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Madrid – Fernando Bovaira (“The Others,” “Agora,” “Biutiful”), producer of some of the most ambitious and successful films made out of Spain in its modern era, will head up a San Sebastian main competition jury, which also includes as an honorary member Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, now languishing in a Moscow jail for his participation in Kiev’s human rights Euromaidan protests and opposition to Russia’s annexation of the Crimea.
“To defend freedom of expression and at the request of the European Film Academy (Efa), the San Sebastian Festival, following in the footsteps of festivals such as Motovun and Venice, has decided to name Oleg Sentsov as an honorary member of this year’s official jury,” the Spanish festival said in a statement Thursday.
Bovaira is likely to bring catholic tastes to jury deliberations: Recent productions at Madrid-based Mod Producciones, the indie shingle he set up after ankling from Spanish conglom Prisa, »
- John Hopewell
The incarcerated Ukrainian director has been named an honorary jury member at the forthcoming festival.
The San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 19-27) has unveiled the jury for its 62nd edition, which includes imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.
The director, who has been involved in supporting the Euro Maidan protests in Kiev and has opposed the annexation of Crimea by Russia, was arrested on May 10 by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (Fsb) in his house in Simferopol and brought to a Moscow prison where he is still detained and awaiting trial for “committing crimes of a terrorist nature”.
In July, the campaign to free the film-maker from detention in Russia was taken to the European Court of Human Rights (Echr). A Moscow court ruled that Sentsov should remain in prison until Oct 11 when a trial is due to be held.
To defend freedom of expression and on request by the European Film Academy (Efa), San »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
To celebrate the release of Before I Go To Sleep starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong (in cinemas September 5th), we are offering 3 of you the chance to win a copy of the Before I go to Sleep novel, the official poster and The Others and The Talented Mr. Ripley on DVD.
Based on the International Best-Selling Novel by S. J. Watson, Before I Go To Sleep is a tense psychological thriller starring Academy Award® Winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Academy Award® Winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) and Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). After a traumatic accident, Christine Lucas (Kidman) wakes up every day without being able to remember the day before. With the fear of living each day with no memory, she attempts to piece together the events of her past, uncovering terrifying truths that force her to question everyone around her, »
- Dan Bullock
In celebration of Film4 Frightfest – the truly unique horror festival which showcases the best and most extreme in the genre from around the globe – we at HeyUGuys have compiled a list of the ten best psychological horror films; the titles which burrow themselves into your thoughts, the ones which make a quick glance in the mirror into a surging shot of fear and anxiety.
The films which prove you don’t need buckets of blood and barrels of guts to truly shock and spook your audience. So without further ado, let’s get started. Film4 Frightfest runs between 21st and 25th August at Vue West End London – all of our coverage is right here.
Undoubtedly amongst Alfred Hitchcock’s most unfairly underrated films, Marnie saw the end of his era with Tippi Hedren and the pair barely spoke once filming wrapped. Whilst this is in parts a romance and a thriller, »
- Chris Haydon
Unless you are a Dr. Who fan — in which you'd immediately recognize him as the ninth version of the time-traveling doctor — Christopher Eccleston is one of those character actors who usually prompts a "where have I seen him before?" reaction. It might have been as the flatmate whose greed drives him insane in Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave (1994) or as the powermad military man fighting off the infected in 28 Days Later... (2002). He may be familiar to you as a metaphorically ghostly presence in The Others (2001) or a literal invisible man from the NBC show Heroes. »
“Guitar” turns on Elias, a 30-year-old Palestinian music teacher whose wife and child were killed in a car accident. Crippled with grief, Elias is barely holding on when he meets Leon, an Israeli teenager whose parents died in a terrorist attack and who lives in exile. Without knowing Leon is responsible for the death of his family, Elias bonds with the young man who becomes like his son.
Torres, whose credits include the well-reviewed short “The Rattle of Benghazi,” has locked an international cast comprising Kais Nashif (“Big Bad Wolves”), Sareh Bayat (“A Separation”), Elaine Cassidy (“The Others”) and Lauryn Canny (“A Thousand Times Good Night”). Script was penned by Torres, Shane Perez and Johnny Fergusson.
“”Blue Guitar’ is not politically engaged but rather focused on »
- Elsa Keslassy
The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.
Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!
This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.
All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.
Here's the full list of goodies:
Main Screens (5, 6, 7)
Thursday Aug 21
Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)
- Gareth Jones
Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.
Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.
From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show »
- Phil Wheat
Paris — Pia Marais’ South African drama “White Knuckles,” Karim Ainouz’s French Riviera-set thriller “The Beauty of Sharks” and Fabio Mollo’s psychological suspenser “White Shadows” were the standout projects pitched at the inaugural of Paris Coproduction Village.
“Knuckles” tells the tale of an Australian stuntwoman who returns to her native South Africa after her mother is brutally attacked. As the young woman starts to investigate the crime, she discovers the bleak reality: Violence perpetrated against women and organized crime run rampant among the white Afrikaners living in post-apartheid Africa.
Trish Lake at Australian shingle Freshwater Pictures is producing the €2.3 million ($2.7 million) film. A Swedish-South African helmer, Marais last directed “Layla Fourie,” which played at Berlin in 2013.
Lake, who was pitching the project with Marais at the Paris Coproduction Village, said Freshwater Pictures is in discussions with a well-known young Australian actress for the role.
Lake added Marais’ reference for »
- Elsa Keslassy
Today we have the first photo from the upcoming "Regression" thriller, giving us a look at Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson. Check out the photo below. Plot: Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery. The new movie is written and directed by Alejandro Amenabar (The Others) and is set to hit theaters on August 28th, 2015. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
More than a decade on from The Others, Spanish director Alejandro Amenábar has returned to genre filmmaking with Regression. Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke star in the psychological thriller, the first still from which has just been released.Watson plays Angela Gray, a young woman who accuses her father (Daniel Dencik) of sexual abuse. He submits to the investigation by Hawke's detective, although he has no recollection of the alleged events. So the stage is set for regression therapist David Thewlis to pick through Dad's repressed memories and uncover a disturbing conspiracy.The excellent Amenábar made his debut with the serial killer thriller Tesis in 1996, and followed it a year later with Open Your Eyes (remade by Cameron Crowe and Tom Cruise as Vanilla Sky). Since the clasically spooky The Others in 2001 his output has slowed, but he did direct the biographical drama The Sea Inside in 2004 and the historical »
Academy award winner Alejandro Amenábar (The Sea Inside, The Others) has wrapped principal photography on Regression. The film, based on Amenabar's original screenplay is produced by Mod Entertainment, Mod Producciones, Himenóptero, First Generation Films and Telefónica Studios in association with FilmNation Entertainment, with the participation of Telefilm Canada and in collaboration with Mediaset España. TWC-Dimension will distribute the film in the United States. The first photo has been released by TWC-Dimension, featuring Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke, which you can take a look at below.
Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight, Training Day) and Emma Watson (Noah, Harry Potter) star in the film. Regression sees the return of Amenabar to genre, where he previously had great success with Dimension Films' The Others, which grossed over $200 million worldwide.
Alejandra Amenabar has wrapped principal photography on his new fear film Regression, starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson, and we have the first still and latest details waiting for you right here. Dig it!
From the Press Release
Academy award winner Alejandro Amenábar (The Sea Inside, The Others) has wrapped principal photography on Regression. The film, based on Amenábar's original screenplay is produced by Mod Entertainment, Mod Producciones, Himenóptero, First Generation Films and Telefónica Studios in association with FilmNation Entertainment, with the participation of Telefilm Canada and in collaboration with Mediaset España. TWC-Dimension will distribute the film in the United States.
Academy Award® nominee Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight, Training Day) and Emma Watson (Noah, Harry Potter) star in the film. Regression sees the return of Amenábar to genre, where he previously had great success with Dimension Films' The Others, which grossed over $200 million worldwide.
- Steve Barton
The image shows stars Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke looking mighty serious. Regression is touted as a character driven story, centring on a a young woman (Watson) who makes an allegation of abuse against her own father (David Dencik). Hawke is playing the detective investigating the case.
Award winning director, Amenábar made his name with the disturbing Abre Los Ojos (remade by Tom Cruise into Vanilla Sky) and The Others, a supernatural story starring Nicole Kidman. He’s got a good pedigree in film making, so Regression should be one to watch out for.
Principle filming began in April and Regression is scheduled for release in August 2015. It stars Emma Watson, Ethan Hawke, David Dencik, Devon Bostick, Aaron Ashmore, David Thewlis, Dale Dickey and Adam Butcher.
Source: First Showing »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
It has been a long decade since Chilean director Alejandro Amenabar's last theatrical feature, Foreign Language Oscar winner "The Sea Inside." Now, he will finally revisit the bleak, genre-driven territory that first defined his career -- from 1997's "Abre Los Ojos" to 2001's ravishingly beautiful ghost story "The Others" -- with his next film, "Regression." Starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson, and also written by Amenabar, "Regression" turns on a detective (Hawke) whose investigation of a young girl's (Emma Watson) gravely serious accusations against her father (David Dencik) unearths a powerfully scary conspiracy. Hawke's Detective Bruce Kenner is aided by a psychologist (David Thewlis) who performs regression therapy on the father, also uncovering more unhappy memories. On board the creative team of the film, which wrapped principal photography in Toronto this week, are "Pacific Rim" production designer Carol Spier, "The Last Days" Dp Daniel Aranyo and VFX supervisor Felix Berges. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The first image from Alejandro Amenábar's drama Regression has been released online. The movie takes place in Minnesota in 1990, and stars Ethan Hawke as a detective who investigates the case of a young woman (Emma Watson) who accuses her father (David Dencik) of an "unspeakable crime". The investigation eventually leads to uncovering a "horrifying nationwide mystery." I'm a big fan of Amenábar's previous films The Others and The Sea Inside, and it looks like he has another powerful story here. Principal photography has wrapped, so I wonder if there's a chance we'll see this one on the fall festival circuit. Hit the jump to check out the Regression image. The film also stars David Thewlis, Dale Dickey, Lothaire Bluteau, and Devon Bostick. Here's the press release: June 10, 2014 - Academy award winner Alejandro Amenábar (The Sea Inside, The Others) has wrapped principal photography on Regression. The film, based on Amenabar »
- Matt Goldberg
Alejandro Amenábar, despite having made only a few films, has quite the resume. One of his early features was remade by Cameron Crowe as Vanilla Sky, and he directed The Sea Inside (which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, and helped introduce Javier Bardem to global audiences) and The Others. Now he returns this year with a new film called […]
- Russ Fischer
Post-Harry Potter, none of the main actors have done better than Emma Watson, who went from playing wizard Hermione Granger to portraying (in short order) a kind-hearted wardrobe assistant, a radiant girl next door, a vapid socialite, herself and the adopted daughter of Noah. All of those performances were sublime and proved that Watson has more up her sleeve than just magic spells. However, her greatest challenge as an actor appears to be yet to come, now that we’ve gotten our first look at her abused lead character in Alejandro Amenábar’s thriller Regression.
Starring alongside Ethan Hawke, Watson plays a young girl named Angela who accuses her father of commiting a terrible crime. When investigator Bruce Kenner (Hawke) peers closer, he uncovers a terrifying mystery that stretches far beyond just one family. The first image from the film, above, finds a devastated Angela being comforted by Kenner. It »
- Isaac Feldberg
After making a smashing English-language debut in 2001 with "The Others," Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar hasn't been quite as busy in Hollywood as one might have hoped. He returned to Spain for his follow-up, the euthanasia-themed biopic "The Sea Inside," and picked up the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for his efforts. In 2009, he returned to international filmmaking with the Rachel Weisz-starring historical drama "Agora," an ambitious but rather turgid affair that didn't find much of an audience. Since then, things have been rather quiet -- so it's good to see the writer-director returning to genre filmmaking with the Spanish-American co-production "Regression." The film, on which principal photography has just wrapped, stars Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke in a psychological thriller -- in the literal sense. Watson plays a young woman who accuses her father ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" star David Dencik) of sexual abuse; when he admits guilt but no recollection of the abuse, »
- Guy Lodge
It’s perhaps easy to have forgotten filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar, but he’s done some terrific work. He won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film for “The Sea Inside” (which helped turn Javier Bardem into a bigger international star) and he also helmed one of the best recent horror/ghost movies, “The Others,” which also featured one of Nicole Kidman’s finest performances. Meanwhile, his breakout feature “Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos)” caught the eye of Cameron Crowe and Tom Cruise who remade it as “Vanilla Sky,” however, 2009’s “Agora” was less successful and came and went (though it did feature an early pre-fame Oscar Isaac performance). But in short, his talent is always one to keep an eye on, and the filmmaker is back with “Regression.” Amenábar´s penned the original screenplay for this one, and with principal photography recently wrapping, The Weinstein Company have revealed »
- Edward Davis
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