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“Sergio Herman, F***ing Perfect,” a documentary about an obsessive Dutch chef which plays next month in the Berlin festival, is set for international distribution.
Rights to the film outside the Benelux region have been picked up by Amsterdam and Hong Kong-based sales company Fortissimo Films.
“Sergio Herman” follows the ups and downs of a Herman who is one of only two cooks ever to obtain a 20/20 score from the Gault Et Millau food guide. But after reaching the top with his Oud Sluis restaurant, Herman decides that he has sacrificed too much and closes down the world famous eatery.
“We all love a great meal at a great restaurant »
- Patrick Frater
By Anjelica Oswald
After narrowing the Oscar documentary feature shortlist to five at the 87th Academy Award nominations Jan. 15, a number of notable exclusions were featured, particularly Al Hicks‘ Keep on Keepin’ On, which documents the mentorship and friendship of a jazz legend and a blind piano prodigy, and Steve James‘ Life Itself, about the life and career of famed film critic Roger Ebert. (James is no stranger to snubs and the exclusion of his 1994 film Hoop Dreams led to rule reform within the documentary category.) Both films hold 97 percent positive ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.
Some films surprised when they didn’t even land a spot on the shortlist, such as Red Army, which examines the rise and fall of the Soviet Union’s hockey team from the perspective of its coach. That film holds a 100 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In light of these best documentary feature snubs, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Culinary documentary to receive world premiere at Berlin next month.
Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights (excluding Benelux) to culinary documentary feature Sergio Herman, Fucking Perfect, which will receive its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15).
The new film, directed by Willemiek Kluijfhout, centres on master chef Sergio Herman, who decides to let go of his three-star restaurant Oud Sluis in order to fulfill his dreams.
It is produced by Amsterdam-based Reinette van de Stadt through her documentary production company Trueworks. Kluijfhout’s previous film, Mussels in Love, was the opening film of Berlin’s Culinary Cinema strand in 2013.
Sergio Herman, Fucking Perfect will be presented at the Berlinale where a special meal will be prepared and presented on the occasion of the world premiere. The film will also show in the Efm »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
While I may have originally overlooked the forthcoming horror film The Lazarus Effect as just another retread of an earlier and, in some cases, superior movie (say Pet Semetary or Flatliners), the pedigree of the people involved with The Lazarus Effect and the film’s first trailer makes me think this film can rise above my fanboy concerns.
Before we get to the trailer, you should be warned that it reveals what looks like the entirety of the movie’s plot (though I’m thinking there’s some big third act reveals that are only hinted at in the trailer). In the film, a group of medical students is trying to perfect a serum that reanimates dead tissue (a la Re-Animator) and have been experimenting on dogs. Then, one day, the process suddenly works and it appears as though they have made a tremendous breakthrough. However, something has gone wrong »
- Mike Tyrkus
Mark Duplass (“The League”) stars as a medical student leading a project experimenting with a serum capable of bringing animals back from the dead. But when his girlfriend (Wilde) accidentally dies in the process, he tries the Lazarus serum on her.
While it works, she’s not herself, and may have brought something back from Hell with her.
- Greg Gilman
The Lazarus Effect, apart from feeling very familiar to me, is a film with an awful lot of people you ought to be interested in, which is nevertheless not making a gargantuan effort to get on your radar – for something that comes out in just over a month.
It’s also a film that has so many odd notes (just in the cast and crew) that you’d think everyone would be talking about it. It’s a strange horror movie about bringing people back to life, and it is eerily similar to Flatliners. Not only is it about a bunch of scientists who are trying to bring things, and then people, back to life, but it has a similarly non-horror cast. Mark Duplass isn’t a name you associate with fairly odd sci-fi/horror, and neither is Donald Glover. Seriously, Donald Glover.
- Marc Eastman
It’s typically frustrating when acclaimed documentary filmmakers make the leap to fiction. After all, not everyone can mix up the real and make believe as well as Werner Herzog. Even Errol Morris, Joe Berlinger and Barbara Kopple had trouble making the switch. Plus, we need those great documentarians to make more great documentaries. But, alas, they need to make some money, too. I like David Gelb a lot, and I love his breakthrough, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, so I’m reserving most of my judgment of his upcoming horror film, The Lazarus Effect, until I see it. And even if it’s as bad as it looks, I’ll still be hopeful that the filmmaker made enough cash to deliver another nonfiction gem. The Lazarus Effect, which shouldn’t be itself confused for a doc from a few years ago about HIV and AIDS in Africa, seems to be a mix of Pet Sematary and Luc Besson »
- Christopher Campbell
Reanimating the dead may seem unnatural and downright scary to someone who’s watched the human race become dinner for the living dead in countless zombie movies. For a group of medical students in The Lazarus Effect, though, reversing death could lead to a new understanding of life. But as evidenced in the film’s first trailer, scientific discoveries can come with painful sacrifices.
A Blumhouse Productions film from Relativity Studios, The Lazarus Effect was directed by David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi) off a screenplay by Luke Dawson (2008’s Shutter) and Jeremy Slater (The Fantastic Four reboot). The film follows “a group of medical students who discover a way to bring dead patients back to life”, and it stars Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Donald Glover, Evan Peters and Sarah Bolger.
- Derek Anderson
"If we're gonna be asking big questions, we have to be ready for the answers." Why anyone would want to mess with bringing people back from the dead after movies have already illustrated what a bad idea that would be is beyond me. But here we are with The Lazarus Effect, a movie that basically feels like a remake of Flatliners. Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass star in the film about a group of medical students who have been experimenting with bringing animals back from the dead. And when Wilde ends up in a fatal accident, she becomes a prime candidate to be the first human trial, but the results are not good in the least. Also, does the title remind anyone else of this pivotal scene in Casper? Just me? Okay. Watch the trailer! Here's the first trailer for David Gelb's The Lazarus Effect from Relativity Media: »
- Ethan Anderton
Relativity has released the first trailer and poster for the upcoming thriller The Lazarus Effect, which was oddly directed by Jiro Dreams of Sushi helmer, David Gelb. The pic stars Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Donald Glover, Evan Peters and Sarah Bolger and the short synopsis tells us it follows a group of medical students who discover a way to bring dead patients back to life. The movie hits theaters on February 27, check out the trailer and poster below and then tell me your thoughts in the comments below. sb id="1334689" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
Blumhouse Productions continues its knack for attracting great casts to its medium-budget horror productions with The Lazarus Effect, which stars Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Donald Glover and Quicksilver himself, Evan Peters.
It's about a group of medical students who tinker with the boundary between life and death; their attempt to revive the corpse of a dog proves to be successful, and when Olivia Wilde's character abruptly pops her clogs, Mark Duplass decides to bring her back with his newly-patented life serum.
The plot - and indeed the first trailer, lurking below - sound quite a bit like Stuart Gordon's anarchic adaptation of Hp Lovecraft's Re-Animator, but played for scowls rather than laughs. In that 1985 classic, medical students use a glowing ooze to revive a dead cat, which turns out to be incredibly aggressive, »
When your feature debut is the beautiful and thought provoking documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the last thing you expect your follow-up to be is a creepy science fiction/horror mash-up. But that is exactly what director David Gelb is giving us with The Lazarus Effect, featuring Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass (another surprise having made his name in much smaller fare like Humpday and Your Sister's Sister, and as director of Cyrus and Jeff, Who lives At Home), and Donald Glover as members of a group of medical students who develop a process to bring the dead back to life. Needless to say, things go off the rails spectacularly. The is premise is nothing new, but the below trailer is pretty darn effective, mixing in an interesting story with an extremely tense and creepy atmosphere. Check it out below. Released: 27th February (U.S.)/ ? (Irl/U.K.) »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Following the first photo and poster that debuted yesterday, Relativity Media has debuted the first trailer for The Lazarus Effect. Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass and Donald Glover star in this upcoming thriller, which follows a group of medical school students who find a way to bring the dead back to life. As you could see in yesterday's photo, Olivia Wilde's character may in fact be one of those who comes back from the dead.
Jason Blum, the producer behind Paranormal Activity, Insidious and The Purge, brings his low-budget sensibilities to this thriller, directed by David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi). Evan Peters and Sarah Bolger co-star in this thriller, which was described by producer Jason Blum as an homage to the 1990 thriller Flatliners.
Check out the first footage for The Lazarus Effect below, and in case you missed it yesterday, you can also take a look at the first photo and poster. »
Recently we've seen Olivia Wilde in the likes of Her, Rush and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. But if you were thinking that what's been long missing from her CV is a horror thriller, look no further than this new trailer for The Lazarus Effect. Wilde dies and comes back to life again. For science!Wilde stars with Mark Duplass, Donald Glover and Evan Peters as one of a group of scientists investigating the reanimation of dead tissue. Sadly an electrical accident finishes her off mid-experiment, leading her colleagues to continue their work on Wilde herself. But when she comes back she's not quite the same as when she left.Bits of Flatliners and The Eye in that set-up, but hopefully the full movie will effectively tread its own path. David Gelb (the rather different Jiro Dreams Of Sushi) is the director; Luke Dawson (Shutter) and Jeremy Slater (the new Fantastic »
Filmmaker David Gelb has doesn't seem like the most likely candidate for a low budget horror. Previously his work has mostly been in the documentary realm, whether putting the camera on rock band The Hold Steady ("A Positive Rage"), chronicling the making of Fernando Meirelles' "Blindness" ("Vision Of Blindness"), or taking audiences into the realm of one of the food world's culinary masters ("Jiro Dreams Of Sushi"). But here he is, ready to bring scares with a starry cast in "The Lazarus Effect," and the first trailer has arrived. Starring Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters, and Donald Glover, the story follows a research team who accidentally kill a colleague during their experiments in mapping the brain. When they reanimate her, well, they don't get what they bargained for. “The reason I love to do low-budget movies is you can try different things… have creative freedom and experiment, like our characters, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Relativity has released the very first The Lazarus Effect trailer for director David Gelb’s (Jiro Dreams of Sushi) upcoming horror film. Written by Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater, who was the first writer onboard Fox’s The Fantastic Four, the pic is the next effort from Blumhouse Productions and revolves around a group of medical students who develop a way to bring living things back from the dead. It’s essentially a riff on Flatliners, but the cast here is mighty promising with Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass taking the lead and Donald Glover appearing in a supporting role. This debut trailer is pretty effective, but it seems to spoil at least one character's demise, which is kind of a bummer. Nevertheless, Mark Duplass in a horror film certainly piques my curiosity. Check out the first The Lazarus Effect trailer and poster after the jump. The film also stars Evan Peters and Sarah Bolger, »
- Adam Chitwood
If you heard that Olivia Wilde, Donald Glover (formerly of Community), and Mark Duplass were starring in a film together, you might expect something along the lines of a dramedy. But on the contrary, an upcoming movie starring all three actors looks to be brimming with wide-eyed horror, as evidenced in the first image from The Lazarus Effect, which sounds a bit like a mash-up of Re-Animator and Flatliners.
From Blumhouse Productions, The Lazarus Effect was directed by David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi) off a screenplay by Luke Dawson (2008’s Shutter) and Jeremy Slater (The Fantastic Four reboot). The sci-fi/horror film hits theaters on February 27th.
According to EW, The Lazarus Effect is about “a group »
- Derek Anderson
Olivia Wilde is brought back to life in the first photo from The Lazarus Effect (formerly titled Reawakening), along with a new poster from this upcoming thriller. The plot centers on a team of research students mapping the human brain. When one of their own is accidentally killed, they unwittingly unlock a deadly force by reanimating their colleague. Fighting for their own lives, the team must contain their colleague in the lab before she is unleashed on the world.
Jason Blum, who previously made low-budget hits such as Paranormal Activity, Insidious and The Purge, produces this upcoming thriller, directed by David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi). Along with Olivia Wilde, the producer cast other genre newcomers such as Mark Duplass and Donald Glover, alongside Evan Peters and Sarah Bolger. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the producer revealed that casting is one of the key elements to making a horror movie so scary. »
It looks as though Jason Blum is about to go big with a small budget yet again. The very first image from The Lazarus Effect, formerly titled Reawakening, just arrived and while it’s only a single film still, it’ll definitely put you on edge. The movie comes from Jiro Dreams of Sushi director David Gelb and centers on a group of med students trying to bring subjects back from the dead. Clearly something goes horribly wrong because Olivia Wilde doesn’t look quite right in this new The Lazarus Effect image. Hit the jump to give it a closer look. The film also stars Donald Glover and Mark Duplass, and is due in theaters on February 27th. Here’s what Blum told EW about making low-budget films: “The reason I love to do low-budget movies is you can try different things … have creative freedom and experiment, like our characters. »
- Perri Nemiroff
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