International Production Industry News Round Up

Anyone else miss traveling? *raises hand* Anyone?? We know we do. While we, in the US, don’t have many options for traveling these days, we love the ability to escape to another country via a beautiful production. 

If you’ve ever wondered about what’s happening with filming internationally, we’ve got you covered with an international production industry news round up. Here are a few stories you should know.

‘Soul’ Nears $100M Overseas & Becomes No. 2 Pixar Pic Ever In China – via Deadline

“Soul” shines overseas despite the controversy Disney is enduring over hiring white actors to portray the Black characters in the international versions of the film. The movie added $6.9M to its international box office record with No. 1 status again in Russia and Korea. In China, the movie passed “Incredibles 2” to become the market’s second highest-grossing Pixar title ever.

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Denmark, Romania and Mexico Grab Spots on Oscars International Shortlist – TheWrap

This year the Oscars used crowd-sourcing to select some of its entries. According to TheWrap:

“The last time the Oscars let its general voters determine the entire shortlist in the Best International Feature Film category, it was 2007 and so many quality films were snubbed that the Academy changed the rules in what was then called Best Foreign Language Film.

But this year, with the shortlist expanded to 15 entries and entrusted to the general body of voters for the first time since then, the usual suspects all made it to the shortlist and the outcry over what didn’t make the cut is likely to be muted, though not entirely absent.

Denmark’s ‘Another Round,’ Romania’s ‘Collective,’ Mexico’s ‘I’m No Longer Here,’ the Ivory Coast’s ‘Night of the Kings’ and Taiwan’s ‘A Sun’ were among the critical favorites from the record 93 films that qualified in the category, along with crowd-pleasing films like Chile’s ‘The Mole Agent,’ the Czech Republic’s ‘Charlatan’ and France’s ‘Two of Us.’”

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Netflix’s ‘Blood & Water’ Adds Three New Characters For Season 2 – via Shadow & Act

The popular series “Blood & Water” from Netflix South Africa is getting new cast members for its season 2 cast. According to Shadow & Act:

“Season 2 of the show is currently in production, and as the streamer states, ‘The new kids on the block will be adding a little (extra) fire to the storyline as we see them involved in scandalous behavior and the lives of the Parkhurst students are turned upside down.’ “

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Indian Film Biz Celebrates Cinemas Returning To Full Capacity – via Deadline

Who doesn’t love a great Bollywood flick? Like most countries, COVID-19 concerns and regulations severely stalled productions in 2020. Now that there’s a vaccine, there’s hope for a gradual return to normalcy…albeit a slow return. But India appears to be moving faster than other countries. According to Deadline:

“Back in September, the country’s virus situation looked to be spiraling out of control, with nearly 100,000 cases being recorded daily, the highest rate in the world. Flash forward four months and the situation is a stark contrast – this week, fewer than 10,000 cases were reported on certain days, about half that of the UK and less than some U.S. states.

The reasons for this remarkable recovery are wide-reaching, and are being studied in detail by the global scientific community, but a degree of herd immunity and a wide presence of antibodies is being cited as key. In response, the government is re-opening the economy to pre-pandemic levels, including the beloved big screen business. Earlier this week, authorities made the remarkable announcement that cinemas would be allowed to return to 100% occupancy from February 1.”

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