14 items from 2014
The veteran publicist most recently served eight years at Block/Korenbrot.
Los Angeles-based Fisher (pictured) joins Pmk•Bnc’s expanding film marketing and distribution department as director of national publicity.
Prior to that she held public relations posts at the Seattle, Sundance and AFI Film Festivals.
“We are so fortunate to have Rebecca joining our team,” said Pmk•Bnc’s evp of film marketing and distribution Marian Koltai-Levine. “She has a wealth of knowledge that makes her the perfect addition to our department.
“In today’s fluid world of public relations and marketing, having someone with Rebecca’s honed skillset allows our department to grow with incredible depth of experience.” »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Best Foreign Language Film remains one of the tougher categories to predict well in advance, but the last few years have seen the race narrow in the final weeks to reveal an obvious winner. In a Better World, A Separation, and last year’s Amour were all easily identified winners before the Oscar telecast. This year appears to be no different. The nominees come from a fairly respectable spread of countries including Belgium, Cambodia, Denmark, Italy, and Palestine. Cambodia’s submission is only their third ever and their first to receive a nomination, and just as notable is the fact that the film is a documentary. Hopefully they’re happy with the footnotes, though, as they won’t be taking home the gold on Oscar night. Keep reading for a look at all five of this year’s nominees for Best Foreign Language Film along with my predicted winner in red… The Broken Circle Breakdown »
- Rob Hunter
Oscar Diget continues with the look at an engrossing category, Best Foreign Language Film. From an aging playboy facing the end to a documentary about war torn Cambodia, the films in foreign language this year are an eclectic group with something to offer everyone. But which film will come out on top?
The Great Beauty
Logline: Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Pros: Fellini-esque storytelling, about dealing with age and past experiences, gorgeous visuals
Cons: ”It’s rich white people problems: The Moive!”, the movie doesn’t really leave you feeling anything, not an “important” film
History of the Country: Italy has one of the richest Oscar histories, having amassed »
- Terence Johnson
Though her Depression-era drama Serena, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, is still sitting on a shelf somewhere, director Susanne Bier is still moving from project to project. She was previously attached to direct Love Is All You Need but eventually dropped. Now, she’s settled on A Second Chance, an intense drama starring Game of Thrones‘ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (pictured above in the first image from the film). Though we already knew that the film would address the moral turpitude faced by those who have endured terrible tragedies, a new plot synopsis has shed some light on what we can expect.
Coster-Waldau, who was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for his performance as Jaime Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones, has more than proven that he has dramatic depth to spare, so I’m very excited to see what he does as the star of A Second Chance. »
- Isaac Feldberg
While we'll keeping asking, "Where's 'Serena' starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence?" until our throats are dry, director Susanne Bier keeps powering on to new movies. Last year, she dropped the romance "Love Is All You Need," and now she's already at work on her next film. Production has started on "A Second Chance," led by "Game of Thrones" star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and the first image from the movie has landed. The script comes from Bier's longtime collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen ("Open Hearts," "After The Wedding," "In A Better World," "Love Is All You Need"), and it sounds like a return to the gritty dramas that first brought her to the attention of the international scene. The official synopsis is below: Detectives and best friends Andreas and Simon lead vastly different lives; Andreas has settled down with his beautiful wife and son; while Simon, recently divorced, spends most »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Director: Susanne Bier
Writer: Christopher Kyle
U.S. Distributor: Rights available
While we were expecting Susanne Bier’s latest, a return to English language filmmaking after her 2007 Halle Berry starring Things We Lost In the Fire, to bow in 2013, it looks like this will be pushed into this year due to the oversaturated Jennifer Lawrence/Bradley Cooper market. This was meant their first project together post Silver Linings, but it looks like we’ll have to be happy with American Hustle instead, this season. Meanwhile, Bier has been on a roll herself since winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film with In a Better World. She’s several other irons in the fire currently, but look for this to be her next release. »
- Nicholas Bell
TrustNordisk has snapped up international sales rights to The Shamer's Daughter, an adaptation of the first book in Lene Kaaberbol's best-selling Scandinavian fantasy franchise The Shamer Chronicles. It will present the project to buyers at next month's European Film Market in Berlin. Photos: 25 of the Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2014 Prolific Danish screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen (In A Better World) will adapt Kaaberbol's novel for the screen, with Kenneth Kainz (Pure Hearts) attached to direct. An ensemble of Scandinavian stars, including Peter Plaugborg (The Keeper of Lost Causes), Jakob Oftebro (Kon-Tiki), Soren Malling (Borgen), Maria Bonnevie
- Scott Roxborough
TrustNordisk will kick off presales on the fantasy-adventure film in Berlin.
The Shamer’s Daughter, based on the first book in Lene Kaaberbøl’s bestselling series The Shamer Chronicles, is to be adapted as a feature film.
TrustNordisk will kick off presales on the fantasy-adventure film at the European Film Market (Efm) at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16).
The feature will be directed Danish filmmaker Kenneth Kainz (Pure Hearts).
The Scandinavian cast will be led by Peter Plaugborg (The Keeper of Lost Causes), Jakob Oftebro (Kon-Tiki), Søren Malling (A Hijacking), Maria Bonnevie (A Second Chance), Stina Ekblad (Love Is All You Need) and Allan Hyde (True Blood).
Shooting is set to begin on Feb 27.
The story centres on “the Shamer’s daughter”, Dina, who has inherited her mother’s supernatural ability. She can »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
In the run-up to Berlin’s Efm market, Scandi giant TrustNordisk has taken international sales rights to “The Shamer’s Daughter,” a high-profile fantasy/adventure film based on the first book of Lene Kaaberbol’s “The Shamer Chronicles.”
Lensing will kick off on Feb. 27 with an all-star Scandinavian cast (pictured), including Peter Plaugborg (“The Keeper of Lost Causes”), Jakob Oftebro (“Kon-Tiki”), Soren Malling (“A Hijacking”), Stina Ekblad (“Love Is All You Need”) and Allan Hyde (“True Blood”).
Pic tells the tale of Dina, who has unwillingly inherited her mother’s supernatural ability and is able to look straight into the soul of other people. When her mother is wrongfully accused of horrible murders, Dina sets off to uncover the truth but she finds herself embroiled in a dangerous power struggle with her own life at risk. »
- Elsa Keslassy
The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16) has named Us producer and writer James Schamus as president of the international jury, whose members will decide the winners of the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the 2014 Berlinale Competition.
In his work with Ang Lee, Schamus has won awards as a screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer (Brokeback Mountain). He was also the chief executive of Focus Features - the company he co-founded - before it merged with FilmDistrict.
The strong line-up of filmmakers and actors that make up the rest of the jury including Barbara Broccoli (Us), Trine Dyrholm (Denmark), Mitra Farahani (Iran), Greta Gerwig (Us), Michel Gondry (France), Tony Leung (China) and Christoph Waltz (Austria).
Broccoli is best known for co-producing the James Bond films while Danish actor Dyrholm recently »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The other members of the jury, which will pick the winners of the Golden Bear and Silver Bears, will be Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, 007 producer Barbara Broccoli, Danish actress Trine Dyrholm, Iranian filmmaker Mitra Faharani, American thesp-scribe Greta Gerwig, French filmmaker Michel Gondry and Hong Kong-born thesp Tony Leung Chiu-wai.
As head of Focus Features, he backed such pics as “Far from Heaven,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Lost in Translation,” “Milk,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “The Kids Are All Right,” which won Berlin’s Teddy Award.
- Leo Barraclough
The Berlin International Film Festival has named James Schamus jury president for its 64th edition, which runs Feb. 6-16. The Oscar-nominated screenwriter and former Focus Features head will oversee Berlin's international jury, which votes on the winners of the festival's coveted Gold and Silver Bear honors, organizers announced Tuesday. He will be joined on the Berlin jury by two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, Skyfall producer Barbara Broccoli, French director Michel Gondry and Danish actress Trine Dyrholm (In a Better World). Francis Ha star Greta Gerwig, Iranian filmmaker and painter Mitra Farahani and Hong Kong action star Tony
- Scott Roxborough
The Oscar race is never a dull one and that couldn’t be any more apparent than in the race for Best Foreign Language film. This year is certainly shaping up to be a battle of David vs. Goliath if you looked at the histories of the countries competing. In one corner, you have Italy, with a whopping 12 wins in this category, facing off with a country like Cambodia, with no Oscar nominations. But such is the beauty of the awards season and the Oscars. So before the nominations come out, here’s an Oscar primer to get you caught up on the Foreign Language films.
Belgium – 2013 Nominee: The Broken Circle Breakdown
Logline/Synopsis: Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He’s a romantic atheist, she’s a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, »
- Terence Johnson
Sony Pictures Classics, the art-house and indie wing of the major studio, has an eye for Oscar-quality foreign films. The past four years, Spc has taken home the Best Foreign Language Academy Award for Argentina's The Secret In Their Eyes, Denmark's In A Better World, Iran's A Separation, and Austria's Amour. But their winning streak was threatened when the Academy cut their latest acquisitions, Iran's submission (Asghar Farhadi's The Past) and Saudi Arabia's pick (Haifaa Al-Mansour's Wadjda), from their categories' shortlist. Despite these insane turn of events, Spc is bouncing back by picking up a heralded drama out of Hungary. The Wrap reports Sony Pictures Classics has bought the North American distribution rights for Janos Szasz's The Notebook--or A Nagy Fuzet as it's known in its home country. After a world tour of film festivals--from Karlovy to Hamburg, London to Chicago, Toronto and Stockholm--The Notebook is readying for »
14 items from 2014
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