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Rio De Janeiro — Stephen Daldry’s Rio-set, young-adult thriller “Trash” — a groundbreaking movie in concept, financing and distribution — world premiered Tuesday night at the swish Cinepolis Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro to large applause.
There was also gleeful local appreciation of Daldry’s swings, from a Richard Curtis screenplay, at Brazil’s corruption-sodden elite, the police, its religious powers, even a Brazilian soccer association.
Such appreciation matters. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Kris Thykier at Peapie Productions produced “Trash,” in association with Fernando Meirelles’ Sao Paulo-based O2 Filmes in Brazil. Distributed by Universal Pictures Intl., it adapts a novel by Brit Andy Mulligan. Martin Sheen – as the tippling world-weary Father Julliard – and Rooney Mara – Olivia, a learning-the-ropes Ngo worker – co-star.
- John Hopewell
Are we ready for the "Brazilian answer to 'Slumdog Millionaire?'" Rio Film Festival audiences quickly granted "Trash," the latest from "The Hours" director Stephen Daldry, that label after the the film pleased crowds with comedy, child wonder, and "offshore" energy (as trades love to refer to it). Polling attendees after the film's applause-filled premiere, a Variety reporter found many locals agreed that, despite "Trash" not being a true Brazilian movie, "it is not non-Brazilian in the best sense." Many praised it for being more entertaining than most "favela" (or, Latin America slum) dramas. Whether Americans will ever see it is up in the air. Based on Andy Mulligan's young adult novel of the same name, "Trash" tells the story of three “dumpsite boys," who "make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city." Their lives spiral out of control when »
- Matt Patches
Cleanly scripted in pure Hollywood fashion by Richard Curtis (with Felipe Braga translating it into Portuguese), Stephen Daldry’s “Trash” won’t be confused for a real Brazilian production: Its storyline, staging and inevitably positive spin unmistakably mark it as offshore, notwithstanding the participation of Fernando Meirelles’ 02 Filmes. A South American answer of sorts to “Slumdog Millionaire,” the pic features a trio of charismatic kids living next to a Rio garbage dump who stumble upon evidence certain to bring down a corrupt politico. Audience-friendly to a fault, “Trash” should be a modest money earner for Universal Intl., which will no doubt pitch it along “Slumdog” lines.
Andy Mulligan’s source novel was geared toward adolescents, but the film feels like more adult fare simply because young teens aren’t exactly known for their attraction to subtitles. English makes up a small percentage of the dialogue, mostly coming from Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara, »
- Jay Weissberg
Brazilian actor-turned-director Selton Mello has is following up his milestone art film “The Clown,” Brazil’s Oscar entry, with “A Movie Life” adapting the book “A Distant Father” by Chilean Antonio Skarmeta, one of whose other novels was turned by Michael Radford into “The Postman.”
A rites-of-passage story of big dreams in ‘60s small-town Brazil, “A Movie Life” turns on Tony, who returns from college to his home-town in the sleepy sierras of southern Brazil. His father has fled home. Tony becomes a teacher college graduate, courts a lovely local girl, frequents a cinema in a neighboring town – which harbors a shocking surprise.
“Everything that I hold dear is there,” Mello said of Skarmeta’s novella: A great emotional adventure, captivating characters, a fun and moving plot.”
- John Hopewell
Rio De Janeiro — Argentina has a New Argentine Cinema; Carlos Reygadas, Mantarraya and Canana ushered in a new era in Mexico; the Novissimo Cine Chileno exploded onto the scene at the 2005 Valdivia Festival.
Now, finally, in a year when Brazil has selected Daniel Ribeiro’s “The Way He Looks” as its Foreign-Language Oscar entry – a first feature for its director and producer alike – the Latin America giant may be sewing the seeds of a New Brazilian Cinema.
Several factors are in play: Hiked direct incentives, tabbed by president Dilma Roussef at $540 million for 2014, and open to new directors; new TV coin from pay TV players such as Canal Brasil and Telecine, again accessible for first features; a new generation of producers, such as Bananeira Filmes’ Vania Catani.
- John Hopewell
Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.
The ninth Rome Film Festival (Oct 16-25) has revealed a diverse line-up including the Italian premieres for potential awards contenders including David Fincher’s Gone Girl. the world premiere of Takashi Miike’s As the Gods Will and Burhan Qurbani’s We are Young, We are Strong and European premiere of Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, Toronto hit Still Alice and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.
This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme will be decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.
Each section has changed name and focus for 2014 and are all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.
Italian comedies Soap Opera and Andiamo a Quel Paese bookend the line-up.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
The gala screening will mark “Trash’s” world premiere, a matter of import for Oscar pundits given Daldry’s Academy Award track record: “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours” and “The Reader” all snagged Best Director noms, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” made the Best Picture cut.
Written by Richard Curtis and Felipe Braga, “Trash” also reps Daldry’s first teen adventure thriller, and a pioneering Brazil, U.K. co-production which melds top echelon talent from Brazil and the U.K. while staking out Brazil as its home market.
- John Hopewell
Critically-acclaimed director Stephen Daldry (The Hours, The Reader) returns to the big screen with Trash. Universal Pictures UK has released an international trailer for this adaptation of Andy Mulligan's novel, which follows a group of Brazilian boys who find something in a trash heap that could change their entire country.
Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping on it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, the world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It's a bag of clues. It's a bag of hope. It's a bag that will change everything. Soon Raphael and his friends are running for their lives. Hounded by the police, it takes »
That international trailer for Stephen Daldry’s Trash that dropped just about a month ago did offer up a solid preview of the film’s style and tone, but it’s much nicer when you can actually understand the dialogue. This latest promo is in English and has subtitles when it’s not, offering up a much clearer picture of the trouble that Rato (Gabriel Weinstein), Gardo (Eduardo Luis) and Raphael (Rickson Tevez) get themselves into after finding a bag in the dump. The details on why what’s inside the bag could change the nation aren’t particularly clear, but the trio is likable and engaging enough to inspire you to believe in and get behind what they’re fighting for. Hit the jump to check out the new Trash trailer for yourself. The film also stars Martin Sheen, Rooney Mara, Wagner Moura and Selton Mello, and is due »
- Perri Nemiroff
The film, a big-screen adaptation of Andy Mulligan's novel, centres on two trash-picking boys from the Rio slums who find a wallet that changes their lives forever.
Trash will open in UK cinemas on January 30. »
Here’s the new trailer for Trash which has a fantastic cast including Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura, Selton Mello, Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein. It’s Directed by Stephen Daldry who previously brought us The Reader, The Hours and Billy Elliott. The movie hits UK cinemas Jan 30th 2015.
Check out the trailer below and you can click the images to enlarge.
When two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums find a wallet in amongst the daily detritus of their local dump, little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. But when the local police show up, offering a handsome reward for the wallet’s return, the boys, Rafael (Rickson Tevez) and Gardo (Luis Eduardo), realise that what they’ve found must be important. Teaming up with their friend Rato (Gabriel Weinstein), the trio begins an extraordinary adventure as they try to hang onto the wallet, »
- David Sztypuljak
We have not seen the last of vibrant country Brazil this year, as the new poster for Trash has been released!
Directed by Billy Elliot’S Stephen Daldry and screenplay by Richard Curtis, Trash is about three young boys living in Rio’s slums whose lives are about to change. Based on Andy Mulligan’s book, the boys find a wallet which the police are desperate to have. They realise what they have found in the rubbish must be of some high importance, so they decide to discover its secrets. On their adventure, the trio do their best to avoid the police while clinging on to the wallet, to unveil its mysteries inside. Not everyone can be trusted to help them figure out this puzzle however, American missionaries Father Julliard (Martin Sheen) and his assistant, Olivia (Rooney Mara) might be able to assist them.
- Louise Tooth
Those names should do enough to give you an idea of where this one is heading – Inspiration City by way of Feelgood Highway and Uplift Heights. Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara are the names headlining but as you’ll see from the synopsis they are supporting the film’s real leads.
When two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums find a wallet in amongst the daily detritus of their local dump, little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. But when the local police show up, offering a handsome reward for the wallet’s return, the boys, Rafael (Rickson Tevez) and Gardo (Luis Eduardo), realise that what they’ve found must be important. Teaming up with their friend Rato (Gabriel Weinstein), the trio »
- Jon Lyus
Andy Mulligan's novel Trash was a hit on release in 2010, shortlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Award for children's books. Now Stephen Daldry has turned it into a film, and here's the first poster to prove it.As you can probably tell from this, it's the story of three young boys who eke out a living from the trash at a dump site. There, Raphael (Rickson Teves), Gardo (Eduardo Luis) and Rato (Gabriel Weinstein) find a leather bag that contains a wallet with money and some pictures in it, and a key. When the police turn up offering a large reward for the wallet's return, the boys get suspicious, and start to piece together the life of its former owner, José Angelo (Wagner Moura). Soon the dangerous Frederico (Selton Mello) is after them and they have to find someone they can trust to get the word out.The film also stars Martin Sheen, »
Few filmmakers have the Oscar pedigree of Stephen Daldry, whose past works include Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (all of which have been nominated for Best Picture and/or Best Director). And so, though his upcoming film Trash doesn’t yet have a U.S. release date, it would be foolhardy to count it out of this year’s awards race.
In the film, scripted by Richard Curtis (About Time), “three poverty-stricken boys who discover something unusual, mysterious, and dangerous in a city dump.” The latest trailer for Trash, released through Universal Pictures Brazil, certainly maintains the thrilling, adventurous vibe that the film’s first preview gave off.
Though I can honestly claim to understand less than one-fifth of this international trailer, the Slumdog Millionaire-esque tone and impressive visuals paint Trash as another fascinating work from Daldry. And with Rooney Mara and »
- Isaac Feldberg
I’m not sure where I come down on this Trash trailer, in part because I can only understand about 10% of it. Universal Pictures Brazil has released an international trailer for the film, directed by Stephen Daldry and written by British rom-com maestro Richard Curtis. In the film, “three poverty-stricken boys who discover something unusual, mysterious, and dangerous in a city dump.” The trailer has some slick visuals and a tone that reminds me of Slumdog Millionaire in the way that it places children in sort of a “safe” feeling criminal world. Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara star alongside Wagner Moura (Elysium) and Selton Mello. Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis, and Gabriel Weinstein play the three young boys at the center of the mystery. Hit the jump to check out the Trash trailer. The film is based on the novel by Andy Mulligan. There is no word yet on a U. »
- Evan Dickson
Pic is based on the book “Un padre de pelicula” by Chilean writer Antonio Skarmeta. “A Movie Life” is set up at Vania Catani’s Bananeira Filmes, producer of “The Clown,” which was an an arthouse hit in Brazil, selling 1.5 million tickets. “A Movie Life” is co-financed by Rio de Janeiro investment fund RioFilme, and will be distributed in Brazil by Europa Films.
“A Movie Life” is one of seven titles in development at Films From Rio, a project development initiative that was unveiled at the Cannes Market.
Another fresh title on the Films From Rio slate include Eh! Filmes’ crime drama “The Moving Forest” from Vinicius Combra .Two Films From Rio’s titles were unveiled at Berlin: crime thriller “Ponzi’s Last Stand,” from Rio-based U.S. writer-director David Meyer, and Henrique Goldman »
- John Hopewell
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