14 items from 2016
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Logline: A tale of forbidden love based on the acclaimed play from Royal Court Theatre in London.
Set over three days in the British seaside town of Scarborough, two couples seek an escape from the constraints of real life. In a faded hotel, amongst the peeling wallpaper, they laugh, quarrel, make love and enjoy their anonymity.
The hotel rooms are their safe haven but also their self-imposed prison as they don’t dare go out. After all, at barely 16 years old, two of them are still at school… and the other two, »
- Steve Greene
London-based production and sales outfit Evolutionary Films has closed a deal with Rialto Distribution for Australia and New Zealand theatrical rights to director Polly Steele’s drama Let Me Go, based on Helga Schneider’s best-selling memoirs.
Featuring the first original film score from Radiohead drummer Philip Selway, the film stars four-time BAFTA-nominated actress Juliet Stevenson (Bend It Like Beckham) [pictured], Jodhi May (Last of the Mohicans), Lucy Boynton (Sing Street), Karin Bertling (The Bridge) and Stanley Weber (The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life).
After being abandoned in 1941 at four years-old so that her mother can join the Nazi SS as a concentration camp guard in Auschwitz, Let Me Go follows Schneider returning to face her mother sixty years later. The film also examines the next generations of the family and the suffering they endure following revelations of these long held secrets surrounding »
The drama, currently in post-production, is based on the best-selling memoirs of Helga Schneider, who was abandoned by her mother in 1941 when she was only four years old as her mother joined the Nazi SS.
Set in 2000, the film follows Helga and her mother’s journeys, as well as the next two generations of their family as they struggle to cope with the revelations of long-held secrets about the horrific events that took place.
Evolutionary is also collaborating with FutureDude Entertainment on sci-fi adventure Oceanus: Odyssey One, set onboard an underwater research facility which becomes humanity’s last hope for survival »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
This is the first part of a series on my journey with Terence Davies into A Quiet Passion, starring Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson with Jennifer Ehle (Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos) as her sister Vinnie, which was screened in the New York Film Festival in the Film Comment Presents selection. The exemplary supporting cast includes Keith Carradine (David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints), Duncan Duff, Joanna Bacon, Benjamin Wainwright (Jason Connery's Tommy's Honour), Emma Bell, Jodhi May (Sally Potter's Ginger & Rosa), Noémie Schellens, Catherine Bailey and Sara Vertongen.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
"You are alone in your rebellion, Ms. Dickinson." Get ready to be enthralled by the words and emotions of Emily Dickinson. A festival trailer has debuted for the film A Quiet Passion, from director Terence Davis (whose other film Sunset Song was just released in theaters this year). Cynthia Nixon stars as the legendary poet Emily Dickinson in this "luminous biopic". Also starring Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Duncan Duff, Jodhi May, Joanna Bacon and Catherine Bailey. These kind of intense period pieces aren't usually my thing, and I'm not that curious about this. However, the music they used for this trailer definitely got my attention. It's the track "Stars Wait For Us" by Plu-Ton and it seems odd, but totally works. Here's the first official trailer for Terence Davis' A Quiet Passion, direct from YouTube (via Tfs): Emily Dickinson wrote over a thousand poems in her lifetime but witnessed »
- Alex Billington
A new festival trailer for the period drama was just released and showcases Cynthia Nixon as the renowned artist as she struggles with the world around her.
“A Quiet Passion” is a unique insight into Dickinson’s life and obsessions, and follows the writer from her schoolgirl days in Amherst, Massachusetts to her years writing in near-total isolation, where she produced over a thousand poems that are now regarded as the finest and most inventive in American literature.
- Liz Calvario
A Quiet Passion review, Berlin Film Festival, 2016. Where to begin with celebrated filmmaker Terence Davies‘ latest, A Quiet Passion? For one, we note that it is his second film to hit screens in just a matter of months following last year’s brilliant A Sunset Song. For a filmmaker who made just one film in the twelve years between 1995 and 2008, it’s quite something, but something that is truly welcomed. Here, the accomplished writer/ director delves into the little known world of prolific American poet Emily Dickinson.
The film charts the teenage life of the poet, portrayed in the earlier years by Emma Bell (Frozen, Final Destination 5), and in her latter years by Cynthia Nixon (James White, Sex and the City). A known recluse, Dickinson wasn’t famous during her own lifetime, »
- Paul Heath
In the third Berlinale Diary entry, I offer first impressions of Terence Davies's Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion with Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Catherine Bailey, Jodhi May, Emma Bell and Duncan Duff; Mia Hansen-Løve's outstanding Things to Come with Isabelle Huppert, Andre Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob and Sarah Le Picard; and Kiyoshi Kurosawa's serial killer thriller (and comedy) Creepy with Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yuko Takeuchi, Teruyuki Kagawa, Haruna Kawaguchi and Masahiro Higashide. Plus: Trailers and a clip. » - David Hudson »
Eight films have been invited to join Berlinale Special, which presents “recent works by contemporary filmmakers, biopics of renowned personalities as well as extraordinary formats.” They include productions and co-productions from Belgium, Denmark, Japan, Norway, Sweden, U.K. and the U.S.
Gala screenings will be held at the Friedrichstadt-Palast, while the presentations at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele will include discussions with the filmmakers after the screenings.
Berlinale Special Galas At The Friedrichstadt-palast
A Quiet Passion (U.K./Belgium)
- Leo Barraclough
Today's list of films added to the lineup for this year's Berlinale (February 11 through 21) is short but big: World premieres of Terence Davies's A Quiet Passion with Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Jodhi May, Catherine Bailey, Emma Bell and Duncan Duff; Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Creepy with Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yuko Takeuchi, Teruyuki Kagawa, Haruna Kawaguchi and Masahiro Higashide; Pernilla August's Den allvarsamma leken (A Serious Game) with Sverrir Gudnason, Karin Franz Körlof, Liv Mjönes, Michael Nyqvist and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard; and Sonia Kennebeck's documentary National Bird. Plus the international premiere of Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead. » - David Hudson »
The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 11-21) has unveiled the eight-strong line-up for its Berlinale Special strand, which includes recent works by contemporary filmmakers and biopics of renowned personalities.
The programme includes the world premiere of Terence Davies’ drama biopic A Quiet Passion, which stars Sex and the City’s Cynthia Nixon as the celebrated American poet Emily Dickinson, charting her life from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive artist. Jennifer Ehle (Fifty Shades Of Grey) and Keith Carradine (Nashville) co-star.
The line-up also includes the international premiere of Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle’s directorial debut in which he also stars as jazz pioneer Miles Davis in late 1970s Manhattan, dealing with sycophants, industry executives, career highs and lows and memories of the love of his life, Frances Taylor.
Pernilla August’s A Serious Game will also world premiere »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Project is based on the memoir of author Helga Schneider.
Filming will continue for three weeks before moving to London and Vienna. The production will last five weeks.
Based on the memoir of Helga Schneider, the story follows the emotional journeys of four generations of women from the same family and how they suffer from a trauma created during the Second World War.
The script was written by Polly Steele (Lena: The Bride of Ice), who will also direct, and will star Stevenson as Schneider alongside Jodhi May (The Last of the Mohicans) and Lucy Boynton (Sing Street, Life in Squares).
New cast members announced include Éva Magyar (X-Men: First Class), Abhin Galeya (Exodus: Gods And Kings), Stanley Weber (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life), Simona Hughes (Woman In Gold) and Elizabeth Webster (Cockneys vs Zombies).
London — Juliet Stevenson, who has been BAFTA nominated four times, is set to star in Polly Steele’s contemporary drama “Let Me Go,” which has just started to shoot. Radiohead drummer Philip Selway is composing the score.
Stevenson, whose credits include “Truly Madly Deeply,” is joined in the cast by Jodhi May (“Last of the Mohicans,” “The Other Boleyn Girl”), Lucy Boynton (“Sing Street”), Karin Bertling (“The Bridge,” “Wallander”) and Stanley Weber (“Not Another Happy Ending”). The film is written and directed by Steele, whose credits include the film “Lena — Bride of Ice” and TV show “Elton John — Tantrums and Tiaras,” from a true-life story by Helga Schneider, based on her best-selling memoir of the same name.
“Let Me Go,” which is a story about mothers and daughters and abandonment, follows the emotional journeys of four generations of women from the same family and how they suffer from a trauma »
- Leo Barraclough
Director: Terence Davies
Writer: Terence Davies
In his four decades of filmmaking, British auteur Terence Davies has never unveiled consecutive projects, until now. Following his Toronto Film Festival premiered Sunset Song (which was also the unveiling platform for his 2011 The Deep Blue Sea), Davies has completed A Quiet Passion, a biopic of American poet Emily Dickinson, with Cynthia Nixon starring as the reclusive artist. Strangely enough, 2016 will also see another portrait of Dickinson from American filmmaker Madeleine Olnek with Molly Shannon. Davies seems to be taking a more comprehensive route, and following Nixon’s unforgettable turn in this year’s James White from Josh Mond, we’re anxious to see her take on the iconic poet, a bleak, lonely subject who should fit neatly into Davies’ cinematic interest.
Production Co.: Hurricane Films, Indomitable Entertainment, WeatherVane Productions
- Nicholas Bell
14 items from 2016
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