7 items from 2015
The Hungarian director of Bibliotheque Pascal, Szabolcs Hajdu, returns with yet another not so conventional oeuvre, Mirage. After the world premiere held at Toronto last year, the film enters the Slovak and Czech theatre circuit (Slovakia is a minor co-producer on the film) with the blessings of the lead character himself and a star from Jarmusch´ stable, Isaach de Bankolé, who promoted the film at the recently wrapped Febiofest film festival. "Far away from the capital city, country life perished. Criminal gangs occupy abandoned farms, bringing back slavery,"... These prefatory titles welcome viewers while explicitly disclosing the central theme they are about to witness. Francis (Isaach de Bankolé), who is on the run for bribing and match-fixing, nonchalantly walks the plain until arriving at a rural...
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As the festival journey for Where the Road Runs Out continues, Rudolf Buitendach, the film’s director-producer in an exclusive comment to Flickering Myth emphasised the struggle of the independent filmmaker.
Looking to the film’s festival success to date and the continuation of the festival journey, Buitendach commented: “’Every-time we watch it at a new venue we feel the love from the audience. And when people come up to us afterwards it is always to express that this is a film with real heart. It really makes it all worthwhile for our continued struggle as independent filmmakers.”
- Gary Collinson
The duo’s feature debut became the second Bulgarian feature in Siff’s 19-year history to receive the international jury’s Grand Prix after Dragomir Sholev’s Shelter in 2011.
The Lesson also picked up the Audience Award, the Fipresci International Critics’ Prize and the award for the Best Bulgarian Feature Film.
Accepting the award, Valchanov pointed to the importance of the Sofia Meetings where The Lesson had originally been pitched and said that this event should be ¨an example¨ to the Bulgarian state to develop a long-term and sustainable film policy for the future.
The sentiment was echoed by international jury president Stephan Komanderev (The Judgement) when he presented the ¨Sofia City Of Film¨ Grand Prix to the young directors.
The Lesson, which is handled internationally by Wide Management, premiered last year »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to join Eva Green and Asa Butterfield in Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" at 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment. The film is slated to open March 4th 2016.
Burton will direct from a script by Jane Goldman, who adapted the Ransom Rigg novel about a teenager who finds himself on an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. [Source: Variety]
Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Isaach De Bankole and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi have joined Richard Gere on the cast of "Oppenheimer Strategies" at The Solution Entertainment Group.
Joseph Cedar directs the story of a man whose life changes dramatically after he befriends a young politician who becomes an influential world leader. Filming begins on Sunday in New York and Israel. »
- Garth Franklin
Efm: Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Isaach De Bankolé and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi have joined Richard Gere on the cast of Oppenheimer Strategies, which The Solution Entertainment Group is selling at the Efm.
Joseph Cedar directs from his screenplay about the famous scientist. Gideon Tadmor and Tadmor Entertainment, Miranda Bailey and Cold Iron Pictures, David Mandil and MoviePlus Productions, Lawrence Inglee, Eyal Rimmon and Oren Moverman. Michal Graidy, Caroline Kaplan, Amanda Marshall, Jim Kaufman and Doug Mankoff serve as executive producers.
Principal photography is set to being on Sunday (February 8) in New York and Israel. ICM Partners handles Us rights.
The Solution has also come on to handle international sales on thriller Tokyo Vice to star Daniel Radcliffe. John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions produces with Adam Kassan and The Solution’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are executive producers alongside Binn Jakupi. Production is set of this summer in Japan »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Solution Entertainment Group is selling international rights at Berlin. ICM Partners is repping the project domestically.
The film is produced by Gideon Tadmor and Tadmor Entertainment, Miranda Bailey and Cold Iron Pictures, David Mandil and MoviePlus Productions, Lawrence Inglee, Eyal Rimmon and Oren Moverman; executive producers are Michal Graidy, Caroline Kaplan, Amanda Marshall, Jim Kaufman and Doug Mankoff.
Gere plays the titular character. His life dramatically changes after the young politician he befriended during a dark period in his life becomes an influential world leader.
Cedar’s 2011 film “Footnote” received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, »
- Dave McNary
“Mirage” extends the surreal fillips of Hungarian director Szabolcs Hajdu’s prior features via an intriguingly offbeat premise, based on a short story by the nation’s late literary great Sandor Tar. But the balance between the straightforward and the cryptically strange proves somewhat disappointing in this stylistically assured effort, because the fairly conventional thriller windup makes a red herring of the parabolic-puzzle notes sounded earlier. This Hungarian-Slovakian co-production is certainly festival bait, but commercial placements are likely to sputter the farther it gets from home turfs.
Globe-trotting thesp Isaach De Bankole, also an exec producer here, plays the mysterious African stranger with cool threads and an unflappable demeanor who incongruously turns up in a podunk hamlet in the Hungarian region of Puszta. As locals gawk, he asks to be taken to “the tavern,” which involves a long single-car train ride even farther afield, during which the elderly conductor simply expires. »
- Dennis Harvey
7 items from 2015
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