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Exclusive: Renowned choreographer to make feature debut with ballet drama Polina.
Renowned French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj will be in Cannes today (May 18) to unveil his upcoming ballet-based drama Polina.
Preljocaj, who is known globally for his high-profile productions with companies such as Sadler’s Wells and the New York City Ballet, will direct the work with Valerie Muller.
“Preljocaj is very filmic and cinematic in his choreography so it’s exciting to be working on this film with him,” says TF1 sales agent Sabine Chemaly.
On a more mainstream level, Preljocaj is also known for choreographing Air France’s award-winning ad featuring Benjamin Millepied and Virginie Caussin dancing a metaphor to flight.
Polina follows the tale of a young girl from a modest background, growing up in Moscow in the early 1990s. A talented ballerina she manages to get into the prestigious Bolshoi ballet school but love takes her to France where she discovers contemporary dance.
• Charlize Theron is reportedly in talks to star in and produce American Express, an indie for director Nash Edgerton. Plot details are being kept under wraps as the film is shopped at Cannes. Theron can be seen next in Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West (May 30). [The Wrap]
• Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) has been cast in Warren Beatty’s untitled Howard Hughes pic about the reclusive mogul’s assistant (Alden Erenreich) and his burgeoning relationship with Lily Collins. Baldwin will play Hughes’ lawyer Bob Mayhew. Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, and Matthew Broderick will also star. [Deadline]
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London — Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard are set to star in “Prima,” produced by Daniel Dubiecki (“Juno,” “Up in the Air”) and Lara Alameddine of Los Angeles-based The Allegiance Theater. Embankment is selling international territories.
Farmiga stars as a mother who will stop at nothing to realize her daughter Jesse’s ballet dancing dream to play the coveted role of Sleeping Beauty. Sarsgaard plays a “devil in dance-shoes” instructor. The feel-good comedy about a badass just-teen ballerina starts pre-production this summer. The search for a 13-year-old newcomer is already under way.
Evan Greenberg, a NYC musical-theater director, will helm the pic. Choreography will be provided by Benjamin Millepied (“Black Swan,” “Paris National Ballet”) and Kurt Froman (“Black Swan,” “Billy Elliot” on Broadway).
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Exclusive: Embankment boards ballet comedy also starring Vera Farmiga.
Choreography will come from acclaimed Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied, recently appointed director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet, and Billy Elliot on Broadway choreographer Kurt Froman.
Farmiga has been cast as a mother who will stop at nothing to realise her daughter ballet dancing dream of playing Sleeping Beauty, while The Killing star Sarsgaard will play a ‘devil in dance-shoes’ instructor.
As previously announced, musical-theatre director Evan Greenberg will direct the project, a version of which was formerly with Highland Film Group.
Pre-production is due to get underway this summer, with the search underway for the role of the 13 year-old newcomer.
CAA reps the »
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Choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied (Black Swan) may be jetting off this fall to begin his tenure as director of dance at the Paris Opera Ballet, but his company, L.A. Dance Project, is staying put on the West Coast and moving into a new home, the Theatre at Ace, at the newly-restored Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Story: 'Animal Kingdom' Director Boards Starz's 'Flesh and Bone' Ballet Drama From this Thursday through Saturday, the L.A. Dance Project will perform three new works there -- two of them U.S. premieres, including Reflections, choreographed by Millepied. Reflections
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Having seen robust sales last year on Jia Zhangke’s “A Touch of Sin,” Xavier Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm” and Lisa Langseth’s “Hotell,” Paris-based MK2 is looking for further resilient arthouse business on “Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad” the next film by Robert Guediguian.
The pick-up comes as MK2 preps a new program, Mk Live, a movie-series aimed at cinema theaters of the best of recent Paris theaters, musicals and operas.
Produced by France’s Agat Films & Cie, “Mad” shoots July through October in France and Beirut.
Diaphana, MK2’s distribution partner in France, handles French release.
“In the vein of classic Guediguian movies,” said MK2 CEO Nathanael Karmitz, “Mad” has, like many of the director’s films, a social – here also political – subtext, but has a broader canvas and faster-moving plot.
Written with Gilles Taurand (“Farewell, My Queen”), “Fou” begins with a young »
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Mazel Tov to the Millepieds! Natalie Portman's husband Benjamin Millepied is currently in the process of converting to Judaism, the French-born dancer-choreographer revealed to Israeli newspaper Yediot Acharonot this week. The Oscar-winning actress, 32, is currently living in her native Israel until March with her husband and their baby son Aleph, 2, as she works on her directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness. Portman's hubby told the local paper that he had fallen "in love with this country" and becoming Jewish is "very important for [...] »
Mazel tov! Natalie Portman's husband, Benjamin Millepied, just revealed that he's in the midst of converting to Judaism. In an interview with Israeli newspaper Yediot Acharanot this week, the ballet choreographer explained that becoming Jewish is "very important" to him. Natalie, Benjamin and their son Aleph are all in Israel until March as she's working on casting her directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness. The drama is based on the memoir of Amos Oz, an Israeli author who advocated a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. Portman was born in Jerusalem but moved to the United States when she was just three years old. Natalie and »
Benjamin Millepied met his wife, Hollywood star Natalie Portman when he choreographed her for the film Black Swan. Now they are set to become France's new golden couple, when Millepied takes over the helm at Paris Opera Ballet later this year. The couple who married in 2012 in an intimate Jewish ceremony in Big Sur, California, will relocate to Paris from La full-time, with their two-year-old son named Aleph, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. »
9 items from 2014
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