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“Do you remember Mr. and Mrs. Dangett?” Somewhere in a single room at the bottom of a single house, a single man and a single girl live out their entire lives. Nikole Beckwith‘s Stockholm, Pennsylvania chronicles what happens after all of that, after a sheltered child is returned to her real life and her real home, and what that feels like almost after nearly two decades away. Saoirse Ronan stars in the well-tuned drama as a small child once known as Leanne, kidnapped as a toddler, renamed “Leia” (after some sort of princess, she tells us later), and sentenced to live in a basement with a stranger (Jason Isaacs) for the foreseeable future. Beckwith’s film explores what happens after Leanne/Leia is rescued and given back to her shell-shocked and emotionally unstable parents (Cynthia Nixon and David Warshofsky). It’s not exactly easy. Desperate to make Leia comfortable (first concession: calling her “Leia”), Nixon’s »
- Kate Erbland
Netflix came to this year’s Sundance Film Festival as the digital spoiler, ready to spend more than traditional studios to lure the top indie movies away from theatrical distribution – but so far they haven’t spoiled a thing, as the big acquisitions in a healthy market have mainly gone to the usual distribution suspects.
Multiple dealmakers have told TheWrap that Netflix came to Sundance with a specific strategy to outbid the other studios for movies in an attempt to build a track record as a buyer of major festival titles. A longtime supporter of independent film, Netflix has been »
- Jeff Sneider and Sharon Waxman
Robert Redford opened this year’s Sundance by underscoring how the annual film festival, which he started 31 years ago, was about embracing diversity and change, two qualities that often slip through the cracks of Hollywood’s studio system. It was a refreshing message against a backdrop of a business that saw ticket sales drop by more than 5% in 2014.
Indeed, in the snow-covered streets of Park City, it didn’t look like the movie business had gone cold. Buyers acknowledge that Sundance inspired passionate bidding wars and marked enthusiasm for releasing innovative stories on the bigscreen. A number of competing newer distributors such as the Orchard, Amplify Releasing and A24 helped drive prices up, even as digital players like Amazon and Netflix have yet to land a high-profile sale.
But all this buying fever doesn’t necessarily guarantee profits. No Sundance acquisition from 2014 made more than $8 million theatrically, and the highest-grossing festival title, »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
Home is where the heart is, and love, longing, and grieving for the departed fragments of our lives we can never return to are lovingly realized in John Crowley’s exquisitely crafted and beautiful “Brooklyn.” Based on the novel by Irish author Colm Tóibín, and delicately adapted by Nick Hornby, “Brooklyn” tells the story of Eilis Lacey, an Irish immigrant who travels to America in the early 1950s for a more prosperous life. Living quietly in a small rural Irish town, opportunities are scarce, and Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) feels she has little choice when a unexpected chance to move abroad at the behest of a vicar presents itself. But the unplanned adventure to America is a sudden one, and leaving behind her beloved sister (Fiona Glascott), fragile mother (Jane Brennan), and the warm familiarity she came of age in is devastating for the trepidatious young girl. As she crosses the Atlantic, »
- Rodrigo Perez
John Crowley directed Brooklyn and the highly regarded romance stars Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters in the story of a young Irish immigrant in 1950s New York.
Fox Searchlight negotiated the deal with HanWay Films and CAA and plans a release this year for the potential awards contender.
Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media have acquired world rights to the documentary Best Of Enemies, chronicling the intellectual rivalry between Gore Vidal and William F Buckley. Wme Global and Submarine represented the film-makers.Sundance Selects has moved on North American rights to Laura Gabbert’s Us Documentary Competition selection City Of Gold. The film follows »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired U.S. rights as well as multiple international territories to the romantic drama Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters. The film is directed by John Crowley and written by Nick Hornby, based on Colm Toibin's acclaimed novel. The film is produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey and is scheduled to be released in 2015. Here's what Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley had to say in a statement.
"We were overwhelmed by this epic film - the impeccable direction, the flawless attention to detail and Saoirse's heartbreaking performance of Eilis' emotional journey. This film is the kind of classic love story that audiences yearn for and is so often missing from today's world."
"We could not »
Fox Searchlight came to Sundance with Jonah Hill / James Franco thriller "True Story" in hand, picked up director Noah Baumbach's latest collaboration with Greta Gerwig, "Mistress America," before the festival began, and partnered with producer Indian Paintbrush to snag "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" earlier this week. The distributor's acquisitions spree continues with the period melodrama "Brooklyn" -- to the tune of $9 million, according to Variety, the price tag fueled by a bidding war that included The Weinstein Company, Focus Features, and Roadside. Based on Colm Tóibín's 2009 novel, adapted by the ever-popular Nick Hornby and directed by John Crowley, the film stars Saoirse Ronan ("Atonement") as a young woman who emigrates from Ireland to the titular New York borough in 1952. As Entertainment Weekly notes, it's a homecoming of sorts for the 20-year-old Irish actress, who also appears in this year's Sundance »
- Matt Brennan
An insider close to the negotiations told TheWrap the deal will be for $9 million, the biggest deal of the festival so far. Searchlight previously closed a deal for “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” at the festival, for around $4.7 million.
- Jeff Sneider
“Brooklyn,” a heartwarming and emotional story about an immigrant’s journey to New York, has sold to Fox Searchlight, Variety has confirmed.
The bidding for the project, which sparked interest from a number of studios including the Weinstein Co., Focus Features and Roadside, went for $9 million.
“Brookyln” premiered on Monday night, to both sniffling and laughter, at the Sundance Film Festival. Saoirse Ronan plays the young girl who leaves her native Ireland for Brooklyn in 1952. The movie was directed by John Crowley and adapted by Nick Hornby from the novel written by Colm Toibin.
It’s likely that the film, which feels like a cross between “An Education” and “In America,” will be part of next year’s awards season.
The film is co-repped by Hanway Films.
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
The period drama Brooklyn, which premiered at Sundance Monday night to a standing ovation, takes place in 1952 and follows a young Irish woman’s coming of age; played by Saoirse Ronan, her heartstrings get pulled in several different directions at the same time. The period drama An Education, meanwhile, which debuted at the 2009 festival to critical hosannas, is set in 1961 and focuses on a bright young British woman (Carey Mulligan) longing to be accepted as an adult through her love affair with a beguiling older man. The parallels between the two movies are striking. Both An Education, based on a memoir by Lynn Barber, »
- Chris Lee
Spoiler alert, but Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) was, in fact, not my favorite film of the year. I figured I should just get that out of the way at the start for those of you who feared I might have the same #1 film as Brad and Mike, both of whom listed Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's latest as their favorite film from 2014. Don't get me wrong, I really liked Birdman, but in a surprise to even myself, it didn't make my list, which I think you can pretty much chalk up to the surprisingly good year 2014 wound up being. I was certainly among the scoffers last fall about it being a bit of down year, and just a month or so ago I was of the opinion 2014 offered a lot of films to like, but very few to love. After going through and finalizing my list, I'd like to retract that statement. »
- Jordan Benesh
Park City — Sometimes the elements of a movie just gel together so well and you find yourself enjoying the ride so much that you instantly forgive the material for any of its inherent limitations. Case in point: John Crowley's new drama "Brooklyn," which premiered Monday night at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. After 20 minutes I'd written the not-so positive words "earnest" and "cutesy" in my notebook. Almost an hour and a half later I was so moved by what had transpired I was fighting back the tears. The picture isn't the achievement expected festival grand prize jury winner "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" is, but it's a damn good movie on its own terms. "Brooklyn" is based on the popular novel by Colm Tóibín and was adapted by another celebrated author, Nick Hornby ("About a Boy"). It begins in the early 1950s where Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) doesn't see »
- Gregory Ellwood
If you're betting on "Boyhood" to win big at the upcoming Academy Awards, think again! Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" was deemed to be the big Oscar frontrunner but a double-dose of guild awards over the weekend tamed those prospects down. First, the Producers Guild of America gave their top honor to Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," and the Screen Actors Guild followed suit!
"Birdman" took home the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award! But, since the movie is about acting, this award is just fitting.
My biggest surprise, and it'a welcome surprise indeed, was "The Theory of Everything's" Eddie Redmayne taking home the Outstanding Male Actor trophy. Sorry Michael Keaton! I think Redmayne truly gave the Performance of the Year award!
Amongst this years Screen Actors Guild Award winners are Eddie Redmayne, who won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Birdman, which took home Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Orange Is the New Black, whose star Uzo Uduba claimed the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category.
Redmayne, dedicated his award to sufferers of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als), the illness which Hawking himself suffers from. He also went on to congratulate fellow actors such as Bradley Cooper, David Oyelowo and Timothy Spall.
It has been a big weekend for Birdman, which not only won best ensemble »
- Alfie Nobes
“Stockholm, Pennsylvania” tells the story of a little girl who is kidnapped for 18 years before resurfacing again.
Castmates Saoirse Ronan, Cynthia Nixon, Jason Isaacs, David Warshofsky, Avery Phillips and director Nikole Beckwith sat down with awards editor Steve Pond at TheWrap Interview Studio at the Sundance Indiegogo Lounge to talk about making the abduction drama.
“I feel like the play has a very particular and devastating story,” said Nixon, who plays the girl’s mother, Marcy. “Even though most of us have not undergone anything like that, »
- Wrap Staff
The Screen Actors Guild handed out the 21st annual SAG Awards Sunday night live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Here is a rundown of all the nominees and winners as they are announced. And be sure to re-live our live blog of the show here! Theatrical Motion Pictures Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role Steve Carell / John du Pont – "Foxcatcher" (Sony Pictures Classics) Benedict Cumberbatch / Alan Turing – "The Imitation Game" (The Weinstein Company) Jake Gyllenhaal / Louis Bloom – "Nightcrawler" (Open Road Films) Michael Keaton / Riggan – "Birdman" (Fox Searchlight Pictures) **Eddie Redmayne / Stephen Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features)** - Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Jennifer Aniston / Claire Bennett – "Cake" (Cinelou Films) Felicity Jones / Jane Hawking – "The Theory Of Everything" (Focus Features) **Julianne Moore / Alice Howland-Jones – "Still Alice" (Sony Pictures Classics)** - Winner Rosamund Pike / Amy Dunne – "Gone Girl »
- Kristopher Tapley
Sundance Film Festival Day 2:What did Keanu Reeves, Gary Cole, Winston Rauch, Michael Shannon, Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman, Jason Isaac, Eli Roth, Jonny Drubel, Ethan Hawk, Avan Jogia, Emile Hirsch, Bryan Buckley, Adam Scott, Nicholas Lopez, Lorenza Izza, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Isaacs, Jake Busey, Ana DeArmas, Nick Offerman, Kevin Bacon, Chris Pine do on day 2 of Sundance? They checked out cast of Ten Thousand Saints, Knock Knock and Dope all descended on Acura Studio to sign the hood of the new 2015 Acura Tlx.Acura will donate the proceeds from the highest bidder to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Ride […] »
- April Neale
You can’t fault writer/director Nikole Beckwith for a lack of trying. Stockholm, Pennsylvania - starring Saoirse Ronan, Cynthia Nixon and Jason Isaacs – dives headfirst into the psychology of Stockholm Syndrome with a raw first few scenes. That it ultimately drowns underneath its ideas is a shame. Stockholm focuses on Leann (Ronan), a young woman whose just been returned home to […] »
- Dan Mecca
Written and directed by Nikole Beckwith
Stockholm, Pennsylvania is a perfect example of an interesting film that doesn’t work on a cinematic level. It starts out from the perspective of a kidnapping victim, only to switch midway through to that of a victimizer. It’s an ambitious device that writer-director Nikole Beckwith doesn’t quite pull off. There are some terrific elements in play but they never coalesce into something more powerful. Much like its protagonist, we watch this film through a window that never lets us inside.
Stockholm Syndrome is a psychological condition in which captives begin to identify with their captors. Though Stockholm, Pennsylvania actually takes place in Salem, Pennsylvania, its title couldn’t be more appropriate. Leah (Saoirse Ronan), as named by her longtime jailor, Ben (Jason Isaacs), is just returning home after a 17-year imprisonment. Needless to say, she’s a little messed up. »
- J.R. Kinnard
I am at my second Sundance Film Festival. These are my reviews.
Sundance Film Festival 2015 Reviews
Director/Screenwriter: Nikole Beckwith
Plot (courtesy of Sundance): A young woman is returned home to her biological parents after living with her abductor for 17 years.
Review: I was very intrigued with Stockholm, Pennsylvania, until I was very annoyed with Stockholm, Pennsylvania. You always want a movie to end on a high note. You want the last moments to give you some sort of high. Whether it leads to conversation or just a feeling doesn’t matter, you just want that extra juice.
Not only does the third act derail into frustration and annoyance with characters’ decisions, it leaves you not wanting to even bother thinking about all of the good that was there in the beginning of Stockholm, Pennsylvania. Ronan does »
- Jeff Bayer
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