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Here’s the first trailer for The Night Manager, a six-part mini-series produced alongside BBC One and The Ink Factory and having its premiere on April 19 at 10 Pm Et/Pt. An update of John le Carré's spies-and-gangsters drama with a screenplay by e.p. David Farr and helmed by e.p. and Oscar winner Susanne Bier (In A Better World), it promises to bring together “love, loss and revenge in a complex story of modern criminality,” per AMC. The series follows former British… »
How could it have gone so wrong? That was the question many were asking about "Serena." From any perspective, it looked like a no-brainer success, with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper taking the lead roles in a Depression-era drama based on the best-selling book by Ron Rash. However, it seems from the moment cameras rolled in 2012, something was off. The buzz on the picture was not good; there were rumblings of behind-the-scenes turmoil; and two years later, the movie quietly premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, and the reviews were not kind. Director Susanne Bier ("After The Wedding," "In A Better World") survived the production, and is at the helm of highly anticipated upcoming series "The Night Manager" starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie. But when asked about "Serena" by Variety, the filmmaker was candid about what led to the film's failure. Read More: BFI London Film Festival Review: Susanne Bier's. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
One of Scandinavia’s top directors, Susanne Bier was on hand at the Goteborg Film Festival to receive the Dragon Honorary Award. The helmer, who earned an Oscar nom for “After the Wedding” and won an Oscar for “In a Better World,” is now making her TV debut with the British-American spy series “The Night Manager,” which is based on John le Carré’s novel and stars Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman. The upbeat Danish-born director has been working in the Nordics and in the U.S. throughout her career, making character-driven, often heart-wrenching movies that explore themes such as grief and family disruption. Bier has made a few English-language pics with A-listers, such as “Things We Lost in the Fire” with Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro, and most recently “Serena,” starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
How does it feel to receive this lifetime achievement now, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Goteborg — The 39th Goteborg Film Festival, Scandinavia’s biggest film fest, opened Friday Jan. 29 on a political note with the world premiere of “The Yard” during a ceremony attended by Sweden’s Culture Minister, Alice Bah Kuhnke.
Based on Kristian Lundberg’s autobiographical novel, “The Yards” turns on a financially-struggling writer who starts working at the Malmö docks along with low-wage laborers.
Jonas Holmberg, the artistic director of Göteborg, said the festival will play 450 films from 84 countries, representing a multitude of “individual voices that speak of the beauty, absurdity and horror of this world.”
“People may be building walls and borders right now but looking ahead at all the films that will play here during the next 11 days, it »
- Elsa Keslassy
London — Season two of “Better Call Saul,” “Love, Nina,” written by Nick Hornby, and Susanne Bier’s “The Night Manager,” based on John le Carre’s novel, are among the TV series selected for the Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale Special Series program.
In the second season of “Better Call Saul,” Jimmy McGill perfects his idiosyncratic interpretation of the law, bringing him even more in sync with the simpatico, albeit shady character from “Breaking Bad.”
“Love, Nina” explores 1980s London through the eyes of a young woman. “It’s a subtle look back at a society clinging doggedly to its traditional class divisions,” the fest said. Faye Marsay and Helena Bonham Carter star.
The Australian/New Zealand series “Cleverman, »
- Leo Barraclough
Six series from Denmark, Britain, Israel, Australia and the Us populate the line-up.
The six titles that will be shown in the 2016 Berlinale Special Series, the television offshoot of the Berlin Film Festival’s (Feb 11-21) Specials programme, have been revealed.
Amongst the line-up is Susanne Bier’s adaptation of John Le Carre’s spy thriller The Night Manager [pictured], which stars Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Debicki and Tom Hollander and will be broadcast by the BBC in the UK and AMC in the USA.
Sj Clarkson’s Love, Nina, which has a script from Nick Hornby, is also on the list. The comedic miniseries stars Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Watkins, Joshua McGuire and 2015 Screen Star of Tomorrow Faye Marsay. The BBC will broadcast the series in the UK.
Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul will have the international premiere of its second series at the festival.
Berlinale Special Series 2016:
Better Call Saul – Season »
The second season of "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul" (AMC) and new TV series from writer Nick Hornby (Oscar-nominated for "Brooklyn") and director Susanne Bier ("In a Better World") highlight the 66th Berlin International Film Festival's Special Series lineup. The festival runs from February 11 - 21. Read More: "Watch: 'Brooklyn' Writer, Oscar Contender Nick Hornby on Penning a Swooning, Old-Fashioned Romance" Bier's adaptation of John le Carré’s spy thriller, "The Night Manager" (AMC), which airs stateside in April, stars Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman, and Hugh Laurie; Hornby's "Love, Nina," with Helena Bonham Carter, explores 1980s London through the eyes of a young woman. In addition, “Drama Series Days” — a joint initiative of the European Film Market, the Berlinale Co-Production Market, and Berlinale Talents — welcomes creators, buyers, sales agents, producers, »
- Matt Brennan
“The Danish Girl” will have its Swedish premiere at the festival. The London-born helmer, who won an Oscar for “The King’s Speech” in 2010, will be present in Goteborg to receive the honorary prize.
As previously announced, Susanne Bier will receive the Nordic Honorary Dragon Award. As part of the tribute, Bier will host a masterclass and present two of her best-known movies: Oscar-winning “In a Better World” and “Freud Leaving Home.”
Goteborg will also showcase eight directorial debuts which will compete for the Ingmar Bergman award for best debut. The lineup of first films comprises Brady Corbet’s “The Childhood of a Leader,” Yaelle Kayam’s “Mountain” and Senem Tüzen’s “Motherland.”
- Elsa Keslassy
8 items from 2016
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