12 items from 2014
• Annette Bening: ‘I like being a veteran, I have fewer illusions’
Here is an initially intriguing oddity on the doppelganger theme from Arie Posin, who made a suburbia satire called The Chumscrubber in 2005. It finally unravels into bathos and absurdity, though not without some moments of interest on the way. The Face of Love is not quite a supernatural thriller, nor exactly a romantic drama, nor precisely a study in psychological breakdown. Perhaps it needed a young M Night Shyamalan to endow it with some final whiplash twist. Nikki, a highly strung performance from Annette Bening, is grieving for her adored husband, played by Ed Harris. Then she is astonished to see a certain man who looks exactly like her late husband, also played by Ed Harris. What is going on? »
- Peter Bradshaw
Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on The Sea of Trees, which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts, starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Dr.). The cast also includes actors Katie Aselton (star of FX's The League) and Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black).
Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will »
Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on "The Sea of Trees", which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts, starring Oscar winner Mathew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Drive). The cast also includes actors Katie Aselton (star of FX's The League) and Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black). Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms »
- Press Release
What would happen if you saw someone with an uncanny resemblance to a late friend or family member? How would you react? Filmmaker Arie Posin’s mother had a close encounter with a man who looked eerily like her late husband, and the director was so intrigued by this story that he wrote a screenplay, with Matthew McDuffie, about the peculiar situation.
Titled The Face of Love, Posin’s film opened in theatres last Friday after a festival run that included stops in Toronto and San Sebastian. It tells the story of Nikki (Annette Bening), a widow who falls in love with an artist named Tom (Ed Harris), who looks exactly like her late husband.
Posin is an Israeli-born director who lived in Canada before moving to Los Angeles and heading to film school at the University of Southern California. The Face of Love marks his second film, after 2005’s coming-of-age indie comedy The Chumscrubber. »
- Jordan Adler
If The Face of Love proves anything, it is that Annette Bening is still one of the finest American actors working today. In Arie Posin’s new drama, which boasts shades of Douglas Sirk and an attempted Hitchcockian suspense, she gives everything to the role of Nikki Lostrom, a lonesome widow who pursues a relationship with a man who has an uncanny resemblance to her late husband.
In the opening scene, Nikki sits, sullen and anguished, by the pool of her immaculate Los Angeles home, gripping a glass of wine as she remembers finding her husband Garrett (Ed Harris) dead, strewn on the beach after drowning during a trip to Mexico. Distracted by these harrowing memories, she drops the wine glass. Picking up the pieces of broken glass, Nikki does not even grimace, even when she grips the shards so tightly her hand starts bleeding. Bening is a fearless actor »
- Jordan Adler
Back in October we brought you the news that Peter Dinklage had signed up for a Bad Santa-like "R-rated leprechaun comedy". At the time the Paramount project was untitled and didn't have a director in place, but both those issues have now been rectified. The film is called O' Lucky Day, and the director will be Lawrence Sher.Sher is following Wally Pfister's recent form, seizing the director's chair following a successful career as a cinematographer. In particular, he's known for his association with Todd Phillips, acting as Dp on all three Hangover films and Due Date. He also shot Garden State, The Chumscrubber, Dan In Real Life, Paul and The Dictator. But it's not all indies and comedies: he recently contributed some additional photography to Godzilla. The only plot synopsis available for O' Lucky Day so far is that it involves Dinklage trying to pass himself off as a real leprechaun. »
Before We Saw the Trailer, We Thought: While a film about a blossoming romance between a woman and the doppelganger of her deceased husband may veer into the absurd, "The Face of Love," which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, is interesting in that it offers the perspective of a woman who has already lived much of her life. Director-writer Arie Posin, who previously directed the relatively unseen and lackluster 2005 film "The Chumscrubber," about a sequence of events that occur in a small town following the death of a teenage drug dealer, returns with a more developed premise.For more indie film trailers check out Indiewire's trailer page, sponsored by Sony Pictures Classics. And Now? Four-time Oscar nominated actress Annette Bening, who last appeared in Sally Potter's moving "Ginger & Rosa," stars as a woman who has recently lost her husband (Ed Harris) of 30 years, the love of her life, »
- Eric Eidelstein
IFC Films has released the trailer for director Arie Posin’s (The Chumscrubber) upcoming drama The Face of Love. The film stars Annette Bening as a grieving widow who happens upon a man (Ed Harris) who looks almost exactly like her deceased husband. The two strike up a relationship and a flood of old feelings come rushing back to her again. The film looks to be a pretty interesting romantic drama that sidesteps the clichéd psychological thriller aspect that the premise might suggest. Bening and Harris appear to have solid chemistry, and I’m interested to see how the story plays out. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Robin Williams and opens in select theaters on March 7th followed by a VOD release March 13th. Here’s the official synopsis for The Face of Love: Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett »
- Adam Chitwood
Continuing her track record of portraying mentally unstable, fabulously coifed broads (see: Fatal Attraction, 101 Dalmatians), Glenn Close has signed on to play Anna Anderson, the real woman who once claimed to be the famed Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova of Russia. You know, the one who’s definitely dead and not a lady named Anna Anderson. Duchess, helmed by Close’s The Chumscrubber directer Arin Posen, follows the imposter through a “dark road trip comedy based on true events.” Anderson, a formerly institutionalized Prussian woman, changed her name to that of the doomed Russian royal and convinced the public that she was actually the daughter of Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra, the girl thought to have been executed along with the rest of her family in 1918. Even though people eventually wised up and decided to check that she was actually a Romanov (Surprise! Just Crazy!), the media and public kept the story going because it’s hard »
- Samantha Wilson
Glenn Close will play the counterfeit Romanov heir in Duchess.
The film will centre around the last days of Polish born Anna Anderson (Close) and her American husband Jack Manahan.
Described as a "dark road-trip comedy", the film sees Jack rescue his wife from a retirement home in Charlottesville and escape with her to rural Virginia for a belated honeymoon.
Close recently wrapped Guardians of the Galaxy, which will arrive in August.
Duchess will shoot in Virginia.
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Exclusive: Glenn Close has been set to play Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed to be the Grand Russian Duchess Anastasia, in Duchess. The film reunites Close with The Chumscrubber director Arie Posin and producers Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn, who teamed with Close for Albert Nobbs. They will produce through their Mockingbird Pictures. Posin wrote the script with Reversal Of Fortune scribe Nicholas Kazan. It’s described as a dark road-trip comedy based on true events and covering the last days of Anna and her American husband Jack Manahan. After the courts forcibly put Anna into a retirement home in Charlottesville in 1983, Jack kidnapped her, and together they evaded the authorities across rural Virginia hoping to experience the honeymoon they never had. The film will shoot in Virginia. Close most recently wrapped Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy. Posin’s next film, The Face Of Love with Annette Bening and Ed Harris, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Famous for playing French noblewoman the Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons, Glenn Close will next play the Russian grand duchess Anastasia Romanov in The Duchess... except it's not quite that simple. Close will actually be playing Anna Anderson, one of several imposters who claimed to be Anastasia in the decades before the fact of her 1918 assassination was finally proved. Arie Posin (The Chumscrubber) will direct this new version of Anderson's story.If you're unfamiliar with the history, Anastasia was killed along with most of her family, including her sisters and father Tsar Nicholas II, by the Bolshevik secret police in July, 1918. But the location of her death remained unknown (only finally discovered in 2007), leading to rumours of her escape that endured for decades - immortalised, among other things, in the cartoon Anastasia in the 1990s.Anderson was institutionalised in Berlin after a suicide attempt in 1920, and began claiming she »
12 items from 2014
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