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After stopping by Cannes this year with The Unknown Girl (see the trailer and our review), Belgian’s finest filmmaking duo, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, are already planning their next title, and while at the 20th Lima Film Festival, in which they received a tribute, they announced the project.
According to Variety, the drama will be about “the rise of terrorism in Europe.” Although no additional details are available yet, they did reveal that they are in the script-writing stages and their hope is that production begins next fall in Belgium, which means we could see it as soon as the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Meanwhile, they are keeping busy by producing Amelie Vanelbd‘s drama Drole de Pere (aka Funny Dad), which Martin Scorsese has the U.S. distribution rights for, as well as the Jérémie Renier-led drama Carnivore.
As for their new project, it will be interesting to »
- Jordan Raup
Lima – Belgian filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are developing a drama about the rise of terrorism in Europe. “We are writing the script now, and hope to shoot it in Belgium by the fall of next year,” said Luc Dardenne, to whom the 20th Lima Film Festival is paying tribute. The still untitled project dovetails with the filmmaking duo’s penchant for stories about the working class and marginalized fringes of society.
As part of their tribute, Lima is screening a selection of the brothers’ most iconic pics, including their Cannes Palme d’Or winners “Rosetta” and “L’Enfant” as well as “La Promesse” and Cannes 2011 Grand Prix winner “The Kid with a Bike.”
“I’m very honored to be here to receive this homage,” said Dardenne, who is visiting Lima for the first time.
Meanwhile, the brothers are co-producing $1.1 million dramedy “Drole de Pere” (roughly translated to “Funny »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
The war film is a genre as old as cinema itself, and it’s a genre whose films flood theaters with a rare consistency. Even this year, only seven months old, theaters have seen films like the Oscar nominee A War and Michael Bay’s 13 Hours. However, director Clement Cogitore has jumped from the world of short film and experimental visual art to give us one of the truly singular looks at man and its relationship to the act of war.
Entitled Neither Heaven Nor Earth, this drama is being billed as a “metaphysical war film,” and while that may sound like a pretentious press release snippet, it’s rare for a self-appointed moniker to fit so perfectly. Set in Afghanistan in 2014, the film introduces us to French Army Captain Antares Bonassieu (Jeremie Renier) as he and his team take stock of a nearby village known as Wakhan. Near the Pakistan border, »
- Joshua Brunsting
War in the Middle East has been covered ad nauseam on the big screen, but while the majority of releases that opt to tackle this sensitive topic — including Oscar winner The Hurt Locker — tend to center on the visceral nature of battle and the psychological effects that the experience has on members of the military, few use the circumstances of war in a foreign land as a device to raise spiritual and religious questions as directly as Neither Heaven Nor Earth. In that regard, the film — now playing in select theaters — is undoubtedly a triumph, despite the divisiveness it is likely to elicit from viewers.
Jérémie Renier — whose own name bears a striking resemblance to The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner, coincidentally enough — stars in this French Belgian release as Capitaine Antarès Bonassieu, leader of a battalion of French troops stationed within Afghanistan’s Wakhan District in 2014. As Bonassieu and »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
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 5. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.
Director: Todd Kessler
Synopsis: Anita Ponchouri (Natalie Perera), the dutiful Indian daughter of a deep-in-debt businessman (Kabir Bedi) is about to marry a wealthy Londoner (Staz Nair) when a chance encounter with local singer, »
- Steve Greene
Nicholas Ray's Bitter Victory starring Richard Burton and Curd Jürgens to Stanley Kubrick's Paths Of Glory with Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker and Adolphe Menjou come to mind or the tension built with Kip (Naveen Andrews) checking for mines in Anthony Minghella's The English Patient, based on Michael Ondaatje's novel when reflecting on Neither Heaven Nor Earth (Ni Le Ciel Ni La Terre).
Jérémie Renier is Captain Antarès Bonassieu
Clément Cogitore's haunting debut feature stars Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne discovery Jérémie Renier with Kévin Azaïs (Thomas Cailley's Love At First Fight, Catherine Corsini's Summertime), Swann Arlaud (Axelle Ropert's The Apple Of My Eye), Finnegan Oldfield (Thomas Bidegain's Les Cowboys, Eva Husson's Bang Gang), Sâm Mirhosseini, Marc Robert, Hamid Reza Javdan (Atiq Rahimi's The Patience Stone), Edouard Court, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Ursula K. LeGuin wrote that war is the opposite of civilization — you have one or the other, not both. Clément Cogitore‘s debut feature, Neither Heaven Nor Earth, takes this sentiment to its isolated conclusion through vaguely supernatural means. It is otherworldly in narrative and visual approach: the rocky valleys, the night vision goggles, and uneasy failing of rationality make us realize things operate differently here. If The Hurt Locker takes place on the other side of the world, Neither Heaven Nor Earth is on Mars. A French army section (rather than an American platoon) are stationed in Afghanistan, led by a gruff yet caring captain (Jérémie Renier), to keep the peace and protect a local village from the Taliban.
Their watch is endless and even more important in the dead of night as they’re sequestered in their three tiny posts, walkie talkies filling in for humanity. These are soldiers of affection, »
- Jacob Oller
Well, here we are in the closing weeks of summer movie season. It’s the last gasp for big-budget blockbusters before the coming fall festival season, but there are plenty of indie alternatives for whatever your tastes may be. Below, you’ll see every planned theatrical release for the month of August, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)
Each week, we’ll give you an update with screening locations for these various titles. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Happy watching!
Week of August 5 Wide
Director: David Ayer
Synopsis: A secret government agency led by Amanda Waller recruits imprisoned »
- Kate Halliwell, Kyle Kizu and Steve Greene
Neither Heaven Nor Earth (Ni le ciel ni la terre) Film Movement Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B- Director: Clément Cogitore Written by: Clément Cogitore, Thomas Bidegain Cast: Jérémie Renier, Kevin Azais, Swann Arlaud, Marc Robert, Finnegan Oldfield, Clement Bresson, Sam Mirhosseini Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 7/26/16 Opens: August 5, 2016 Imagine yourself a Parisian, dining occasionally at restaurants like Fromagerie Danard, Cezembre and Il Etait un Square. You stop later at an espresso bar and watch the fashionably dressed crowds go by. Then you’re thrust into what could be called only the diametrical opposite of rich, urban, Western Europe, not just into Afghanistan, where at least you [ Read More ]
The post Neither Heaven Nor Earth Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Harvey Karten
“Neither Heaven Nor Earth” follows the French members of Nato-led security squadron of troops on a surveillance mission in a desolate province on the border of Pakistan. Though the soldiers mostly bide their time while armed forces are slowly withdrawn from Afghanistan, the deadly serious Captain Antares Bonassieu (Jérémie Renier) remains steadfast at his post. But when some soldiers mysteriously go missing, along with Taliban forces, Bonassieu begins to investigate and discovers that insurgent forces aren’t to blame, but rather something that might go beyond the natural world. A soldier character study meets “The Twilight Zone,” “Neither Heaven Nor Earth” examines the belief systems of those on the frontlines and the surreal nature of daily life in a combat zone. Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below.
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- Vikram Murthi
A trailer has arrived online for Tran Anh Hung’s upcoming French drama Eternity which stars Audrey Tautou, Mélanie Laurent, Bérénice Béjo, Jérémie Renier and Pierre Deladonchamps; take a look below after the official synopsis…
At the end of the 19th century, Valentine, aged 20, married Jules. Towards the end of the 20th century, a young Parisian woman crosses a bridge on her way to a party thrown by her cousin. There, she meets a young man. Later, she becomes his wife and the loving mother to their child. In the interim, between the two World Wars, two couples formed a quartet that was so close that after the death of one of the husbands and the wife of the other couple, the two families came together in a Paris apartment, 16 of them sitting round the table.
Eternity is set for release on September 7th in France.
- Amie Cranswick
One film we expected might show up at the Cannes Film Festival line-up was the latest feature from Norwegian Wood and I Come with the Rain director Tran Anh Hung. However, Éternité (aka Eternity) will bow this fall instead, set for an early September release in France. Although we’re still waiting on U.S. distribution, the first trailer has now arrived.
An adaptation of Alice Ferney‘s novella L’Elegance des veuves, the cast includes Mélanie Laurent, Bérénice Béjo, Jérémie Renier, Audrey Tautou, and Pierre Deladonchamps. The period drama follows three generations of women during wartime. The first trailer, while subtitle-free, looks to be as gorgeous as the director’s previous work. Check it out below, along with the first poster.
Éternité opens on September 7th, 2016 in France and is awaiting U.S. distribution.
- Jordan Raup
The Dardennes, the Belgian brothers and directors, have finally gone full genre. Well, in so far as the two-time Palme d'Or winners, famous for their scrupulously social realist dramas made after a less-known career in documentaries, desire to make torque their liberal politics, masterfully unshowy style, and often stunning denouements of spiritual redemption into a film that follows mainstream conventions. L’enfant (2005) began this subtle evolution, telling the story of a father looking for his child as if it were a thriller. The Kid with the Bike (2011), somewhat controversially for these filmmakers who famously work with non-professionals or unknowns, added a French star to the cast (Cécile de France), while their last movie doubled down on that artifice by not only putting Marion Cotillard in the lead of Two Days, One Night (2014), but wrote that film in such a structured, fatalist manner ask to nearly resemble a film by Fritz Lang. »
In Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s very best films, you know exactly what you’re getting — until the quiet dramatic pivot that gently ensures you don’t. In “The Unknown Girl,” only the first half of that assessment is true, though what we get is largely exemplary: a simple but urgent objective threaded with needling observations of social imbalance, a camera that gazes with steady intent into story-bearing faces, and an especially riveting example of one in their gifted, toughly tranquil leading lady Adèle Haenel. What’s missing, however, from this stoically humane procedural tale of a guilt-racked Gp investigating a nameless passer-by’s passing, is any great sense of narrative or emotional surprise: It’s a film that skilfully makes us feel precisely what we expect to feel from moment to moment, up to and including the long-forestalled waterworks. Though it will receive the broad distribution practically guaranteed »
- Guy Lodge
The distributor has picked up Us rights to newly announced Cannes selections Graduation and The Unknown Girl.
Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus and Lia Bugnar star. Mungiu’s Mobra Films produced with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne of Films du Fleuve; Pascal Caucheteux and Grégoire Sorlat of Why Not Productions; Vincent Maraval of Wild Bunch; and Jean Labadie of Le Pacte. Tudor Reu is executive producer.
Adele Haenel, Jeremie Renier, Olivier Gourmet, Fabrizio Rongione and Thomas Doret star in the story about a young doctor who investigates the identity of a mysterious dead body. Denis Freyd and the Dardennes produced.
The buys bring to four the number of Cannes competition selections in the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights from Wild Bunch to a pair of films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival — Cristian Mungiu’s “Graduation” and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “The Unknown Girl.”
Sundance Selects made the announcement Thursday, shortly after the Cannes official selection lineup was unveiled.
The distributor noted that it had already acquired U.S. rights to another Cannes competition title with Nicole Garcia’s “From the Land of the Moon” while its sister company IFC Films has Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper” in competition.
“Graduation,” directed and written by Mungiu, stars Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus and Lia Bugnar. The film was produced by Mungiu’s Mobra Films; Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne of Films du Fleuve; Pascal Caucheteux and Grégoire Sorlat of Why Not Productions; Vincent Maraval of Wild Bunch; and Jean Labadie of Le Pacte.
The film is a family drama that centers on themes »
- Dave McNary
2016 looks like a good vintage: Screen’s chief critic and reviews editor Fionnuala Halligan dissects this year’s Competition lineup…
Advance word on the Cannes Competition line-up was muted this year, and smoke signals from Paris indicated that the selection was running very close to the line. Thierry Fremaux talked at the launch press conference about “loyalty” and “risk-taking” in the same breath. While these aren’t two words which tend to mix well at Cannes, the festival’s 2016 line-up certainly promises to deliver fresh film-making. “We know the risks we are taking,” said Fremaux.
There’s little doubt that Cannes 2016 looks like a good vintage. Typically of a festival which always surprises, there’s no way to tell if this will be a good, bad, or - worst of all - indifferent mix until we taste. One note we won’t apparently be savouring in the Competition, however, is a sense of France and its relationship »
- email@example.com (Fionnuala Halligan)
It is just ten days until what is perhaps the most exciting cinematic event of every year comes to bear: an announcement of the Cannes Film Festival lineup. We’ve featured glimpses of some of titles that might make their way to southern France next month, and today we’ve collected first looks at three more, all of which are greatly anticipated. How anticipated? So anticipated, in fact, that just an image warrants a post.
The first, from Wild Bunch, showcases Bertrand Bonello‘s Paris Is Happening — now being referred to as Nocturama in the native tongue — a picture about youths who take it upon themselves to sabotage the city of love with a series of explosions. Yes, even the writer-director is uncomfortable with that level of relevance — especially the writer-director, actually — as he told me back in December. Combine this tension and the fact that his last film was »
- Nick Newman
La Fille inconnue
Directors: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Writers: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
The two-time Palme d’Or winning Belgian duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Rosetta; L’Enfant) take our top spot for most anticipated foreign film of 2016. Like their last two features, the directors have cast a well-known actress, Adèle Haenel (recently winning her second Cesar for Love at First Fight) for their latest feature, La Fille inconnue (The Unknown Girl) (Cecile de France centered 2011’s Kid with a Bike while Marion Cotillard mastered 2014’s Two Days, One Night). Haenel stars as a young general practitioner who feels severe guilt about not providing surgery for a young woman who is found dead a short while after. Confirming the girl’s identity is a mystery, the Gp is determined to find out what happened and who she is.
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- Nicholas Bell
Director: Tran Anh Hung
Writer: Tran Anh Hung
Vietnamese auteur Tran Anh Hung had a smoldering early career, snagging the Camera d’Or at Cannes for his 1993 debut Scent of the Green Papaya and nabbing the Golden Lion in Venice for his 1995 sophomore film, Cyclo. A five year break brought The Vertical Ray of the Sun in 2000, and then nine years later Hung premiered his ill received English language debut, I Come With the Rain, which starred Josh Hartnett. An adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s celebrated novel Norwegian Wood was better received, though received a delayed and limited theatrical run in the Us. He’s back with an exciting new project, his French language debut Eternité (Eternity), set to star three French beauties, Melanie Laurent, Beatrice Bejo, and Audrey Tautou, based on Alice Ferney’s celebrated novel which concerns a story from the late 19th century to the end »
- Nicholas Bell
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