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‘Blue Night’ Review: Sarah Jessica Parker Shines In a Dour Homage to Agnès Varda — Tribeca

Perhaps the best thing that can be said about Fabien Constant’s “Blue Night,” a sensitive but shallow homage to 1962’s “Cléo from 5 to 7,” is that it convincingly validates the idea of updating the Agnès Varda classic. The worst thing that can be said about it is that it peaks with a Sarah Jessica Parker cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now” during the closing credits, but we’ll get to that later.

The story of a beautiful young woman’s brush with mortality, Varda’s film used the timelessness of its premise as an opportunity to contextualize the topical despairs of the day, which ranged from the ongoing Algerian War to Édith Piaf’s recent stomach ulcer surgeries. Seen through the eyes of a potentially dying chanteuse — the film’s title refers to the anxious hours that its heroine spends waiting for the results of a biopsy — everything became equally small,
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‘Nico, 1988’ Review: Trine Dyrholm Brings the Chelsea Girl Back to Life in a Singular Biopic — Tribeca

‘Nico, 1988’ Review: Trine Dyrholm Brings the Chelsea Girl Back to Life in a Singular Biopic — Tribeca
A little girl stands on the outskirts of Berlin and watches from a distance as orange fire melts the city into a shapeless candied glow. Twenty years later, she reappears as a blonde chanteuse in Andy Warhol’s New York City, her stage name attached to one of the most influential records in the history of popular music. Twenty years after that, she sits in a Manchester radio station, patchy and strung out and shutting down any questions about her stint with The Velvet Underground — she’ll be dead in two years, but it looks as if she’s already decomposing.

The first 90 seconds of Susanna Nicchiarelli’s gloomy and grounded biopic visit all three of these periods (though the rest of it is almost exclusively set in the last one), “Nico, 1988” introducing its subject as someone who can’t extricate her present from her past. Several decades into a tortured and compelling solo career,
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Tribeca Film Festival early bird highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

André Leon Talley is "living for beauty" in Kate Novack's The Gospel According To André Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

From the director of A Fantastic Woman (this year's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film), comes Disobedience, Sebastián Lelio's latest film, starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola (2017 Tribeca Best Actor winner for Liz W Garcia's One Percent More Humid). Susanna Nicchiarelli brings us Nico, 1988, with Trine Dyrholm as Christa Päffgen, the Andy Warhol and Velvet Underground icon known as Nico. Hitchcock/Truffaut director Kent Jones makes his feature debut with Diane, executive produced by Martin Scorsese, with May Kay Place in the title role. The Gospel According To André, directed by Kate Novack, featuring interviews with Tom Ford, Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Valentino Garavani, will.i.am, and Manolo Blahnik on the life of André Leon Talley, and his visit to Isabella Rossellini's farm rounds out
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'Love And Bullets', 'A Ciambra' triumph at Italy's David di Donatello awards

'Love And Bullets', 'A Ciambra' triumph at Italy's David di Donatello awards
In a ceremony dominated by gender inequality speeches most of the awards went to box office disappointments.

The Manetti brothers’ Love And Bullets won five prizes at the 62nd David di Donatello awards – Italy’s equivilent to the Oscars – after starting the evening with 15 nominations.

The musical crime comedy, which first premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival, was awarded for best film, best actress in a supporting role, best score, best original song and best costumes.

Susanna Nicchiarelli’s Nico, 1988, which also premiered in Venice winning the Orizzonti competition, got four awards; best original screenplay, best sound, best make-up and best hairdressing.
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'Love And Bullets', 'A Ciambra' triumpth at Italy's David di Donatello awards

'Love And Bullets', 'A Ciambra' triumpth at Italy's David di Donatello awards
In a ceremony dominated by gender inequality speeches most of the awards went to box office disappointments.

The Manetti brothers’ Love And Bullets won five prizes at the 62nd David di Donatello awards – Italy’s equivilent to the Oscars – after starting the evening with 15 nominations.

The musical crime comedy, which first premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival, was awarded for best film, best actress in a supporting role, best score, best original song and best costumes.

Susanna Nicchiarelli’s Nico, 1988, which also premiered in Venice winning the Orizzonti competition, got four awards; best original screenplay, best sound, best make-up and best hairdressing.
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Berlin title 'Becoming Astrid' scores Us deal

Berlin title 'Becoming Astrid' scores Us deal
Music Box Films acquires Astrid Lindgren biopic.

TrustNordisk has announced that Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Berlinale title Becoming Astrid has been sold to Music Box Films for Us distribution.

Other new sales include Spain (Caramel Films), Poland (Aurora Films) and Israel (Shoval Film Production).

Becoming Astrid stars Alba August as a young Astrid Lindgren (who would later write the Pippi Longstocking books), and examines a little-known chapter in the author’s life when she gave birth to her son and had to give him up.

The cast also includes Trine Dyrholm, Magnus Krepper, Maria Bonnevie and Henrik Rafaelsen.

Anna Anthony
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Becoming Astrid’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Becoming Astrid’
The biopic “Becoming Astrid” is a gorgeous piece of heritage filmmaking that chronicles a character-forming period in the young life of the Swedish writer born as Astrid Ericsson, who would go on to worldwide fame as Astrid Lindgren, one of the most beloved children’s authors ever. Doing right by this national treasure in her most formative stage, Danish helmer Pernille Fischer Christensen and her longtime co-writer Kim Fupz Aakeson credibly prove that the eventual creator of “Pippi Longstocking” and “Ronia the Robber’s Daughter” was as strong and determined as her characters. With a vibrant performance from fresh-faced Alba August as the lead, “Becoming Astrid” looks sure to become a hot seller and makes one eager for more episodes from Lindgren’s astonishingly unconventional life.

While the narrative is framed by scenes that show the late-life Astrid (Maria Fahl Vikander) receiving birthday greetings and fan mail from scores of young readers, the majority
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TrustNordisk closes deals on 'Becoming Astrid' (exclusive)

TrustNordisk closes deals on 'Becoming Astrid' (exclusive)
Film based on Astrid Lindgren, who would later write Pippi Longstocking books.

TrustNordisk has closed a number of deals on Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Becoming Astrid, ahead of the drama’s world premiere as a Berlinale Special Gala on Wednesday.

Deals have been done for China (Dd Dream), Benelux (September), Baltics (Estin), Russia/Ukraine/Kazakhstan (International Movie Distribution/Capella); and Czech Republic/Slovakia (Cinemart).

Becoming Astrid stars Alba August – also an Efp Shooting Star here – as a young Astrid Lindgren (who would later write the Pippi Longstocking books), and examines a little-known chapter in the author’s life when she gave birth to her son and had to give him up.

The cast also includes Trine Dyrholm, Magnus Krepper, Maria Bonnevie and Henrik Rafaelsen.

Anna Anthony and Maria Dahlin produced for Avanti Film, along with Lars G Lindström for Nordisk Film Production Sweden, with funding from the Swedish Film Institute.

Becoming Astrid marks Fischer
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Buyers adopt TrustNordisk's 'Becoming Astrid' (exclusive)

Buyers adopt TrustNordisk's 'Becoming Astrid' (exclusive)
Film based on Astrid Lindgren, who would later write Pippi Longstocking books.

TrustNordisk has closed a number of deals on Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Becoming Astrid, ahead of the drama’s world premiere as a Berlinale Special Gala on Wednesday.

Deals have been done for China (Dd Dream), Benelux (September), Baltics (Estin), Russia/Ukraine/Kazakhstan (International Movie Distribution/Capella); and Czech Republic/Slovakia (Cinemart).

Becoming Astrid stars Alba August – also an Efp Shooting Star here – as a young Astrid Lindgren (who would later write the Pippi Longstocking books), and examines a little-known chapter in the author’s life when she gave birth to her son and had to give him up.

The cast also includes Trine Dyrholm, Magnus Krepper, Maria Bonnevie and Henrik Rafaelsen.

Anna Anthony and Maria Dahlin produced for Avanti Film, along with Lars G Lindström for Nordisk Film Production Sweden, with funding from the Swedish Film Institute.

Becoming Astrid marks Fischer
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'The Reunion' director Anna Odell's next project gets world sales deal (exclusive)

New Europe Film Sales boards work in progress.

Swedish artist and filmmaker Anna Odell’s (The Reunion) next feature has been picked up for world sales by Warsaw-based New Europe Film Sales.

Source: MousTrap Films

Anna Odell in The Reunion

The untitled feature stars Odell alongside Scandinavian talent Mikael Persbrandt, Trine Dyrholm, Sofie Gråböl, Vera Vitali, Thure Lindhart, Jens Albinus and Shanti Roney. The unscripted project is an attempt to examine the masculine and feminine identities, it will mix reality and fiction in an effort to create conflict.

The film is currently in the editing suite with delivery set for mid-to-late 2018. New Europe will be showing clips to industry at the Nordic Film Market in Goteborg this week, where it is part of the festival’s works in progress showcase.

Producers are Frida Bargo and Mattias Nohrborg at B-reel Films, in co-production with Film i Väst, Swedish Television, Avenyfamiljen, Fasad Produktion and Nimbus and supported by [link=co
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Steven Soderbergh, José Padilha films added to Berlin Film Festival line-up

Steven Soderbergh, José Padilha films added to Berlin Film Festival line-up
Rupert Everett’s The Happy Prince and Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Unga Astrid picked for Berlinale Special.

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Steven Soderbergh, José Padilha

Five more films have joined the main lieups of the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 15 - 25). A further six films have been selected for the programme of the Berlinale Special.

Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane will get an out of competition world premiere. It stars Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah and Juno Temple and was reportedly shot on iPhone.

Also premiering out of competition is José Padilha’s true story thriller 7 Days In Entebbe, starring Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl and Eddie Marsan.

New films from Lav Diaz and Alonso Ruizpalacios will play in competition.

Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde biopic The Happy Prince and Becoming Astrid by Pernille Fischer Christensen have been added to the Berlinale Special Gala section.

Read more: Robert Pattinson, Christian Petzold movies join Berlin Film Festival Competition

23 of the 24 titles
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More Competition Films Added To Berlinale Line-Up – New Works From Soderbergh, Lav Diaz, Padilha

Another five films have been invited to take part in the Competition of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. 23 of the 24 titles in the Competition have already been selected, 19 of the 24 films will be competing for the Golden Bear and the Silver Bears.

A further six films have been invited to participate in the Berlinale Special programme, which will include a total of twelve films and seven series.

The additional two Competition and Berlinale Special titles will be announced at the Programme Press Conference on February 6, 2018.

Berlinale Special Gala premieres will be held at the Friedrichstadt-Palast. For the first time the Zoo Palast will be the venue for the Berlinale Series of the Berlinale Special. Selected screenings at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele will again be followed by discussions about the films.

Here are the latest movies added to the line-up, including new works from Steven Soderbergh, Lav Diaz and José Padilha.
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Rotterdam unveils 2018 Iffr Live selection, including UK feature 'Pin Cushion'

Selections include Venice titles Pin Cushion and Nico,1988.

The 2018 International Film Festival Rotterdam (Jan 24 - Feb 4) has picked six titles for its innovative Iffr Live programme.

Source: Iffr

Pin Cushion

The selected titles will be simulcast to cinemas in more than 40 countries at the same time as their festival screenings in Rotterdam, with special guests in attendance for live Q&As.

For the first time this year, Iffr Live will reach the continent of Africa, with a screening planned at a venue in Zimbabwe capital Harare.

The screenings will take place across three evenings, from Friday 26 January to Sunday 28 January.

All six of the participating films this year are directed by women.

The selection includes UK director Deborah Haywood’s Pin Cushion, which opened Venice Film Festival’s Critic’s Week strand last year; Susanna Nicchiarelli’s Nico, 1988, starring Danish actor Trine Dyrholm as the titular German singer, which opened Venice Horizons section last year; and [link=nm
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Andrew Haigh’s ‘Lean On Pete’ Wins Top Prizes at Les Arcs Festival

Andrew Haigh’s ‘Lean On Pete’ Wins Top Prizes at Les Arcs Festival
Andrew Haigh’s “Lean On Pete” won the top prize, the Crystal Arrow, as well as best actor (Charlie Plummer), cinematography (Magnus Nordenhof Jønck) and original score (James Edward Baker) at the 9th edition of Les Arcs European Film Festival.

Starring Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi and Chloë Sevigny, “Lean On Pete” world premiered at Venice Film Festival where it earned Plummer a best actor nod. The film follows a teenager who gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends a fading racehorse.

Susanna Nicchiarelli’s “Nico, 1988,” winner of Venice Film Festival’s Horizons Award for best film, won the Grand Jury prize. The film stars Trine Dyrholm (“Love Is All You Need”) as Nico, the Andy Warhol muse and Velvet Underground vocalist, in her final years.

The actress prize went to Maria-Victoria Dragus for her performance in Barbara Albert’s “Mademoiselle Paradis,” which world premiered at Toronto in the competitive Platform section and went
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Interview: Nikolaj Lie Kaas on Playing the Complex Lead in Denmark's Oscar Submission 'You Disappear'

By Jose Solís.

Since his breakthrough performance in The Idiots, where he played the sensitive, tragic Jeppe, Nikolaj Lie Kaas has remained one of the most interesting male actors in the world. Jumping from genre to genre, and from big Hollywood productions, to intellectual television series, his body of work is as varied as it’s complex. He’s played real life people, an assassin trying to thwart Tom Hank’s plans, a romantic hero, and one of the most beloved literary characters in contemporary Scandinavian fiction. But in Peter Schønau Fog’s You Disappear he reveals layers previously unseen as he plays Frederik Halling, a school headmaster whose world is shaken when he’s accused of embezzlement. Could it be that the brain tumor affecting his personality is to blame, or has Frederik always been this way?

The late, great Michael Nyqvist plays Frederik’s lawyer, and Trine Dyrholm plays his loving wife.
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Gravitas Ventures Nabs North American Rights to Danish Oscar Entry ‘You Disappear’ (Exclusive)

Gravitas Ventures Nabs North American Rights to Danish Oscar Entry ‘You Disappear’ (Exclusive)
Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Peter Schonau Fog’s “You Disappear,” the Danish candidate for the foreign-language Oscar race.

Produced by Zentropa and repped in international markets by TrustNordisk, “You Disappear” world premiered at Toronto. It stars Trine Dyrholm, Nikolaj Lie Kaas and the late Michael Nyqvist.

Based on Christian Jungersen’s best-selling novel, “You Disappear” follows Frederik, a headmaster put on trial for embezzling millions from his school. His defense lawyer argues Frederik is not criminally liable because he has a brain tumor that is affecting his behavior.

The deal was negotiated by Susan Wendt, the head of international sales and marketing, and Zach Hamby, acquisitions manager at Gravitas Ventures.

Gravitas plans on releasing “You Disappear” in spring 2018.

You Disappear” will be screening for Academy members in L.A. throughout November and December.
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Zurich Festival: Danish Star Trine Dyrholm to Head International Jury

Zurich Festival: Danish Star Trine Dyrholm to Head International Jury
Trine Dyrholm, the Danish star of such films as The Celebration, In a Better World and The Commune, will head up this year's international feature jury at the Zurich International Film Festival.

Dyrholm is the undisputed queen of Danish cinema, winner of six Bodil awards, the Danish equivalent of the Oscar, for her work, as well as multiple international honors, including a best actress prize last year in Berlin for The Commune, where she played a professional newscaster in 1970s Copenhagen whose attempts to set up a commune in her own home end in disaster. She most recently appeared in Susanna...
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Susanna Nicchiarelli’s “Nico, 1988” Acquired by Magnolia Pictures

Nico, 1988”

Susanna Nicchiarelli’s award-winning drama about Christa Päffgen, better known as Nico, has secured distribution. Deadline reports that Magnolia Pictures snagged the U.S. rights to “Nico, 1988” and is planning a theatrical release for sometime in 2018. Trine Dyrholm (“The Commune”) portrays the Danish multi-hyphenate, who is best known for providing vocals on the Velvet Underground’s debut album, being a muse to Andy Warhol, and acting in Warhol’s “Chelsea Girls” and Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.” She was also a musician and songwriter.

Nico, 1988” takes an atypical approach to telling Nico’s story. Rather than depict the glamorous height of her fame, the film “centers on the final two years of Nico’s life in 1987 and 1988, approaching 50 and living a solitary life in Manchester,” the source summarizes. “Her manager Richard (John Gordon Sinclair) convinces her to hit the road again and tour Europe to promote her latest album. Struggling with her demons and the consequences of a muddled life, she longs to rebuild a relationship with her son, whose custody she lost long ago.”

The biopic won the Horizons competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

Nico, 1988” isn’t the first woman-directed film focused on Nico. Susan Ofteringer helmed the 1996 documentary “Nico-Icon.”

Nicchiarelli’s previous credits include “Cosmonaut” and “Esca viva.”

You can check out a trailer for “Nico, 1988” below.

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Magnolia Acquires Venice Film Fest Fave ‘Nico, 1988’

  • The Wrap
Magnolia Pictures has picked up U.S. rights to Susanna Nicchiarelli’s “Nico, 1998,” the distributor announced on Wednesday. The film is a look at the last two years of the Velvet Underground singer and actress’s life. Financial terms were not disclosed. Danish actress, singer and songwriter Trine Dyrholm plays Nico during singer and former Warhol superstar’s last hurrah during the final two years of her life, 1987 and 1988, when her new manager convinces her to go on tour and promote her new album. Nico is also looking to reconnect with her son. “Nico, 1988” won Best Film in Horizon section at this.
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Venice Winner ‘Nico, 1988’ Acquired By Magnolia Pictures

Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Nico, 1988, the biopic of sorts of the sometime-Velvet Underground lead singer that was written and directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli. The pic both opened and won the Horizons competition at the Venice Film Festival, and now Magnolia is planning a 2018 theatrical release. Danish actress-singer-songwriter Trine Dyrholm stars as Nico, the Andy Warhol discovery who sang lead vocals on several tracks of Vu’s 1967 debut album…
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