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Exclusive: Spanish arthouse distributor Karma inks deals for several titles and broadens its slate.
Spanish distribution outfit Karma Films has picked up rights to Hungarian feature On Body And Soul, the distinctive love story by Ilidko Enyedi that won the Golden Bear at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.
Karma have also inked deals for the UK’s God’s Own Country, by Francis Lee, Georgian-Russian Hostages, by Rezo Gigineishvili, The Leisure Seaker, by Paolo Virzi, which stars Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, and Maudie, by Aisling Walsh, with Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins.
The latter two additions are part of a new strategy for Karma Films.
Daniel Bajo, head of acquisitions at the company, told Screen: “We are looking to broaden our offer with bigger productions and titles that can reach a more mainstream audience and multiplex theatres without giving up what has defined us from the start: quality and auteur cinema.”
Karma Films, formed »
Sam Raimi is in no big rush to make his next movie, though he’s certainly been stacking up quite a few options. Perhaps the most high profile is a Hollywood redo of Jacques Audiard‘s intense “A Prophet,” while on the blockbuster front he’s taken a look at “World War 3” and the tornado heist movie “Stormfall.” Well, Raimi is putting another big project into the mix.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Volker Schlöndorff’s “Return to Montauk” speaks from both sides of its mouth telling two very different tales. Hear it one way, and you’ll get a story of time and regret, an august Euro-drama that asks if love lost can ever be found anew. But come a bit closer, listen past the din, and you’ll hear something entirely different. This time the film is not asking any questions, but flat out saying: Self-delusion is a powerful weapon, and its greatest victims are often those who dare to wield it.
The film’s opening scene offers a helpful key to unlock what then follows. In one long, unbroken take, a man stares right into the camera and tells a story. He speaks of philosophy and of his father, and says that on the older man’s deathbed, he told his son that there are two kinds of regret – regret »
- Ben Croll
It's all about the world in May for the Criterion Collection. The company announced their lineup for the month and two titles jumped out at me. Terry Zwigoff's Ghost World is a movie I watched on multiple occasions years ago, when the world was younger. It's told in a simple yet evocative manner that resonated for me at the time, so I wonder what kind of effect it will have on me now. New interviews with the cast are included. The other title is World Cinema Project, which is actually a collector's set of indie films from around the world. Each has been restored, with introductions by Martin Scorsese. Other upcoming releases include Ozu's lovely Good Morning, Jacques Audiard's acclaimed Dheepan, and two versions of...
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The Criterion Collection has announced its May offerings, including “Dheepan,” “Ghost World” and a Blu-ray update of “Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles.” Also joining the Collection are Orson Welles’ “Othello,” a new World Cinema Project collector’s set and Yasujirō Ozu’s “Good Morning.” More information below.
“Terry Zwigoff’s first fiction film, adapted from a cult-classic comic by Daniel Clowes, is an idiosyncratic portrait of adolescent alienation that’s at once bleakly comic and wholly endearing. Set during the malaise-filled months following high-school graduation, ‘Ghost World’ follows the proud misfit Enid (Thora Birch), who confronts an uncertain future amid the cultural wasteland of consumerist suburbia. As her cynicism becomes too much to bear even for her best friend, Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson), Enid finds herself drawn to an unlikely kindred »
- Michael Nordine
It’s only fitting that the kick-off to the summer movie season also means a major month for The Criterion Collection. They’ve unveiled their May line-up and it’s a stacked one, and we can partially thank Martin Scorsese. While none of his films will be coming to the collection, the second edition of his World Cinema Project will arrive, which includes works from the Philippines (Insiang), Thailand (Mysterious Object at Noon), Soviet Kazakhstan (Revenge), Brazil (Limite), Turkey (Law of the Border), and Taiwan (Taipei Story).
Along with those films from Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Edward Yang, and more, we’ll be getting Terry Zwigoff‘s Ghost World, Jacques Audiard‘s Palme d’Or-winning Dheepan, Yasujiro Ozu‘s Good Morning (which also includes I Was Born, But… and surviving excerpt from A Straightforward Boy), Orson Welles‘ Othello, and a Blu-ray upgrade for Chantal Akerman‘s masterpiece Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, »
- Jordan Raup
Nocturnal Animals star Jake Gyllenhaal has signed on to appear in Jacques Audiard’s (Dheepan) English-language debut The Sisters Brothers, where he’ll appear alongside Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) and John C. Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy).
Variety reports that the film, which is based upon Patrick deWitt’s novel, takes place in Oregon in 1851 and follows two brothers – Eli and Charlie Sisters – who take on a contract to kill a prospector who has stolen money from their boss. Production is set to get underway this summer.
Gyllenhaal will next be seen alongside Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson in the sci-fi thriller Life, which opens next month, and has Bong Joon-ho’s Okja, David Gordon Green’s Stronger and Paul Dano’s Wildlife all expected this year. He is also attached to produce and star in an adaptation of Ubisoft’s hit video game Tom Clancy’s The Division. »
- Gary Collinson
With four films likely premiering (or already set for a release) this year, Jake Gyllenhaal has now found his next role. The Enemy star is set to join Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly for The Sisters Brothers, according to Variety. The latest film from Palme d’Or-winner Jacques Audiard (Dheepan, A Prophet, Rust and Bone), the neo-noir western is an adaptation of the novel by the same name from Patrick DeWitt, which centers on two brothers (Riley and Phoenix) who are hired to kill a man. This will be Audiard’s first full English-language film and as for Gyllenhaal, following last fall’s Nocturnal Animals, he’ll have Life, Stronger, Wildlife, and Okja all arriving this year.
Meanwhile, another top Hollywood star, Oscar Isaac, has joined the cast of a new World War II thriller titled The Garbo Network. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the espionage tale penned by »
- Mike Mazzanti
La La Land wins top prize at the ceremony.
I, Daniel Blake won outstanding British film.
The 2017 Baftas took place on Feb 12 at the Royal Albert Hall and were once again hosted once again by Stephen Fry.
Read: Eight talking points ahead of the BaftasThe full list of winners
Winners in bold.
Best Filmarrival Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron RyderI, Daniel Blake Rebecca O’BrienLA La Land Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc PlattMANCHESTER By The Sea Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. WalshMOONLIGHT Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele RomanskiLEADING Actressamy Adams ArrivalEMILY Blunt The Girl on the TrainEMMA Stone La La LandMERYL Streep »
The 2017 Baftas take place on Feb 12 at the Royal Albert Hall and are hosted once again by Stephen Fry.
The show is broadcast on BBC One on a time delay, but Screen will be following the action as it happens from around 6:45Gmt and updating the winners as they are announced, below.
Read: Eight talking points ahead of the BaftasThe nominations
Winners in bold.
Leading Actorandrew Garfield Hacksaw RidgeCASEY Affleck Manchester by the SeaJAKE Gyllenhaal Nocturnal AnimalsRYAN Gosling La La LandVIGGO Mortensen Captain FantasticCINEMATOGRAPHYARRIVAL Bradford YoungHELL Or High Water Giles NuttgensLA La Land Linus SandgrenLION Greig FraserNOCTURNAL Animals Seamus McGarveyORIGINAL Screenplayhell Or High Water Taylor SheridanI, Daniel Blake Paul LavertyLA La Land Damien ChazelleMANCHESTER By The Sea Kenneth LonerganMOONLIGHT Barry JenkinsOutstanding British contribution to cinemaCURZON Cinemassupporting Actoraaron Taylor-johnson Nocturnal AnimalsDEV Patel LionHUGH Grant Florence Foster JenkinsJEFF Bridges Hell or High »
Jake Gyllenhaal is one of our finest working actors. A talent that commands the screen like few others right now, he’s arguably at the peak of his craft, and everything he does seems more exhilarating than the last performance. The same compliments can be extended to Joaquin Phoenix, too. That makes Gyllenhaal’s involvement in The Sisters Brothers, which stars Phoenix and John C. Reilly, all the more exciting. Here’s hoping they’re only stronger in each other’s company.
An adaptation of Patrick DeWitt’s 2011 novel of the same name, The Sisters Brothers is set in 1851 and follows Eli and Charlie Sisters, two brothers and notorious assassins, hired to kill a gold prospector named Hermann Kermit Warm (Reilly, presumably) who stole from their boss. It’s unclear who’ll play Charlie and Eli specifically, but Gyllenhaal and Phoenix fill the roles nevertheless. The forthcoming indie will be »
- Will Ashton
Jake Gyllenhaal has signed on to star in “The Sisters Brothers” alongside Joaquin Phoenix, according to Variety. The indie feature, directed by Jacques Audiard, also stars John C. Reilly, who serves as one of the producers.
Based on Patrick DeWitt’s 2011 novel of the same name, “The Sisters Brothers” follows the story of two brothers and notorious assassins, Eli and Charlie Sisters, who are hired to kill a gold prospector named Hermann Kermit Warm, who has stolen from their boss. Set in 1851, Eli and Charlie pursue Hermann from the Oregon desert to San Francisco. Meanwhile, Eli is going through a personal crisis and begins to reconsider his career choice.
- Yoselin Acevedo
Jake Gyllenhaal and Joaquin Phoenix don’t look that much alike, but they do share a certain weird-eyed, haunted intensity which you could potentially confuse for a familial trait. Hence, presumably, their casting together in The Sisters Brothers, Jacques Audiard’s upcoming adaptation of Patrick DeWitt’s 2011 slacker Western.
Gyllenhaal and Phoenix will play Eli and Charlie Sisters, a pair of assassins plying their bloody trade in the Old West. Variety doesn’t make it clear who’ll be playing who, but logic and/or typecasting suggests that Gyllenhaal will play Eli, the gentle, oral hygiene-obsessed dreamer to Phoenix’s cold-hearted killer Charlie. The two will star opposite John C. Reilly, who’s also producing, and who was responsible for acquiring the rights to DeWitt’s book.
- William Hughes
- Edward Davis
Reilly optioned the rights to the book and will produce through his shingle with De Luca who recently joined the project as a producer. The story follows two brothers — Eli and Charlie Sisters — who are hired to kill a prospector who has stolen from their boss. The story takes place in Oregon in 1851. The book won the 2012 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for humor writing.
The pic is Audiard’s follow-up to his Palme d’Or winning “Dheepan,” which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Production is set to start sometime this summer.
- Justin Kroll
French actor talks playing Django Reinhardt, the future of nomadic cultures and why he’s not worried about an impending trip to the Us.
“I have the sort of look that allows me to pass from one character called Stéphane to another who is called Mohammed,” says Reda Kateb, star of this year’s Berlinale opener Django, capturing the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist’s escape from the Nazi in World War Two.
It’s not an idle boast. The 40-year-old actor, who was born to a French mother and Algerian actor father and grew up treading amateur theatre boards on the outskirts of Paris, has one of the most diverse filmographies of his generation.
Having got his big screen break in 2009 in the supporting role of Jordi The Gypsy alongside Tahar Rahim Jacques Audiard’s The Prophet, his 25-odd credits since have included a rifle champion in thriller Through The Air; Ngo worker Xavier Libert in [link »
This first feature of Kirsten Tan premiered in Sundance ‘17 World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Its provenance is Singapore but it takes place in Thailand. It continued onward to the Hivos Tiger Competition at Iffr (R’dam).
The thrill of interviewing here in Sundance is that you see a film; you have an impression and while it is still fresh you meet the filmmakers without having much time for any research or reflection. And then you get to see them again as “old friends” when you meet again in Rotterdam.
As Kirsten, her producer Weijie Lai and I sat down at the Sundance Co-op on Main Street here in Park City, I really had little idea of where the interview would take us, somewhat analogously to her film in which an architect, disenchanted with life in general, being put aside as “old” in his own highly successful architectural firm and in a stale relationship with his wife, »
- Sydney Levine
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In 2015, a French director won the Cannes Film Festival's top prize with a film inspired by Sri Lanka's contemporary political troubles; now, the South Asian country's very own filmmakers have finally offered their own riposte. Revolving around a war widow's near-complete physical and psychological breakdown as she goes to extremes to feed her family, Sanjeewa Pushpakumara's Burning Birds is a much more poised and harrowing affair than Jacques Audiard's Palme d'Or-winning Dheepan.
Burning Birds is, first and foremost, a fiery indictment about how women struggle and sink in war-torn, machismo-dripping societies. Just like his compatriot Vimukthi Jayasundara (The Forsaken »
- Clarence Tsui
Paris – Thierry Fremaux, the artistic director and general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival, and Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard will be honored at the Lumieres Awards, France’s equivalent to the Golden Globes.
The academy of the Lumieres Awards, which is composed of Paris-based members of the foreign press, will pay tribute and hand out honorary awards to Cotillard and Fremaux during the 22nd edition of the ceremony Jan. 30.
Since winning an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a Cesar and a Bafta for her role as Edith Piaf in “La vie en rose,” Cotillard has worked with some of the world’s most talented and acclaimed directors, from Michael Mann (“Public Enemies”) to Woody Allen (“Midnight in Paris”), Christopher Nolan (“Inception,” “Dark Night Rises”), Steven Soderbergh (“Contagion”), James Gray (“The Immigrant”) and Robert Zemeckis (“Allied”). Cotillard also starred in the Dardenne brothers’s “Two Days, One Night” and Xavier Dolan’s »
- Elsa Keslassy
Paris – Daouda Coulibaly’s Mali-set “Wulu,” Sebastian Marnier’s “Faultless”and Thomas Kruithof’s “The Eavesdropper” form part of a gaggle of crime thrillers and sci-fi/fantasy movies unspooling at the 19th UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, France’s annual national film showcase.
In volume, they do not represent the most numerous film type at that market; that crown belongs to comedies, accounting for 32 of the 76 movies screening there. But some of the crime thrillers are among the best-reviewed films at Rendez-Vous.
“Who doesn’t love a good sociopath? In novelist-director Sébastien Marnier’s feature debut “Faultless,” he conjures up a doozy,” Variety wrote, calling “The Eavesdropper” (aka “Scribe”) “a timely political thriller told with flair” and “Wulu” “an auspicious debut.”
- John Hopewell
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