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Switzerland: Up Next!: Anja Kofmel

Annecy — During the Balkan War, Swiss journalist Christian Würtenberg was murdered in mysterious circumstances. Twenty five years later, his 15-years-younger cousin tries to clarify the real facts behind his death in a journey into both her own past and the memory of the conflict, a journey told by young Swiss helmer Anja Kofmel, Würtenberg’s cousin, in a mix of animation and live action.

“Chris the Swiss includes interviews with famed terrorist Carlos the Jackal, a Spanish mercenary and journalists.

Wurtenberg had apparently joined an extreme right and ultra Catholic paramilitary group called The First International Platoon of Volunteers (Piv) that was fighting for Croatia, Kofmel said. “On top of that, the Piv was said to be financed by arms trading and drug money and supported by Opus Dei,” she added.

Budgeted at $3.3 million, “Chris” is co-produced by Zurich-based Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, Zagreb’s Nukleus Film and Leipzig’s Ma.Ja.De Filmproduktion. “Chris the Swiss” producer is writer-director Samir who helmed Switzerland’s 2016 Oscar entry “Iraqi Odyssey.”

He calls Kofmel Switzerland’s next star-director, adding: “Anja is putting her craft and imagination [to the service of] a story of relevance, mixing animation and documentary in a new way.”

Educated at Lucerne’s School of Design and Art and Paris’ Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs (Ensad), Anja Kofmel has certainly sparked expectation over her feature debut “Chris the Swiss,” which follows on from graduation short “Chrigi.” Other early Kofmel shorts include “Boxer Box” and “Strichcode.”

Kofmel completed her documentary training working as assistant director for actor-director Eric Bergkraut, who made “Letter to Anna, the Story of Journalist Politkovskaya’s Death.”

“I decided to mix animation and live action in “Chris” because of the nature of the story,” Kofmel explained. Despite intense research, many aspects of Würtenberg’s death still remain obscure. “At the same time, the film deals with themes such as personal perception, cover-ups and fading memories,” she added.

“Chris the Swiss” will finish post-production in November.

“What fascinates me are stories which explore the thin border between reality and fiction, experiment with the thin line between inner perception and outside reality,” says Kofmel.

In her Her next project, currently titled “Hello Isabel,” is a fictional story with an again toon-docu format about a blind girl who’s suddenly able to see, thanks to new technologies.
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Exclusive 1:1 Interview: Deliver Us From Evil Star Edgar Ramirez!

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Edgar Ramirez is a pretty terrific actor. He also happens to have an impressive resume with appearances in such feature films as Domino, Vantage Point, Zero Dark Thirty as well as the mini-series “Carlos the Jackal.” And this weekend he is taking on a demon or two in Deliver Us From Evil. In the new Scott Derrickson directed flick, Ramirez steals nearly every scene he is in. The man exudes a ton of presence in the film and gives one hell of a performance. When I sat...
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Casting Net: Stephan James, Anthony Mackie eye different Jesse Owens biopics, more

Stephan James (The L.A. Complex) is in talks to star as famed Olympian Jesse Owens in Race. He’d be replacing John Boyega in the role, who had to drop out due to his Star Wars: Episode VII commitments. Stephen Hopkins is directing the biopic, which will follow Owens from his humble beginnings to the 1936 Berlin Olympics where he won four gold medals. Not quite yet a household name, James has a number of higher profile projects coming up, including the football pic When the Game Stands Tall and Ava DuVernay’s civil rights drama Selma. [The Wrap]

Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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Rachel Weisz in Talks to Star in Assayas’ ‘Idol’s Eye’ (Exclusive)

Rachel Weisz in Talks to Star in Assayas’ ‘Idol’s Eye’ (Exclusive)
Paris — Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz is in negotiations to join Robert Pattinson and Robert De Niro for Olivier Assayas’ sprawling Chicago-set gangster drama “Idol's Eye,” which is due to start shooting in the fall.

Charles Gillibert at Paris-based CG Cinema is lead-producing the film with American partners Benaroya Pictures, which is financing and producing, as well as Bluegrass FilmsScott Stuber, Film 360’s Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Michael Benaroya. Ben Sachs is exec producing for Benaroya Pictures. Previously titled “Hubris,” the project is based on a 2007 Playboy article called “Boosting The Big Tuna” by Hillel Levin. It follows a group of thieves who rob a man who turns out to be Chicago mafia boss Tony Accardo. Script is penned by Assayas, who won a Golden Globe for “Carlos the Jackal,” his mini-series starring Edgar Ramirez as Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramirez Sanchez.

International Film Trust, the outfit topped
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This Week in Netflix Recommends Biopics Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster, Carlos The Jackal Miniseries, and Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull

Are you in the mood to watch something new, or something classic?  How about something from the international market, or an American icon?  Whatever your pleasure, Netflix has you covered, and our partners over at Complex Media have some suggestions to help guide you.  This week, they're recommending Wong Kar Wai's 2013 film The Grandmaster, the Edgar Ramirez-starring 2010 miniseries Carlos the Jackal, and Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning 1980 classic, Raging Bull.  You can't really argue with any of these selections since not only are they are strong recommendations, but they're diverse enough to offer something for everyone.  Hit the jump for more. Complex Media has put this little video together in order to guide you on this week's Netflix recommendations: ComplexEmbed.Application.initialize({cId: "QyZDdmbDpn5LkdTznx4xHNkmTKtfJ9cV",adSetCode: "67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0",site: "collider",kw: ""});
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Poster And Synopsis Released For Clouds Of Sils Maria

Though I wasn’t too familiar with director Olivier Assayas up until a few years ago, after watching his excellent mini-series Carlos the Jackal, I’m now totally sold on the French filmmaker. Currently, he’s finishing up post-production on his new film Clouds of Sils Maria, which will likely premiere this year at Cannes. While we haven’t see much from it yet, a sales poster and official synopsis have been released today as the film is now looking for buyers at the European Film Market.

Starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz, among others, Clouds of Sils Maria will focus on “middle age and that introspective period where one questions how they’ve spent their life so far and what they’ve accomplished.” It’s a topic that we’ve seen explored before many times in film but with the talent that’s been assembled here,
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First Promo Poster & Synopsis for Clouds of Sils Maria with Juliette Binoche & Kristen Stewart

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Originally titled simply Sils Maria, Olivier Assayas’ upcoming drama recently underwent a slight title change to Clouds of Sils Maria, and now the first promo poster has been released, along with the first official synopsis.

Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and Chloë Grace Moretz make for an impressive leading trio, and the synopsis below teases some interesting dynamics between them.

At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena.

She departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria; a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a
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Carlos Movie Review, Trailer, Pictures & News

Gritty biopic of the Venezuelan-born Marxist revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez aka Carlos The Jackal (Édgar Ramírez), who quit university in Moscow to head straight to Beirut to join the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Over the following years he would become a notorious terrorist bogeyman to the West, operating in London, Paris, Berlin, Damascus and Vienna, where he memorably stormed an Opec meeting. France's Olivier Assayas directs this assured TV-series-turned-movie.
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Film Review: ‘In the Dark Room’

Film Review: ‘In the Dark Room’
Paradoxically, by choosing as his subject the revolutionist wife of uber-terrorist Carlos the Jackal, Israeli documentarian Nadav Schirman emerges with a flattened-out portrait of a docile, unemancipated spouse heedlessly following her man. Magdalena Kopp, once an active member of an explosive ’60s/’70s German terrorist cell, here stares directly into the camera in the red light of a darkroom, looking back with regret and passivity, unable to comprehend her choices or, like those of an earlier German generation, to think, see or remember beyond her own guilt or innocence. This curious historical footnote proves more indirectly revelatory than immediately engrossing.

Kopp’s dry recitation reveals remarkably little about her youthful ideals or aspirations, beyond her alienation from her bourgeois innkeeper parents and a feeling that her Bavarian hometown was “too small” to fit her self-image. She does wax poetic about her first lover, Michel, who brought her to Berlin and was himself politically engaged.
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Sundance Channel Developing Scripted Series from Ira Glass, Robert Redford, Stanley Tucci

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Sundance Channel Developing Scripted Series from Ira Glass, Robert Redford, Stanley Tucci
"Rectify," the Sundance Channel's first original scripted series all its own, will premiere next year, marking a shift the network's been making into the kind of high-end scripted show territory for which its sister channel AMC is best known. Sundance's dramas have until this point been acquisitions or coproductions like Olivier Assayas' "Carlos," the British spy miniseries "Restless" and Jane Campion's crime saga "Top Of The Lake" (the latter two are upcoming), but with "Rectify" and the slate of scripted series the network announced as in development in the Hollywood Reporter today, it's clear that the channel wants to establish itself as a place for quality original dramas. Read More: Sundance Channel Sets a Premiere Date For Its British Spy Miniseries 'Restless' Sundance has five scripted shows in the development, dealing with topics ranging from surfing to sex reassignment. ...
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Simon Pegg Cast In Director Peter Chelsom’s Hector And The Search For Happiness

British comedic actor Simon Pegg (Mission: Impossible -Ghost Protocol, Paul) has been cast in the lead role in director Peter Chelsom.s (Shall We Dance?, Funny Bones,) next movie – drama comedy Hector And The Search For Happiness, it was announced today by Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel, founders and co-partners of The Solution Entertainment Group (.The Solution.) who are handling worldwide rights to the film.

Adapted for the screen by Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay from the bestselling novel of the same name by François Lelord, the film is a German/Canadian co-production produced by Egoli Tossell Film and Screen Siren Pictures currently in pre-production and set to shoot straight after Pegg.s The World.S End.

Pegg plays Hector, an eccentric yet irresistible London psychiatrist in crisis: his patients are just not getting any happier! He.s going nowhere. Then one day, armed with buckets of courage and an almost child-like curiosity,
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Goodbye First Love – review

Mia Hansen-Løve proves that less is more in a beautifully observed tale of a student's romantic entanglements

The critic and columnist Alan Brien once told me about a friend consulting him about an autobiography he'd been asked to write. It was the mid-1950s when angry young men were all the rage, the friend was about 30 and clearly the publishers expected him to deliver something socially significant. "In 1939," he asked, referring to his sixth-form days, "whom should I have been reading and what should I have been thinking?" Somewhat mischievously Brien suggested he should have discovered Orwell, become disillusioned with Auden and Isherwood, had a sceptical approach to the Popular Front but a high regard for John Strachey, and so on. When I checked out the eventual book these were precisely the attitudes expressed, though whether these aspects of the author's intellectual development all came from Brien's tuition I can't be sure.
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Geek Gossip: Thor 2, Star Trek 2, The Lone Ranger, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Lifting the mystical hammer Mjolnir is no easy feat - as it's becoming very clear from the trouble finding a director for Thor 2.

Kenneth Branagh decided not to come back for the sequel, Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk was in talks that didn't work out and Patty Jenkins recently exited the project over creative differences.

Marvel is now racing to fill that empty director's chair and, according to HeatVision, the studio has narrowed its search to two candidates - both from the world of television.

They are Alan Taylor (right) and Daniel Minahan (below right), who have both helmed episodes of Game of Thrones. Taking into account Brian Kirk's earlier discussions, it's obvious that HBO's acclaimed medieval fantasy adaptation is seen as a template from which the thunder god's next cinematic adventure could draw some inspiration.

Taylor has also been involved with Mad Men, The Sopranos and
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Edger Ramirez Favourite To Land Star Trek Sequel’s Lead Villain

Edger Ramirez looks to be top of Paramount Studios list to play the villain in J.J. Abrams Star Trek sequel after Benicio Del Toro turned the role down. Impressive supporting roles in The Bourne Ultimatum and Vantage Point may have gotten Ramirez a foot in the Hollywood door, but his astonishing turn in Carlos The Jackal has given his career a major boost.

Abrams acclaimed Star Trek reboot impressed enough long standing fans as well as a new generation of movie-goers to warrant a big-budget follow-up. The recent announcement that the crew of the Starship Enterprise will once more step aboard, has fans itching to see if the rumoured villian Khan will be part of the plot.

Source: Variety
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Edgar Ramirez Favourite To Play Khan in Star Trek 2?

J.J. Abrams has lost out on his first choice Benicio Del Toro to play Khan (we think) in the Star Trek sequel but he has to move fast on a replacement with filming about a month away. Variety reports that Edgar Ramirez, whose amazing portrayal of Carlos the Jackal in that epic 2010 biopic has elevated him to a new ascension in Hollywood and Jordi Molla, whose face you will recognise more than the name from Colombiana and Knight & Day, are the two favourites.

This is kind of amazing to report on but it’s said Ramirez is favourite and has to perform his audition via Skype either today or tomorrow. From the sounds of things, Abrams has been left in such a pickle since Del Toro didn’t accept the offer that he doesn’t have time to fly out and meet Ramirez in person and he wants to make
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Carlos The Jackal (Original And Theatrical Versions) Review

Diverse filmmaker Olivier Assayas' ambitious and fascinating biopic about Ilich Ramirez Sanchez (widely known as 'Carlos the Jackal') has such an astonishing scope that the word 'epic' fails to fully describe it. Saturated with rich details and boasting production values comparable to big-budget movies, Carlos The Jackal is an absolute triumph. This review will cover two of its versions, including the original television mini-series and the subsequently released 150-minute theatrical feature. Carlos the Jackal was without a doubt a very dangerous man, and one with a very big ego. He used his ideology simply as an excuse to satisfy his desire for power and domination over other people. The character is stunningly played by actor Edgar Ramirez in a mesmerizing performance. He convincingly portrays...
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Sundance Channel Orders Original Drama Rectify!

Sundance Channel jumped into the original series business by ordering six episodes of the drama Rectify from producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad). Variety reported today that Rectify would be the first dramatic series for the cable outlet and a natural next step after the success of its miniseries Carlos, starring the Emmy-nominated Edgar Ramirez as the terrorist Carlos the Jackal. Ray McKinnon wrote Rectify, about a Death Row inmate freed after DNA evidence proves his innocence and who returns to his Georgia hometown to re-start his life, for AMC three years ago only for AMC to pass on the series.
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Blu-Ray Review: Incredible Criterion Edition For Olivier Assayas’ ‘Carlos’

Chicago – Not all movies are similar in what they demand of the viewer. Obviously, a light mainstream romantic comedy requires a different level of commitment than a French period piece, but even art movies have varying degrees of viewer requirements. Even within the Criterion Collections, there are shorter, easier films and then there are releases like “Carlos,” a stellar epic that runs close to six hours and is accompanied by extensive, elaborate special features. This is the kind of release you’ll need to set aside more than just a day to appreciate. And it’s good enough that you may even want to watch it twice. Better set aside a week.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

“Carlos” is, in some estimations, the best modern film about terrorism. There have been several epic examinations of influential madmen recently, including the acclaimed “Mesrine,” but few have had the instant impact of “Carlos.” With a
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DVD Playhouse--October 2011

DVD Playhouse—October 2011

By Allen Gardner

Terri (20th Century Fox) An awkward, obese teen (Jacob Wysocki) finds himself forming an odd friendship with his equally left-of-center vice-principal (John C. Reilly), who decides to help the boy navigate his way through adolescence’s rocky road. Low key film is filled with pathos and humor, but is ultimately too laid back for its own good (not to mention too long). Worth seeing for young Wysocki’s amazing, completely natural performance, and Reilly’s goofy charm. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Featurette; Deleted scenes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.

Mr. Nice (Mpi) Rhys Ifans stars in the true story of Howard Marks, a Welsh-born Oxford grad who gained the most notoriety in his life for being the UK’s biggest hashish smuggler during the ‘70s and ‘80s, when he wasn’t busy spying for Her Majesty’s government, hanging out with a
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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: September 27, 2011

Ben-Hur: 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition I didn't request this one for review, but early reviews have been quite impressive. The thing is, I don't enjoy this film so much that I need a high-definition "ultimate" edition. My DVD copy should suffice for the couple of times I'm likely to watch this film again in my lifetime.

Carlos (Criterion Collection) Criterion has put together an impressive two-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD set for their release of Olivier Assayas' 339 minute epic Carlos, which I saw in its entirety at Cannes last year (read my review here) where I called it "a good-not-great film that has a no frills, clinical approach to its lead subject, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, or as you may know and/or remember him... Carlos the Jackal." It reminded me of Steven Soderbergh's Che in a lot of ways even though it is a far more cohesive film.
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