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Blu-ray Review – Trapped: Complete Season One

Trapped: Season One

Created by Baltasar Kormákur.

Starring Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Ilmur Kristjánsdottir, Ingvar Sigurðsson, Nina Dögg Filipusdottir, Bjarne Henriksen and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson.

Synopsis :

In a remote town in Iceland, local police desperately try to solve a crime as a powerful storm descends upon the town.

The recent success of Trapped – or if you’re feeling like brushing up on your Icelandic, Ófærð – on TV screens could be put down to many things. Many will have been drawn to the promise of a tightly scripted whodunnit mystery, while others may find the prospect of a darkly humorous examination of Icelandic sociological problems something to discover. Most won’t have tuned in for the weather, which in Icelandic terms is truly something; the elemental forces impacting on human life at every turn. Forcing them onto land, freezing their bones and covering up evidence of the most grisly of crimes…
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TWC acquires Icelandic TV drama 'Trapped'

TWC acquires Icelandic TV drama 'Trapped'
Icelandic TV drama Trapped, which has been picked up by the BBC, is set to launch in the Us after it was acquired by The Weinstein Company.

Harvey Weinstein’s production and distribution firm struck the deal with distributor Dynamic Television.

It will now shop the series, which is produced by Everest director Baltasar Kormakur, to Us broadcasters and online streaming services.

The deal was announced at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Trapped made its world premiere as part of the festival’s new television line-up.

Speaking after the premiere, Kormakur said that he was extremely proud that an Icelandic drama would air around the world, including in the UK where it will air on BBC4.

“We’ve never had a TV series in Iceland that has gone further than the Faroe Islands. We’re jealous of our neighbours in Denmark and now we get to play along and that’s very important. I’ve been
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Weinstein Company acquires Icelandic drama

Weinstein Company acquires Icelandic drama
Icelandic drama Trapped, which has been picked up by the BBC, is set to launch in the Us after it was acquired by The Weinstein Company.

Harvey Weinstein’s production and distribution firm struck the deal with distributor Dynamic Television.

It will now shop the series, which is produced by Everest director Baltasar Kormakur, to Us broadcasters and online streaming services.

The deal was announced at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Trapped made its world premiere as part of the festival’s new television line-up.

Speaking after the premiere, Kormakur said that he was extremely proud that an Icelandic drama would air around the world, including in the UK where it will air on BBC4.

“We’ve never had a TV series in Iceland that has gone further than the Faroe Islands. We’re jealous of our neighbours in Denmark and now we get to play along and that’s very important. I’ve been
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Tiff unveils first Primetime roster

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Tiff unveils first Primetime roster
Toronto brass on Thursday paid homage to arguably the most dynamic and provocative content format in entertainment, announcing the festival’s inaugural slate of six TV projects from the likes of Baltasar Kormákur, Jason Reitman and Lucía Puenzo.

The selections highlight what Tiff director and CEO Piers Handling called a “cross-pollination” of the film and TV worlds from international storytellers, broadcasters and streaming services.

The six selections appear below. All are world premieres except The Returned, which is an international premiere.

Casual (Us), created by Zander Lehmann and directed by Jason Reitman.

Episodes 1 and 2 of the comedy from Hulu and Lionsgate that follows a dating site entrepreneur and his therapist sister who move in together after the latter’s recent divorce.

Starring Tommy Dewey, Michaela Watkins and Tara Lynne Barr.

Cromo (Argentina), created by Lucía Puenzo and Nicolás Puenzo.

Episodes 1, 2 and 8 of the eco-thriller from directors Lucía Puenzo (Xxy, Wakolda), Pablo Fendrik (Blood Appears, El Ardor) and Nicolás Puenzo
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Tiff unveils first Primetime roster

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Tiff unveils first Primetime roster
Toronto brass on Thursday paid homage to arguably the most dynamic and provocative content format in entertainment, announcing the festival’s inaugural slate of six TV projects from the likes of Baltasar Kormákur, Jason Reitman and Lucía Puenzo.

The selections highlight what Tiff director and CEO Piers Handling called a “cross-pollination” of the film and TV worlds from international storytellers, broadcasters and streaming services.

The six selections appear below. All are world premieres except The Returned, which is an international premiere.

Casual (Us), created by Zander Lehmann and directed by Jason Reitman.

Episodes 1 and 2 of the comedy from Hulu and Lionsgate that follows a dating site entrepreneur and his therapist sister who move in together after the latter’s recent divorce.

Starring Tommy Dewey, Michaela Watkins and Tara Lynne Barr.

Cromo (Argentina), created by Lucía Puenzo and Nicolás Puenzo.

Episodes 1, 2 and 8 of the eco-thriller from directors Lucía Puenzo (Xxy, Wakolda), Pablo Fendrik (Blood Appears, El Ardor) and Nicolás Puenzo
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DVD Review – The Spider (2000)

The Spider (Edderkoppen), 2000.

Directed by Ole Christian Madsen.

Starring Jakob Cedergren, Stina Stengade, Lars Mikkelsen, Bjarne Henriksen, Trine Dyrholm and Nikolaj Lie Kaas.

Synopsis:

Copenhagen 1949. A young and idealistic journalist attempts to uncover the source of a shadowy black market operation working its way around the city.

The Spider (Edderkoppen) is another noir influenced release from Arrow Films. Focusing on the post WW2 period of late 40’s Copenhagen, the mini-series of six tautly wound episodes provides plenty of shady goings-on in the Danish capital.

Taking classic noir tropes and putting them to effective use, the serial follows the case of young journalist Bjarne Madsen (Jakob Cedergren) as he attempts to investigate Copenhagen’s black market. The series introduces all sorts of complexities into the equation, with familial guilt about collaboration with the Nazis during the war also raising all sorts of problems and internal dynamics.

The 1 hour episodes include a lavish attention to detail,
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Peter & Wendy casting news

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Screenterrier posted details of open casting calls to find Peter, Wendy and Tiger Lily for a new ITV drama based on the classic children's novel Peter Pan by J.M Barrie, now called Peter & Wendy, and the cast has now been announced.

13 year old Hazel Doupe from Ireland, will star in the joint roles of twelve year old Lucy Rose, a patient at modern day Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Wendy Darling, in her re-imagining of Peter Pan story.

Hazel (represented by Macfarlane Chard), who attends Billie Barry Stage School in Dublin, played Sarah in the Rte docu/drama Titanic, Blood and Steel, and starred in Irish thriller Jack Taylor:Shot Down,

Newcomer Zac Sutcliffe (who attends Yorkshire School of Acting) from Bradford, stars as Peter. Zac has just finished filming on Grimsby, a new film from Sacha Baron Cohen.

Natifa Mai (represented by Identity Agency) has been cast in
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Paloma Faith will play Tinkerbell alongside Stanley Tucci in ITV's Peter & Wendy

In this week's most unexpected piece of casting news, Paloma Faith has signed up to play Tinkerbell in ITV's new drama Peter & Wendy.

The singer-songwriter will be joined in the modern day re-imagining of Jm Barrie's Peter Pan by Stanley Tucci, who will play Captain Hook.

Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad) will play Mrs Darling, while newcomers Zac Sutcliffe and Hazel Doupe will play the lead roles.

ITV's two-hour drama will open in Great Ormond Street Hospital in the present day, with 12-year-old Lucy Rose (Doupe) awaiting treatment for a serious heart condition.

When her mother reads her and the other children the tale of Peter Pan, she falls asleep with thoughts of Neverland racing through her mind. She dreams her own version of the story into existence.

The drama will cut back and forth between Lucy Rose's version of Neverland and the struggles she is facing in hospital each day.
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Sidse Babett Knudsen: 'We had no idea Borgen would have any appeal outside Denmark'

The actor who plays prime minister Birgitte Nyborg in the TV series Borgen on the new appeal of Danish drama and whether Denmark's real Pm has asked her for advice

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You've been a well-known actor in Denmark for years (1). How does it feel now that we Brits think we have discovered you?

To be honest, I'm surprised and happy. When we started making Borgen, no one had any idea it would have any appeal outside Denmark. No one expected it to follow the success of The Killing because it's basically all about Danish politics.

Quite a few of the same actors (2) who were in The Killing also appear in Borgen. Is this just coincidence?

Well, it's not as if Denmark is desperately short of actors and the same faces appear in every show, if that's what you were thinking. Rather it's just that the
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Have you been watching … The Killing?

BBC4's Danish crime drama is set under darkened winter skies, but the quality of the writing and acting shines

It's not exactly a cheery tale: a 19-year-old is raped then brutally murdered. The police struggle to find her killer, while her parents grieve and weep, and the Danish sky grows ever darker. But BBC4's Saturday night double-bills of The Killing, or Forbrydelsen, are quite the thing to see you through a long winter weekend evening. Despite all the pomp and bombast surrounding the launch of Sky Atlantic, this Danish import has quietly established itself as TV of the absolute finest quality.

Eight episodes in and most UK dramas would be tying up the loose ends – that is, if the whole thing wasn't done and dusted and possibly already repeated. Here the drama is allowed to breathe. Events don't unfold at breakneck speed: so far we've ventured down a
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Cannes film review:'The Celebration'

Cannes film review:'The Celebration'
There's a lot to celebrate in Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg's intense competition entry about a large family gathering that starts badly and gets much worse.

Filmed in a herky-jerky style that never grows tiresome and deftly mixing off-color humor with arch drama, "The Celebration" (Festen) rarely slows down to let the strong material sink in, but it's virtuoso filmmaking that should garner fans in subsequent festival exposure, with a U.S. art house release an outside possibility.

In a rural hotel in Denmark, an elaborate party and dinner unfolds in honor of Helge (Henning Moritzen), the family patriarch celebrating his 60th birthday with friends and family. Everyone seems to have gotten past the tragic death of one of his two daughters, Linda, whose twin Christian (Ulrich Thomsen) arrives with a shocking agenda as the attention-getting oldest sibling.

At the outset, tension revolves around youngest son Michael Thomas Bo Larsen), a flamboyant jerk who fights continually with his beleaguered wife (Helle Dolleris) and fiendishly needles sluttish sister Helene (Paprika Steen). Known for his drunken meltdowns, Michael boisterously tries to derail Christian when the latter drops a bomb on the black-tie gathering.

With a few drinks in him and in a deadpan delivery, Christian reveals that both he and his dead twin Linda were sexually abused as children by Helge. Known for his jokes, the father squirms uncomfortably and Christian's initial frontal assault is quickly dismissed by Michael and Helene. But Christian's longtime friend, the hotel chef (Bjarne Henriksen), encourages him to go all the way and arranges for the guests' car keys to be hidden, preventing anyone from leaving even if things get unbearably ugly.

They do. Christian accuses Helge of murdering Linda and is hustled out of the hotel by Michael. He returns to damn his mother (Birthe Neumann) for not stopping her husband. Eventually Linda's farewell letter is read by Helene and there's no longer any doubt. Passing out from the enormous amount of wine he's imbibed, Christian has a mystical experience and encounters Linda's ghost, which haunts the hotel.

The film is crowded with ancillary characters and relationships, including Helene's black English-speaking boyfriend (Gbatokai Dakinah) and Christian and Michael's former lovers now working as maids in the hotel. Seemingly headed toward a grim resolution, the film manages an upbeat finale that leaves one curiously unsatisfied, but still bowled over by the daring and well-paced ensemble project with all-around engaging performances.

Festen

(The Celebration)

Nimbus Film APS

CREDITS:

Director--Thomas Vinterberg

Screenwriters--Thomas Vinterberg, Morgens Rukov

Producer--Birgitte Hald

Director of photography--Anthony Dod Mantle

Second camera--Peter Hjorth

Editor--Valdis Oskarsdottir

Sound designer--Morten Holm

CAST:

Christian--Ulrich Thomsen

Helge--Henning Moritzen

Michael--Thomas Bo Larsen

Helene--Paprika Steen

Elsa--Birthe Neumann

Mette--Helle Dolleris

Kim--Bjarne Henriksen

Gbatokai--Gbatokai Dakinah

Color/stereo

Running time -- 105 minutes

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