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Sometimes neophyte actresses come along who fizzle out after a couple of early promising roles. And then there are those who, from practically the first glimpse we get of them, we just know are going to be big, and are going to be around for a while. Alicia Vikander, a no-brainer inclusion on our On the Rise list from March 2012, definitely falls into the latter category, making a vivid impression first in her feature debut “Pure,” and then breaking internationally with the one-two punch in the corset of “A Royal Affair” and “Anna Karenina.” On Saturday morning the actress jetted in to the Marrakech Film Festival ostensibly as part of its Scandinavian tribute, but also ended up picking the Best Actress award for her role in the terrific “Hotell,” (review here) her reunion with “Pure” director Lisa Langseth. We were lucky enough to get to talk to Vikander (who despite »
- Jessica Kiang
By turns funny, sad and discomfiting, Swedish director Lisa Langseth's "Hotell" is a terrific showcase for many of its ensemble, but especially its lead, Alicia Vikander, who here reteams with Langseth, director of her pre-"A Royal Affair," pre-"Anna Karenina" breakout, "Pure." But more than simply an acting exercise, the film is an entertainingly absurdist, occasionally caustic but never judgmental look at that most frequently mishandled of cinematic subjects: mental illness, its many variegated forms, and how we might find healing in the unlikeliest of ways. In fact, it's to the film's credit (though is perhaps as well a mark of the level of stigma attached to the term) that we hesitated even to use the phrase "mental illness" as it conjures up thoughts of exactly the kind of simplistic, diminishing portrayals that the film avoids. "Hotell" is, more than anything else, about schism: between who we'd like »
- Jessica Kiang
Elizabeth Olsen is currently going from strength to strength. AFter appearing in indie darlings such as Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene and Kill Your Darlings, she’s hooked upcoming roles in big blockbusters Godzilla and The Avengers; Age Of Ultron. Another of her upcoming films is In Secret in which she plays a young woman forced into a marriage that provides her with no sexual satisfaction whatsoever. Tom Felon plays her loveless husband who makes the big mistake of introducing Olsen to his childhood friend, played by Oscar Isaac. Isaac and Olsen embark on a passionate affair and are soon plotting the murder of Felton’s character. Unfortunately, Felton’s mother (Jessica Lange) becomes increasingly suspicious and Olsen is swamped by guilt.
It looks like a pretty good period thriller with some strong performances. Unfortunately, this trailer gives away a hell of a lot of plot and the sexless marriage parts »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
£7m tourism promotion deal would have been better spent backing local economy and film-makers, producer tells MSPs
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A deal which saw £7m in public funding set aside to promote the Oscar-winning Disney-Pixar animation Brave may have hindered rather than helped Scotland's film industry, it has been claimed.
Scottish politicians heard yesterday that the cash might have been better used to boost infrastructure and local film-makers. Producer Gillian Berrie told MSPs the decision to plough money into a Hollywood movie had been a tough blow.
"Sadly, there is no film policy for Scotland at the moment, and there is such limited funding that the amount of projects and talent that can be developed is extremely limited as well," she told the Scotsman in an interview which followed her appearance at Holyrood.
"The Brave money was spent by »
- Ben Child
‘Keeper Of Lost Causes’ Is No. 1 In Denmark Now in release for seven weeks, The Keeper Of Lost Causes keeps on climbing. The Danish film directed by Mikkel Nørgaard has become the No. 1 film of the year in Denmark with approximately $10M at the box office. It overtook Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, Denmark’s Oscar entry, to land the top spot this week. This is a strong year for Danish movies with The Hunt having previously held the No. 1 position since January, and with local heist comedy All For Two and family film My African Adventure also outperforming Hollywood fare on the 2013 chart. Lost Causes is the first installment in Zentropa’s Department Q franchise that’s based on the best-sellling books by Jussi Adler-Olsen. It was penned by A Royal Affair‘s Nikolaj Arcel and focuses on chief detective Carl Mørck, who’s banished to a basement office »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Nor will The Spirit of '45, a feature-length documentary by the highly respected English director Ken Loach, or Michael Kohlhaas, a 16th century adventure starring Mads Mikkelsen (A Royal Affair), play theatrically.
Distributors increasingly are opting to release films straight to home entertainment because it.s it tough to recoup theatrical release costs while DVD and Blu-ray sales continue to fall and since Foxtel Movies slashed the license fees for movies by 30%.
Efron is part of the ensemble cast of Parkland, which recounts the chaotic events in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Also starring are Billy Bob Thornton, Paul Giamatti, Jacki Weaver and Jackie Earle Haley.
Roadshow pulled the cinema release, which was scheduled »
- Don Groves
Here’s a first look of Mia Wasikowska in Madame Bovary, directed by Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls) from a screenplay by Rose Barrenche & Sophie Barthes, who adapted Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel Madame Bovary.
The passionate drama tells the tragic story of Emma (Wasikowska), a young beauty who impulsively marries a small-town doctor to leave her father’s pig farm behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy mate and seeks excitement and status outside the bonds of marriage.
The cast includes Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland, Jane Eyre), Ezra Miller (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, We Need To Talk About Kevin), Academy-Award nominee Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man, Sideways), Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-man) Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, Anna Karenina), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Winner and Cesar Award nominee »
- Michelle McCue
Christian E. Christiansen’s car racing drama produced by Zentropa.
TrustNordisk is handling international sales for Danish director Christian E. Christiansen’s On The Edge (working title).
The sales outfit will show a three-minute promo to buyers at the Afm.
Christiansen’s credits include The Roommate and Life Hits.
Zentropa Group produces in co-production with M2Film, Zentropa International Sweden and Film i Väst, also with support from the Danish Film Institute, TV2 Denmark and the West Danish Film Fund. The Media programme backed during development.
Nordisk will release in Scandinavia in March 2014. »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
Recently the film A Hijacking (Kapringen in Danish) was released on DVD in the UK. It is the latest in a string of high quality films from the country that brought us Hans Christian Andersen and Danish pastries.
It is now well known that the Danes can produce fantastic television drama – The Killing (Forbrydelsen), Borgen, The Bridge (Broen) – but what may be less obvious is that they have a thriving film industry. For the last twenty years, Danish film has mostly been associated with the Dogme 95 movement conceived by Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg. And these two directors have made some brilliant films in their time, mostly as they’ve begun to stray from the original manifesto. However, were it not for the early films such as Festen and The Idiots (Idioterne), Danish film may have remained largely off the map. Dogme 95 even launched the career of Oscar winning »
In times of crisis, who hasn’t wished to be someone else, leading a completely different life untouched by hardship, loss or strife? Swedish helmer Lisa Langseth trades on this universal sentiment with her cathartic oddball drama “Hotell,” a guilty-pleasure tale of a therapy group that starts its own unique course of treatment. Creating a sympathetic brew of humor, compassion, awkwardness and devastation, Langseth draws intense and committed performances from a fine cast that that includes Alicia Vikander, the star of the director’s feature debut, “Pure.” Fests will definitely want to check in.
Langseth came to filmmaking from a background as a playwright and theater director, and although “Hotell” was written directly for the screen rather adapted from one of her plays (like “Pure”) it has a classic three-act structure that testifies to her stage experience.
Young, affluent and expecting her first child, type-a interior designer Erika (Vikander) thinks she has everything under control. »
- Alissa Simon
Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Winner and Cesar Award nominee Olivier Gourmet (The Son) and Laura Carmichael (“Downton Abbey”) have joined the all-star cast of Madame Bovary featuring Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland, Jane Eyre), Ezra Miller (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, We Need To Talk About Kevin), Academy-Award nominee Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man, Sideways), Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-man) and Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, Anna Karenina).
Principal photography on the film commences on September 30th on location in Normandy, France.
Madame Bovary tells the tragic story of Emma (Wasikowska), a young beauty who impulsively marries a small-town doctor to leave her father’s pig farm behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy mate and seeks excitement and status outside the bonds of marriage.
- Melissa Thompson
Logan Marshall-Green, Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Winner and Cesar Award nominee Olivier Gourmet and Laura Carmichael have joined the all-star cast of "Madame Bovary" featuring Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Academy-Award nominee Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Henry Lloyd-Hughes.
Principal photography on the film commences on today on location in Normandy, France.
"Madame Bovary" tells the tragic story of Emma (Wasikowska), a young beauty who impulsively marries a small-town doctor to leave her father’s pig farm behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy mate and seeks excitement and status outside the bonds of marriage.
Marshall-Green will play The Marquis. Gourmet will star as Monsieur Roualt and Carmichael has been cast as Henrietta. Sophie Barthes ("Cold Souls") directs the passionate drama from a screenplay by Rose Barrenche & Sophie Barthes who adapted Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel.
The producers »
- Garth Franklin
“The Hunt” was a Cannes contender in 2012, when Mikkelsen — who is cast against type in the role — earned the lead actor prize. Mikkelsen also starred in Denmark’s 2012 entry, “A Royal Affair,” which went on to be among the five selected nominees. Denmark last won the foreign-language film Oscar with Susanne Bier’s 2010 In A Better World.
Scripted by Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm, pic focuses on a kindergarten teacher whose life is turned upside down when he’s falsely accused of exposing himself to a student. The drama beat out Denmark’s other shortlisted candidates, Michael Noer’s “Northwest” and Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” to secure the country’s official selection.
In addition to Mikkelsen’s victory at Cannes, “The Hunt” also earned the Prize of »
- Allegra Tepper
Disney kicked off the week by debuting the first image from its live-action adaptation of Cinderella. Click the image for a larger version. The movie is being directed by Kenneth Branagh (the guy who directed Thor, the upcoming Jack Ryan: Shadow One and numerous Shakespearean movies) and stars Lily James in the title role. The movie isn't scheduled to arrive in theaters until March 13, 2015 (yes, that's a Friday) but here are five things to know about the film, which has begun production. 1. A number of actresses were considered for the title role. The list included established stars like Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watson and rising stars Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair, Anna Karenina) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers, Carrie). 2. Imogen Poots (28...
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Exclusive: Appointment signals European Film Bonds ambition to establish a stronger foothold in the UK market.
Peter La Terriere, a British producer and former vp of international production for Universal Pictures, has been hired to head the London offices of European Film Bonds (Efb) - the completion guarantor for titles as Dom Hemingway, Headhunters and Nymphomaniac.
His appointment as Efb’s managing director, UK, was announced today by the company’s CEO and founder Per Neumann.
The move comes as Efb seeks to establish a stronger foothold in the UK market.
La Terriere will oversee the expansion of Efb’s presence in the English-language production sector. The company has also hired legal executive Johan Ewing, and production executive Sudie Smyth.
The Scandinavian completion guarantor whose credits also include Toronto titles Starred Up, Pioneer and Qissa as well as A Royal Affair and Kon-Tiki, was set up by Per Neumann, Nina Crone and Hans Lönnerheden in Copenhagen.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Entrusted with delivering both an eight-hour TV miniseries and a feature film in “1864,” the most expensive Danish production ever, one can forgive director Ole Bornedal for wishing at the time that he were on an island in the Baltic Sea.
The scale of the enterprise was daunting. Major battle sequences in the film, about the war between Denmark and Prussia in 1864, required 270 extras, who, all told, clocked 18,000 hours on set. One day, a downpour caused some walls on the set to collapse. On the day that Variety visited the shoot in the Czech Republic, the heat caused a score of extras and crew members to faint.
“The logistics of doing war movies, with so many hundreds of extras, is difficult and sometimes nerve-racking,” Bornedal says, suddenly longing for the smaller, inward-looking films of fellow Scandi filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. “Bergman called in Liv Ullmann and Bibi Andersson to film on his island, »
- Leo Barraclough
Danish thesp Pilou Asbaek (“A Hijacking”) and Swedish actor David Dencik (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”) have joined the cast of Mikkel Norgaard’s dark-edged crimer ”The Absent One,” the sequel to cold-case thriller “The Keeper of Lost Causes.”
“Absent” is the second installment based on Jussi Adler-Olsen’s best-selling Scandinavian crime novels “Department Q,” which comprises four books. ”Causes” world preemed at Locarno to solid reviews and is set to bow in Scandinavia on Oct. 3.
TrustNordisk is kicking off pre-sales on “Absent” at Toronto fest, which begins today.
Another gritty cold thriller, “Absent” follows Copenhagen detective Carl Morck and his partner Assad as they investigate the brutal murder of two »
- Elsa Keslassy
‘Mad Men’ star Jared Harris has reportedly joined the cast of Guy Ritchie‘s spy film The Man From U.N.C.L.E. just one week prior to the start of principal photography. His character is named Sanders. Warner Bros. announced that the big screen update of the 1960s TV series will get underway in the UK September 9th with location filming also in Italy, Rome and Naples. The film stars Man of Steel‘s Henry Cavill as CIA agent Napoleon Solo and The Lone Ranger‘s Armie Hammer as Kgb operative Illya Kuryakin, with Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby) and Hugh Grant, playing in supporting »
- Nick Martin
Principal photography will get underway in the UK September 9 on Guy Ritchie's latest, "Man from U.N.C.L.E.," which brings CIA agent Napoleon Solo and Kgb agent Ilya Kuryakin of the popular 1960s TV series to the big screen. The film stars beefy Brit Henry Cavill (aka Superman) as Solo and Armie Hammer (aka the Lone Ranger) as Kuryakin, with Alicia Vikander ("A Royal Affair"), newly announced Jared Harris ("Mad Men," Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows"), Elizabeth Debicki ("The Great Gatsby") and Hugh Grant, playing Waverly, in supporting roles. The Warner Bros. film is the first to be made under Ritchie and producer Lionel Wigram's new banner Ritchie/Wigram Productions, which has a first-look deal with WB. Ritchie and Wigram also co-penned the script. Here's the official synopsis:Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E. »
- Beth Hanna
Section: Contemporary World Cinema
Dates: Friday 6th, Sunday 8th, Sunday 15th
Buzz: For her feature debut Pure (2009), Lisa Langseth was awarded the Guldbagge (Swedish Oscars) for Best Script and Alicia Vikander won the Guldbagge for Best Leading Actress. Since her international breakthrough performance, Vikander has starred in A Royal Affair and shared a screen with Keira Knightley in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina so we’re thinking that the reunion between director and actor will bring out more of this – essentially more A-game from both the filmmaker and actress.
The Gist: Erika is a beautiful young woman with a perfect life. Until the day it all falls apart. She starts going to group therapy and meets other people suffering from various forms of trauma. One day this eclectic group decides to take matters into its own hands and heads off together in search of a way out. »
- Caitlin Coder
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