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Apologies to the five or so of you who read this with any regularity, there was no column last week. Day job woes and Christmas combined to stomp my ass into a fug of inactivity in terms of watching and writing about it. Therefore you get a bumper edition this week with two weeks’ worth of content.
In other big news House of Cards returns to Netflix with season two in February and the Turbo super-fast snail animated series, based on that DreamWorks film that recently came out, debuts in December. Now TV also has you covered during Christmas week by adding a new big title pretty much every day between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, although apart from Elf on Now TV and a dedicated Christmas selection, there is a disturbing lack of Christmas themed films on the other services.
- Chris Holt
Philippines-set crime thriller Metro Manila has scooped the top prize at the 16th Moet British Independent Film Awards in London, beating box office hit Philomena as well as The Selfish Giant, Starred Up and Le Week-end.
Clearly stunned, Ellis thanked Bifa for supporting “our little holiday film” when accepting the Best Film prize and - holding back tears - dedicated the award to his mother.
The crime drama, shot in the Philippine capital in the Tagalog language with a local cast and crew, debuted at Sundance in January and is the UK’s submission for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the Oscars »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Philippines-set heist thriller “Metro Manila” stole three trophies at the Moet British Independent Film Awards, where it picked up kudos for film, director and achievement in production.
Sean Ellis’ pic, which is shot in the Tagalog language, is the U.K.’s submission for the foreign-language film award at the Oscars, and won the audience award for world cinema at Sundance. Fox International Prods. has acquired remake rights for the pic, which follows a poor farmer as he moves to the megacity of Manila and gets a job driving armored transports.
The Bifa awards ceremony, which was held at London’s Old Billingsgate Sunday, saw other prizes spread evenly among the other contenders.
Steven Knight took the scripter’s honor for “Locke,” which he also directed. The one-hander, which was described in its Variety review as “an ingeniously executed study in cinematic minimalism,” toplines Tom Hardy as man driving at night, »
- Leo Barraclough
It was only recently that the trials and tribulations of an elderly, British couple attempting to reignite their marriage in France was explored, in Roger Michell’s Paris-set Le Week-end. Now director Virginia Gilbert’s presents her feature film debut A Long Way From Home, following similar themes yet doing so in the tranquil, pacifying setting of Nimes in the South of France. It’s these very surroundings which marks the key difference between the two movies, as this is without that sharp wit and anarchic ambiance, and instead is a more pensive, slow-burning take on this intriguing narrative.
Beginning much as it intends to carry on, A Long Way From Home is somewhat sparse in dialogue in the opening quarter of an hour, marking the sign of an assured, confident filmmaker. The couple in question are the retired Joseph (James Fox) and Brenda (Brenda Fricker), with the former evidently at a loss, »
- Stefan Pape
★★☆☆☆Opening to a glorious, sun-dappled French townscape before setting the tone of things to come with a clumsy, crossword led allusion to Joanna Hogg's vaguely comparable upper middle-class drama Archipelago (2011), debut director Virginia Gilbert's existential exploration of expat life, A Long Way from Home (2013), actually has far more in common with Roger Michell's Le Week-End (2013). Here, James Fox and Brenda Fricker are the sniping British couple growing old uncomfortably, whose lives are complicated by the introduction of a young, holidaying couple, played by Natalie Dormer and Paul Nicholls.
- CineVue UK
Odd List Simon Brew 22 Nov 2013 - 06:34
Ben Affleck's enjoyed a career resurgence as well as internet ire of late. Here's a look at a few of his underappreciated films...
Ben Affleck doesn't need us. He's got a directorial career of three strong movies from three outings. He has a movie star spouse. He has two Oscars, one for both his downstairs and upstairs toilet, and he gets to tell his kids that he's Batman without having to lie. Furthermore, it's scary to think how good the boxset of his directorial work is going to be in 30 years' time.
But the resurgence of the Affleck, culminating in his Best Picture winning movie Argo, and his casting as Batman in Batman Vs Superman, overlooks the fact that his CV is hardly short of really good films, really good choices, and some really good performances. Whilst most of the press he's »
Hanif Kureishi wrote the screenplay to the story about a couple who return to the site of their honeymoon in Paris to recapture their youth.
Le Week-End premiered in Toronto and went on to play at San Sebastian where Broadbent won the Silver Shell Award for best actor.
Pnp will release the film theatrically in Canada day-and-date with the Us release, currently scheduled for first quarter 2014 through Music Box Films. It has grossed $2m in the UK through Curzon Film World.
Film4 and Free Range Films produced the film in association with Le Bureau. Kevin Loader served as producer with Curzon’s Louisa Dent and Philip Knatchbull and Film4’s Sue Bruce Smith serving as executive producers.
Pnp negotiated the deal with Embankment Films. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Ellie Goulding has premiered her new short film online.
The singer stars alongside Dylan Edwards in Tom & Issy, which was shot entirely on a Nokia Lumia 1020.
The film features tracks from Goulding's latest album Halcyon Days, including her current single 'How Long Will I Love You'.
The song has been released as this year's official Children in Need single and is currently within the Top 10 in the UK midweek chart.
Watch the official music video for Ellie Goulding's 'How Long Will I Love You' below: »
Judi Dench, Scarlett Johansson: 2013 British Independent Film Awards nominations (photo: Judi Dench in ‘Philomena’) Since the likes of Judi Dench, Scarlett Johansson, James McAvoy, and Tom Hardy are in the running for the 2013 British Independent Film Awards, expect at least a little overlapping between the determinedly indie-oriented BIFAs and other awards season nominees and/or winners elsewhere. (See also: “Judi Dench Sole Bifa Nominee Surely to Get BAFTA, Oscar Nominations.”) Judi Dench and Scarlett Johansson are competing in the Best Actress category; Dench for Stephen Frears’ Philomena, Johansson for Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin. Tom Hardy and James McAvoy are in the running for the Best Actor British Independent Film Award; Hardy for Steven Knight’s Locke, McAvoy for Jon S. Baird’s Filth. The top Bifa 2013 movie, however, is David Mackenzie’s Starred Up, with a total of eight nominations including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, »
- Zac Gille
Following her recent sold-out UK tour and Q Award for Best Solo Artist, Ellie Goulding stars in a new short film – ‘Tom And Issy’ – which premiered on her Vevo channel on earlier on today.
Written by Stefan Georgiou and Sam Bern, who have recently finished their debut feature film Dead Car and been selected as Screen Internationals Stars Of Tomorrow, Tom And Issy follows the titular flatmates as Tom whisks Issy away from her unappreciative boyfriend to drive around London for the day daring each other to do things they’ve never done before. It culminates in an open mic night in a rooftop bar where Issy hopes to find it within herself to sing in public for the first time. It’s a story that captures the intricate complications and excitement of falling in love.
- Paul Heath
Shot entirely on a Nokia Lumia 1020, this short film is rather fab and may even bring a tear to your eye! It stars singer / songwriter Ellie Goulding who plays Issy, wannabe music artist who lacks confidence and is egged on by her flatmate Tom. Her boyfriend is far too engaged in his own business to show any interest and it’s Tom who helps her find the form that he knows she can deliver.
The short film was helmed by Notting Hill / director Roger Mitchell who we interviewed recently for his movie Le Week-End which you can see here. It shows just how event Hollywood’s best and brightest can make a really effective short film with nothing more than a camera phone so if you’re inspired to make your own movie, get out there and do it!
- David Sztypuljak
From bad to worse: the expression is aptly applied to the currently becalmed UK box office. The weekend delivered the lowest overall grosses of the past year, with no film achieving takings in excess of £1m. The last time no title managed seven figures was back in June 2012, when a staggered release of Ice Age: Continental Drift saw it occupy the top spot with takings just from Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The poor result is partly an anomaly relating to the way the UK box office is tracked and accounted. In fact, new DreamWorks animation Turbo was playing previews on Saturday and Sunday, »
- Charles Gant
Having previously collaborated on The Mother and Venus (the former something of an overlooked gem), writer Hanif Kureishi and director Roger Michell reunite for this tale of a long-married couple attempting to get away from it all in Paris, but instead finding the broiling tensions in their relationship coming to an unexpected head. Mixing its ennui with a vitality and underlying sense of defiance, this very likable melancholy rom-(non?)-com boasts splendid turns from Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, between whom the sparks (hostile, passionate, dependent) fly with conviction and grace. He is a disillusioned lecturer, out of favour with his college, misanthropic with his students; she is a teacher, still eager to grab life by the throat, wanting more from her future than the acceptance of disappointment or the familiarity of comfortable estrangement. »
- Mark Kermode
The Fifth Estate (15)
Cumberbatch was seemingly born to play Julian Assange, though this pacy hot-button-issue thriller struggles to make the Wikileaks story into another Social Network. There are some questionable cinematic flourishes (ooh, cyberspace!), but at the core is the bromance between Brühl's wide-eyed German techie (Daniel Berg) and the enigmatic Aussie – partners in a morally hazardous social justice crusade that climaxes with, er, the Guardian.
Le Week-end (15)
Before Midnight for seniors, as a 60-something couple's Parisian second honeymoon gives rise to bickering, regrets, and fears for the future, but youthful romantic comedy too. There's wit and wisdom in the writing and the seasoned performers are very good company. »
- Steve Rose
Imagine an instalment of Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise trilogy about a couple of middle-aged empty-nesters from Birmingham, and you have some idea of the flavour of Roger Michell and the writer Hanif Kureishi's third collaboration, Le Week-End: a loosely structured but acutely observed relationships movie with a wide streak of painful comedy, in which Nick (Jim Broadbent), a philosophy tutor at a former polytechnic, and Meg (Lindsay Duncan), an English teacher, spend their 30th-anniversary weekend get-away in Paris scrutinising what meagre balance of love and fulfilment is left in their marriage. »
Le Week-End, 2013.
Directed by Roger Michell.
Revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon, a long-married British couple (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan) run into an old colleague (Jeff Goldblum) and discover a new vision of what life and marriage might be.
Poignant, heartfelt and considered, Le Week-End is a captured 48-hours of playful banter, deeply cutting remarks and a reminder that relationships, at whatever age, are on a knife edge. One ill-timed comment or an unspoken moment of doubt can give the impression that everything could be lost. But things are not lost with Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan). This particular weekend harks back to a honeymoon of bliss, whereby marriage was fresh and new. Needy, adult children and aching bodies was the last thing on the mind of this teacher-lecturing pair. Thirty years later, »
- Gary Collinson
Le Week-End marks somewhat of a return to smarts for director Roger Michell. After helming two disappointments in a row (the mildly entertaining Morning Glory and the dreary Hyde Park on Hudson), Michell reteams with regular screenwriter and friend Hanif Kureishi for their third feature collaboration and an altogether richer affair. Together, they’ve carved a resonant, heartfelt and adult drama that’s exponentially superior to Michell’s aforementioned missteps.
In celebration of their 30th wedding anniversary, Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan) return to their honeymoon destination of Paris. While there, as they bicker, tussle and snipe repeatedly at one another, it becomes increasingly clear that the spark that was once so alive between them has sadly dissipated. It’s only when they find themselves at a party thrown by Nick’s more successful friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), however, that they’re forced to confront the issues hanging between them head on. »
- Jamie Neish
The lowdown on all the big releases of the week, plus what's coming up on the film site today
What to see this weekend
First, let's get the basics out of the way. Are you in the UK or the Us? Not sure? Well, there's a couple of new releases you can catch wherever you lay your head. These are Machete Kills, Robert Rodriguez and Danny Trejo's slightly disappointing reunion and Romeo and Juliet, Julian Fellowes's slightly disappointing take on Shakespeare.
But if pushed, would you say you were in America? If so, you're in luck! Out this weekend is Captain Phillips, the great Paul Greengrass docudrama with Tom Hanks, as well as meaty James Franco/William Faulkner movie As I Lay Dying (which we reviewed at Venice) and bananas under-the-radar Disney drama Escape from Tomorrow (reviewed from Sundance). Plus there's All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, which »
- Catherine Shoard
It should in theory be possible to make a movie about a couple who make a sentimental journey to Paris to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary, only to discover over 48 unforgettable hours that they are entirely content with each other. That isn't what happens in Le Week-End, written by Hanif Kureishi and directed by Roger Michell. Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent play Meg and Nick, two married almost-retirees who, in the autumn of their lives, have decided to award themselves a Eurostar trip to the world's most romantic city. As the action continues, the audience is likely to have the same relationship with the film as the main characters have with each other: sometimes exasperated, sometimes bored, often affectionate. It's funny in a hangdog way: lugubrious and downbeat, »
- Peter Bradshaw
New sales exec was most recently at French broadcaster TF1.
She was most recently evp of acquisitions and co-productions at TF1, where she spent nearly 10 years and acquired distribution rights for France as well as sourcing, developing and packaging for the international sales division.
Prior to TF1, Sara held positions at Europacorp as head of acquisitions and M6 as program supervisor for English-language TV series.
Founding partner Tim Haslam said: “Based in Paris and Los Angeles, Sara is a focal point for Embankment.
“Sara extends our reach throughout the business primarily in the Us and Europe, further developing producer, agent and talent relationships, working closely with London-based acquisition and marketing executive Max Pirkis.
“Sara’s appointment completes a dynamic international and multi-lingual acquisitions and sales team including Barcelona-born Maite Villarino (Hispanic territories) and Hong-Kong born Sharon Lee (Asian territories).
“Like my partner »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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