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7 items from 2015


Oscar Nominated Film Series: Munich - Director Spielberg's Most Satisfying Effort in Decades

13 hours ago | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Munich' movie cover 'Munich' movie review: Steven Spielberg tackles political time-space continuum in wildly uneven but ultimately satisfying thriller Alternately intriguing and irritating, thought-provoking and banal, subtle and patronizing, the biggest surprise about Steven Spielberg's Munich is that it – however grudgingly – works. The film, which Spielberg himself has referred to as a "prayer for peace," follows five men contracted by the Israeli government to avenge the massacre of that country's athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Sizable chunks of this political thriller with a Message (capital "M") are simplistically written, clumsily acted, and handled with the director's notoriously heavy touch, but the old adage – blood begets blood – even if somewhat muddled, is too timely not to make an impact. Complex 'Munich' movie plot Based on George Jonas' 1984 book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, whose veracity has been questioned in some quarters, Munich begins as »

- Andre Soares

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Wamg Talks To Woman In Gold Director Simon Curtis

9 April 2015 7:37 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

After having robust box office numbers this past weekend and being praised by both audiences and critics, Woman In Gold opens in wide release this Friday, April 10. In his review, Jim Batts says, “Woman In Gold concerns a celebrated work of art, but it’s also about two inspiring lives also worthy of celebration.” Read his review here.

Woman In Gold is the remarkable true story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt’s famous painting ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of »

- Michelle McCue

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Film Review: ‘Stereo’

25 February 2015 6:56 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A successful mix of straightforward suspense and gallows humor, Maximilian Erlenwein’s sophomore feature, “Stereo,” is in some ways an inversion of his 2008 debut, “Gravity,” wherein guilt-inducing trauma unleashed an ordinary schmoe’s hitherto-unknown dark side. Here, Jurgen Vogel plays a man whose nice-guy ordinariness might be a form of denial, with Moritz Bleibtreu on hand as an alter ego determined to topple our protagonist’s fragile conformity. Smoothly journeying from psychological black comedy to blood-soaked gangland shoot-‘em-up, the pic nears the end of its fest-circuit travel with various-format offshore sales still beckoning. Remake rights could have legs as well.

Though the leather-jacketed, shaven-headed Erik (Vogel) looks pretty menacing by the standards of the small Bavarian burg where he’s landed, he’s an apparent pussycat in his wooing of area single Julia (Petra Schmidt-Schaller), and a fine prospective father to her small daughter, Linda (Helena Schonfelder). No matter »

- Dennis Harvey

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Hot projects on Screenbase

18 February 2015 1:49 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hot projects new to Screenbase include Nicolas Winding Refn feature The Neon Demon, Pope Francis biopic Francisco, Brady Corbet’s directorial debut The Childhood Of A Leader and a new adaptation by Wim Wenders.Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon

Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote and Jena Malone have signed on to co-star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s next feature.

“After making Drive and falling madly in love with the electricity of Los Angeles, I knew I had to return to tell the story of The Neon Demon,” Winding Refn said.

Principal photography will begin in Los Angeles on March 30. Gaumont and Wild Bunch are co-selling the title.

Wim WendersLes Beaux Jours D’Aranjuez

This adaptation of the play by Peter Handke was announced by Alfama’s Paulo Branco during the Efm. It will star Reda Kateb and Sophie Semin. Wenders is expected to shoot in June.

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- maud.le-rest@sciencespo-toulouse.net (Maud Le Rest)

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Woman in Gold’

9 February 2015 11:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gustav Klimt may have been celebrated for his gilded portraits of elegant Austrian ladies, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the same approach suits “Woman in Gold,” director Simon Curtis’ garish “good taste” account of how a determined Jewish exile (played by Helen Mirren) sought the restitution of a Klimt painting seized by the Nazis. Weinsteined to within an inch of its life, this compelling true story forbids any room for perfectly reasonable arthouse audiences to question Maria Altmann’s case, striking back at the anti-Semitism of the time with an equally noxious caricature of modern Austrians as law-bending, art-thieving monsters.

In other words, “My Week With Marilyn” director Curtis and screenwriter Alexi Kaye Campbell (a theater talent making his bigscreen debut) have taken the position that there’s no room for debate where rectifying the wrongs of Austria’s past is concerned, which makes for a reasonably dull ride, »

- Peter Debruge

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Moritz Bleibtreu to play "culinary Bond"

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

Exclusive: German actor to star in film version of Tom Hillenbrand’s Devil’s Fruit.

Germany’s Moritz Bleibtreu has been cast as a “culinary Bond” in a film version of Tom Hillenbrand’s bestseller Devil’s Fruit (Teufelsfrucht) on the adventures of the Luxembourg chef and amateur sleuth Xavier Kieffer.

The €6m co-production between Luxembourg’s Iris Productions, France’s Rezo Productions, Germany’s Iris Productions Deutschland (Ipd) - and possibly Belgium-based Iris Films - will be the second directorial outing for the Iris Group’s chief, producer Nicolas Steil after his 2010 film The Duchess Of Malfi.

“This will be a real European crime story in various languages and with actors coming from different parts of Europe,” Ipd’s Andreas Eicher told Screen in an exclusive interview. “It has all the makings of a franchise as Hillenbrand’s books are set in different European countries “

Steil, who will shoot the film at locations in Luxembourg, France »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Bleibtreu to play "culinary Bond"

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

Exclusive: German actor to star in film version of Tom Hillenbrand’s Devil’s Fruit.

Germany’s Moritz Bleibtreu has been cast as a “culinary Bond” in a film version of Tom Hillenbrand’s bestseller Devil’s Fruit (Teufelsfrucht) on the adventures of the Luxembourg chef and amateur sleuth Xavier Kieffer.

The €6m co-production between Luxembourg’s Iris Productions, France’s Rezo Productions, Germany’s Iris Productions Deutschland (Ipd) - and possibly Belgium-based Iris Films - will be the second directorial outing for the Iris Group’s chief, producer Nicolas Steil after his 2010 film The Duchess Of Malfi.

“This will be a real European crime story in various languages and with actors coming from different parts of Europe,” Ipd’s Andreas Eicher told Screen in an exclusive interview. “It has all the makings of a franchise as Hillenbrand’s books are set in different European countries “

Steil, who will shoot the film at locations in Luxembourg, France »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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