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Sometimes, stories of love, abduction, and espionage don’t have to be concocted by a screenwriter because they already exist. Directors Ross Adam and Robert Cannan (who made his debut in 2008 with Three Miles North of Molkom) have teamed up for the documentary The Lovers and the Despot, a bizarre story about an actress and director who are taken hostage by Kim Jong-il. Looking equal parts a tale of undying love and espionage thriller, the first trailer promises a story that is stranger than fiction.
Unfortunately, the film itself falls back onto tired documentary formulas, as we said in our review, “The doc still relies on a parade of basic interviews to tell its story, and presents them without an iota of imagination. Why have so few realized that this is the essence of telling instead of showing, that it is awfully difficult to make dramatically engaging, much less satisfying? »
- Mike Mazzanti
Read: Sundance Exclusive: Clip From ‘The Lovers And The Despot’ Goes Over The Border Into North Korea Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the documentary "The Lovers and the Despot," which saw its premiere this week at the Sundance Film Festival. Co-directors Rob Cannan ("Three Miles North of Molkom") and Ross Adams' stranger-than-fiction documentary chronicles the bizarre circumstances in which filmmaker Shin Sang-ok and actress Choi Eun-hee, South Korea's darling celebrity couple, were kidnapped and forced to be Kim Jong-il's personal filmmakers. While imprisoned and planning their escape, the filmmaking duo was forced to produce 17 movies for the film-obsessed despot. But while working for the megalomaniacal leader, the cunning couple began fostering a trusting relationship with the dictator as a means of gaining an opportunity to flee back to their native South Korea. "Rob and Ross have captured a »
- Riyad Mammadyarov
Co-written by Jamie Minoprio and Jonathan Stern, the comedy project is inspired by Robert Cannan and Corinna McFarlane’s “Three Miles North of Molkom,” a doc about Ängsbacka, a 21st Century playground for adults that’s hidden in the lakeside forests of Sweden.
The playground opens its gates once a year for a New Age festival where a thousand international participants experience tantric sex, shamanism and fire-walking.
The project is believed to follow a jock character who gets separated from his backpacking friends and accidentally winds up at the festival, according to Deadline.
StudioCanal will finance, handle international sales and distribute in its territories.
- Elsa Keslassy
Exclusive: Dan Mazer, all-around comic whiz and long-time Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator, has come on-board to co-write, direct and exec produce Three Miles North Of Molkom for Euro film major StudioCanal. Graham Broadbent and Czernin’s Blueprint Pictures are producing. Also writing the script is Jamie Minoprio & Jonathan Stern. StudioCanal will finance and distribute in its territories and handle international sales. The feature project is inspired by Robert Cannan and… »
4 items from 2016