The World Unseen (2007)
Rebecca Ferguson stars in Despite The Falling Snow, and she's the best thing about the movie...
The main draw of Despite The Falling Snow is a dual performance by Rebecca Ferguson, who shot this in between her Emmy-nominated work on The White Queen and her memorable breakthrough role in last year's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Adapted by writer-director Sharim Sharif from her own novel, this romantic thriller casts Ferguson as two women separated by time but connected by blood and a sequence of events that occurred in Moscow at the height of the Cold War.
In 1992, an American artist called Lauren (Ferguson) is curious as to why her weary uncle Sacha (Charles Dance) is so cagey about their family's history and the circumstances of his defection from Russia thirty years prior. In particular, she's beguiled by her aunt Katya (also Ferguson), of whom she is the spitting image.
UK sales outfit Parkland Pictures has taken on sales of Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation) thriller Despite The Falling Snow from 6 Sales.
The completed Cold War-set romance-thriller follows a female spy who steals secrets from an idealistic politician but then falls in love with him with tragic consequences.
Burgeoning star Ferguson, who also stars in upcoming buzz titles Florence Foster Jenkins, The Girl On The Train and The Snowman, plays alongside Games Of Thrones star Charles Dance and The Riot Club and Belle actor Sam Reid.
The film is the third feature from producer Hanan Kattan and writer-director Shamim Sarif’s Enlightenment Productions (I Can’t Think Straight, The World Unseen) and is adapted from Sarif’s novel of the same name.
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Paramount Pictures bows the fifth “Mission Impossible” worldwide on July 5. Demonstrating range, Ferguson (“The White Queen”) will also star alongside Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Stephen Frears’ upcoming “Florence Foster Jenkins,” in which she plays Grant’s long-suffering wife.
Linda Lichter of Lichter, Grossman Nichols & Adler represents North American sales. Six Sales will screen “Snow” at the Cannes Film Market in its market premiere.
Produced by Hanan Kattan for London-based Enlightenment Productions and Sarif’s fourth feature, “Despite the Falling Snow” also stars Charles Dance, celebrated as Tywin Lannister in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”; Sam Reid (“Belle,” “Serena,” “The Railway Man
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Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is Interview magazine’s March covergirl.
Rumor has it Mila Kunis might star in the film adaption of 50 Shades of Grey. Um, yes please.
Music mogul Clive Davis has come out as bisexual. In Davis’s memoir The Sound Track of My Life he reveals that he had two serious relationships with men, although no names were mentioned. While promoting his memoir Davis sat down with ABC News and declared that bisexuality does exist. (You’re preaching to the choir, Clive.)
It is estimated that Lady Gaga’s canceled tour is costing $25 million in refunded tickets. Ouch! On a side note, Gaga showed off her latest accessory on Twitter; her wheelchair named Emma.
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Nowhere is that strength of vision more prominent than in the year’s dramas. Well-meaning (but tired) melodramas were drowned out by clear-eyed, nuanced filmmaking, most evident in Pariah, the story of a young African-American woman struggling with her identity, and Circumstance, which features the romance between two teenaged girls in Iran.
Leila (Mercedes Masöhn) is the pretty, stable “girl next door.” We begin with her staring into a mirror, her voiceover explaining that she’s just gotten engaged (by way of arranged marriage) and all she can think about is her wedding night – specifically her first time with husband-to-be Ali. We watch her prepare for the wedding, host a swinging engagement party and begin to go on awkward dates with Ali, the most aggressively awful kisser of all time.
She relates her adventures in make out purgatory to Nikki (Sheetal Sheth), her free-spirited best friend (and the second of our leading ladies). Slinky, sexy, and perpetually guzzling booze,
I suppose one must be crazy to attempt to make a film in this day and age about young Arab women — who are Muslim — who go through controversial subject matters such as arranged marriage, forbidden love. And for creating one of the first narrative films to ever feature the struggles of an Arab, Muslim Lesbian.
When I first started writing the script, I admit I was anxious. I didn’t want to offend any particular group, or make unwelcome enemies, especially of the threatening kind. Of course, that goal proved to be mostly hopeless as
Sheth is dealing with controversy once again with her latest film, Three Veils. The films follows three Middle Eastern women and who deal with abuse, rape and struggles with their sexuality. The script was originally boycotted but was saved thanks to the efforts of the film's director and producer.
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Joining Gujral as co-stars in the project are fellow cancer survivors and activists Lisa Ray (who was recently diagnosed with cancer) and plays a lesbian in The World Unseen and I Can’t Think Straight), Melissa Etheridge, Olivia Newton-John, Jaclyn Smith, Diahann Carroll, Morgan Brittany and Bollywood actresses Priya Dutt and Mumtaz.
Billy and Danny Baldwin, both of whose lives have been affected by cancer, also appear in the film. Out lesbian Kelly McGillis will narrate the docu-drama, which is expected to release globally in 2010.
Tala (Lisa Ray), a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian origin prepares for an elaborate wedding with her Jordanian fiancé, when she encounters Leyla (Sheetal Sheth), a young British Indian woman who is dating her best friend Ali. Spirited Christian Tala and shy Muslim Leyla could not be more different from each other but the attraction is immediate. Tala's feisty nature provokes Leyla out of her shell and soon both women reveal their feelings for each other. But Tala is not ready to accept the implications of the choice her heart has made and escapes back to Jordan where her chain-smoking high-brow mother finishes preparations for an ostentatious wedding. As family members descend and the wedding day approaches, simmering family tensions come to boiling point and the pressure mounts for Tala to be true to herself. Meanwhile heartbroken Leyla relishes her newly found sense of identity and self-respect
At first, she wasn't sure if she would go public with the news. She wrote on her blog:
I asked around if I should speak openly about getting diagnosed recently with Multiple Myeloma. Some advised me to keep my "‘condition"’ a secret as it could negatively affect my career. Buh? I’m plumper, redder, more energetic and wily than ever before- Kiss me like I’ve been kidnapped!
Ultimately, she decided to share her story in hopes of raising awareness about (and hopefully funding for) the disease. Ray was diagnosed on June 23, and started her first cycle of treatment for the disease on July 2. She recently wrote:
For me, it was a relief to hear what was wrong.
Question: I heard that I Can't Think Straight is going to be a TV show. Is it true?
― Lesley M.
Sheetal Sheth and Lisa Ray in I Can't Think Straight
Answer: I reached out to Aida Kattan, the head of the Los Angeles office of writer-director Shamim Sarif's Enlightenment Films, and she confirmed that I Can't Think Straight, the series, is indeed in development by Sarif and her wife and co-producer Hanan Kattan.
According to Aida, Sarif is currently writing a pilot and series arc, and she's aiming for a North American network/broadcaster. If it gets developed by a network,
Sheth discusses her work with writer-director Shamim Sarif, her love of General Hospital, and her own daredevil tendencies.
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