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If you haven’t read Irene Nemirovsky’s Suite Française, you should remedy that as soon as possible. As great-yet-not-quite-complete works of art go, it’s right up there with Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and any attempt to make a film about Don Quixote ever. Its big-screen interpretation comes with awards hopes and two leads, Michelle Williams and Rust And Bone’s Matthias Schoenaerts, with the chops to carry its great swells of emotion. Check out its new trailer below. brightcove.createExperiences(); Williams plays Lucille Angellier, a French villager whose husband has fallen into the hands of the Germany army. The arrival of a Wehrmacht officer called Bruno (Schoenaerts) as part of that occupying force, not to mention a small army of refugees fleeing Paris, throws everything that wasn’t already into flux into that state of disrepair for her. Worse still, she begins to feel things for Bruno that could cost her dear. »
The World War II drama is set in France in 1940.
A woman (Williams) awaiting news of her prisoner of war husband is forced to share her home with an unwelcome German officer (Schoenaerts).
Despite warnings to avoid him, she finds herself falling in love with the man, a romance that may end in tragedy.
Suite Française will arrive in the UK on January 23. A Us release date is yet to be announced. »
World War II dramas are prime contenders for Oscar consideration. It’s an accepted fact. Yet, The Weinstein Company are steering one of their upcoming titles, Suite Francaise, toward a far less starry showcase. Its world premiere will take place at the American Film Market in Santa Monica this November – and depending on its reception, it may hit Us screens in the new year. Whatever happens, there’s still plenty of buzz surrounding the pic, which looks to contain another compelling performance from Michelle Williams.
Based on the best-selling novel by Irene Nemirovsky, the film is set during the German occupation of France and chronicles a romantic affair between an unlikely couple. Williams takes on the role of a French woman who falls for a Nazi officer (Matthias Schoenaerts) who commandeers charge of her town.
The latest trailer that’s arrived today focuses on the tension between the couple, as »
- Gem Seddon
Where’s The Weinstein Company’s “Suite Francaise,” a movie many assumed would be an Oscar player? Well, it will make its world premiere at the American Film Market, among 90 other premieres, in November. And Afm is for buyers and distributors, so it’s the opposite of the splashy premiere that you might expect from TWC. In fact, if you’re being cynical or conspiracy theory-like, you might think they're trying to unload the picture since they already own it. But that's nothing but speculation for now. Regardless, the picture stars Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts as two diametrically opposed people who embark on a forbidden affair. Set during World War II, during the early years of Germany’s occupation of France, Williams plays a French villager who falls for a Nazi soldier (Schoenaerts) stationed to look over her township. Co-starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sam Riley, the film is »
- Edward Davis
Curiously absent from the fall film festival slate is the World War II drama Suite Française, but then again, The Weinstein Company seems to be putting all of their eggs in The Imitation Game basket. Thankfully we’ll be seeing the project, starring Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas and Sam Riley, sooner than expected, as it’ll be hitting U.K. theaters early […] »
- Leonard Pearce
Having played very well to the audience at the London Film Festival, The Drop is set to open in the UK on November 14th and we have a new clip from the film. The Drop is directed by Belgian filmmaker Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) and screenwriter Dennis Lehane (author of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone), which stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) alongside the late James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) in his final screen role.
Check out the clip below and let Bob Saginowski (Hardy) explain how the the drop system works in Brooklyn.
The Drop is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funnelling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. »
- Luke Owen
Alan Rickman’s newest directorial project A Little Chaos received the red carpet treatment at London Film Festival on Friday evening. Along with the director, the gala was well attended by the film’s producers, writer and actress Helen McCrory. The film is set in France during the reign of King Louis Xiv and tells the story of troubled landscape gardener Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet) as she is enlisted to work on the grand new gardens of Versailles. Introduced to the flamboyant court of the king, she finds a new meaning to her life when she forms an acquaintance with fellow architect, Andre Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts). A Little Chaos will be seen by many as primarily a semi-historical piece of film. However, speaking on the red carpet, Rickman wryly explained his opinion of whether the film falls into the genre of period drama. "I don’t think of it [as that]," he stressed, »
Other anticipated selections include Hyde Park International’s 99 Homes directed by Ramin Bahrani starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon and WestEnd Films’ Michael Winterbottom drama The Face Of An Angel with Daniel Bruhl, Kate Beckinsale and Cara Delevingne.
Vmi Worldwide presents the drama Any Day from Rustam Branaman with Sean Bean, Kate Walsh and Eva Longoria and buyers will also get the chance to see Arclight’s action adventure The Last Knight starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman and directed by Kazuaki Kiriya.
More than 415 films will screen at the market, including 331 market premieres and 91 world premieres.
Afm is set »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
AFM runs Nov. 5-12 in Santa Monica with over 415 films screening. “Suite Francaise,” directed by Saul Dibb and based on the Irene Nemirovsky novel, also stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Riley, Ruth Wilson, Lambert Wilson and Margot Robbie.
TF1 International is selling international rights. The Weinstein Co. has U.S. rights.
Other notable world premieres include “How to Make Love Like an Englishman” with Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba (The Solution); Helen Hunt’s “Ride” (6 Sales); “The Last Knights” with Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman (Arclight); and “Any Day,” starring Sean Bean, Kate Walsh, and Eva Longoria (Vmi).
- Dave McNary
Though writer-director J.C. Chandor’s attention is currently occupied by A Most Violent Year, his buzzy period drama (out in limited release this December) which could be one of this year’s major awards players if it connects with Academy voters, Summit Entertainment has already turned its gaze forward, to thinking about the director’s next effort. Yesterday, the studio dated Chandor’s Deepwater Horizon for September 30th, 2016.
Some may think that September is too early in the awards season to give Deepwater Horizon, based on the true story of an oil rig crew in the Gulf of Mexico attempting to prevent disaster after an on-rig explosion, a fighting chance, but past years have seen major Oscar players like Argo and The Social Network arrive around that time. The story certainly seems exciting enough, and particularly with Mark Wahlberg circling the main role, the project’s prospects appear positively rosy. »
- Isaac Feldberg
A few release dates to announce: New Line moved the Vacation reboot starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate to October 9, 2015. Deepwater Horizon is set for September 30, 2016. Mark Wahlberg is in talks to star in writer/director J.C. Chandor's follow-up to All Is Lost. A Little Chaos will open March 27, 2015. Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Alan Rickman star in the feature directed by Rickman. Dates via Box Office Mojo. More on each project after the jump. Writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) are making their feature directorial debut on Vacation. Helms plays Rusty Griswold, who surprises his wife (Applegate) and kids (Skyler Gisondo and Steele Stebbins) with a cross-country trip to Walley World. Leslie Mann, Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day, and original cast members Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo are also expected to appear in the reboot. For more on Deepwater Horizon, check out our interview with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Exclusive: With her FX series The Bridge wrapping its second season tonight, Diane Kruger has set two indie features to fill her winter schedule. German-born Kruger (Wicker Park, Inglourious Basterds, The Host) will first head to the south of France to film Maryland for director Alice Winocour, the helmer who made her debut two years ago with the Cannes entry Augustine. The film tracks an ex-soldier with Ptsd who is hired to protect the wife and child of a wealthy Lebanese businessman while he’s out of town. Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead, Rust and Bone) will play the soldier. Dharamsala and Darius Films are producing.
Kruger will then head to the American southwest set of Sky to re-team with director Fabienne Berthaud after their 2006 film Frankie and 2010’s Lily Sometimes. The film tracks a woman’s reawakening through her solitary journey into foreign lands and will mark Kruger and »
- Jen Yamato
Today we have an international trailer for the upcoming remake of Erik Van Looy's 2008 psychological thriller "The Loft," starring Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Isabel Lucas, Rachael Taylor and Rhona Mitra. Check it out below. Plot: Five married men share ownership of an upmarket loft, which they use to discretely meet their respective mistresses. When the body of a murdered woman is found in that loft, the men begin to suspect each other of having committed the gruesome crime, as they are the only ones with keys to the premises. The new movie is once again directed by Looy. It's set to hit theaters on January 23rd, 2015. Trailer: »
Focus Features has acquired North American distribution rights to A Little Chaos, directed by Alan Rickman from a screenplay he wrote with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock. The company also acquired distribution rights to the film, which is financed by Lionsgate UK and BBC Films, in Scandinavia. The romantic drama stars Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mr. Rickman, Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci, and Danny Webb. Focus Features will release the movie in North America on March 27, 2015.
A Little Chaos had its world premiere as the closing-night film of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff). The project is produced by Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood via their Potboiler Productions banner, and Bertrand Faivre via The Bureau production banner. Executive Producers of the project are Zygi Kamasa, Guy Avshalom, Nick Manzi, Christine Langan, Ray Cooper, Norman Merry, and Richard Wolfe.
The distributor has acquired North American and Scandinavian rights to Alan Rickman’s recent Toronto International Film Festival closing night selection.
The romance will open in North America on March 27, 2015. Universal will distribute in Scandinavia, Lionsgate UK will distribute in the first quarter of 2015 and Lionsgate International handles sales outside North America.
A Little Chaos centres on a strong-willed landscape designer who challenges barriers when she is chosen by Louis Xiv to build a garden at Versailles and in the process falls for a renowned landscape architect.
Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood produced through their Potboiler Productions with Bertrand Faivre of The Bureau. Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa served as executive producer alongside Guy Avshalom, Nick Manzi, Christine Langan, Ray Cooper, Norman Merry, and Richard Wolfe.
Focus brokered the deal with CAA for Lionsgate UK and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Focus Features announced today that they have acquired North American distribution rights to A Little Chaos, directed by Alan Rickman from a screenplay he wrote with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock. The company also acquired distribution rights to the film, which is financed by Lionsgate UK and BBC Films, in Scandinavia. The romantic drama stars Academy Award winner Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci, Danny Webb and Rickman himself. »
Focus Features has acquired North American distribution rights to “A Little Chaos” starring Kate Winslet, the distributor announced Monday. The period drama, directed by Alan Rickman from a screenplay he wrote with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock, follows Sabine (Winslet), a strong-willed landscape designer who challenges sexual and class barriers when she is chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis Xiv's new palace at Versailles, causing her to become professionally and romantically entangled with the court's renowned landscape architect André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts). Stanley Tucci and Danny Webb also star. Also read: Kate Winslet in ‘Divergent, »
- Linda Ge
Focus Features has taken North American rights to Tiff closing night romantic drama A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts. Alan Rickman directed the story of a strong-willed landscape designer chosen to build one of the main gardens at King Louis Xiv’s palace at Versailles. Rickman also co-wrote the Lionsgate UK and BBC Films production with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock and stars along with Stanley Tucci and Danny Webb. Focus has set a March 27, 2015 stateside release while Lionsgate UK handles its UK debut early next year. Rickman’s first film as director since 1997’s The Winter Guest is produced by Gail Egan and Andrea Calderwood for Potboiler Productions and Bertrand Faivre for The Bureau. Zygi Kamasa, Guy Avshalom, Nick Manzi, Christine Langan, Ray Cooper, Norman Merry, and Richard Wolfe are executive producers. Focus also took Scandinavian rights as the deals closed during Tiff. Focus Features’ Lia Buman, »
- Jen Yamato
It's been two years since we saw the first trailer for the thriller The Loft, a remake of a 2008 Belgian film of the same name that assembles and interesting cast that includes Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Eric Stonestreet and Matthias Schoenaerts. But the film has been delayed for awhile now, and it sounds like that's because it's not very good. The film was shot in 2011, picked up by Warner Bros. genre arm Dark Castle in 2012, but never hit theaters, was tossed to Universal and expected to hit theaters this year. The latest we've heard is the long-delayed film will arrive early next year in January, and a new international trailer has just surfaced showing off more of the saucy thriller on the way. Watch? Here's the new international trailer for Erik Van Looy's The Loft from YouTube (via The Playlist): In The Loft, five friends who »
- Ethan Anderton
The Loft is a remake of a 2008 Belgian film in which fFive friends who share a loft for their extramarital affairs begin to question one another after the body of an unknown woman is found in the property. The film was originally set to hit theaters in August, but Universal yanked it from the calendar back in June. Now a new international trailer for the film arrives as it appears it will find its way to theaters on January 23, 2015. Directed by Erik Van Looy, the film features a massive ensemble cast including Karl Urban, James Marsden, Isabel Lucas, Rhona Mitra, Rachael Taylor, Eric Stonestreet, Margarita Levieva, Kristin Lehman, Matthias Schoenaerts, Valerie Cruz and Robert Wisdom. The whole thing sounds like a mess and the release date movement makes it seem as if it's a troubled picture, but I can't deny a fair amount of curiosity and want to see it. »
- Brad Brevet
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