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Anthropoid review: A thrilling and powerful war film that doesn’t shy away from difficult themes such as the repercussions of heroics.
Sean Ellis arrived 10 years ago with the wonderful little film Cashback, a feature based on his own award winning short which was both smart and original. Anthropoid, his fourth feature, couldn’t be further from his humble beginnings, yet clearly shows a man with a firm grip on all things cinematic. Telling the true tale of World War II’s most important assassination, it is also a fresh look at events that is neither too afraid to question morality and heroism in war, nor too quaint to make some of its sequences, for lack of a better word, entertaining.
Set in 1942, we follow two parachutists who return to Czechoslovakia after the controversial Munich Agreement, who have orders to assassinate Hitler »
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Festival reveals guests headed to Karlovy Vary next month.
Dafoe is to receive the Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema and the festival will screen his performances in Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini and Martin Scorese’s The Last Temptation of Christ.
Kaufman, who won an Oscar for his script for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, will receive the president’s award and the festival will screen animation Anomalisa, which he co-directed with Duke Johnson.
As previously announced, the festival set in the Czech Republic spa town will open with the world premiere of Second World War thriller Anthropoid, with actors Jamie Dornan and Toby Jones, Aňa Geislerová, Alena Mihulová, Václav Neužil and Marcin Dorocinski in attendence alongside writer-director Sean Ellis.
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Willem Dafoe will be heading to West Bohemia in July to pick up a Crystal Globe for contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the org announced Tuesday, while boundary-challenging director-scribe Charlie Kaufman will be taking home the President’s Award.
Fest will screen Dafoe-starrer “Pasolini,” Abel Ferrara’s psychedelic tribute to the avant-garde Italian filmmaker, along with Martin Scorsese’s 1988 movie “The Last Temptation of Christ,” in which Dafoe stars alongside Harvey Keitel. Kaufman’s surreal animated feature “Anomalisa” will also screen.
The event, set in an ornate spa town in the Czech Republic, will open with true-life Nazi assassination drama “Anthropoid,” a Czech-shot thriller featuring seven other fest guests, “Fifty Shades of Grey’s” Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones, Ana Geislerova, Alena Mihulova, Vaclav Neuzil and Marcin Dorocinski, as well as screenwriter and director Sean Ellis.
The film, which turns on the killing of Nazi chief »
- Will Tizard
With the movie set to arrive later this summer, it’s a wonder why we’ve heard so little about it until now – especially with a trailer that’s this intriguing. Cashback director Sean Ellis sits at the helm of this espionage pic, whose title refers to a specific mission where two operatives set about hunting down one of Hitler’s highest-ranking officials, SS Reinhard Heydrich. While the cinematic canon includes a lot of World War II thrillers, and many that involve espionage, Anthropoid looks like it’s planning to pack quite a punch thanks to the performances of its strong acting line-up.
Speaking of the cast, Murphy and Dornan are joined by a stellar support roster that includes Toby Jones, »
- Gem Seddon
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