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Nearly four decades after winning his first Cesar, French star Jean Rochefort (whom Americans may recognize as the man Terry Gilliam intended to play Don Quixote) is still working steadily, though hardly ever in films of note. Simply put, projects like “Floride” — based on Florian Zeller’s prize-winning play “The Father” — rarely come his way anymore. Boasting a lead role as juicy as a sun-ripened orange, this late-career blessing may as well be Rochefort’s “Nebraska,” allowing the beloved character actor to adapt his persona — in which venerability leaves room for an almost childish streak of mischief — to that of a once-proud patriarch suffering from dementia. Sensitive without lapsing into sentimentality, “Floride” marks the sort of gently irreverent French film that elderly arthouse auds seem to love best, blending humor and pathos to crowd-pleasing effect.
- Peter Debruge
The post apocalyptic zombie thriller, which is being sold by Altitude Films, will be distributed in the UK by Warner Bros.
12 year old newcomer Sennia Nanua is to take the lead in She Who Brings Gifts, which is due to start shooting on May 17 in the West Midlands.
Also joining the cast of the post apocalyptic zombie thriller are Anamaria Marinca (Fury, 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days) Fisayo Akinade (Ordinary Lies),Anthony Welsh (Starred Up) and Dominique Tipper (Dmx).
Funded by the BFI Film Fund, Creative England and Altitude Film Entertainment, the film is being sold internationally by Altitude Film Sales.
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Cannes — Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up U.K. rights to post-apocalyptic zombie thriller “She Who Brings Gifts.” Further cast have joined the project, alongside Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close. Altitude Film Sales is selling the film in Cannes.
Newcomer Sennia Nanua, who is 12 years old, will take the leading role. McCarthy said of Nanua: “Sennia walked into the room as the last of 500 girls I’d met and just shone. She has taken being the lead actress in a film with Glenn, Gemma and Paddy in her stride and completely inhabits this amazing character. She’s a very special girl.”
Also added to the cast are Anamaria Marinca (“Fury,” “4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days,” “Europa Report”), Fisayo Akinade (“Cucumber,” “Banana,” “Ordinary Lies”), Anthony Welsh (“Starred Up,” “My Brother the Devil”) and Dominique Tipper (“Dmx,” “Vampire Academy,” “Montana,” “The Expanse”).
“She Who Brings Gifts” takes place a generation after the world has ended. »
- Leo Barraclough
Stars: Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jim Parrack, Brad William Henke, Kevin Vance, Xavier Samuel, Jason Isaacs, Anamaria Marinca, Alicia von Rittberg, Scott Eastwood, Laurence Spellman, Daniel Betts | Written and Directed by David Ayers
After End of Watch and now Fury writer/director David Ayer has shown a knack for depicting the bond that forms between people when they face death on an endless basis. Fury falls in line with similar World War II films, like Saving Private Ryan, that do not shy away from the inhuman brutality of war. Fury will fully engage audiences with its intense battle sequences and solid performances, but what it lacks is a consistent thematic message. The weight it builds becomes cheapen as it enters into an over simplification of the glory of war.
When the film begins it appears as if Ayer is content on illustrating the futile »
- Dan Clark
4 items from 2015
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