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Rome — The Venice Film Festival’s 29th Critics’ Week has unveiled its lineup of nine first works, including eight world preems, featuring fresh pics from Europe, China, Vietnam, Iran, and Palestine. Just like last year, the U.S. is absent.
The independently run Venice sidebar will open with Iranian drama “Melbourne,” (pictured) starring “A Separation” protag Payman Maadi as a young man about to leave Iran for Australia with his partner, when a tragic event prevents the couple from leaving the country. Pic, screening out-of-competition, previously bowed at Tehran’s Fajr Film Festival and was also recently at the Cannes market, sold by Iranian Independants.
The Venice Critics’ Week closer, also out-of-competish, will be Berlusconi-era dramedy “Arance e Martello,” set in multi-ethnic Rome, inspired by Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing,” and helmed by Italo blogger and TV personality Diego Bianchi, who is known as “Zoro.”
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- Nick Vivarelli
Set in post-9/11 America, Kristen stars as Private Amy Cole, a young woman determined to make something of herself in the Us Army. However, instead of being sent out to Afghanistan she’s assigned a role as a guard in Guantanamo Bay. While facing hostility from many of the prisoners Amy manages to strike up a friendship with Ali Amir (Peyman Moaadi), one of the detainees, as the pair attempt to come to terms with their separate – but intertwining – situations. Julia Duffy, Tara Holt, Cory Michael Smith, Lane Garrison. Joseph Julian Soria, John Carroll Lynch and Yousuf Azami co-star.
Although focusing on an interesting and controversial topic, reviews from Camp X-ray’s debut at Sundance Film Festival were a little mixed, as Kristen’s name typically tends to divide audiences. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
IFC Films has unveiled new photos from Kristen Stewart's upcoming "Camp X-Ray," a war-on-terror drama that's directed by Peter Sattler, who's making his helming debut. Check out the photos below. In "Camp X-Ray," Stewart plays a female soldier who is stationed at Guantanamo Bay, where she forms an unlikely bond with one of the prisoners (Payman Maadi). The title refers to one of the more controversial facilities at Guantanamo Bay. "Camp X-Ray" already premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It has yet to get a release date. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
After breaking out with the Twilight franchise, Kristen Stewart has demonstrated some sizable dramatic chops with her roles in Jack Kerouac adaptation On the Road and blockbuster Snow White & The Huntsman – and with a lead role in Olivier Assayas’ upcoming Clouds of Sils Maria, she doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. Recently, Stewart toplined a smaller film, a Guantanamo Bay-set drama titled Camp X-Ray, which premiered to lackluster reviews at Sundance (though most viewers gave the actress high marks for her lead performance).
Our own Emily Estep wasn’t a fan of the film, giving it two and a half out of five stars and concluding that:
While it does have its moments, there’s a lot of wasted potential here, as Camp X-Ray falls flat when attempting to approach larger issues of human rights. Instead, it relies on pop culture references and cheesy metaphors to speak for its characters. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Camp X-Ray directed by Peter Sattler and starring Kristen Stewart finds Stewart playing Pvt. Amy Cole, a soldier assigned to Guantanamo Bay, who eventually befriends a man who has been imprisoned there for eight years, and today we have ten new pictures from the film which IFC is expected to release later this year. Stewart co-stars in the pic opposite Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison, J.J. Soria and John Carroll Lynch and based on reviews out of Sundance this one sounds like a mixed bag, but what caught my attention most from this batch of pictures (via The Playlist) is how Stewart's expression is the exact same in every single one of these images. Is this how she plays the entire moviec Tight-lipped and sullenc Check out the pictures below. »
- Brad Brevet
While the franchise "Snow White & The Huntsman" appears to be moving on without her, Kristen Stewart appears to be less interested in that kind of stuff anyway. She recently hit Cannes with Olivier Assayas' "Clouds Of Sils Maria," she spent last month shooting "American Ultra" with Jesse Eisenberg, and has the drama "Still Alice" coming as well. And in case you forgot, she kicked off the year at Sundance with "Camp X-Ray," and some new images from the film have arrived. The movie is written and directed by Peter Sattler, features Payman Maadi, Lane Garrison, J.J. Soria and John Carroll Lynch, and follows the relationship that emerges between a Guantanamo Bay detainee and a young female guard. We didn't get a chance to see the movie in Park City, but reviews were mixed, however, Stewart did get good notices for her performance. IFC Films has U.S. rights for this one, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hong Kong – The upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival has set “Transformers: Age of Extinction” as its closing film on June 22.
The Michael Bay-directed film was partially shot on multiple locations in China and Hong Kong. It sees China Central Television’s China Movie Channel (CCTV6) as a production partner alongside Paramount Pictures and Dibonaventura Pictures. CCTV6 last year ran a talent show to cast young Chinese actors for supporting roles in the picture.
The film will open around Asia from June 25 and in North America from June 27.
Previous editions of the franchise have done huge business in China. “Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon” grossed $165 million in China.
The festival will open with the 4K restoration of Chinese classic, “Two Stage Sisters,” bowing some 50 years after its first release.
Siff also completed its main competition line-up with the addition of four more recent movies.
The fest (14-22 June) has »
- Patrick Frater
Hong Kong – The Shanghai International Film Festival (14-22 June) looks set to be a starry affair.
Joining top Chinese actress Gong Li on the main competition jury are the UK’s Sally Potter, Korean director Im Sangsoo (“The Housemaid”), Japanese director Shunji Iwai (“All About Lily Chou-Chou”), Chinese director Liu Jie (“Courthouse on Horseback,” “Deep In the Clouds”), Iran’s Payman Maadi (“About Elly” as actor, “Snow on the Pines” as director), and Denmark’s Lone Scherfig (“An Education,” “Italian For Beginners”.)
Kidman will »
- Patrick Frater
Organisers said the full Golden Goblet line-up has yet to be announced but will also include Volker Schlöndorff’s Diplomatie; Thai filmmaker Tom Waller’s The Last Executioner; Greek filmmaker Pantelis Voulgaris’ Mikra Anglia; Maiko wa Lady, from Japan’s Masayuki Suo; Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig’s Predestination (Australia); Jeanne Herry’s She Adores Him (France); Mehdi Rahmani’s Snow (Iran); Zhang Meng’s The Uncle Victory (China); and Marko Nabersnik’s The Woods Are Still Green (Germany).
As previously announced, Gong Li will serve as president of the Golden Goblet jury, which also includes »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
John Turturro has replaced Robert De Niro as the star of Criminal Justice, the seven-hour HBO miniseries that was once conceived as a James Gandolfini vehicle. Based on a 2008 BBC drama of the same name, Justice was slated to be The Sopranos’ star’s high-profile return to an HBO series, and he had filmed the pilot before he died last June. HBO recruited De Niro in September to assume the lead role, but as the Hollywood Reporter initially wrote, he’s now out, as is his Tribeca Films production company.
Turturro will play Jack Stone, an unscrupulous New York City »
- Jeff Labrecque
There is a casting change on HBO‘s miniseries Criminal Justice, the passion project of the late James Gandolfini. John Turturro has stepped in to play the role of Jack Stone, originally played by Gandolfini in the pilot. Turturro replaces Robert De Niro who committed to succeeding the beloved Sopranos star last fall but has pulled out because of scheduling reasons. Gandolfini is getting a posthumous executive credit on the seven-hour miniseries, based on the BBC series created by Peter Moffat. Richard Price wrote the adaptation with Steven Zaillian directing. On the mini, produced by HBO in association with BBC Worldwide Prods. and Film Rites and Tribeca Films, Turturro joins originally cast Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Payman Maadi and Poorna Jagannathan. The New York crime story centers on Jack Stone, an ambulance-chasing New York City attorney who gets in over-his-head when he takes on the case of a Pakistani (Ahmed »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore: ‘Still Alice’ set photo In the picture above, Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore can be seen on the set of Still Alice, currently filming in New York City. This particular image and others featuring Stewart can be found (via Kstewartfans) here. (More on ‘Still Alice.’) Based on a novel by first-time author Lisa Genova, Still Alice stars Julianne Moore as Alice Howland, a Harvard professor diagnosed in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Kristen Stewart plays one of the professor’s daughters, Lydia. As the disease progresses, Alice and Lydia develop a bond previously missing from their mother-daughter relationship. Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (The Fluffer Quinceañera), besides Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart Still Alice also features Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish, Alec Baldwin, Shane McRae, and Stephen Kunken. The film should be coming out in 2015. Julianne Moore and Kristen Stewart movies »
- Zac Gille
“You can’t understand until it happens to you.”
Roya, played by Mahnaz Afshar, listens to this line left on her answering machine repeatedly. It is a part of her husband, Ali’s, confession to his infidelity with one of Roya’s piano students, with whom he’s run off. Ali sees himself as a victim of his passion, but for Roya, it is one of many moments in which her emotions and how she feels them are constricted or reshaped by the people around her, both male and female. Snow On Pines is about her struggle to cope with those feelings on her own terms in a society where traditions dictate her every move. Though this story is colored by the Iranian experience, its ideological aspirations are universally recognizable and not limited to arbitrary borders. Roya’s conflict is seen all over the world, even in countries considered significantly »
- Jae K. Renfrow
We weren’t too impressed by Kristen Stewart’s latest dramatic venture, the Guantanamo-set drama Camp X-Ray, when it bowed at the Sundance Film Festival last month (nor were a fair number of critics, judging by the film’s current 56% Rotten rating on aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes), but the film has landed a distributor all the same. IFC Films announced earlier today that they have inked a deal to distribute the film for North American audiences.
Peter Sattler has made a stirring, sensitive and thought-provoking film that features two powerhouse performances by Payman Maadi and Kristen Stewart. Maadi proves once again that he is a force to be reckoned with and Stewart undoubtedly gives the best and most moving performance of her already remarkable career.
The film, which focuses on the unusual relationship between »
- Isaac Feldberg
The drama, which screened in competition at Sundance last month, opened to warm responses in early reviews, praising Stewart’s performance in particular, and it’s nice to know that it’s found a home in a distributor as strong and well-rounded as IFC.
A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small-town roots. Instead, she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squadmates, she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees. As two people on opposite sides of a war, they struggle to find their way through the ethical quagmire of Guantanamo Bay. »
- Kenji Lloyd
After premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival last month, the Guantanamo Bay centric drama Camp X-Ray has been picked up by IFC Films. The company announced the acquisition to the North American rights to the film from debut director Peter Sattler, which should have no problem finding an audience with The Twilight Saga lead Kristen Stewart starring. In the film, Stewart plays a young woman who joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots, but ends up as a rookie guard at the questionable detainee facility Guantanamo Bay, codenamed Camp X-Ray. More below! The film takes a sappy turn when she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees played by A Separation star Payman Maadi (or Peyman Moaadi). After seeing the film at Sundance, I was not impressed, and wrote in my review, "While the narrative has noble intentions »
- Ethan Anderton
IFC Films has announced that they will distribute Peter Sattler's "Camp X-Ray" throughout North America. The film, which stars Kristen Stewart as a rookie guard at Guantanamo Bay and Peyman Moaadi ("A Separation") as a detainee she develops a friendship with, debuted at Sundance this year in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Read More: What Critics Are Saying About Kristen Stewart in 'Camp X-Ray' This is the third acquisition by IFC Films from Sundance, following Jim Mickle's thriller "Cold in July" and John Slattery's directorial debut "God's Pocket," starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, while their sister label IFC Midnight acquired Jennifer Kent's much talked about horror film "The Babadook." The company is also distributing Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," which it debuted at the festival to high acclaim, and "The Trip to Italy," the follow-up to Michael Winterbottom, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's "The Trip. »
- Max O'Connell
The Kristen Stewart-in-Gitmo movie that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival has landed a distributor. IFC Films announced today that it had acquired the North American rights to the film, which tells the story of a friendship that develops between a lonely military guard (Stewart) and a detainee (A Separation’s Payman Maadi) at the notorious prison for suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Peter Sattler, Camp X-Ray received mixed reviews at the Utah festival.
- Jeff Labrecque
More than a week after the Sundance Film Festival wrapped, IFC Films announced it has acquired North American rights to Peter Sattler’s directorial debut “Camp X-Ray,” an intimate war drama set in Guantanamo Bay starring Kristen Stewart and Payman Maadi (“A Separation”).
The film, which screened in the U.S. dramatic competition section, drew mixed reactions from audiences and critics. Stewart has a reputation for wholly backing projects she’s passionate about, though her box office cred has yet to materialize on the indie scene post-”Twilight.”
Stewart received strong notices for her performance in “Camp X-Ray,” with Variety saying she “will surprise and impress those who know her only from the “Twilight” films.”
See Also: Sundance Film Review: ‘Camp X-Ray’
“Maadi proves once again that he is a force to be reckoned with, and Stewart undoubtedly gives the best and most moving performance of her already remarkable career, »
- Andrew Stewart
IFC Films took North American rights to Peter Sattler’s directorial debut film Camp X-Ray, which made its debut at Sundance. Pic stars Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi and Lane Garrison, and was produced by Gina Kwon, and executive produced by Emmy Ellison, Lindsay Williams, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, David Gordon Green and Sophia Lin. Stewart plays a soldier who gets assigned guard duty at Guantanamo Bay, where she strikes up a friendship with a detainee. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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