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Exclusive: The Second World War thriller will open across most of the world through Buena Vista International (Bvi), Screen International has learned.
Bvi has acquired rights to Anthropoid in Latin America, Australia and New Zealand, Benelux and Eastern Europe including the Baltics and Ukraine.
The distributor will also release in the Middle East, Scandinavia including Iceland, South Africa and Turkey. Bleecker Street opened it in North America just over a week ago.
Sean Ellis directed the film, which received its world premiere in July as opening night selection of the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Bvi could not be reached for comment. »
Cillian Murphy may have been an integral part of Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy, but his love for the genre seems to end there. Discussing the huge trend in superhero movies, between big blockbusters from DC Comics and consistently acclaimed film’s by Marvel, Murphy wonders how long it can go: “Have they exhausted every single comic […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
The names Josef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš may not mean anything to you, but they represent patriotism at its finest for the people of the Czech Republic. And once you see the Sean Ellis-directed Anthropoid, you’ll know exactly why.
Co-written by Anthony Frewin, the WWII thriller tells the true story of the aforementioned Gabčík and Kubiš, played by Irish stars Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan, respectively. The British-trained Czech parachutists were among a group of men sent on a secret mission, titled Operation Anthropoid, to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich.
The Reich’s third in command after Hitler and Himmler, Heydrich brought a reign of terror to the former Czechoslovakia that earned him the title of “The Butcher of Prague.” Gabčík and Kubiš’ heroism may have made them legends, but it is their personal and internal struggles that audiences will be able to connect to: Murphy’s Gabčík »
- Alfonso Espina
Specialty distributors targeting adult audiences have had some success this summer with "alternative" offerings including Eye in the Sky, Love and Friendship, Café Society, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and others. Bleecker Street and IFC Films are hoping to tap those audiences with new releases this weekend Anthropoid and Disorder. Bleecker Street's Anthropoid, starring Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy is the weekend's largest roll out with over several hundred theaters… »
Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with Bleecker Street’s release of “Anthropoid,” directed by Sean Ellis and starring Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy. “Anthropoid” is now playing in theaters.
This week, “Anthropoid” looks to join the ranks of a rich and complex cinematic history: films about World War II. A global conflict that has yielded global stories, World War II continues to be the basis for films that challenge our perceptions. “Anthropoid” uncovers an episode from before the fighting stopped, focusing on the attempt to assassinate high-ranking SS General Reinhard Heydrich. Writer/Director Sean Ellis uses the true-life mission as a backdrop for a talented ensemble, including Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan and Toby Jones.
The best of these modern WWII films never lose sight of the idea that this was a conflict fought by individuals. Their weapons and their ideologies were varied, but this was history »
- Steve Greene, David Ehrlich, Chris O'Falt, Graham Winfrey, Kate Erbland, Zack Sharf and Anne Thompson
There are no happy endings in Sean Ellis’ World War II drama “Anthropoid.” But should a new plan to honor the heroes portrayed within the new war drama pan out, the true story’s gruesome history might be forever altered in an unexpectedly positive way.
Ellis’ latest film follows the true story of Czech resistance fighters Josef Gabčík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan), who undertook the nearly impossible mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich in Prague in 1942. The plan ultimately resulted in the deaths of Kubiš, Gabčík and five other Czech fighters – and while Heydrich didn’t die immediately as planned, he did succumb to his injuries soon after, altering the course of the war forever – and while the soldiers have long been national heroes, over seven decades have passed without a proper burial for their bodies.
Thanks to renewed interest in the unbelievable story of Operation Anthropoid, »
- Kate Erbland
Of all the World War II movies about the plots to kill the architects of the Third Reich, Anthropoid is guilty of being the dullest. And there’s really no excuse for it. Operation Anthropoid was the real name of the mission in which the Czechoslovakian resistance sought out Reinhard Heydrich, Hitler’s third-in-command, to perform the symbolic gesture of killing the rat bastard. The two paratroopers picked for the job are the oddly impassive Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan, nowhere near as sadistic as he was to poor Dakota Johnson »
The audiences that flocked to the multiplex for the return of Jason Bourne may mean that there’s still a sizeable appetite for more reality-based espionage thrillers, rather than the more fantastic exploits of Bond and Mi’s Hunt. What could be more reality-based than a true story, ripped from the source of some many tales of heroism, World War II? Like Valkyrie, it’s the tale of an assassination plot against a very high-ranking Nazi, but not ole” Adolph once more. We’re talking the third in command, still a nasty despot (the main architect of the “final solution”). It’s a plot engineered by the resistance fighters of an occupied country, much as in the 2009 French docudrama Army Of Crime. For this new film, the setting is not Paris but Prague as we meet the men and woman involved in operation: Anthropoid.
The story begins in late 1941, long »
- Jim Batts
Throw a dart at a map, and you can make a World War II movie set in whatever place you hit. Of course, pretty much any film about the Good War that doesn’t focus on the American (sometimes British) point of view of the conflict will probably seem “random” to the mainstream; one odd side-effect of Hollywood’s Oscar-baity love of the era. But there are literally thousands of facets of World War II that have relatively little cultural exposure. And despite the fact that Anthropoid is the sixth film on its particular subject (with a seventh, the bafflingly-named HHhH, imminent), if you quizzed a random person about Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, or Operation Anthropoid, you’d likely get blank stares. Which is a shame, since it’s a riveting story. It’s even more of a shame that Anthropoid can’t do it justice.
- Daniel Schindel
Every week, a bevy of new releases (independent or otherwise), open in theaters. That’s why we created the Weekly Film Guide, filled with basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.
For August, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.
See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for August 2016
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, August 12. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Sean Ellis
Synopsis: “Anthropoid” is based on the extraordinary true story of “Operation Anthropoid,” the code name for the Czechoslovakian operatives’ mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution, »
- Steve Greene
The announcement teaser for Christopher Nolan's forthcoming film
Dunkirk stars Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy, as well as newcomer Fionn Whitehead. The ensemble cast also includes Harry Styles (One Direction) making his feature film debut.
“Dunkirk” opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.
Dunkirk is in cinemas everywhere from 21 July 2017. »
With a month to go until its UK release, a new poster has arrived online for writer-director Sean Ellis’ upcoming World War II thriller Anthropoid, featuring Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan; check it out here…
See Also: Watch the trailer for Anthropoid
One of the most terrifying and thrilling stories of World War II, Anthropoid follows two soldiers from the Czech army-in-exile, Josef Gabčík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941. With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city locked down under Nazi occupation, they must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, the man many saw as Adolf Hitler’s natural successor.
- Amie Cranswick
One month out from festival season getting underway in North America, organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival have detailed the offerings to be featured in both the Midnight Madness and documentary programs.
Kicking things off on September 8 is Antoine Fuqua’s modern redo of The Magnificent Seven, flanked by such Oscar favorites as Nate Parker’s Sundance hit The Birth of a Nation and Manchester By the Sea.
From there, Deadline has confirmed that the Midnight Madness section will play host to Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, welcoming the filmmaker back to Tiff following successful turns with High-Rise and A Field in England. There’s also room for Colm McCarthy’s apocalyptic drama The Girl With All The Gifts, Paul Schrader’s mob thriller Dog Eat Dog (see today’s all-new trailer), the stealth release of Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch sequel, along with the world premiere of André Øvredal »
- Michael Briers
Blair Witch, The Bad Batch and more: Our top picks from today's #TIFF16 announcement Blair Witch, The Bad Batch and more: Our top picks from today's #TIFF16 announcement Adriana Floridia8/9/2016 11:55:00 Am
Horror fans were in for a treat this morning when the Toronto International Film Festival unveiled its Midnight Madness line-up, which is the best ticket to a horror film that you can get, well, pretty much anywhere.
Whether you're attending the festival or not, it's still exciting to see what new films will be gracing a theatre screen sometime in the near future, but if you are able to attend, seeing the world premiere of a new horror flick in a crowd of die-hard horror aficionados at midnight is truly an experience not to be missed.
Today Tiff announced their line-ups for Midnight Madness, Vanguard (which is kind of like Mm's younger sibling, still including bizarre, daring, »
- Adriana Floridia
With fall festival fever revving up, the Toronto International Film Festival has unleashed the offerings that will make up its Midnight Madness section in September. Several alumni are back this year, including Ben Wheatley whose Free Fire will open the program in its world premiere. Exec produced by Martin Scorsese and starring Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy, it later turns up as the closing night gala of the London Film Festival. Newcomers to the section include André… »
Attendees of September’s Toronto International Film Festival can look forward to revisiting the Burkittsville woods, watching a showdown between the villains of the Ringu and Ju-On franchises, and much more in this year’s Midnight Madness lineup, which includes screenings of Adam Wingard’s new Blair Witch movie (ahead of its September 16th release), Sadako vs. Kayako, and Greg McLean’s The Belko Experiment (written by James Gunn), to name a few:
Press Release: Toronto — Run for cover and grab your loved ones, Midnight Madness just unleashed its terrorific lineup for the 41st Toronto International Film Festival®. From high-octane crime films, gruesome visceral horrors, to a creepy, hair-raising documentary, and nerve-wrenching thrillers, this year’s slate will whet all appetites and leave audiences shocked, thrilled and checking under their beds before turning out the lights. Midnight Madness is generously sponsored by Cineplex Entertainment.
This year’s Midnight Madness welcomes »
- Derek Anderson
The third cascade of world premieres in 15 days flowed from the headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday as programmers revealed their Midnight Madness, Tiff Docs, Vanguard, Tiff Cinematheque and Short Cuts selections.
This week’s offering includes Ben Wheatley’s all-star gangster thriller Free Fire, which opens Midnight Madness one year after the premiere of the British auteur’s High-Rise; fast-rising Chadwick Boseman in revenge thriller Message From The King in Vanguard and a Tiff Docs strand that features climate change documentary The Turning Point, featuring and produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio.
The 41st Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 to 18.
Wp = world premiere, IP = international premiere, Nap = North American premiere, Cp = Canadian premiere, Tp = Toronto premiere.
Ben Wheatley’s all-star gunfight Free Fire starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Cillian Murphy will open the section, which includes Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Rats, Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch, André Øvredal’s [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Toronto Film Festival on Tuesday announced its documentary and genre film slates, including the world premiere of Leonardo DiCaprio's climate change film The Turning Point, Steve James' U.S. banking scandal doc Abacus: Small Enough to Jail and Netflix's U.S.-Danish film Amanda Knox, a true crime doc about the American student accused of murder in Italy from directors Brian McGinn and Rod Blackhurst. Meanwhile, Ben Wheatley's hard-boiled 1970s-set thriller Free Fire from A24 — starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer — will open the Midnight Madness sidebar, which is set to close with
- Etan Vlessing
This year alone, Brie Larson has won a Best Acting Oscar, filmed Free Fire with Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer, and wrapped production on Kong: Skull Island and The Glass Castle (co-starring Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson). Oh, and she was recently cast as good ol’ Captain Marvel. And now Larson is going to use her downtime to make her directorial debut with Unicorn Store, because she’ll sleep when she’s dead, goddamnit (and probably not even then).
Variety reports that Larson will helm the indie film in addition to starring in and producing it, the better to ensure that the film’s central story about a woman with arrested development is told properly. The comedy comes from Rhea Films and screenwriter Samantha McIntyre (Married, Bored To Death). Larson will presumably play the lead, which will involve her moving back in with her onscreen parents and working at a »
- Danette Chavez
David Crow Aug 9, 2016
More than any genre, the superhero movie has dominated Hollywood blockbusters in the 21st century. 16 years since X-Men, we’re still getting X-sequels, as well as third-tier villains like most of the Suicide Squad dominating the summer box office. But like a good many people, Cillian Murphy appears to have some reservations about all that. Having appeared in all three installments of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, Murphy is experienced with the caped and cowled set. But even after squaring off with Batman himself, he thinks the environment is changing around Hollywood.
“Have they exhausted every single comic book ever?” Murphy asked Vulture during an interview for his new movie Anthropoid. “I don’t know where they’re coming from anymore.”
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