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French actor Jean Reno will be presented with the honorary president’s award at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 1-9).
Three-time César award-nominated actor Reno will receive the president’s award prize alongside a screening of Léon: The Professional, in which he stars as an assassin who takes a young girl under his wing.
Gaining international recognition with appearances in films like Mission Impossible and Godzilla, Reno’s recent roles include in Sean Penn’s The Last Face, where he plays a doctor working in war torn Africa. His upcoming films include The Promise, Terry George’s period drama in which a love triangle plays out during the last »
The Karlovy Vary fest will honor veteran French action thesp Jean Reno with its President’s Award in the Czech Republic on July 4, the org has announced.
Fest will also host the European preem of Michael Shannon starrer “Complete Unknown,” directed by Joshua Marston (“Maria Full of Grace”) and produced by Jay Van Hoy. The trio will all be in attendance at the fest while Van Hoy will serve on the Karlovy Vary main jury.
Pic also toplines Rachel Weisz, Kathy Baker and Danny Glover and was scripted by Marston with Julian Sheppard. Story sees Tom (Shannon) startled to recognize a woman from his past (Weisz) appear at a dinner party he is hosting with his wife. She initially denies knowing him but soon proves to »
- Will Tizard
With a cast led by two 2016 Academy Award contenders—winner Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”) and nominee Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”)—and supported by 2006 Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz (“The Constant Gardener”), it’s little wonder why “The Light Between Oceans” is shaping up to be a major awards contender this year. Based on the acclaimed 2012 novel of the same name by M.L. Stedman, it’s the story of an Australian lighthouse keeper and his wife who after losing their baby child in the years just after the First World War, happen upon a baby girl in an adrift rowboat and raise her as their own. Years later, they learn of their adopted daughter’s origins from her mourning mother, played by Weisz. Writer-director Derek Cianfrance has already proven he can assuredly—and heartbreakingly—navigate the nuances of a marriage on trial with “Blue Valentine,” making “The Light Between Oceans” a promising must-see. »
As 2016 hits the halfway point, the Oscar race is even fuzzier than usual. Two things are clear: The studios are back-loading their awards hopefuls yet again, with launches at fall festivals and/or the fourth quarter; and there are more diverse films in the mix, with at least 16 potential biggies from filmmakers who are women, Asians, Latino-Hispanics, black and seniors (i.e., over 65).
In the past few years, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Boyhood” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” had been widely screened and started industry buzz by late June. This year, there is a lot of industry enthusiasm for a few January-to-June titles such as “Zootopia,” “The Jungle Book” and “The Witch.” But best-pic contenders? Not so sure.
The festivals so far have offered possibilities like “Manchester by the Sea” and “Loving.” And some pundits anointed “The Birth of a Nation” as the Oscar front-runner last January (a mixed blessing for Fox Searchlight, »
- Tim Gray
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The Theory Of Everything director James Marsh is currently occupied with another promising biopic in the form of The Mercy. We don’t know too much about it just yet, but it revolves around Donald Crowhurst, a yachting fraud who, during a sailing competition, suffered a mental breakdown at sea.
The title comes from one of the journal logs that the sailor kept, detailing his “wildly dangerous voyage.” We use quotes because according to many, Crowhurt was a fraud and most of what he wrote wasn’t entirely true. When he eventually realized that he wasn’t properly equipped for the voyage, he began falsifying his locations on the ship-to-shore radio messages he sent – which, as you can gather, didn’t end well for him.
- Mark Cassidy
The first trailer has arrived online for director Mick Jackson’s upcoming drama Denial which stars Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall; check it out below, along with the poster and synopsis…
Based on the acclaimed book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.
Denial is set for release on September 30th 2016 in the States and on February 3rd 2017 in the UK.
- Amie Cranswick
After the mostly positive response to his latest feature The Theory of Everything, director James Marsh is sticking to the winning formula with another biopic. This time, he’s shipping Colin Firth around the globe as infamous yachting fraud Donald Crowhurst, who sent falsified reports of his location as his vastly underprepared crew tried to stay the course.
Titled The Mercy after a specific journal log Crowhurst made, reports from Daily Mail suggest the film will capture quite a heroic journey. “It comes down to that saying how a man’s reach must exceed his grasp. We all have dreams, and we all try to put those plans into action. And he [Crowhurst] saw himself as able to achieve something,” producer Pete Czernin says.
Also starring Rachel Weisz, see the first images above and below.
The Mercy will be released in early 2017 in the U.K. and is awaiting a U. »
- Mike Mazzanti
Manuel here with yet another sign of the Rachel Weisz renaissance we all so spiritedly discussed a few weeks back. When the trailer for The Light Between Oceans surfaced I was probably not alone in earmarking her supporting role in that Vikander/Fassbender weepie as a chance for the actress to nab her second Oscar nomination (which most of us had vainly hoped she’d net with her beautiful work in The Deep Blue Sea). Well, there may be a clearer path for the actress with Denial which is, after all, squarely focused on that most Oscar-ey of topics: the Holocaust.
Rather than focus on the event itself, the film centers instead on a very public libel suit in the UK in the 1990s between a writer, David Irving (Timothy Spall), and a historian, Deborah E. Lipstadt (Weisz) after she accuses him of denying the Holocaust. Let’s break down »
- Manuel Betancourt
Two first look images have arrived online for director James Marsh’s upcoming drama The Mercy (formally Deep Water) featuring Colin Firth as ill-fated amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and Rachel Weisz as his wife Clare; take a look below…
The Mercy is based on the true story of Donald Crowhurst and his attempt to win the first non-stop single-handed round-the-world yacht race in 1968. The story of Crowhurst’s dangerous solo voyage and the struggles he confronted on the epic journey while his wife Claire and children waited for his return at home is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.
- Amie Cranswick
You would think that half a century after the Holocaust, the world would at least acknowledge that it happened. The trailer for Denial is a shocking reminder that not everyone believes that it was real. Set in 1994, the film chronicles the story of an intellectual battle between historian Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) and David Irving (Timothy Spall), a noted Holocaust denier. It's borderline disturbing to see the events played out, and yes, like the Holocaust, this really happened. The movie will be out on Sept. 30, so until then, check out one of these other 2016 movies based on true events. »
- Maggie Pehanick
The first trailer has arrived for the Rachel Weisz-led Holocaust-centric drama "Denial" which is an adaptation of Deborah E. Lipstadt's true story novel "History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier".
Weisz plays the author who fought a legal battle against a man (Timothy Spall) who denied that the Holocaust ever happened. Mick Jackson ("Temple Grandin") helms from a script by David Hare ("The Reader"), with the movie to open September 30th.
- Garth Franklin
Nicole Kidman is joining Yorgos Lanthimos’ follow-up to “The Lobster,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” will also reunite the Greek filmmaker with Colin Farrell, who starred in the Cannes prizewinner (Jury Prize, or third place) and specialty-box-office hit. Lanthimos is directing and co-writing with frequent collaborator Efthimis Fillipou.
Kidman will play the wife of Farrell’s character, a surgeon who tries to bring a teenager into his family with poor results. Anyone familiar with Lanthimos’ prior works — which, in addition to his English-language debut “The Lobster,” include “Alps” and the Oscar-nominated “Dogtooth” — knows how much he can do with such a simple setup and how dark the final result is likely to be. Lanthimos is also developing a historical drama called “The Favourite” with Emma Stone, Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz (the latter two having also appeared in “The Lobster”) that delves into the reign of British monarch Queen Anne.
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“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” is expected to go into production later this summer, with A24 set to handle domestic distribution. They’re likely excited about this continuation of their relationship with Lanthimos: “The Lobster” has made $5.8 million in just over a month.
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- Michael Nordine
Right now you can see Rachel Weisz starring alongside Colin Farrell in The Lobster, a darkly hilarious romance that is truly original and is best seen knowing as little as possible about the story. But later this year, she’ll bring a true story to life in the form of a Holocaust-centric drama. However, this one […]
- Ethan Anderton
"I'm not attacking freedom of speech. I've been defending my right to stand up against someone who wants to pervert the truth." What if you had to prove the Holocaust actually happened? That's the story behind this film, titled Denial, telling the true story of writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt's fight to clear her name when she's sued for libel by a Holocaust denier. Rachel Weisz stars as Lipstadt, along with Timothy Spall as the denier David Irving, and a cast including Andrew Scott, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Gatiss and Harriet Walter. This actually looks very strong, and quite compelling overall, thanks to what seem to be excellent performances and a script by the award-winning playwright David Hare. Check it out. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Mick Jackson's Denial, in high def from Apple: Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues »
- Alex Billington
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- Laura Berger
Anyone who’s seen Errol Morris’ documentary “Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.” knows that the bizarre phenomenon of Holocaust denial can make for a strange, compelling movie. Mick Jackson’s “Denial” looks to be considerably more straightforward, but the prestige-picture-in-waiting does have the benefit of a standout cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall headline the drama arriving this fall. The first trailer is available now.
An adaptation of Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” the film stars Weisz as the author herself, who was accused of libel by David Irving (Spall) for calling out his views on the Holocaust; what follows is a legal battle in the English court system, where the burden of proof is on Lipstadt rather than Irving.
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- Michael Nordine
It wouldn’t be the fall awards season if there wasn’t a Holocaust drama, but this year we’ll get one from a different angle. Rather being set during World War II, Denial takes places decades after as it recounts the true events captured in Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. Coming from director Mick Jackson (Temple Grandin) and writer David Hare (The Reader, The Hours), the first trailer has landed today.
The film tracks Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt in which she fights for the truth against David Irving (Timothy Spall), with the help of Tom Wilkinson‘s character. While it checks off all the markings of a tried and true awards season drama, hopefully it proves to excel beyond those trappings. Ahead of a likely premiere at Toronto International Film Festival, check out the trailer and poster below for the Bleecker Street release.
Based on the acclaimed book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Also starring two-time Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson, the film is directed by Emmy Award® winner Mick Jackson (Temple Grandin) and adapted for the screen by BAFTA and Academy Award® nominated writer David Hare (The Reader). Producers are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff.
Denial opens on September 30, 2016.
- Leonard Pearce
We’re weeks away from Tiff and Venice Film Festival starting to unveil the high-profile movies that will premiere on their screens, with many angling for awards season glory. And one you can be sure will pop up somewhere on the fall circuit is “Denial.” The film is getting ahead of the pack early, with the first trailer […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
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Mick Jackson directs from David Hare’s adapted screenplay. Producing Denial are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff, while Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, BBC Films’ Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer, Bleecker Street’s Andrew Karpen, and Shoebox Films Guy Heeley serve as executive producers.
Awesomeness Films has acquired rights to Ya novel Spontaneous and set Brian Duffield to adapt. Duffield and Nicki Cortese will produce under their Jurassic Party’s first-look deal with Awesomeness. AwesomenessTV head Brian Robbins and Awesomeness Films head Matt Kaplan will produce »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Bleecker Street acquired North American rights at the American Film Market in November. “Denial” is based on the Deborah E. Lipstadt book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.”
Mick Jackson directed. David Hare adapted the script, which recounts Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.
Weisz stars as Lipstadt and Spall as Irving. Tom Wilkinson also stars.
Producers are Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff of Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment alongside Shoebox Films. Participant Media developed the project with BBC Films, and is co-financing as well. Exec producers are Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, BBC Films’ Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer, Bleecker Street’s Andrew Karpen, and Shoebox Films Guy Heeley. »
- Dave McNary
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