7 items from 2015
Swedish writer-director Tarik Saleh will direct the Egypt-set thriller “The Nile Hilton Incident,” based on the murder of a Lebanese pop singer in 2008. The lead role is written for Saleh’s friend Fares Fares (”Zero Dark Thirty”).
French D.P. Pierre Aim (Stockholm festival screener “Macadam Stories”) is on board to shoot, confirmed Swedish producer Kristina Aberg at Stockholm-based production company Atmo.
World sales will be handled by Match Factory and the film will start its shoot at the end of November with a budget of $4.25 million. The film is a co-production between Sweden, Denmark (Final Cut For Real) and Germany (Ostlicht), backed by, among others, Eurimages, Film Vast and a Swedish Film Institute top grant of $1.26 million.
Set against the backdrop of the Egyptian Revolution, »
- Carole Horst
Directed by Sam Mendes
*Those sensitive to spoilers should be wary with the following article. Certain key story elements are revealed.
Time and time again the legendary James Bond film franchise has learned to adapt and survive. Survival of the fittest, if you will. Whether the reasons for concern were changes in the actor playing the part, the loss of a producer, turbulent waters for the studio’s finances, changes in screenwriters or the lack of anymore Ian Fleming material upon which new adventures can be penned, the series has always quickly learned to get back on its feet to thrill and amuse audiences the world over. Even within the films themselves, the plots have almost always reflected new geo-political paradigms, as well as cultural morays and trends in pop culture. James Bond is always recognizable, »
- Edgar Chaput
NonStop Entertainment hits the Afm with a slew of high-profile acquisitions.
The revamped Scandinavian distributor has taken on Venice Golden Lion winner From Afar, Kate Winslet starring The Dressmaker and Laurie Anderson’s feature directorial debut Heart Of A Dog, to name just a few (full list of titles below).
Jakob Abrahamsson, CEO of NonStop, said: “Newly reborn as an independent distributor, NonStop Entertainment solidifies its profile as the leading Scandinavian distributor for great films for an upmarket audience with this latest slew of extraordinary acquisitions, ranging from Kate Winslet’s tour de force The Dressmaker, via smart post-apocalyptic thriller She Who Brings Gifts to Laurie Anderson’s outstanding and mesmerizing doc Heart Of Dog, that puts us exactly where we want to be for the upcoming 2016 season.”
The acquisitions are:
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Directed by Tarik Saleh.
A week before Christmas, Estelle lands at Arlanda Airport. A year earlier, she had left Stockholm on the run with her husband Tommy and their daughter…
Focusing on the grim underbelly of Stockholm’s criminal networks and organised gangs, Tommy is a well paced mystery thriller creating a few sparks of gritty realism in the frosted side roads of the Swedish capital. A strong central performance from the lead Moa Gammel as the partner of the titular Tommy caps off a fine display of ever- building tension.
A year ago Estelle, Tommy and their daughter disappeared from Sweden following a huge bank robbery. The notoriously unpredictable crime lord now wants his money back and sends his wife Estelle to retrieve the loot from his former underlings.
Concentrating on »
- Robert W Monk
Amrita Acharia is impressive as a Norwegian-Pakistani caught between different worlds
This atmospheric, delicately etched Nordic drama stars Amrita Acharia as a second-generation Norwegian-Pakistani woman caught between several contiguous but different worlds. Divorced from her nice but dull architect husband, with whom she shares custody of their young son (Prince Singh), she finds it hard enough being a single mother while trying to launch an acting career. To make things tougher, her conservative family, led by the passive-aggressive mother from hell (Rabia Noreen), never stop guilt-tripping her about shaming the family. Sexual sparks fly when she meets a Swedish film director (Ola Rapace), but he is too self-absorbed to handle the demands of dating a woman with a child. Though sometimes it seems like European arthouse cinema churns out films on this or similar themes by the metric ton, Acharia’s electric performance is impressive, while director Iram Haq brings »
- Leslie Felperin
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
The festival runs from January 27-February 7.
Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.
A Better You, USA
Directed by Matt Walsh
Cast: Brian Huskey, »
- The Deadline Team
A self-acknowledged "showcase for Academy Award frontrunners," the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is often overlooked for the actual films that earn it festival status. An amalgamation of international discoveries and ’merica’s circuit highlights, the Sbiff curates a week of best-of-the-best to pair with their star-praising. The 2015 edition offers another expansive selection, bookended by two films that aren’t on any radars just yet. Sbiff will open with "Desert Dancer," producer Richard Raymond’s directorial debut. Starring Reece Ritchie and Frieda Pinto, the drama follows a group of friends who wave off the harsh political climate of Iran’s 2009 presidential election in favor of forming a dance team, picking up moves from Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev thanks to the magic of YouTube. The festival will close with "McFarland, USA," starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. Telling the 1987 true story of a Latino high school’s underdog cross-country team, »
- Matt Patches
7 items from 2015
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