Lena (2011) - News Poster

(2011)

News

15 Young Adult Novels Turned Into Movies

The Maze Runner will finally hit theaters this Friday, September 19th.

Published in October 2009 and based upon the first book in a bestselling series by James Dashner, the novel became a New York Times Best Seller and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. Fans have described it as a combination of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and the legendary television series Lost.

Books to film – especially young adult adaptations – are big bucks at the box office. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises have collectively grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing film of all time.

Over the weekend, Variety reported:

The 20th Century Fox release racked up a strong $8.3 million across five markets last weekend, with debuts that compared favorably to another young adult hit, “Divergent.” “The Maze Runner” is
See full article at WeAreMovieGeeks.com »

'The Last Day of Summer' Premieres at Tiff

Dutch writer-director Feike Santbergen and actors Lisa Smit and Jelmer Ouwerkerk are in Toronto for the world premiere of their 18-minute short "The Last Day Of Summer," which was selected for the Short Cuts International Competition at Tiff. The film premiered Sunday, September 7th at the Scotiabank Theatre.

In "The Last Day of Summer" three friends are spending a quiet day at the beach when one of them is called with tragic news. “While making the film we examined what happens in those first few moments, when care and the inability to cope, connect with each other; the result is intensely portrayed by the actors, the selection for Toronto a fantastic reward,” says Santbergen.

For Lisa Smit (20) it is the second time one of her movies is screened at Tiff. The first time she played a co-starring role in "Lena," by Belgian director Christophe van Rompaey, which had its world premiere at the Festival in 2011. Lisa also recently starred in the German drama " Sources of Life"(Quellen des Lebens) by director Oskar Roehler, in a role for which she was praised in Germany by the Süddeutsche Zeitung and in the Us by the Hollywood Reporter, who labeled her and co-star Leonard Scheicher's performance as 'something of a miracle'.

“I want to make movies that have an international appeal,” says Smit, who has been acting since age 10 and is already a star in her native Holland. “I look for movies that explore human conflict among real people, and also translate that conflict into the characters themselves,” says Smit.

At Tiff the filmmakers are working hard to promote the short film, but also looking ahead. Together with American producer Sophie Kohn, they are busy putting together the finances for Santbergen's feature film debut, "Life is a Start," which they hope will go into production next year. The film will be shot mainly on a rural island in Greece and will be produced by Kohn, directed by Santbergen, while Smit will play a starring role.

"Life is a Start" is about a young woman suffering from a nervous breakdown who travels alone to a remote Greek island. Like "The Last Day of Summer," it is about overcoming mental agony through connecting to others.

Santbergen, Kohn and Smit are excited to continue their adventures at Tiff, and hope to be back in the future.
See full article at Sydney's Buzz »

Van Rompaey Helms "Angel Maker"

Christophe Van Rompaey ("Lena," "Moscow, Belgium") will helm a film adaptation of Flemish author Stefan Brijs' award-winning novel "The Angel Maker" at Prime Time and N279 Entertainment says The Hollywood Reporter.

Set in the Belgian village of Wolfheim close to the Dutch and German borders, the story follows a mysterious physician who returns home after 20 years away with three babies - named after the archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.

Els Vandevorst ("Winter in Wartime," "Dogville") will produce.
See full article at Dark Horizons »

Christophe Van Rompaey to direct The Angel Maker

The Angel Maker based on Stefan Brijs novel will team be helmed by Christophe Van Rompaey of Moscow, Belgium. The project is being co-developed by producer Els Vadevorst (Winter in Wartime) and Van Rompaey, who worked together previously on the Lena drama, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The Angel Maker is set in the Belgian village of Wolfheim close both Dutch and German borders and follows Dr. Victor Hoppe, a mysterious physician who goes home after 20 years of absence three babies which are all named after archangels - Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. The story mixes themes of science and religion, evil and good, as well as immortality.
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »

Christophe Van Rompaey to direct The Angel Maker

The Angel Maker based on Stefan Brijs novel will team be helmed by Christophe Van Rompaey of Moscow, Belgium. The project is being co-developed by producer Els Vadevorst (Winter in Wartime) and Van Rompaey, who worked together previously on the Lena drama, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The Angel Maker is set in the Belgian village of Wolfheim close both Dutch and German borders and follows Dr. Victor Hoppe, a mysterious physician who goes home after 20 years of absence three babies which are all named after archangels - Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. The story mixes themes of science and religion, evil and good, as well as immortality.
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »

Mads Mikkelsen To 'Move On' With Asger Leth, Agyness Deyn & Peter Mullan Lead Terence Davies' 'Sunset Song' & More

Versatile Danish thesp Mads Mikkelsen is set to team with "Man On A Ledge" helmer Asger Leth for road film "Move On." Developed by Matt Greenhalgh (screenwriter of "Control" and "Nowhere Boy"), the story begins with a flawed hero, stepping off a boat in Rotterdam before traveling across Europe to deliver a mysterious silver suitcase. Lensing will take the production across eight different countries in a hectic 30-day chronological shoot, and will unusually involve the participation of film fans from 11 countries in areas such as casting, location and props. More details can be found at the film's website, but each country's shoot will make up a 5-8 minute segment of the movie, with a shoot commencing this summer before a September unveiling. [ScreenDaily]

After debuting in the upcoming remake of Nicolas Winding Refn's "Pusher," and an acclaimed run on London's West End, model Agyness Deyn is moving up in the acting world.
See full article at The Playlist »

'Weekend' Wins MovieSquad Iffr Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam

'Weekend' Wins MovieSquad Iffr Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam
The International Film Festival Rotterdam has chosen Andrew Haigh's "Weekend" as the winner of their MovieSquad Iffr Award. The jury deciding upon the winner for the award is unique in that it consits of five members aged 15 to 19 years old. There were twenty other films in the competition and other films nominated for the award by the jury were Christophe van Rompaey's "Lena" and Ruben Ostlund's "Play." Full Press Release Press Release 2 February 2012 Andrew Haigh’s Weekend is young people’s jury favorite in Rotterdam British film Weekend by Andrew Haigh (UK, 2011), selected in Iffr’s Bright Future section, has won the MovieSquad Iffr Award. The young people’s jury announced the winning film during the International Film Festival Rotterdam this afternoon during the MovieSquad Award Ceremony. The MovieSquad jury consisted of five members aged 15 to 19 years: Nick Golterman,...
See full article at Indiewire »

[Tiff Review] Lena

  • The Film Stage
A normal life was never an option for Lena. Whether a translation tick or a telling line throughout the film, the words “Be normal” crop up often as none of the characters traveling in and out of this young girl’s life come close to the definition. Raised by a prostitute mother constantly belittles her for being fat when not on the phone yelling in Polish about her dying, pimp father, Lena has nothing to her name but pain and suffering. Between the ridicule at home and the snickering looks from kids her age outside, the only reprieve she’s allowed is a Thursday night line-dancing class with best friend Hanneke … and sex. But as the opening sequence shows us in what’s eventually proven to be over-used slow motion, this physical act holds no passion or desire. Like her tempestuous guardian, sex serves only to drowning her in the dull,
See full article at The Film Stage »

Tiff 2011: Cwc Loaded with Lynn Shelton, Naranjo, Sion Sono, Hansen-Love, Zvyagintsev, Vigalondo

With a total of 50+1 films from around the world, the Contemporary World Cinema programme could very well be a film festival in its own right. Once again loaded in Cannes North American premieres from, the section also includes world preem titles: Xiaolu Guo's UFO in her Eyes, Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister (starring Emily Blunt see pic above), Nacho Vigalondo's Extraterrestrial and Christophe Van Rompaey's Lena. Among Cannes titles we can vouch for, which will play out in the section and happen to tell us that this world is not healthy state of affairs we have Andrey Zvyagintsev's brilliant Elena, Gerardo Naranjo's Miss Bala , and Markus Schleinzer' Michael. Here's the full list: Always Brando Ridha Béhi, Tunisia World Premiere After meeting Anis Raache, a young Tunisian actor who bears a stunning resemblance to young Marlon Brando, Tunisian master Ridha Béhi decided to write a film casting the two.
See full article at IONCINEMA.com »

Toronto 2011. Contemporary World Cinema Lineup

  • MUBI
As noted in previous lineup announcement entries, (Visions, Wavelengths, Future Projections, Galas and Special Presentations), the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9 through 18) has released some of its most anticipated lineups today. We're taking them one at a time, first posting them program by program with descriptions provided by the festival — and then returning over the coming hours and days to add links and further notes. Here's the lineup for the Contemporary World Cinema program.

Karim Aïnouz's The Silver Cliff. A phone message from her husband propels Violeta into the streets of Rio until sunrise. Telling their teenage son that a last minute trip has come up, she sets out to find her husband. Rio at night is her sole companion as she struggles to face his abrupt and sudden change of heart, but the beach also provides renewal, unexpected meetings and a window to a whole other world.

Ozcan Alper's Future Lasts Forever.
See full article at MUBI »

Tiff 2011 Contemporary World Cinema Program Announced

Tiff has just announced the final batch of films slated to hit the fest in September. The number of additions is overwhelming. We just posted the complete line-up for the Gala and Special Presentation programs. Now comes the massive wave of movies in the Contemporary World Cinema program. Here is the press release.

Toronto – The Contemporary World Cinema programme delivers 51 cinematic gems from around the globe at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival®. Offering a variety of filmmakers’ voices and perspectives from around the world, the lineup draws from Brazil, China, South Africa, France, Iran, Morocco, the Netherlands, Israel, Portugal, Russia, Canada and more. This snapshot of global trends in cinema also features the North American premieres of new films by directors such as Andrey Zvyagintsev, Gerardo Naranjo, Sion Sono, Asghar Farhadi, Karim Ainouz, Ole Christian Madsen and Cristián Jiménez

Always Brando Ridha Béhi, Tunisia

World Premiere

After meeting Anis Raache,
See full article at SoundOnSight »

Tiff 2011 Announces New Films From Andrea Arnold, Nacho Vigalondo, Joel Schumacher, Yorgos Lanthimos and Many More

  • The Film Stage
After three separate announcements (here, here and here), the Toronto International Film Festival has announced the final line-up for their Galas and Special Presentations, as well as a few other categories. Most notable is Andrea Arnold‘s Fish Tank follow-up Wuthering Heights, the next film from Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo, as well as Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos’ Alps.

We also get Whit Stillman‘s Damsels in Distress starring Greta Gerwig and Geoffrey Fletcher’s Violet & Daisy starring Saoirse Ronan and James Gandolfini. In what should be a little fun we have Gary McKendry‘s Killer Elite starring Robert De Niro, Clive Owen and Jason Statham. We also get Owen’s horror flick Intruders and Joel Schumacher‘s Trespass starring Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage. Check out the full line-ups below.

Galas

Closing Night Film

Page Eight David Hare, United Kingdom

International Premiere

Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving M15 officer.
See full article at The Film Stage »

See also

Showtimes | External Sites