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Way back in May of 2014, Alice Rohrwacher’s Italian coming of age story The Wonders, about a family of farmers and beekeepers won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. And after over a year of touring festivals, it’s finally getting a release date in the UK.
We originally compared the film in our Cannes 2014 review to an Italian Little Miss Sunshine, writing, “Rohrwacher takes a standard fish-out-of-water comedy , throwing in a few moments of beauty and absurd humor, but ultimately falls short of anything other than an updated but familiar tale of adolescence.” Here’s the full synopsis:
At twelve years of age Gelsomina runs her unconventional Italian family with her three younger sisters working under her watchful eye. Together they keep the bees and make the honey on their father’s farm oblivious to the world outside of their own.
Whilst all around them the »
- Brian Welk
While some films head into Cannes Film Festival with U.S. distribution already set, there’s a great number that search for, and successfully get, acquisition. However, there’s a always a few that come up empty handed and take some time to make their way here. Last year, two of such examples were Corpo celeste director Alice Rohrwacher‘s Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) […] »
- Jordan Raup
The Cannes Film Festival comes and goes every year, and for many movies it seems like they just appear and disappear on the Croisette. It requires a bit of patience from arthouse fans for some of the acclaimed but not necessarily starry pictures to arrive, but thankfully Alice Rohrwacher's "The Wonders" is now on the way, and a new trailer has arrived. Read More: Watch The First Trailer For The Monica Bellucci-Starring 'The Wonders' Taking the Grand Prix at Cannes last year, the film features Monica Bellucci, but centers on four siblings and the one summer that changed all of their lives. Here's the official synopsis: At twelve years of age Gelsomina runs her unconventional Italian family with her three younger sisters working under her watchful eye. Together they keep the bees and make the honey on their father’s farm oblivious to the world outside of their own. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
You probably know that we’re big fans of foreign films here, and not just foreign films, but any indie gems, foreign or otherwise.
We’re also fans of streaming movies, which sets us apart from some of the “giant screen” purists out there, largely because we’re busy and mobile, and tablets can give you a hell of a picture these days.
That said, the streaming options today are legion, but the options to stream some titles are pretty limited. Popcornflix now has an amazing collection of films that have won prizes at Cannes, Sundance, and many other festivals. These are some of the most talked about foreign films in years, and you don’t want to miss out on them.
Popcornflix Top 10: Award-winning Foreign Films To Stream Immediately
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Principal photography is set to begin on May 26 in New Mexico on Comancheria, about a Texas Ranger in pursuit of bank robber brothers. Red-hot Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan wrote the screenplay.
CBS Films brokered the deal with Wme Global and UTA.
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired two Cannes 2014 titles, taking Us rights to Alice Rohrwacher’s Grand Prix winner The Wonders from The Match Factory and North America on Daniel Wolfe’s Directors’ Fortnight entry Catch Me Daddy from Altitude Film Sales. O-Scope plans to release both films this year.
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Oscilloscope Laboratories have made a pre-Cannes double deal. Slightly misleading, they’ve actually picked up a pair that had not yet to be picked up since they had their premieres at the 2014 edition of the festival. O-scope have landed Alice Rohrwacher’s Grand Prix winning (2nd place award after the Palme d’Or) The Wonders which was high up on several Best undistributed films of ’14, while Daniel Wolfe’s directorial debut Catch Me Daddy was a Directors’ Fortnight entry that had it’s supporters. O-Scope will release both films later this year. Additionally, they’ve landed one of the better undiscoverd gems from the Toronto Int. Film Fest last fall in Javier Fuentes-León‘s The Vanished Elephant.
Gist: Rohrwacher’s sophomore film is set at the end of summer and follows Gelsomina and her three younger sisters. She is the designated heir of the strange, secluded kingdom that her »
- Eric Lavallee
Oscilloscope Laboratories, eyeing an exciting slate for 2015, has acquired three films for Us release later this year. First up, Alice Rohrwacher’s 2014 Cannes Grand Prix winner “The Wonders”: A word-of-mouth hit on the circuit from Cannes to Nyff and AFI Fest, "The Wonders" centers on a family of beekeepers whose lives on their Italian countryside farm are upended by the arrival of a reality TV show (whose host is played by Monica Bellucci) that comes to showcase their lives. "The only Italian film competing in Cannes, and quite an atypical one at that, it should intrigue festival and art house audiences with its layers of barely-there meaning, but other viewers could find the story flimsy and the emotions scant, making it unlikely to go wide," wrote THR back at Cannes. "Alice Rohrwacher's bitter-sweet Cannes contender about the onset of adulthood and the fading of old ways is as powerful as it is enchanting, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired Alice Rohrwacher’s “The Wonders” — which won the Grand Prix last year at the Cannes Film Festival — and Daniel Wolfe’s Directors’ Fortnight entry “Catch Me Daddy.”
Oscilloscope plans to release both films later this year.
“The Wonders” is a drama centered around a family of beekeepers who are struggling to make ends meet on their farm deep in the Italian countryside when a reality TV show (featuring a host played by Monica Bellucci) arrives in town intent on showcasing the family. The film subsequently played at the New York Film Festival, the London Film Festival, AFI Fest and International Film Festival Rotterdam.
“Catch Me Daddy,” a gritty British thriller, was directed by Daniel Wolfe and written and created with his brother Matthew. It follows a teenager from a ruthless criminal family as she flees home with her boyfriend, leading to her family hiring mercenary thugs »
- Dave McNary
Copenhagen’s Cph Pix (April 9-22) will be bookended by films from two Danish directors shooting in the UK – Jeppe Ronde’s Welsh teen suicide drama Bridgend [pictured] and Thomas Vinterberg’s Thomas Hardy adaptation, Far From The Madding Crowd.
The audience-focused Cph Pix will show 130 feature films during 420 screenings and events.
Festival director Jacob Neiiendam said: “Artistically it’s a strong year for Danish cinema.”
Indeed, three Danish debut features will screen at Pix. “The first features from Thomas Daneskov [The Elite], Anna Sofie Hartmann [Limbo] and Jeppe Rønde showcase a diversity and nerve we have been missing in our fiction films, and they are just the tip of the iceberg,” added Neiiendam.
“We always wanted the festival to be a platform for local films which wouldn’t play well with regular releases, and this year we’ve been flooded with films produced outside the standard support system - and they are good films.”
Opening night will also »
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Madrid – Pablo Aguero’s awaited Gael Garcia Bernal starrer “Eva no duerme” and Sebastian Brahm’s “Sex Life of Plants,” his follow-up to “Roman’s Circuit,” will play at France’s Toulouse CineLatino Festival’s Films in Progress, a traditional springboard for selection at Cannes or major fests beyond.
A pix-in-post showcase, the 27th Films in Progress runs March 26-27.
Produced by Paris-based Jba Production, whose credits include movies by Rithy Panh, Tsai Ming-liang and Alice Rohrwacher, “Eva” is co-produced by Madrid’s Tornasol Films and Buenos Aires’ Haddock Films, the companies behind Juan Jose Campanella’s Oscar winning “The Secret in the Eyes.”
Directed by Argentine’s Aguero (“Salamandra,” “77 Doronship”), it is inspired by the incredible, but true, 25-year-odyssey of Evita Peron’s embalmed corpse, that was, in just one episode, buried in secret in Italy for 15 years with the connivance of the Pope, as her exquisite if somewhat »
- John Hopewell
Producer of Cannes award-winner The Wonders takes on first UK production.
Up until now, he has focused on Italian filmmakers, which he produces through his Bologna-based company Tempesta Italy.
His recently launched twin company Tempesta UK will produce Wildfire with London-based production company Cowboy Films with development support from the Irish Film Board and the Wellcome Trust, which funded research for the film.
“The script will come out of a long process of work-shopping »
11th edition of festival to close with UK premiere of Force Majeure, and will feature 33 UK premieres and a record 11 world premieres.
While We’re Young is to receive its European premiere as the opening film of the 11th Glasgow Film Festival (Gff) (Feb 18-Mar 1).
Noah Baumbach’s comedy stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a settled married couple who are offered a second chance at youth when hipsters Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried) come into their lives. The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival last year.
This year’s festival will close with the UK premiere of Cannes Jury Prize-winner Force Majeure, written and directed by Ruben Östlund. The film explores the flaws and cracks in a marriage after an avalanche hits in the French Alps where the couple are on a skiing holiday with their children.
Supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, EventScotland, Creative Scotland and BFI, this year’s »
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12 items from 2015
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