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Amandla Stenberg is one step closer to breaking audience’s hearts yet again. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has scored a multi-territory deal for Amma Asante’s latest feature, a romantic drama toplined by the “Everything, Everything” and “Hunger Games” star. Variety reports Sony secured most of the international rights to “Where Hands Touch,” excluding select European territories and Australia. The film — which hasn’t found a U.S. home quite yet — is being sold by Protagonist Pictures at Cannes.
Set in 1944 Germany, the coming-of-age story centers on 15-year-old Leyna (Stenberg), the daughter of a white German mother and a black father. She “lives in fear due to the color of her skin. When she meets Lutz (George MacKay, ‘11.22.63’ ), the son of a prominent SS officer, the two fall helplessly in love, putting both their lives at risk,” Variety summarizes. Abbie Cornish (“Bright Star”) co-stars. Asante penned the script.
“Amma Asante is a skillful storyteller whose films reach a wide audience,” said Protagonist Pictures CEO Mike Goodridge. “We couldn’t be happier that our friends at Spwa have embraced her bold vision of a young biracial girl struggling to survive in Nazi Germany.”
Stenberg can be see in Stella Meghie’s “Everything, Everything,” in theaters now. The tearjerker sees her playing an 18-year-old who has never been outside — she’s allergic to everything and can’t leave the house without becoming severely ill. A burgeoning romance with the boy next door encourages her to venture out into the world. The film is outperforming expectations at the box office.
Asante most recently directed “A United Kingdom,” which hit theaters earlier this year. The well-reviewed interracial romance is based on the true story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London. The British filmmaker’s other credits include 2013’s “Belle” and 2004’s “A Way of Life.”
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- Laura Berger
This is a reprint of our review from the 2016 BFI London Film Festival.
In 2013, nearly ten years after her BAFTA-winning directorial debut “A Way Of Life,” British director Amma Asante returned with “Belle.” It was the kind of film ignored by much of the cinephile blogosphere, but proved to be a sleeper indie hit (outgrossing movies like “Foxcatcher,” “Whiplash” and “Snowpiercer”), and was well-liked by critics in the know, who found not a stodgy period piece, but a spry, deeply smart film that introduced issues of race and identity into a familiar Jane Austen-ish setting in a way that felt truly vital.
- Kevin Jagernauth
David Oyelowo, born in England to Nigerian parents, is an actor of blazing talent and rare grace. On screen, he's stirring and soulful as Martin Luther King in Selma; on HBO, he's chilling and heart-piercing as a war vet coming apart in Nightingale; on stage, doing Shakespeare, he's miraculous at capturing the stature and tragic weakness of the Moor in Othello. So to say that Oyelowo is giving one of his best and most electrifying performances in A United Kingdom – that means something. He's set the bar high.
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Author: Zehra Phelan
British screenwriter, director and former actress, Amma Asante’s career as a filmmaker is going from strength to strength particularly with her last film, A United Kingdom. The film told the tale of the 1940’s interracial relationship between the Prince Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) of Botswana and a white woman (Rosamund Pike) from London and earned her critical acclaim.
With the release of the first image of her next film, Where Hands Touch, Asante sticks to the theme that has worked so well for her in a tale which tells of the struggles of love between the daughter of a bi-racial couple, Leyna, played by Amandla Stenberg and a young man who is a member of the Hitler Youth, Lutz, played by George MacKay.
Asante said: “It has been a passion of mine to tell this story, for many years »
- Zehra Phelan
Variety has been given exclusive access to the first-look image from Amma Asante’s “Where Hands Touch,” which stars Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”) and George MacKay (“Captain Fantastic”) in a story of forbidden love in Nazi Germany.
Fifteen-year-old Leyna (Stenberg), daughter of a white German mother and a black father, meets Lutz (MacKay), the son of a prominent SS officer, and a member of the Hitler Youth. “They fall helplessly in love, putting their lives at risk as all around them the persecution of Jews and those deemed ‘non-pure’ slowly unfolds,” according to a statement. “Does their love stand a chance amidst violence and hatred?”
The film, which also stars Abbie Cornish (“Bright Star”), Christopher Eccleston (“28 Days Later”) and Tom Sweet (“The Childhood of a Leader”), is being sold by Protagonist Pictures in Berlin’s European Film Market. It was shot in Belgium and the Isle of Man, wrapping in December, »
- Leo Barraclough
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