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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
Channel 4 Chief Executive David Abraham has announced that Daniel Battsek will join the corporation as Director of Film4, following the news that David Kosse is to step down to join Stx Entertainment.
Battsek will join Film4 in July, relocating to the UK from New York after fulfilling his contract as President of Cohen Media Group - where he has overseen the acquisition and release of projects including back-to-back Oscar® nominees "Timbuktu" and "Mustang," as well as a development and production slate of films that includes John Williams’ renowned novel Stoner, a co-production with Film4. Prior to this role Daniel was President of National Geographic Films, and before that President, Filmed Entertainment at Miramax Films.
Battsek will inherit the increased spend announced by David Abraham and David Kosse in February 2016 of £25 million for the year, with the ambition of maintaining similar increased levels of Film4 funding in future years.
Under Battsek’s leadership, Film4 will continue to seek out new partnerships like those announced with Fox Searchlight and Fp Films in February, which allow the company to take a greater stake in certain projects, with a view to seeing more of the returns flowing back to Film4 for investment in the company’s future slate.
Battsek also inherits a development slate which includes new work from Lenny Abrahamson, Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrew Haigh, Steve McQueen, Martin McDonagh, Clio Barnard, Bart Layton, Garth Davis and Mike Leigh. as well as completed or near completed films from Andrea Arnold, Ben Wheatley, Ang Lee, Paddy Considine, Susanna White, John Cameron Mitchell, acclaimed theatre director Benedict Andrews, newcomer Toby Macdonald and Danny Boyle.
Channel 4 Chief Executive David Abraham commented: “Daniel Battsek’s passion for independent, filmmaker driven cinema, and experience in film production, development and distribution at the highest level in both the Us and UK markets, are second to none. He’s a perfect fit for the Film4 brand. We’re thrilled to bring this talented British executive back to the UK.
“As demonstrated by our record breaking year at both the Oscars and the BAFTAs, Daniel will inherit a Film4 business in fine creative and commercial health from David Kosse. We’re sad he couldn’t have been with us longer but he’s had an incredible impact in the time he has led the division. Both the exciting upcoming slate and the increased funding for original film we announced earlier this year are testament to the successful strategy implemented by David. I’m delighted that he will be working alongside Daniel on a smooth transition over the summer and ensuring that it is business as usual for Film4 over this period.”
Daniel Battsek added: "I am hugely honored to have been offered this opportunity. My career began with so many of Film4's early productions and I have retained strong ties with British filmmakers throughout my time in the Us. Joining Film4 feels almost like coming full circle. I look forward to returning to the UK and putting the experience I've gained on both sides of the Atlantic to good use."
David Kosse said: "Film4 is a unique organization and a very special brand and it was a difficult decision to leave, but joining Stx at this stage is an opportunity that I couldn't pass up. Over almost two years, I'm incredibly proud to have put in place a new strategy for Film4 which has boosted funding for the film industry to a record level and to have introduced an exciting new slate of high quality productions and developments with a diverse group of filmmakers. David Abraham and the Channel 4 leadership team have been fantastic partners since day one and I look forward to continuing to work with them over the coming months."
Having worked at the cutting edge of the independent sector on three continents, Battsek brings 30 years’ production, development and distribution experience to Film4. For the last three years Battsek has served as President of New York based Cohen Media Group, where he has overseen the acquisition and release of arthouse/crossover releases including back-to-back Oscar® nominees "Timbuktu" and "Mustang," as well as a development and production slate of films that includes John Williams’ renowned novel Stoner, a co-production with Film4. Prior to that he spent 2½ years at National Geographic Films, where as President he acquired projects for development and production including the Oscar® nominated documentary Restrepo, as well as National Geographic branded large screen and Imax 3D projects.
Battsek relocated from the UK to New York in 2005, where he served for five years as President, Filmed Entertainment at Miramax Films. Projects he greenlit and/or acquired there included Oscar® winners "The Queen," "No Country For Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood" and Oscar® nominees "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and "Happy-Go-Lucky". From 1991 to 2005, Battsek held the position of Evp and Managing Director, UK Distribution and European Production & Acquisitions at Buena Vista International, UK, where he oversaw all aspects of UK distribution for 18-25 releases per annum from Walt Disney Studios and their partners including Pixar and Miramax Films. At Bvi, Battsek also set up a Comedy Production Label in 2001 which financed and produced three films, including "Calendar Girls" and "Kinky Boots." Prior to that, Battsek spent six years as Managing Director of Palace Pictures, where he was responsible for the acquisition and distribution of quality independent titles from around the world for release in the UK, and he also spent three years as a Sales & Marketing Executive for Hoyts Entertainment in Australia, where he first cut his teeth in distribution.
Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division, which develops and co-finances films and has an established track record for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking. Film4 has developed and/or co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years - Academy Award-winners such as Steve McQueen’s "12 Years a Slave," Danny Boyle’s "Slumdog Millionaire," Lenny Abrahamson’s "Room," Alex Garland’s "Ex Machina," Asif Kapadia’s Amy, Andrew Haigh’s "45 Years" and Phyllida Lloyd’s "The Iron Lady," in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Chris Morris’ "Four Lions," Shane Meadows’ "This is England," Martin McDonagh’s "Seven Psychopaths," Yann Demange’s "71," Ben Wheatley’s "High-Rise," Clio Barnard’s "The Selfish Giant," Jonathan Glazer’s "Under the Skin" and David Mackenzie’s "Starred Up." »
- Sydney Levine
Lead-produced by Said Ben Said’s Sbs Productions, a company which has a strong line in films from some of Europe and America’s biggest name directors – one of its largest successes was Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” — “Elle” stars Huppert as the head of a top European video games company, a woman who seems indestructible, has it all, is always in control, is ruthless in business and is in love.
One night, as she lets the cat in, a masked man in a ski suit bursts into her home, and rapes her.
The attack changes Michele’s life forever. She reacts, resolutely, learns to fire a gun, sleeps with a hammer on her pillow, begins to suspect the assailant may be one of her employees, »
- John Hopewell
Our countdown of the 100 best films of the 21st century continues. This is Part 2 #75 through 51.
Click here for Part 1 (#100-76)!
The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn’t stopped films from breaking box office records, including having films gross »
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The Directors Guild of America kept strong guild streaks alive for “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Revenant” Tuesday with nominations for filmmakers George Miller and Alejandro G. Iñárritu, respectively.
Historically, the DGA’s film nominations — decided upon by a vast body of more than 16,000 members — are a solid barometer for the best director and particularly best picture categories at the Oscars. Recent DGA-nominated directors who failed to score a nomination from the Academy’s directors branch include Clint Eastwood (“American Sniper”), Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips”) and, notoriously, Ben Affleck (“Argo”) and Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”).
Recent films nominated by the DGA that failed to net a best picture Oscar nomination include “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” and “Into the Wild. »
- Kristopher Tapley
The American Society of Cinematographers has announced the nominees of its Asc Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Theatrical Release. The Awards night will take place on Feb. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
And the nominees are:
Here's the rest of the press release:
.Our members have spoken with a fabulous group of choices,. says Asc President Richard Crudo. .The quality of the work is astounding, and it.s great to see we.re once again at the forefront of giving recognition where it.s due..
.Each of the nominated films represents a different genre and a masterfully distinct visual style,. notes Asc Awards Chairman Daryn Okada. .We look forward to celebrating the extraordinary accomplishments of these nominees in February. »
The Asc has nominated Roger Deakins, Asc, Bsc; Janusz Kaminski; Ed Lachman, Asc; Emmanuel Lubezki, Asc, AMC, and John Seale, Asc, Acs, for the Asc Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a Theatrical Release.
The nominated films are:
The winner will be announced Feb. 14 at the 30th Asc Awards ceremony.
“Our members have spoken with a fabulous group of choices,” says Asc President Richard Crudo. “The quality of the work is astounding, and it’s great to see we’re once again at the forefront of giving recognition where it’s due.”
“Each of the nominated films represents a different genre and a masterfully distinct visual style,” notes Asc Awards Chairman Daryn Okada. »
- Michelle McCue
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