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Obviously. Given how the last month's been going, you could probably throw down pretty good odds that sight unseen, any new top ten list will include "Boyhood," and likely in first place. And so it goes with Film Comment, who have unveiled their list of the year's finest films. All the usual suspects are here, but let's point out some surprises. The Cannes buzz title "Stranger By The Lake" comes in at number six, and James Gray's "The Immigrant" rounds out the top ten with some more late season love for his controlled period film. In the category of "Films Without Distribution," we didn't realize Abel Ferrara's "Pasolini" needed a home, so we hope someone gets on that quickly. Same goes for John McNaughton's fucking bonkers "The Harvest" starring Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton (our review) and Tudor Cristian Jurgiu's excellent "The Japanese Dog" (our review). Check out Film Comment's lists. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Linklater, Fiennes and Kate Kinninmont MBE receive associateships at Annual Show.
The associateships were presented by the Lfs chairman and 1964 graduate, Mike Leigh, and the new Lfs director, Jane Roscoe.
Leigh said: “We welcome our new honorary associates and, as we head towards our sixtieth anniversary in 2016 and the move to the Barbican in 2017, we thank all the valued supporters and partners joining with us on this exciting journey.”
Films by Lfs graduates have accounted for 200 festival entries this year and won 30 prizes across the globe. »
- Laurence.Bartleet@city.ac.uk (Larry Bartleet)
We here at Sound On Sight believe horror transcends explicit gore, jump scares or supernatural content, which is why you’ll soon notice our list ranges from independent art films to psychological thrillers to parodies, satire and more. Surprisingly, vampires lead the pack this year, along with found footage flicks, but there are a few comedies, one remake and even some strange love stories as well.
Every other year, I’ve published the list of best horror films based solely on my picks, but this year, Sound On Sight editor Justine Smith and Sos contributor Felix Vasquez Jr. also participated. Since we couldn’t agree with what is the best horror film of 2014, we decided to publish the list in alphabetical order. That said, here are our individual picks:
Ricky D- Under the Skin
Justine Smith – Cybernatural
Felix Vasquez Jr. - The Babadook
This list is in alphabetical order
Chris Rock's been on a tear, giving one excellent interview after another all last week. More recent interviewees: Béla Tarr, cinematographer Fred Kelemen and composer/actor Mihály Víg; Olivia de Havilland on Gone With the Wind; Im Kwon-taek, who's made 102 films; John Boorman, who thinks he may have one more film in him; Liv Ullmann on working with Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton; Jennifer Kent, whose The Babadook William Friedkin has declared is the most terrifying film he's ever seen; and interviews on video with Pedro Costa and Koji Fukada. » - David Hudson »
That Swedish legend directed her in more than ten films including Persona, Cries and Whispers, and Face to Face for which she was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar. She offers me a warm smile, touches my shoulder and says “oh, thank you”. During our conversation I realize how much she “talks” with her hands, which she uses to draw figures on a table, to mimic camera moves and also to touch her face in an expression of awe, as she talks about the work of the actors she directed in her adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie (opening today in NYC).
She hadn’t directed a film in almost fifteen years (since 2000’s Faithless), but was compelled to return »
Following the success of last year’s Dallas Buyers Club, director Jean-Marc Vallée returns with another high profile title and a big Hollywood star that should easily be this week’s Specialty Box Office go-getter, Wild. Starring Reese Witherspoon, who also produces with Bruna Papandrea under their Pacific Standard label, the Fox Searchlight title will open in a comparatively wider release by this weekend (it opened in NY and La Wednesday) than some of its more recent high-profile brethren including last week’s The Imitation Game or last month’s Foxcatcher. Liv Ullmann returns to the director’s chair after a long absence with her take on Strindberg’s Miss Julie with Jessica Chastain, Collin Farrell and Samantha Morton via Wrekin Hill Entertainment. IFC Films and Magnolia Pictures will each open features Comet and Life Partners respectively which have at their center two people in an intense relationship. And two »
- Brian Brooks
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It’s taken close to 15 years for her to return to the director’s chair, followed by months of speculation once news of production hit, but Liv Ullmann finally unveiled her new film at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Miss Julie,” the infamous play by August Strindberg, adapted for the screen and stage in multiple countries and languages, gets an Anglophone interpretation from the legendary Norwegian actress. This version is set in Ireland and stars a trio of familiar faces: Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, and Samantha Morton. The film has all the makings of a special occasion: the return of Ullmann, the continuation of the "Chastainaissance," Colin Farrell in a respectable film again. It’s no surprise that we were swept up in all the excitement (the film was a shoe-in for our 15 most anticipated Tiff films), and yet, »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Title: Miss Julie Director: Liv Ullmann Starring: Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton. ‘Fröken Julie’ is August Strindberg’s most challenging play to represent and none but the darling of Sweden’s most established directors – Ingmar Bergman – could adapt it for the big screen: Liv Ullmann. The naturalistic story is set in a country estate in Ireland in the 1880s. Over the course of one midsummer night, in an atmosphere of wild revelry and loosened social constraints, Miss Julie and John, her father’s valet, dance, drink, charm and manipulate each other. Seduction, patronisation, tenderness, psychological savageness are mixed in the cauldron of a Scandinavian flavoured drama, through the terrific [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Updated Wednesday morning, with a few knots untangled, below.
August Strindberg and Ingmar Bergman both came in for some bruising comments Tuesday night courtesy of Liv Ullmann, the actress-turned-writer and director with intimate knowledge of both artists’ genius and foibles.
“Being Scandinavian, of course, Strindberg has always been familiar to me,” she told an audience gathered at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, where she was interviewed in advance of the Friday opening of her own adaptation of Miss Julie.
The film stars Jessica Chastain in the title role, a nobleman’s daughter who spends a fateful midsummer’s eve in a charged flirtation with her father’s valet, Jean, (Colin Farrell), sometimes in the presence of his fiancée, the cook (Samantha Morton). The play’s 1888 premiere scandalized audiences with its frank depiction of a dance of sex and power between people of different classes.
“But I never wished to play Miss Julie, »
- Jeremy Gerard
Chicago – Evoking the name Liv Ullmann is to bring back one of the more glorious and creative periods of Scandinavian cinema, especially the films of Ingmar Bergman. The actress has directed her seventh film, the passionate adaptation of an August Strindberg play, “Miss Julie,” featuring Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell.
Ms. Ullmann’s film was the opening night feature of the 50th Chicago International Festival, and will be released in New York City on December 5th, and selected cities thereafter. Written by famed playwright August Strindberg, and adapted by Ullmann, the three person drama takes place in 1890 at an Irish baron’s estate. Two characters – a male valet and mistress of the manor – have a sexually tense struggle to reconcile their feelings for each other. Ullmann conjures up a charged and tragic atmosphere, and the three actors – Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton – give memorable performances.
Liv Ullmann at »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Miss Julie Wrekin Hill Entertainment Reviewed for Shockya.com by Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer Director: Liv Ullman Screenwriter: Liv Ullman Cast: Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton Release Date: December 5, 2014 Miss Julie has it all: status, family wealth, nobility, country estate, a valet and a cook. Yet, during one midsummer night in the late 1800s, on a country estate in Ireland, her world comes crashing down after making the wrong move–socializing with the help. Her valet, John is not your ordinary servant. He is well read, has traveled to parts of the continent and has some upwardly mobile aspirations. Lacking money, he views Miss Julie as his ticket to leaving his present [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Touch of Class: Ullmann’s Update of Classic Text Ultimately Lifeless
There are a scant few equals to the texts of playwright August Strindberg’s, his 1888 play Miss Julie still ranking as one of theater’s most celebrated and intelligent titles. A forerunner of a movement toward naturalism, director Liv Ullmann pares down the visual flourish which hearkens back to Strindberg’s initial contrivance. Her first film since the critically celebrated Faithless (2000), which was written by Ullmann’s longtime collaborator Ingmar Bergman, the passion that burned through that relationship drama is replaced by reserved bouts of class driven animosity. While true to the initial spirit of Strindberg’s text, the focus here is devoted nearly entirely to class issues, leaving some of the play’s more subtle motifs rather neglected. Considering the extravagant and mesmerizing 1951 version from Swedish filmmaker Alf Sjoberg, Ullmann’s adaptation is a chewy piece of meat, »
- Nicholas Bell
If Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell bastardizing love for two solid hours sounds like cinematic gold, Miss Julie should impress based on its avalanche of period-perfect harlotry, seduction and Celtic-accented insults. Adapted from August Strindberg’s famed play, writer/director Liv Ullmann takes us back to 1890s Ireland to explore the feudal barriers that used to prevent true love’s connection, but if Strindberg’s story is any indication, it might have been for a good reason.
Every time you pray Ullmann’s characters have finally come to a mutual decision, their opposing counterpart unexpectedly flies off the handle and delays an inevitable ending for what seems like an eternity. There’s more flip-flopping between Chastain and Farrell than there was between John Kerry and George Bush Jr., which becomes increasingly frustrating as Miss Julie showcases the lifespan of a horror villain who just won’t seem to die for good. »
- Matt Donato
The Mr Turner star will narrate the upcoming adaption of Laurie Lee's 1959 book, reports Radio Times.
Spall said: "Cider With Rosie was one of the first books I ever read and I'm delighted and charmed to be involved in the production playing the author himself."
Newcomer Archie Cox will play the young Laurie Lee.
The adaptation will air on BBC One in 2015, as part of a classic 20th Century literature season. »
It’s always interesting to see actors get involved with different levels of movie making and both Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell hold a great presence in the big movies and the smaller ones, the latter applying to this first trailer for Miss Julie.
Directed by Liv Ullmann (Faithless, Persona) and co-starring the excellent Samantha Morton, this first look is full of a sensual nature that’s simmering around boiling point, Miss Julie depicts a fierce battle between a man and a woman, a struggle for power and dominance shown through a cruel and compulsive game of seduction and repulsion – And already looks miles more intelligent than the likes of 50 Shades…
Set on a country estate in Ireland in the 1880s and over the course of one midsummer night, Miss Julie and John, her father’s valet, dance and drink, charm and manipulate each other. As things turn seductive and savage, »
- Dan Bullock
Directed by actress Liv Ullmann, the former muse of Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman, Miss Julie is adapted from the 1888 play by August Strindberg. Don’t let the sordid story of servants and their mistress fool you into thinking this is a “Downton Abbey”-esque romance. It’s more of an uncomfortable look at the mind games and lusty desires that exist between classes in 1890 Ireland.
When the master of the house is away, his daughter Julie will play mistress to her father’s valet John (Farrell) and his fiancé the cook Kathleen (Morton), beginning a game of psychological undoing. Filmed and treated as if it were a play unfolding on the stage, the trio are the only actors to appear in the film, save for a flashback sequence.
- Rachel West
Miss Julie has released a new trailer.
His fiancée (Morton) watches on as the relationship spirals out of control.
Ullmann's last directorial outing was 2000's Faithless.
Miss Julie will be released on December 5 in the Us. A UK release date is yet to be announced. »
"...in 1890, in Fermanagh, during the course of a midsummer night, 'Julie' (Chastain), the daughter of the Count, an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, attempts to seduce her father's valet, 'Jean' (Farrell).
"The affair quickly goes to some dark places, with power and class playing a key role..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Miss Julie"...
- Michael Stevens
Following the trailer that heralded its premier at the Toronto International Film Festival a couple of months ago, here's a Miss Julie promo for the rest of us. Jessica Chastain takes the title role in Liv Ullmann's adaptation of the August Strindberg play. Collin Farrell and Samantha Morton make up the other two points in the psychologically fraught love triangle.Strindberg wrote the play in 1888, but while Ulllmann's film keeps to that period, the location has been changed from Sweden to Northern Ireland. The drama plots the events of a single night on the estate of an aristocrat. Chastain Miss Julie is the Count's daughter, who in an upstairs-downstairs tryst that would probably make Downton Abbey explode, first toys with but gradually falls for footman Jean (Farrell). Their mind-gamey shenanigans tale place under the baleful gaze of the cook, Christine (Morton) who also happens to be Jean's fiancee.If »
After a string of international previews, clips and images, the first U.S. trailer for Liv Ullman’s Miss Julie has finally surfaced online. The period drama is Ullman’s third jaunt behind the camera after a lengthy acting stint that included a long-time working relationship with Ingmar Bergman. This of course begs the question, will the influence of her mentor be detected in her latest piece?
Based on August Strindberg’s play of the same name, the film revolves around the relationship between lofty high-society lass Julie (Jessica Chastain) and a lackey in her father’s employ named John (Colin Farrell). The idea of the pair romantically connected via a series of dialogue-heavy scenes is one that intrigues.
Farrell’s got a hefty command of his emotions in this new preview, and Chastain is as impressive as ever with her aristocratic schtick. Backing up the pair as devil’s »
- Gem Seddon
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