7 items from 2015
Refresh for latest… The Weinstein Co has acquired U.S. distribution rights to The Eichmann Show, the feature-length drama that stars Martin Freeman and Anthony Lapaglia and charts the 1961 Trial of the Century of Adolf Eichmann. Directed by Paul Andrew Williams, the drama follows the televised trial of one of the key architects of the Holocaust in a behind-the-scenes look at how black-listed TV director Leo Hurwitz (Lapaglia) and ground-breaking producer Milton Fruchtman (Freeman) set out to capture his testimony. Rebecca Front, Andy Nyman and Nicholas Woodeson also star. Content Media is selling the Feelgood Fiction/BBC production that integrates actual footage from the trial which became the first truly global TV event — shown in 37 countries over four months — and was the first time the horror of the death camps had been heard live from the mouths of its victims. Simon Block wrote the script for the film which aired »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Exclusive: Shoot underway on Childhood of a Leader.
Berenice Bejo, Robert Pattinson and Stacy Martin have been joined by Liam Cunningham (Game Of Thrones), Yolande Moreau (Amelie) and Sophie Curtis (Arbitrage) for Brady Corbet’s directorial feature debut The Childhood of A Leader, which is shooting now on location in Hungary.
The film charts the birth of a terrifying ego during the rise of fascism in the early 20thcentury.
Protagonist reps international sales, Wme handles North America.
The drama is a Unanimous Entertainment and Mact Films production in association with FilmTeam in Hungary. Funding comes from Media House Capital, Bow and Arrow Entertainment, Scope Pictures and Scion Pictures.
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Controversial director makes rare appearance and speeches at Danish film awards.
Lars von Trier has once more broken his “vow of silence” to accept an armful of prizes at Denmark’s Robert awards.
The controversial Danish filmmaker’s Nymphomaniac: Director’s Cut scooped eight trophies including best feature and best director at the Danish Film Academy’s awards last night (Feb 1) – and von Trier was in attendance at the ceremony for the first time.
Accepting the Robert for best feature, von Trier said: “From Peter Aalbæk Jensen (his producing partner at Zentropa Entertainments), I know that some of the Robert awards are won by five votes, so I would like to thank those five persons in the auditorium. Thank you very much.”
The director of Antichrist and Dancer in the Dark has rarely spoken in public after being expelled from the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, where he brought Melancholia, after publicly joking that he was a Nazi »
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Hailing from the co-producers of Jonas Alexander Arnby’s “When Animals Dream,” the well-polished genre film boasts an international cast, headlined by Cosmina Stratan, who won the actress nod at Cannes for her role in “Beyond the Hills”; Ellen Dorrit Petersen, who won Norway’s Amanda award for her part in “Blind”; as well as Peter Christoffersen from “The Bridge.”
Script was penned by Abbasi and Maren Louise Käehne, whose credits include “Borgen” and “The Bridge.” Born in Iran, Abbasi moved to Sweden to study architecture at the Royal Academy of Science in Stockholm and later attended the Danish National Film School in film directing. He’s helmed two shorts: “The Box” and “M for Markus.”
Set in an isolated villa in the middle of the forest, »
- Elsa Keslassy
London — Frances McDormand, Logan Lerman, Brit Marling, Christian Slater and Jonathan Pryce have joined the cast of “The Wife,” which stars Glenn Close. Embankment will commence international sales at the European Film Market in Berlin.
Close stars as the cool, elegant Joan Castleman, a flawlessly gracious wife who gladly gave up her writing ambitions to play the role of helpmate to her husband, the philandering literary giant Joe Castleman (Pryce). On the eve of Joe’s Nobel Prize for Literature Joan decides to leave him.
Slater is the determined, unauthorized biographer who unwittingly becomes the catalyst that prompts Joan’s decision. A startling secret at the heart of Joan and Joe’s relationship is laid bare in a “poignant, funny and emotional journey about the conflicts of love and ambition.”
Marling will play the younger Joan, »
- Leo Barraclough
Veteran Dutch producer Stienette Bosklopper, owner and MD of Circe Film, is turning screenwriter and has written two projects already in advanced development.
Bosklopper, whose credits include Wolfsbergen and Brownian Movement, will be at this week’s Iffr CineMart in Rotterdam in a dual capacity - as screenwriter and producer of Nanouk Leopold’s new feature, Cobain.
The €1.6m film, which has already received backing from the Netherlands Film Fund, is being coproduced with Waterland Film.
“It’s part of a personal development you have at a certain stage in your career,” the producer says of her foray into screenwriting.
“I had been working with a lot of writers and directors. Somehow, there was an urge to contribute on a different level. To my own amazement, it is going very well. It comes quite naturally and I have the feeling that I will be continuing doing this.”
Cobain is the story of a teenage boy with a »
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Previously we looked at ten runners-up -- practically an alternate top ten if you will the year was so good. Now on to the list you've been waiting for as our own awardage begins.
The years best films marched in the streets in London and Alabama, cruised Scotland with nefarious intent, uncovered skeletons in Poland, and jogged around DC. They performed on the stages of Manhattan while also house hunting there; neither activity is for the faint of heart. Only two of them sprang from books though another cast its biggest spell while holding one. Two taught us about history in ways that felt absolutely relevant and useful to how we live now and one let us watch 12 years of it unfold. The thing that unites all ten is the imagination, fine judgement (when to employ a light touch and when to hit hard) and technical prowess of the filmmakers and actors, »
- NATHANIEL R
7 items from 2015
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