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Cannes: John Hawkes, Logan Lerman Set for Rocket Science’s ‘End of Sentence’

Cannes: John Hawkes, Logan Lerman Set for Rocket Science’s ‘End of Sentence’
Oscar-nominated actor John Hawkes and “Percy Jackson” star Logan Lerman will star as father and son in drama “End of Sentence,” which London-based sales company Rocket Science will introduce to buyers at the Cannes Film Market this week.

Irish actress Sarah Bolger will co-star in the film which follows a father and son as they reluctantly embark on an eventful and emotionally fraught road-trip from Alabama to Ireland, honoring a request of their late wife and mother.

“‘End of Sentence’ promises to be a warm, funny and moving story of an estranged father and son reconnecting; a road movie executed with sensitivity and humor by both the talented cast and incredible team behind the scenes, guaranteed to strike a chord with audiences the world over,” said Rocket Science founder and CEO Thorsten Schumacher.

Lerman will play the ex-con son of Hawkes’ uptight, but well-intentioned, father as the pair are thrown
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Logan Lerman, John Hawkes, Sarah Bolger to star in 'End Of Sentence'

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Rocket Science to commence world sales in Cannes.

John Hawkes, Logan Lerman and Sarah Bolger will star in the road trip project End Of Sentence.

Rocket Science will launch worldwide sales on the Crosette on the story of an uptight widower who embarks on a journey to Ireland with his ex-con son to scatter his wife’s ashes.

The awkward pair must endure an Irish wake, the resurfacing of an old flame, an intriguing hitchhiker played by Bolger, and plenty of other unresolved issues.

Michael Armbruster, whose credits include the 2010 drama Beautiful Boy, wrote the screenplay to End Of Sentence, which is scheduled to begin production this month on location in Ireland. Elfar Adalsteins makes his feature directorial debut.

Adalsteins directed the short film Sailcloth and will produce through his Berserk Films, alongside David Collins of Samson Films, Joni Sighvatsson of Palomar Pictures, and Gudrun Edda Thorhannesdottir of Berserk Films.

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John Hawkes, Logan Lerman, Sarah Bolger to star in 'End Of Sentence'

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Rocket Science to commence world sales in Cannes.

John Hawkes, Logan Lerman and Sarah Bolger will star in the road trip project End Of Sentence.

Rocket Science will launch worldwide sales on the Crosette on the story of an uptight widower who embarks on a journey to Ireland with his ex-con son to scatter his wife’s ashes.

The awkward pair must endure an Irish wake, the resurfacing of an old flame, an intriguing hitchhiker played by Bolger, and plenty of other unresolved issues.

Michael Armbruster, whose credits include the 2010 drama Beautiful Boy, wrote the screenplay to End Of Sentence, which is scheduled to begin production this month on location in Ireland. Elfar Adalsteins makes his feature directorial debut.

Adalsteins directed the short film Sailcloth and will produce through his Berserk Films, alongside David Collins of Samson Films, Joni Sighvatsson of Palomar Pictures, and Gudrun Edda Thorhannesdottir of Berserk Films.

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Hurt's New Film Is Tribute To Director's Grandfather

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Hurt's New Film Is Tribute To Director's Grandfather
John Hurt's heartbreaking new film about a pensioner who takes his life at sea after escaping a home for the elderly is a tribute to the filmmaker's late grandfather.

Elfar Adalsteins' Sailcloth is among the short films tipped to land an Oscar nomination next month and the Icelandic director reveals the movie was inspired by his granddad's death.

He explains, "I was raised by my grandparents in a small fishing village on the East Coast of Iceland, as far away from the capital as you can get. My grandfather passed away in 2008 and the idea came to me a year later and I gradually built it up in my head. He withered away in a nursing home where he spent his last seven years. So, possibly I just wrote him an alternative exit."

Hurt is also very proud of the short, adding, "It's a glorious exit, I think. That’s what I love about the film. It’s about suicide so everybody thinks that it's got to be gloomy, it's got to be miserable. But I don't think it is. I think it's a fantastic celebration."

John Hurt Conveys a Man’s Voyage, Without Words, in ‘Sailcloth’

John Hurt Conveys a Man’s Voyage, Without Words, in ‘Sailcloth’
John Hurt in ‘Sailcloth.’

Sailcloth” is one of the live action short films selected for this year’s Oscar shortlist, that stars British actor John Hurt as a man who decides one day to leave his nursing home with his belongings, and take to the sea.

The 17-minute short, directed by newcomer Elfar Adalsteins, was filmed for five days in St. Mawes, Cornwall. In the film, Hurt doesn’t speak. The only interaction he has with another person is a
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Ten Finalists for Oscar's Short Film. Two John Hurts.

Yesterday the finalist list for short films was announced. This is, of course, much bigger news for the filmmakers in question than the general public who rarely gets the chance to see their work, but it's very much worth noting. In order to qualify to begin with a film must pass numerous gauntlets and be an awards magnet. Who knows. We could all be obsessed with one or three of these filmmakers in 5 to 10 years time if their careers bloom.

The Ten Finalists

Je Pourrais Être Votre Grand-Mère (I Could Be Your Grandmother) (19 min)

Trailer • France • Directed and produced by Bernard Tanguy

Official Synopsis: "A young business lawyer finds that the old Rumanian homeless person, in front of his flat, looks like his grandmother. One night, he makes her a cardboard card: I could be your grandmother. The passers-by become suddenly very generous. Other homeless people ask him a cardboard card.
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Academy announces 10 live-action short film finalists

Academy announces 10 live-action short film finalists
Out of 107 qualified submissions, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 10 finalists that will advance to the next round of voting for the Best Live-Action Short Film Oscar. Out of these, three to five will ultimately be nominated for the Academy Award.

Ironically, actor John Hurt stars in two of the finalists: the British shorts Love at First Sight and Sailcloth. Also among the finalists is The Shore, written and directed by the Oscar-nominated filmmaker Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) and starring Ciarán Hinds.

The 10 finalists (with links to trailers when available) are:

Je Pourrais Être Votre Grand-Mère (I
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10 Live Action Shorts Advance in Oscar Race!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 live action short films are advancing in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards. This is list has been cut down from the original 107 films that qualified in this category. Three to five nominees will be chosen out of these 10 films. The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 5:30am.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

"Je Pourrais Être Votre Grand-Mère (I Could Be Your Grandmother)," Bernard Tanguy, director-producer (Rézina Productions)

"Love at First Sight," Michael Davies, director and Sandra Gorel, producer (Spellbound Films)

"Pentecost," Peter McDonald, director (Emu Productions)

"Raju," Max Zähle, director and Stefan Gieren, producer (Hamburg Media School/Filmwerkstatt)

"The Road Home," Rahul Gandotra, director-producer and Ameenah Ayub, producer (London Film School)

"The Roar of the Sea," Ana Rocha Fernandes and Torsten Truscheit,
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Trailers for 8 of the 10 Live-Action Shorts Shortlisted for 2012 Oscar Consideration

Today the Academy announced the ten films that will advance in the voting process for the 2012 Oscars for Live Action Short out of the 107 films that qualified in the category. Of the ten I was unable to find anything on only one of them as I have trailers for eight of the others and an image for one more. Of the bunch Love at First Sight and Sailcloth are sure to gain attention as both star John Hurt and The Shore features Hurt's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy co-star, Ciaran Hinds, Hotel Rwanda helmer Terry George directing. I didn't watch the trailers before posting, but the plot for Time Freak sounds a little fun as a neurotic inventor creates a time machine only to get lost trying to make yesterday perfect. Last year I didn't watch the animated or live-action shorts, but this year I hope to do that and include
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Oscars: Academy announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process

HollywoodNews.com:The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards®. One hundred seven pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

Je Pourrais Être Votre Grand-Mère (I Could Be Your Grandmother),” Bernard Tanguy, director-producer (Rézina Productions)

Love at First Sight,” Michael Davies, director and Sandra Gorel, producer (Spellbound Films)

Pentecost,” Peter McDonald, director (Emu Productions)

Raju,” Max Zähle, director and Stefan Gieren, producer (Hamburg Media School/Filmwerkstatt)

The Road Home,” Rahul Gandotra, director-producer and Ameenah Ayub, producer (London Film School)

“The Roar of the Sea,” Ana Rocha Fernandes and Torsten Truscheit, directors (Niama Filmproduktion GmbH)

Sailcloth,” Elfar Adalsteins, director-producer (Berserk Films)

“The Shore,” Terry George, director-producer (All Ashore Productions Limited)

Time Freak,” Andrew Bowler, director and Gigi Causey, producer (Team Toad)

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Exclusive Interview with John Hurt for his new short Sailcloth

We’ve seen some fantastic short films over the last year, with Terry Gilliam’s The Wholly Family being a particularly delightful way to spend twenty minutes, and I found watching Elfar AdalsteinsSailcloth a completely captivating experience.

Not to wander too far into spoiler territory but the dialogue free short tells the story of a day in the life of a hospital bound widower making an important decision to break free from his surrounds. Adalsteins has enormous good fortune in his leading man as John Hurt delivers a powerful and soulful performance.

I was able to speak with John Hurt this week about the film, his support for the short film format and the difficulties of films being tied to the source material.

We inevitably touch on spoilers for the film, which is being considered for an Oscar and will hopefully be available to watch online at some point.
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Rhode Island International Film Festival 2011 Includes Terry Gilliam, Colin Firth, Anna Paquin

Rhode Island International Film Festival 2011 Includes Terry Gilliam, Colin Firth, Anna Paquin
Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (Riiff), August 9-14, announced the lineup for its 15th annual fest. This is the only Academy Awards-qualifying festival in New England. This year's 195 films include 18 world and 21 North American premieres. The fest will kick off with an opening-night ceremony and screening of the following short films: "Henry," directed by Yan England; "Sailcloth" directed by Elfar Adalsteins; "Tooty’s Wedding" directed by Frederic ...
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