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Near the top of our most-anticipated films of the year is Jim Jarmusch‘s Paterson, his follow-up to perhaps his finest film, Only Lovers Left Alive. Led by Adam Driver, on a streak like few other actors, and Golshifteh Farahani (About Elly), it follows the former as a bus driver in New Jersey, and the latter as his creative wife. We now have the first still from the film, which will hopefully premiere at Cannes before Amazon distributes later this year.
“Paterson is a funny, philosophical and moving story that only Jim can tell. We look forward to working closely with him and supporting his vision in bringing the film to life,” said Ted Hope, Head of Motion Picture Production at Amazon Studios. “Adam Driver is one of this generation’s most gifted actors. It’ll be exciting to see what he and Jim unearth as they explore the intimate »
- Leonard Pearce
The sales company has pre-sold the comedy in several territories ahead of its world premiere at the Goteborg film festival and Efm screening.
International sales outfit Beta Cinema has acquired Rune Denstad Langlo’s Norwegian comedy Welcome To Norway! ahead of the film’s premiere in competition at the Goteborg film festival (Jan 29 – Feb 8).
The company has concluded several deals for pre-sales on the title including Neue Visionen (Germany and Austria), Filmcoopi (Switzerland) and Good Films (Italy).
Following its premiere, Beta will take the film to the Efm, hosting an IMAX screening on the first day of the Berlinale.
Starring Anders Baasmo Christiansen (Kon-Tiki), Slimane Dazi (Only Lovers Left Alive) and Henriette Steenstrup (Turn Me On, Dammit!), Welcome To Norway! follows a couple who decide to open a home for refuges in the cold mountains of Norway.
FrancofoniaIt seems slightly off-kilter to term a film by Alexander Sokurov, everyone’s favorite Slavophile modernist, a “mash-up.” Yet Francofonia, which opened the Museum of the Moving Image’s fifth annual First Look festival, brings to mind an idiosyncratic synthesis of motifs derived from Godard’s Histoire(s) du cinéma and Volker Schlöndorff’s Diplomacy. With more than a passing resemblance to the ever-popular fiction/non-fiction hybrid film, Sokurov’s rambling meditation on the aesthetic imperatives of authoritarianism was an appropriate choice to open a festival that specializes in experimental hybridism. New work by such disparate filmmakers as Dominic Gagnon, Léa Rinaldi, and Louis Skorecki traverses generic boundaries—even though, for seasoned festival audiences, this sort of genre-bending is now more of a routine occurrence than a transgressive event. First Look’s desire to showcase subversive hybridity was evident in Quebecois filmmaker Dominic Gagnon’s double bill—Pieces and Love »
- Richard Porton
Girls breakout star Adam Driver may be a familiar face thanks to his complex and erratic turn as Kylo Ren in Star War: The Force Awakens, but his allegiance to Disney’s rejuvenated juggernaut hasn’t prevented the actor from committing to roles outside of the galactic space opera. Case in point: Deadline brings word that Driver has sealed a deal to star in Jim Jarmusch’s (Only Lovers Left Alive, Stranger Than Paradise) upcoming wry comedy, Paterson.
Joining a cast that already comprises Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani (Body Of Lies), the outlet notes that Jarmusch’s latest foray behind the camera is in the works over at Amazon Studios, with K5 International lending financial support. Similarly to Spike Lee’s button-pressing Chi-Raq, word is that Paterson will eventually get a theatrical release soon before it appears on the company’s Prime streaming platform. In fact, a representative from K »
- Michael Briers
Affonso Gonçalves with this Ace win for editing True Detective (2014)Affonso Gonçalves is a man that every actress lover ought to both thank and envy. Over the course of his career in TV and film he has been privvy to a consisently vivid series of strong and sometimes downright iconic performances by several of our greatest actress. He's helped shape the way we see them, too.
His career began in earnest with as an assisant editor on Todd Solondz's cult hit about a nerdy teenager Dawn Weiner in Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) and soon thereafter he was editing multiple films for Ira Sachs and other independent minded directors. In the 20 years since his debut he's edited performances by Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive), Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce), Kerry Washington (Night Catches Us), Michelle Williams (The Hawk is Dying), Kim Basinger (The Door in the Floor), and Patricia Clarkson »
- NATHANIEL R
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