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Spanish auteur Isabel Coixet (Elegy, My Life Without Me) opened Berlinale with her latest and most ambitious film to date, Nobody Wants the Night. Based on real life persons (though it was unclear whether the events actually occurred), it is a visually stunning film, a raw and anguishing story of love, betrayal and cultural conflict. And yet, it is perhaps this ambition that brings out some serious narrative problems that, while I didn't actively dislike them, made the film a bit less than the sum of its parts.Juliette Binoche (looking more than a little like an aged Julie Christie in Dr. Zhivago) plays Josephine Peary, wife of the Arctic Explorer Robert Peary. An arctic adventurer herself, she has come to Ellesmere Island in 1908 to...
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Oscar winner Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, National Treasure) are in final negotiations to star in the romance feature film This Man, This Woman, to be directed by Isabel Coixet whose new film Nobody Wants The Night opens the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, it was announced today by Fortitude International co-founders, Nadine de Barros and Robert Ogden Barnum, and producer Mike Lobell (The Freshman, Striptease).
Fortitude International is financing the film and will handle foreign sales on the project being introduced to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.
De Barros and Barnum serve as executive producers. Lobell is producing the film.
CAA is representing domestic rights.
An estranged man, Matt Heller, and a woman, Martha Parks (Cruz »
- Michelle McCue
We'll show up to watch Juliette Binoche in pretty much anything, but toss Rinko Kikuchi into the mix, in a film directed by Isabel Coixet ("My Life Without Me," "The Secret Life Of Words," "Elegy"), in a based-on-a-true-story tale set in the arctic? Yes, please. That film is "Nobody Wants The Night," and the first trailer has arrived. Slated to open the Berlin International Film Festival next month, the movie is based on a true story, and is set in 1908, in the wintry reaches of Greenland. Here's the official synopsis: Josephine Peary is a mature, proud, determined and naive woman, in love with celebrated Arctic adventurer Robert Peary, a man who prefers glory and ice to the comforts of an upper-class home. For him she will face all danger, even risk her own life. Another woman, young but wise, brave and humble – Allaka – is in love with the same man, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
There should be a bigger spotlight on filmmaker Isabel Coixet. She makes small, unflashy but memorable films, like "Elegy," "My Life Without Me," "The Secret Life Of Words," and more recently, "Learning To Drive," all of which have culled the director a small but devoted following. But Coixet gets her biggest showcase yet at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival. Coixet's "Nobody Wants The Night" has been selected as the opening night movie at the festival. Juliette Binoche, Rinko Kikuchi and Gabriel Byrne star in a movie taking place in the Arctic seclusion of Greenland in 1908. The adventure film focuses on courageous women and ambitious men who put anything at stake for love and glory. We like both the cast and premise, so sign us up. The Berlin Film Festival runs from February 5th to 15th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Berlin International Film Festival announced early Friday morning that "Nobody Wants the Night," the most recent work by Spanish director Isabel Coixet, will open the festival as well as play in the international competition. Previous fest kick-offs included "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "The Grandmaster." We’re sure "Nobody Wants the Night" is quite grand in its own right, even if it doesn’t flaunt it in the title. Based on true events, "Nobody Wants the Night" follows Josephine Peary (Academy Award-winner Juliette Binoche), a "mature, proud, determined and naive woman" living in Greenland circa 1909 and in love with celebrated Arctic adventurer Robert Peary (Gabriel Byrne), "a man who prefers glory and ice to the comforts of an upper-class home." Another woman, the "young but wise, brave and humble" Allaka (Academy Award-nominated Rinko Kikuchi), is in love with the same man… and pregnant with his child. As Coixet’s »
- Matt Patches
London — Spanish director Isabel Coixet’s “Nobody Wants the Night,” which stars French actress Juliette Binoche, will open the Berlin Film Festival. The film will world premiere on Feb. 5 as part of the international competition.
Binoche, who won an Oscar for “The English Patient,” is joined in the ensemble cast by Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi (“Babel,” “The Brothers Bloom,” “Pacific Rim”) and Irish thesp Gabriel Byrne (“The Usual Suspects,” “Miller’s Crossing”).
The adventure film is set in 1908 in Greenland, and focuses on “courageous women and ambitious men who put anything at stake for love and glory.” Pic, which is a Spanish-French-Bulgarian co-production, was shot in Bulgaria, Norway and Spain.
- Leo Barraclough
Spanish helmer Isabel Coixet’s Nobody Wants The Night has been selected as the opening film for the 65th Berlin Film Festival. The world premiere will take place on February 5, and the movie will be part of the competition. A Spanish-French-Bulgarian co-production, it’s set in 1908, in the Arctic seclusion of Greenland. The adventure film focuses on courageous women and ambitious men who put anything at stake for love and glory. Juliette Binoche, Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) and Gabriel Byrne star.
Last year’s Berlin opener, The Grand Budapest Hotel, scored a leading 11 BAFTA nominations this morning. The year prior, Berlin opened with Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster, making this choice seem a bit obscure.
- Nancy Tartaglione
Juliette Binoche stars in the Arctic adventure.
The 65th Berlin International Film Festival will open on February 5 with the world premiere of Nobody Wants the Night, the latest film from Spanish director Isabel Coixet. It will participate in the international competition.
The Spanish-French-Bulgarian co-production takes place in 1908, in the Arctic seclusion of Greenland. The adventure film focuses on “courageous women and ambitious men who put anything at stake for love and glory”.
The ensemble cast includes French actress and Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (Camille Claudel 1915, The English Patient), Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, The Brothers Bloom) and Irish actor Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects, Miller’s Crossing). Filming took place in Bulgaria, Norway and Spain.
He also revealed: “It will also be the first film to be screened in Dolby Atmos in our Berlinale Palast.”
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
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