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As the market for European pure-play arthouse films continues to shrink, the fifth edition of Les Arcs European Film Festival’s Arc 1950 Co-production Village will turn the spotlight on projects with mainstream appeal, while also opening up financing and networking opportunities.
To this end, the fest’s professional sidebar will host a panel called the Evolution of Funding: Private Equity, Foreign Investments and Linguistic Strategy for European Films. In attendance will be Danish producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen, general director of Zentropa; Spain’s Alvaro Longoria, head of Morena Films; and American producer Anna Kokourina, production VP at Fox Intl.
“With the falloff of Southern European markets, the financing landscape for indie European films is evolving, public funds are being drastically reduced, broadcasters are reducing film acquisitions and the box office is very unpredictable,” says fest co-founder Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin, who produces via his Paris-based shingle Paprika Film.
“Producers are more than »
- Elsa Keslassy
The Living End (1992). Totally F***ed Up (1993). The Doom Generation (1995). Nowhere (1997). Splendor (1999). Mysterious Skin (2005). Smiley Face (2007). Kaboom (2011). VIP jacket wearing Gregg Araki has been breaking into Park City mode for more than the eight films mentioned. An integral part of the moving into his third decade, White Bird In A Blizzard is a French funded thriller and much like Kaboom, this is a welcome switch of pace for the filmmaker. Production began in November of 2012, so this is in the can as we say and will come equipped with Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez and Dale Dickey.
Gist: When Katrina Connors’ mother walks out on her family, Kat is surprised but not shocked; the whole year she has been “becoming sixteen” – falling in love with the boy next door, shedding her babyfat, discovering sex – her mother has been slowly withdrawing. As Kat and »
- Eric Lavallee
Trailer Ryan Lambie 7 Nov 2013 - 15:33
During its lengthy pre-production, seemingly dozens of actors were supposedly attached to the lead role in RoboCop. These included the kind of stars who could add millions to the budget - Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise - and more interesting choices like Michael Fassbender and Matthias Schoenarts (Rust And Bone).
Ultimately, Joel Kinnaman was cast as the actor in the Robo suit, and his performance is vital to the success of Jose Padilha's remake. After all, it was Peter Weller's deceptively subtle, physical performance that sold the idea of a man trapped inside a machine back in 1987, giving Paul Verhoeven's vicious action satire a humane and quite moving core.
We'll have to wait until next year to find out just how well Kinnaman can portray »
- Jackson Truax
The International Documentary Association (Ida) aren’t necessarily the most indicative of where the Academy’s documentary branch will go, but they’re important and prestigious so it’s always good to see where their members go. This year’s selection of nominees is quite a highbrow collection with a heavy slant towards politics and activism with three very high profile contenders battling it out against a pair of smaller-scale, yet mightily intimidating, documentaries about prejudice some 30 years apart.
Best Documentary Feature
The Square (Nyff review)
I am a big fan of Jehane Noujaim’s up-to-the-minute look at the Egyptian democracy crisis, The Square, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s disturbing look at SeaWorld’s animal cruelty, Blackfish, and Sarah Polley’s fragmented family tree, Stories We Tell, but the other two – sadly, two I have not yet had the chance »
- Glenn Dunks
With Now You See Me conjuring its way into UK homes on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 28th, HeyUGuys had the opportunity to speak with director Louis Leterrier. After managing Statham and Hulk rage, Louis has decided to enter the world of smoke and mirrors. Speaking with us he explained how Now You See Me reflects his cinematic taste, shared his thoughts on the multiplex audience, being shocked by Janet Leigh’s death in Psycho, as well as his hopes for the Now You See Me sequel(s), and took a moment to contemplate his native cinema.
Do you believe in magic?
[Laughs] Well it depends. There are several kinds of magic. I came onto the project as a sceptic admirer, but I was wowed meeting real magicians, illusionists and mentalists. I was wowed by the power of magic, and so yes now I’m a believer. I came in as »
- Paul Risker
The Weinstein Co. has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights from StudioCanal for director Justin Kurzel’s big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave, Shame) and Marion Cotillard (The Immigrant, Rust and Bone) will star in the drama written by Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso (The Marc Pease Experience). Natalie Portman was originally onboard to star opposite Fassbender. Story: Oscar Whisper Campaigns: The Slurs Against '12 Years,' 'Captain Phillips,' 'Gravity' and 'The Butler' The project is being produced by See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, who previously teamed with The Weinstein Co.
- Tatiana Siegel
[Press Release] New York, NY (October 23, 2013) – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that they are acquiring U.S. and Canadian rights from Studiocanal for director Justin Kurzel’s (Snowtown) big screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s MacBeth. Jacob Koskoff and Todd Louiso (The Marc Pease Experience) have penned the screenplay for the film, which will star Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave, Shame) and Marion Cotillard (The Immigrant, Rust And Bone). The project is being produced by See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (The King’S Speech). Studiocanal is financing and is handling international sales. Film4 developed and is partnering on the project. Olivier Courson, Studiocanal Chairman and CEO, said “I’m delighted to team up with The Weinstein Company again who are the »
- Pietro Filipponi
Those who have an interest in football, will be fully aware of the meteoric rise of gifted Belgian players of late, as a nation certainly contending to have the finest national side in the world. Well it seems their cinema isn’t half bad either at present – also going through something of a golden age, as following on from the likes of Our Children, Bullhead and Rust and Bone – comes Felix Van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, a gripping and emotionally devastating piece of cinema.
We look upon the romance between tattoo artist Elise (Veerle Baetens) and musician Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) from two contrasting angles – one in flashbacks, as we see the pair first meeting and falling hopelessly in love with one another, to the present day, where our protagonists have since had a daughter called Maybelle (Nell Cattrysse). However the six-year-old girl has been diagnosed with cancer, as »
- Stefan Pape
Fox Searchlight Pictures announced that Thomas Vinterberg's Far from the Madding Crowd has begun principal photography in the UK today, September 16th. The film stars Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, Drive), Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone, Bullhead), Michael Sheen (Midnight in Paris, Frost/Nixon), Tom Sturridge (On the Road, Pirate Radio) and Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises, Killer Joe). The script was written by David Nicholls, author and screenwriter of One Day and Starter for 10. Allon Reich and Andrew Macdonald of DNA Films are producing with Christine Langan of BBC Films executive producing. The film will shoot on location in Dorset, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London.
Here's what director Thomas Vinterberg had to say in a statement.
"I am excited to be working with DNA, Fox Searchlight and this talented cast and crew on Far from the Madding Crowd. It is a great privilege to bring such a »
Thn have received news that there’s another new version on the way for a classic book and this time it’s Far From The Madding Crowd. This time around, it’s the rather wonderful Fox Searchlight Pictures behind the production and they’ve announced that Thomas Vinterberg’s film has begun principal photography in the UK.
There’s an impressive cast attached with the likes of Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust And Bone), Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge (On The Road) and Juno Temple (Killer Joe). The script was written by David Nicholls, author and screenwriter of One Day and Starter For Ten, so you’ve got a pretty good idea of the style we’re looking to expect. The film will shoot on location in Dorset, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London. Director Vinterberg had this to say
“I am excited to be working with DNA, Fox Searchlight and this talented cast and crew. »
- Dan Bullock
Today Fox Searchlight Pictures begins production on their ambitious adaptation of Thomas Hardy.s classic 1874 novel Far From the Madding Crowd. The English author.s tale centers on a headstrong and beautiful young woman named Bathsheba Everdene, who realizes her life.s happiness depends very much on who she chooses to marry. Her suitors each come from different backgrounds. Gabrielle Oak is a sweet-hearted sheep farmer who is drawn in by her independent spirit. Frank Troy is a sexy, dashing and impulsive Sergeant, who promises passion. Lastly, William Boldwood is a wealthy, but older gentleman, who could offer her luxury at least. Carey Mulligan, who was first considered for the role last fall, will play the feisty and fickle heroine Bathsheba. Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts, who recently co-starred with Marion Cotillard in the acclaimed romantic drama Rust and Bone, will play her shepherd Oak. English newcomer Tom Sturridge (On the »
Deadline has told you already about Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts and Tom Sturridge starring in the Thomas Vinterberg-directed Far From The Madding Crowd, and Fox Searchlight has rounded the cast and started production. The announcement: Fox Searchlight Pictures announced that Thomas Vinterberg’s Far From The Madding Crowd has begun principal photography in the UK today, September 16th. The film stars Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, Drive), Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust And Bone, Bullhead), Michael Sheen (Midnight In Paris, Frost/Nixon), Tom Sturridge (On The Road, Pirate Radio) and Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises, Killer Joe). The script was written by David Nicholls, author and screenwriter of “One Day” and “Starter for Ten.” Allon Reich and Andrew Macdonald of DNA Films are producing with Christine Langan of BBC Films executive producing. The film will shoot on location in Dorset, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London. “I am excited to be working with DNA, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The script was written by David Nicholls, author and screenwriter of One Day and Starter for Ten. Allon Reich and Andrew Macdonald of DNA Films are producing with Christine Langan of BBC Films executive producing.
The film will shoot on location in Dorset, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London.
Vinterberg said it is “a great privilege to bring such a wonderful piece of very English literature to the screen”.
Langan added that Mulligan is “the perfect Bathsheba”.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Principal photography begins in the UK today (September 16th) on "The Hunt" director Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of the Thomas Hardy literary classic "Far From the Madding Crowd" at Fox Searchlight Pictures.
The story follows the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer; Frank Troy (Sturridge), a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor.
Joining Vinterberg on the film are director of photography Charlotte Bruus Christensen ("The Hunt," "Submarino"), production designer Kave Quinn ("The Woman in Black"), costume designer Janet Patterson ("The Piano, »
- Garth Franklin
Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced that Thomas Vinterberg's Far From the Madding Crowd has begun principal photography in the UK today, September 16th. The film stars Carey Mulligan ( The Great Gatsby , Drive ), Matthias Schoenaerts ( Rust and Bone , Bullhead ), Michael Sheen ( Midnight in Paris , Frost/Nixon ), Tom Sturridge ( On the Road , Pirate Radio ) and Juno Temple ( The Dark Knight Rises , Killer Joe ). The script was written by David Nicholls, author and screenwriter of One Day and Starter for Ten . Allon Reich and Andrew Macdonald of DNA Films are producing with Christine Langan of BBC Films executive producing. The film will shoot on location in Dorset, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London. "I am excited to be working with DNA, Fox Searchlight and »
In the dark action comedy The Family, a Mafia boss and his family are relocated to a sleepy town in France under the Witness Protection Program after snitching on the mob. Despite Agent Stansfield’s (Tommy Lee Jones) best efforts to keep them in line, Fred Blake (Robert De Niro), his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their children, Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D’Leo), can’t help resorting to old habits by handling their problems the “family” way. Chaos ensues as their former Mafia cronies try to track them down and scores are settled in the unlikeliest of settings, in this subversively funny film by Luc Besson.
The Family stars Academy Award® winners Robert De Niro (Raging Bull, Silver Linings Playbook), and Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln, No Country for Old Men), Academy Award nominee Michelle Pfeiffer (Scarface, The Fabulous Baker Boys), Dianna Agron (“Glee,” I Am Number Four »
- Movie Geeks
Adapted from the Irene Nemirovsky novel, Lucile lives in 1940s war-torn France, patiently waiting for news from her prisoner-of-war husband. Living with her stifling mother-in-law, Lucile’s life is stressful and uncomfortable, made worse by the arrival of a flock of Parisian refugees, closely followed by a platoon for German soldiers. With strangers inhabiting their tiny town, Lucile finds her life spinning out of control.
Williams co-stars alongside Kristen Scott Thomas (Only God Forgives), Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust And Bone), Ruth Wilson (Luther) and Sam Riley (Brighton Rock). With filming recently completed, it’s been announced that The Weinstein Company has acquired Us distribution rights.
Williams can do no wrong in my eyes, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
The film stars Michelle Williams (Shutter Island, My Week With Marilyn) and tells the story of Lucile Angellier, A young French woman awaiting the return of her husband who’s been captured and is now a prisoner of war. Lucille lives with her overbearing mother in law and her life takes a further turn for the worse as Parisian refugees spill into her small town with German soldiers hot on their heels.
The post »
- James Byiers
London -- The first image of Saul Dibb's Suite Francaise, starring Michelle Williams, has been released by the backers now that the film has wrapped. The cast, working in Brussels during June, July and August, also includes Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone), Kristin Scott Thomas (Only God Forgives), Sam Riley (On the Road) and Ruth Wilson (The Lone Ranger). The $20 million budgeted drama is backed by France's TF1 Droits Audiovisuels, Entertainment One, The Weinstein Company and BBC Films, and is set in 1940s France based on novelist Irene Nemirovsky's work. Photos: Michelle Williams: Fashion Through the Years It details the story
- Stuart Kemp
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