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15 items from 2016


‘Shelley’ Review

9 October 2016 12:07 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Shelley Review

Elena (Cosmina Stratan) goes to work as a maid deep in the country for reclusive couple Louise (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) and Kasper (Björn Andrésen). She instantly bonds with Louise and, feeling sorry for the fact that they can’t have children, agrees to become a surrogate. The pregnancy starts off well, but as it develops it seems that something isn’t quite right. Elena finds herself constantly exhausted, sickeningly underweight, and hanging onto her sanity by a thread. Will her and the baby survive the nine months?

It’s been a while since we’ve had a great pregnancy-centred horror movie and Shelley is a valiant effort. The tension builds up nicely, and the film as a whole is brilliantly atmospheric. It also somehow manages to feel like autumn. This is achieved effectively through a combination of the colour palette and atmosphere.

The score and sound designs in the film are beautiful. »

- Kat Hughes

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Competition: Win creepy horror ‘Shelley’ on DVD

27 September 2016 8:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To celebrate the UK DVD release of creepy horror film Shelley, we are giving you the chance to win a copy.

A moody, haunting Rosemary’s Baby for the 21st century, Shelley is an arty, atmospheric horror film that blends the shocks of Inside with the surreal, unsettling worldview of David Lynch.

When Elena arrives in the countryside to work as a housekeeper for Louise and Kasper, she finds the isolated cottage deep in a dense, eerie forest, cut off from modern society. Soon, Louise approaches Elena with a lucrative deal: begging her to carry a baby for her as she is unable to conceive, and desperately yearns for a child. Elena’s pregnancy brings joy into the cold, dark home, but it isn’t long until strange events, sensations and hallucinations lead the household to believe that something is terribly wrong. The life growing inside Elena is taking shape too fast, »

- Phil Wheat

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Scream Factory to Release I Am Not A Serial Killer, The Devil’S Dolls & More on Blu-ray / DVD

21 September 2016 6:28 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory is decking the halls with horror this December with four new Blu-ray releases of IFC Midnight movies: I Am Not a Serial Killer, Let's Be Evil, The Devil's Dolls, and Shelley.

From Scream Factory: "We are proud to announce that we have Four new IFC Midnight films planned for release on Blu-ray & DVD this Dec!

The Devil’S Dolls - A serial killer's curse unleashes a season of slaughter in the backwoods of Mississippi. According to an ancient Guatemalan tradition, parents teach their children to allay their troubles by giving them handmade "worry dolls" just before bedtime. But when several of these talismans — which once belonged to a notorious mass murderer — find their way into the hands of unsuspecting residents of a small Southern town, it sets off a grisly wave of bloodshed. The latest from Rites of Spring director Padraig Reynolds is a voodoo-slasher shocker bursting with scarily inventive kills. »

- Derek Anderson

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Le Pacte joins Joachim Trier’s 'Thelma'

21 September 2016 3:03 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Trier kicks off Oslo shoot with Eili Harboe in lead role.

Louder Than Bombs director Joachim Trier started shoot on his new feature Thelma (working title) in Oslo yesterday (Sept 20) with Le Pacte’s Jean Labadie and Thomas Pibarot newly aboard the project as co-producers.

Eili Harboe, whose credits include The Wave and Kiss Me You Fucking Moron, will star in the title role. The cast also includes Kaya Wilkins (aka musician Okay Kaya) and two actors from co-writer Eskil Vogt’s Blind, Ellen Dorrit Petersen and Henrik Rafaelsen.

Thelma is a supernatural thriller about a young woman who falls in love and discovers that she has terrifying and inexplicable powers.

The film – set in Oslo and west Norway – is shooting for 44 days in Oslo, Norway and in Gothenburg, Trollhattan and Kiruna, Sweden. Budget is $5.7m (Nok 47.5m).

Thelma will be Trier’s most genre-influenced work yet; VFX work will be done by Copenhagen-based outfits Ghost and »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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FrightFest 2016: Shelley review

26 August 2016 1:19 AM, PDT | 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

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[Fantasia Review] Shelley

28 July 2016 1:56 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Everything starts so innocently that you’d be hard-pressed to realize Ali Abbasi‘s Shelley is a horror film besides the score’s dread-inducing soundscape rising to a deafening level of static. Sure the setting’s weird with Louise (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) and Kasper (Peter Christoffersen) living in the Danish woods without electricity or running water far-removed from civilization, but the world’s fill of eccentrics. They’re actually quite nice, bringing in a new maid (Cosmina Stratan‘s Romanian single mother Elena) with open arms and warm smiles. It takes some getting used to, but the newcomer is quite content after a while. She adjusts to the quiet, regularly calls home to speak with her mother and son, and resigns herself to the prospect of returning after two to three years accumulating salary abroad.

In a moment of bonding Elena and Louise speak about motherhood to reveal the tragedy of the Dane’s past. »

- Jared Mobarak

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Unnerving First Trailer for ‘Shelley’ Shows the Horror of Child-Rearing

25 July 2016 11:49 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The first trailer has been released for Shelley, the feature directorial debut of Pakistani filmmaker Ali Abbasi and a horror film that looks to be extremely unsettling and unshakeable. It concerns Elena (Cosmina Stratan), a maid who works for an older couple desperate to have a child, but who cannot due to the wife’s (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) inability. As an act of kindness, Elena agrees to bear the child for them. Everything is peachy until things start to go awry for the once-so-seemingly-happy “family.”

Shown at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best First Feature, Abbasi’s debut has been called “Rosemary’s Baby by way of David Lynch,” an extremely exciting conceptual prospect for fans of true genre fare. The trailer supports this praise, featuring beautiful and disconcerting cinematography with filmic grain and low-light imagery of flickering candles and ominous wood-chopping (never a good »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Shelley Review [Fantasia 2016]

23 July 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Shelley gets a pass for its obvious Rosemary’s Baby poster homage, because Ali Abbasi’s parental nightmare is truly Polanski by way of Danish seclusion. Not to say the first-time filmmaker challenges a genre classic (he doesn’t), but there’s still an approvable amount of raw tension in this demonic tale of baby-mama-drama. Characters are sparse and plotting is sparser, because pregnancy can be scary enough without any genre additives. Health issues, paranoia, constant questioning – women will forever be stronger then men simply because of the motherly task they’re asked embrace. Carrying a baby is one thing, but what if that baby turned against you…in the womb?

Cosmina Stratan stars as Elena, a house maid who one day hopes of returning home to Romania and providing for her son. Her latest employers live in the Danish countryside, where they don’t use electricity, eat meat or »

- Matt Donato

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Official Trailer for Pregnancy Horror 'Shelley' Directed by Ali Abbasi

17 July 2016 6:01 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Would you consider carrying my child?" IFC Films has unveiled a trailer for a psychological horror film called Shelley, about a woman who convinces her maid to get pregnant since she can't but there's obviously a dark side to the story. The baby seems to be growing faster than usual and their seems to be a creepy evil something growing inside of her. This premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, and is playing at Fantasia this month. Starring Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Cosmina Stratan, Peter Christoffersen, Bjorn Andresen, and Marianne Mortensen. There have been a many baby-related horror films (from Rosemary's Baby to Proxy recently to Species II) but this one seems to be particularly unsettling. If you're into this, take a look. Here's the official Us trailer (+ a poster) for Ali Abbasi's Shelley, found direct from YouTube: Louise and Kasper, a Danish couple, live in an isolated villa in »

- Alex Billington

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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.

For reasons never specified, »

- Alissa Simon

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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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