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The French-language thriller will be distributed by Sony Classics in partnership with RatPac Entertainment. It’s the second deal for Sony Classics on a Polanski project following 2011’s “Carnage.”
The thriller marks Polanski’s first project since making his 2013 drama “Venus in Fur.” “Based on a True Story” was published in 2015 and won the Prix Renaudot and high school prize Goncourt des Lyceens. »
- Dave McNary
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired up North American rights to director Roman Polanski’s French-language thriller “Based on a True Story,” the company announced Tuesday. Emmanuelle Seigner stars as a Paris-based author with writer’s block who meets a mysterious woman at a book signing (Eva Green). The film, which recently wrapped production in France, is produced by Wassim Beji of Wy Productions. RatPac Entertainment will partner on distribution with Sony Classics, which last teamed with the Oscar-winning filmmaker on the English-language drama “Carnage” starring Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet. Also Read: Sony Classics Picks Up Trans Drama 'A Fantastic »
- Thom Geier
Exclusive: Psychological thriller recently wrapped production in Paris.
“I am very pleased that Sony Pictures Classics will be distributing Based On A True Story in North America,” Polanski said. “Sony Classics is a company that has long tradition in supporting European cinema. I am looking forward to working again with Michael Barker and Tom Bernard.’
Spc said: “Based »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
B-Reel Films, the hip Stockholm-based banner behind some of Scandinavia’s most ambitious films and TV shows, from Mikael Marcimain’s “Gentlemen” to Pernilla August’s “A Serious Game,” recently ventured into the ultra-competitive English-language movie landscape with Lisa Langseth’s “Euphoria,” starring Alicia Vikander, Eva Green and Charlotte Rampling, and is developing a flurry of more upscale projects.
B-Reel Films is coming off a busy start of the year, having just won two Swedish Guldbagge Awards (Sweden’s equivalent of the Oscars) for “A Serious Game” including supporting actor for Michael Nyqvist. And on the TV side, the shingle’s first Nordic noir series “Before We Die” launched to hit ratings on Sweden’s public broadcaster Svt.
The company has two movies in post: “Euphoria,” which reteams Langseth and Vikander after the critically acclaimed “Hotel,” as well “Bergman,” a feature-length doc about Ingmar Bergman directed by Jane Magnuson. The »
- Elsa Keslassy
On track to ramp up its international profile with ambitious features, Stockholm-based outfit B-Reel Films is set to produce “There’s Nothing to be Afraid of,” a coming-of-age romance set amid the Swedish Christian fundamentalist cult Livets Ord, which will mark the feature film debut of Swedish filmmaker Johan Renck.
Renck has directed a raft of high-profile drama series, from Netflix’s “Bloodline,” to Sky’s “The Last Panthers” to episodes of “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead,” among other shows. Renck has also helmed music videos of David Bowie’s “Lazarus” and “Blackstar.”
“Nothing,” based on based on Johan Heltne’s controversial book which is set in the early 1990s, centers on Jonathan, a 16-year-old belonging to the cult Livets Ord who is about to become an adult and falls in love with Nina while on a trip. Suffering from epileptic seizures, the young man starts seeing a psychologist, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Eva Green (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children) and Gemma Arterton (The Girl With All The Gifts) have been set to play Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West in an upcoming drama exploring the love affair between the two authors.
THR reports that the film, titled Vita and Verginia, will explore the sexual relationship between the two, which lasted close to a decade after they first met in 1922. Sackville-West would serve as the inspiration for Woolf’s acclaimed 1928 novel Orlando.
Vita & Virginia will be directed by Chanya Button (Burn, Burn, Burn), from a script by Eileen Atkins, who has adapted her own 1992 stage play of the same name. Katie Holly of Blinder Films (Love & Friendship) and Evangelo Kioussis (Pandorica) of Mirror Productions are producing, while Green and Arterton will executive produce. »
- Gary Collinson
Following up his harrowing debut Eyes of My Mother, according to Variety, director Nicolas Pesce has just finished wrapping his new film Piercing with stars Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott (James White). An adaptation of Ryu Mirakami’s novel, the film follows Abbott’s crazed protagonist who plans on murdering an unsuspecting call girl at a hotel. Unfortunately for him, he becomes allured by the mysterious woman who shows up (Wasikowska), which starts a dangerous game of chance and chase. Mirakami’s works are often dense and psychological, and it will be interesting to see how Pesce handles the material.
In more adaptation news, Léa Seydoux has joined Colin Firth and Matthias Schoenaerts in a film based on the book Kursk, which tells of the gripping real-life events of a Russian submarine disaster, according to Screen Daily. Helmed by director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt), Kursk is penned by Robert Rodal »
- Mike Mazzanti
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- Laura Berger
Green is to play Woolf and Arterton is cast as Vita Sackville-West in Vita & Virginia, a film about the writers’ years-long relationship
Eva Green and Gemma Arterton have been cast in the lead roles of Vita & Virginia, film about the romantic relationship between Bloomsbury Group novelist Virginia Woolf and writer-gardener Vita Sackville-West.
Directed by Chanya Button and adapted from Eileen Atkins’ play, the production was announced last July. Now it has been revealed that Green (last seen in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), will play Woolf and Arterton (due to appear in the wartime romcom Their Finest) will play Sackville-West.
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- Andrew Pulver
Hot off the presses at Berlin, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Gemma Arterton and Miss Peregrine star Eva Green are set to headline Vita & Virginia, a love story designed to chronicle the romance and friendship between Virgina Woolf and celebrated author Vita Sackville-West.
It’s still early, early days for the project, but we understand British writer-director Chanya Button (Burn, Burn, Burn) is at the helm, directing from a script penned by Eileen Atkins. THR notes that Atkins’ own two-character play will serve as inspiration, which followed the pair’s passionate lesbian romance in 1920s London. Lasting for more than a decade, their love affair inspired Sackville-West’s novel Orlando, and now Gemma Arterton will be the one portraying the historical figure on the big screen. Eva Green, meanwhile, will take point as the great Virgina Woolf.
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- Michael Briers
It’s been confirmed this morning that both the astonishingly talented actors Eva Green and Gemma Arterton will star together in Vita & Virginia for Protagonist Pictures. Directed by Chayna Button, the film will explore the true life relationship and love affair concerning the literary icon Virginia Woolf and author Vita Sackville-West. Eileen Atkins will provide the script which is based on her own... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
The movie tracks the friendship and love affair between Virginia Woolf (Green) and Vita Sackville-West (Arterton), which formed the inspiration for Woolf’s novel “Orlando.”
Button commented: “Focusing on the time in 1927-8 during which Woolf wrote ‘Orlando,’ the novel their relationship inspired, ‘Vita & Virginia’ will be a visceral love story, a vivid exploration of creativity, and an energized perspective on one of our most iconic writers.”
Button added: “We so often associate women of the past with oppression, bound by the duties of marriage, propriety and domesticity; but what ‘Vita & Virginia’ offers is an example of a relationship where bold, brilliant women bent these institutions to their will at great personal cost.”
Button, who made her feature debut in 2015 with “Burn Burn Burn, »
- Variety Staff
Protagonist Pictures has boarded sales on the project and will launch to buyers at this week’s European Film Market in Berlin.
Set in the 1920s, the film will depict the passionate love affair between English novelist Woolf (Green) and socialite Sackville-West (Arterton), which inspired the former to write her novel Orlando.
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Virginia Stephen married Leonard Woolf in 1912, and then met socialiate and author Vita Sackville-West, wife of Harold Nicolson, in 1922. They began a sexual relationship that lasted nearly a decade, as shown in their various »
- Rebecca Ford,Alex Ritman
In “Tim Burton’s best in 20 years” (The Guardian), the cinematic genius brings his magic to Ransom Riggs’ worldwide best-selling novel to create a fantastical world of mystery, power and peculiarity. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment celebrates the in-home release of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, arriving on Digital HD 23rd January 2017, and Blu-ray™, Blu-ray 3D, 4K Ultra HD and DVD on 6th February 2017.
To celebrate, we’re giving away 2 copies on DVD!
When 16-year-old Jake unravels a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he discovers a secret world for children with unusual powers, including levitating Emma, pyrokinetic Olive, and invisible Millard. But danger soon arises and the children must band together to protect a world as extraordinary as they are.
Director Roman Polanski has decided to decline the invitation to preside over this year’s César awards, France’s equivalent of the Oscars, after protests by the feminist group Osez le Feminisme.
Roman Polanski: “saddened” by feminist protests Photo: UniFrance
Polanski, who lives in France and is currently at work on Based On A True Story, co-written by Olivier Assayas and starring Eva Green, his wife Emmanuelle Seigner and Vincent Perez, said through his lawyer that he was “deeply saddened” that he had been forced into this position by the group’s planned protest.
He has been wanted by the Us authorities since 1978 when he was convicted of a child rape after pleading guilty and then fleeing the country before sentence. He cannot be extradited from France as the country has no extradition treaty with the States. »
- Richard Mowe
Paris – Roman Polanski has pulled out of the presidency of France’s Cesar Awards, the country’s equivalent to the Oscars, after widespread protests, Variety has confirmed.
Protests across France were spearheaded by local feminist organization Osez le Feminisme, which said that appointing the French-Polish filmmaker as president was “an insult to rape and sexual assault victims” and called for a boycott of the Cesars. The organization collected about 60,000 signatures on a petition to have Polanski withdrawn. After days of outcry, the director’s lawyer told the Associated Press that Polanski had given up the Cesar presidency, an honorary role which entails giving an opening speech at the awards ceremony.
Polanski is still wanted by authorities in the U.S. for having sex with a minor, in a case dating back to 1977. A bid by the U.S. to have him extradited was recently rejected by Poland’s supreme court. »
- Elsa Keslassy
In the summer of 2016, the Penny Dreadful TV show ended without warning after three seasons on Showtime, because creator John Logan cancelled the psychological thriller, even though the season three closer was only billed as a "season" finale.Fans who want more though, can rely on Titan Comics to ride to the rescue. The first issue, of what we like to think of as Penny Dreadful, season four, will be released on April 5, 2017. The Penny Dreadful TV series starred Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Harry Treadaway, Josh Hartnett, Danny Sapani, Simon Russell Beale, Douglas Hodge, Sarah Greene, Jack Hickey, and Patti LuPone. Read More… »
Paris – Controversial French-Polish filmmaker Roman Polanski is set to preside at the 42nd edition of the Cesar Awards, France’s equivalent to the Oscars.
Although the honorary role of president entails hardly more than a speech introducing the ceremony, it underscores the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques’ unwavering admiration for Polanski.
“It’s no fewer than eight times that the Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques has honored the director. An insatiable aesthete, Roman Polanski has been reinventing his arts and films through the years,” said the Cesar Awards in a statement.
“Artist, filmmaker, producer, screenwriter, comedian, director – there are so many words to define Roman Polanski, but only one to express our admiration and delight: Thank you, Mr. President,” stated the Academy, which is headed by Alain Terzian, who is also a film producer.
In the U.S., where he won an Oscar for “The Pianist” in »
- Elsa Keslassy
After highlighting 50 films that we can guarantee are worth seeing this year, it’s time we venture into the unknown. Rather than regurgitating a list of dated-years-in-advance studio releases, we’ve set out to focus on 100 films we’re genuinely looking forward to, regardless of their marketing budgets. While some might not have a set release — let alone any confirmed festival premiere — most have wrapped production and will likely debut at some point in 2017, so make sure to check back for updates over the next twelve months and beyond. Be sure to keep the following one-hundred films on your radar (with release dates, where applicable). If you want to see how we did with our picks last year (potentially to shame us), head on over here.
- The Film Stage
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