a number of international territories but famously caused a stir when Apple came in and acquired the film at Sundance for $25M in a worldwide deal, causing the streamer to make buyback deals with those rights holders. “We needed equity, the budget of the movie was $14M,” he said. “There was a pandemic, there was no theatrical market … [Read more...] about How To Finance Indie Films In The Age Of The Streamers? Patrick Wachsberger, Killer Films, UTA, Memento & Walden Explain — Zurich Summit
Mani Ratnam's Ponniyin Selvan 1 is all set to hit the screens all over the world on September 30. The movie, which has an impeccable star cast is one of the prestigious projects for the Tamil cinema industry. Based on the ficitional literary work of Kalki Krishnamurthy by the same name, the movie is releasing in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam. The entire film's team are busy touring cities for the promotions of PS 1 currently. All is well for the Ponniyin Selvan 1 and the pre-release buzz is just right, catching up with the viewers of films and fans of the respective director, actors, and actresses in the film. The movie's tracks composed by AR Rahman are already super hit on the YouTube, adding to the excitement. However, being a pan-Indian project of Mani Ratnam, couple with a star studded cast- Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Sobhita Dhulipala, among others having a strong fan base in the Telugu states, the movie, if strikes … [Read more...] about Ponniyin Selvan To Have An Impact On Chiranjeevi’s Godfather And Nagarjuna’s Ghost At The Telugu BO?