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Beta Cinema has completed its Cannes lineup with the addition of titles by two of Europe’s leading directors: “The King’s Choice” from Norway’s Erik Poppe and “Yesterday’s Flowers” from Germany’s Chris Kraus.
Based on true events, “The King’s Choice” depicts the German attack on neutral Norway over three decisive days in April 1940. Other cast members include Anders Baasmo Christiansen (“Kon-Tiki”), Tuva Novotny (“Jalla! Jalla!”), Katharina Schuettler (“13 Minutes,” “Generation War”) and Juliane Koehler (“Two Lives,” “Nowhere in Africa”).
The d.p. is John Christian Rosenlund, who lensed Poppe’s pics “1,000 Times Good Night” and “Troubled Water,” as well as Bent Hamer’s “1001 Grams” and “O’Horton.” Poppe also unites with his producing partners Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B. Kvae »
- Leo Barraclough
Producers Helge Sasse (Tempest Film) and Christoph Müller (Mythos Film) are in Cannes to meet potential partners for the international project which is set to have a double-digit million Euros budget.
Principal photography is set to begin in late summer 2016.
Narcissus and Goldmund is one of the first projects being planned by former Senator Entertainment CEO Helge Sasse at his new production outfit Tempest Film which he launched last summer with Solveig Fina.
Christoph Müller’s Berlin-based »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
The feature stars Matt Smith (“Doctor Who,” Terminator Genisys), Natalie Dormer (“Game of Thrones”), John Bradley (“Game of Thrones”), Agyness Deyn (Clash of the Titans) and Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games).
Production is based in the UK at Shepperton Studios and will shoot in and around London until April 18, 2015.
In Patient Zero, an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has turned the majority of humankind into highly intelligent, streamlined killers known as ‘The Infected.’ One victim, Morgan (Matt Smith), who is asymptomatic and can communicate with the infected, leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure.
Patient Zero is directed by Austrian Writer/Director, Stefan Ruzowitzky, best known for the 2008 Academy Award Winner for Best Foreign Film The Counterfeiters, and is from a screenplay written by Mike Le. »
- Michelle McCue
Don’t know where to start with the jumbo-sized Berlin festival lineup? Join “The Club,” as the latest film from Oscar-nominated “No’s” director Pablo Larrain is called. The good news is that this year’s program offers plenty of enticing titles, clustered around a few intriguing trends.
A Platform for Hollywood
Last year, Berlin set “The Grand Budapest Hotel” off on the right foot. The film went on to become the highest-grossing film of Wes Anderson’s career. Universal has even bigger expectations for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which plans to seduce its first crowds in Berlin. On the more demure side, Disney will unwrap its live-action, Kenneth Branagh-made “Cinderella,” while “Twilight” director Bill Condon offers a low-key, late-life look at suddenly ubiquitous Sherlock with “Mr. Holmes.”
Films We Expected to See in Park City
There are a handful of titles that skipped U.S. fests to premiere in Berlin. »
- Peter Debruge
With principal photography wrapping, a new image from Oscar-winning filmmaker Florian Gallenberger’s latest offering Colonia has arrived online, featuring Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Daniel Bruhl (Rush)…
Colonia tells the story of Lena and Daniel, a young couple, who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel.
- Gary Collinson
Generally, when the director Stefan Ruzowitzky makes a film, everyone wants to see it. His 2007 feature The Counterfeiters (about a secret plan by the Nazis to destabilise Britain by flooding the country with forged pound notes), won an Oscar. His children's movie, Lily the Witch: the Dragon and the Magic Book (2009) broke box-office records in Germany. He is about to direct an English-language action-thriller called Patient Zero that will star Matt Smith of Dr Who fame and that is likely to be popular too. However, there is one film that the genial Austrian recently directed that no one at all seems to want to see. »
6 items from 2015
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