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15 items from 2016


Sales Agent Fortissimo Films to Close on Quiet Note

17 August 2016 8:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong- and Amsterdam-based sales agent Fortissimo Films is to close its doors after more than 20 years as a pioneer of Asian and art-house cinema.

The company filed for voluntary bankruptcy Tuesday in The Netherlands. The filing was accepted by the court and notification posted. Separate filings need to be made for individual subsidiaries.

The court has appointed an administrator, known as a ‘curator’ according to the Dutch system. The curator will decide the next moves. These could range from a refinancing, to the sale of the company to a third party, or its breakup.

Staff have been informed of the situation by the existing management. The curator is expected to meet with the Amsterdam-based employees this week.

Fortissimo has represented titles by auteurs including Wong Kar-wai, Jim Jarmusch, Peter Greenaway, Tsai Ming-liang, Hal Hartley, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Brillante Mendoza, Tsui Hark and Pen-ek Ratanaruang. Its catalog spans some 300 titles.

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- Patrick Frater

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Criterion Close-Up – Episode 43 – The Player

8 July 2016 11:59 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Mark and Aaron welcome old friend, Doug McCambridge to talk about Robert Altman’s “Don’t call it a” comeback film. We touch on the opening tracking shot, what Altman is saying about Hollywood, and yes, we even go into the ending — or both of them. On top of that, we give some tidbits on how to be economical with the Barnes & Noble Criterion Sale.

About the film:

A Hollywood studio executive with a shaky moral compass (Tim Robbins) finds himself caught up in a criminal situation that would be right at home in one of his movie projects, in this biting industry satire from Robert Altman. Mixing elements of film noir with sly insider comedy, The Player, based on a novel by Michael Tolkin, functions as both a nifty stylish murder story and a commentary on its own making, and it is stocked with a heroic supporting cast (Peter Gallagher, »

- Aaron West

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TV Review: James Franco’s ‘Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?’

17 June 2016 4:14 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

James Franco makes “art” at the rate most people eat breakfast — he has over 20 projects (no exaggeration) in various stages of production this year — and so exactly where Lifetime’s remake of the 1996 telepic “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?” rates among his priorities is hard to guess. Franco executive produced, has a minor supporting role, and is credited with the “story” for this subversively desperate (or maybe desperately subversive?) reimagining that takes a shopworn woman-in-peril story and turns it into a slightly less shopworn lesbian vampire romance.

Franco’s vision for “Mother” isn’t so much influenced by the kitschy appeal of the original movie (or the novel by Claire Rainwater Jacobs, which no doubt has zero overlap with what’s here beyond the title), as it is by “Twilight,” queer theory, college theater, and Smashing Pumpkins music videos. We know this because all of these things are directly referenced on camera (except Smashing Pumpkins, though »

- Geoff Berkshire

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Teaser trailer for The White King

15 June 2016 1:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this Saturday, a trailer has arrived online for Jörg Tittel and Alex Helfrech’s upcoming drama The White King which stars Agyness Deyn, Jonathan Pryce, Fiona Shaw, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Greta Scacchi, Olivia Williams and Lorenzo Allchurch. Check it out here…

The White King is an adaptation of the internationally acclaimed award winning Hungarian novel of the same name, written by György Dragomán. Also shot entirely on location in Hungary, the film follows Djata, a 12-year-old boy coming to grips with his father’s imprisonment by the totalitarian state he calls home. Preyed upon by the secret police and venal dignitaries, Djata and his mother (Agyness Deyn) are forced to navigate through the world of propaganda, abuse and vicious gangs, making them risk everything to reunite their family.

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- Amie Cranswick

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The Player

30 May 2016 5:08 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Robert Altman's murder tale reeks of insider access and Hollywood hipster Bs; its main claim to greatness is its fifty-plus star cameos. It may no longer seem as smart as it looked in 1992, but they don't make 'em any slicker than this. The Player Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 812 1992 / Color /1:85 widescreen / 124 min. / Available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 24, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Cynthia Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lyle Lovett. Cinematography Jean Lépine Original Music Thomas Newman Written by Michael Tolkin from his novel Produced by David Brown, Michael Tolkin, Nick Wechsler Directed by Robert Altman

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Robert Altman's filmography is undergoing what looks like a full retrospective through Criterion; even the 1975 title Nashville came out not long ago. This very successful later picture marks a revitalization of the director's career. It's sort of a Kafkaesque spin on Hail, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Fortissimo sells 'The White King' to Signature for UK

15 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Signature has picked up rights for the UK and Ireland on Jörg Tittel and Alex Helfrecht’s sci-fi.

Fortissimo Films has sold UK and Ireland rights to futuristic drama The White King to Signature Entertainment.

Signature is planning a theatrical release in the fourth quarter of 2016, followed by a home entertainment and digital release in early 2017.

The film, which marks the feature debut of UK co-directors Jörg Tittel and Alex Helfrecht, stars Agyness Deyn, Jonathan Pryce, Fiona Shaw, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Greta Scacchi and Lorenzo Allchurch.

Teun Hilte (Black Book) and Philip Munger are producers on the film.

Based on the award-winning Hungarian novel of the same name, the film follows a 12-year-old boy coming to terms with his father’s imprisonment by the totalitarian state in which he lives.

The deal for UK rights was finalised by Fortissimo executive vice president of international sales Nicole Mackey and Signature’s head of acquisitions Elizabeth Williams.

“This »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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11 New Movies to Watch at Home This Week

10 May 2016 8:16 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Deadpool, Michael Moore, and a few indies worth adding to your collection.Pick of the Week

Wildlike

What is it? Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) is a teen in crisis. Her father has died, and her mother’s addictions have forced her into rehab, so with no other resources she’s sent to stay with an uncle in Alaska for the summer. He shows her kindness, showers her with gifts, and sneaks into her bed at night to do unspeakable things. It may not be the first time, and she knows it won’t be the last, so when the opportunity arises she runs away. Her luck changes when she crosses paths with a hiker named Rene (Bruce Greenwood) in Denali. He wants nothing to do with her at first, but when the two of them end up on the same deserted trail in the park he quietly allows her to join his party of one. What »

- Rob Hunter

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Cannes Market: Fortissimo Picks Up ‘White King’

28 April 2016 6:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong- and Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films has picked up rights to “The White King,” a dark fable that boasts a starry British cast.

Starring Jonathan Pryce, Agyness Deyn, Greta Scacchi, Fiona Shaw, Clare-Hope Ashitey and Olafur Darri Olafsson, the film is an adaptation of a Hungarian novel by Gyorgy Dragoman set in a fictional country ruled by a brutal and high tech autocratic regime.

It is the feature debut of married couple Joerg Tittel and Alex Helfrecht and was produced in Hungary by Oiffy, run by Tittel, Helfrecht and producer Philip Munger, and by producer Teun Hilte (“Miss Julie,” “Black Book”.)

Fortissimo will screen footage and begin sales at Cannes, ahead of an anticipated launch at a major festival later this year.

“’The White King’ depicts a society and a way of life that is all the more unsettling in this current period of global uncertainty. This film will be »

- Patrick Frater

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Fortissimo picks up 'The White King'

28 April 2016 3:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fortissimo Films has acquired international rights to dystopian drama The White King, starring Jonathan Pryce, Greta Scacchi and Agyness Deyn.

Based on the award-winning novel by Hungarian novelist György Dragomán, the English-langue film is the debut feature of co-directors Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel.

Currently in the final stages of post-production, the film was shot in Hungary and produced by Oiffy – a production house founded by Tittel, Helfrecht and producer Philip Munger – and London and La-based producer Teun Hilte (Black Book).

Set in a small, unknown country in the near future, the story revolves around a 12-year-old boy and his mother fighting to reunite their family in a brutal dictatorship.

Newcomer Lorenzo Allchurch plays the boy, with Deyn as his mother. The cast also includes Fiona Shaw, Clare-Hope Ashitey and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson.

The deal for international rights was negotiated by Fortissimo Films’ executive vice president, Nicole Mackey, with the film’s producers.

Fortissimo will introduce »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Fortissimo picks up The White King

28 April 2016 3:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fortissimo Films has acquired international rights to dystopian drama The White King, starring Jonathan Pryce, Greta Scacchi and Agyness Deyn.

Based on the award-winning novel by Hungarian novelist György Dragomán, the English-langue film is the debut feature of co-directors Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel.

Currently in the final stages of post-production, the film was shot in Hungary and produced by Oiffy – a production house founded by Tittel, Helfrecht and producer Philip Munger – and London and La-based producer Teun Hilte (Black Book).

Set in a small, unknown country in the near future, the story revolves around a 12-year-old boy and his mother fighting to reunite their family in a brutal dictatorship.

Newcomer Lorenzo Allchurch plays the boy, with Deyn as his mother. The cast also includes Fiona Shaw, Clare-Hope Ashitey and Ólafur Darri Ólafsson.

The deal for international rights was negotiated by Fortissimo Films’ executive vice president, Nicole Mackey, with the film’s producers.

Fortissimo will introduce »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Curio: "we went skinny dipping and did things that frightened the fish!"

25 March 2016 3:22 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Yes. that's a quote from Steel Magnolias. I apologize as this is entirely unrelated. It happens.

Are you familiar with "Fish Love"? It's a not-for-profit company from Nicholas Röhl and the actress Greta Scacchi. The goal? I'll just quote them here:

to raise awareness of the unsustainable fishing practices that are destroying the the earth's marine ecosystem. Since then, the Fishlove images have succeeded in bringing the subject of over-fishing to the front covers and pages of the world's media many times over. 

This year's catch is the adorable Emma Thompson and Greg Wise shot by photographer Jillian Edelstein to promote the endangered. But there's more (slightly nsfw) after the jump...

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- NATHANIEL R

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BFI Review – The Player (1992)

23 March 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Player, 1992.

Directed by Robert Altman.

Starring Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Vincent D’Onofrio and Richard E. Grant.

Synopsis:

A Hollywood executive is delivered a death threat and seeks to track down the screenwriter who sent it…

Hail Caesar! received a considerable amount of praise in the last few weeks but, alas, I was no fan. As part of the Nfts ‘Passport to Cinema’ season at the BFI, thankfully Robert Altman’s The Player was screened and it easily surpassed my limited appreciation of Hail, Caesar! Both films are tinsel town tales of crime, intrigue and the corrupt business of show business. The Player, starring Tim Robbins as Hollywood exec Griffin Mill, has a list of cameos longer than Zoolander 2 and yet remains a thought-provoking dramedy that only becomes more relevant with age. In twenty years, when studios embrace (opposed to »

- Simon Columb

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The White King

27 January 2016 5:53 AM, PST | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

In his first feature film role, newcomer Lorenzo Allchurch leads the cast in dystopian drama The White King, starring as 12 year Djata.

Based on the book by Gyorgy Dragoman, The White King follows Djata, a precocious 12-year-old boy coming to grips with his father’s internment by the totalitarian state he calls home. Preyed upon by secret police officers and venal dignitaries, Djata and his mother, played by Agyness Deyn, are forced to navigate a world of propaganda, abuse and vicious gangs, making them risk everything to reunite their family.

Lorenzo (represented by Abacus) began his professional acting career on stage in 2012 playing Richard, Duke of York in ‘Richard III’ at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London, directed by Tim Carroll. He was cast as the young Gary Kasparov in The Donmar Warehouse production of Matt Charman's play ‘The Machine’. His first TV appearance was in an episode of the »

- noreply@blogger.com (ScreenTerrier)

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Rickman Dies: Harry Potter Actor Won Golden Globe, Emmy, BAFTA

14 January 2016 6:32 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Alan Rickman. Alan Rickman dead at 69: Professor Snape in 'Harry Potter' movies Alan Rickman, best known for his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter movies, died of cancer on Jan. 14, '16. Rickman (born on Feb. 21, 1946, in London) was 69. Rickman first played Professor Severus Snape – who looks like a villain, walks like a villain, and talks like a villain, but who turns out to be anything but – in Chris Columbus' Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). One of many British stage and screen stars featured in the franchise toplining Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, Rickman would remain part of the Harry Potter gang until the final installment, David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). Alan Rickman movies Beginning with the Bruce Willis actioner Die Hard (1988), in which he plays the leader of a criminal gang, Alan Rickman was featured in nearly 50 movies. »

- Andre Soares

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How Harvey Weinstein, Nancy Dubuc Snuck Paul Dano and Gillian Anderson Onto Mini-Series ‘War & Peace’

11 January 2016 11:25 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

English and literature students rejoice. Soon, you’ll have a new way to skirt Leo Tolstoy’s 1,200 page “War and Peace,” the epic 1869 novel once ranked by Newsweek as the number one book of all time, and ranked by many as an impossibly tough one to both read and bring to the screen. Nancy Dubuc, Rob Sharenow, and Harvey Weinstein gave a few Hollywood insiders a sneak peek of “War & Peace,” four-week, eight-hour limited series version starring Paul Dano, Gillian Anderson and “Downton Abbey’s” Lily James at a screening at the London in West Hollywood on Monday night. Besides Dano and Anderson, »

- Mikey Glazer

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