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Heretical Devotion: "Heaven" and Its Script

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Mubi is showing Tom Tykwer's Heaven (2002) in the United States from September 17 - October 16, 2016.Heaven floated around for a while. Krzysztofs Kieślowski and Piesiewicz were collaborating on the first screenplay of a planned trilogy riffing on the Divine Comedy when Kieślowski died. His long-time writing partner finished the triptych, though it's impossible to know how accurately 2002's Heaven presents the last word from the Polish poet of deviant religiosity. (Danis Tanović adapted Hell in 2005 as the almost totally unseen L’enfer, and Purgatory remains unproduced.) Tom Tykwer might have seemed a curious replacement. At the time, he was still most famous for 1998's techno-myth Run Lola Run, a film stripped to the core but narratively dizzying enough to introduce college first-years to foreign film. However, that film clearly displayed an affinity with Kieślowski's crocheted social networks over which the director played divinity.However, Tykwer followed Lola’s elemental morality
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American Horror Story’s Franka Potente Says ‘Asylum’ is ‘Sick Stuff’

Two weeks ago, Franka Potente (Copper) entered the Briar Cliff Manor, claiming to be Anne Frank (yes, That Anne Frank) and that Dr. Arden (played creepily by James Cromwell) was a Nazi war criminal, who performed experiments on young girls. That’s just a sliver of this wild, disturbing and unsettling season of American Horror Story: Asylum has in store for viewers.

Potente who is still fondly remembered for her starring role in Run Lola Run, saw more exposure with roles in Blow and the Jason Bourne films. Brief stints on The Shield, House M.D. and Psych opened television to her and she is currently a regular on BBC America’s Copper, which just got picked up for Season 2. Potente is also working on her first fiction novel. We recently spoke briefly with Potente on a conference call about this juicy role and some of the elements about Ahs that make it so compelling.
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'American Horror Story: Asylum': Franka Potente talks playing 'Anne Frank' and guest starring on TV's craziest show

Of all the insane things we've seen so far in "American Horror Story: Asylum" -- aliens, Bloody Face, surgically-mutated Chloe Sevigny -- Franka Potente's character ranks right up there with the craziest.

Potente checked in to the "Asylum" this week as a mysterious new inmate claiming to be Anne Frank (as in the Anne Frank) and insisting that the asylum's creepy Dr. Arden (James Cromwell) is actually a Nazi who performed hideous experiments in a Holocaust concentration camp. She's so convincing that even Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) starts to believe her.

After that disturbing final scene revealing exactly what Arden had done to Sevigny's poor character Shelley, we're starting to believe Anne too. But the biggest twists are yet to come: all will be revealed in next week's episode, "I Am Anne Frank, Part 2."

On a conference call to promote her arc on the series, Potente spoke about her
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Soundtrack Review: Cloud Atlas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Original Score Composed and Produced by: Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, and Reinhold Heil

Release Date: Digital download Oct. 23, 2012, physical CD Nov. 6, 2012

Format: Audio CD and digital download

Number of Discs: 1 (23 tracks, approx. 1.2 hours)

Label: WaterTower Music

Summary: WaterTower Music will release the Cloud Atlas: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack at all digital retailers on October 23, with a physical CD release to follow on November 6. The original music was composed by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, and Reinhold Heil. Tykwer also shares screenwriting and directing credits with filmmakers Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, in bringing David Mitchell’s best-selling novel to the big screen in the October 26th release Cloud Atlas.

Music is a central part of the Cloud Atlas story, particularly in one sequence of the film’s narrative involving a young composer who struggles to complete his life’s work, entitled The Cloud Atlas Sextet. This musical theme then recurs
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'Cloud Atlas' score co-composed by director Tom Tykwer -- Exclusive Track

'Cloud Atlas' score co-composed by director Tom Tykwer -- Exclusive Track
Cloud Atlas co-director Tom Tykwer is not only a talented writer and filmmaker, but he also knows how to weave his own music into his films. The orchestral original soundtrack for the upcoming sci-fi fantasy epic, composed by Tykwer and his longtime scoring partners, will be out digitally Oct. 23 and on CD Nov. 6 in a 23-track set, EW can exclusively confirm.

The movie, based on David Mitchell’s novel, spans 500 years and stars a long litany of A-listers such as Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant in multiple roles snaking through six different eras ranging from 1849 to 1973 to 2346. The
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Tiff Review: Fitfully Amusing 'Cloud Atlas' Takes Too Long

Tiff Review: Fitfully Amusing 'Cloud Atlas' Takes Too Long
"Cloud Atlas" is a fitfully entertaining mess of a movie that one can watch with both open-mouthed amazement and occasional amusement. Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer both burst upon the international film scene with lively, splashy entertainments (“Bound” and the first “Matrix” movie for the Wachowskis, “Run Lola Run” for Tykwer), then quickly seemed to get bogged down in ever-more-lugubrious films and outright misfires (the follow-up “Matrix” films, “V for Vendetta,” “Speed Racer” for the Wachowskis, “The Princess and the Warrior,” “Heaven,” “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer,” for Tykwer). Their first combined effort, “Cloud Atlas,” adapts David Mitchell’s multi-story, multi-style novel, into its own even more complexly woven narrative, whose dozen main actors re-appear as different characters in successive time frames,...
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"Silent Souls," "3" and More

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Tomas Alfredson's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, that showcase of contemporary British acting, has opened in the UK this weekend, and that roundup has been updated through today. The entry on Gus Van Sant's Restless has been updated with pointers to pieces related to the Museum of the Moving Image's retrospective, running through September 30. And of course, we've got roundups running on Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive and Rod Lurie's remake of Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs. Meantime, two weeks after the release of Steven Soderbergh's Contagion, we've entered the think piece stage, so that roundup's been kept up-to-date through today as well.

"Imagine that a semi-pagan society quietly survives in the heartland of Russia, amid the leftover Soviet-era factories, the old shops and stores strung along the roadsides, the new concrete towns with their shopping malls." Stuart Klawans in the Nation: "Imagine that the people of
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Film: Movie Review: 3

Tom Tykwer’s 3 is a simple story told in a complicated way. At its heart, it’s little more than a boy-meets-girl (and-also-other-boy) tale. But writer-director Tykwer complicates the issue greatly, as if to point out how people similarly complicate their own love lives with a lot of extraneous intellectualizing. The results aren’t nearly as propulsive as his breakout film, Run Lola Run, or as stylish as his followers, like The Princess And The Warrior or Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer. But 3 does showcase a restless, ambitious talent who invariably puts an idiosyncratic stamp on his ...
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Watch the new trailer for Tom Tykwer's "Three"

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Watch the new trailer for Tom Tykwer's
Best known for his artsy, actiony late 1990s flick "Run Lola Run," director Tom Tykwer has since helmed a number of films in his native Germany. His most recent, the 2010 film "Three" will finally see release stateside later this month, but you can check out a trailer for the movie now.

In recent months, Tykwer's name has most often been attached to those of the Wachowskis, as he is currently teaming up with the sibling filmmakers on the extremely ambitious literary adaptation "Cloud Atlas." But even if you aren't a fan of German films like "The Princess and the Warrior" and "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," and unlike us, don't happen to compulsively follow every move the creators of "The Matrix" make, you still might be familiar with Tykwer's work from the 2009 thriller "The International."

The story of a married couple, each of whom ends up having
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Watch the Domestic Trailer for Tom Tykwer's 3

Strand Releasing has debuted the trailer for Tom Tykwer's latest, 3 , which you can check out in the player below. Responsible for films like Run Lola Run , Perfume and The Princess and the Warrior , Tykwer's latest is described as follows: ["3" is] a sexy romantic drama with a nod to classic Hollywood's screwball comedies. Hanna and Simon, a couple in their early forties, live together in Berlin. With their 20th anniversary looming, they both become restless despite being truly and deeply in love. Unbeknownst to one another, they become acquainted with Adam, a younger man, and fall in love with him." 3 hits theaters in New York and La on September 16.
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Berlin 2011: New offerings from familiar names

Tom Tykwer's "Three"

The complete line-up of films for this year’s Berlinale has just been announced. This time next week, I’ll be reporting for The Moving Arts Journal direct from Berlin. In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview of some of the films I’m most excited about: the latest work of excellent directors.

Three by Tom Tykwer

Among Germany’s best-known contemporary directors, Tykwer gained international attention in 1998 with Run Lola Run. He continued to build a solid reputation with The Princess and the Warrior (2000), Heaven (2002), and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006). His films are marked by their visual innovation, offering the audience a thrillingly unexpected point of view on the action. Two years ago, the Berlin Film Festival opened with Tykwer’s The International, starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts. According to the Berlinale programme Tykwer’s latest film, Three, focuses on our
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Tykwer's 'Drei,' Kafka adaptation get subsidy

Tykwer's 'Drei,' Kafka adaptation get subsidy
Cologne, Germany -- Tom Tykwer's menage a trois drama "Drei" (Three) and new adaptations of Franz Kafka and Daniel Kehlmann were among the projects backed in the latest round of funding by regional subsidy body Filmstifftung Nrw.

The Nrw film board signed a €400,000 ($600,000) check for Tykwer's latest -- the director's first German-language film since "The Princess and the Warrior" (2000). The drama, starring Devid Striesow, Sophie Rois and Sebastian Schipper focuses on a 40-something couple in Berlin who, separately, fall in love with the same man. "Drei" has already secured around $1 million in subsidies from the Berlin-Brandenburg Medienboard and some $750,000 from federal film board the Ffa.

Jochen Alexander Freydank, an Oscar winner for his 2007 short "Toyland," picked up €225,000 ($336,000) in backing from Nrw towards his feature debut, an adaptation of the unfinished Kafka short story "The Burrow." The drama, which follows a mole-like man who has shut himself off from the outside world,
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Tom Tykwer finds more funding for 'Drei'

Tom Tykwer finds more funding for 'Drei'
Frankfurt, Germany -- Tom Tykwer has secured a further €500,000 ($747,000) in financing from the German Federal Film Board (Ffa) for his film "Drei" (Three), currently shooting in Berlin.

"Drei" will be Tykwer's first German-language project since "The Princess and the Warrior" (2000).

The threesome drama centers on a fortysomething couple in Berlin who separately fall in love with the same man. It stars Devid Striesow ("The Counterfeiters"), Sophie Rois ("Learning to Lie") and Sebastian Schipper, who has had supporting roles in Tykwer's "The Princess and the Warrior," "Run, Lola, Run" and "Winter Sleepers."

Tykwer's longtime business partner Stefan Arndt is producing through their Berlin-based X Filme shingle. Shooting is set to wrap in November for a late summer 2010 release through X Filme's distribution arm X Verleih.

Other projects picking up Ffa funding included "Wer Wenn Nicht Wir" (Who When Not Us) from Andres Veiel ("Black Box Brd") and the
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Tom Tykwer Directing German-Language Film 'Drei' Next

Run Lola Run and Perfume director Tom Tykwer is set to make his first German-language feature in nearly a decade titled Drei (which means Three in German). The film is a comedy-drama centered on a love triangle. Tykwer's last German-language film was The Princess and the Warrior from 2000. Produced by Berlin-based X Filme, Drei is described as a "tragicomic film about love, morality and gender in late modern Germany, set against late modern Berlin backdrops -- a story of a love triangle with social and cultural-philosophical depth." Sounds like it could be a good return to form for Tykwer and a return to homeland. Although I didn't really care for The International, I still love Tykwer, and just think back to Run Lola Run or one of my all-time favorites, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. If anyone also saw Paris Je T'aime, his sequence in that film was
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Tykwer's 'International' to open Berlinale

Tykwer's 'International' to open Berlinale
Cologne, Germany -- Tom Tykwer’s “The International,” an action thriller starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts, will open the 59th Berlin International Film Festival on Feb. 5, 2009, screening Out of Competition.

It will be Tykwer’s second Berlinale opening, following “Heaven” which bowed at the 2002 event.

But unlike “Heaven,” which was an art-house film more on the lines of Tykwer’s “Winter Sleepers” (1997) or “The Princess And The Warrior” (2000), “The International” marks the German director’s jump into the major leagues.

The director of indie hit “Run, Lola, Run” (1998) proved he could handle a big budget with his last picture, the opulent olfactory epic “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” (2006). But “The International” is Tywker’s first film with a U.S. studio. Sony co-produced with Germany’s Studio Babelsberg and will release the film in Germany Feb. 12 and stateside, via Columbia Pictures, Feb. 13.

The International,” is also Tykwer’s first all-out actioner.
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Tykwer stays 'True' to 'Love' at Sundance

Tykwer stays 'True' to 'Love' at Sundance
COLOGNE, Germany -- True, a 10-minute short by German director Tom Tykwer, will premiere in Germany together with Achim von Borries' Sundance entry Love In Thoughts, the films' distributor X Verleih said Friday. Starring Natalie Portman and German actor Melchior Beslon (The Princess and the Warrior), True is Tykwer's contribution to Paris, Je T'Aime, a series of shorts by top international directors set in the French capital. Tykwer also wrote the screenplay for the short, his first film since Heaven in 2002. True and Love In Thoughts will be released Feb. 12 in Germany, after the European premiere of Love in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival.

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