19 items from 2014
Behind Every Great War Is a Great Story: Szasz’s Captivating, Grotesque Portrait of Life During Wartime
World War II takes on the ambience of an exquisitely grim fairy tale in Hungarian filmmaker Janos Szasz’s The Notebook, based on the famed novel by Agota Kristof. Reuniting the director with Danish star Ulrich Thomsen, who starred in Szasz’s last film, Opium: Diary of a Madwoman (2007), it’s a strikingly photographed, pervasively bewitching account of adolescent twin boys and their development into (mostly) apathetic killing machines due to the inhumane conditions of wartime. Winning the top prize at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in 2013, the infrequently working Szasz (also a veteran stage director) is a name ripe for rediscovery, heretofore best known for his 1994 film, Woyzeck (the stage play that would also provide the basis for Herzog’s 1979 version).
Nearing the end of WWII, a privileged father (Ulrich Matthes) decides »
- Nicholas Bell
The San Sebastian Film Festival, the most prestigious film event in the Spanish-speaking world, unveiled Thursday the first seven international titles that will vie for a Golden Shell in competition.
They are Francois Ozon’s “The New Girlfriend,” Bille August’s “Silent Heart,” Mia Hansen-Love’s “Eden,” “Phoenix,” by Christian Petzold, Shim Sung-bo’s “Haemoo,” Michael R. Roskam’s “The Drop” and “Casanova Variations,” by Michael Sturminger.
A Golden Shell winner in 2012 with “In the House” and A 2009 Special Jury Awardee with “Hideaway,” Ozon, one of France’s bestselling foreign-language auteurs, returns to San Sebastian with suspense film “The New Girlfriend,” based on a short story by British author Ruth Rendell, about a woman who makes a surprising discovery after visiting her late friend’s husband.
Foreign-language Oscar and Cannes’ Palme d’Or winner Bille August will compete with intimate drama “Silent Heart,” about a family who gathers for one »
- Emiliano De Pablos
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Friday, July 25, following the Thursday schedule that was released yesterday. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.
Friday, July 25
Good mornin'! What's better than a panel of one Cartoon Network Comedy? Two cartoon network comedies! That's right fans, prepare yourself for double the comedy, double the fun and double the friends with Uncle Grandpa and Clarence! Join the always-entertaining cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on Cartoon Network. It's woooooorth it. Appearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus), and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag). Appearing from »
Friday, July 25 is going to be the busiest day ever for TV fans at the San Diego Comic-Con. After waiting in long lines, fighting through crowds and sitting patiently while waiting for panels to start, attendees will bask in the glory of hit shows like "Arrow," "The Walking Dead," "Sleepy Hollow," "Orphan Black," "Bones" "Bates Motel" and "Game of Thrones," plus get an early look at newbies such as "iZombie" "Outlander," "Intruders" and "Mike Tyson Mysteries." "iZombie" The new CW show -- based on the Vertigo comic -- makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the pilot episode, and a Q&A with the cast and crew. When: Friday July 25, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm Where: Room 6Bcf Who: Stars Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), Rahul Kohli (newcomer from the UK), and Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), as well as executive producers Rob Thomas »
- Dave Lewis
If you're interested in an anniversary conversation that really has some bearing on today's film industry, I highly recommend American Cinematographer's recent chat with "Collateral" Dp Dion Beebe. It's been nearly a decade (if you can believe it) since Beebe and Paul Cameron carved out a serious place for digital with that film, earning an American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) nomination in the process. It got me thinking about the history of the industry's acceptance of digital as reflected in the nominations handed out by both the Asc and Academy's cinematography branch over the last 10 years. Academy members were a bit slower on the uptake, as you might recall. Beebe and Cameron were snubbed by the branch despite the Asc nomination. Of course, that was still a dicey time for the technology. The first feature films shot digitally were Lars Von Trier's "The Idiots" and Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
Annecy– Scandi sales outfit Level K has closed a first round of deals on Bille August’s “Silent Heart” (working title) following Cannes Film Market, where the outfit presented a promo.
Starring Paprika Steen (“The Celebration”), Pilou Asbæk (“A Highjacking”) and up-and-comer Danica Curcic, “Silent Heart” turns on a family who gathers for one last weekend with the family’s ailing matriarch, who will take her own life when the weekend is over.
Sf Film A/S will release the film in Scandinavia in late 2014 or early 2015.
- Elsa Keslassy
Exclusive: Kaspar Barfoed will direct the story of the underdog Danish football team that became Euro 1992 champions.
Ulrich Thomsen is set to star as Danish national football team coach Richard Moller Nielsen in Summer of ’92.
HanWay handles international sales excluding Scandinavia.
Kasper Barfoed will direct the story based on a script he wrote alongside Anders Frithiof August. The film tells the story of the underdog Danish national football team thatbecame the surprise Euro 1992 champions.
“I am extremely pleased that we have Ulrich Thomsen in the role of Richard Møller Nielsen,” said Barfoed. “Ulrich is one of the best actors we’ve ever had in Denmark and this role will show sides of him we have not seen before.
“Richard Moller contained warmth, humour, ambition and single-mindedness, and it takes a brave actor to embrace this role. I am also »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
The Bridge 2 ends on Saturday, having rekindled our passion for all things Nordic. Kim Bodnia, one half of TV's oddest cop couple, tries to get his head round the show's runaway success
On Saturday night, an estimated one million Britons will sit down for two hours to watch the finale of a 10-part cop drama, The Bridge, filmed in two languages (Swedish and Danish) that they've never even aspired to understand, still less speak.
Many more will have set their hard drives, and will struggle to get through the weekend trying not to learn how TV's most diverting odd couple, Malmö detective Saga Norén and her Copenhagen counterpart Martin Rohde, will solve the case of the eco-terrorists who've been poisoning their blameless citizens with pneumonic plague virus.
What's going on? Surely the Scandi-drama cupboard is bare, having been raided so many times in recent years by BBC4 commissioning editors desperate »
- Stuart Jeffries
Oscar foreign-language film nominations have in the past tended to be dramas centering around families, the Holocaust or both. European countries, meanwhile, have tended to dominate the race. This year the nominations are more diverse, with the films split in two ways. First there’s the geographical divide with three entries from Europe — Denmark’s “The Hunt,” Belgium’s “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Italy’s “The Great Beauty” — and two from Asia — Palestine’s “Omar” and Cambodia’s “The Missing Picture.”
But the films can also be grouped by topic. “The Missing Picture” and “Omar” center around warfare, whether in the past, as is the case of the former, or the ongoing struggle in the Middle East, as in the latter.
Rithy Panh’s “Picture,” which took the top prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section last May, lists the atrocities that the then-13-year-old helmer witnessed inflicted on his »
- Shalini Dore
Exclusive: Anna Karenina star in talks to play lead in Rotterdam CineMart project.
Alicia Vikander, the Swedish star of Anna Karenina and A Royal Affair, is in talks to play the female lead in Iffr CineMart project Alina, to be directed by Björne Larson and expected to shoot later this year.
The film is produced by Helena Danielsson of Hepp Film International Ab
David Dencik, the Swedish-Danish actor who co-starred in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, is also in the frame to appear in the film, which will be executive produced by Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money, Child 44).
Alina is a thriller in the mould of The Godfather. It is based on the play The Fourth Month by Björn Boström. Mogens Rukov (Festen) is the script consultant on the film which is co-scripted by Larson.
The $3m drama is about a young man forced to to choose between his love for his for his sister and the deadly »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Certain charges can never be lived down, but will return to haunt you again and again. This is a central theme of Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s brilliantly disturbing “The Hunt,” which has been nominated for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar. It centers on Mads Mikkelsen as a man wrongly accused of child molestation. The subject matter also haunts Vinterberg’s body of work, which came to international prominence with 1998’s “The Celebration,” a portrait of a family reunion gone to hell when memories of pedophilia rise to the surface.Lucas (Mikkelsen) is a fortysomething in the wake of an acrimonious divorce and the loss of his job as a school teacher. To make ends meet, he works at a local kindergarten, a temporary job he obviously enjoys. He has a natural way with young children, and a saintly patience for five-year-olds using him as a jungle gym, calling on him »
- Beth Hanna
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to "The Notebook," Hungary's entry for Best Foreign Language Film (not the Ryan Gosling-starring weepie). The film, directed by Janos Szasz ("The Witman Boys"), won the top prize at the 2013 Karlovy Vary Film Festival, where it world premiered. "The Notebook" is one of the nine selected foreign films vying for an Oscar nomination. Here's the synopsis per Sony: Set on the onset of WWII, "The Notebook," which stars Ulrich Thomsen ("The Celebration") and Ulrich Matthes ("Downfall"), tells the story of thirteen year old twins abandoned by their parents and forced to live with their cruel grandmother in a village on the Hungarian border. Studying the evil surrounding them, the twins learn to rely on their loyalty to one another, ultimately surviving in the face of challenging circumstances. Sony Pictures Classics stated, "We have wanted to buy this film following its successful showings at the Toronto Film. »
- Nigel M Smith
Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired the North American rights to The Notebook, the Hungarian entry for Best Foreign Language Film. The film is directed by János Szász (Woyzeck, The Witman Boys), shot by Academy Award nominated Christian Berger (The White Ribbon, Cache) and is produced by Intuit Pictures, in co-production with Hunnia Filmstudio, Amour Fou and Dolce Vita Films.
Here's what János Szász had to say in a brief statement.
"To make this movie was a wonderful and a painful journey for me, like a time machine, took me back into the war time. The jungle of fear and immorality."
Sony Pictures Classics issued their own statement.
"We have wanted to buy this film following its successful showings at the Toronto Film Festival. We have never really seen a movie quite like this. Based on a famous European novel, The Notebook portrays »
As expected, frequent foreign Oscar distributor Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American rights to World War II drama "The Notebook," the shortlisted Hungarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. The film is directed by Janos Szasz ("Woyzech") and shot by Christian Berger (nominated for Michael Haneke's "White Ribbon"). "To make this movie was a wonderful and a painful journey for me, like a time machine, took me back into the war time," said Director Janos Szasz. "The jungle of fear and immorality." The official synopsis is below. Set on the onset of WWII, The Notebook, which stars Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration) and Ulrich Matthes (Downfall), tells the story of thirteen year old twins abandoned by their parents and forced to live with their cruel grandmother in a village on the Hungarian border. Studying the evil surrounding them, the twins learn to rely on their loyalty to one another, »
- Anne Thompson
19 items from 2014
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