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Erik Skjoldbjaerg’s 1997 directorial debut, Insomnia is a prescient prototype of what would now be termed Nordic Noir in today’s global film market. At the time of its release, it was one of the first Norwegian films of international note in quite some time, with Skjoldbjaerg joining the ranks of other notable newcomers like Pal Sleutane and Bent Hamer. An inverted film noir, utilizing light instead of shadow, there’s a cold blankness to the film, making it a sort of waking nightmare. When all is visible, there’s no place to hide, forcing the film’s protagonist into internalized retreat, escaping into himself. Too much light engages a similar sort of madness as the eternal shadows.
The murder of a teenage girl opens the film, shot on grainy super 8 while we witness the killer cleaning up the act. To investigate, a Swedish police officer stationed in Oslo, Jonas »
- Nicholas Bell
The 71st Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning, highlighted by films from American directors, including David Gordon Green, Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Andrew Niccol, and James Franco. As had been previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and many others, will be the opening film when the festival begins on Aug. 27.
Click below for the entire list of 55 films playing in Venice.
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, directed by Roy Andersson
Starring Holger Andersson, »
- Jeff Labrecque
I think it's pretty hard not to completely adore Stellan Skarsgård. From his achingly perfect performances working with Von Trier, to comic book blockbusters like Thor, to the original Insomnia, he's one of the great actors of this or any generation.Yet audiences, it seems, sometimes take his talents for granted. Sure, he's received a share of plaudits, but for an actor with such range and sensitivity I think he's deserving of being considered in the absolute upper echelon of performers.Perhaps one reason that he doesn't quite get the respect of some of his peers is that he's unafraid to balance doing art house cinema with mainstream action fare. Skarsgård is comfortable as the everyman as he is the tortured soul, and gives dignity to even...
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A clever penis joke. We’re sold. The latest trailer for Simon Pegg’s Hector And The Search For Happiness has joyfully flown into our inbox via digital carrier birdy. You can check it out below, but be warned, it’s got an awesome cast and may well make you feel all warm and sticky on the inside (more than usual anyway). While some of you may be thinking “Walter Mitty” I’d hope it’s got more depth to it than Ben Stillers, somewhat good, but overall bland mental outing of late. As great as Simon Pegg is playing off the likes of Tom Cruise and Chris Pine in big blockbusters, these “smaller” movies seem to really like the actor. Starring alongside Pegg are Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer. Something like this is a welcome change of scenery from giant robots punching the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
“We should concern ourselves not so much with the pursuit of happiness, but with the happiness of the pursuit.” Professor Coreman (Christopher Plummer).
Here’s your first look at the heartwarming new trailer for Hector And The Search For Happiness. Based on the best-selling novel by Francois Lelord, Hector And The Search For Happiness is directed by Peter Chelsom and features an all star cast lead by Simon Pegg.
It was announced today that the film will be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival on the evening of September 7th.
Check out the feel-good trailer of the week.
Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So »
- Michelle McCue
A new Hector and the Search for Happiness trailer has gone online. Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as the titular Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier. One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists. I had actually never seen any of this film’s trailers before today, so I went and revisited the first and second trailers as well. And I think I prefer this brand new one the most. It sells the character’s need to go on this journey a bit more. Or maybe I’m just getting old and schmaltzy. The comedic elements of the first two trailers are still present, but now I get the restlessness of the character's life. Hit the jump »
- Evan Dickson
Hector and the Search for Happiness finds Simon Pegg setting off on a global journey to find internal peace. Starring as Hector, this well-respected psychiatrist has reached the midpoint of his meager existance, and despite having a beautiful girlfriend and a satisfactory job, he feels he hasn't quite lived life to the fullest. Watch as this one man sets off on the quest of a lifetime. Will Hector find his happiness? We also have a second alternative trailer that brings even more footage from this life-fulfilling adventure.
Hector is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara, he feels like a fraud: he hasn't really tasted life, and yet he's offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, »
Relativity's Hector and the Search for Happiness was just announced as one of the Gala screenings at this year's Toronto Film Festival. The movie, directed by Peter Chelsom (Shall We Dancec) stars Simon Pegg in the title role and seems almost like something of a Brit version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Based on the world-wide best-selling novel of the same name, the movie features Hector (Pegg), a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Rosamund Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn't really tasted life, and yet he's offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness. »
- Brad Brevet
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
International titles world-preeming on the »
- Jennie Punter
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You »
- Gregory Ellwood
Bill Skarsgard and Landon Liboiron play Roman and Peter on Netlfix’s original series Hemlock Grove, which showcases a lot of tension between the two in the just-released Season 2. “Where the fist season leaves us is that their relationship is shattered because of everything that happened,” Skarsgard, who is the brother of True Blood hunk Alexander Skarsgard and son of famed Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard, told uInterview exclusively, “and where the second season begins, both Peter and Roman are completely dealing with their own demons. And they couldn't be further apart.”
Still many fans see a budding romance between Roman and Peter. “The sexual tension between the characters, and that was never full intention from neither one of us," said Skarsgard. "But I’ve seen a lot of fan art, that they just want to picture that.” Although the show’s writer Brian McGreevy may not have intended a romance between the characters, »
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Jude Law dons impressive chops and gold teeth to play a sleazy
safecracker fresh out of jail. Dom took the fall without ratting out his boss (Demián Bichir), and now it's time to pay the piper. Richard E. Grant co-stars as his best friend, whom Dom enlists on his quest to get paid. Emilia Clarke (the mother of dragons!) plays Dom's estranged daughter, Evelyn.
Why We're In: We love darkly funny crime thrillers, and it's cool to see Jude Law back in action.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
The Essential Jacques Demy (Criterion)
What's It About? This box set comes with the most beloved movies by the French auteur: "Lola," "Bay of Angels," "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," "The Young Girls of Rochefort," "Donkey Skin," and "Une Chambre en Ville."
Why We're In: In addition to the digital restorations of these delightful classics, »
- Jenni Miller
Bill Skarsgård is a 23-year-old actor currently starring as complicated rich boy Roman Godfrey in Netflix's horror series Hemlock Grove. Born in Vällingby, a suburb of Stockholm, he is the son of Stellan Skarsgård and brother of True Blood's Alexander. A rising star in his home country, he was nominated for a Guldbagge award in 2011 for his performance in Simple Simon and has drawn strong reviews for his performance in Hemlock Grove, season two of which is available on Netflix now.
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- Sarah Hughes
Can you believe we're less about two months away from Fall movie season? By mid-September studios and indies start to slowly roll out their more prestige releases some of which may or may not be awards season fodder. One film arriving in September that might not be on your radar yet is Peter Chelsom's "Hector and the Search for Happiness." Based on the novel by "Le voyage d'Hector ou la recherche du bonheur" by François Lelord, "Hector" is essentially the tale of a London psychiatrist (Simon Pegg) who doesn't understand why his patients can't cheer up. In a funk himself, Hector decides to span the world in search of joy. The film features an intriguing ensemble cast including Rosamund Pike as his patient girlfriend waiting back home (you'll also see her in "Gone Girl" in October), Toni Collette as that old flame he can't get over (thankfully she appears »
- Gregory Ellwood
Pegg plays Hector, an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis: his patients are just not getting any happier! He’s going nowhere. Then one day, armed with buckets of courage and an almost child-like curiosity, Hector breaks out of his sheltered life into a global quest to find out if happiness exists. More importantly, if it exists for Hector. And so begins a colorful, »
- Michelle McCue
Lars von Trier’s latest opus of provocation begins fittingly with two minutes of blackness overlaid with the drip drop of residual rain followed by a gaudy crane shot which reveals the beaten body of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) lying in an over-stylized alleyway to the grotesquely overblown industrial metal riffage of Rammstein. The blunt combination of sound and image set the tone for the schizophrenic barrage of ideas that seem to have lept from the mind of the Danish provocateur in a mad flash of oversexualized, hyper intellectual conception. The two part, four hour plus Nymph()maniac is unsurprisingly anything but subtle, yet von Trier’s telling of a middle aged woman’s entire depraved sexual history riffs with an uncanny whimsy on the comparable nature of fly fishing and sexual conquest, the inherent selfishness in sexuality, the disturbing valiance of a pedophile who never acts on his urges and a long, »
- Jordan M. Smith
Relativity is releasing the Peter Chelsom-directed Hector And The Search For Happiness on September 19 in New York and La with a select city rollout and expansion following. The studio acquired the comedy that’s based on Francis Lelord’s eponymous novel in a seven-figure deal in April this year. Maria von Heland, Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay penned the adaptation about an eccentric London psychiatrist who sets out on a global quest to discover what makes people happy. The international cast features Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer. Here’s the latest international trailer for the […] »
Simon Pegg stars in the latest trailer for Hector and the Search of Happiness.
The teaser follows the titular character on the quest to find meaning in life.
Hector (Pegg) is a psychiatrist living a safe and ordinary life with his girlfriend Clara (Rosamund Pike).
Deciding that something has to change, he sets out on a journey across the world to discover what makes people happy, but slowly begins to realise that might be what he left behind.
Hector and the Search of Happiness will arrive in the UK on August 15 and in the Us on September 19. »
Entertainment One has premiered the first trailer for Simon Pegg's new movie Hector and the Search for Happiness from Serendipity helmer Peter Chisholm and co-starring Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno, Toni Collette and Christopher Plummer. The story centers on Hector (Pegg), a psychiatrist searching the globe to find the secret of happiness after he realizes he can't help his patients find happiness if he himself can't. So, he travels to China, Africa and Los Angeles and meets a host of characters and after a series of adventures and coming close to losing his life, he realizes that he does not wish to die before he has really lived. The film is expected to hit theaters this fall and you can check out the trailer and first poster (via Moviefone) directly below. sb id="to " height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
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