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7 items from 2016


Film Review: ‘Shelley’

1 March 2016 10:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A young Romanian housekeeper agrees to be a surrogate mother for her employers, a wealthy Danish couple living off the grid, only to get more than she bargains for in “Shelley,” an underdeveloped psychological horror exercise in which nothing adds up. A sinisterly picturesque location at the edge of a lake in an isolated forest supplies atmosphere aplenty, but that seems to be the only string on the bow of Danish helmer Ali Abbasi’s debut, and he plucks it repeatedly to diminishing returns. Home formats are where most viewers will likely encounter this unsatisfying item.

Practical-minded economic migrant Elena (Cosmina Stratan, who nabbed a Cannes best actress kudo for Cristian Mungiu’s “Beyond the Hills”) is working outside her homeland in order to more quickly accumulate the money she needs to buy an apartment back home. Meanwhile, her much-missed young son remains with her parents in Bucharest.

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- Alissa Simon

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Berlin 2016: Shelley review

15 February 2016 3:52 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ Ali Abbasi's striking debut Shelley is a Gothic horror that uses degeneration of the body to explore the exploitation of migrant workers and the individualist ideology that accompanies society's growing obsession with 'organic' living. A young Romanian woman, Elena (Cosmina Stratan), arrives in the Danish countryside to work as a housekeeper for Louise (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) and Kasper (Peter Christoffersen). She used to be an accountant in Bucharest but has moved to Denmark to save enough money to buy a house for her and her son. Her hosts live deep inside a dense forest, far removed from the amenities of modern life, living a self-sufficient life without electricity or running water.

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- CineVue UK

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Indie Sales Acquires Johannes Nyholm’s ‘The Giant’

30 January 2016 10:39 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Goteborg, Sweden– Paris-based Indie Sales has acquired international sales to Johannes Nyholm’s feature debut “The Giant” which is presented at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market in the work-in-progress showcase.

“The Giant” turns on Rikard, a 30-year old severely deformed man suffering from autism who is haunted by the loss of his mother from whom he was separated at birth. Escaping into an imaginary world where he is a 50-meter tall giant, Rikard sets off to win a petanque tournament, convinced that his mother will take him back.

Produced by Leading shingle Swedish Garage Film, “The Giant” marks the anticipated debut feature of Nyholm, whose last short “Las Palmas” (pictured above) opened at Sundance and played at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight. His previous two shorts “Puppet Boy” and “Dreams from the Woods” also played at Directors Fortnight.

Indie Sales’ topper Nicolas Eschbach said he was drawn to the project at script stage. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market Spotlights Scandi Newcomers

29 January 2016 3:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Goteborg — Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen’s “Valley of Shadows,” Johannes Nyholm’s “The Giant” and Katja Wik’s “The Ex-Wife” are among the flurry of promising debut features set to be showcased at the 17th edition of Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market.

“The Giant” turns on Rikard, a 30-year old man suffering from autism who is haunted by the loss of his mother from whom he was separated at birth. Escaping into an imaginary world where he is a 50-meter tall giant, Rikard sets off to win a petanque tournament, convinced that his mother will take him back.

Produced by Garage Film, “The Giant” marks the anticipated debut feature of Nyholm, who has had three shorts – “Las Palmas,””Puppet Boy” and “Dreams from the Woods” — at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight. “Las Palmas” also played at Sundance.

“Valley of Shadows,” a Norwegian supernatural thriller, takes place in the Norwegian bible belt and centers »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Steve Coogan’s ‘Shepherds and Butchers’ to Play at Berlin Film Festival

21 January 2016 9:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section has completed its lineup, which includes the world premiere of Oliver Schmitz’s “Shepherds and Butchers,” starring Steve Coogan and Andrea Riseborough.

Coogan, who starred in, co-wrote and produced the Oscar-nominated “Philomena,” plays hot-shot lawyer John Weber in “Shepherds and Butchers.” Weber faces his biggest test when he agrees to defend a prison guard who has killed seven men. What ensues is a compelling charge against the death penalty itself.

The film is produced by Anant Singh and Brian Cox for Distant Horizon and Videovision Entertainment; WestEnd Films is handling international sales.

Two other Panorama films look at the issue of the death penalty: the Brazilian documentary “Curumim” and the previously announced “I, Olga Hepnarova,” which opens the main section of Panorama.

Fiction titles added to Panorama:

Antes o tempo não acabava (Time Was Endless) – Brazil/Germany

By Sérgio Andrade, Fábio Baldo

With Anderson Tikuna, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlin completes Panorama programme

21 January 2016 9:02 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Films include Shepherds and Butchers with Steve Coogan; Don’t Call Me Son from Anna Muylaert; and a documentary about a director and actress who were kidnapped by Kim Jong-il.

The Berlinale (Feb 11-21) has completed the selection for this year’s Panorama strand, comprising 51 films from 33 countries. A total of 34 fiction features comprise the main programme and Panorama Special while a further 17 titles will screen in Panorama Dokumente.

A total of 33 films are world premieres, nine are international premieres and nine European premieres. The 30th Teddy Award is also being celebrated with an anniversary series of 17 films.

Notable titles include Shepherds and Butchers from South Africa, which is set toward the end of Apartheid and stars Steve Coogan as a hotshot lawyer who faces his biggest test when he agrees to defend a white prison guard who has killed seven black men. What ensues is a charge against the death penalty itself, in a case »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Berlin completes Panorama programme; Steve Coogan's 'Shepherds and Butchers' among line-up

21 January 2016 9:02 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Films include Shepherds and Butchers, starring Steve Coogan; Don’t Call Me Son from Anna Muylaert; and a documentary about a director and actress who were kidnapped by Kim Jong-il and forced to make films.

The Berlinale (Feb 11-21) has completed the selection for this year’s Panorama strand, comprising 51 films from 33 countries. A total of 34 fiction features comprise the main programme and Panorama Special while a further 17 titles will screen in Panorama Dokumente.

A total of 33 films are world premieres, nine are international premieres and nine European premieres. The 30th Teddy Award is also being celebrated with an anniversary series of 17 films.

Notable titles include Shepherds and Butchers from South Africa, which is set toward the end of Apartheid and stars Steve Coogan as a hotshot lawyer faces his biggest test when he agrees to defend a white prison guard who has killed seven black men. What ensues is a charge against the death penalty itself »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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