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Son of a Gun, 2014
Directed by Julius Avery.
An incarcerated career criminal offers protection to a young inmate who has to return the favour by orchestrating his prison escape upon being released and assisting in a multimillion dollar gold heist.
A 19 year old felon is sent to prison for a six month term where he encounters a notorious bank robber serving a two decade sentence who is impressed by his fearlessness in approaching him and thwarting a sexual assault of an inmate. With the looming threat of the sexual predators turning their attention towards him, the teenager is offered protection by the career criminal in exchange of arranging a daring helicopter prison escape.
While hiding from the authorities, an opportunity for a multimillion dollar gold heist is presented to the wanted outlaws; they »
- Trevor Hogg
The sequel to last year’s highest grossing local film has just set new records at the Danish box office. And that’s welcome news in an uncharacteristically soft year for homegrown titles thus far. The Absent One, the second installment in director Mikkel Norgaard’s adaptations of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series of novels, scored the best opening week ever for a local title (including previews) with 194,545 admissions after releasing October 2. Excluding previews, The Absent One (see trailer below) sold 131,480K tickets at the weekend, giving it the 3rd best opening frame ever for a Danish film. The biggest local movie at this point is comedy Klassefesten 2 – Begravelsen with about $9M in box office, but it is one of only two Danish movies in the Top 10. Last year, local pics sold 4M tickets with five sharing the Top 10 with Hollywood by the end. So far this year, Danish »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Paris– “The Absent One,” The Zentropa-produced film adaptation of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s bestselling book, has been breaking the Danish box office.
So far it the film has sold 194.500 tickets including pre-screenings. It’s Denmark’s highest-grossing opening week for a local film ever.
The early performance of “The Absent One” even surpasses the score of “The Keeper of Lost Causes,” another film adaptation of a Jussi Adler-Olsen crime novel which was directed by Mikkel Nørgaard and lured 725.000 Danish moviegoers, topping the local box office in 2013.
Nørgaard has been lining up hits. His 2010 movie, “Klown — The Movie,” was also major B.O. success in Denmark.
- Elsa Keslassy
Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award submissions 2015
The Danish Oscar Committee chose the film directed by Nils Malmros from a shortlist that also included Niels Arden Oplev’s Speed Walking (Kapgang) and Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Someone You Love (En du elsker).
“It was a difficult decision, with three very personal films from well-known directors were are proud of, but it was an unanimous choice” said committee chairman Henrik Bo Nielsen, MD of the Danish Film Institute.
“After a long career, Malmros is still a strong narrator, who dares stand out – he is not afraid of approaching taboos, he deals with universal themes and gently touches us all.”
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- email@example.com (Jorn Rossing Jensen)
Paris– As Scandinavia’s film and TV industry gets more competitive and continues to consolidate, four topnotch Scandi producers have joined forces to launch Copenhagen-based shingle, Good Company Films.
Led by Vibeke Windelov, Stinna Lassen, Anni Fernandez and Ole Sondberg, “Good Company Films” will deliver fiction TV and films for the Danish and international markets, developing talent and content for new distribution platforms.
The company’s first slate includes an adaptation of Lene Kaaberbol’s popular fantasy novels, a psychological thriller directed by up-and-comer Milad Alami and a political mini series based on real events.
“Scandinavian film has during the past years enjoyed a tremendous amount of success, and it is our mission to continue strengthening this position. For us this means working closely with creatives, investing in new talent and focusing on developing first class content for future distribution platforms,” said the producers in a joint statement.
Sondberg and »
- Elsa Keslassy
“I’ve been searching for you, Mr. Ward.”
Ben Barnes (Dorian Gray, The Chronicles of Narnia) stars in next year’s Seventh Son, the film adaptation of The Spook’s Apprentice, which is the first installment in Joseph Delaney’s best-selling The Wardstone Chronicles.
Tom Ward’s (Barnes) quite life as a farmhand is upended when he learns that he is the eponymous seventh son of a seventh son. As such, he is able to see supernatural beasts, a useful talent for someone now under the wing of a warrior -- the mysterious Master John Gregory a.k.a. “The Spook” (Jeff Bridges) -- who fights off evil spirits for a living.
- Sasha James
To mark the release of Danish crime thriller The Keeper of Lost Causes, we had the pleasure of speaking to the film’s leading star, Nikolaj Lie Kaas. He discussed with us his own appreciation for the aforementioned genre, and how pleased he is to currently be part of a flourishing, Danish film industry. He also tells us why he loves his craft, and about his forthcoming endeavour, the star-studded drama Child 44.
Of course The Keeper of Lost Causes is based on a Jussi Adler-Olsen novel – was it one you were familiar with before signing up to the project?
No I hadn’t read anything by him before this, I came in to this by accident. But as I became connected to the project I read his books. Though there’s nothing wrong having your own image of how to portray someone, and when I saw the script there »
- Stefan Pape
Exclusive: Paris-based sales agent to launch new film loosely inspired by “world’s worst soprano”, Florence Foster Jenkins.
Memento Films International will launch French Xavier Giannoli’s upcoming Marguerite, starring Catherine Frot as an aspiring opera singer with a terrible voice, at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14).
The French-language, period drama - set against the backdrop of 1920s Paris - revolves around Marguerite Dumont, a wealthy chatelaine devoted to music, who loves to sing to her guests.
None of her friends or hangers-on dare tell Marguerite she has a dreadful voice and when a journalist mischievously gives one of her private recitals a rave review she decides to give her first public concert.
Ignoring her husband’s protests, she enlists the help of a former diva and starts training for the big night.
The tale is loosely inspired by American Florence Foster Jenkins, a real opera singer known as the “diva of din” who was »
We haven’t seen Ewan McGregor in jail since he spent time locked up with Jim Carrey in I Love You Phillip Morris back in 2009. Now he’s playing a jailed criminal in the crime thriller Son of a Gun and we have to admit, the tough-guy jailbird role suits him.
McGregor stars as Brendan, Australia’s notorious criminal who while in the slammer, takes the young Jr (Brenton Thwaites) under his wing. In return for his protection on the inside, Jr helps to stage a prison break, allowing Brendan and his crew to escape. For his loyalty, the petty criminal Jr is invited into a gold heist where he soon realizes he is in over his head in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.
- Rachel West
"Where is the gold?!" eOne out of Australia has debuted the first trailer for Son of a Gun (fun title, no?) a crime thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Brenton Thwaites (from The Giver) as partners in crime. The story involves McGregor taking Thwaites under his wing while he's in prison at age 19, recruiting him for a job upon release which eventually leads to him earning a spot on the heist crew. Then it goes all out Italian Job (remake, not the original). There's lots of heisting, prison violence, beards, accents, guns, and a woman, of course - Alicia Vikander, a Swedish actress you may recognize from Anna Karenina or A Royal Affair. This looks solid, and entertaining, I'm curious to check it out when it makes its way up here. Enjoy. Here's the first official trailer for Julius Avery's Son of a Gun, direct from eOne Anz on Facebook: Post by eOne Anz. »
- Alex Billington
Before he returns as the Man of Steel for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Henry Cavill will be teaming up with Armie Hammer as U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin in Guy Ritchie’s period spy thriller The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and the latest issue of Empire Magazine has given us our first image from the film, which you can see right here…
And here’s a shot of Guy Ritchie on set…
Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. centers on U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin. The two team up on a joint mission to stop a mysterious international criminal organization, which is bent on destabilizing the fragile balance of power through the proliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. The duo’s only lead is »
- Gary Collinson
Zandvliet’s most ambitious film to date after his 2009 debut Applause and 2011’s A Funny Man is inspired by true events where more than 2,000 German prisoners of war were forced shortly after the Second World War to clear mines laid by German occupying forces along the Danish West coast. More than half of the young Germans were killed or seriously maimed.
Roland Møller, who made his screen debut in Tobias Lindholm and Michael Noer’s prison drama R, is cast in his first lead role as the Danish Sergeant Carl Leopold Rasmussen in charge of the prisoners, with Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, who received a Silver Bear as Best Actor at the 2012 Berlinale for his performance in A Royal Affair and was a Shooting Star last year, as Lieutenant Ebbe.
Other leads - »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Haugesund, Norway– “Magic,” Andreas Ohman and Oskar Gullstrand’s fantasy-filled adventure project, won best project at the New Nordic Films, a mini-mart hosted by Haugesund’s Norwegian fest that wrapped today.
Pic centers on two siblings waking up one morning to realize that their parents are gone, along with other all other grown-ups, and have been replaced by monsters. The two children set out on a journey to find their parents, traveling across mountains and oceans.
Ohman and Gullstrand are producing the movie via Naive, their Stockholm-based commercials and post-prod shingle, and Filmlance, the well-established outfit behind “The Bridge.” The helmer duo explained the project is a spinoff of a music video they directed in 2011 which stirred upbeat buzz on Youtube.
Gyda Velvin Myklebust, the programme director of the New Nordic Films Programme, said her team sifted through a record 75 applications to come up with the final 20 projects, many of »
- Elsa Keslassy
The Danish Oscar committee has shortlisted three films, one of which will be submitted as Denmark’s official entry for the 87th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
The films were chosen from a longlist of 18 features and four documentaries. The committee is expected to name the final candidate on Sept 18.
The announcement of the five foreign films nominated for the Oscar will be made on Jan 15, 2015. The awards ceremony will be held on Feb 22, 2015 in the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood.
Speed Walking is set in 1970s Denmark and follows adolescent Martin, whose mother »
Poppe, whose latest drama A Thousand Times Goodnight took the Best Film Prize at this week’s Amanda Awards in Norway, will collaborate on the project with veteran UK writer Paul Mayersberg (The Man Who Fell to Earth, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence) and Norwegian producer Aage Aaberge (Kon-Tiki).
Aaberge, of Neofilm told ScreenDaily at Haugesund that the film is “a dream project” of his.
“For eight years I have wanted to make a film of Munch, Norway’s greatest artists,” he said. “After all, the latest effort, by UK director Peter Watkins, dates back to 1974.”
“But it was difficult to find the right way to approach the project, until I met writer-director Paul Mayersberg.”
- email@example.com (Jorn Rossing Jensen)
Last month we learned Rachel Weisz might be joining Michael Fassbender in Derek Cianfrance's (The Place Beyond The Pines, Blue Valentine) The Light Between Oceans, and it's been announced Weisz has been cast in the adaptation of the M.L. Stedman novel. Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair, Anna Karenina) will also star in the period drama, and filming for it will begin next month in New Zealand. Here's the book description from Amazon: After four »
- Jesse Giroux
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I so it’s particularly poignant that the BBC have released the first trailer for Testament of Youth, a romantic drama set during the Great War following aspiring author Vera Brittain and her fiance’s tragic relationship after he signs up for duty. The BBC Films production is based on the memoirs of Brittain during those early years and her path into pacifism.
Vera Brittain, irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s close friend Roland Leighton as they go to university to pursue their literary dreams. »
- Gavin Logan
Lionsgate just released the trailer for Testament of Youth, a World War I-set romantic drama based on the memoir of the same name by Vera Brittain (Alicia Vikander). Her account follows the lives of the “Lost Generation,” specifically those of her brother and her fiancé Roland Leighton (Kit Harington), both of whom enlisted.
Brittain was also a pioneering journalist in an age when few women could pursue the career, as well as one of the »
- Jackson McHenry
Here’s an under-the-radar film we’ve been keeping an eye on: “Testament Of Youth,” a BBC Films production of Vera Brittain’s Wwi memoir. The story follows Brittain, a young woman on track for an Oxford education who after losing both her fiancé and brother decides instead to go to the frontlines as a nurse. Alicia Vikander plays the iconic writer, feminist and pacifist Vera Brittain, and “Game Of Thrones” star Kit Harington plays Roland Leighton, her husband-to-be. The first trailer for the movie has arrived and it boasts a lot of across-the-pond talent. The all star cast includes Vikander (“A Royal Affair,” “Anna Karenina”), Harington (“Pompeii”), Taron Egerton (“The Secret Service”), Colin Morgan (“Doctor Who”), Dominic West (“300,” “The Wire”), Emily Watson (“The Book Thief”), Joanna Scanlan (“The Invisible Woman”), Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: The First Avenger”), Jonathan »
- Edward Davis
Demonic possession movie number 36,149 is getting ready to compel you into watching it! Read on for the first artwork and word on the upcoming flick Forbidden Girl! Look for it on DVD August 12th from Inception Media Group.
From the Press Release
A young man must resist the seductive lure of an ancient witch or be condemned to an eternal life on the dark side in The Forbidden Girl, possessing DVD August 12th from Inception Media Group.
Toby (Peter Gadiot; "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," Night Wolf), a troubled young man who lost his girlfriend in a tragic accident, begins to put his life back together after spending years in a psychiatric institute. Upon his release, he takes a job tutoring a beautiful woman (Jytte-Merle Böhrnsen) who lives in her aunt’s lonely mansion.
When Toby suspects his student is possessed, his haunting memories return; and unexplainable, supernatural occurrences drive him from the house. »
- Steve Barton
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