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Director: Ruba Nadda
Run Time: 91 minutes
Synopsis: Whilst mourning the death of her husband on their island retreat, a widowed doctor is forced to treat a mysterious man who washes ashore during stormy weather with a gunshot wound.
Premiering during a special presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), October Gale is a dramatic thriller that’s too devoid of tension to be considered thrilling and far short of emotional and relatable characters to be considered dramatic.
All this is a shame because the opening sequence of sweeping Parry Sound long shots and Steadicam shots of Helen (Patricia Clarkson) opening and cleaning the family’s vacation cottage offered a promising segue into what appears to be (on the surface), a study in normative bereavement with a murderous twist. Likewise, the film’s setting is a beautiful contradiction »
- Sacha Hall
The Marvel cinematic universe is a narrative entity that seems to be getting bigger and more popular with each passing year. It hit the jackpot in 2008 with the casting of Robert Downey Jr. in the original Iron Man film, blew up tremendously with 2012’s superhero team-up film The Avengers, and shocked the world of movies by creating a massive box office hit with 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. One character that hasn’t been able to break into that level of popularity, though – at least on his own – is Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk. The second film in Marvel’s cinematic universe, 2008’s The Incredible Hulk starring Edward Norton and Tim Roth, was only a modest box office success when compared to Iron...
- Chris Clow
Ireland's very own Liam Cunningham is the latest star to be attached to The Childhood of a Leader, a WW1 movie currently shooting in Hungary and the debut feature of Brady Corbet. Already on board the movie are Robert Pattinson, Tim Roth and Bernice Bejo. It's set to be the story of an American family in France at the end of WW1, whose young son begins to demonstrate some very disturbing behaviour, amid a backdrop of a devout Christian upbringing and ongoing peace negotiations as the war draws to a close. Cunningham's schedule is still dominated by the hugely popular Game of Thrones, and fans on this side of the Atlantic are hoping his Sir Davos Seaworth isn't one of the rumoured cast that are due to be culled this year. Season 5 kicks off in just a few weeks and George Rr Martin recently dropped the bombshell that some of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Higgins)
At one time, 2015 was poised to be the biggest year at the movies in recorded cinematic history. But that was before Warner Bros. pushed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to 2016. Still, in the next twelve months, we'll be getting a new Star Wars movie, 2 Marvel adventures, a Terminator reboot, a Jurassic Park sequel, and a new 007. That's just the very tip top of this giant tasty cake. There are over a hundred big movies coming in 2015. We're taking a look at the best of the best. These are the movies you know you don't want to miss. Check it out as we delve into the 27 most anticipated movies of 2015!
1Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Release Date: December 18
Director: J.J. Abrams
What It's About: Continuing the Star Wars »
Directed by Ava DuVernay.
Watching a film like Selma is no easy feat and someone who catches a glimpse of some of the violence portrayed in it may think they’d seen footage of the Ferguson riots. Instead of a traditional biopic of Martin Luther King, director Ava DuVernay and writer Paul Webb have focussed on a pivotal moment – the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. Selma is a powerful film that demonstrates how far we’ve come in terms of racial equality, whilst still highlighting how far we have to go.
Credit has to go to DuVernay and Webb for creating a film that is so unflinching in its brutality. »
- Helen Murdoch
The deal, which gives FremantleMedia a first-look option on all Corona TV output, pushes forward FremantleMedia’s ambition to build its scripted pipeline with projects that will have “an epic and cinematic feel,” and attract international co-production funding.
FremantleMedia previously worked with Johns and Jermyn on the development of “Birds of Prey,” a TV adaptation of the first three novels of Wilbur Smith’s Courtney series, penned by “Layer Cake” scriptwriter J.J. Connolly.
Corona TV is a sister company of Corona Pictures, which was founded by Johns and Jermyn in London in 2009. The company develops, produces and markets feature films and television programs to every country in the world, including the major established markets, and key emerging markets such as China.
In recent years, »
- Leo Barraclough
Author, journalist, and fellow First Time Fest juror Gay Talese hosted an Alabama Night in New York screening at Paramount Pictures of Ava DuVernay's Oscar nominated film Selma, a forceful and passionate look at a turning point in Civil Rights history. David Oyelowo in a spectacular performance as Martin Luther King Jr., Carmen Ejogo as his wife Coretta, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Tim Roth as Alabama Governor George Wallace, Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson, with Oprah Winfrey, Common, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tessa Thompson, Dylan Baker, Giovanni Ribisi, Martin Sheen and Alessandro Nivola are part of the remarkable ensemble.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Scott Foundas: Hi Peter. Well, we’ve officially reached the midpoint of the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, although the most hotly anticipated event in this cold, cold town is still another day away. I’m talking, of course, about the world premiere of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which isn’t the kind of movie one typically thinks of as festival fare, but which events like Berlin and Cannes need as a kind of palate cleanser from the steady parade of world-class arthouse cinema from countries like Iran, China and Chile. Those movies may get you lots of ink in Variety, but it’s only a “Fifty Shades” that can get your red carpet splattered all over the picture pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair.
- Scott Foundas and Peter Debruge
The world, finally, is getting its Hateful Eight. Quentin Tarantino's new Western, which was the hottest title at the American Film Market in November, is currently shooting with an all-star cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth and Walton Goggins. At Afm, buyers flocked to The Weinstein Co., which is producing and selling Hateful Eight, hoping to get Tarantino's follow-up to Django Unchained. But no deals emerged. It came out that TWC was considering a global VOD deal with Netflix for the title, but did not go ahead with it. Read more Quentin
- Scott Roxborough
As Disney and Marvel look to expand their roster of movies to three per year, it seems many directors are looking to jump on the band wagon as a way of furthering their profile. We’ve already seen how directing Thor: The Dark World got Alan Taylor the job on Terminator: Genisys and Guardian of the Galaxy turned former Troma writer and Scooby Doo scribe James Gunn into a major player.
“That would probably be the first step… figuring out what they got over there,” Ava told HitFix. “I’m not a big comic book fan, but I know that I love to deconstruct heroes, deconstruct myths. I probably would want to do some kind of origin story, where you get to the core of it, »
- Luke Owen
America’s Second Amendment inadvertently serves to keep Mexican drug cartels stocked with U.S.-made, military-grade artillery in “600 Miles,” an understated, astutely gauged look at the way weapons flow south to arm Latin American infighting, as seen through the eyes of two characters on opposing sides of the law: a low-level Mexican weapons smuggler (Kristyan Ferrer) and the American Atf agent (Tim Roth) he kidnaps after a bust goes bad. Whereas many directors would be tempted to exploit the subject in over-the-top action-movie mode, first-timer Gabriel Ripstein opts for a less sensational, true-to-life approach suited for discriminating festival and arthouse audiences.
Following in the gritty-realism tradition of “Maria Full of Grace,” while acknowledging that the illicit traffic flows both ways — in this case, from north to south — “600 Miles” tackles an issue that’s gotten considerably less exposure in the news for the simple fact that Americans don’t seem »
- Peter Debruge
Launched by filmmaker Carlos Reygadas and his producer Jaime Romandia, sales company Ndm has acquired world sales rights to “Peace to Us in Our Dreams,” the latest title by Lithuanian uber-auteur Sharunas Bartas (“Koridorius,” “Freedom”).
“Peace” adds to Ndm’s growing slate of bold art films from in and outside Mexico, including Reygadas’ “Post Tenebras Lux” and Amat Escalante’s “Heli,” both of which won Cannes Festival’s best director award two years in a row.
Written by Bartas, “Peace” turns on a daughter who is ignored by her father and whose wife, a violinist, has lost her joy of living, uncertain about her priority: her career or love. In the countryside, the daughter befriends a boy. One day he steals an optical sight rifle from a hunters’ lodge, »
- John Hopewell
The halls are starting to hum softly here in Berlin as the European Film Market swings into gear. The first deals were announced yesterday before the event officially opened, with The Weinstein Co notably boarding Im Global’s The Man Who Made It Snow. This morning, FilmNation unveiled a series of offshore output deals for titles from Open Road, which will kick off with the Jamie Foxx/Michelle Monaghan-starrer Sleepless Nights.
Though it’s not likely to be a frenzy, and with currency concerns in the market internationally, Berlin should see more action in the coming days. Distributors are looking for product for 2016 and beyond, and some memorable buys have emerged here in recent years. In 2014, The Weinstein Company made a record-setting $7M deal for The Imitation Game which has now made about $140M worldwide and has an armful of Oscar nominations to boot.
Much of the pre-buy buzz »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Tiberius Film has acquired four films at the Efm.
The German independent distributor has picked up Thomas Cailley’s romantic comedy Love At First Fight (Les Combattants), which has just been nominated for nine César 2015 awards, and Ruba Nadda’s thriller October Gale which premiered at Toronto 2014 and stars Patricia Clarkson, Scott Speedman and Tim Roth.
Wolfgang Carl, managing director of Tiberius Film GmbH, commented: “The Efm is always a very good forum for us to discover exciting and promising movies. We are very excited that our acquisitions have begun so well this year. Our new films include a variety of highlights for all target groups »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
With the border between the United States and Mexico becoming an increasingly political chess piece in the battle over immigration and the fight waged in the war on drugs, it's not a surprise that more filmmakers are finding storytelling inspiration against that backdrop. Its within that milieu that Gabriel Ripstein makes his directorial debut with "600 Miles," premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival. Starring Tim Roth, Harrison Thomas , Monica Del Carmen, Kristyan Ferrer, Craig Hensley, and Julian Sedgwick, the story follows an Atf agent who tracks a young gun trafficker, only to find the tables turned when he's smuggled into Mexico. Here's the full synopsis: Arnulfo Rubio, a young Mexican, works with a gringo barely older than himself to smuggle weapons from Arizona to Mexico for a drug cartel. We follow him buying weapons, crossing borders and during his almost familial encounters with middle-men and clients. What Arnulfo does not know is that for. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The film world will descend upon Berlin soon for Berlinale. Opening this year's Panorama program on Friday, February 6th, is the directorial debut from Mexican filmmaker Gabriel Ripstein, 600 Miles. We have your first look at the poster. Arnulfo Rubio, a young gun trafficker between the United States and Mexico, is being followed by Atf agent Hank Harris. After a risky mistake by Harris, Rubio makes a desperate decision: he smuggles the agent to Mexico. And while these two apparent enemies will slowly connect, they reach a dangerous place. And the only way out will be by trusting each other.The film stars Tim Roth, Kristyan Ferrer, Harrison Thomas and Noé Hernández.You can click on the poster for larger sizes. ...
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Apart from being a fine and stately portrait of Dr Martin Luther King, Selma is an eloquent demonstration of how every epic journey begins with a single step. Leading the way, British actor David Oyelowo has all the charisma required to play that icon of the American Civil Rights Movement - and he also conveys a sharpened, brooding sense of humanity in the film's quieter moments.
Often, Oyelowo is framed from behind, or in profile like the image you might see on a banknote (if the powers-that-be ever saw fit…) and still, his personal anguish is evident.
Exclusive: Company racks up sales on Margarethe von Trotta’s The Misplaced World ahead of Berlinale premiere.
Paris-based sales powerhouse Wild Bunch has unveiled a packed Efm slate, including Margarethe von Trotta’s The Misplaced World, Michel Franco’s English-language debut Chronic and The Goetz Brothers’ Martyrs.
The company is already reporting strong business ahead of the Berlinale Special premiere for The Misplaced World, about a German jazz singer who discovers a family secret when she heads to New York to track down an opera singer who resembles her late mother.
It is von Trotta’s first film since her 2012 Hannah Arendt, which played successfully in theatres worldwide.
So far, The Misplaced World has been picked up for Spain (Golem Distribucion), Greece (Strada Films) Portugal (Leopardo Filmes), Hungary (Vertigo Films), Israel (Nachshon Films), Turkey (Calinos Film), Brazil (Mares Films) and Japan (Gaga Corporation). Van Trotta’s long-time distributor Concorde will release the film in Germany.
Wild Bunch co-chief »
Kristen Stewart, Catherine Deneuve make César Award history (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria,' with Juliette Binoche) Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve are two 2015 César Award nominees making history. The French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts announced the nominations on Jan. 28, 2015; the César Awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 20, 2015, at Paris' Théâtre du Châtelet. Kristen Stewart is in the running in the Best Supporting Actress category for Clouds of Sils Maria / Sils Maria. Catherine Deneuve has been shortlisted as Best Actress for In the Courtyard / Dans la cour. So, how are Stewart and Deneuve making César history? Well, let's begin with "the expected one": Deneuve. Catherine Deneuve One of the biggest film icons ever, Catherine Deneuve is one of those relatively rare international film superstars who has never bothered with – or needed – a Hollywood career. Deneuve, who turned 71 last October 22, has been »
- Steve Montgomery
Martin Luther King Jr., is a celebrated American icon. His wife, Coretta, was a beloved American public figure. President Lyndon Johnson was a colorful Texan, and Governor George Wallace was a good ol' boy son of the South from Alabama. In director Ava DuVernay's Best Picture nominee about the 1965 Selma civil-rights march, however, they're portrayed by David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, and Tim Roth, respectively, who share at least one thing in common: They're British. Selma isn't an exception—rather, the Brits seem to be everywhere lately. Last year's Best Picture winner, 12 Years a Slave, about a 19th-century »
- Jeff Labrecque
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