8 items from 2014
Mar Del Plata – Ana Piterbarg, who caught international attention with her debut, Viggo Mortensen starrer “Everybody Has a Plan” – produced by Haddock and Tornasol (“The Secret in Their Eyes”) and distributed by Fox Intl. Productions – has advanced on her second feature, the long-in-gestation and considerably different “Alptraum.”
Shot in black-and-white, sometimes recalling German expressionism, and much more of an art film, though a seemingly accessible one, “Alptraum” does not mean that Piterbarg has given up on larger movies with studio backing or stars. But “Alptraum” allows an outlet for creative exploration that, she argued, will allow her to be a more distinctive director when confronting bigger-budgeted fare.
Produced by Piterbarg and Alejandro Giulani, initiated before “Everybody Has a Plan” but now in post, “Alptraum” is a potential highlight at Mar del Plata’s Work in Progress, the Argentine fest’s industrial highlight that unspools Thursday and Friday. It turns on »
- John Hopewell
Mar Del Plata – Three tales of neurosis, happy or not – “Alptraum,” from Ana Piterbarg (“Everybody Has a Plan”), Daniel Rosenthal’s “To The Center of the Earth” and Balatasar Tokman’s “Looking For Myu” feature in the 29th Mar del Plata’s Work in Progress.
Running Nov. 20 and 21 in three sessions at Argentina’s Mar del Plata Festival, where filmmakers have up to 12 minutes to present their films, currently in post, the Wip reps the major industry event at Mar del Plata, and is dated strategically this year to unspool only three days before Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur.
Jury is made up of Sandro Fiorin, co-head of L.A.-based sales-production company FiGa Films, a key champion of challenging Latin American art films, French producer and former Madrid distributor-exhibitor Mariel Guiot, and producer Pablo Ratto (“Open Wound”).
- John Hopewell
Exclusive: Writer-director Javier Fuentes-León’s whodunit pays homage to Hollywood film noir and the reality-twisting fictions of Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar. The Vanished Elephant, which has its premiere Saturday at Toronto, stars Salvador del Solar as a crime novelist whose fiancée has been missing for seven years. He is given a clue to the mystery by a woman (Angie Cepeda) whose ex-husband died the same day the writer’s betrothed vanished. Lucho Cáceres, Tatiana Astengo, Vanessa Saba, Andrés Parra also star in the Peru-Colombia-Spain co-production. Mundial is selling international rights at Tiff. Watch the trailer above.
- The Deadline Team
Science fiction writer John Scalzi has become something of a content factory for Hollywood. Or maybe less a factory, more a workshop in the wilds of Ohio. But with his novel Old Man's War already in development by Wolfgang Petersen, his Star Trek satire Redshirts has been optioned as a TV show by Us network FX.The channel, home to the likes of Justified, Sons Of Anarchy and American Horror Story, has Office veteran director Ken Kwapis and producer Jon Shestack developing the show based on Scalzi’s book.Redshirts is set in the 25th century, and follows a group of new recruits on the Starship Intrepid. While they’re initially delighted by their high profile assignment, they begin to realise that crewmembers are dying at an alarming rate. Digging into the deaths, they learn that a Trek-style science fiction show from our century is intruding into their reality and altering destinies via its plotlines. »
FX is set to develop a new sci-fi comedy series based on an amazing sounding book called Redshirts by John Scalzi. The book is the 2013 Hugo Award winner, and the plan is to turn it into a limited series.
The story is set in the 25th century, and it "follows the adventures of five new recruits on the Starship Intrepid who come to realize that the ship’s crewmembers are dying at an alarming rate. Their investigation leads to the mind-bending discovery that a science fiction television show, produced in the early 21st century, has somehow 'intruded' upon their reality and 'warped' it. In other words, the lives of the crew are following the course of a television narrative over which they have no control."
I haven't read the book, but I have to say it sounds pretty freakin' amazing! I can't help but think that is is going to make for an incredible series. »
- Joey Paur
A new "Star Trek" TV series might not be happening any time soon, but the next best thing is. FX has greenlit a limited series based on "Redshirts," a satirical science fiction novel written by John Scalzi published in 2012.
Down to its name, Scalzi has some obvious "Trek" origins. It follows a group of recruits on the Starship Intrepid who realize that members of the ship's crew are dying at a troublesome rate.
Eventually they discover that a 21st century sci-fi TV show somehow is influencing their reality by turning it into a narrative they can't control. "Redshirts" won the Hugo Award in 2013.
Currently the only people attached to the project are film producer Jon Shestack and producer-director Ken Kwapis. Deadline reports Kwapis is slated to direct the pilot episode of the series, while the search is underway for writers for the show.
Kwapis says of the novel, "If Jorge Luis Borges »
Exclusive: John Scalzi’s 2012 comedic sci-fi novel Redshirts is headed to the small screen. FX has teamed with veteran feature producer Jon Shestack (Dan In Real Life) and producer-director Ken Kwapis (Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants) and his partner Alexandra Beattie to develop a limited series based on the book, which won the 2013 Hugo Award. Search is underway for writers to pen the adaption, with Kwapis set to direct the opening episode. He, Shestack and Beattie executive produce. Set in the 25th century, Redshirts follows the adventures of five new recruits on the Starship Intrepid who come to realize that the ship’s crewmembers are dying at an alarming rate. Their investigation leads to the mind-bending discovery that a science fiction television show, produced in the early 21st century, has somehow “intruded” upon their reality and “warped” it. In other words, the lives of the crew are following the course »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
A fter writing my last piece on Asghar Farhadi’s The Past – which is a French production – I happened to see two Iranian films which confirmed some of my earlier conjectures, suggesting that there are contrary pulls upon Iranian cinema which might have some bearing on the trajectory of the ‘third world’ art film.
A still from About Elly
The first of the two films was Farhadi’s own About Elly (2009), a film he made before he attained fame with A Separation (2011) and the second was Pouran Derakhshandeh’s Hush… Girls Don’t Scream (2013), which has being doing the rounds at various film festivals this year. In About Elly a group of friends travel to the shores of the Caspian Sea on a three-day vacation. They are former classmates and there are three couples: Sepideh and her husband Amir, who have a young daughter, two other couples with children and a single man. »
- MK Raghavendra
8 items from 2014
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