5 items from 2015
The Throne of Loneliness: Kaurismaki Cartoons Christina
Considering it’s been forty years since her last notable on screen incarnation, the time has come for a new biopic on that other famous ‘virgin’ queen, Christina of Sweden. Iconically portrayed by Great Garbo in 1933’s Queen Christina, and then again in 1974 by Liv Ullmann in The Abdication, these are significant footsteps to follow, especially considering these productions are best remembered for their female leads and not their directors (Rouben Mamoulian and Anthony Harvey, respectively). Finnish director Mika Kaurismaki, the brother to world renowned auteur Aki Kaurismaki, aims to resuscitate her provocative legacy with The Girl King, though its use of archaic language concepts (such as ‘girl’ and ‘virgin’) hint at a certain ignorance of both femininity and lesbianism despite a screenplay penned by Michel Marc Brousard (Lilies; Tom at the Farm). A handsome costume drama, this international co-production is more often distracting than relevant, »
- Nicholas Bell
Already portrayed onscreen by Greta Garbo and Liv Ullmann, Sweden’s 17th-century “virgin queen” Christina becomes a mercurial tomboy with marked Sapphic tendencies in “The Girl King.” Finnish veteran Mika Kaurismaki’s English-language multinational co-production won Malin Buska the best actress nod at Montreal, also capturing the audience award for best feature. But this is biographical melodrama in a Ken Russell-esque mode of over-the-top histrionics, albeit without that late helmer’s distinctive visuals or touch of directorial madness; it’s hectic, unsubtle, borderline cartoonish. It won’t lose much in translation to the small screen, where its ermine-lined, sword-crossing passions will fit comfortably alongside costumed cable skeins. Lgbt-cinema specialist Wolfe Video plans a multiplatform U.S. launch in early December.
A figure of understandably great fascination over the centuries, Christina Augusta’s brief, tumultuous reign over the Swedish empire was marked by war, religious conflict, court intrigue, attempts at aggressive modernization, »
- Dennis Harvey
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Wim Wenders' Every Thing Will Be Fine, the pic that stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams, Marie-Josée Croze, Robert Naylor, Patrick Bauchau and Peter Stormare. IFC plans a December 4 release date after the film makes its North American premiere in Toronto next month in the Masters section. It had its world premiere earlier this year in Berlin. The 3D drama centers on a tragic car accident links the lives of a… »
The 3D drama will make its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in the Masters section. IFC Films will release the film on Dec. 4.
Wenders directed from Bjorn Olaf Johannessen’s script, in which a tragic car accident links the lives of a struggling writer (Franco), his long-suffering girlfriend (McAdams), a grieving mother (Gainsbourg) and a publisher (Croze). Robert Naylor, Patrick Bauchau and Peter Stormare also star.
Franco’s character accidentally causes the death of a child and spends the next 12 years examining the effect of the tragedy on his life and that of the child’s mother.
- Dave McNary
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Wim Wenders‘ 3D drama “Every Thing Will Be Fine,” which stars James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marie-Josée Croze. The film will make its North American premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in the Masters section. IFC Films will release “Every Thing Will Be Fine” on Dec. 4. The story follows a tragic car accident that links the lives of a struggling writer (Franco), his long-suffering girlfriend (McAdams), a grieving mother (Gainsbourg) and a publisher (Croze). Peter Stormare co-stars alongside Robert Naylor and Patrick Bauchau. Also Read: Bryan Cranston Joins James Franco in Comedy. »
- Jeff Sneider
5 items from 2015
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