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Madrid — It’s official: For the first time ever, Guatemala is submitting a film to bid for a spot in the Oscars’ foreign-language film category — and it’s one of the most talked-up first features this year from Latin America at that: Jayro Bustamante’s “Ixcanul” (Volcano).
A Guatemala-France drama-thriller sold by Film Factory, which jumped on the title when it played in rough cut at San Sebastian’s Films in Progress, “Ixcanul” has already run up noteworthy kudos credentials: It won the Berlinale’s Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize, then topped Guadalajara and Cartagena, Mexico and Colombia’s biggest fests, respectively. It has also struck spirited initial international sales for Film Factory.
Described by Variety’s Scott Foundas as “a transporting, hypnotically beautiful debut feature” and “downright Herzogian (far more Herzogian than Herzog’s own ‘Queen of the Desert’),” “Ixcanul” is produced by Guatemala’s La Casa de Produccion »
- John Hopewell
Robert Pattinson: Actor to play E.T. astronaut. Robert Pattinson to star for Claire Denis If all goes as planned, Robert Pattinson will get to star in French screenwriter-director Claire Denis' recently announced – and as yet untitled – English-language sci-fier, penned by Denis and White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her novelist husband Nick Laird, from an original idea by Denis and writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau. Among Claire Denis' credits are the interracial love story Chocolat (1988), the sociopolitical drama White Material (2009), and the generally well-regarded Billy Budd reboot Beau Travail (1999), winner of the César Award for Best Cinematography (Agnès Godard). Robert Pattinson, for his part, is best known for playing the veggie vampire in the wildly popular Twilight movies costarring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Robert Pattinson, astronaut In Claire Denis' film, Robert Pattinson is slated to play an E.T. astronaut. But what happens to said astronaut? Does »
- Zac Gille
Since the final Twilight film opened in 2012, Robert Pattinson has found consistent work in artier fare, taking roles in David Cronenberg's stoic adaptation of Don DeLillo's Cosmopolis (2012), The Rover (2014), Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars (2014), the upcoming Dennis Stock and James Dean biopic Life, and as T.E. Lawrence in Werner Herzog's upcoming Queen of the Desert. Pattinson will continue on that path, taking the lead role in acclaimed French director Claire Denis's first English-language film, penned by Denis, Zadie Smith, and Smith's husband, Nick Laird. Pattinson will play an astronaut, according to Screen Daily, in the sci-fi film that takes place in a "future that seems like the present." Denis, an art-house auteur known for her slow, elliptical narratives and stygian tones, has played with genre films before, notably her brilliant pseudo-vampire film Trouble Every Day and last year's relentlessly cryptic Bastards, so there's no telling how Denis defines "science-fiction. »
- Greg Cwik
Hugo Weaving has been named as this year's CinefestOZ 2015 Screen Legend with today's launch of the festival's program.
Weaving will be recognised for his achievements as an Australian actor at the Festival.s Gala Night on 29 August at which Australia.s biggest film prize, the CinéfestOZ $100,000 Film Prize, is also awarded to an outstanding Australian film.
.Hugo Weaving is one of Australia's most celebrated actors and a passionate supporter of Australia film, television and theatre in and outside of his work. .
His credits include Stephan Elliott.s classic The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert; Jocelyn Moorhouse.s Proof and The Dressmaker opposite fellow Australian Judy Davis; Rowan Woods acclaimed drama, Little Fish alongside Cate Blanchett and Sam Neill; .Mystery Road directed by upcoming filmmaker Ivan Sen; Strangerland directed by first time director Kim Farrant opposite Nicole Kidman which screened at Sydney Film Festival and Sundance; Glendyn Ivin.s »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Icon of swinging 60s complains English speakers can ‘barely get by’ in capital and laments struggle to purchase fruit from East End market stall
The Oscar-nominated actor Terence Stamp has queried the multicultural identity of London and complained that no one speaks English in the capital city.
The 76-year-old star of Superman 2, Billy Budd and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert told the Daily Mail he now struggled to buy his beloved mangoes from a favourite East End stall because of a language barrier.
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- Ben Child
Robert Pattinson’s career makeover is going… reasonably. Even before the “Twillight” series wrapped up, he was making an admirable move to work with people like David Cronenberg. Since it finished, he’s doubled-down on that, with “The Rover” and “Maps To The Stars” following in quick succession last year, and both proving pretty good, if a little divisive (he’s very good in the former, a bit forgettable in the latter). This year, Pattinson appeared in Werner Herzog’s “Queen Of The Desert,” and also has “Life” coming up for Anton Corbijn, with each movie premiering at Berlin. Verdicts on both were a bit muted, but we’re definitely more intrigued by the second, which follows the relationship between Life Magazine photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and the legendary, ill-fated movie star James Dean (Dane DeHaan). Read More: Review: Anto Corbijin's 'Life' Starring Robert Pattinson And Dane DeHaan »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Directed by Sean Baker
Director Sean Baker (Starlet, Prince of Broadway, Take Out) was reportedly inspired to make Tangerine, after observing the customers of a donut shop in Hollywood’s red-light district. Tangerine’s stars are a pair of first-time actresses, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor. They play two trans sex workers – Sin-Dee, who’s just been released from a 28-day stint in prison for drug possession – and her best friend Alexandra who prepares for a gig singing at a local nightclub. The film follows the duo over the course of a day – opening on a donut shop which serves as one of the key locations the two transitioning male-to-female call girls hang out. It’s the morning of Christmas Eve at the sketchy intersection of Santa Monica and Highland in Los Angeles and Alexandra and Sin-Dee are sharing a red-and-green sprinkled donut. »
Field revealed his plans on Facebook, prompting numerous offers of help from colleagues and friends of the much-loved actor who died in 2011, aged 71.
Close buddies for more than 25 years, Hunter and Field often discussed co-writing a book but never got around to it.
.We were having too much fun,. Field tells If. He may use the title suggested by Hunter, which trades on one of the actor's favourite expressions, .Stand Where and Say What?.
Field first met Hunter, whose credits include Newsfront, Gallipoli, Strictly Ballroom, Muriel's Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert, Road to Nhill, Crackerjack, The Pacific and The Cup, at the Belvoir Theatre.
They worked together twice, in Laurie McInnes. 1993 black-and-white drama Broken Highway and in Alkinos Tsilimidos.s 2004 film Tom White, which starred Colin Friels as an architect whose life unravels after a nervous breakdown. »
- Don Groves
Greek distributors and exhibitors face uncertainty as the country’s financial future hangs in the balance.
As the future of Greece in the Eurozone and the EU itself acquires ever more dramatic dimensions, local distributors are bracing for the worst. Contracts signed with international sales agents are being closely scrutinised to decide whether renegotiations are possible in cases of need.
According to Rosebud 21’s Zinos Panagiotides, who consulted with other key distribution outlets such Odeon, Feelgood Entertainment and Spentzos before speaking to ScreenDaily, the distribution market will remain under control through mid-August in spite of the dramatic decline in admissions since the start of the year.
Industry forecasts for 10 million admissions for 2014-15 (an increase from under 9 million the previous three years) have been shelved in the wake of the current crisis.
While 70,000-80,000 admissions are an average for Greek weekends, this figure plummeted 47,000 in the first weekend of July, as the crisis »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Alexis Grivas)
The full trailer for Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert” is here, which means Robert Pattinson fans need to go ahead and push play to catch a longer glimpse at his T.E. Lawrence impression. But don’t expect him to be the one swinging with the swoons in “Queen” because the romantic spotlight has actually gone instead to Nicole Kidman and James Franco (and sort of Damian Lewis, too). The pair portray Gertrude Bell and her lover, and while Franco might be the multi-hyphenate Irl, it’s her character that does all the things in the movie, including writing, archaeology, exploring, cartography, an . »
Screen Australia has injected almost $1.6 million in funding into eight new projects through its Multiplatform Drama program..
The program is intended to support unorthodox projects released on a variety of platforms.
"Funding from Screen Australia helps deliver on the promise and potential of these ideas, and assists content makers release and market their stories worldwide,. he said.
.Adelaide.s RackaRacka and Triptych Pictures are the latest team supported under the fund to deliver views in the many millions with their Versus series," she said..
"For brave local content which is connecting with audiences globally, you need look no further than our Multiplatform fund..
.The eight »
- Brian Karlovsky
The latest film from iconic German filmmaker Werner Herzog chronicles the traveller's exploration of Bedouin communities in the Middle East at the turn of the 20th century.
Throughout her journey, she charms historic figures like archaeologist Te Lawrence (Robert Pattinson), the politician Henry Cadogan (James Franco) and military leader Charles Doughty-Wylie (Damian Lewis).
Herzog wrote the sweeping epic, before shooting it on location in both Morocco and Jordan.
Queen of the Desert had a high-profile screening earlier in 2015 as part of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.
The film will open in the Us on September 15. A UK release is yet to be confirmed. »
The film tells the story of Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) who, as historian, novelist and member of the British secret service, played a decisive role around 1920 in setting the course for the new political order in the Middle East. As an educated young woman, for whom no suitable husband can be found in England, she journeys to Tehran. After a tragic love affair with diplomat and inveterate gambler Henry Cadogan, she decides to give up on her private life and discover the region as an explorer. Before the backdrop of the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire she learns languages, translates literature, meets with Muslim dignitaries in Cairo, Basra and Baghdad and earns their trust through her pluck and respect. »
- Gary Collinson
Nicole Kidman is featured in all her glory as Gertrude Bell in a new trailer for Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert,” a sweeping film about the early 20th century explorer who helped redraw the map of the Middle East following World War I. The emphasis in this clip is on sweep. Robert Pattinson plays Lawrence, Damian Lewis plays Charles Doughty-Wylie and James Franco plays Henry Cadogan. ...Read More »
The gender gap in Hollywood may be something that is only now being openly discussed, but it has never really been much of a secret. While progress can be seen, slowly creeping into many genres, it is perhaps the biopic that seems to be desperately clinging on to an unconscious love of white men. Every year, we are bombarded with tales of heroic, interesting and complex men – towering historical figures that have shaped and influenced the world we live in. In fact, if you drew your information from cinema only, you could be forgiven for believing that women have contributed very little – such is the extent of erasure on display. You might even get quite excited about the latest film from writer-director Werner Herzog, titled Queen Of The Desert.
Starring Nicole Kidman, the film tells the story of Gertrude Bell, and her fascinating life spent travelling and working as a »
- Sarah Myles
"It is something that you in your world would never understand..." Atlas Distribution has debuted a new Us trailer for Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert, starring Nicole Kidman as the legendary Gertrude Bell, who was an important figure in Middle East relations in the early 1900s. This isn't the first trailer we've featured, however the other trailer was an international version, this new one has a much more epic, Lawrence of Arabia-esque feel. Which is what they're really selling it like, with Robert Pattinson playing T.E. Lawrence and everything, but it's really a story about Bell's life. The cast includes James Franco, Damian Lewis and Jenny Agutter. This trailer does really give everything its got to try and sell tickets. Here's the official Us trailer for Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert, found on Atlas' YouTube: The film tells the story of Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) who, »
- Alex Billington
After several documentaries, Werner Herzog returns to narrative features this year with Queen of the Desert. Nicole Kidman stars as Gertrude Bell, an English explorer sometimes described as the “female Lawrence of Arabia.” Along with the male Lawrence of Arabia (played here by Robert Pattinson), she helped shape the Middle East region as we know […]
- Angie Han
Werner Herzog‘s first narrative feature in quite some time will finally be arriving this fall, following a premiere at Berlin this year. Queen of the Desert tracks the story of legendary cartographer Gertrude Bell, a diplomatic explorer, who negotiated with Arab nations and helped establish the countries of Iraq and Jordan. Led by Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, James Franco, and Damian […] »
- Jordan Raup
Similar to today's movies, even the trailers for them are getting too long as domestic distributor Atlas Distribution has released a three-plus minute trailer for Werner Herzog's new movie Queen of the Desert starring Nicole Kidman as historian, novelist and member of the British secret service, Gertrude Bell, who played a decisive role around 1920 in setting the course for the new political order in the Middle East. Along with Kidman, the film co-stars Robert Pattinson, Damian Lewis and James Franco and as of right now does not have a planned release date as I expect Atlas will try and screen it at a couple of the upcoming Fall festivals before deciding where to ultimately place it. Give the trailer a watch below. sb id="1540441" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
There's no date yet for the U.S. release of Werner Herzog's "Queen Of The Desert," but with the domestic distributor Atlas unveiling an epic, 3-minute-plus new trailer, we imagine one is just around the corner. This promo is the best look yet at the sweeping period piece from the filmmaker, which is something different than we're used to from the auteur. Read More: Review: Werner Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert' Starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, And Robert Pattinson Nicole Kidman leads the film as Gertrude Bell, a British explorer, traveler, archaeologist, and political officer who made her influence known in the Middle East during the 1920s, helping to shape its future. She's joined by James Franco, Damian Lewis, and Robert Pattinson in the historical drama and this lengthy synopsis have everything you need to know about the flick: A true story of the life of British explorer and adventurer, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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