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Jesper Ganslandt to direct story of imprisoned Swedish journalists for Sf Studios

Jesper Ganslandt to direct story of imprisoned Swedish journalists for Sf Studios
Gustaf Skarsgård, Matias Varela lead cast for projects from ‘Jimmie’ director.

Jesper Ganslandt is gearing up to start shooting 438 Days for Miso Film Sweden this summer.

438 Days will be based on the true story of Swedish journalist Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson, who were on assignment in Ethiopia when they were captured, accused of terrorism and sentenced to 11 years in prison. They were pardoned and released from jail after 438 days; they wrote an award-winning book about their experiences in 2013.

Gustaf Skarsgård (Westworld) and Matias Varela (Easy Money) will star in the film, which is written by Peter Birro.

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The Snowman's Rebecca Ferguson talks making a murder mystery in the cold

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The Snowman's Rebecca Ferguson talks making a murder mystery in the cold The Snowman's Rebecca Ferguson talks making a murder mystery in the cold Bob Strauss - Cineplex Magazine10/18/2017 10:15:00 Am

Rebecca Ferguson is used to living between two worlds, so she felt right at home making the gory mystery The Snowman.

“It’s by a studio from America and an incredible Swedish director,” Ferguson says over the phone from London. The 34-year-old actor’s mom was English but her dad was Swedish and Ferguson, whose full name is Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström, was born and raised in Stockholm.

“I got to work with Michael Fassbender, run around in deep snow in Norway — which, by the way, if you’ve never been, you should go. It is breathtakingly beautiful up there!”

A beautiful locale for an ugly tale.

It’s hard to avoid horrific violence in any story written by Jo Nesbø,
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SF Studios Opens Up in London for English-Language Film Push

Sf Studios has opened a London office to work up English-language movies for the international market. The Scandi studio has brought in Kate Myers to oversee development of the new U.K.-originated projects.

The company has been pushing into Nordic-inspired international production, linking with financier Anton earlier this year to co-finance English-language projects.

Myers joins from Forward Films, which she co-founded, and will report to Fredrik Wikström Nicastro who oversees international production at SF Studios. He said: “Kate has impressed us with her broad understanding of film storytelling and script development. She is a creative, highly driven person with a wide network of contacts among creators and industry people.”

Myers added: “I am looking forward to working with Fredrik and the other team at Sf Studios in their international venture, focusing on producing and developing new exciting film projects based on Nordic stories. It also means continuing the company’s long successful history and continued ambition
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Nick Damici and Morgan Spector Play a Dangerous Game in First Look at ‘Man With Van’

Nick Damici and Morgan Spector Play a Dangerous Game in First Look at ‘Man With Van’
Few conversations that start with “I got this friend” tend to end well, especially in the world of crime-centric filmmaking. In Ed Blythe’s upcoming “Man With Van,” that proves true from the jump.

The film follows down-on-his-luck construction electrician Kier Sawicki (Morgan Spector, “The Mist”), who bumbles into professional arson to provide for his daughter (Ursula Parker, “Louie”) amidst a bitter custody dispute. It’s clearly a fraught idea from the start — as seen in our exclusive clip below — but Kier is hopeful that the so-called victimless crime will pay. It doesn’t, and there is definitely a victim.

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Blythe’s film explodes out Kier’s bad luck, pitting him against his best friend and their bad-mannered boss, forcing his ex-wife to go to wild legal ends, and pushing him into yet another ill-fated scheme.
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Lost in America – The Criterion Collection

Lost In America

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Criterion

1985 / 1:85 / Street Date July 25, 2017

Starring: Albert Brooks, Julie Hagerty

Cinematography: Eric Saarinen

Film Editor: David Finfer

Written by Albert Brooks, Monica Johnson

Produced by Marty Katz and Herb Nanas

Music: Arthur B. Rubinstein

Directed by Albert Brooks

According to a Newsweek cover story published that same year, 1984 was “The Year of the Yuppie”, referring to those ferociously materialistic young professionals whose numbers blossomed during the Reagan administration. The following year director Albert Brooks and his co-writer Monica Johnson delivered Lost In America, an acerbic road movie detailing what happens when one of those upwardly mobile hot-shots decides to get back to nature and “touch Indians”.

The result is one of the great American comedies, a mile-a-minute talk fest worthy of writer-directors like Billy Wilder, Woody Allen and in particular Preston Sturges, whose The Palm Beach Story told a similar tale about two young-marrieds who find
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Sf Studios Taps New Head of Film Production

Sf Studios Taps New Head of Film Production
Sf Studios has tapped Annika Sucksdorff, the former CEO of Helsinki Filmi in Finland, to head film production in Sweden.

Sucksdorff, who has produced such titles as “Tom of Finland,” “The Mine,” and “Heart of a Lion,” will spearhead the development and production of Swedish features for the banner.

Sf Studios said that hiring Sucksdorff marks a key step in the company’s expansion and focus on upscale films for mainstream audiences.

“In addition to [Sucksdorff’s] abilities as a producer, both creatively and commercially, we have also been particularly impressed by her skills as a leader of people. We look forward to have her further strengthen Sf Studios’ position as a leading film producer in the Nordics,” said Michael Porseryd, CEO of Sf Studios.

Sucksdorff said she was joining Sf Studios at a great time, considering the “recent commercial and artistic successes like ‘A Man Called Ove’ and the highly anticipated ‘Borg/McEnroe.
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‘Espionage Tonight’ Clip: Reality and Entertainment Come to Blows in Timely New Political Satire

‘Espionage Tonight’ Clip: Reality and Entertainment Come to Blows in Timely New Political Satire
Filmmaker Rob Bralver (best known for his editing work on “Gore Vidal: The United States of America”) turns his attentions to a different side of filmmaking with his feature narrative debut, “Espionage Tonight,” bound for a world premiere at Dances With Films next week. The film stars Sean Astin, Lynn Whitfield, Joe Hursley, Greg Davis Jr., Chasty Ballesteros, and many more.

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Bralver wrote and directed the film, billed as “an inventive and sly critique of American media culture and politics,” which blends some timely issues around politics, “fake news,” the value of supposedly fact-based entertainment, and good old-fashioned espionage into a very amusing mix.

But there is some real meat here and, as Bralver explained in an official statement, some warnings, too. Said Bralver, “What used to be an intersectional space
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‘The Putin Interviews’ Trailer, Poster and Extended Clip: Oliver Stone Asks the Russian President Whether He Hacked the Election

‘The Putin Interviews’ Trailer, Poster and Extended Clip: Oliver Stone Asks the Russian President Whether He Hacked the Election
“I think you are a cunning person,” Vladimir Putin tells Oliver Stone in the newly released trailer for “The Putin Interviews.” Showtime Documentary Films has also released the first extended clip and poster for the four-part documentary. Avail yourself of all three below.

Read More: Oliver Stone’s ‘The Putin Interviews’: Why the Showtime Series Could Help the Legendary Filmmaker Get His Mojo Back

Stone was granted “unprecedented access to both Putin’s professional and personal worlds” for the project, presumably because the Russian pol was so enamored of last year’s “Snowden”; the filmmaker interviewed his subject more than a dozen times, with their most recent session taking place in February.

Read More: Oliver Stone Interviews Vladimir Putin, Uncensored, in Showtime’s New Documentary Series ‘The Putin Interviews

The Putin Interviews” will air on Showtime on four consecutive nights beginning Monday, June 12. It probably won’t end with any Frost/Nixon–style revelations,
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‘Abu’ Trailer: Lgbtq Documentary Explores One Man’s Quest to Understand His Devout Muslim Father — Watch

“Abu” is the Urdu word for “father,” making it a fitting choice for the title of Arshad Khan’s very personal new documentary. The film mixes personal footage, interviews, and even a slew of Bollywood films to tell the story of Khan — a gay man who has long struggled to be authentic to his unaccepting family — and his father, a devout Muslim.

Per the film’s official synopsis, “Abu” is billed as “a journey to the center of a fragmented family as they grapple with religion, sexuality, colonialism and migration. Through a tapestry of narratives composed of family footage, observation and classic Bollywood films, gay-identifying Pakistani Muslim filmmaker Arshad Khan takes viewers through the tense relationships between family and fate, conservatism and liberalism and modernity and familiarity. It is a father and son’s search for that elusive place called ‘home.'”

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‘Il Boom’ Trailer: Vittorio De Sica’s Underseen Comedy Bound for Restoration and First-Ever U.S. Release — Watch

‘Il Boom’ Trailer: Vittorio De Sica’s Underseen Comedy Bound for Restoration and First-Ever U.S. Release — Watch
Italian director and actor (and neorealist luminary) Vittorio De Sica is best known to most stateside audiences for his honorary Oscar winners like “Sciuscià” (the first foreign film to be recognized by the Academy) and his enduring classic “Bicycle Thieves,” but there are still gems from the long-deceased filmmaker for fans to discover.

Like his 1963 comedy “Il Boom,” which has never had a U.S. release…until now! “Il Boom” will finally come to the States — complete with a new restoration — later this month, and we have a fresh trailer to celebrate.

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The film’s title refers to the Italian economic “miracle” that took place from the late 1950s until the 1970s after World War II. “Il Boom” follows Giovanni Alberti (Alberto Sordi), a small building contractor who is deeply in debt because
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‘Murder On the Orient Express’ Trailer: Johnny Depp and A Star-Studded Cast Bring Agatha Christie Back to the Big Screen

‘Murder On the Orient Express’ Trailer: Johnny Depp and A Star-Studded Cast Bring Agatha Christie Back to the Big Screen
Agatha Christie’s 1934 detective story “Murder on the Orient Express” last came to the big screen in Sidney Lumet’s 1974 six-time Oscar nominee. Enough time has passed for a new version, but it’s certainly not going to be easy to top Lumet’s version, which won Ingrid Bergman the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Fortunately director Kenneth Branagh, who has found blockbuster success with “Thor” and “Cinderella,” has one of the year’s most start-studded ensemble casts to help him succeed.

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Branagh has cast himself as Christie’s famed detective Hercule Poirot, who finds himself racing against the clock to find a murderer while on a lavish train ride in England. His search brings him face to face with 13 potential suspects, played by the likes of Daisy Ridley,
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‘Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry’ Trailer: Terrence Malick-Produced Doc Follows Seminal American Writer — Watch

“Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry,” Laura Dunn’s vivid, poignant look at the life of seminal American writer Wendell Berry — and, by extension, the country he’s lovingly written about for so long — comes complete with one heck of a pedigree to recommend it.

Produced by Robert Redford, Terrence Malick, and Nick Offerman, Dunn’s documentary is billed as “a beautiful and poignant portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the eye of American novelist, poet, and activist, Wendell Berry.”

And one look at the film’s debut trailer is enough to make that vision and artistry very clear indeed.

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The film is the first one about Berry and it takes viewers inside his unique life
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‘Sami Blood’: An Unexpected Heroine Breaks Free in Amanda Kernall’s Coming-of-Age Festival Hit — Watch

Loosely based on her own grandmother’s life, Amanda Kernall’s feature debut, “Sami Blood,” follows a unique heroine through a compelling coming-of-age tale. The films centers on 14-year-old Elle Marja, a reindeer-herding Sámi girl who feels trapped by her insular society and by an outside world that doesn’t accept her. Once she is exposed to the racism of the 1930s and race biology examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life. But to achieve this dream, Elle Marja will have to make a series of heart-breaking sacrifices.

The film is led by a powerful performance from newcomer Lene Cecilia Sparrok — who never acted before this film and is Sami herself — along with her own sister, also a newbie to the world of moviemaking. Based on Kernall’s 2015 short film, “Stoerre Vaerie,” the film flips back and forth between time periods to give life to Elle
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‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Supercut Brings Together Every ‘God Dammit’ From All 134 Episodes — Watch

‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Supercut Brings Together Every ‘God Dammit’ From All 134 Episodes — Watch
The future of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” remains a question mark now that Dennis has left for North Carolina (original series regular Glenn Howerton is moving to the NBC sitcom “AP Bio” this fall). Fxx has already renewed the series for two more seasons, which will bring the show all the way to Season 14, but what it will look like without Howerton remains to be seen.

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While we continue to think about what the future holds, YouTube’s very own Nikki Potnick has published the ultimate celebration of the past with an insane supercut that brings together every time a character uttered “god dammit” across 12 seasons and 134 episodes. That’s a lot of “god dammit” quotes, to say the least.

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has been
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‘Life’ Director Daniel Espinosa on the ‘Green Screen Disease’ and Long Takes [Interview]

‘Life’ Director Daniel Espinosa on the ‘Green Screen Disease’ and Long Takes [Interview]
Daniel Espinosa made his directorial debut with Easy Money, originally called Snabba Cash. His Scorsese-presented gangster pic has an aggressive atmosphere, and it ultimately helped him land his second feature and first studio gig, Safe House. Since then, he’s directed Child 44 – a movie that reportedly had some difficulties – and his latest film, Life. Espinosa’s sci-fi horror thriller, which […]

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Second Opinion – Life (2017)

Life, 2017.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Olga Dihovichnaya, and Ariyon Bakare.

Synopsis:

A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

Let’s get one thing out of the way first; no, Life is not the Venom origin story many fans are hoping it will be. It’s also inextricably indebted to Ridley Scott’s Alien throughout, which while denting much prospect of originality, does little to impact its integrity as a tripwire-tense, sharply-acted sci-fi horror romp, serving as a welcome tonic amid the recent annual onset of blockbuster bombast.

A six-member crew aboard the International Space Station (Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare and
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Exclusive: Stream “Where Are You?” By Composer Jon Ekstrand From ‘Life’

This weekend, some pretty big-league talent is headed to the multiplex with “Life.” The sci-fi horror stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson, comes from “Deadpool” writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and has Daniel Espinosa of “Safe House” and “Easy Money” behind the camera.

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Life: Director Daniel Espinosa On The Outer Space Thriller

Swedish director Daniel Espinosa might have been another foreign filmmaker working in obscurity until his film Snabba Cash (Easy Money) caught the attention of Hollywood, and he was hired to helm Safe House, an action-thriller starring Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington that became a huge hit over here. (Espinosa’s next movie, the psychological thriller Child 44, failed to find much of an audience, more due to poor marketing than anything else.)

Now, Espinosa is back with Life, an outer space thriller starring Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and more, which looks at what it might be like if life was discovered on Mars, and what might happen if that life turns out to be hostile. For the astronauts of the Iss (International Space Station), it becomes a life or death situation as a single cell organism starts growing and becoming stronger and smarter, as they have to figure out
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Daniel Espinosa interview: Life, creatures, sci-fi, Giger

Ryan Lambie Mar 21, 2017

Director Daniel Espinosa talks to us about his new film, Life, and his thoughts on the science fiction genre...

Nb: The following discusses a few plot points in Life, but only ones you've seen in its trailer.

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Life immediately distinguishes itself from other post-Alien, monsters-in-space movies with one simple concept: it's not set in the future, but the present. Its events don't take place on a ship somewhere out there in the galaxy, but in the International Space Station orbiting Earth.

So when an alien organism's discovered in a soil sample retrieved from Mars, and a group of scientists begin studying it, there's an added layer of tension: in astronomical terms, the events are taking place on our own front door step.

Swedish director Daniel Espinosa,
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Keshet International Acquires Scandi Noir ‘Fallet,’ British Series ‘Loaded’

Keshet International Acquires Scandi Noir ‘Fallet,’ British Series ‘Loaded’
Keshet International has acquired the Scandinavian noir dramedy “Fallet” (“The Case”), directed by Simen Alsvik (“Lillyhammer”) and produced by Swedish outfit Flx (“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”).

Fallet,” shot in English and Swedish, will be presented at MipTV, the Cannes-set global TV showcase next month. “Fallet” follows two unlikely detectives, Lisa Henni (“Easy Money”), a Swedish police officer with self-esteem issues, and Adam Godley (“Breaking Bad”), her cowardly British colleague, who team up to solve a gruesome murder.

At MipTV, Keshet International will also launch sales on “Loaded,” a series produced by Hillbilly Television and Keshet UK for AMC and Channel 4.

Based on Keshet Broadcasting’s original Israeli show “Mesudarim,” about the tumultuous lives of successful thirty-something tech entrepreneurs, “Loaded” was penned by Jon Brown, whose credits include “Misfits” and “Veep.” The series is also being adapted by Televisa in Mexico and Huace-Croton in China.

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