12 items from 2016
Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall and Cherry Jones are to star in Sally Potter’s film “The Party,” which has just started its 14-day shoot in London.
Set in a house in contemporary London, the film is “a comedy wrapped around a tragedy,” according to Potter’s production company Adventure Pictures. “It starts as a celebration and ends with blood on the floor.”
The production reunites many of Potter’s long-standing collaborators, including cinematographer Alexey Rodionov (“Yes,” “Orlando”), production designer Carlos Conti (“The Motorcycle Diaries,” “The Kite Runner”), sound guru Jean-Paul Mugel (“Hidden,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”), and editor Anders Refn (“Anti-Christ,” “Breaking the Waves,” “Ginger & Rosa”).
It is the eighth feature film to be directed by Potter, who is best known for “Orlando,” the 1992 adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel. The film, which starred Tilda Swinton, received two Academy Award nominations. Her other films include the BAFTA-nominated “The Tango Lesson” (1996); “Yes” (2004), with Joan Allen, Simon Abkarian, and Sam Neill; “The Man Who Cried” (2000), starring Christina Ricci, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett and John Turturro; “Rage” (2009), with Jude Law, Judi Dench and Steve Buscemi; and “Ginger & Rosa” (2012), starring Elle Fanning and Alice Englert.
- Leo Barraclough
Cannes — Orchard has acquired North American rights to Pablo Larrain’s Gael Garcia Bernal starrer “Neruda,” an unconventional take on the famed Chilean politician-poet, following the film’s world premiere at Directors’ Fortnight.
The Orchard plans a fall release for the film with an awards push.
“Neruda,” which marks Larrain’s follow up to Golden Globe-nominated “El Club,” has earned critical acclaim upon its world premiere. Guillermo Calderón (“El Club”) penned the film, which was produced by Juan de Dios Larraín.
- Elsa Keslassy
Back in February it was revealed that the long-gestating Zorro reboot Zorro Reborn had been dragged out of development hell, with Jonas Cuaron (Gravity) writing and directing the project, now titled Z.
Well, it seems that Cuaron has found an actor to portray the swashbuckling pulp hero, with Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries, Mozart in the Jungle) signing on for the lead role in the project. Garcia Bernal is coming off a recent collaboration with Cuaron, having starred in Desierto, which is set for release this year.
“I have always loved Gael for this role,” said Mark Amin, who is producing through his Sobini Films banner. “Zorro is a hero who is charming, witty and clever. Gael possesses all those characteristic and he’s able to deliver them with a modern spin to introduce the Zorro character to a new audience.”
The new film will reimagine the legendary masked hero, »
- Gary Collinson
Deadline is reporting that Gael Garcia Bernal has been cast in the title role of Jonas Cuaron's futuristic Zorro reboot Z. If you're getting some déjà vu, it's because the Rosewater and The Motorcycle Diaries actor was previously attached to play the masked swashbuckler back in 2012 when the project was still titled Zorro Reborn. Cuaron and Bernal recently worked... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Within the wide-ranging international conversation surrounding contemporary cinema, few names land on best-working-filmmaker lists as often as Jia Zhangke — a natural result when so few filmmakers are at all like Jia Zhangke. A dramatist (of melodrama, neorealism, action, sci-fi, the semi-musical), a documentarian, and a social chronicler in either mode, he’s built one of this era’s most consistent and, in the scope of his native China, revealing oeuvres. And now the camera is turning on him, for Walter Salles‘ (The Motorcycle Diaries, On the Road) has fashioned yet another chronicle with Jia Zhangke A Guy From Fenyang.
It seems his efforts have befitted a cinematic showcasing: following its strong slate of reviews from the past 18 months, A Guy from Fenyang will be released by Kino Lorber later this month. A surprisingly revealing and intimate preview has landed, and in just two-and-a-half minutes it’s turned this Jia fan »
- Nick Newman
Marking a major step forward for Dick Cook Studios, the Burbank-based production and distribution company has landed $500 million in film financing from China-based Film Carnival, it was announced Tuesday.
Film Carnival will finance 100% of the movies produced, while the company founded by the former Disney executive will be responsible for the development, production, worldwide distribution and marketing. The announcement comes at the end of a conference in China sponsored by Dick Cook Productions to promote future development of entertainment content.
The announcement came jointly from Cook, chairman of the studio bearing his name, and Lou Xiaolou, chairman of Film Carnival Co. Ltd. The American company has agreed to help Film Carnival produce its own slate of motion pictures in China, while the Chinese company will help push for additional Chinese investors to support Cook’s operation.
Cook deemed himself “thrilled” at the arrangement and added: “They are not only visionaries »
- James Rainey
Read More: Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight The last few years has seen a populist uprising in the best original song category. In 2012, Adele became one step closer to Egot by winning the Oscar for "Skyfall" alongside Paul Epworth. In 2013, the extraordinarily popular "Frozen" anthem "Let It Go" beat out the mainstream likes of Pharrell Williams, U2 and Karen O. And last year, John Legend and Common won for their "Selma" song "Glory." It seems the days where we'd never heard of the best original song winner are long gone ("Al otro lado del rio" from "The Motorcycle Diaries," anyone?) -- and here are the days when they are #1 on iTunes the day after the Oscars. Below is Anne Thompson's take on how things might shake down in the race for best original song. Check out Thompson on Hollywood's Oscar predictions page for more awards season analysis. Click here for more category breakdowns on. »
“The Man in the Rockefeller Suit” tells the true story of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, an imposter who conned his way into various jobs on Wall Street by posing as a member of the Rockefeller family. A Los Angeles state court jury found him guilty in 2013 of the 1985 murder of John Sohus, the 27-year-old son of his former landlady. Gerhartsreiter buried the remains in the backyard of Sohus’ mother’s home.
Trapero won a »
- Dave McNary
Directed by Italian filmmaker Daniele Luchetti, “Call Me Francesco” chronicles the life of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as a young man in Buenos Aires before finding his calling to become a Jesuit priest, and follows him as he rose through the ranks of archbishop and cardinal struggling with difficult decisions in the face of military dictatorship before, in 2013, becoming the first pontiff ever from the Americas.
Argentinian actor Rodrigo De la Serna (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) stars in the title role. The film is produced by Pietro Valsecchi for Medusa in collaboration with Mediaset’s Taodue and is distributed by Medusa in Italy.
“There is no one in today’s world who is more beloved and admired than Pope Francis, »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: As a buyer when he ran Good Machine and Focus Features, James Schamus has been as much a Park City fixture as snow and thin air. Tomorrow, he takes on a new role: first time director, when he premieres his adaptation of the Philip Roth novel Indignation. It’s an acquisition title, which puts Schamus on the opposite side of the bargaining table where he bought and released such films as The Kids Are All Right, The Motorcycle Diaries, Pariah and, yes, Hamlet… »
Brazil’s Globo, Latin America’s biggest TV group, is for the first time ever bringing its huge production might to 100% Spanish-language production at Globo Studios, teaming with Daniel Burman, a leading light of the New Argentine Cinema, to create TV series “Supermax.”
TV Azteca will broadcast “Supermax” in Mexico.
An adventure-thriller, “Supermax” will be unveiled to potential buyers at Natpe on Tuesday Jan. 19, on the market’s first day of trading. It weighs in as not only Globo’s flagship 2016 new series but also the first fruit of a new strategy that could see the Spanish-speaking TV world gaining a giant new production player.
On “Supermax,” this groundbreaking move sees Globo linking to prominent movie figures in the Latino film business. Director of 2003 feature film “The Lost Embrace,” that scooped Berlin’s Grand Jury Prize and a best actor Silver Bear for Daniel Hendler, Burman serves as “Supermax” showrunner/director, »
- John Hopewell
He may've just won Hollywood's attention by snagging the coveted trophy for best actor in a television series, comedy or musical, but Gael García Bernal has long been an indie darling. Though it's his first Golden Globe win, it definitely wasn't the actor's first impressive performance. Wondering where you've seen Mozart in the Jungle's intense New York Symphony maestro before? Here's a primer on the Mexican heartthrob making headlines this awards season. 1. He revved our engines in The Motorcycle Diaries.Bernal made a lasting impression in the 2004 biopic The Motorcycle Diaries, where he played the young Che Guevara on »
- Diana Pearl
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