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After his breakout performance opposite Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood, Paul Dano could have drunk the Hollywood Kool-Aid (or the milk shake for that matter) and suited up for the next studio tentpole. Instead, he largely opted for little-seen indies like Being Flynn and The Good Heart, with some sinister supporting roles in 12 Years a Slave and Prisoners mixed in. But with his latest film, Bill Pohlad’s Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy, Dano finally picked a starring role that all of young Hollywood was chasing: that of tortured music icon Brian Wilson. The 30-
- Tatiana Siegel
Danish cinema received a strong vote of confidence and a winning boost this weekend; two films from the Tribeca Film Festival won top dramatic jury prizes. And “Virgin Mountain,” a Danish-Icelandic film directed by Icelandic-born, Danish-raised Dagur Kári (“Noi the Albino” and the sorely underrated “The Good Heart” with Paul Dano and Brian Cox) won the coveted jury prize for best narrative feature film (and two other major prizes; Danish film "Bridgend" took three other baubles). And while the award may set expectations the movie can’t quite match, Kári’s fourth feature film is still a thoughtful, engaging, and compassionate look at the lonely outsider and his quiet emptiness. The movie’s name comes from its protagonist, Fúsi (Gunnar Jónsson), a hulking mass of a man who is untouched, cloistered, and naïve. This is not a foreign version of Judd Apatow’s “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” though on »
- Rodrigo Perez
Berlin– Dagur Kari’s character-driven drama “Virgin Mountain” has sold to more territories rolling off its warmly-received Gala premiere in Berlin.
Sold by Bac Films and produced by Baltasar Kormakur’s Rvk Studios, the movie has just been picked up by Imovision (Brazil), September Films (Benelux), Babilla Cine (Colombia) and Europafilm (Norway). Prior to its screening at the festival, “Virgin Mountain” was acquired by Alamode for Germany and Austria and McF Megacom for Former Yugoslavia.
Pic stars Icelandic newcomer Gunnar Jonsson as an lonely forty-something late-bloomer whose life is shaken up and ultimately transformed by a woman.
The early critical response to “Virgin Mountain” suggests that the film marks Kari’s best film since its debut “Noi the Albino,” played at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. Some insiders have also pointed out the film deserved a competition slot. In an interview with Variety, Kari said he was mostly “interested in creating the best possible characters, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Berlin-based Alamode has snatched up German distribution rights to Dagur Kari’s “Virgin Mountain,” which is repped by Bac Films and is having its Gala premiere in Berlin.
Bac Films has also sold the film to McF in Ex-Yugoslavia. A character study following a late bloomer’s coming of age, “Virgin Mountain” marks Kari’s follow-up to “The Good Heart” with Paul Dano. Produced by Baltasar Kormakur’s Rvk Studios, “Virgin Mountain” is expected to launch the career of Icelandic newcomer Gunnar Jonsson, who stars as an overweight, lonely forty-something man whose life is shaken up and ultimately transformed by a woman. Although the film weaves drama, romance and light touches of humor, it remains quite radical. “Once you have the ‘boy meets girl’ element in a film, the story tends to go on autopilot. It gets deeply foreseeable, and I deliberately tried to do an interesting twist on the cliche, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Goteborg, Sweden– Icelandic helmer Dagur Kari, who last directed “The Good Heart” with Paul Dano, is returning to Icelandic filmmaking with “Virgin Mountain,” a character study about a late bloomer which will world premiere in the Berlinale’s Gala section. Sold by Bac Films and produced by Baltasar Kormakur’s shingle Rvk Studios and Mikkel Jersen, “Virgin Mountain” stars newcomer Gunnar Jonsson as an overweight, lonely forty-something man whose life is shaken up and ultimately transformed by a woman. “Virgin Mountain” marks Karu’s fourth film. The helmer broke though with his first film “Noi The Albino” a festivals’ darling, he followed up with “Dark Horse” which won Goteborg’s Dragon Award for best film in 2005 and then made his English-language debut with “The Good Heart.” Variety caught up with Kari to chat about “Virgin Mountain” in the run-up to Berlin.
Variety: “Virgin Mountain” centers on the coming of age »
- Elsa Keslassy
The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) is to host the world premieres of Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren; Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan; and Dagur Kári’s Virgin Mountain.
The films form part of the Berlinale Special Galas line-up, which will also include the international premiere of awards contender Selma and the European premiere of Bill Pohland’s Love & Mercy, starring John Cusack
Based on a true story, Woman In Gold is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) and stars Mirren as Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, who takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.
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“Selma,” which stars David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson, makes its international premiere in Berlin. It was described by Variety‘s reviewer as a “razor-sharp portrait of the civil rights movement.” Pic has made faltering progress in the awards season, mainly due to the lack of screeners.
“Life,” which world premieres in Berlin, stars Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. Pic is inspired by the true story of a friendship that developed between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for Life magazine in 1955. Corbijn’s previous pics are “Control” and “A Most Wanted Man.”
- Leo Barraclough
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