14 items from 2014
Hovering around the twenty-one to twenty-four feature film mark with at least a quarter of those films belonging to first time filmmakers, the Quinzaine des Realisateurs (a.k.a Directors’ Fortnight) has in the past couple of years, counted on a healthy supply of French, Spanish and Belgium produced film items, and has been geared towards the offbeat genre items as with last year’s edition curated by Edouard Waintrop and co. To be unveiled on the 22nd, as we attempted with our Critics’ Week predix, Blake Williams, Nicholas Bell and I (Eric Lavallee) are thinking out loud and hedging our bets on what the section might look like or what the programmers might be looking at for 2014. Here is our predictions overview:
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
Zimmermann will spearhead the launch of two European offices, in Berlin and Paris. Dynamic Television bowed last October at Mipcom.
Zimmermann parted ways with Atlantique Prods., the drama production arm of Lagardere Entertainment, in September.
While at Atlantique, Zimmerman developed and produced higher bracket, ambitious English language shows, such as “Borgia” for Canal Plus, as well as “Transporter,” based on Luc Besson’s action franchise, for M6; and Rene Balcer’s Paris based crime series “Jo,” toplining Jean Reno, for TF1.
Prior to Atlantique, Zimmermann co-founded Zen Prods., where he produced a flurry of international miniseries including the BAFTA TV-nommed “The Sinking of the Laconia” with German pubcaster Ard, U.K. pubcaster the BBC and Canal Plus. The exec was previously in charge of international »
- Elsa Keslassy
The pact will provide Sky Deutschland with exclusive pay and free TV rights in German-speaking countries via all platforms, including distribution via mobile and on-demand services.
“100 Code” stars Dominic Monaghan (“Lord of the Rings”) and Michael Nyqvist (the Swedish version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), and was created and is directed by Moresco, who shared an Oscar with Paul Haggis for “Crash,” and created “The Black Donnelly’s.” “100 Code” starts filming in May.
Set between Stockholm and New York, “100 Code” follows New York detective Conley and Swedish »
- Leo Barraclough
Sky Deutschland, the German pay-tv channel controlled by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox, has come on board the new crime drama 100 Code, joining the project as a co-producer together with Red Arrow International. Sky will take all free and pay-tv rights in German-speaking Europe to the project, which stars Dominic Monaghan (Lost) as a New York detective sent to Sweden to advise the local police on a series of brutal murders. He is pared with a by-the-book Swedish cop - played by Michael Nyqvist (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.) The 12-episode series was
- Scott Roxborough
In its first such ageement, Sky Deutschland has pacted with Red Arrow International to join 100 Code as co-producer. The 21st Century Fox-owned outfit will take all exclusive pay and free TV rights in German-speaking territories fo all platforms. Lost alum Dominic Monaghan and Swedish-born Michael Nyqvist (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) star in the 12-episode drama created by Bobby Moresco (Crash). Shooting starts in May on the series that’s based on Irish author Ken Bruens’ novel Merrick. Set between Stockholm and New York, 100 Code sees New York detective Tommy Conley (Monaghan) sent to Sweden to advise the local police amid a rash of ruthless muders. He’s paired with veteran homicide detective Mikael Eklund (Nyqvist), a by-the-book Swedish nationalist with an aversion to America’s grab-and-go culture. The duo can’t stand each other but must learn to work together to stop the killings. The drama was developed by Red Arrow’s La-based scripted arm, »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Director: Sebastian Cordero
Running Time: 87 Minutes
Journey with us to Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter where there may be clues hinting towards our beginning and the beginning of life itself. Europa Report is a low-key take on a theme also covered in Ridley Scott’s overblown Prometheus. Although the more subtle approach will certainly appeal to the more scientifically minded, the fact that nothing of note happens throughout the laborious running time, added to the messy use of the found-footage genre, means that Europa Report makes itself very hard to connect with..
Once again the idea of los footage, now found, is used in a way that suggests the filmmakers have no idea why they are using it. Yes, it does add a sense of realism to »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Director: Marc Fitoussi
Writer: Marc Fitoussi
Producer: Avenue B Productions
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Well, you can hardly have a proper list without an Isabelle Huppert vehicle, and her re-teaming with Marc Fitoussi (who directed her and daughter Lolita Chammah in 2010′s Copacabana, which premiered in Critics’ Week at Cannes) lands a spot on our list, though this sounds like the type of light-hearted melodrama that Huppert tends to avoid (though their previous work gave her a rare opportunity to be an effervescent air head). 2014 will be a light year for Huppert, as two delayed projects (Body Art with Luca Guadagnino apparently has been temporarily delayed while Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs just got back on tracks) means we will have to wait till 2015 to see her in multiple titles. But we’re more than »
- Nicholas Bell
In this suspenseful sci-fi thriller, a team of scientists - including District 9's Sharlto Copley and Michael Nyqvist of the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - are sent into space to explore Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter. Unfortunately, they realise too late that they are not alone. This refreshing spin on the found-footage genre sees video film shot by the crew 19 months earlier pieced together to provide a chilling lurch in the stomach. »
Finnish auteur Mika Kaurismaki will helm “The Girl King,” a biopic of 17th century Swedish Queen Kristina. Malin Buska (pictured) will topline opposite Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist, Hippolyte Girardot and Martina Gedeck.
Sold by the Yellow Affair, the film will start shooting on location in Turku, Finland, on Tuesday and will also lense in Sweden and Germany.
“ ‘The Girl King’ is not intended as a traditional epic costume film but as an intense, actor-centered, psychological drama about one of the most interesting and mysterious personalities of all time,” Kaurismaki said.
Pic is produced by Marianna Films and Triptych Media among others.
- Elsa Keslassy
24: Live Another Day
Citing personal reasons, Judy Davis has dropped out of a key role in multiple episodes of Fox's event series "24: Live Another Day".
Davis would've played Margot, a British national and the widow of a notorious terrorist. Casting has immediately begun to find a replacement as filming not he series is already underway. [Source: The Live Feed]
Cahill plays Sam, a reclusive former Emt and brother-in-law to Big Jim (Dean Norris) who forms a deep connection with Julia (Rachelle Lefevre). Crome plays a Rebecca, a beautiful teacher and Army brat who has lived around the world. [Source: The Live Feed]
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Lost alum Dominic Monaghan is set to star and Swedish-born Michael Nyqvist (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) to co-star in 100 Code (aka The Hundred Code), a 12-episode drama series created by Bobby Moresco (Crash). The series, produced by Fabrik Entertainment and Red Arrow International, is based on Irish author Ken Bruens’ novel Merrick. Set in Sweden where young women have been turning up dead in a field of asphodel flowers over the course of 12 months, it centers on New York Detective Tommy Conley (Monaghan) who, through a special dispensation from the NYPD, is permitted to observe and advise the Stockholm Pd. There, he is paired with veteran homicide detective Mikael Eklund (Nyqvist), a by-the-book Swedish nationalist with an aversion to American’s grab-and-go culture. Both hate each other but have to learn to work together to stop the killings. Filming is slated to begin in Sweden in May. The series »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
It’s that time again. The biggest American film festival is upon us, and this year the Ioncinema crew will be descending on Park City with eight feet on the ground and eight eyes on Park City’s various and plentiful screens. Eric Lavallee, Nicholas Bell, Caitlin Coder and I will be covering just about every inch of this year’s festival here at Ioncinema.com, as well as on that ever increasingly vibrant instanews network – Twitter. Be sure to follow @ioncinema and, as stated above, my personal handle @Rectangular_Eye, as we’ll be tweeting throughout the festival with breaking news, reviews, and sightings, all the while trying to keep up with the massive amount of content sure to be coming from this year’s Sundance filmmakers themselves, most of which have their own Twitter accounts and are listed at length below (minus the world & short programs). Whether you »
- Jordan M. Smith
The last of our Twitterverse series, these are the films pushing the boundaries of independent cinema while keeping a pulse on cyber happenings. It seems most of Drunktown’s (@drunktown_movie) population is, if nothing else, keeping up with the times. Follow away! Full Twitterverse run-down to follow.
Appropriate Behavior – @AppropriateFilm
Writer/Director/Actress Desiree Akhavan – @DesiMakesMovies
Composer Josephine Wiggs – @josephinewiggs
Actress Halley Feiffer – @HalleyFeiffer
Drunktown’s Finest – @drunktown_movie
Writer/Director Sydney Freeland – @sydneyfreeland
Producer Mateo Frazier – @nuevosoul
Actress Carmen Moore – @Carmen_Moore
Actress Morningstar Wilson – @starshinegypsy
Actor Kiowa Gordon – @CircaKiGordon
Actress Shauna Baker – @ShaunaBaker
Actress Elizabeth Francis – @efrances03
The Foxy Merkins – @FoxyMerkins
Writer/Actress Jackie Monahan – @jackiemonahan
Writer/Actress Lisa Haas – @lisahaas
Actor Alex Karpovsky – @alexkarpovsky
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night – @AGirlWalksHome
Writer/Director Ana Lily Amirpour – @Lilyinapad
Producer Sina Sayyah – @sinasayyah
Co-producer Sheri Davani – @Sheri_The_AD
Cinematographer Lyle Vincent – @lylevincent
Actor Arash Marandi »
- Caitlin Coder
How the hell do you make a book into a film? Over the years, we have seen a vast array of literary fiction transposed on to the big screen with results that vary both in creative success and sense of loyalty, some loving failures and others dismissive successes. Die Hard was based on a novel, not that you’d know it. Dune is considered a masterpiece of literature, but apparently cannot be accessed by the movies. So close and yet so far, books provide the license to visualized storytelling but cannot seem to transfer their secrets and feelings wholesale. Such different mediums and manners of expressions rarely come together in a manner that satisfies anyone. And you’ll never satisfy anyone. Usually to break even, you have to break the book or break your own film. There are only a handful of exceptions and one of them, done twice, presents »
- Scott Patterson
14 items from 2014
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