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Paris– Marrakech Film Festival has unveiled an international competition roaster rich in first and second movies, ranging from Bong Joon Ho-penned genre pic “The Sea Fog” to Sara Klein’s “Things People Do” with Wes Bentley and Daniel Barber’s Civil War drama “The Keeping Room” with Brit Marling and Sam Worthington.
Other directorial debuts include Max Currie’s “Everything We Loved,” a New Zealand-set drama about filiation and grief, Vuk Rsumovic’s “No One’s Child,” following a wild boy raised amongst wolves in the Bosnian mountains and Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s “Labour of Love” (“Asha Jaoar Majhe”), tuning on a modern day couple caught in the downward spiral of recession.
Alix Delaporte will rep France with “The Last Hammer Blow,” her follow up to “Angele and Tony.” Only one Morrocan film will compete at Marrakech: “L’orchestre des aveugles,” Mohamed Mouftakir’s sophomore pic. Other movies heading from »
- Elsa Keslassy
Alan Rickman and directors Bertrand Bonello and Cristian Mungiu, who won the Palme d’Or in 2012, are set to join jury president Isabelle Huppert at the Marrakech International Film Festival in December. Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier (Serena), French actress Melanie Laurent (Inglorlious Basterds), Indian director Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox), Italian director Mario Martone (We Believed) and Moroccan director Moumen Smihi (44 Bedtime Stories) will round out the panel. Daniel Barber’s Civil War drama The Keeping Room, starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington, and Oscar-nominated editor Saar Klein’s directorial debut Things People Do will be among
- Rhonda Richford
One of the best Sf series ever deepens its critique of the power of propaganda in ways complicated, intriguingly contradictory, and a little bit horrifying. I’m “biast” (pro): big Sf geek; love the book series; love Jennifer Lawrence (and much of the rest of the cast); crave female-centered stories
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have read the source material (and I love it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Don’t tell Hollywood I said this, but chopping the final novel of the Hunger Games trilogy into two films might be the best thing that could have happened to this franchise. I mean, it didn’t work for Harry Potter — the first Deathly Hallows film was terrible — and Peter Jackson is already two-thirds of the way (with the final third almost upon us) toward demonstrating that turning the brief Hobbit book into three »
- MaryAnn Johanson
This story first appeared in a special American Film Market issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The key to being a successful independent director is getting your story told, the way you want it, whatever your budget. The five helmers who participated in The Hollywood Reporter's Afm Roundtable beat the odds to make movies that span the spectrum of genre and style but have found their place in the market. Oscar winner and Denmark native Susanne Bier, 54, went outside her comfort zone to direct the period drama Serena, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper; Claudio Fah, 39, of Switzerland,
- Scott Roxborough
Although similar to the international trailer that was released in September, the new video hints that Lawrence’s Serena has blood on her hands. In addition to a clip from one scene in which Serena appears to be choking someone, the inclusion of the telling line “It had to be done … for us” also speaks volumes about her flawed character.
The film marks the third collaboration between Lawrence and co-star Bradley Cooper. They play a husband and wife fighting to save their North Carolina timber empire during the Depression.
Susanne Bier directed the pic, which hits theaters on March 27.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Toby Jones and Rhys Ifans, watch the trailer for director Susanne Bier’s film Serena. The movie played at the London Film Festival in early October. Guy Lodge (Variety) says in his review the film is, “a compellingly problematic anti-romance.”
North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George (Bradley Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Jennifer Lawrence), love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.
The screenplay is by »
- Michelle McCue
“A society is defined not only by what it creates, but what it refuses to destroy.” Those familiar words, from American conservationist John C. Sawhill, open Lorenzo Sportiello’s solemnly intentioned debut feature — and they’re humbly appropriate ones for a sci-fi vision that repurposes more ideas than it invents. Set in a chaotically conglomerated Europe of the near future, where natural birth is outlawed and unsupportable citizens extradited, this soot-stained study of one pregnant couple’s survival struggle unfolds with a certain driving intensity, but is short on narrative or stylistic surprises. Economically shaped and resourcefully crafted, this English-language Italian production evidently has designs on international distribution; its commercial future may be as dim as its onscreen one, but it’s a decent calling card for its multi-hyphenate director.
If “Index Zero” is unlikely to attract a substantial following of its own, select viewers may come to regard it »
- Guy Lodge
ennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper show off their sizzling on-screen chemistry in a new trailer for their upcoming movie “Serena,” but it may not be enough to save the film from critics, who so far have massacred it. Based on a novel by Ron Rash, the film is about a Depression-era couple who carve out an empire in the North Carolina wilderness only to see it threatened with collapse. It also stars Rhys Ifans, Sean Harris, Toby Jones, Sam Reid and David Dencik. ...Read More »
Before there was Silver Linings Playbook, before there was America Hustle, there was Serena. The Susanne Bier-directed project was the first of three movies that Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence would film together. Unfortunately, the third installment in the Copper-Lawrence saga has not been faring as well as its predecessors. Read more 'Serena': London Review Serena is a romantic melodrama that follows two newlyweds (Cooper and Lawrence) in North Carolina in the 1920s as they attempt to build a timber empire. When the wife discovers that her husband has been keeping secrets from her about the business, it appears that
- Mia Galuppo
"...in the North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920', 'George' and 'Serena Pemberton' are love-struck newly-weds, who begin to build a timber empire.
"Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness.
"With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton’s passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning..."
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- Michael Stevens
Between 2011 and 2013, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper made three films together. Two of those, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, both from director David O. Russell, have already come and gone. But the last, Susanne Bier‘s Serena, is only now preparing for a theatrical bow. Based on the novel by Ron Rash, Serena stars […]
- Angie Han
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are reuniting for the long-delayed period piece "Serena" from director Susanne Bier ("After the Wedding," "Things We Lost in the Fire"). The film's newest trailer features the two stars all dolled up in sumptuous period duds for some romance, mystery and tragedy amid some breathtaking scenery captured by ace D.P. Morten Søborg (who's worked with Bier before, as well as Nicholas Winding Refn). Based on Ron Rash's novel, "Serena" takes place in Depression-racked North Carolina, where George Pemberton (Cooper) struggles to maintain his burgeoning timber empire, while his strong-willed young wife, Serena (Lawrence), may be taking their domestic -- and professional --partnership too far. Watch the new trailer here: Bier has reportedly been tinkering with the film since it wrapped principal photography in early 2012, and it had a tough time landing a distributor despite its A-list stars (it also stars Rhys Ifans, Sean Harris, »
- Dave Lewis
Following the international trailer that debuted last month, Magnolia Pictures has released two domestic trailers for Serena, the third feature collaboration of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper following Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.
The story centers on Serena (Jennifer Lawrence) and George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper), who build their own timber empire from the ground up at the end of the 1920s. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man's life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George's hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pemberton's passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.
As Jennifer Lawrence fans gear up to see her in mighty warrior mode for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, how many of them are likely to fork out for Depression-era drama Serena? Well, those J-Law lovers across the pond in the UK failed to show their support for the actress’s gloomier period piece – it opened in 19th place this past weekend. The film’s U.S. distributor, Magnolia Pictures, have not yet given up hope though on the film acquiring an audience in America, as they’ve now dropped a new trailer to entice filmgoers.
In the movie, Silver Linings Playbook leads Lawrence and Bradley Cooper play newlyweds Serena and George Pemberton. With the honeymoon phase twinkle still in their eyes, the pair launch a successful timber business and everything’s rosy. However, when they discover she is unable to bear children, George strays outside of the marriage and everything falls apart. »
- Gem Seddon
Susanne Bier's Serena has had a long and tumultuous road to the big screen. It recently premiered at the London Film Festival to lackluster ratings and upon the announcement Magnolia would distribute the feature some bad word of mouth continued with one prospective buyer saying, "The film was so edited, it made no sense." Another called the performances "uneven, particularly Lawrence's descent into madness." A regular commenter here on RopeofSilicon, by the name of Winchester, recently shared similar sentiments saying: The buyer's sentiments are correct...whatever Bier started out with (which I'm guessing was a lot) it's been edited down to nonsense. It's hard to even say if the wooden performances are a result of the editing or simply weren't there to start with and the editing makes them worse. Especially Lawrence. Gorgeous photography is the only plus this one has and even at that it's nowhere near enough. »
- Brad Brevet
It's been two years since Susanne Bier wrapped production on the period drama Serena, but the film has sat on a shelf without any indication of when it might finally hit theaters. It's already been released across the pond, and now the Us trailer has finally arrived with the film getting released early next year. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper reteam again in the story of George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence), love-struck newly-weds, who begin to build a timber empire. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, their marriage begins to unravel. Watch it! Here's the first Us trailer for Susanne Bier's Serena, originally from Chideo: If you haven't seen it yet, check out the Serena trailer from the United Kingdom right here. Serena is directed by Oscar-winner Susanne Bier (In a Better World, Things We Lost in the Fire »
- Ethan Anderton
Earlier today, you saw Jennifer Lawrence in blockbuster mode with the final trailer for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1." Now you can see the actress try on her period melodrama pants with "Serena," opposite Bradley Cooper, and get more of a sense if the mostly negative reviews are warranted. Based on the novel by Ron Rash, the film is a Depression-era tale about George and Serena, a couple who forge a mighty timber empire together. Problems arise when Serena can't get pregnant, and George strays outside their marriage. From there, inevitable tragedy looms. It's good stuff on paper, but as our recent review noted, there's good reason why the folks behind Susanne Bier's long delayed movie "might be keen to sweep this one under the rug." "Serena" is now playing in the U.K. (where it opened in 19th place over the weekend —ouch), and comes to the U. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Magnolia Pictures has released the official Us trailer for director Suzanne Bier’s drama Serena. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, which seems like a slam dunk except for the fact that the film was shot before Silver Linings Playbook and has been sitting on the shelf ever since. Apparently it’s just not that great as distributors refused to acquire the film for quite some time, but this trailer certainly makes the movie look at least interesting in a go-for-broke kind of way. Lawrence and Cooper play 1920s newlyweds who begin to build a timber empire, but their passion becomes hindered as a hidden past is discovered and Lawrence’s character decides to take fate into her own hands. Watch the new Serena trailer after the jump. The film also stars Toby Jones and Rhys Ifans, and will be released on iTunes and VOD on February 26, 2015 and »
- Adam Chitwood
The dometic trailer is now online for the Long-Delayed Drama "Serena" starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Toby Jones, and Rhys Ifans. This marks the third time Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have teamed up, they were in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, which were both directed by David O. Russell.
The film follows newlyweds George (Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Lawrence) who travel from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina where they begin to build a timber empire in 1929. Serena soon shows herself to be the equal of any man: overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. Together, this king and queen rule their dominion, killing or vanquishing all who stand in the way of their ambitions. But when Serena learns that she can never bear a child, she sets out to murder the woman who bore George a son before his marriage. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Directed by Susanne Bier.
In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton’s timber empire becomes complicated when it is learned that his wife, Serena, cannot bear children.
There’s an old saying – “You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig” – and what we have in Serena is a pig in lipstick and a dress and high heels. It’s nothing more than a depression-set soap opera minus the camp appeal.
This is a film which loses its appeal in the first fifteen minutes, that vital window of opportunity where any half decent screenplay should have the audience in its grasp, and never regains its momentum rendering it pretty essentially Doa. Set in the Depression but looking like actors playing dress-up on location, Serena looks, sounds, »
- Gary Collinson
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