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A three-hankie weepie that harks back in its melodramatic rhythms and constantly moves forward (or so it at least thinks) with its use of digital 3D, Every Thing Will Be Fine, Wim Wenders‘ first narrative feature since Palermo Shooting, is always flirting with being a white elephant. It would only require, say, two more bad scenes — more bizarre choices with regard to the performances, more bits of dialogue that get to the heart of a character’s grief with the grace of a drunk lumberjack, or at least fewer pretty images — to teeter into chaos. And this is what ultimately makes the picture most worthwhile: even those moments that raise the eyebrows sky-high still have a weird integrity and determination skating under the surface.
Approximately half the things you need to know about this movie are contained in its first few minutes, where treacly music and wistful snowflakes — all dancing »
- Nick Newman
With just over two weeks to go before its Us release, a new trailer has debuted for director Wim Wenders’ upcoming drama Every Thing Will Be Fine starring James Franco, Rachel McAdams and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Take a look below after the official synopsis…
Based on an original script by Norwegian Bjørn Olaf Johannessen, Wim Wenders tells the story of the author Tomas (James Franco) in Every Thing Will Be Fine. One day a car accident transforms his life. Even though he is not directly to blame for this tragedy, it still causes his relationship with his girlfriend to break apart. Tomas falls into a deep hole. He seeks retreat in his writing and tries to start his own family with a new love. The film looks at Tomas’ attempt to give his life meaning again and recounts his search for forgiveness. It is not time alone that heals wounds but »
- Amie Cranswick
La cinephiles have the pleasures of seeing two Agnès Varda discoveries from the middle of her career beginning November 13 at the Laemmle Royal. Watch exclusive clips from both below. Cinelicious Pics presents the double bill of "Jane B. par Agnès V." and "Kung-Fu Master," both starring Euro icon Jane Birkin, and both restored from their original 35mm negatives. Supervised by Varda, the new restorations look gorgeous in digital 2K. Less a biopic than a quasi-fiction, poetic-realist documentary, "Jane B. par Agnes V" looks at the actress' many faces. Really, it's Varda's "Orlando," a time-hopping tapestry of Birkin's best and least-favorite roles, and the parts she dreams of playing (including Joan of Arc). The film features Birkin's longtime collaborator and erstwhile lover Serge Gainsbourg, New Wave actor Jean-Pierre Léaud (a.k.a. Antoine Doinel), Birkin's daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg and Varda's son Mathieu Demy, whom »
- Ryan Lattanzio
“Tracking Shot” is a top of month featurette here on Ioncinema.com that looks at the projects that are moments away from lensing. This November, we’ve got a fivesome of projects that we feel are worth signaling out, but before we put the focus on those, the previous month was a rather fruitful one for mostly indiewood film productions. Films that we’ll be seeing in 2016 and which are for the most part still filming include: Mark Williams‘ workplace drama The Headhunter’s Calling (with Alison Brie, Gretchen Mol, Gerard Butler, Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina), Philippe Falardeau‘s bio boxing drama The Bleeder (with Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss), Taron Lexton’s coming-of-ager In Search of Fellini (with Ksenia Solo, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Maria Bello), Kevin Tent‘s Black List scripted rom-com (with Domhnall Gleeson, Christina Applegate, Thomas Haden Church, Nina Dobrev), Sophie Brooks‘ NYC set Euro-fizzled comedy, »
- Eric Lavallee
A couple of years ago, Christoph Waltz was in talks for the lead role in True Crimes, a film inspired by David Grann’s 2008 New Yorker article about the murder of advertising company manager Dariusz Janiszewski, but now Screen International has learned that Jim Carrey has been cast as the lead. Carrey will star alongside Agata Kulesza (Ida), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nymphomaniac), Kati Outinen (Le... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Can Jim Carrey serve as a replacement for Christoph Waltz? The world at large may have its doubts, but the filmmakers behind True Crimes think he can, as Waltz is no longer being talked about in connection with the murder mystery, but Carrey is now preparing to star alongside Agata Kulesza, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kati Outinen, Zbigniew Zamachowski and Marton Czokas.Jeremy Brock’s script is drawn from David Grann’s 2008 New Yorker article about the slaying of advertising company manager Dariusz Janiszewski, whose body washed up in Poland’s Oder River in December 2000. The crime baffled the authorities until detective Jacek Wroblewski tracked Janiszewski's missing cell phone to an eBay auction. The seller was Krystian Bala, a Polish intellectual whose sado-sexual novel Amok had been published after Janiszewski's death, and featured a plot that seemed eerily similar the real-life killing.Speaking to Screen International, Brock explained that he travelled to »
Speaking to ScreenDaily, the film’s UK screenwriter Jeremy Brock explained that his screenplay was inspired after reading David Grann’s New Yorker article True Crimes - A Post-Modern Murder Mystery, which centres on a Polish murder investigation turning to clues found in a novelist’s book that bear a bizarre resemblance to the case.
“I spent the intervening time to find my inspiration for what has become an original screenplay,” he recalled, noting that, in his 30 years as a screenwriter from his beginnings as a co-writer of the BBC TV series Casualty in 1985, “I haven’t worked so long and persistently on one project as I have done on this one”.
“Through working »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
Special Mention: Misery
Directed by Rob Reiner
Screenplay by William Goldman
Elevated by standout performances from James Caan and Kathy Bates, Misery remains one of the best Stephen King adaptations to date. Director Rob Reiner is clearly more interested in the dark humour and humanity than the gory detail in King’s novel, but make no mistake about it, Misery is a tough watch soaked in sharp dialogue, a brooding atmosphere, and disturbing bodily harm inflicted on James Caan by sweet old Kathy Bates. I can still feel his pain.
129. Black Sabbath (Three Faces of Fear)
Italy 1960 / Italy 1963
Genre: Horror Anthology
- Ricky Fernandes
She’s Not There: Varda’s Lovely, Refracted Portrait of Iconic Birkin
The other obscure Agnes Varda title treated to a digital restoration courtesy of Cinelicious Pics is Janes B. par Agnes V., a playful exploration of the multi-faceted actress, singer, and icon Jane Birkin as she balances career choices and motherhood long after the initial scandals that brought her international attention. Filmed in tandem with their other collaboration, the fictional narrative Kung Fu Master!, both titles were released theatrically in 1988 when presumably one grew out of the other, though it’s difficult to tell which origination came first. Proclaimed to be an imaginary bio-pic by Varda, we glimpse candid interview footage strewn throughout a mixture of playful moments and pretend reenactments. Footage from their other film is included, only here it’s being presented as an idea the actor and director are just fleshing out, not something already completed. »
- Nicholas Bell
Oedipus at the Arcade: Varda’s Empathetic Exploration of Taboo
Invariably, most conversations concerning Agnes Varda, the sole female auteur amongst the prized clutch of men whose names project like immortal pillars from the fog of the Nouvelle Vague, reference her two most renowned titles, Cleo From 5 to 7 (1962) and Vagabond (1985). But in-between and after these two iconic moments from her filmography lies a sea of titles waiting to be re-discovered (a recent disc-set from Criterion’s Eclipse series several weeks ago was a first step in exploring her more obscure works).
Boutique distributor Cinelicious Pics continues in this vein with two digital restorations of Varda’s from 1988, both inextricably linked via star Jane Birkin (after a theatrical bow in New York, both titles will move on to Los Angeles). The more textually subversive of these is Kung Fu Master!, a sympathetic tale of doomed love between a 40-year-old »
- Nicholas Bell
She will report to The Solution toppers Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel and focus on the development of commercial, high-caliber feature films to produce and finance in-house, along with the acquisition of third party titles for international sales.
Liang worked at Focus on Leigh Whannell’s “Insidious: Chapter 3,” starring Dermot Mulroney, and “Sinister 2” with James Ransone. Both titles were released under Focus’ genre label Gramercy Pictures and co-produced by Blumhouse Productions.
The Solution’s slate includes “Man Down,” starring Shia Labeouf, Gary Oldman and Kate Mara; boxing biopic “Bleed for This,” starring Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart and executive produced by Martin Scorsese; “Oppenheimer Strategies,” starring Richard Gere, Charlotte Gainsbourg and »
- Dave McNary
A middle class husband and wife move to a cave in a patiently paced lo-fi study of sadness
Heading to the woods to deal with one’s demons is a common form of therapy in cinema. Emile Hirsch said goodbye to privilege in Into the Wild, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe retreated to a remote cabin after the death of their son in Antichrist and last year’s Toronto film festival had a grieving Reese Witherspoon traipsing through rough terrain in Wild. A year on, the self-explanatory Couple in a Hole takes that trope to a fascinating new place.
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- Benjamin Lee
This is a capsule review. A full review will be posted closer to release.
Boiling down a poetic filmmaker’s latest work to just the plot is a reductive exercise (Tree of Life: “Everything happens”), but when the grand finale to a two-hour journey is a self-absorbed bore working up the courage to give a hug, that poetry better be damn amazing. Though Every Thing Will Be Fine has much of the lyricism expected from German director Wim Wenders, inert plotting and performances shroud much of that beauty in a mopey fog.
James Franco plays Tomas, a man forced to reckon with the aftermath of accidentally killing a child in a traffic collision. Though not at fault, the incident weighs heavily on Tomas over the course of a decade. Devoid of any defining characteristics outside of being a writer, Tomas provides a flat emotional center for the story, even before »
- Sam Woolf
What's your name?
It sucks to miss a train. But for tax accountant Marc (Benoît Poelvoorde), one missed train back to Paris leads him to Sylvie (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and the pair quickly connect. The next morning, Marc and Sylvie agree to meet in Paris and they part without ever saying their names--très romantique! Of course, events transpire such that Marc misses their appointment and Sylvie goes off to the wintry wilds of Minneapolis with a boyfriend she isn't that keen on. When Marc takes the train back to where he met Sylvie, he comes across Sophie (Chiara Mastroianni) who is freaking out over a little tax problem with the antique shop she runs with her sister. Marc, no stranger to quick connections, falls in with Sophie and the two get engaged. Surprise, no surprise, Sylvie is Sophie's sister and an emotional fuse is lit until Sylvie's arrival finally blows everything to pieces. »
- Jason Ratigan
It's a fall festival circus as Venice continues and Telluride kicks off tomorrow, and buyers are hitting the market ahead of world premieres, as well as catching up on films that didn't find homes in the spring. IFC Films has scooped Wim Wenders' "Every Thing Will Be Fine," the German director's English-language 2015 Berlinale premiere starring James Franco and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Following a North American premiere in Toronto's Masters section, the film will be released on December 4, 2015, though mixed reviews don't portend much awards cache. In Toronto, IFC is also repping Andrew Haigh's "45 Years" (December 23), Palme d'Or winner "Dheepan" (early 2016), Romania's Oscar snub "The Treasure" (early 2016) and more. Read More: Berlin Reviews: Wim Wenders' 3D 'Every Thing Will Be Fine' Not Quite Fine Enough Today in a partnership with HBO Documentary Films, Abramorama grabbed Laurie Anderson's heart-tugging Telluride world premiere »
- Ryan Lattanzio
A French period drama, “Marguerite” stars Catherine Frot (“Haute Cuisine,” “Chaos,” “Un air de famille,” “The Page Turner”) as Marguerite Dumont, a character loosely inspired by 1920s socialite Florence Foster Jenkins, a wannabe opera singer who believed she had a beautiful soprano voice. The world begged to differ from that opinion.
“Marguerite” world premieres at Venice, having struck major territory pre-sales across the world. Cohen Media Group plans a major market theatrical release in the spring. Cohen Media Group senior vice president John Kochman and Tanja Meissner, head of international sales and acquisitions at Paris-based Mfi, negotiated the distribution agreement.
- John Hopewell
Bjørn Olaf Johannessen wrote the screenplay about a car crash that connects a struggling writer, his girlfriend, a grieving mother and a publisher.
IFC acquired Us rights from HanWay Films and will distribute on December 4.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Read More: Why Wim Wenders Thinks His Older Films Would Be Flops Today IFC Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Wim Wenders' "Every Thing Will Be Fine," starring James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams and Marie-Josée Croze. The film had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival and will have its upcoming North American premiere at Tiff in the Masters section. The official synopsis reads: "In this 3D drama, 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)." "We are thrilled to once more be working with Wim Wenders – a legendary filmmaker who brings great sensitivity to all his work," said Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. "In 'Every Thing Will Be Fine,' he delivers a compelling and beautifully shot examination of grief." The »
- Zack Sharf
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
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