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"...this conspiracy thriller is set in the early 80′s, the beginning of the 'Norwegian Oil Boom'. Enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered in the North Sea and the authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline from depths of 500 meters.
"A professional diver, 'Petter', obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea has the discipline, strength and courage to take on the world’s most dangerous mission. But a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. Petter is sent on a perilous journey where he loses sight of who’s pulling the strings. Gradually he realizes that he is in way over his head and that his life is at stake..."
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- Michael Stevens
A bunch of interesting trailers for various non-tentpole films have been released over the past 48 hours. Things kick off with "A Most Wanted Man," the film adaptation of the John le Carre novel and the final ever film of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Then there's the first trailer for "Pioneer," an "inspired by true events" thriller set in the North Sea in the early 1980s. Askel Hennie, Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang and Jonathan Lapaglia star in the story of a team of American divers helping Norway extract oil from the ocean floor - a tragic accident leads to one of the team realising his life is at stake - and not just from the elements.
Then there's a new and quite dark trailer for "Deliver Us from Evil," the supernatural thriller starring Eric Bana as a disbelieving cop and Edgar Ramirez and an unconventional priest who partner up on an exorcism case. »
- Garth Franklin
"Focus on the job and we'll all end up making a lot of money..." This looks eerie. After featuring posters yesterday, today we have the full Us trailer for Erik Skjoldbjærg's Pioneer, a Norwegian conspiracy thriller set in the 1980s about the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom and deep sea divers using "controversial techniques" to extract oil. The cast includes a number of recognizable names and faces, from Wes Bentley to Stephen Lang to Jonathan Lapaglia, and they speak in English most of the time. This actually looks way better than I expected and I'm glad I stumbled across this film, there's just something mysterious and alluring about it. And I'm glad the footage in the trailer actually looks solid. Take a look for yourself below. Here's the official Us trailer for Erik Skjoldbjærg's Pioneer, in high def from Apple (via Collider): Pioneer is set in the early 1980's, »
- Alex Billington
A new English-language cut of director Erik Skjoldbjærg's Pioneer trailer is now available for your viewing pleasure, along with a new poster for the Norwegian thriller. Starring Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang and Aksel Hennie, Pioneer follows a deep-sea oil drilling mission that results in tragedy for one of the team's most ambitious divers. An accident on the job eventually forces him to question his sanity as he suspects others around him as being part of a conspiracy. The new look does a good job of setting the stakes and teasing the intrigue, which shows why George Clooney and Grant Heslov were so eager to adapt it for American audiences. The original version will open overseas on April 11th. Hit the jump for the Pioneer trailer and poster. Watch the Pioneer trailer below (via Apple): Synopsis: This conspiracy thriller is set in the early 80's, the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom. »
- Dave Trumbore
From Mickey Rourke to Robert Downey Jr, Hollywood loves a comeback almost as much as it loves anointing a hot new talent. But there’s something decidedly poignant about the return of Wes Bentley. Fifteen years ago, he was that hot new talent who played the misfit neighbour Ricky Fitts in Sam Mendes’ American Beauty. Two years later, he made the period drama The Four Feathers with Heath Ledger, by which point he was in the grip of a damaging heroin and cocaine habit – formed to “escape expectations”, he says. »
The true story of deep-sea divers laying pipelines to pump North Sea oil might have been better told as a documentary
Erik Skjoldbjaerg, director of the 1997 thriller Insomnia which had an English-language remake by Christopher Nolan has now given us a real oddity, based on a true story that should surely have been told more directly in documentary form and not as a souped-up and often absurd Norwegian conspiracy thriller: a sort of gloomy, jumper-wearing Silkwood. In the 1980s, the Norwegian government collaborated with American diving firms to investigate how they could lay pipelines at great depths to get the North Sea oil ashore. The plan made modern Norway a wealthy oil producer. But who got hurt along the way? Did unscrupulous Us corporate types sacrifice divers while Norwegian politicians looked the other way? Aksel Hennie plays Petter, a diver who discovers something murky; Wes Bentley plays Mike, a diver »
- Peter Bradshaw
When your ultimate adventure becomes your ultimate nightmare. If you're into deep sea diving conspiracy thrillers, then we've got the perfect film for you. Titled Pioneer, this Norwegian thriller is about a team of divers who were part of risky experiments at the start of the Norwegian oil-drilling industry in the early 80s. The cast includes Aksel Hennie plus Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang, Jonathan Lapaglia, Stephanie Sigman and Jørgen Langhelle. The film already premiered in Europe last year and has been waiting for a Us release, however io9 has debuted a new Us poster and we thought it was worth sharing to bring some attention to this interesting little film. I'm intrigued by all the imagery, but I'm not sure if it'll be any good. Here's the latest Us poster for Erik Skjoldbjærg's Pioneer, similar to the Norwegian one, debuted from io9: Here's a photo from the film »
- Alex Billington
Having long-operated cinematically as part of Sofia Coppola’s usual ensemble, the electronic group Air has recently taken to a range of other left-field projects. First it was a soundtrack in 2010 to Georges Méliès’ “A Voyage To The Moon," then accompaniment to the documentary “Corman’s World” more recently. Now the French duo are continuing that streak with a musical role in Norwegian director Erik Skjoldjaerg’s latest film, and we’ve got our first taste of the result. Via Empire, a series of six soundtrack cuts have hit the web from “Pioneer” the latest work by Skjoldjaerg (who directed “Prozac Nation” and the original “Insomnia”), and they offer Air’s signature sound transferred to the film’s tale of intrigue. Set in the 1980s during the Norwegian Oil Boom, the plot throws an ensemble including Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley and Stephen Lang into political rivalries as they race to »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Now you may not have heard of Norwegian filmmaker Erik Skjoldbjærg, but his 1997 feature film debut Insomnia, was the source material for Christopher Nolan’s eponymous remake starring Robin Williams and Al Pacino. Only recently, Skjoldbjærg’s latest production Pioneer has also been confirmed to have a forthcoming Hollywood re-imagining, with word of George Clooney taking on the role of producer.
“I’d be more than happy for them to do that,” he told us, sitting back comfortably in during our meeting in a London hotel. “I made a film out of it. If they were to say ‘we want to make a remake and shelve your version, put it in a box and try and forget it ever existed’ it would be a different issue. But that’s not the way it works. I’m proud of the fact that Christopher Nolan went and made that remake, and actually »
- Stefan Pape
Director: Erik Skjoldbjærg.
Running Time: 111 minutes.
Synopsis: Based on the true-life story of the beginning of the Norwegian oil boom in the 1980s. Petter (Aksel Hennie), is a professional diver obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea. He has the discipline, strength and courage to take on the world’s most dangerous mission, but a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. Petter is sent on a perilous journey where he loses sight of who’s pulling the strings. Gradually he realises that he is in way over his head and that his life is at stake.
Whilst the synopsis might not make Pioneer sound particularly special, the story is very powerful, especially considering the fact that real people lived through the situation. The film has also been picked up by George Clooney who is eager »
- Kat Smith
It seems Christopher Nolan has a knack of letting everyone -- the audience and his collaborators -- know only what he wants them to know when it comes to his movies before what he determines to be the right time. In the case of Interstellar we still don't know too much even though an old draft of the screenplay is floating around and the fact we know it's about wormholes and a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass, what the synopsis calls, the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Got thatc Well, that may or may not be more information than Nolan gave his Inception composer, Hans Zimmer, before he began work on the film's score. Speaking with British GQ (via Wdef), Zimmer said, "All I will say is this: before I began, last January, »
- Brad Brevet
The pair star in Christopher Nolan's mysterious upcoming science fiction drama, which is described as "a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding".
"We did call each other by our character names," Hathaway told Digital Spy, when asked about McConaughey's reportedly method approach to recent roles. "But in a really organic way - if he is method, he doesn't do it in a way that's alienating.
"He's just a very easy guy to be around, he's very inspiring as a human being, and he takes real delight in life. He approaches things from a place of deep respect and deep joy, and I just had the best time working with him.
"I always loved him before, you know - he's Matthew McConaughey, he's a fun time! But my respect for him deepened so much, »
The actor and his producing partner Grant Heslov will bring the true story of a band of Norwegian divers to Hollywood, The Guardian reports.
The story follows 24 men who damaged their health diving to 400 metres below the surface to secure Norway's oil and gas fortune 40 years ago.
The men embarked on a long-term battle for compensation after claiming that they were not given the necessary information about the potential risks of the work they were carrying out underwater.
Last year, the European Court of Human Rights found the Norwegian state to be guilty of not providing the divers with necessary warnings, with the 24 men now expected to receive payouts.
This watery thriller from Insomnia director Erik Skjoldbjærg promises a tale 'based on real-life events' - but don't be expecting even the runway-stretching liberties of Argo, in terms of historical accuracy. Pioneer is a fictitious tale of Norwegian and American deep-sea diving teams collaborating but also competing for the lucrative rights to exploit North Sea oil in the early 1980s, derived fairly abstractly from a number of subsequent real world controversies that were to make the news in the following years.
Descending 500 metres into prototype tin-cans is a family affair for Headhunters' Aksel Hennie and big brother André Eriksen, hampered as they are by arrogant and hyper-competitive American interloper Wes Bentley. When a catastrophic mistake is made in a test-dive, the aftermath of the tragedy haunts Hennie's character, driving him to find out what really went wrong. It's a search which will take him into various nests of corruption at »
The Diego Luna-directed biographical drama "Cesar Chavez" is in theaters now, and the film's cast is glad to bring the titular leader's story to a new generation of filmgoers. In the film, Pena plays the famed Latino labor activist, who fought against poor working conditions, racism and violence on his way to founding the labor union the United Farm Workers. HitFix caught up with Pena and co-stars America Ferrera and Gabriel Mann to discuss why the story struck a chord with the actors. Pena talks about his parents' struggles with fair pay, and his own early experiences working two jobs as a teenager, while the California-raised Ferrera expresses her surprise that more people were unaware of Chavez's accomplishments. Mann notes that he tried to avoid mustache-twirling cliches in his antagonistic role in the film, and that he saw "Chavez" as a "story whose time had come." Watch the complete interview above. »
- Dave Lewis
There is no doubt that when Diego Luna took the stage to introduce the world premiere of his film "Cesar Chavez" at this year's SXSW, he was honestly moved by the entire experience of getting the film made, and it is obviously important to him. It was an emotional introduction to a film that took him a long time to get made, and I would never begrudge him that genuine sense of accomplishment. Unfortunately, "Cesar Chavez" has the same problems that plague many biopics, and it is a reminder of just how problematic the genre is as a whole. Just because someone did something that was important doesn't mean their life is suitable for a motion picture. Like many biopics, "Cesar Chavez" offers up a very specific point-of-view on the labor organizer and his accomplishments, and the respect that Luna has for his subject is clear in every moment of the film. »
- Drew McWeeny
Three films headed near you, we have the raunchy comedy .Bad Words. from Jason Bateman, making his feature-film debut as a director (he acted in the movie too alongside the super-funny Kathryn Hahn); We also have .Cesar Chavez. from actor/director Diego Luna helming his first English-feature starring Michael Pena as the beloved activist and America Ferrera as his wife. John Malkovich, Rosario Dawson, and Wes Bentley complete the cast.
And then we have the much-awaited .Noah. from the brilliant auteur, Darren Aronofsky. The biblical star-studded epic stars Russell Crowe as our hero, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Nick Nolte, and Anthony Hopkins.
So which one is my pick of the week? Take a look at my reviews:
The prize package for the 2014 Heath Ledger Scholarship has increased by $5000 to $25,000 while this year's judging panel for the award was named by organizers, Australians In Film, on Friday. The judging panel for the sixth annual scholarship honoring Heath Ledger will include actors Colin Farrell, Miranda Otto and Wes Bentley, Australian directors Gregor Jordan and Robert Luketic, Australian-based casting director Ann Fay and vp feature casting at Walt Disney Studios, Randi Hiller. Story: Nicole Kidman's 'Strangerland' Begins Shooting in Australia For the 2014 Scholarship, the prize package increase includes $5,000 worth of visa and immigration services from
- Pip Bulbeck
In "Cesar Chavez," its titular, historic character has many opportunities to show what it took to make a team. The civil rights and labor leader Chavez had few financial resources to hire aide in his strife to get the United Farm Workers union started in the 1960s. Enter attorney Jerry Cohen. And enter here, in this HitFix exclusive clip, Michael Peña and Wes Bentley, who play Chavez and Cohen respectively in the biopic. Despite hinting at a "complicated" past with his legal work, Cohen gets hired on the spot of the interview for General Counsel of the Ufw -- over a pool game and a beer. You may be stunned what his starting salary was, to help farm workers to earn their own decent wage. "Cesar Chavez" also stars Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera and John Malkovich. It hits theaters tomorrow (March 28). Watch our interview with "Cesar Chavez" director Diego Luna here. »
- Katie Hasty
Starring Aksel Hennie (Headhunters, 2011), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games, 2012) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, 2009), Pioneer is a high-octane conspiracy thriller inspired by 70′s classics such as The Conversation (1974) and Three Days of the Condor (1975). We forgot to mention, it's coming to selected UK cinemas from April 11, 2014, courtesy of Arrow Films. Check out the trailer below. Synopsis: This conspiracy thriller is set in the early 80's, the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom. Enormous oil and gas deposits are discovered in the North Sea and the authorities aim to bring the oil ashore through a pipeline from depths of 500 meters. A professional diver called Petter - obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea - has the discipline, strength and courage to take on the world's most dangerous mission. But a sudden, tragic accident changes everything. Petter is sent on a perilous journey where he loses sight of who's pulling the strings. »
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