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Canada-NZ co-production title Turbo Kid sells to the UK and plenty of other territories, according to Screen Daily

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John Collee, whose adaptation of Witi Ihimaera’s Bulibasha is currently in production as The Patriarch, signs on to write the screenplays for proposed franchise The Mirror. The six-book series is by Chinese author Cang Yue.

The first film, due late 2017, is a co-production between Canada’s Syon Media and China’s Ruyi Films.

“Producers Danny Bergeron (Jupiter Ascending, X-MEN : Days of the Future Past ) and Andrew Mason (Matrix, The Water Diviner) fronted with Collee in Cannes for the annoncement.

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Also China-related, the first of many prizes being handed out in France this week went to Xia Hao, winner of the New Chinese Film Talents Fund Forum. Xia takes RMB1 million () towards production of his project No. 23.

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StudioCanal, fka Hoyts Distribution in this part of the world, has joined the rush to China, opening offices there and preparing to jump into local production, according to Variety.

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The festival’s much-vaunted push to find room for women takes two steps back as over a quarter of the festival’s tweets comment on what its female guests look like on the red carpet, and a group of women are turned away from a film about lesbians for wearing sensible shoes.

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