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Johannesburg — The first edition of the Joburg Film Festival will open Oct. 28 with the world premiere of “Mandela's Gun,” a long-awaited portrait of an untold chapter in the life of the South African icon.
Directed by John Irvin, pic is a documentary-thriller hybrid that tells the story of the pistol Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie gave Nelson Mandela as the young freedom-fighter decided to take up arms in the South African liberation struggle.
Producer Moroba Nkawe says the long process of bringing the story to the screen mirrors the remarkable, pan-African trip Mandela himself took in 1962.
“The film has…grown tremendously from the time we began filming,” she says. “As we uncovered more information through research, the story grew and…led us to film across the African continent, as we tried to bring to life this amazing, untold journey.”
She adds, “We’re extremely delighted to have the film finally ready for the public… »
- Christopher Vourlias
Exclusive: Robbie Little has picked up worldwide sales rights to the dystopian drama by husband-and-wife team Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel ahead of its international premiere at Tallinn Black Nights next month.
Philip Munger and Teun Hilte produced The White King, which relocates the Romanian setting of György Dragomán’s award-winning novel to a totalitarian regime in a nameless locale, where a young boy sets out to find his imprisoned father.
The film will play in the First Features Competition at Tallinn Black Nights in Estonia, which runs from November 11-27. It received its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Robbie Little, co-president of The Little Film Company, said, “Alex and Jörg are tremendously impressive filmmakers who along with their producers, Philip Munger and Teun Hilte, have managed to put together an incredibly talented cast and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Arriving on Blu-ray next week is Gavin Hood‘s drone thriller Eye in the Sky starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, and Alan Rickman. We’ve teamed with Universal Home Entertainment to give away two Blu-rays of the film. See how to enter below and all entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Sunday, June 26th.
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Principal photography is under way on acclaimed South African helmer Khalo Matabane’s gritty new prison drama “28.”
Based on the award-winning book “The Number” by Jonny Steinberg, the film is a hard-hitting exposé of the origins of the vicious gangs operating in the South African prison system.
Pic stars Mothusi Magano (“Tsotsi,” “Hotel Rwanda”) as Magadien, a hardened career criminal who swears a blood oath to members of the 28s gang. Faced with a sudden change of heart, he decides to risk his life and break his bond to the brotherhood, whatever the consequences.
While researching the film, Matabane (“State of Violence,” “Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon,” “Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me”) spent years with the real-life Magadien Wentzel in Cape Town, and also immersed himself in the lives of ex-prisoners to better understand gang language and culture.
“It is a story of a man struggling with himself, in turmoil, »
- Christopher Vourlias
The moral implications of modern warfare are confronted in Bleecker Street’s powerful drama, Eye in the Sky, coming to Digital HD on June 14, 2016 and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on June 28, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Tackling an ethical dilemma in a thought-provoking suspenseful story, the gritty film stars Academy Award® Winner, Helen Mirren (Trumbo, The Queen), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Need for Speed), Academy Award® Nominee Barkhad Abdi (Captain Philips), Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and the late Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Harry Potter) in his final on-screen performance. Eye in the Sky “holds us in a vise and keeps squeezing” according to Peter Travers of Rolling Stone. Directed by Academy Award® Winner Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Ender’s Game) and written by Guy Hibbert (Complicit, Five Minutes of Heaven), Eye in the Sky follows Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), a UK-based military officer in »
- ComicMix Staff
Helen Mirren stars alongside Alan Rickman in his last on-screen role in this war drama. Here is the official verdict from The Hollywood News. Check out Luke Ryan Baldock’s Eye In The Sky review below.
Eye In The Sky review
Drones have been one of the rising stars of cinema over the last couple of years. They’ve appeared as intricate plot points, allowing for quick resolutions for screenwriters and interesting set pieces for directors. Horror, action, comedy, there is no limit to the range of drones and now it is one of the main stars in the tense and gripping war drama Eye In The Sky. Combined with on-the-nose political commentary and biting British satire, Eye In The Sky is an unmissable film.
The entire plot is »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
If the nuclear bomb was the great fear-inducing topic of the 20th century, then drone warfare is surely its equivalent in the 21st. Movies as mainstream as Captain America: Civil War and Jose Padhila’s RoboCop remake have dealt with the subject in a sci-fi context; Andrew Niccol’s claustrophobic Good Kill, starring Ethan Hawke, explored the psychological impact of remote strikes on the American pilot tasked with pulling the trigger.
Directed by Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ender’s Game), Eye In The Sky is an ensemble drama-thriller which ambitiously tries to tackle drone warfare from multiple angles: the various levels of politicians, generals and soldiers who authorise the use of missile strikes on targets thousands of miles away, and the spies, would-be »
The road from Indie to Hollywood and back again has been a bumpy one for South African director Gavin Hood. Following his Tiff People’s Choice-winning Tsotsi he was offered New Line thriller Rendition, and proceeded to tackle big budget monsters like X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the Orson Scott Card sci-fi romp Ender’s Game. The latter two, it should be said, weren’t very good. So while it may be churlish to say that Eye in the Sky is a return to form, it truly does seem to represent Hood taking back control of his vision. The film is an erudite, compelling look at the vagaries of drone warfare, using multiple communities of decision makers to showcase the complexity and ambivalence of modern “surgical” warfare. With an...
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Chicago – The new film “Eye in the Sky” is as contemporary a war film that currently could be made. The overview of drone warfare includes the distant “pilots” on the computer screen, the leaders in their paneled offices, and the target on the ground – which includes the enemy, but also several innocents.
The film features Helen Mirren as a no-nonsense (naturally) military operative who is commanding the mission, which includes Alan Rickman in his last role as her military representative with the British and American leadership. The film has the tension of great battle movies, combined with the morality lessons that must be learned through distant bombing. It is a reminder of an earlier and similar film, “Fail-Safe” (1964) about the impracticalities of nuclear engagement.
Photo credit: Bleecker Street Media
Gavin Hood is a veteran actor and director. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
With the compelling and thrilling new drama Eye In The Sky, we finally have a drone movie worth cheering about. After last year’s rather lame Ethan Hawke attempt The Good Kill, which mixed a soap operatic subplot into a genuinely potentially interesting story on the human emotional toll taken on Las Vegas-based drone pilots, Oscar-winning South African director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) and screenwriter Guy Hibbert have tacked the controversial subject head-on with a… »
There's little doubt about it, hen it comes to discussing the "X-Men" film franchise, the most commonly cited nadir of the series is a toss between either Gavin Hood's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and Brett Ratner's "X-Men: The Last Stand". The winner varies from person to person.
'Origins' certainly had the rockier road in the film's lead-up with reports of creative differences, a difficult production during the midst of the writers' strike, and the infamous leak several weeks before release. Hood went on to do the well-received "Ender's Game" film along with the just out drone drama "Eye in the Sky," but in the seven or so years since the release of 'Origins,' the "Tsotsi" and "Rendition" helmer hasn't spoken much about the superhero film.
Now, discussing 'Eye' at the Miami International Film Festival, he spoke with Indiewire about the project and takes full blame for the result »
- Garth Franklin
“Eye in the Sky” is burdened with two unavoidable bummers: First, camouflage turns out to be the one pattern on earth that’s unflattering to Helen Mirren. And second, it’s the late Alan Rickman‘s penultimate film. (His final, “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” comes out in May.) Ok, admittedly there’s also a bit of absurdity in the script, but considering it involves bureaucratic pingpong, perhaps it’s not absurd enough. Director Gavin Hood (“Tsotsi,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”) and TV writer Guy Hibbert have crafted a tight thriller about a single event: the mission to capture terrorists in Nairobi. »
- Tricia Olszewski
Suspense comes in many different packages, cinematically speaking. Eye in the Sky generates almost unbearable tension by taking a big subject (drone warfare) and narrowing its focus to the decision of whether to order a deadly strike if it means killing an innocent little girl. I don’t know if this is realistic or not, but it certainly plays that way in Guy Hibbert’s screenplay, masterfully orchestrated by director Gavin Hood, who gave us the Oscar-winning South African film Tsotsi a decade ago. Helen Mirren is outstanding as a no-nonsense British officer in charge of a military operation to rout out terrorists in Kenya. She commands a wide range of men and women, some in the...
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- Leonard Maltin
As explored in Bleecker Street’s new political thriller “Eye in the Sky,” drone warfare is one of the most hotly debated issues in the modern geopolitical landscape. The film depicts an international mission to take out a terrorist in South Africa with a drone strike that becomes complicated when a child wanders into the strike zone, and the commanders must decide whether the collateral damage is worth it to acquire the target.
“Eye in the Sky” presents all sides fairly even-handedly, and at Wednesday night’s New York premiere — held at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square with an after-party at the nearby Parkview Lounge — Helen Mirren, who stars as a military intelligence officer who advocates for the strike to go forward, said that even after making the film, she doesn’t necessarily take any one particular viewpoint.
“My opinion didn’t really change. I’m more educated; I’m more knowledgeable, »
- Michael Tedder
Tsotsi and Rendition director Gavin Hood has set himself a difficult task on multiple levels with his latest effort, Eye In The Sky. He is, first of all, tackling fabulously thorny and morally complex material as he weighs the question of how much collateral damage is acceptable in the war on terror, and who gets to decide? And with his story aiming to present the full range of players involved in an operation - everyone from heads of state to on the ground local operatives, to generals, to the remote drone flight operator actually tasked with pulling the trigger - Hood is not only taking on an enormous moral challenge but also a fantastically difficult narrative challenge. How, after all, do you build a visually...
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Contemporary warfare seems to be conducted with all the calculation of insurance adjusters studying figures in ledgers, or sports executives applying “Moneyball”-style management techniques on their teams. Acts of war have been dehumanized by acronyms, decisions of life and death are lightened by multiple layers of bureaucracy, and now drone warfare enables the act of killing with nothing more than joystick with a trigger. It’s within a combination of those whirling elements that Gavin Hood (“Tsotsi,” “Rendition”) drops viewers for “Eye In The Sky,” and while certainly imperfect, there is something to admire about the film’s attempt to present the tangled logistics of a single military operation, where it seems everyone wants success but none of the responsibility of the tough decision making involved. The script by Guy Hibbert (“Five Minutes In Heaven”) is as lean as it is clever, with the entire movie taking place over »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Credit : Keith Bernstein / Bleecker Street
The film had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival to a standing ovation and rave reviews.
The upcoming thriller about a top secret military operation that escalates into international crisis opens in select theaters Friday, March 11.
Barkhad Abdi stars as Jama Farah.
- Michelle McCue
Eye In The Sky pictures: The thriller arrives in U.S. cinemas in March, and in the UK in April.
A new batch of Eye In The Sky pictures have been released. The upcoming film is the final on-screen performance from Alan Rickman, and also stars Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Barkhad Abdi, Jeremy Northam, Iain Glen and Phoebe Fox.
Eye In The Sky stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute reaching the highest levels of Us and British government over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. »
- Paul Heath
The redheaded stepchild of Fox’s X-catalogue – yes, perhaps even more so than X-Men: The Last Stand – this Wolverine prequel looked fantastic on paper when it was first announced. it had everything: the story behind Weapon X and the horrific experiment that gave Logan his claws, the origins of his relationship to Sabretooth, the first cinematic appearances of Deadpool and Gambit. How could it go wrong?
Unfortunately, go wrong it did, as the common complaints seen across the internet will attest. Patchy CGI, a few wrong turns storytelling-wise, bad big screen adaptations of fan-favourite characters… but it’s honestly not all bad. If you look at the forest for some of its individual trees, you will finds thing you can enjoy.
The movie gets a bad rap on the whole because to many its cons outweigh its pros, and its potential feels utterly squandered. The film’s turbulent production is well documented, »
- Dan Woburn
Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from “capture” to “kill.” But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute reaching the highest levels of Us and British government over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.
- Michelle McCue
20 items from 2016
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