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Rome — U.S. thriller writer Jeffrey Deaver will be feted by Italy’s Noir in Festival, dedicated to movies and books broadly belonging to the noir genre and held in the Alpine resort of Courmayeur.
Deaver is expected in Courmayeur Dec. 10 and 11 to receive the fest’s Raymond Chandler Award and to tubthump the Italian edition of his latest book, “The Skin Collector,” published in Italy by Rizzoli.
Fest toppers Giorgio Gosetti and Marina Fabri said they were “particularly happy” to celebrate Deaver the same year that, with “The Skin Collector,” he has brought back “Bone Collector” investigator Lincoln Rhyme and his partner, patrol officer Amelia Sachs.
- Nick Vivarelli
Alan Rickman and directors Bertrand Bonello and Cristian Mungiu, who won the Palme d’Or in 2012, are set to join jury president Isabelle Huppert at the Marrakech International Film Festival in December. Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier (Serena), French actress Melanie Laurent (Inglorlious Basterds), Indian director Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox), Italian director Mario Martone (We Believed) and Moroccan director Moumen Smihi (44 Bedtime Stories) will round out the panel. Daniel Barber’s Civil War drama The Keeping Room, starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington, and Oscar-nominated editor Saar Klein’s directorial debut Things People Do will be among
- Rhonda Richford
Exclusive: Company to co-sell the title with Wild Bunch in Santa Monica.
The company has already sent out the script to the distributors of Audiard’s last film Rust and Bone, who have until the Afm to make an offer and sign a deal.
Debut competition titles at cinematography festival unveiled.
Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Nov 15-22), has revealed the line-up of films screening in three of the festival’s competition sections including Cinematographers’ Debut, Directors’ Debut and Student Etudes.
The entries are:
Cinematographers’ Debut Competition
UK, 2014; Cinematographer: David Procter
Denmark, 2014; Cinematographer: Sidney Lexy Plaut
Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s Difret;
Ethiopia, USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Monika Lenczewska
Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: Kacper Fertacz
Arild Østin Ommundsen’s It’s Only Make Believe;
Norway, 2013; Cinematographer: Arild Østin Ommundsen
Australia, 2013; Cinematographer: Ari Wegner
Ester Martin Bergsmark’s Something Must Break;
David Pablos’ The Life After;
Mexico, 2013; Cinematographer: José De- La-Torre
USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Matthias Koenigswieser
Denmark, 2013; Cinematographer: [link=nm »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Heading into the Afm, Magnet Releasing is to fully finance and take worldwide rights to the project from producers Xyz Films. Separately, eOne will distribute After The Fall In North America and fresh cast have joined relationship drama The Choice.
Magnolia’s head of international and broadcast sales Christina Rogers will represent Xx at the Santa Monica market in November.
Each story will relate to the horror genre and the directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints.
“Magnet has been the home to the most exciting anthology horror films of the last several years, and we’re very pleased to continue the trend with Xx,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “We’re especially excited about the calibre of filmmakers involved with this anthology, and the fresh »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Bentley plays an unemployed insurance adjuster-turned-armed robber, and Isaacs portrays a washed-up detective.
“After the Fall” premiered at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival with Klein receiving a nomination for the best first feature award. It also won a special 40th Anniversary Award at the Deauville Film Festival in September.
Klein wrote the script with Joe Conway. Producers are Sarah Green, Hans Graffunder and Christos V. Konstantakopoulos. Executive producers include Nicolas Gonda, Michael Macs, Ryan Rettig, Kurt Billick, David Klein and Doug Liman.
The film will screen at the Mill Valley Film Festival this weekend.
- Dave McNary
Entertainment One Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Oscar nominee Saar Klein's drama “After the Fall,” which stars Wes Bentley, Vinessa Shaw and Jason Isaacs, the company announced Wednesday. Previously titled “Things People Do,” the film is slated for a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release on Dec. 12. Klein wrote the script with Joe Conway, and the film was produced by Sarah Green, Hans Graffunder and Christos V. Konstantakopoulos. Executive producers include Nicolas Gonda, Michael Macs, Ryan Rettig, Kurt Billick, David Klein and Doug Liman. “After the Fall” premiered at this year's Berlin International Film Festival and garnered »
- Jeff Sneider
The Deauville Film Festival heads have unveiled the make-up of the 40th edition of the fest, and naturally this coming September, we’ve got a Sundance-infused edition being readied for the North West coastal town. Celebrating several new American indie auteurs, noteworthy filmmakers from Park City include Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), A.J. Edwards (The Better Angels), Mark Jackson (War Story) and Damien Chazelle’s much acclaimed Whiplash. Also found in the 14 In Comp slate we find Nathan Silver’s Uncertain Terms — which our Nicholas Bell called “uneasy, uncomfortable, and certainly uncertain”. Also on tap: the French premieres of Before I Go to Sleep and director Chris Messina’s Alex of Venice. Here is the full selection and you can make a detour here to see who is being celebrated at the fest.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Ana Lily Amirpour
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- Eric Lavallee
Haugesund, Norway– Deauville will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a strong competition lineup of U.S. indies, leading up with Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man” and Reese Witherspoon starrer “The Good Lie.”
The Normandy-set festival will also play Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight alumni: Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash” and Jim Mickle’s “Cold in July,” as well as David Robert Mitchell’s “It Follows,” a Critics’ Week competitor. Other contenders include Nathan Silver’s “Uncertain Terms,” Mark Jackson’s “War Story,” Ira Sachs’s “Love is Strange,” Mike Cahill’s “I Origins,” Carter Smith’s “Jamie Marks is Dead” and Gregg Araki’s “White Bird in a Blizzard.”
Beyond “Whiplash,” which won Sundance’s grand jury prize, Deauville will play three other feature debuts: Ana Lily Amirpour’s “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” A.J. Edwards’ “The Better Angels” and Saar Klein’s “Things People Do.”
Deauville will also »
- Elsa Keslassy
Wes Bentley rarely takes on leading roles, probably partially because his youthful, nondescript features lead audiences to identify with him most as a background player. Things People Do, a quiet drama directed by The Thin Red Line editor Saar Klein, finds Bentley taking on the main role of insurance adjuster Bill Scanlon, who turns to a life of crime when always playing the nice guy leaves him jobless and heavily in debt. Unfortunately, the film’s plodding, ham-fisted narrative allows neither Bentley nor Things People Do as a whole any opportunity to leave even the slightest impression.
Klein and co-writer Joe Conway clearly wanted their film to be received as a morality play, with seemingly every line of dialogue holding deeper meaning. In moderation, symbolic dialogue can be one of a screenwriter’s most potent weapons, but here it’s more exhausting than enlightening. One of the reasons Things People Do »
- Isaac Feldberg
“There ain’t no sin, there ain’t no wrong, there’s just things people do,” opines a washed-up detective (Jason Isaacs) to an unemployed insurance adjuster (Wes Bentley) turned armed robber in what is, remarkably, one of the least heavy-handed moments from “Things People Do,” a wildly overwrought and frequently preposterous recession-era morality play that marks the feature directing debut of veteran film editor Saar Klein. Burdened with absurd plot twists and two-ton metaphors (including a Chekhovian gun and a swimming pool more symbolic than Gatsby’s), this depressive drama about the desperate measures called for by desperate times will need its own strongarm tactics to see any significant theatrical exposure following its Berlin and SXSW premieres. Midrange name cast portends brisker ancillary traffic.
Lest we harbor any doubt about what kind of movie this is going to be, “Things People Do” opens with Bentley’s Bill Scanlin poking »
- Scott Foundas
SXSW is less than a month away and ShockYa.com is thrilled to announce that we’ll be on the ground in Austin, Texas for the event. There are loads of films on the line-up we’re aiming to catch, one of which is Academy Award nominated editor Saar Klein’s directorial debut, “Things People Do.” The film stars Wes Bentley as Bill Scanlon, a man who loses his job and can’t bring himself to tell his wife (Vinessa Shaw). Rather than risk losing his family, he opts to cover up the issue by becoming a criminal. Soon after taking the plunge and getting his hands a little dirty, Bill starts to enjoy the [ Read More ]
- Perri Nemiroff
Aiming to be the kind of restrained, grown-up ethical drama that we don't see a great deal of anymore, "Things People Do" from editor-turned-director Saar Klein, premiered unassumingly at the Berlin Film Festival, as though aware it was predestined to be almost immediately eclipsed by showier, punchier titles. Which is probably a little unfair, as the film does boast a lot of strong elements: unusually expressive cinematography; a well-rendered sense of place; Jason Isaacs. And in general it nearly succeeds in delivering on its gently moralist ambitions. However, its failings are all the more glaring for being in the realm of characterization, which is kind of crucial if a film of this kind is to transcend the potential limitations of the indie drama ghetto. Unfortunately "Things People Do" scuppers its own chances by having people do things we just don't ever, ever believe they would. Bill (Wes Bentley) and Susan (Vinessa Shaw) are happily, »
- Jessica Kiang
Like a condensation of the plot and themes in "Breaking Bad" without the meth, director Saar Klein's impressive debut "Things People Do" puts a criminal spin on suburban discontent. Aided by a grave, committed performance by Wes Bentley in the lead role, Klein's story treads familiar territory but doesn't take its appeal for granted. The story of settled insurance salesman Bill (Bentley), who turns to robbery after losing his job and hides it from his wife, "Things People Do" makes its dramatic material stick -- despite a few screenplay imperfections -- by upping the tension with ample restraint: guns are brandished but rarely fired, voices almost never raised. Klein maintains the intensity while delivering the heavy-handed themes with a whisper. Bentley's sad-eyed gaze becomes the movie’s central image early on, when Bill is laid off by his superior for lacking the ability to succeed at his job. The »
- Eric Kohn
You may not know the name Saar Klein, but you've undoubtedly seen his work. He's the Oscar nominated editor behind Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line" and Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous," who has a notable filmography that also includes "The New World" and "The Bourne Identity." However, he's transitioning to the director's chair, and his debut feature film "Things People Do" will be premiering at the Berlin Film Festival. Starring Wes Bentley, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett and Jason Isaacs, and executive produced by (among others) Doug Liman, the film tells the story of a man who turns to crime after losing his job, and falls in with a detective who no longer believes in the value of upholding the law. Here's the full synopsis: Things are worse for Scanlin than he admits. Unknown to his family, he has lost his job as an insurance broker because he wasn »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Yesterday we brought you the very first image from Saar Klein’s upcoming indie film Things People Do. Klein, as you may or may not know, is a two time Academy Award nominee, having been honored for his editing work on The Thin Red Line and Almost Famous. His upcoming film, which is currently at the Berlin Film Festival and will be at SXSW next month, stars a cast that boasts impressive names like Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs and Haley Bennett.
Today, in hopes of continuing to build anticipation for this intriguing project, we’re happy to be premiering the very first clip from the film. It doesn’t show off a whole lot but we get to see Bentley contemplating a recent decision he’s made and from what we can see here, Things People Do does appear to be quite interesting from a visual standpoint. Sure, some dialogue would have been nice, »
- Matt Joseph
Today we are happy to be premiering the very first image from Academy Award nominee Saar Klein’s Things People Do, which will be showing at SXSW next month (and at the Berlin Film Festival this month). Seen above, the still depicts stars Wes Bentley and Jason Isaacs playing with some guns on a mock shooting range in the desert. It doesn’t show off a whole lot but as a film that looks like one of the more interesting indie projects currently on the festival circuit, I’m very pleased that We Got This Covered can debut the image.
For those unfamiliar with the plot, Things People Do follows Bill Scanlin (Bentley), a man who has recently lost his job. Afraid to tell his wife, he ends up turning to a life of crime to make money. One night, he crosses paths with Frank McTiernan (Isaacs), a detective who »
- Matt Joseph
Sundance just ended, and we are already preparing for the next big film festival, South By Southwest. Not too long ago, the festival announced a few of the films premiering this year, but now they’ve announced the main slate. The midnight selections and some inevitable late-breaking additions are still to be announced, but this should be more than enough to get you excited. Along with many World Premieres, and Sundance favorites like Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2, the line up also includes an anniversary screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and an extended Q&A screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel with Wes Anderson. SXSW 2014 runs March 7 through 15 in Austin, Texas. Check out the line up after the jump.
Narrative Feature Competition
Eight world premieres, eight unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,324 films submitted to SXSW 2014. Films screening in Narrative »
Today the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced a diverse features lineup for this year’s Festival, the 21st edition and running March 7 – 15, 2014 in Austin, Texas. The 2014 program expands on SXSW tradition of embracing a range of genres and span of budgets, featuring a wealth of vision from experienced and developing filmmakers alike.
For more information visit http://sxsw.com/film.
Listed in the announcement are 115 of the features that will screen over the course of nine days at SXSW 2014. The lineup below includes 68 films from first-time filmmakers, and consists of 76 World Premieres, 10 North American Premieres and 7 U.S. Premieres. These films were selected from a record 2,215 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,540 U.S. and 675 international feature-length films. With a record number of 6,482 submissions total, the overall increase was 14% over 2013. The Midnighters feature section and the Short Film program will be announced on February 5, with the complete »
- Movie Geeks
After announcing earlier this month that Jon Favreau’s Chef and the Veronica Mars movie will be making their world debuts at SXSW this year, the festival has revealed its full line-up, including further very promising world premieres, alongside appearances from some of the year’s most high-profile films.
The Midnight programme will be announced early next month, along with the Shorts line-up, and the complete Conference slate a little later as well.
Led by Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, Nicholas Stoller’s anticipated R-rated comedy, Neighbors, will be making its world debut at the festival, notably marked out as a ‘work-in-progress’ ahead of its theatrical release in May.
David Gordon Green’s acclaimed Joe will make its Us premiere, having bowed at Venice and then Toronto last year. Early reviews have Nicolas Cage giving one of the finest performances of his career, with Tye Sheridan (Mud) excellent alongside him. »
- Kenji Lloyd
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