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11 items from 2015


Cast attached for first Australia-South Africa co-pro

1 December 2015 8:52 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Irène Jacob and South African actress Thishiwe Ziqubu are attached to star in Saturn, a supernatural thriller which would be the first official Australia-South Africa co-production.

African-born, UK-based Elan Gamaker is the writer-director and the co-producers are Mark Overett.s New Holland Pictures Two and Fireworx Media.s Bridget Pickering, who was one of the producers of Hotel Rwanda.

Set in South Africa in the 1980s, the screenplay follows Patience (Zigubu) a young African woman who is asked to babysit two white children by her mother, who is campaigning against Apartheid.

Jacob (Three Colors: Red, The Double Life of Véronique) will play the children.s French mother, while a high-profile Aussie is in talks to play her husband.

The twist: the ghost of the children.s older brother Ben, an Army conscript who was reported to have died, tries to take them away.

Overett, who recently returned from a recce in Cape Town and Johannesburg, »

- Don Groves

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Criterion Picks On Fandor: Ten Films From Krzysztof Kieślowski!

17 November 2015 7:00 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on ten films from Krzysztof Kieślowski.

One of Europe’s most prolific and influential directors, whose films wield significant artistic, emotional and political weight.

For those keeping score, Criterion has only officially released five films from Kieślowski so far on home video, but today’s additions to their Fandor picks (which will end up on Hulu soon) shows that we have a lot more to be excited about. Let’s hope the Decalogue is in the works as well!

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Blind Chance

Before he stunned the cinematic world with the epic series The Decalogue and the Three Colors trilogy, the great Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Episode 162 – Krzysztof Kieślowski’s The Double Life of Véronique

3 August 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

This time on the podcast, Scott is joined by David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett to discuss Krzysztof Kieślowski’s The Double Life of Véronique.

About the film:

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s international breakthrough remains one of his most beloved films, a ravishing, mysterious rumination on identity, love, and human intuition. Irène Jacob is incandescent as both Weronika, a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Véronique, a French music teacher. Though unknown to each other, the two women share an enigmatic, emotional bond, which Kieślowski details in gorgeous reflections, colors, and movements. Aided by Slawomir Idziak’s shimmering cinematography and Zbigniew Preisner’s haunting, operatic score, Kieślowski creates one of cinema’s most purely metaphysical works. The Double Life of Véronique is an unforgettable symphony of feeling.

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- Scott Nye

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Variety Critics Debate the Best and Worst of Cannes 2015

25 May 2015 3:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peter Debruge: Well, I didn’t see that coming. In what feels like a twist ending — one that leaves me feeling a bit like Tim Roth at the end of “Chronic” — the Cannes jury has awarded the Palme d’Or to “Dheepan,” a movie that lags among my least favorites in the competition, and the weakest in Jacques Audiard’s filmography.

People have been throwing the word “weak” around a lot this week, grousing that the official selection doesn’t measure up to that of previous years. I defer to you, Scott and Justin, since you’ve each been attending Cannes for longer than I have (this is only my fifth time on the Croisette), but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time here, it’s that Cannes critics always like to complain that the present year’s crop feels meager by comparison to past editions, »

- Peter Debruge, Scott Foundas and Justin Chang

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Emmanuelle Seigner joins 'Stalin's Couch'

14 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Venus In Fur star Emmanuelle Seigner has signed on to appear opposite Gerard Depardieu in Fanny Ardant’s new €2.5m feature, Stalin’s Couch.

The film, sold by Alfama and due to shoot later in the year, follows the young artist Danilov as he travels to Stalin’s secret residence to present the his plans for a monument to the dictator.

The news of Seigner’s casting was revealed by veteran producer Paulo Branco.

Branco also further casting and production news on his packed Cannes slate.

One new title is Fred Vargas adaptation The Chalk Circle Man (L’ homme aux cercles bleus), directed by Nikolay Levy-Beff, starring Malik Zidi, Elsa Zylberstein and Gregory Gadebois. Shooting is due to begin in September.

Meanwhile, Mathieu Amalric has been confirmed as lead alongside Julia Roy in Benoit Jacquot’s His Body, adapted from The Body Artist by Don DeLillo. This is likely to shoot in early 2016.

Also in development »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Cannes honours documentary tradition by Richard Mowe - 2015-04-29 20:31:34

29 April 2015 12:31 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Rithy Panh - president of the documentary jury in Cannes

For the first time this year the Cannes Film Festival will embrace a prize for the best documentary called The Golden Eye (L’Oeil d’or) which recognises the upsurge in the documentary tradition.

Director Julie Bertuccelli, who was responsible for initiating the new honour, said: “Cinema was born through documentaries. Now they are becoming ever more popular among general audiences as well as the critics - and they have a bigger presence in festivals. That’s why we felt it was important for them to be properly recognised at Cannes and to have a dedicated prize for documentaries.”

The prize, which will cover all sections of the Festival, will be decided by a jury made up of

- Rithy Panh (Jury president), from Cambodia and France - Nicolas Philibert, director from France - Irène Jacob, actress from France - Diana El Jeiroudi, »

- Richard Mowe

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Dying Of The Light DVD Review

10 March 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Paul Schrader

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin, Alexander Karim, Irene Jacob

Running time: 94 minutes

Certificate: 18

Paul Schrader, a product of the movie brat generation, here offers up a fragmented feature starring Nicolas Cage but on this occasion it’s hard to pin all the blame on Schrader, taking on the role of writer and director, if the rumoured battle with producers are true.

Dying Of The Light follows the story of a career CIA operative Evan Lake (Nicolas Cage), dealing with a devastating illness that threatens to end his career , whilst on a relentless pursuit of a terrorist who once imprisoned and tortured him but it’s uninspiring, boring and overplayed after much promise. Paul Schrader is a talented writer/ director behind such classics as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, alongside a credible cast featuring the likes of Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin but the finished product is a jumbled mess. »

- Ciham Messouki

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DVD Review – Dying of the Light (2014)

2 March 2015 5:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Dying of the Light, 2014.

Written and Directed by Paul Schrader.

Starring Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin, Irene Jacob, Victor Webster and Alexander Karim.

Synopsis:

Burned out CIA operative Evan Lake (Nicolas Cage) is forced into early retirement due to a degenerative medical diagnosis. Aided by an up and coming field agent Milton Schultz (Anton Yelchin) he uses his limited time to track down an old adversary.

Nicolas Cage. Nicolas Cage screaming. Nicolas Cage screaming Loudly. Again.

Given what has been made of the latest Cage-rage low budget effort in many quarters you could be forgiven for thinking this’ll be on a par with that The Wicker Man remake for overall- albeit hilarious- lameness.

In truth, it’s not quite as bad as all that. It’s just a bit weird really, with Schrader and the cast recently disowning the finished product and claiming something of a studio takeover from the creatives in control. »

- Robert W Monk

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'Dying of the Light' Nicolas Cage Featurette | Exclusive

17 February 2015 2:15 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage ignites a powder keg of action in the electrifying cloak-and-dagger thriller Dying of the Light, arriving on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD February 17th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. To celebrate the upcoming release, we have a special sneak peek with an exclusive featurette that looks at the legacy of Nicolas Cage.

In Dying of the Light, Evan Lake (Nicolas Cage), a veteran CIA agent, has been ordered to retire. But when his prot&#233g&#233 (Anton Yelchin) uncovers evidence that Lake's nemesis, the terrorist Banir (Alexander Karim), has resurfaced, Lake goes rogue, embarking on a perilous, intercontinental mission to eliminate his sworn enemy.

Dying of the Light is currently available On Demand. The DVD and Blu-ray arrives today with bonus materials that include deleted/extended scenes, cast and crew interviews and a "making of" featurette. From the writer of Taxi Driver and co-writer of Raging Bull, »

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Wim Wenders to shoot new film in June

7 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Les beaux jours d’Aranjuez is an adaptation of the play by Peter Handke.

German auteur Wim Wenders is to shoot new movie Les beaux jours d’Aranjuez in June.

The project was announced by Alfama’s Paulo Branco during the Efm. The film is an adaptation of the play by Peter Handke. It will star Reda Kateb and Sophie Semin. Handke himself is likely to have a cameo. The film will be an Alfama/Road Movies coproduction, to be sold by Alfama.

The film marks a reunion between Wenders and veteran Portuguese producer Branco, who co-produced Wenders’ The State Of Things in 1982 and has worked with him several times since.

Wenders’ Every Thing Will Be Fine is screening out of competition, sold by Hanway.

Branco has also announced various other new projects. This year, Benoit Jacquot should finally be shooting Alfama’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s 2001 novella, The Body Artist »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Movie Review – Dying of the Light (2014)

10 January 2015 2:49 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Dying of the Light, 2014.

Written and Directed by Paul Schrader.

Starring Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin, Irene Jacob, Victor Webster and Alexander Karim.

Synopsis:

Burned out CIA operative Evan Lake (Nicolas Cage) is forced into early retirement due to a degenerative medical diagnosis. Aided by an up and coming field agent Milton Schultz (Anton Yelchin) he uses his limited time to track down an old adversary.

I had no inkling of the issues surrounding this film before accepting it. My feelings were guided by gut instinct and a comprehensive knowledge of Messrs Cage and Schrader’s back catalogue. Combine this powerhouse with the diversity of an Anton Yelchin, neither bona fide indie darling or status savvy franchise player and Dying of the Light becomes an interesting proposition.

Unfortunately Paul Schrader has always been revered for his screenwriting rather than any directorial acumen he might have. Segues behind the camera have tended »

- Gary Collinson

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