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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
6 items from 2015
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