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In 1939, 12-year-old Liesel Meminger is sent to stay with foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann, as Nazi Germany gears up for war and nationalist fever and fear grips the country. She arrives with few possessions but among them is a book, The Gravedigger’s Handbook, which she found in the cemetery when her younger brother was buried there.
At first, Liesel is alone, illiterate and afraid but gradually, with the help of her kind, accordion-playing father, she learns to read and grows closer to her family. Her love affair with books – and the power of storytelling – sustains her through the dark days as life in her neighborhood becomes ever more dangerous. She rescues books from book burnings and “borrows” them from the library of the mayor. »
- David Agnew
For "The Good Lie," Academy Award-nominated director Philippe Falardeau ("Monsieur Lazhar") brings to the big screen the story of Sudanese "Lost Boys," escapees from the brutal civil war in Sudan who came to America. Starring Reese Witherspoon and Corey Stoll as the American hosts and Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Nyakouth Weil as the Sudanese orphans, "The Good Lie" is slated to hit theaters on October 3. An October release is, of course, a prime spot for an awards hopeful. Witherspoon has already won an Oscar (for Best Actress in "Walk The Line"), and Stoll earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his turn as Ernest Hemingway in "Midnight in Paris." Think this stands a chance of going the distance based on the trailer? »
- Brandon Latham
With Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, memoir adaptation Wild and drama The Good Lie all on the way this year, Reese Witherspoon’s message to Hollywood seems pretty simple: Oscar, please. And though Wild is shaping up to be her best chance of snagging a Best Actress nomination, The Good Lie is definitely the most blatantly obvious attempt to pull at voters’ heartstrings.
In the first trailer for the movie, Witherspoon, her hair dyed brown, plays a fiery woman who takes in three Sudanese refugees (played by Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany and Emmanuel Jal) and attempts to reunite them with their sister (Nyakuoth Weil). Though her character is less than knowledgable about the backgrounds of the trio, actually mixing up her African countries, she eventually learns some life lessons from helping the refugees.
It’s all blandly inspirational stuff, and I’m worried that The Good Lie will turn »
- Isaac Feldberg
It's been a rough couple of years to be a fan of Reese Witherspoon: when the actress picked up her Oscar eight years ago for "Walk the Line," the universe appeared to have better things in store for her than, say, "This Means War." Even when her films have worked out -- the critically-endorsed Americana of "Mud" or the ripe Camembert pleasures of "Water for Elephants" -- they haven't showcased her especially well. So it's nice to see Witherspoon getting busy again with a range of upscale projects this year. We've already seen her recently in Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three thriller "Devil's Knot" -- a film best described as superfluous, though she does some fine, flavorful work in it. Will another true-life drama fare better for Witherspoon? In Philippe Falardeau's "The Good Lie," she plays Carrie Davis, a straight-talking American assigned to help a quartet of »
- Guy Lodge
They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.”
Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America.
In The Good Lie, Philippe Falardeau, (writer and director of the Oscar- nominated Foreign Language film “Monsieur Lazhar”) brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (“Walk the Line”) stars alongside Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were also children of war.
Mamere and Theo are sons of the Chief in their village in Southern Sudan. »
- Michelle McCue
They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.” Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America. In “The Good Lie,” Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) brings the story of their survival and triumph to life. Starring Academy Award Winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk The Line), Corey Stoll (House Of Cards), Sarah Baker (The Campaign) alongside Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were also children of war themselves.
Released on September 26th in the UK and October 3rd in the USA, The Good Lie »
- Scott Davis
It's almost amazing how jaded we can become when we see a movie with a very heartwarming story and how it can almost turn us completely against it with how heavy-handed and stereotypical the story being told is. Here we have The Good Lie, which is essentially Reese Witherspoon taking the Sandra Bullock role in The Blind Side and instead of saving a troubled American teen, she's saving Sudanese refugees. It's all wonderful stuff, this is what we should all be doing, but when it's presented in such a glossy manner from the Hollywood machine it turns our stomachs a little bit. Now, whether you liked The Blind Side or not, I think most of us will admit it wasn't nearly as unpalatable as we expected it to be and the same might be said for The Good Lie, though they are certainly doing their best to hit your emotional core pretty hard, »
- Brad Brevet
Warner Bros just unveiled the trailer for "The Good Lie," starring Reese Witherspoon and Corey Stoll, as well as Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, and Nyakuoth Weil, many of whom were children of war. Check out the trailer below. Plot: They were known simply as "The Lost Boys." Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3,600 lost boys and girls to America. The new movie is directed by Philippe Falardeau, the writer and director of "Monsieur Lazhar," which was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar. It's set to hit theaters on October 3rd. Trailer: »
Just a few hours after the Dear White People trailer landed online, The Good Lie trailer has arrived to give us a perfect example of the kind of film Dear White People is mocking. Directed by Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar), the fact-based drama stars Reese Witherspoon as an American woman who opens her heart to three […]
- Angie Han
Warner Bros. has released the first The Good Lie trailer. Reese Witherspoon stars as an American woman who is assigned to help three Sudanese refugees (a few of the "Lost Boys of Sudan") move to the United States. Everything falls into place when "from the executive producer of The Blind Side" flashes across the screen in the middle of the trailer. Relying on the perspective of a bankable white star to tell the story of Sudanese refugees is problematic, but there is still a good story in there. Director Philippe Falardeau earned rave reviews for his last feature, Monsieur Lazhar, so I hope he finds an effective way to tell that story. Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Nyakuoth Weil, and Corey Stoll star in the October 3 release. Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and that Blind Side Ep Molly Smith are producing. Watch the Good Lie trailer after the break. Via »
- Brendan Bettinger
With one Oscar under her belt for "Walk The Line," it seems like this year, Reese Witherspoon is really gunning for another statue for her mantle. She already has "Wild" coming from Jean-Marc Vallée, the director of "Dallas Buyers Club," and now she's teaming with another French Canadian filmmaker for another awards-baiting drama, and the first trailer has arrived. "The Good Lie" finds Philippe Falardeau, of "Monsieur Lazhar" fame, directing this based-on-a-true story tale about "The Lost Boys," four Sudanese refugees who in the 1980s are taken under the wing of a plucky, single American woman. And so, the resulting movie plays pretty much on the nose of what you would expect, especially given that the trailer trumps that it's from the folks who brought you "The Blind Side." So subtle, this is not. But then again, it does have Corey Stoll, who we will pretty much watch in anything. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The film, which centers on the bond between an American woman and a young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War, will premiere on Oct. 3, 2014. It will face off against “Left Behind,” the adaptation of the best-selling end times books with Nicolas Cage, and “Gone Girl,” David Fincher’s take on Gillian Flynn’s mystery novel with Ben Affleck.
It will open in limited release. “The Good Lie” was originally slated to debut on September 10, 2014, a date it had to itself. The Tom Hardy crime thriller “The Drop,” the thriller “No Good Deed” and the Tina Fey and Jason Bateman comedy “This is Where I Leave You” all open two days later.
- Brent Lang
Exclusive: Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz’ divorce drama premiered in Directors’ Fortnight.
Us distributor Music Box has picked up Us rights to Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz’ courthouse divorce drama Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem.
Paris-based sales agent Films Distribution, which is handling the film, has also sold the picture into Greece (Filmgood Entertainment), Switzerland (Agora), Spain (Festival Films), Australia (Champion Pictures), Benelux (ABC-Cinemien) and Brazil (Imovision).
“It’s pleasure to be working with Music Box again,” said Films Distribution co-chief Nicholas Brigaud-Robert, noting they previously collaborated on Philippe Falardeau’s Oscar-winning Monsieur Lazhar.
“They a did a great job both in terms of the box office, the film grossed some $2m in the Us, and in accompanying the film on the road to the Oscars. We think this bodes well for Gett, which also has strong awards potential,” he added.
Written and directed by the Elkabetz brother and sister filming duo, is the third »
Paris-based sales house Other Angle is on board to produce its first movie, “The Beggars,” a Morocco-set tale taking place in the 1940s, starring Mohamed Fellag (“Monsieur Lazhar”) and Daniel Cohen (“All That Glitters”) as Jewish and Muslim homeless men whose fight over a $100 bill sparks a conflict between the two communities.
Other Angle is producing “The Beggars” on a tight $2.8 million-range budget.
“We want it to be »
- Elsa Keslassy
The 61st Sydney Film Festival today announced 32 films to be featured in this year.s event (June 4-15) in advance of the full program launch on May 7.
The line-up includes the world premiere of The Redfern Story, 19 Australian premieres, 13 features, 11 documentaries and an eight-film retrospective on maverick American filmmaker Robert Altman. Altman.s son, filmmaker Michael Altman, will attend festival and introduce several of the Altman screenings.
Darlene Johnson.s The Redfern Story chronicles the volatile birth of the first all-Indigenous theatre company, the National Black Theatre. It features interviews with indigenous media pioneer Lester Bostock, writer Gerry Bostock, actor Lillian Crombie, activist-academic Gary Foley, academic Marcia Langton, actors Rachael Maza, Bryan Brown and Bindi Williams. .We are pleased to present this sneak preview of 32 of the 180-plus films in this year.s program,. said Festival Director Nashen Moodley. .We have gathered a selection of the best films from the »
- Staff writer
With the dust fully settled on the Academy Awards, we point our attention northward with tonight’s 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Many of the television winners have already been announced in glitzy fashion during this Canadian Screen Week, but with baited breath, we’re more keen on seeing how the film award honors will pan out. Last year’s Tiff saw Denis Villeneuve bring not one (Prisoners), but a pair of feature films and it is the offbeat, doppelgänger delight Enemy that should reap in the top awards of the evening. Here are my predictions of who will win, who should win, and who should have been nominated in each of the most anticipated film categories.
Best Motion Picture:
Screenie voters tend to favor Canada’s yearly submission for the »
- Leora Heilbronn
How did you respond to the news that your book was being adapted, when did the feeling settle in?
When I found out that the film was going to be signed up I thought that it was never going to be made – everyone says that. So I thought that's what would happen and I turned out to be totally wrong. So the feeling didn't really settle in until I found out last year that they were filming in Berlin. That was a shock! And then I thought, right, now I can start worrying...but I never really worried as you can't worry about things you can't control. So I just enjoyed what was happening at every stage.
How involved have you been in the film? »
- Michelle Pauli
As with films such as Life is Beautiful and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, it’s always fascinating to delve into the horrors of war from a child’s innocent eyes, witnessing such undignified brutality from a naïve, blissfully ignorant perspective. Succinctly highlighting the futility of it all, Brian Percival’s The Book Thief feels suitably watered down, pinpointing death and destruction without feeling torturous. However what transpires is a disengaging, emotionally detached title, as a film that truly struggles to move you, despite the magnitude and poignancy of the themes explored.
Based on Markus Zusak’s bestselling novel, our entry point is the young Liesel (Sophie Nélisse), who is separated from her communist mother and taken in by a German couple, Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson) – the former a benevolent, affable man, the latter not quite so much. Soon this seemingly placid environment becomes a theatre of conflict, »
- Stefan Pape
Director: Philippe Falardeau
Writer: Margaret Nagle
U.S. Distributor: Right Available
With his film Monsieur Lazhar, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Canadian filmmaker Philippe Falardeau suddenly became a hot commodity and secured an English language debut starring Reese Witherspoon, an actress currently throwing herself into a gamut of independently minded film projects. While the plot sounds like a familiar configuration (several recent foreign films share a similar synopsis, like Terraferma or Le Havre), the director’s pedigree has us hopeful that this is definitely worth seeking out.
Gist: A Sudanese refugee is taken in by a straight-talking American woman in their new home in the United States.
Release Date: Reportedly in post-production, this seems like a vehicle prime for awards consideration grooming, »
- Nicholas Bell
Madrid – Fernando Meirelles’ “Nemesis,” Colombian Andres Baiz’s “Domestic Animals” and “Nobody is Watching,” from Argentina’s Julia Solomonoff, feature among ten projects to be pitched at the 31st Miami Festival’s mid-March Ace Co-Production Lab.
Presented by Latin American pay TV channel Moviecity, Miami Encuentros, the pix-in-post showcase of fest’s VeoMiami industry program, will highlight five movies, including “Voice Over,” from Cristian Jimenez (“Bonsoi”), and “Lulez,” by Luis Ortega (“Verano maldito, “Monobloc”). Toronto fest programmer Diana Sanchez curates Encuentros, which offers a $35,000 Moviecity pre-sales contract prize.
A project-based workshop, the Ace Co-Production Lab consists of case studies, pitching sessions, panels, one-to-one meetings, and networking events. Juan Pablo Galli, general manager of Argentina’s Disney-backed Patagonik, will deliver a master-class; panelists include the double Oscar nominee Luc Dery (“Incendies,” “Monsieur Lazhar”) at Microscope Productions, and Roya Vakili ,at Fox International Pictures (Fip).
- John Hopewell
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