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Every city has a learning curve. In Burn Country, opening today from Samuel Goldwyn, an exiled Afghan writer (Dominic Rains) arrives in rural California eager to immerse himself in the culture and customs of an American town. He befriends an unbalanced local (James Franco) in his search to “get to the source of things,” as he describes it, but the outsider soon becomes confronted by a culture he can’t quite comprehend. Burn Country marks Ian Olds’s first foray into fiction filmmaking after a pair of documentaries shot in Iraq and Afghanistan. Below, Olds speaks about the film’s origins, the Northern California landscape and his prior […] »
- Soheil Rezayazdi
Burn Country opens with a scene so deliberately disorienting that people who see it at a multiplex may briefly wonder whether they’ve accidentally wandered into the wrong theater. This is an American movie featuring an Afghan protagonist, but the first thing we see is a woman onstage, yelling in unsubtitled Polish for several minutes. No context whatsoever has been established, and there’s no way for anyone who doesn’t speak the language to know what she’s saying, though it’s obvious that she’s angry and repeating certain phrases over and over. Only in hindsight does it become clear that our befuddlement at this theater piece is meant to provide a window into the turbulent mindset of Osman (Dominic Rains), who’s just arrived in Northern California from Afghanistan and who experiences, over the course of Burn Country, a crash course on the ways in which parts »
- Mike D'Angelo
James Franco can toggle between blockbusters, indies, comedies and dramas without a missing a beat. Later this month, he’ll appear in “Why Him?” but if you’re looking for something slightly edgier from the actor, you’ll want to seek out “Burn Country.”
Directed by Ian Olds and featuring a strong cast including Dominic Rains, Melissa Leo, Rachel Brosnahan and Thomas Jay Ryan, the film follows Osman, a former fixer for Western journalists reporting on the war in Afghanistan.
- Kevin Jagernauth
This year’s Tribeca Film Festival finished up in April, and some of the festival’s films are receiving theatrical releases around the end of the year. One of these films is “Burn Country,” formerly known as “The Fixer,” which follows former war journalist Osman (Dominic Rains) who lands in a small bohemian town in Northern California working as a crime reporter for the local newspaper. Living on the couch of his friend’s mother (Melissa Leo) and eager to get to work, he befriends local townsfolk, like hot tub craftsman Lindsay (James Franco) and local actress Sandra (Rachel Brosnahan). But when Lindsay goes missing, Osman goes after him and discovers corruption and violence that run deep. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
Read More: The 2016 Indiewire Tribeca Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival
The film is co-written and directed by Ian Olds. »
- Vikram Murthi
Told through the lens of Osman (Dominic Rains), a war reporter still assimilating back into normal life following a tour in Afghanistan, Burn Country orbits around a chilling murder investigation that involves Melissa Leo’s world-weary detective. Eager to cut his teeth as the town’s budding new crime reporter, Osman begins to strike up a friendship with the wildly unstable Lindsay (James Franco) and Sandra, an elusive free spirit played here by Rachel Brosnahan. What begins as an innocent venture into the town’s subculture turns into something much, much darker. Formerly titled The Fixer, documentarian Ian Olds is the filmmaker behind the lens.
- Michael Briers
Another week, another new James Franco film. Following up Goat and King Cobra, his next project is Burn Country (formerly titled The Fixer), a winner a this year’s Tribeca Film Festival for Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film. Considering Franco, along with Melissa Leo and Rachel Brosnahan, make up the supporting ensemble, the award went to Dominic Rains.
He plays Osman, a reporter at a local newspaper in Northern California who uncovers a mystery in his new location. Ahead of a release this December, the first trailer and poster has now arrived, which sell an intense set-up and featuring intriguing, dark imagery. The reviews out of Tribeca were mostly positive, so hopefully this is one to seek out later this year. Check out the trailer and poster below.
- Leonard Pearce
Ian Olds’ drama “Burn Country,” then known as “Fixer,” premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, where its star Dominic Rains won the Best Actor prize. The thriller was then acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Orion Pictures, who have now released a new trailer ahead of its December release.
In “Burn Country,” Rains portrays Osman, an Afghan journalist who leaves behind his life as a fixer for Western reporters and moves to a small town in Northern California where he takes a job with a local newspaper. When a dead body turns up, he finds himself embroiled in a murder investigation. Melissa Leo co-stars as Osman’s mother’s best friend and local cop, James Franco is the unstable hot tub craftsman Lindsay and Rachel Brosnahan is Sandra, an elusive local actress. Check out the trailer below.
- Liz Calvario
One of the most critically acclaimed films to come out of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival is finally making its way to theaters. The first trailer for “Burn Country,” which premiered at Tribeca under the name “The Fixer,” has now landed, and it features some high profile actors like you’ve never seen them before.
Dominic Rains, who won the Best Actor Award at Tribeca, stars as Osman, a fixer for western journalists in Afghanistan who comes to the Us and begins work for a small newspaper.
- Charles Dean
"You got a scoop?" Samuel Goldwyn has debuted a trailer for an indie drama titled Burn Country, which premiered at Tribeca earlier this year. The film is a fictional feature version of a real-life story of a "fixer" journalist from Afghanistan who decides to move to a town on the coast in Northern California. However, once he begins working at a newspaper there he gets drawn into the strange "backwoods of this small town", stumbling into local corruption and other dangers. Iranian actor Dominic Rains stars as Osman, and the cast includes Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan, Thomas Jay Ryan, Tim Kniffin, and James Oliver Wheatley. This looks damn good, like it offers a unique perspective not often seen on film. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Ian Olds' Burn Country, originally from EW.com: After being exiled from Afghanistan, a former war journalist (Dominic Rains) who »
- Alex Billington
Entertainment Weekly has revealed a new trailer for director Ian Olds’ upcoming thriller Burn Country which stars Dominic Rains, Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan and Thomas Jay Ryan; check it out below along with the poster…
Osman has been on the front lines of violence since he was a teenager, working as a fixer for Western journalists covering the war in Afghanistan. So at the age of 28, he’s understandably excited to find himself living in a small bohemian town on the coast – poppy fields and Kalishnikov-wielding warlords giving way to redwood groves and artisanal winemakers. He may be stuck living with Gloria, an American friend’s mom, and doesn’t have a car, but he’s got a job lined up as a reporter on the local paper and is going to use it as a way to get to the heart of his new home.
Or so he thinks. »
- Amie Cranswick
A kidnapper gets more than he bargained for in Pet. Starring Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo, and Jennette McCurdy, the psychological horror film has been acquired by Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films, with Us theatrical, VOD, and DVD release dates slated for December.
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (October 4, 2016) – Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films announced today that they have acquired the psychological thriller Pet, directed by Carles Torrens and written by Jeremy Slater. The film stars Dominic Monaghan (Lost, The Lord Of The Rings Series), Ksenia Solo (Black Swan, Lost Girl), and Jennette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam & Cat). Pet had its World Premiere at the 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin. Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films will release the film in U.S. theaters and on demand on December 2, 2016, and it will be available on DVD on December 27.
- Derek Anderson
Refresh for latest… Samuel Goldwyn Films and Orion Pictures have acquired Ian Olds’ mystery thriller Burn Country, which was called The Fixer when it premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Dominic Rains, who won the Best Actor prize at that fest, stars alongside Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan and Thomas Jay Ryan. A December 9 day-and-date is planned, and Mongrel International is selling international rights at the Toronto Film Festival. Rains stars… »
Mongrel International handles international sales in Toronto on the story of an Afghan man who served as a fixer for Western journalists during the war in Afghanistan.
When he settles in a small town in northern California and finds work as a crime reporter, the new arrival uncovers the town’s dark secrets.
Caroline von Kuhn’s Ace Productions produced in association with Night & Day Pictures, Rabbit Bandini Productions, Gigi Films, Amphora Pictures, Green Street Film Company, Heart-Headed Productions, Raa Ventures and Relic Pictures.
Samuel Goldwyn plans a December 9 day-and-date theatrical and VOD release. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Set to enjoy its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival tomorrow (Thursday, June 2), Chee and T is a comedy about two friends who are impressed by their boss into getting his nephew to his engagement party. We are pleased to premiere the snazzy-looking festival poster. The official synopsis provides a bit more context: Starring Sunkrish Bala (Castle, The Walking Dead) and Dominic Rains (A Girl Walks Home Along at Night) as the title characters, the film follows two debt collectors who are tasked with getting their boss' wild nephew, Mayunk (Asif Ali), ready for his engagement party. Setting out to complete the seemingly easy task, the two get more than they bargained for trying to control their hyperactive, drug-crazed charge. I've been...
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CAA brokered the deal and represents North American rights to the film.
The story follows a former fixer for Us journalists in Afghanistan who relocates to smalltown America where he becomes embroiled in a local mystery.
Olds and Paul Felten wrote the screenplay and Caroline von Kuhn’s Ace Productions produced in association with Night & Day Pictures, Rabbit Bandini Productions, Gigi Films, Amphora Films, Green Street Film Company, Heart-Headed Productions, Raa Ventures and Relic Pictures. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Mongrel International has boarded sales, excluding Canada and the U.S., on Tribeca title The Fixer. The deal was brokered by CAA, which has North America. The drama will make its market debut in Cannes next week. Directed by Ian Olds, who co-wrote with Paul Felten, it stars Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan, Thomas Jay Ryan, and newcomer Dominic Rains. Rains scooped the Best Actor prize at Tribeca last month. Inspired by Olds’ documentary about an Afghani guide… »
Tribeca Film Festival wrapped this weekend and I want to hear a huge round of applause for Manuel Betancourt and Jason Adams who filed so many reports. The festival's main narrative competiton was juried by Anne Carey, Chris Nashawaty, and the actors James Le Gros, Mya Taylor and Jennifer Westfeldt. Additional juries handled documentaries, new directors, and international narrative features.
this Persona-riff won Best Actress for Mackenzie DavisFestival Winners Reviewed
Dean (Manuel) -Best Narrative Feature
Other Films Reviewed
All We Had (Manuel)
Charro de Toluquilla (Manuel)
Elvis & Nixon (Jason) *now in theaters*
Everybody Knows. »
- NATHANIEL R
Confession: I normally remember actresses names with their faces straightaway even if they've only had a bit role that impressed me. Sometimes actors take a few roles to reel me in as if I'm face blind. And so it was at Tribeca where Dominic Rains took the Best Actor prize for his strong sympathetic work as Osman, an Afghani journalist transplanted to rural California in Ian Old's The Fixer (2016). All throughout the picture I was like "who is this guy?" like I'd never seen him before only to discover thereafter that I'd already seen him And loved him in two other movies. In my defense the Iranian-American actor, born in Tehran and raised in Texas, looks different in each of his key roles. But still! I'd never let this talent slip by me with an actress no matter what they did with their hair and costumes.
Rains was the mohawked »
- NATHANIEL R
Actors and their stories fared well at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Demetri Martin’s “Dean” took home the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature, receiving $20,000. The stand-up comedian wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy about one man’s uncertain future following a recent break-up and the sale of his childhood home. Mackenzie Davis (“Always Shine”) received the Actress prize in a U.S. Narrative Feature for her turn in a thriller about two female actors in different places in their careers and the jealous rage that it sparks. Director Sophia Takal was one female director of the 40 percent that made up this year’s directorial slate. Meanwhile, Michael Ragen (“Kicks”) won a prize for cinematography, and “F to 7th” Web series creator Ingrid Jungermann’s “Women Who Kill” earned kudos for her screenplay about two women who create a female serial killer podcast and become paranoid after »
One of the final films that I got to see last week at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival was also ironically the best of the bunch. That film was Dean, the cinematic writing and directorial debut of actor/comedian Demetri Martin. Not only was it absolutely fantastic, it was also declared an award winner at the festival, taking home the Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature. That’s a big feather in this one’s cap as it begins to plan for a release in theaters, presumably later on this year. I know I can’t wait for you to see it, though I’ll have more on it later. For the moment, this will also be a piece highlighting all of the award winners, so let’s do that now! Quickly though, a bit on the film itself. As mentioned, Martin writes, directs, and stars in this dramedy about grief. »
- Joey Magidson
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