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Someone once said that we may spin tales, but we don't create stories -- they create us. That is true for Kim Nguyen's War Witch, in which Komona's (Rachel Mwanza) identity is shaped by the war-story she unveils. The fourteen-year old heroine casts her mind back towards the past, recalling herself and someone she does not know anymore. Komona wants her unborn child to understand why, in a moment of weakness, she may hate rather than love him. War Witch is a surreal road movie and coming-of-age story about the bitter end of childhood. If we analyze its layers and look at it from different points of view, Nguyen's film may turn into a peculiar hybrid combining Beasts of the Southern Wild's surreal poetics and the brutal naturalism of Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire's Johnny Mad Dog (2008). »
- Anna Bielak
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
"The actor's manager would not allow Pattinson to sit alone for an interview with The Times, and even suggested that reporters not ask him about his personal life, or Twilight. But Twilight, of course, is how Pattinson has become perhaps the most widely recognized young actor of his generation."
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It is an interesting read because, though I'm not following the Kristen Stewart / Robert Pattinson / director-of-some-film drama, I have noticed how quiet Pattinson has been on the issue. I also appreciate the film choices he has made, and what that says about his character. I haven't seen a forced effort to make a point, merely a quiet confidence and awareness about what he needs to do at this stage in his career. »
Deepak Rauniyar’s Highway, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival 2012, was recently screened at the Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival. Credited with making the first Nepali film to travel to one of the top festivals in the world, Berlinale, Deepak Rauniyar tells us more about Highway:
What was the starting point for the film?
In 2009, I happened to be on a road trip from east Nepal to the capital, Kathmandu. Our journey was obstructed by three different ‘bandhs’, organized by three different groups in three different parts of the country. This was when my colleagues Kedar Sharma, Khagendra Lamichhane and I started talking about the idea for this film, Highway. I felt that by setting a story against the backdrop of this new ‘bandh’ culture, I would not only be able to explore physical ‘bandhs’, but also explore the mental/psychological ‘bandhs’ that many of us seem to be facing these days. »
- Nandita Dutta
After it claimed a pair of prizes (Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film Award and World Narrative Competition Award) at the Tribeca Film Festival, Kim Nguyen’s War Witch (Rebelle) will not have traveled far from its North American premiere location as Tribeca Films have grabbed the U.S. rights to the drama. Perhaps the best candidate for Canada’s Foreign Oscar nomination bid, the distributor is eying an early 2013 release.
Gist: Tribeca Film Fest director Frederic Boyer describes this as “a poignant and harrowing portrait of Komona, a 14-year-old girl (Rachel Mwanza) who has been kidnapped from her African village by rebels to become a child soldier. She escapes from the camp with an older albino soldier and experiences for the very first time the joys of a peaceful and loving life, but a fresh tragedy will force her to confront and fight the ghosts haunting her mind. »
- Eric Lavallee
Just recently we learned that Robert Pattinson was gearing up for a stint in Iraq. The actor isn't stepping away from acting to join the military (don't worry, ladies), but he will be taking post in Mission: Blacklist, a military thriller based on a book by military interrogator Eric Maddox with Davin Seay which chronicles the inside story of the search for Saddam Hussein from the point of view of Maddox himself who spearheaded his capture. Pattinson is playing Maddox himself, and since the film still needs to be sold at Cannes, a promo poster with Pattinson's dreamy eyes and a list of Iraq's most wanted has just surfaced. Here's the promo poster for Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire's Mission: Blacklist from MTV: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, who had his film Johnny Mad Dog premiere at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and won the Prize of Hope, will direct the adaptation of Mission: Blacklist, which »
- Ethan Anderton
He’s got Robert Pattinson’s eyes: Mission: Blacklist poster Robert Pattinson was officially cast in Mission: Blacklist, as American military interrogator Eric Maddox, about ten days or so ago. Producing company Embankment Films isn’t wasting any time. The sales poster for Mission: Blacklist, which will be peddled at the Cannes Film Festival, has been making the rounds online for several days. "In a World of Lies Only One Man Could See the Truth." That man was apparently Pattinson’s Maddox, who claimed to have eschewed torture while trying to figure out the whereabouts of fallen Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. The brief Mission: Blacklist plot synopsis reads as follows: Unlike other Interrogators fresh out of training, Eric Maddox (Robert Pattinson) has a brilliant and beautiful mind. He has a unique ability to decipher highly complex patterns from seemingly random events. His mission is to trap the world’s most wanted man, »
- Zac Gille
Robert Pattinson in Mission: Blacklist, the movie version of Us army interrogator Eric Maddox’s book of military memoirs, Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein — As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture (co-written with Davin Seay). That’s the Robert Pattinson news of yesterday, when it was announced that the Twilight and Cosmopolis actor had signed on to star in the psychological thriller written by Band of Brothers‘ Erik Jendresen. Johnny Mad Dog’s Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire has been assigned to direct the project. (The Robert Pattinson news of today is that he has signed on to star in The Rover. More on that in my follow-up post.) Now, even though we’re dealing with the Us military and prisoners of war, don’t expect torture to play a role in Mission: Blacklist. Maddox claims he never tortured anyone, and has publicly »
- Zac Gille
By now, it seems fairly obvious that this year’s Cannes Film Festival will serve as a coming out party of sorts for Robert Pattinson, at least, a coming out party for the actor’s talents beyond just sucking blood and turning girls into emotion pancakes, as he’s been doing for years with his work in The Twilight Saga. The actor’s performance in David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis looks better with every trailer released, and the film’s in-competition premiere at the festival should be a watershed moment for Pattinson. But Pattinson has now added another Cannes-centric project that will help establish him as an actor who is more than capable of breaking out of Edward Cullen’s coffin. Pattinson has signed on to star in Jean-Stephane Sauvaire‘s (Johnny Mad Dog) Mission: Blacklist. The film’s script has been adapted from its source material, military interrogator Eric Maddox’s (written with Davin Seay) novel “Mission: »
- Kate Erbland
The Twilight Saga's Robert Pattinson is steadily making progress at putting distance between himself and the tawny-eyed Edward Cullen. The British heartthrob's newest role is starring in the upcoming military thriller Mission: Blacklist.
The movie will be adapted from the book Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein — As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture. The book was written by military interrogator Eric Maddox and David Seay, and it will be adapted for the screen by Erik Jendersen. Jean-Stephane Sauvaire (Johnny Mad Dog) will direct.
Playing a real-life miliary hero should effectively separate Pattinson even further from his image as a teen sensation. In Bel Ami, he put some distance between himself and the patient, generous, and sweet vampire Edward by playing the manipulative and deceitful George Duroy. Furthermore, David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, which debuts at Cannes later this month, should be »
- Mandy McAdoo
"Twilight" star Robert Pattinson's next film puts him about as far from the tween demographic as possible. He's just signed on to the thriller "Mission: Blacklist," where he'll play the military interrogator who helped capture Saddam Hussein. “This movie is a gripping, edge of your seat thriller,” producer Ross M. Dinerstein said in a statement. “I have been inspired by Robert and Jean-Stéphane's dedication to tell this story in the most authentic way possible.” Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire will direct from a screenplay adapted by “Band of Brothers” writer/producer Erik Jendresen. ("Mission: Blacklist" is based on the Eric Maddox book of the same name.) Sauvaire's previous film, "Johnny Mad Dog," about child soldiers in Africa, won the Prize of Hope at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Pattinson's next move, the eagerly anticipated “Cosmopolis” from David Cronenberg, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival later this month. [via Deadline] »
- Sharon Knolle
Robert Pattinson will take a further step away from The Twilight Saga - in addition to his much-anticipated turn in Cronenberg’s upcoming Cosmopolis - by appearing in a film inspired by real-life efforts to capture Saddam Hussein. Pattinson will star in Mission: Blacklist as interrogator Eric Maddox, who played a key role in bringing down the notorious Iraqi leader. Helmed by director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire (2008’s award-winning Johnny Mad Dog), and with a screenplay by Band Of Brothers scribe Erik Jendresen, producer Ross...
- Total Film
So, how did they find former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein hiding out in his little spider hole in the first place? I guess we’ll find out when “Mission: Blacklist” arrives onsceen. The Iraqi War film is currently being shopped in Cannes, with Robert Pattinson attached to star as real-life military interrogator Eric Maddox, to be based on the book “Mission: Blacklist #1″ by Maddox and Davin Seay. Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire (“Johnny Mad Dog”) will direct. “Mission: Blacklist” is described as a “psychological thriller that details the true, inside story of the search for Saddam Hussein and the interrogator, Eric Maddox, who spearheaded his capture.” More about the book from Amazon: Everyone has seen the footage: a heavily bearded Saddam Hussein blinking under the bright lights of infantry cameras, dazed to find himself in U.S. Army custody. Yet while the breaking news was broadcast around the world, the story of the remarkable »
EW has confirmed that Robert Pattinson will star in Mission: Blacklist, a psychological thriller about the search and capture of Saddam Hussein. As first reported by Variety, Jean-Stephane Sauvaire (Johnny Mad Dog) is attached to direct and Erik Jendersen will adapt the script from Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein — As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture by Eric Maddox and Davin Seay.
‘Cosmopolis’ trailer »
- Sara Vilkomerson
Vampire Interrogator: Can a sparkly vampire be convincing as the real-life military interrogator who led the search for Saddam Hussein? Twilight’s Robert Pattinson is attached to star in Mission: Blacklist, based on the true story of Eric Maddox, who conducted more than 300 interrogations in search of information to locate Hussein. The film version is intended to be a psychological thriller; Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire (Johnny Mad Dog) is ready to direct. [press release via Deadline] Actor Finds Jobs: Nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor for his outstanding performance in A Better Life, Demián Bichir is lining up work in a couple of diverse projects. First comes what is likely a supporting role in Robert Rodriguez’ Machete Kills, which sounds like a...
- Peter Martin
Now this is a story I'm curious to see. Robert Pattinson will star in an adaptation of Mission: Black List #1 by military interrogator Eric Maddox (with Davin Seay) "that details the true, inside story of the search for Saddam Hussein and the interrogator, Eric Maddox, who spearheaded his capture." Adapted by Erik Jendresen ("Band of Brothers") and to be directed by Frenchman Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire (Johnny Mad Dog), the project will be sold at Cannes Film »
- Alejandro Stepenberg
While his starring role in David Cronenberg's thriller Cosmopolis (which Alex will check out at the Cannes Film Festival later this month), will surely help him shed the image of a sparkly vampire, it sounds like Robert Pattinson is looking to blow away the memory of The Twilight Saga's Edward Cullen with his next project. Deadline has a press release that says Pattinson will star in Mission: Blacklist, a military thriller based on a book by military interrogator Eric Maddox with Davin Seay which chronicles the inside story of the search for Saddam Hussein from the point of view of Maddox himself who spearheaded his capture. Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, who had his film Johnny Mad Dog premiere at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and won the Prize of Hope, will direct the adaptation which is being scripted by "Band of Brothers" writer and producer Eric Jendresen. It sounds like a great »
- Ethan Anderton
R.Pattz has his sights on Saddam Hussein.
The "Twilight" star will soon transition into the realm of nonfiction as he's signed on to star in the military thriller, "Mission: Blacklist," according to Deadline.
"Mission: Blacklist" is based on "Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein — As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture" (note that Hollywood continues to try to cut as many words as possible from a title as it turns "Black List" into "Blacklist" and cuts, like, two-thirds of the rest of the title). The book, written by real-life military interrogator Eric Maddox, goes into the details of the hunt and capture of Saddam Hussein, a process that involved Maddox's psychologically subtle, non-violent methods of interrogation.
No word yet on what role Robert Pattinson will be playing, but our money's on Maddox himself. R.Pattz is ready for a really juicy, »
- Bryan Enk
Robert Pattinson is certainly taking some interesting steps in a post-Twilight career. He’s part of the frankly awesome-looking Cosmopolis from David Cronenberg, set for a Cannes bow in a few weeks. Now he’s set for a psychological thriller from Band of Brothers screenwriter Erik Jendresen.
According a press release, the actor is set to star in a film based on Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein—As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture, a book by military interrogator Eric Maddox and Davin Seay. Thankfully shortened to just Mission: Blacklist, the film will be directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire making his Us debut.
The film, which takes an inside look at hunt for Saddam Hussein from the point of view of the interrogator who led his capture, Eric Maddox, will be selling on the Cannes marketplace. I can’t quite picture »
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Los Angeles, CA – May 2, 2012 – Robert Pattinson has come on board to star in the upcomingfilm “Mission: Blacklist” with Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire committed to direct. The screenplay was adapted by “Band of Brothers” writer and producer Erik Jendresen from the Harper Collins novel Mission: Black List #1 written by military interrogator Eric Maddox with Davin Seay. Ross M. Dinerstein, Managing Partner of Preferred Content, is producing alongside Jendresen and Kevin Waller. Embankment Films, the international sales and distribution company recently launched by international sales veterans Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar will begin selling the film at the upcoming Cannes Film Market. ”Mission: Blacklist” is a psychological thriller that details the true, inside story of the search for Saddam Hussein and the interrogator, Eric Maddox, who spearheaded his capture. “This movie is a gripping, edge of your seat thriller,” says Dinerstein. “I have been inspired by Robert and Jean-Stéphane’s dedication to tell this »
- MIKE FLEMING
19 items from 2012
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