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Atom Egoyan, Cinematographer Paul Sarossy on Vengeance Tale ‘Remember’

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

Bydgoszcz, Poland — After 27 years and a dozen films together, Atom Egoyan and Dp Paul Sarossy can just about communicate telepathically. So their most recent film together, the vengeance story “Remember” — a chillingly topical exploration of racism lurking just beneath the surface of an apparently wholesome America — is all the more surprising for its departure from the style they’ve developed through the course of work from “Exotica” to “Where the Truth Lies” via “The Sweet Hereafter.”

The Canadian pair, who received together the Director Duo Award at Poland’s Camerimage fest on Friday, presented the film at a sold out screening as the final main competition film at the Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz.

Egoyan says the main character of “Remember,” introduced as a Holocaust survivor with dementia who has just lost his last anchor point, his wife Ruth, needed a visual style that was more “untethered.”

As Midwestern landscapes roll by, »

- Will Tizard

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The Most Dysfunctional Families in Cinema

11 August 2016 10:43 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The dysfunctional family has been an ever-present image in popular culture for decades: the battling husband and wife flanked by their bratty children are perhaps most frequently employed on garishly trite television sitcoms. In the movies, the gloves are ripped away and the reality shines on what is more often than not left unexposed in the darkness. What’s revealed seems to irrefutably prove that Tolstoy was absolutely correct when he wrote: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Now playing in select theaters is Little Men, the newest film from director Ira Sachs, with whom we recently spoke to about its making. The plot follows two teenage boys in Brooklyn, NY who develop a budding friendship, despite the feuding of their parents over the lease of a local dress shop. The film is already receiving raves from critics, including our own review »

- Tony Hinds

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‘Alias Grace’: Sarah Polley Helming Margaret Atwood Miniseries for Netflix

21 June 2016 8:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Canadian director and actress Sarah Polley, along with Noreen Halpern’s Halfire Entertainment, will adapt Margaret Atwood’s novel “Alias Grace” into a six-hour miniseries for Netflix. Deadline reports that Polley will write and produce the series while Mary Harron will direct the project.

Read More: Watch: Sarah Polley Interviews Greta Gerwig About Noah Baumbach’s ‘Frances Ha’ In 17-Minute Criterion Feature

Alias Grace” follows the true story of poor Irish immigrant Grace Marks who, along with domestic servant James McDermott, was convicted of murdering her employer Thomas Kinnear and housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in 1843. While James was hanged, Grace received life imprisonment for her role in the crime. The conviction was highly controversial and Grace’s role in the murder was up for strong debate as to whether she took an active part in the crime or if she was simply an accessory. She was later exonerated after 30 years in jail. »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Alias Grace’: Sarah Polley Helming Margaret Atwood Miniseries for Netflix

21 June 2016 8:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Canadian director and actress Sarah Polley, along with Noreen Halpern’s Halfire Entertainment, will adapt Margaret Atwood’s novel “Alias Grace” into a six-hour miniseries for Netflix. Deadline reports that Polley will write and produce the series while Mary Harron will direct the project.

Read More: Watch: Sarah Polley Interviews Greta Gerwig About Noah Baumbach’s ‘Frances Ha’ In 17-Minute Criterion Feature

Alias Grace” follows the true story of poor Irish immigrant Grace Marks who, along with domestic servant James McDermott, was convicted of murdering her employer Thomas Kinnear and housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in 1843. While James was hanged, Grace received life imprisonment for her role in the crime. The conviction was highly controversial and Grace’s role in the murder was up for strong debate as to whether she took an active part in the crime or if she was simply an accessory. She was later exonerated after 30 years in jail. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Owen Gleiberman’s Top 5 Memories From the Cannes Film Festival

11 May 2016 3:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

I‘ve had countless good times at Cannes (watching Jean-Luc Godard toy with press questions like a highbrow executioner, hanging out with a what-am-i-doing-here? Howard Stern), but here are the five peak experiences that have stayed with me the most:

(1) Meeting Mark Wahlberg in the Majestic Hotel bar.

It was early in his screen career, just after his breakthrough role in “Fear” (the 1996 stalker thriller that co-starred Reese Witherspoon), and he thanked me for singling out his performance in my review. He was dressed in a conservative cream-colored suit and dark tie, and I noticed how small he seemed: just about my height (5-foot-7), without any overt Calvin Klein- poster muscle bulk. The most striking thing about him, though, was his meticulous boy-next-door politeness. He was so not Marky Mark that I thought, “This little chat is the best acting I’ve seen him do.” I knew right then that »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Berlin: Theodore Herzl Biopic Set with Peter Medak Directing (Exclusive)

12 February 2016 7:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

H2O Motion Pictures is producing the biopic “Herzl,” based on the life of political activist Theodore Herzl — one of the key players in the creation of the state of Israel — with a fall shoot planned, Variety has learned exclusively.

“Herzl” will shoot on location in Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul, London, Paris and Jerusalem. Hungarian-born Peter Medak, whose credits include “The Ruling Class” and “Let Him Have It,” will direct from a script by Nicholas Kazan, who received an Oscar nomination for “Reversal of Fortune.”

Andras Hamori, whose credits include “Sunshine,” “The Sweet Hereafter” and “Cheri,” is producing.

Set at the turn of the 20th century,”Herzl” follows the story of self-made political activist Theodor Herzl and his tumultuous family life with Viennese socialite Julie Naschauer. Herzl saw the solution to the “Jewish Question” in the creation of a new country and laid the groundwork for contemporary Israel.

Development began over four years ago, »

- Dave McNary

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Mysterious voyage by Anne-Katrin Titze

10 February 2016 7:47 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Atom Egoyan and Robert Lantos with Anne-Katrin Titze at the Museum of Tolerance

Robert Lantos, the producer of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated films; David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises (Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Armin Mueller-Stahl); Richard J. Lewis's Barney’s Version (Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike); István Szabó's Being Julia (Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons, Michael Gambon) and Sunshine (Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz) joined Atom Egoyan for a post screening conversation on Remember. He is also the executive producer of Atom's double Oscar nominated The Sweet Hereafter (Ian Holm, Sarah Polley). Remember, written by Benjamin August, stars Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau with Bruno Ganz, Heinz Lieven, Dean Norris and Jürgen Prochnow.

Christopher Plummer as Zev Gutman: "I've worked with Chris on Ararat"

Wheelchair user Max Rosenbaum (Landau), who has a horrible cough, has prepared a letter for his friend Zev Gutman (Plummer), which is much more than a memory aide, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Manchester by the Sea’

23 January 2016 8:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The persistence of grief and the hope of redemption are themes as timeless as dramaturgy itself, but rarely do they summon forth the kind of extraordinary swirl of love, anger, tenderness and brittle humor that is “Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan’s beautifully textured, richly enveloping drama about how a death in the family forces a small-town New Englander to confront a past tragedy anew. That rather diagrammatic description does little justice to Lonergan’s ever-incisive ear for the rhythms of human conversation, as he orchestrates an unruly suite of alternately sympathetic and hectoring voices — all of which stand in furious contrast to Casey Affleck’s bone-deep performance as a man whom loss has all but petrified into silence. Giving flesh and blood to the idea that life goes on even when it no longer seems worth living, “Manchester” may be too sprawling a vision for all arthouse tastes, »

- Justin Chang

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75 years ago today, William Randolph Hearst forbid ‘Citizen Kane’ ads

8 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It was 75 years ago today that newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst forbid his newspapers to run ads for “Citizen Kane.” “Citizen Kane” has been declared the greatest film of all time more than any other movie, but at the time of its release, it struggled at the box office. The film garnered more acclaim gradually over the years. Its difficulty getting into theaters and breaking even is often pinned on Hearst, who refused to let any of his wide network of newspapers advertise or review the movie clearly based on his own life. Hearst’s ban of “Citizen Kane” ads in his newspapers came a few days after columnists and critics attended a screening of an early cut of the film on January 3, 1941. The movie was released the following May — so the celebrated film will commemorate its 75th anniversary this year. Other notable January 8 happenings in pop culture history: • 1946: »

- Emily Rome

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