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Paris-based film financier Backup Media is diving deeper into high-profile Asian arthouse and genre films.
Bolstered by its partnership with producer Lorna Tee, Backup Media has acquired three Asian pics: Takashi Miike’s “Yakuza Apocalypse,” Sabu’s “Ten no chasuke” and Ifa Isfansyah’s “The Golden Cane Warrior.”
“We are convinced that Europe is the main secondary market for Asian director-driven films. Europe is where these films can still have natural theatrical ambitions,” said Joel Thibout, who co-founded Backup Media with Jean-Baptiste Babin and David Atlan-Jackson.
Thibout described “Apocalypse” as “a vampire meets yakuza” pic. It’s produced by Japanese studio Nikkatsu.
“Chasuke” is produced by Office Kitano. “Warrior” is an Indonesian martial art feature produced by Mira Lesmana. All three Asian projects will be pitched to international buyers in early 2015.
Backup Media is also keeping its focus on ambitious French movies. It’s co-financing Nicolas Saada’s “Taj Mahal »
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• Once he takes off his Batman cape, Ben Affleck will direct Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Elle Fanning in the Prohibition Era film Live By Night. Affleck has adapted the Dennis Lehane novel himself, reuniting the pair after Affleck’s feature debut Gone Baby Gone, which was also based on a Lehane novel. The story centers around Joe Coughlin, the police captain’s son who gets himself involved in the world of organized crime. Miller will play Emma, the girlfriend of Coughlin’s mobster boss whom he falls in love with. Saldana has been cast as Graciella Suarez, a woman Coughlin meets in Tampa, »
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Stacy Martin has been cast in French thriller Taj Mahal.
The Nymphomaniac actress will star in the film set during the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.
It will follow the events of the night when terrorists seized Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, taking the guests hostage and killing and injuring hundreds.
Taj Mahal begins shooting next month and will be released early next year.
Martin recently described the explicit sex scenes in Nymphomaniac as "very technical" and "almost... a bit boring". »
“Nymphomaniac” star stacy Martin is set to topline “Taj Mahal,” a high-concept thriller set against the backdrop of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.
Saada ranks as one of France’s best-known screenwriters of thrillers and spy movies. The last movie penned by Saada, “Sleepless Night” (also handled by Bac), is being remade by Warner Bros. in the U.S. Saada made his directorial debut with the Guillaume Canet starrer “Spy(ies),” a critical hit nominated for a Cesar and selected for Chicago, Rome and Tel Aviv film festivals.
Budgeted in the $10 million range, the pic takes place over one night inside Mumbai’s Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Exclusive: Nymphomaniac star joins cast of Ben Wheatley’s Recorded Picture Company thriller.
Martin joins Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss in the anticipated dystopian thriller which is due to get underway in Belfast in July, with Jeremy Thomas producing through Recorded Picture Company.
The in-demand actress will take on the character ‘Fay’ in the feature about the lives of an affluent community cut off from society in a luxury block of flats.
Based on a collection of fairy tales by 17th century Italian author Giambattista Basile, Martin plays the character ‘Young Dora’ in the film which explores the yearning for youth and physical beauty, generational conflict and the struggle for power.
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Director: Richard Fleischer
Running Time: 90 minutes
Masters of Cinema’s new release, Violent Saturday, takes us back to a time when the gangsters were sharp, the dames were dubious and low lifes were everywhere.
Released in 1955, Richard Fleischer’s crime drama certainly doesn’t skimp on the pulp and violence (as you might expect from its title), but it leans more towards small town melodrama with some unpleasant undercurrents, than full blown film noir.
This genre merging is helped by the film’s look as much as its plot. Violent Saturday is shot both in colour and CinemaScope (an anamorphic wide lens) and presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.55:1 for home release. Add »
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