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“Learning to Drive” is a women’s movie in the truest sense of the phrase.
Yes, the story of a middle-age divorcee’s unlikely bond with her driving instructor is firmly pitched at women of a certain age, but the term applies to more than its target audience. Both in front of and behind the camera, it is a picture made for women, by women and about women. In an industry that is still woefully behind the times when it comes to gender diversity, it’s a welcome corrective, but the decade-plus battle to make “Learning to Drive” also reveals the obstacles female filmmakers face.
“One of the biggest struggles we had was that most of the financing is male-oriented,” said producer Dana Friedman. “It was a drama, it wasn’t an action film, it wasn’t a thriller and it starred a woman. Getting a financier to understand the »
- Brent Lang
Sir Ben Kingsley is a master actor, and his co-stars know it. Patricia Clarkson and others in new film “Learning to Drive” describe the “sublime” experience of working with Kingsley in the HitFix exclusive featurette you can watch above. “Learning to Drive” premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where it was the first runner-up for the Audience Award. Clarkson stars as Wendy, a woman whose husband has just left her for a younger woman. As a lifelong New Yorker, Wendy has never learned to drive, so to reclaim her independence, she takes driving lessons from Darwan (Kingsley), a taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. An unlikely friendship forms between fiery Wendy and soft-spoken Darwan. The film reunites Clarkson, Kingsley and director Isabel Coixet — the three of them worked together on 2008’s “Elegy.” “Learning to Drive” opens in theaters today. »
- Emily Rome
Director Isabel Coixet’s (Elegy, Paris, je t’aime) latest film Learning to Drive brings the feel good vibes in its first trailer with Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley (who worked with Coixet in Elegy). Clarkson stars as a writer going through marital issues who decides to finally take driving lessons from Ben Kingsley’s character. Set in Manhattan, the trailer suggests a feel-good story that has genuine heart and funny moments. Here’s the synopsis:
Wendy (Patrician Clarkson), a self-absorbed New York book critic, is shocked to reality by the sudden end of her marriage. Always dependent on her husband for driving, she must now learn to take the wheel on her own. Her instructor Darwan (Ben Kingsley) is a Sikh Indian who watches with alarm as his pupil falls apart at the seams. He himself is contemplating an arranged marriage with a woman he has never met. As these two lives intersect, »
- Sarah Pearce
Sometimes it can be feast or famine in terms of a director’s presence, because Hollywood can be a cruel development mistress. But Spanish filmmaker Isabel Coixet’s work life is fecund at the moment. Earlier this year, she unveiled her Berlin Film Festival-opener “Nobody Wants The Night,” and later this summer she’s got film number two, “Learning To Drive.” The latter film reunites her with Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson, two of the stars of her 2008 movie, “Elegy.” But where that film was a dark picture about adultery, love, and the complications of relationships, “Learning To Drive” has a decidedly more cheery bent. It’s a feel-good, coming-of-middle-age comedy about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life's road blocks. Here’s the official synopsis: Read More: Meet Isabel Coixet - 'Learning to Drive' Wendy is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left »
- Edward Davis
“Ewan’s talent goes far beyond his on-screen work, and we’re excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of ‘American Pastoral,’” Lakeshore CEO Tom Rosenberg said in a statement.
“It’s a great privilege to be working with Lakeshore on Phillip Roth’s astounding novel ‘American Pastoral,'” McGregor said. “I’ve wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I ‘had’ to tell, and in this script I knew I had found that story.”
The screenplay was written by John Romano with filming scheduled for September in Pittsburgh. »
- Dave McNary
Complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday February 8. Winners will be updated as they're announced during the telecast and pre-telecast. Record Of The Year “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx “Chandelier,” Sia **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor Album Of The Year **Winner** “Morning Phase,” Beck “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé “X,” Ed Sheeran “In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith “Girl,” Pharrell Williams Song Of The Year “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier) Best New Artist Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark »
- Donna Dickens
Oscar winner Ben Kingsley (The Boxtrolls, Iron Man 3) has joined the cast of John Pogue’s (The Quiet Ones) action thriller Wake starring Bruce Willis (Die Hard film franchise), and produced by Michael Benaroya (Lawless, Margin Call), Tobin Armbrust (A Walk Among The Tombstones, Begin Again), David Alpert (upcoming American Ultra, AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’) and Chris Cowles (The Numbers Station, Autobahn).
International Film Trust (Ift) is handling foreign rights to the film, which they are actively selling at the European Film Market. CAA is representing the domestic sales rights.
“Sir Ben is a truly one of a kind talent, with a unique subtlety to his work. He brings characters to life and charges them with emotion and power at just the right moments. He’s a tremendous addition to this cast, I can’t wait to see what he does with Kole, this film’s powerful antagonist, »
- Michelle McCue
Spanish auteur Isabel Coixet (Elegy, My Life Without Me) opened Berlinale with her latest and most ambitious film to date, Nobody Wants the Night. Based on real life persons (though it was unclear whether the events actually occurred), it is a visually stunning film, a raw and anguishing story of love, betrayal and cultural conflict. And yet, it is perhaps this ambition that brings out some serious narrative problems that, while I didn't actively dislike them, made the film a bit less than the sum of its parts.Juliette Binoche (looking more than a little like an aged Julie Christie in Dr. Zhivago) plays Josephine Peary, wife of the Arctic Explorer Robert Peary. An arctic adventurer herself, she has come to Ellesmere Island in 1908 to...
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Following the first screening of "Nobody Wants the Night," director Isabel Coixet and stars Juliette Binoche, Rinko Kikuchi and Gabriel Byrne led a memorable press conference that quickly put us Berlinale-goers in our places. From the start, the Spanish director, known for films such as "Elegy" and last year's "Learning To Drive," was no bullshit. "You want to know the truth," she'd say after each posed question. She then candidly delves into the problems she faced making her latest endeavor, problems with the rhetoric surrounding female directors and problems with the industry in general. "Nobody Wants the Night" may have opened the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, but Coixet in the flesh truly got things going. Read More: Berlin: Elisabeth Moss on Going Mental for Alex Ross Perry in 'Queen of Earth' Following the film's world premiere, Indiewire had the opportunity to sit down with the filmmaker to further »
- Eric Eidelstein
Oscar winner Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, National Treasure) are in final negotiations to star in the romance feature film This Man, This Woman, to be directed by Isabel Coixet whose new film Nobody Wants The Night opens the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, it was announced today by Fortitude International co-founders, Nadine de Barros and Robert Ogden Barnum, and producer Mike Lobell (The Freshman, Striptease).
Fortitude International is financing the film and will handle foreign sales on the project being introduced to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.
De Barros and Barnum serve as executive producers. Lobell is producing the film.
CAA is representing domestic rights.
An estranged man, Matt Heller, and a woman, Martha Parks (Cruz »
- Michelle McCue
Or The Unexpected Convenience of Sexism: Levinson’s Perplexing but Deviously Funny Stab at Roth
Decades passed between initial adaptations of novelist Philip Roth’s novels (1969’s Goodbye Columbus; 1972’s Portnoy’s Complaint) before filmmakers like Robert Benton and Isabel Coixet mounted their own renditions to varied reception in the past decade or so with The Human Stain (2003) and Elegy (2008), respectively. After a decently received found footage horror film with 2012’s The Bay, seasoned director Barry Levinson adapts The Humbling, which, like Roth’s novel itself, initially received some of the same unfavorable notices from Venice and Toronto Int. Film Fests. But Roth’s novels are exactly the kind of difficult narratives that used to make for a tradition of daring cinema that’s been eclipsed by safety and sanitization in an effort to decrease offense and increase mass satisfaction. That’s not to say that Levinson is entirely successful »
- Nicholas Bell
We'll show up to watch Juliette Binoche in pretty much anything, but toss Rinko Kikuchi into the mix, in a film directed by Isabel Coixet ("My Life Without Me," "The Secret Life Of Words," "Elegy"), in a based-on-a-true-story tale set in the arctic? Yes, please. That film is "Nobody Wants The Night," and the first trailer has arrived. Slated to open the Berlin International Film Festival next month, the movie is based on a true story, and is set in 1908, in the wintry reaches of Greenland. Here's the official synopsis: Josephine Peary is a mature, proud, determined and naive woman, in love with celebrated Arctic adventurer Robert Peary, a man who prefers glory and ice to the comforts of an upper-class home. For him she will face all danger, even risk her own life. Another woman, young but wise, brave and humble – Allaka – is in love with the same man, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Yes, there will be non-Terrence Malick-directed films at the Berlin Film Festival this year. The first one out of the gate at the prestigious festival will be the latest film from Elegy director Isabel Coixet, Nobody Wants the Night. Starring Juliette Binoche, Rinko Kikuchi, Gabriel Byrne, and Matt Salinger, there’s no word on a U.S. release yet, but […] »
- Jordan Raup
There should be a bigger spotlight on filmmaker Isabel Coixet. She makes small, unflashy but memorable films, like "Elegy," "My Life Without Me," "The Secret Life Of Words," and more recently, "Learning To Drive," all of which have culled the director a small but devoted following. But Coixet gets her biggest showcase yet at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival. Coixet's "Nobody Wants The Night" has been selected as the opening night movie at the festival. Juliette Binoche, Rinko Kikuchi and Gabriel Byrne star in a movie taking place in the Arctic seclusion of Greenland in 1908. The adventure film focuses on courageous women and ambitious men who put anything at stake for love and glory. We like both the cast and premise, so sign us up. The Berlin Film Festival runs from February 5th to 15th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Berlin International Film Festival announced early Friday morning that "Nobody Wants the Night," the most recent work by Spanish director Isabel Coixet, will open the festival as well as play in the international competition. Previous fest kick-offs included "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "The Grandmaster." We’re sure "Nobody Wants the Night" is quite grand in its own right, even if it doesn’t flaunt it in the title. Based on true events, "Nobody Wants the Night" follows Josephine Peary (Academy Award-winner Juliette Binoche), a "mature, proud, determined and naive woman" living in Greenland circa 1909 and in love with celebrated Arctic adventurer Robert Peary (Gabriel Byrne), "a man who prefers glory and ice to the comforts of an upper-class home." Another woman, the "young but wise, brave and humble" Allaka (Academy Award-nominated Rinko Kikuchi), is in love with the same man… and pregnant with his child. As Coixet’s »
- Matt Patches
London — Spanish director Isabel Coixet’s “Nobody Wants the Night,” which stars French actress Juliette Binoche, will open the Berlin Film Festival. The film will world premiere on Feb. 5 as part of the international competition.
Binoche, who won an Oscar for “The English Patient,” is joined in the ensemble cast by Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi (“Babel,” “The Brothers Bloom,” “Pacific Rim”) and Irish thesp Gabriel Byrne (“The Usual Suspects,” “Miller’s Crossing”).
The adventure film is set in 1908 in Greenland, and focuses on “courageous women and ambitious men who put anything at stake for love and glory.” Pic, which is a Spanish-French-Bulgarian co-production, was shot in Bulgaria, Norway and Spain.
- Leo Barraclough
Spanish helmer Isabel Coixet’s Nobody Wants The Night has been selected as the opening film for the 65th Berlin Film Festival. The world premiere will take place on February 5, and the movie will be part of the competition. A Spanish-French-Bulgarian co-production, it’s set in 1908, in the Arctic seclusion of Greenland. The adventure film focuses on courageous women and ambitious men who put anything at stake for love and glory. Juliette Binoche, Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) and Gabriel Byrne star.
Last year’s Berlin opener, The Grand Budapest Hotel, scored a leading 11 BAFTA nominations this morning. The year prior, Berlin opened with Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster, making this choice seem a bit obscure.
- Nancy Tartaglione
Juliette Binoche stars in the Arctic adventure.
The 65th Berlin International Film Festival will open on February 5 with the world premiere of Nobody Wants the Night, the latest film from Spanish director Isabel Coixet. It will participate in the international competition.
The Spanish-French-Bulgarian co-production takes place in 1908, in the Arctic seclusion of Greenland. The adventure film focuses on “courageous women and ambitious men who put anything at stake for love and glory”.
The ensemble cast includes French actress and Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (Camille Claudel 1915, The English Patient), Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, The Brothers Bloom) and Irish actor Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects, Miller’s Crossing). Filming took place in Bulgaria, Norway and Spain.
He also revealed: “It will also be the first film to be screened in Dolby Atmos in our Berlinale Palast.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
18 items from 2015
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