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It’s been nearly seven years since Fabrice Du Welz unveiled Vinyan to mixed reception at the Venice Film Festival, but early reviews of Alléluia, which premiered as part of Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight sidebar last year, suggest it is something of a return to form. The film stars Lola Dueñas (Talk ToHer, I’m So Excited!) as Gloria, who meets […] »
- Forrest Cardamenis
With my first Siff now in the books, I can say that I’ve learned some valuable lessons. The first being what a remarkable festival and diverse program the organizers came up with for the 41st edition. From the venues to the volunteers, everything was top notch. Like most festivals, it was a bit front-loaded with premieres, but there were also notable premieres later in the program, including Max Landis’ Me Him Her on the closing weekend. From top to bottom, this was a great line-up with very few thin spots.
The other major lesson I learned is that it’s impossible to adequately cover a film festival in the city in which you live. Family, friends, and full-time jobs don’t simply disappear just because you want to have some fun. I come away feeling disappointed that time constraints kept me from seeing a lot of great films, as »
- J.R. Kinnard
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival. Back in 2011, The Playlist ran a Halloween-inspired feature on must-see foreign language horror films. This writer fought hard for the inclusion of “Calvaire (The Ordeal)” from burgeoning Belgian genre filmmaker Fabrice Du Welz. The film achieved a very specific kind of notoriety in being lumped in with the New French Extremity, a term coined by Artforum critic James Quandt. He used the name as a pejorative to describe what appeared to be a new wave of highly transgressive works by French directors — Gaspar Noé, Alexandre Aja, and Catherine Breillat, to name only a few — starting in the late '90s and bleeding profusely into the aughts. Despite not being French, Du Welz made the team, so to speak, and “Calvaire” officially put the then 31-year-old stalwart genre aficionado on the map for fans of a certain kind of upsetting and, »
- Erik McClanahan
Belgian director Fabrice du Welz delivered one of the most acclaimed films of 2014 with his Alleluia - a selection of the Cannes Film Festival and multiple award winner at Fantastic Fest - and Us audiences eager to check it out for themselves don't ahve long to wait with Doppelganger releasing announcing that they'll be launching the film on a limited theatrical run and across VOD platforms on July 17th.Michel (Laurent Lucas, With a Friend Like Harry and Calvaire) is a born womanizer and professional hustler with a penchant for wooing lonely, vulnerable widows and divorcees. When he meets introverted single mom Gloria (Lola Dueñas, Volver and I'm So Excited!) online and treats her to an electrifying first date, she's left completely smitten. Michel tries...
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Fabrice du Welz (Calvaire, Vinyan) returns with his best work yet: Alleluia. Loosely based on the Lonely Hearts Killers, this warped, horror romance is a mad depiction of psychotic and psychosexual devotion. It is one of the summer’s must-sees. Out July 17th in NY & La, as well as on VOD and iTunes from Music Box’s…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
Read More: Music Box Acquires Belgian Online Dating Horror Flick 'Alleluia' The "lonely hearts killer" is a staple of urban legends and horror stories, but what happens when the intended victim is so in love with the killer that she joins in on the crimes? That's precisely the question Belgian director Fabrice du Welz ("Calvaire," "Vinyan") attempts to answer with his new film, "Alleluia." In the above trailer, exclusive to Indiewire, the origins of the dark, obsessive love affair between a killer and his almost-victim are explored. The film was a popular entry on last year's festival circuit. In addition to screening as an official selection in the Director's Fortnight at 2014 Cannes Film Festival, "Alleluia" also played the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and won Best Picture, Director, Actor and Actress at Fantastic Fest 2014. Laurent Lucas ("With a Friend Like Harry," "Calvaire") and Lola »
- Becca Nadler
Worldwide sales will launch in Cannes through eOne Features and eOne will directly distribute the film in the U.K. and Australia/New Zealand.
“Life on the Road” will be directed, written by and star Gervais. It will be centered on a documentary crew catching up with Gervais’ David Brent character – former star of the series “The Office” and now working as a travelling salesman — as he chases his dream of rock stardom by self-financing a U.K .tour with his band “Foregone Conclusion”.
- Dave McNary
The international jury comprised Alex Ross Perry, Katrine Wiedemann and Gabe Klinger. They said they were “pleased to discover a deeply personal, relevant and contemporary new voice in Danish independent cinema with ‘The Elite’ by Thomas Daneskov, a disturbing and hilarious portrait of privileged youth made in a spirit of collectivity.”
Daneskov, 26, wins €10,000 ($10,800) towards his next film.
Interview: Thomas Daneskov, The Elite
The Politiken Audience Award went to Dagur Kari’s Virgin Mountain, the second Icelandic film in a row to claim the honour (after Of Horses And Men). The film is a tender portrait of a 43-year-old man who lives with is mother but wants »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
London-based publicity exec promoted to senior vice president role.
Entertainment One (eOne) has announced the promotion of Theresa Roberts to senior vice president of publicity – production, international & UK film.
The new role will see Roberts extend her publicity expertise into the company’s growing film production business, whilst still overseeing UK publicity activities.
The new role will see Roberts drive and oversee strategic global publicity campaigns across the slate from production through to distribution, working closely with film publicity teams across all eOne territories.
Roberts has headed up film publicity for eOne in the UK since 2008 and during that time has overseen the publicity campaigns for films including The Twlight Saga and Oscar winners 12 Years a Slave and Dallas Buyers Club.
Prior to that »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Following his confirmation of Jack Huston as the title character in "The Crow" reboot, the comic's creator James O'Barr has also confirmed that "Downton Abbey" actress Jessica Brown Findlay has scored the female lead role.
Findlay will play Eric Draven's murdered girlfriend Shelly in flashbacks in the project which Corin Hardy ("The Hallow") will direct. O'Barr confirms that much of the cast will be British with one of them to be a "Game of Thrones" veteran. [Source: Dread Central]
Natalie Martinez ("Secrets And Lies") has joined the cast of Fabrice Du Welz's revenge thriller "Message From The King". Chadwick Boseman plays a South African who descends into the L.A. underworld in an attempt to avenge his younger sister's death and rescue her stepson from the immoral world into which he's been sold.
Martinez will play Trish, the former neighbor of Jacob's missing sister Bianca who »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Secrets And Lies star Natalie Martinez rounds out the cast of Message From The King, a revenge thriller from director Fabrice Du Welz. Chadwick Boseman stars as Jacob, a South African who descends into the Los Angeles underworld in an attempt to avenge his younger sister’s death and rescue her stepson from the immoral world into which he’s been sold. Martinez will play Trish, the former neighbor of Jacob's missing sister Bianca who he recruits to help find the… »
With cameras about to start cranking, the indie revenge thriller Message From The King is adding to its cast. End Of Watch’s Natalie Martinez is aboard to join the likes of Chadwick Boseman, Luke Evans and Teresa Palmer. Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz is calling the shots from Stephen Cornwell and Oliver Butcher’s script. The plot follows a man named Jacob King (Boseman), who touches down in Los Angeles from South Africa in search of his younger sister. He has only a few hundred dollars to his name and a plane ticket that means he must return home a week, but is devastated to learn that his sister has died. Burning with the need for vengeance, he tracks down the people responsible across the next six days.Martinez, who has also been seen in the likes of Broken City and Death Race, is on to play Trish, a »
Copenhagen’s Cph Pix (April 9-22) will be bookended by films from two Danish directors shooting in the UK – Jeppe Ronde’s Welsh teen suicide drama Bridgend [pictured] and Thomas Vinterberg’s Thomas Hardy adaptation, Far From The Madding Crowd.
The audience-focused Cph Pix will show 130 feature films during 420 screenings and events.
Festival director Jacob Neiiendam said: “Artistically it’s a strong year for Danish cinema.”
Indeed, three Danish debut features will screen at Pix. “The first features from Thomas Daneskov [The Elite], Anna Sofie Hartmann [Limbo] and Jeppe Rønde showcase a diversity and nerve we have been missing in our fiction films, and they are just the tip of the iceberg,” added Neiiendam.
“We always wanted the festival to be a platform for local films which wouldn’t play well with regular releases, and this year we’ve been flooded with films produced outside the standard support system - and they are good films.”
Opening night will also »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
It‘s remarkable what a Marvel contract will do for an actor’s profile. Chadwick Boseman has spent over a decade working his way up through episodic television appearances to little seen, excellent lead roles in films such as 42 and Get On Up. Then came his casting as Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and suddenly, Chadwick Boseman has found himself at the top of everybody’s wish-list. The result is that a Chadwick Boseman film now attracts a great deal of attention, and some interesting casting – and Message From The King is no exception.
With an apparent view to begin shooting in March, Boseman is set to headline the action thriller, with Fabrice Du Welz (Alleluia) in the director’s chair. It is the tale of a South African man named Jacob King, who travels to Los Angeles in search of his sister’s stepson, and an appropriate amount of vengeance, »
- Sarah Myles
According to The Hollywood Reporter, each actor is at various stages of negotiations to board the Fabrice Du Welz-directed movie.
The project will centre on a South African man who sets out to avenge his murdered sister and rescue her stepson.
Evans will be a cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills, while Palmer will play a mother addicted to drugs.
Molina will play a Hollywood producer with underworld connections, who may have an idea about where the stepson is.
Fabrice Du Welz directs the story of a man from South Africa who descends into the Los Angeles underworld in an attempt to avenge his sister and rescue her stepson from the immoral world into which he's been sold.
Evans will play a Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist who provides services both legal and illegal and offers to help King find his sister. Palmer will play a mother who turns tricks to support her drug habit and six-year-old daughter. Molina will play a Hollywood producer who has underworld connections and may or may not know where the stepson is.
- Garth Franklin
He's no longer The Crow, but Luke Evans has another dark action film on his personal horizon. Evans, Alfred Molina and Teresa Palmer all look set to join star Chadwick Boseman in A Message From The King. Fabrice Du Welz (The Ordeal) will direct.The story involves a man named Jacob King, who touches down in Los Angeles from South Africa in search of his younger sister. He has only a few hundred dollars to his name and a plane ticket that means he must return home a week, but is devastated to learn that his sister has died. Less than pleased by the news, he begins a rampage through the Los Angeles underworld to avenge her and rescue her stepson.Evans' role is that of a dodgy cosmetic dentist who provides Boseman with illegal services to help him on his mission. Palmer's is a hooker with a drug habit and a young daughter, »
Belgian director Fabrice du Welz announced himself with a memorable debut over a decade ago with 2004’s Calvaire, a film meant to be the first chapter in his loosely related Ardennes trilogy. Fascinating, bizarre, and perhaps the most successfully strange and unnerving auteur since Lynch, du Welz’s next two features were treated to problematic releases, including 2008’s underrated Vinyan, and the 2014 debacle, Colt 45, which was yanked out of the director’s hands and released in France (it has yet to reach the Us). But 2014 also marked a strong return for du Welz with the excellent Alleluia, the second part of his Ardennes trilogy, reuniting him with star Laurent Lucas and providing Lola Duenas with one of the best roles of her career. It was announced that du Welz was also working on another feature, Children of the Gun, »
- Nicholas Bell
While DC and Marvel might already have a lock on several future release dates past the 2015 campaign with the Coen Bros. circling February on their calendars, for the most part, when it comes to American independent and foreign film flavored items, 2016 is still cloudy with a chance of…. 2015 just broke (we already have plenty to look forward to (Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films / Top 25 Most Anticipated Studio Films / Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films – soon!) but we’re already excited about what is in store for several of our favorite auteurs. Here are picks 100 to 6, with our Nicholas Bell providing further analysis on current top five for 2016. Pictured above is Peter Strickland, who sits in our number six spot.
100. Untitled Edward Munch Project – Erik Poppe
97. Imagine – Benoit Graffin
- Eric Lavallee
Just about one year from his initial start date with the company — and just a few weeks ahead of Berlin — Entertainment One Films International President, Harold van Lier, is leaving. Formerly Studiocanal Evp of International Distribution, Van Lier joined eOne with much fanfare in January of 2014 and was armed with a $100M acquisitions fund. Now, eOne is consolidating its international sales operation within its film production business as it looks to focus on internally produced films. The company said today that Van Lier had decided to leave “as a result of the consolidation.”
Two years after its acquisition of Alliance, Canadian giant eOne continues to make changes within its film division. This latest move follows a September rejigger of the global film business which led to the exit of Patrice Théroux, and the entry of Steve Bertram as President, Global Film Group.
In April last year, eOne officially unveiled its »
- Nancy Tartaglione
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