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Cillian Murphy Takes on Nazi Germany in ‘Anthropoid’

11 July 2016 10:13 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

In projects like “28 Days Later...,” “Sunshine,” and “In the Heart of the Sea,” Cillian Murphy has proven himself through the years as an astounding and versatile talent. But he’s yet to receive the recognition he deserves. With the upcoming Nazi thriller “Anthropoid,” he may get his shot at the gold!  Historical dramas have often fared well with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and with the pedigree of talent attached to writer-director Sean Ellis’ forthcoming true World War II story, this project is shaping up to be a contender across the board. Murphy and Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) star as Josef Gabcik and Jan Kubis, respectively, both of whom are Czechoslovakian operatives who are tasked with assassinating Hitler’s right-hand man, Reinhard Heydrich, in 1942 Prague. It’s the sort of resistance move that would change the war within their German-occupied Czechoslovakia and beyond. The feature »

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‘Anthropoid’ Resonates With Czech Audience at Karlovy Vary

9 July 2016 10:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The last time anyone filmed a fact-based story of Czech war heroes the Czech Republic was still part of Czechoslovakia and the East bloc was still under Soviet occupation.

This week Czech audiences at the Karlovy Vary fest fought to hold back tears as they watched Sean Ellis’ portrait of a Czech and a Slovak who pulled off the highest-level Nazi assassination of World War II.

Just why no Czech producer has been willing to tackle the story of how British-trained Czechoslovak paratroopers Jan Kubis and Jozef Gabcik took down Reichsprotekor Reinhard Heydrich in 1942, no one can say.

But Czech producer David Ondricek, who worked with French and American producers to complete the “Anthropoid,” Sean Ellis’s moving story of that killing and its aftermath, says the project gained strength from being an international production — just as the secret mission was.

And this time around, the historical accuracy and involvement »

- Will Tizard

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Karlovy Vary: Czech Incentives, Production Facilities Lure Foreign Filmmakers

5 July 2016 9:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Karlovy Vary  The Czech Republic’s top-notch production design, technical prowess, renowned facilities and attractive incentive program were front and center at a lively discussion at the Karlovy Vary Festival on Monday.

The panel, moderated by Variety’s Peter Caranicas, included Czech Film Commissioner Ludmila Claussova; British director Sean Ellis, whose World War II drama “Anthropoid” (pictured) opened this year’s fest; Oscar-winning Barrandov Studio production designer Allan Starski; production designer Jindrich Koci; cinematographer Jaromir Sedina; and Rick Smotkin, senior VP of government affairs at U.S. cable giant Comcast, parent of NBCUniversal.

Discussing the Czech Republic’s incentive program, which offers a 20% cash rebate on local spend, Claussova said the financing support plays a vital role for most projects, adding that incentives “are necessary if you want to stay competitive. It’s the first question producers ask.”

Yet Claussova stressed that efforts to lure foreign productions to the country meant not just promoting incentives, »

- Ed Meza

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Karlovy Vary Review: ‘Anthropoid’ Muddles An Incredible World War II Story

2 July 2016 6:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The sheer infinity of World War II stories has proven to be one of cinema’s most renewable sources of inspiration, and — like a puzzle that slowly reveals its with the addition of every new piece — each movie made about that extraordinary period of time has the effect of enhancing them all. But with so many stories to tell, it’s unsurprising that even some of the most remarkable ones have been overlooked (if only, as is often the case, because there doesn’t seem to be much money in telling them).

Sean Ellis’ “Anthropoid” may not be a particularly compelling piece of drama, but it earns its place in the pantheon of World War II movies by virtue of the urgency with which it reaches into the pages of Czech history books, retrieves an enormously pivotal episode from them, and renders it for all to see on the silver screen. »

- David Ehrlich

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Jamie Dornan, Willem Dafoe open 51st Karlovy Vary

1 July 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

War thriller Anthropoid opens film festival in Czech Republic.

Fifty Shades Of Grey star Jamie Dornan and Us actor Willem Dafoe walked the red carpet at the opening of the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) (July 1-9) tonight.

Dornan, who was met by a legion of fans in the picturesque spa town in the Czech Republic, attended the festival with the world premiere of opening film Anthropoid alongside co-stars Toby Jones, Charlotte Le Bon and local actress Anna Geislerová as well as director Sean Ellis (Metro Manila).

The Second World War thriller stars Dornan and Cillian Murphy as Czech soldiers who plotted to assassinate senior Nazi officer Reinhard Heydrich. The film shot in Prague and Barrandov Studios.

At the opening ceremony, Dornan said: “We realise what an important story this is to Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic. We felt a huge amount of pressure to tell the story in an appropriate way and honour the men »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Jamie Dornan’s ‘Anthropoid’ Opens Karlovy Vary With a Bang

1 July 2016 1:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Karlovy Vary Film Festival got off to a dazzling start on Friday with a titillatingly impressive stage number, a prize for Willem Dafoe, and the world premiere of “Anthropoid,” Sean Ellis’ World War II thriller set in Czechoslovakia.

Presenting his competition pic, which stars Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy and Toby Jones, Ellis said his story of two soldiers who return to their native Czechoslovakia on a secret mission to assassinate a high-ranking Nazi official had been a 15-year-long obsession.

“It’s been a long journey to bring it all the way home to the Czech Republic tonight for you,” Ellis said. “It’s a great honor. I dedicate this film to the men and women of the former Czechoslovakia who stood up against tyranny with indomitable spirit and sacrificed everything for what they believed.”

Dornan added: “We realized what an important story this is to the Czech Republic and »

- Ed Meza

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Karlovy Vary Film Review: ‘Anthropoid’

1 July 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In Hollywood’s alternate history of World War II, Tom Cruise tried and failed to assassinate Adolf Hitler in the loosely fact-based “Valkyrie,” as did Walter Pidgeon in Fritz Lang’s thoroughly fictional “Man Hunt,” before Brad Pitt finally managed to get the job done with the help of his fellow “Inglourious Basterds.” Now, in the most historically accurate of these big-screen resistance feats, “Fifty Shades of Grey” heartthrob Jamie Dornan takes aim at one of Hitler’s top lieutenants, SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, who oversaw both the Reich’s claim on Bohemia and Moravia (now the Czech Republic) and the Final Solution.

Anthropoid,” which derives its sci-fi-sounding title from the Czechoslovak army-in-exile’s real-life operation to assassinate Heydrich, capitalizes on the facts of this little-known act of heroism, casting two dreamy stars (Dornan and Cillian Murphy) as expat soldiers Jan Kubiš and Josef Gabčík, who parachute back into their Nazi-occupied »

- Peter Debruge

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Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Opens Its Doors to Central European and World Cinema

24 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Once again the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival is set to open its doors and host the most important event for the cinema community in Central Europe. For eight days the film industry and film lovers will experience a busy program of screenings, workshops and parties.

On July 1, festival president Jiri Bartoska, together with artistic director Karel Och, will welcome attendees at the gala opening in the Grand Hall of the Hotel Thermal. The celebration will include the world premiere of Sean Ellis’ “Anthropoid,” and will be attended by the film’s stars — Jamie Dornan, Charlotte Le Bon, and their Czech colleague Anna Geislerova.

The film’s story concerns a key moment in World War II — and a fateful one in what is now the Czech Republic — the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the No. 3 man in Nazi Germany, by Czechoslovak members of the British commandos. The U.K./France/Czech co-production will debut Aug. »

- Jakub Zika

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Willem Dafoe, Charlie Kaufman to receive Karlovy Vary honours

21 June 2016 4:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival reveals guests headed to Karlovy Vary next month.

Us actor Willem Dafoe and writer-director Charlie Kaufman are to be honoured at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) (July 1-9) on its opening night .

Dafoe is to receive the Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema and the festival will screen his performances in Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini and Martin Scorese’s The Last Temptation of Christ.

Kaufman, who won an Oscar for his script for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, will receive the president’s award and the festival will screen animation Anomalisa, which he co-directed with Duke Johnson.

As previously announced, the festival set in the Czech Republic spa town will open with the world premiere of Second World War thriller Anthropoid, with actors Jamie Dornan and Toby Jones, Aňa Geislerová, Alena Mihulová, Václav Neužil and Marcin Dorocinski in attendence alongside writer-director Sean Ellis.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Willem Dafoe to Receive Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

21 June 2016 3:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Willem Dafoe will be heading to West Bohemia in July to pick up a Crystal Globe for contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the org announced Tuesday, while boundary-challenging director-scribe Charlie Kaufman will be taking home the President’s Award.

Fest will screen Dafoe-starrer “Pasolini,” Abel Ferrara’s psychedelic tribute to the avant-garde Italian filmmaker, along with Martin Scorsese’s 1988 movie “The Last Temptation of Christ,” in which Dafoe stars alongside Harvey Keitel. Kaufman’s surreal animated feature “Anomalisa” will also screen.

The event, set in an ornate spa town in the Czech Republic, will open with true-life Nazi assassination drama “Anthropoid,” a Czech-shot thriller featuring seven other fest guests, “Fifty Shades of Grey’s” Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones, Ana Geislerova, Alena Mihulova, Vaclav Neuzil and Marcin Dorocinski, as well as screenwriter and director Sean Ellis.

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- Will Tizard

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Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy Fight Nazis in ‘Anthropoid’ Trailer

17 June 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy fight for their lives as underground operatives against the Nazis in Bleecker Street’s first trailer for the World War II thriller “Anthropoid.”

“Us being noticed gets us all shot,” Murphy’s character explains to his colleagues.

Bleecker Street recently nabbed U.S. rights to the drama from Ld Entertainment during the Cannes Film Festival. The movie is based on “Operation Anthropoid,” the code name for the Czech operatives’ mission to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich in May of 1942.

Heydrich, the main architect behind Adolf Hitler’s Final Solution, was the Reich’s third in command behind Hitler and Heinrich Himmler. He was also the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia.

The film follows two soldiers from the Czech army-in-exile, Josef Gabčík (Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December of 1941. They must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, »

- Dave McNary

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‘Anthropoid’ Trailer: Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan Target WWII Nazi Chief

17 June 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Though its title sounds vaguely sci-fi-ish, Sean EllisAnthropoid is anything but fantasy, as this new trailer makes clear. With a tagline “Resistance has a code name” spelling things out pretty clearly, Anthropoid is based on the true story of a Czechoslovakian anti-facist operation during World War II. Led by the dwindling Czech resistance, the operation was a mission to assassinate Third Reich General Reinhard Heydrich, an architect of the Final Solution. Cillian Murph… »

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Anthropoid Trailer Stars Cillian Murphy And Jamie Dornan As World War II Assassins

17 June 2016 12:05 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The first trailer for World War II thriller Anthropoid has arrived online, starring Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan as two Czech operatives tasked with the assassination of an SS officer.

With the movie set to arrive later this summer, it’s a wonder why we’ve heard so little about it until now – especially with a trailer that’s this intriguing. Cashback director Sean Ellis sits at the helm of this espionage pic, whose title refers to a specific mission where two operatives set about hunting down one of Hitler’s highest-ranking officials, SS Reinhard Heydrich. While the cinematic canon includes a lot of World War II thrillers, and many that involve espionage, Anthropoid looks like it’s planning to pack quite a punch thanks to the performances of its strong acting line-up.

Speaking of the cast, Murphy and Dornan are joined by a stellar support roster that includes Toby Jones, »

- Gem Seddon

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First trailer for World War II drama Anthropoid starring Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan

17 June 2016 8:36 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival next month,  the first trailer and poster have arrived online for writer-director Sean Ellis’ upcoming World War II thriller Anthropoid which stars Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan; take a look below…

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Based on the true story of two Czechoslovak soldiers sent to assassinate the head of the SS in 1942. SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich was the Reich’s number three and main architect for the ‘Final Solution’.

Anthropoid is set for release on August 12th in the States and features a cast that also includes Anna Geislerová, Charlotte Le Bon, Toby Jones and Harry Lloyd.

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- Amie Cranswick

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Cillian Murphy Stars in WWII Assassination Film 'Anthropoid' Trailer

16 June 2016 5:53 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Take a look around... This is not some game... You get noticed, and that gets us noticed, and being noticed gets us all shot." Bleecker Street has released a trailer for the film titled Anthropoid, which is actually a reference to Operation Anthropoid, the code-name for the assassination mission in Czechoslovakia to take out The Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler, SS General Reinhard Heydrich. Actor Cillian Murphy stars as one of the Allied soldiers helping carry out the top-secret mission. He's joined by a cast including Jamie Dornan, Harry Lloyd, Charlotte Le Bon, Toby Jones and Bill Milner. This looks like a very intricate and tense thriller. I'm very impressed by this trailer, really want to see this. Take a look. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Sean Ellis' Anthropoid, found on YouTube: Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission »

- Alex Billington

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‘Anthropoid’ Trailer: Cillian Murphy & Jamie Dornan Conspire to Take Down the Third Reich in Nazi Thriller

16 June 2016 1:59 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The day may come when we run out of true World War II stories to make movies about, but it is not this day. Like “Valkyrie” before it, “Anthropoid” dramatizes an attempt to assassinate a high-ranking Nazi — only instead of fellow Germans conspiring against Hitler, it’s exiled Czechoslovak soldiers trying to take down SS General Reinhard Heydrich, third in command of the Third Reich. Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan lead the way in Sean Ellis’ (“Metro Manila”) thriller, the first trailer for which is now available.

Read More: ‘Anthropoid’: Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy Prepare For War In New Images Of The Thriller

Set in Prague in 1942, “Anthropoid” follows Murphy and Dornan as they plot to kill Heydrich, one of the main architects of the Holocaust and leader of occupying Nazi forces in what was then Czechoslovakia. Toby Jones, Harry Llyod and Charlotte Le Bon all co-star.

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- Michael Nordine

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Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan Fight the Nazis in First Trailer For ‘Anthropoid’

16 June 2016 11:16 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It was just this week with the arrival of the Denial trailer that we commented it wouldn’t be awards season without a Holocaust drama. While Anthropoid is centered moreso around taking down Nazis and it arrives just before the standard award season, we’ll count it. Coming from director Sean Ellis (Metro Manila, Cashback), the first trailer has now arrived.

Led by Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan, they star as a pair of Allied soldiers who attempt to take down an SS General. Also starring Charlotte Le Bon, Anna Geislerová, Harry Lloyd, Alena Mihulová, Marcin Dorociński, Bill Milner, Sam Keeley, Jiří Simek, Mish Boyko, Václav Neuzil, Andrej Polák and Toby Jones, check out the trailer, photos, and poster below.

Anthropoid is based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the World War II mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich. The Reich’s third in command after Hitler and Himmler, Heydrich was the main architect behind the Final Solution and the leader of occupying Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia whose reign of terror prompted Allied soldiers (Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan) to hatch a top-secret mission that would change the face of Europe forever.

Anthropoid opens on August 12, 2016.

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- Leonard Pearce

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The Mission Begins In First Trailer For WWII Thriller ‘Anthropoid’ Starring Cillian Murphy & Jamie Dornan

16 June 2016 10:29 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You might not know the name Sean Ellis, but you may know of his work. The director first earned some buzz with his 2006 effort “Cashback,” but it was 2013’s acclaimed thriller “Metro Manila” that truly put him on the radar. Picking up numerous honors for that film, including an Audience Award at the Sundance […]

The post The Mission Begins In First Trailer For WWII Thriller ‘Anthropoid’ Starring Cillian Murphy & Jamie Dornan appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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First Trailer: WW2 Thriller "Anthropoid"

16 June 2016 10:05 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Metro Manila" and "Cashback" director Sean Ellis returns with the WW2 thriller "Anthropoid" about an undercover mission by two Czech army soldiers (Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan) who parachute into an occupied Prague to assassinate SS officer Reinhard Heydrich - the architect behind the infamous Nazi 'Final Solution'. Charlotte Le Bon, Harry Lloyd, Bill Milner and Toby Jones also star in the project which opens August 12th.

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New images from World War II thriller Anthropoid featuring Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan

30 May 2016 1:23 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Six images have arrived online for writer-director Sean Ellis’ upcoming World War II thriller Anthropoid featuring Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan and Anna Geislerová; take a look below…

 

Based on the true story of two Czechoslovak soldiers sent to assassinate the head of the SS in 1942. SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich was the Reich’s number three and main architect for the ‘Final Solution’.

Anthropoid is set for release on August 12th in the States and features a cast that also includes Charlotte Le Bon, Toby Jones and Harry Lloyd.

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- Amie Cranswick

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