19 items from 2015
The thorny subject of German historical memory binds the characters in Barbet Schroeder’s “Amnesia,” a thoughtful, sensitive character study that reps a minor-key comeback for the veteran Swiss filmmaker, helming his first theatrical feature since the critically and commercially drubbed “Inju” in 2008. This low-budget passion project — a second career reboot of sorts, following the director’s acclaimed “Our Lady of the Assassins” in 2000 — also serves as a homecoming for Schroeder, returning him to the Ibiza location of his 1969 debut feature, the druggie classic “More,” and to a story inspired by events in the life of his own mother. The result is a leisurely paced, talky two-hander that always has its heart in the right place, even when its dramatic engines aren’t running at full blast. Older arthouse audiences of the “Woman in Gold” persuasion could take to this, despite the lack of marquee names.
Like Schroeder’s own mother, »
- Scott Foundas
Melanie Joosten was eight and living in Ballarat when the Berlin Wall fell. Some 14 years later while backpacking through Europe she visited the city.
That made such an impression on the Melbourne author she entitled her debut novel Berlin Syndrome, a tale of obsessive love.
Screen Australia and Film Victoria are investing in the psychological thriller and shooting is due to begin in Berlin and Australia in the second half of this year, with Staniford producing and Fielder as an Ep. Shortland cast Teresa Palmer as Claire, an Australian photographer who meets a Berliner named »
- Don Groves
Simon Baker will make his feature directing debut, Matchbox Pictures will adapt another Christos Tsiolkas. novel for the ABC and Endemol Australia will produce a female-driven drama for the Nine Network in projects funded by Screen Australia.
In total Screen Australia is investing $13.4 million in 12 film and television projects which will trigger production worth $64.3 million.
Arclight is pitching the 1970s-set project to prospective buyers at the Cannes Film Market. The novel focusses on two teenagers, »
- Don Groves
Netflix has revealed the first look at the anticipated sci-fi Sense8 with a trailer and images for the original series, which has been co-created by the Wachowskis (The Matrix, Jupiter Ascending) along with writer J. Michael Straczynski (World War Z) and Grant Hill, who worked with the siblings on both The Matrix Trilogy and Cloud Atlas.
Sense8 “is a gripping story of eight people from around the world whose lives are suddenly and inexplicably connected in a fight for their own survival.”
Featuring in the show are Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill), Naveen Andrews (Lost), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), and Joe Pantoliano (The Matrix), alongside Jamie Clayton, Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Tina Desai, Doona Bae, Aml Ameen and Max Riemelt.
Sense8 debuts on Netflix on June 5th.
- Scott J. Davis
Netflix released the official trailer for its new thriller series, “Sense8,” on Thursday ahead of its June 5 premiere. The sci-fi show is about eight strangers around the world who are suddenly mentally linked to one another. One moment puts them into each other’s lives, secrets, and dangers. The trailer reveals pain and pleasure as each of the character’s suddenly have seven other selves. Also Read: Wachowskis' 'Sense8' Gets 10-Episode Netflix Order The 12-episode series features “Lost” alum Naveen Andrews, as well as Jamie Clayton, Max Riemelt and Jeronimo Best. “Do you know what it means to be reborn as Sensate? »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Lana and Andy Wachowski are about to branch out into a new medium, and anticipation is high as audiences ponder whether their particular brand of storytelling might fare better on the streaming platform Netflix than in cinemas. Since the mixed reactions to 2012’s Cloud Atlas, and the undeniable disappointment of the recent Jupiter Ascending, the heady days of The Matrix brilliance seem increasingly to be a fading memory. For this reason, the arrival of the first trailer for Sense8 is a significant development.
Woven together with a seemingly omnipresent Naveen Andrews, we find eight characters suddenly and inexplicably linked through their own senses. Executive producer Grant Hill outlined the premise of the series to Games Radar.
“At its heart it’s a drama, it’s love stories, it’s contemporary, so it doesn’t have that futuristic element. It has this one basic conceit, which is very much the core »
- Sarah Myles
The first trailer for what promises to be Netflix’s most ambitious – and potentially risky – series yet, Sense8 has now gone online. Take a look at the initial footage glimpse from the globetrotting series below. Co-created by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Babylon 5’s J. Michael Straczynski, the series tracks eight distant souls who inexplicably become psychologically connected. We’re introduced to Icelandic DJ Riley (Tuppence Middleton), Chicago cop Will (Brian J. Smith), Mumbai pharmacist Kala (Tena Desae), San Francisco blogger Nomi (Jamie Clayton), Nairobi bus driver Capheus (Aml Ameen), Berlin safe-cracker Wolfgang (Max Riemelt), Mexican actor Lito (Miguel Angel Silvestre) and Seoul businesswoman Sun (Doona Bae), who suddenly become aware of each other, and learn that they can share knowledge and skills.And they’ll need to, because there are some very dangerous people hunting them down. Fortunately, they do have a little outside help to comprehend what is going on, »
What would it be like to have 7 other selves? Get a taste of what it means to be ​a ​Sensate in the official trailer and first look images from the Netflix original series Sense8. ​All ​twelve episodes of the global dramatic thriller will launch ​Friday, June 5 ​only on Netflix​ ​in all Netflix territories around the world. The series will also be available in 4K.
From the unparalleled creative minds of The Wachowskis (The Matrix​ trilogy,​ Cloud Atlas)​ and J. Michael Straczynski (Clint Eastwood's Changeling, ​World War Z), as well as Grant Hill (The Matrix​ trilogy,​ Cloud Atlas), Sense8 is a gripping story of eight people from around the world whose lives are suddenly and inexplicably connected in a fight for their own survival.
The international cast includes: Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Jamie Clayton, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Tina Desai, Doona Bae, Aml Ameen and Max Riemelt. The cast is rounded out by Daryl Hannah, »
After Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending it's beginning to appear the Wachowski siblings need a little more room to breathe with their stories, a little less confinement and perhaps a 12-episode television series is the way to go. We'll find out soon enough as Andy and Lana will deliver "Sense8" to Netflix with all 12 episodes dropping on June 5 and today the first trailer has arrived. Teaming with J. Michael Strazynzki and Grant Hill, the Wachowskis set to tell a story focusing on one moment that links eight minds in disparate parts of the world, putting eight strangers in each other's lives, each other's secrets, and in terrible danger. The cast includes Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Jamie Clayton, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Tina Desai, Doona Bae, Aml Ameen, Max Riemelt, Daryl Hannah, Naveen Andrews, Terrence Mann, Freema Agyeman, Alfonso Herrera, Erendira Ibarra, Adam Shapiro, Ness Bautistac and cccJoe Pantoliano. One thing »
- Brad Brevet
Prepare to lose your mind. Or at least have it expand.
Netflix has released the first trailer for “Sense8,” the new drama from Andy and Lana Wachowski, J. Michael Straczynski and Grant Hill. The slick-looking sci-fi series is full of martial-arts style fight scenes as eight people from around the world find that their senses have been raised and that they are suddenly and inexplicably connected.
“Lost” alum Naveen Andrews gets ample time in the pilot as he explains the predicament. The cast also includes Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Jamie Clayton, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Tina Desai, Doona Bae, Aml Ameen, Max Riemelt, Daryl Hannah, Terrence Mann, Freema Agyeman, Alfonso Herrera, Erendira Ibarra, Adam Shapiro, Ness Bautista and Joe Pantoliano.
The 12-episode series premieres June 5 on Netflix.
- Whitney Friedlander
It’s been three months since Jupiter Ascending tanked at the box office, but I’m still having a tough time shaking the riotous disaster, so the Sense8 marketing team is going to have a tough time getting me to check out all 12 episodes of the Wachowskis' show when they hit Netflix on June 5th. The series centers on eight characters who become linked together, both mentally and emotionally. Not only are they able to talk to each other when they’re not even in the same place, but they’ve also got access to each other’s deepest secrets as well. The Wachowskis definitely have an interesting premise here, but I don’t know if having Naveen Andrews spit out a ton of exposition is the best way to convey the details. I would have rather been introduced to the concept from the perspective of one of the unsuspecting »
- Perri Nemiroff
Netflix has unveiled the first look at their new original sci-fi series "Sense8" which was hatched by the pairing of "The Matrix" directors The Wachowskis with "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski. All twelve episodes of the series will launch in 4K on Friday June 5th on the streaming service.
The story follows the story of eight people from around the world whose lives are suddenly and inexplicably connected in a fight for their own survival. This trailer puts the focus primarily on "Stargate Universe" hunk Brian J. Smith and reveals that he and the eight people essentially have access to each other's knowledge and skills and can call upon them at any point.
Tuppence Middleton, Daryl Hannah, Naveen Andrews, Jamie Clayton, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Tina Desai, Doona Bae, Aml Ameen, Max Riemelt, Terrence Mann, Freema Agyeman, Alfonso Herrera , Erendira Ibarra, Adam Shapiro, Ness Bautista and Joe Pantoliano also star. »
- Garth Franklin
Imagine you weren't just you -- you also had seven other people in your head. But not in a crazy, multiple-personality kind of way. What if eight strangers were mysteriously connected mentally and emotionally?
That's the premise of Netflix's upcoming new drama "Sense8," from the Wachowskis of "Matrix" fame. Their most recent movie, "Jupiter Ascending," was a bomb in every sense of the word, but "Sense8" has a similar eerie, foreboding quality that "The Matrix" franchise had.
Plus, you've got a diverse cast in many different locations. "We can access each other's knowledge, language, skills," Naveen Andrews explains to one of the eight. And this is the Wachowskis, so there's plenty of action and fight scenes.
The series stars Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Jamie Clayton, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Tina Desai, Doona Bae, Aml Ameen and Max Riemelt. All 12 episodes will be available to stream on Netflix on June 5. »
- Kelly Woo
With the arrival of the lineup for this year's Cannes Film Festival it means we will slowly begin receiving information on more of the films that we weren't so familiar with before and the first has already. Below is the trailer for Barbet Schroeder's Amnesia, a new drama starring Marthe Keller, Max Riemelt, Bruno Ganz and Corinna Kirchhoff that will be playing among the Special Selections at this year's fest. Here's the synopsis courtesy of The Playlist: Ibiza, the early nineties, Jo is a twenty-five-year-old music composer. He has come over from Berlin and wants to be part of the nascent electronic music revolution, ideally by getting a job first as a DJ in the new nightclub on the island, Amnesia. Martha has been living alone in her house facing the sea for forty years. One night Jo knocks on her door. Her solitude intrigues him. They become friends »
- Brad Brevet
Well, the official Cannes Film Festival line-up is here, and it's a terrific slate for 2015, with lots of big name, international auteurs, but one you might forget as a familiar face on the Croisette is Barbet Schroeder. The Oscar nominated director ("Reversal Of Fortune") has been at Cannes twice previously, with "Barfly" in 1987 and "Terror's Advocate" in 2007. And now he's back with "Amnesia," which will get a Special Screening at the fest. The first trailer is here. Starring Marthe Keller, Max Riemelt, Bruno Ganz, and Corinna Kirchhoff, the movie tells the tale of the relationship that develops between a young man and an older woman, and the secrets from the past that surface. Here's the official synopsis: Ibiza, the early nineties, Jo is a twenty-five-year-old music composer. He has come over from Berlin and wants to be part of the nascent electronic music revolution, ideally by getting a job first »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Global Screen sells German-language drama to North America, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and South-East Asia
German sales company Global Screen has sold To Life! to North America (Menemsha Films), Australia and New Zealand (Jiff Distribution), Brazil (Tele Cine) and South-East Asia (Suraya).
Menemsha Films, the Santa-Monica-based distributor of arthouse films, acquired all rights to the German-language drama and plans a theatrical release this autumn.
The film centres on aging, Jewish cabaret singer Ruth and the young but terminally ill Jonas. Despite the age gap and entirely opposite experiences in life, they form an intense bond and give each other a reason and purpose to live. “To Life!”, which translates into German as “Auf das Leben!” and into Hebrew as “L’Chaim!”, is a popular Jewish toast.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Cannes — Arthouse distributor Menemsha Films has picked up all rights in North American to drama “To Life!,” which follows the relationship between an aging Jewish cabaret singer and a young man on the run. Pic will be given a theatrical release this fall.
Sales company Global Screen has also licensed the pic to Jiff Distribution for Australia and New Zealand, Tele Cine for Brazil and Suraya for South-East Asia.
In the film, the singer, who is sarcastic but warm-hearted, forms an intense bond with the young man. They give each other a reason to live, despite their great age difference and their different experiences in life.
In the subtle yet intense interplay between the actors, Hannelore Elsner (“No Place To Go,” “Cherryblossoms”), the grande dame of German cinema, and versatile young star Max Riemelt (soon to be seen in a lead role in new Netflix original series “Sense 8,” also known for “The Wave, »
- Leo Barraclough
Netflix has revealed premiere dates for its 2015 slate of original series and movies. Of note, its award-winning series, "Orange Is the New Black," returns for a 3rd season on June 12th (I haven't even watched season 2 yet). Also, the Nina Simone Sundance Film Festival documentary it picked up in January, "What Happened, Miss Simone," will premiere on the streaming platform on June 26. And finally, there's The Wachowskis new Netflix series titled "Sense8," which features an international ensemble cast that includes black British actors Aml Ameen, and Freema Agyeman. They join Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah, Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Tena Desae, Doona Bae, Max Riemelt, Alfonso Herrera, Erendira Ibarra, Jamie Clayton, Miguel Silvestre and Terrence Mann. The project's synopsis reads: "Eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Following the disappointment of the latest offering Jupiter Ascending, Andy and Lana Wachowski will look to reignite their careers on the small screen with the sci-fi drama series Sense8, which they have co-written with Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski.
Plot details for the Netflix series have been kept tightly under wraps, but the streaming service has now revealed the first synopsis for the show, which reads as follows:
One gunshot, one death, one moment out of time that irrevocably links eight minds in disparate parts of the world, putting them in each other’s lives, each other’s secrets, and in terrible danger. Ordinary people suddenly reborn as “Sensates.”
Sense8 will arrive later this year, with a cast that includes Brian J. Smith, Tuppence Middleton, Aml Ameen, Bae Doona, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Tena Desae, Max Riemelt, Jamie Clayton, Daryl Hannah, Freema Agyeman and Naveen Andrews.
- Gary Collinson
19 items from 2015
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