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John C. Reilly’s Producing Partner and Wife, Alison Dickey, is the Secret Hero of ‘The Sisters Brothers’

John C. Reilly’s Producing Partner and Wife, Alison Dickey, is the Secret Hero of ‘The Sisters Brothers’
From his melancholic Oscar-nominated turn in “Chicago” to feuding with Will Ferrell in “Step Brothers,” John C. Reilly is the rare American actor to oscillate from dramatic roles to broad comedies. His wife, Alison Dickey, has always hoped to unite those two modes. “We’ve been together a long time,” said Dickey. An independent producer, she met Reilly when she was working as Sean Penn’s assistant on the set of “Casualties of War” in 1989. “I’ve seen the whole trajectory of his career. I’m so well aware of what he’s capable of doing. I always feel somewhat satisfied and somewhat unsatisfied after I watch a film of his, just in terms of wanting to get the whole palette.”

Eventually, she decided to do something about it. While developing her own projects, Dickey scouted for talent on the festival circuit. It was her enthusiasm for Mark and Jay Duplass
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‘The Sisters Brothers’ Review: Guns, Gold and Greed in the Wild, Warped West

‘The Sisters Brothers’ Review: Guns, Gold and Greed in the Wild, Warped West
The title seems like a joke: How the hell did Charlie Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix) and his older brother Eli (John C. Reilly) grow up in the Old West with a last name like Sisters and not get ragged on to the point of madness? It’s 1851, and the siblings work as ruthless hired guns ever-ready to kill for profit on the orders of their boss, the mostly unseen Commodore (Rutger Hauer). Conflict escalates when their overlord sends them after Hermann Kermit Warm (Riz Ahmed, terrific), a mild-mannered, Middle-Eastern chemist who
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‘The Sisters Brothers’ Film Review: John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix Saddle Up for an Extraordinary Western

‘The Sisters Brothers’ Film Review: John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix Saddle Up for an Extraordinary Western
The Sisters Brothers” gallops on screen with a lot of ambitions, and it fulfills them all. It’s a sprawling Western that’s also an intimate character piece; it has moments of wit but also devastating tragedy; it delves into larger themes like the impact of fathers upon sons, and how greed and industrialization lead to environmental devastation, and yet it offers the hope of redemption.

In the pantheon of English-language debuts from international filmmakers — it’s directed by Jacques Audiard, the Frenchman behind “A Prophet,” “Rust and Bone,” “Dheepan” and “The Beat My Heart Skipped” — it’s a notable one. And it’s also a reminder that while the Western may never regain the massive cinematic popularity it once enjoyed, it’s also a genre that will never die so long as talented artists still find ways to use it to tell new and interesting stories.

It’s got
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Palme d’Or Winner Jacques Audiard Says He’ll Never Bring a Movie to Cannes Competition Again — Tiff

Palme d’Or Winner Jacques Audiard Says He’ll Never Bring a Movie to Cannes Competition Again — Tiff
Among the anticipated 2018 movies that didn’t surface in the Cannes lineup earlier this year, one stood out: The bloody Western “The Sisters Brothers,” the first English-language movie from French auteur Jacques Audiard. Arguably the most acclaimed French director working today, the 66-year-old director of tough, masculine dramas won the Palme d’Or for this last movie, “Dheepan,” and has been a part of the festival’s exclusive directors club for years. He won a best screenplay award for “A Self Made Hero” in 1996, the festival’s Grand Prix in 2009 for “A Prophet,” and returned to the competition four years later with “Rust and Bone.” But “The Sisters Brothers” skipped the festival, reportedly because the September 21 release plan from Annapurna Pictures made a fall launchpad more attractive.

However, in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival — where “The Sisters Brothers” screened following its world premiere in Venice — Audiard said
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Venice: Claire Burger’s ‘Real Love’ Wins Top Giornate Degli Autori Prize

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Venice: Claire Burger’s ‘Real Love’ Wins Top Giornate Degli Autori Prize
French director Claire Burger’s drama “Real Love,” about the struggle with parenthood of a separated father of two daughters in a village on the Franco-German border, has won the Giornate Degli Autori Director’s Award, the top nod in Venice’s independently run section formerly known as Venice Days.

In Burger’s first solo feature — following 2014’s Caméra d’Or-winning “Party Girl,” which she co-directed —Belgian actor Bouli Lanners (“Rust and Bone”) plays a bearded low-level government administrator forced into intensive single fatherhood when his wife takes off to thinks things over.

The jury in a statement described “Love” as “an extremely engaging story about the difficult situations in which life can put us, whether it’s a marriage ending, or our heart being broken for the first time.” They chose film “for its tenderness and for the extraordinary technical mastery that the director displays.”

The award comes with
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‘The Sisters Brothers’ Review: Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly Star in the Most Sensitive Western Ever Made — Venice

‘The Sisters Brothers’ Review: Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly Star in the Most Sensitive Western Ever Made — Venice
The Sisters Brothers” is a sensitive western about brotherly love that just happens to revolve around stone-cold murderers. It’s a context that requires an original approach to the genre, and that’s exactly what veteran French director Jacques Audiard brings to his first English-language effort. However, in retrospect, Audiard is a natural fit: With movies like “Dheepan” and “A Prophet,” Audiard makes rich character studies about people trying to do the right thing in a world stacked against them, and nothing in American mythology provides a better template for exploring that crisis than the Wild West. However, it’s the stirring chemistry between Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly as committed siblings that transforms these lively, violent circumstances into a sweet and intimate journey designed to catch acolytes of the genre off-guard.

Based on Patrick Dewitt’s 2011 novel, “The Sisters Brothers” unfolds against the backdrop of the Gold Rush,
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'The Sisters Brothers': Film Review | Venice 2018

'The Sisters Brothers': Film Review | Venice 2018
The jovially titled The Sisters Brothers would have felt very much at home among the gorgeous, idiosyncratic revisionist Westerns of the early 1970s. What this will mean to audiences 45 years on is another question. This first English-language outing by the ever-adventurous French director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust and Bone) is a connoisseur’s delight, as it's boisterously acted and detailed down to its last bit of shirt stitching. A sterling cast, led by John C. Reilly in the sort of starring role he’s been waiting for his whole career, will give this a certain profile in specialized ...
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‘Close Enemies’ Review: Gritty Crime Drama Boasts a Strong Matthias Schoenaerts, but Not Much Else — Venice

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‘Close Enemies’ Review: Gritty Crime Drama Boasts a Strong Matthias Schoenaerts, but Not Much Else — Venice
Now that Ryan Gosling has moved on from projects like “Only God Forgives” and “The Place Beyond the Pines,” Matthias Schoenaerts has emerged as the cinematic ideal of fractured masculinity. Physically imposing but emotionally scarred, his characters — whether in “Bullhead,” “Rust and Bone,” or “Disorder” — bring depth and dimension to the strong, silent type. He continues that streak in David Oelhoffen’s “Close Enemies,” which calls on the actor to once again portray a hardened criminal at his most vulnerable — and not much else that you haven’t already seen him do.

This is one of those crime dramas you know won’t end well, especially after the early reveal that Manu’s (Schoenaerts) close friend Irmane (Adel Bencherif) is acting as an informant for narcotics officer Driss (Reda Kateb). Having grown up in the same rough-and-tumble neighborhood as the two of them, the detective’s loyalties are divided between
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John C. Reilly And Joaquin Phoenix Featured On New Poster For The Sisters Brothers

See the new poster for The Sisters Brothers starring John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Riz Ahmed.

Director Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers will premiere this Sunday, September 2 at the Venice Film Festival before heading to the Toronto International Film Festival next weekend.

The Sisters Brothers opens September 21, 2018 in NY and La

From acclaimed director Jacques Audiard, and based on the novel by Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers is a reimagining of the cinematic Western as a dangerous, witty, and emotionally cathartic exploration of what it means to be a man.

It is 1851, and Charlie and Eli Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly) are both brothers and assassins, boys grown to men in a savage and hostile world. They have blood on their hands: that of criminals, that of innocents…and they know no state of existence other than being gunmen. The older of the two,
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25 Awards Contenders to See This Season, From ‘Roma’ to ‘The Favourite’ to ‘First Man’ and More

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This week, IndieWire is rolling out our annual fall preview, including the very best indie movies coming out this year, all the awards contenders you need to know about, and even some blockbuster fare that will please the most discerning viewers. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer. Be sure to check out our list of indie gems and festival favorites to see this season, plus our look at blockbusters worth your movie-going buck.

White Boy Rick” (September 14)

Hollywood has been courting British TV vet Yann Demange ever since Film Four’s war drama ”’71,” which broke out Jack O’Connell at Berlin 2014 (and went on to play some 33 festivals). Some wondered if Demange was having way too much fun to get serious, as he flirted, took meetings, hung out. Finally after four years of false starts at the likes of Annapurna,
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‘The Sisters Brothers’ First Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal Plan a 19th Century Assassination

‘The Sisters Brothers’ First Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal Plan a 19th Century Assassination
With Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, and Riz Ahmed in front of the camera, “The Sisters Brothers” is easily one of the most star-studded offerings of the fall movie season. The dark comedy, based on Patrick Dewitt’s 2011 novel of the same name, marks the English-language debut of French director Jacques Audiard. The filmmaker is best known for “A Prophet,” “Rust and Bone,” and “Dheepan,” which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2015.

The Sisters Brothers” is set in 1851 and stars Phoenix and Reilly as sibling assassins who are tasked with traveling from Oregon City to San Francisco to murder a chemist (Ahmed) who has stolen from their boss. The brothers work with a prospector (Gyllenhaal) to track the chemist down, but their plan gets turned upside down when everyone discovers what the chemist is really cooking. Rutger Hauer, Carol Kane, and Rebecca Root co-star.

Annapurna is distributing
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Matthias Schoenaerts, Garrett Hedlund, Scoot McNairy board 'The Sound Of Philadelphia'

Protagonist boards project from Killer Films.

Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust And Bone), Garrett Hedlund (Mudbound) and Scoot McNairy (Argo) are lining up for The Sound Of Philadelphia, Jérémie Guez’s crime story set in the violent world of the Philadelphia mob.

Protagonist Pictures has boarded international sales ahead of Cannes. Endeavor Content is representing North America.

French writer-director Guez is plotting the project hot off the heels of his debut feature as a director, the thriller A Bluebird In My Heart, premiering at this year’s SXSW festival in Texas. He is most known as a crime novelist and screenwriter of films including Ares and Carnivores.
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Beta Film Boards Period Drama ‘Victor Hugo – Enemy of the State’ (Exclusive)

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Beta Film has scored a major deal ahead of MipTV, scooping international rights to high-end period drama “Victor HugoEnemy of the State,” which it will bring to the market.

The limited series hails from Quad, the production company behind box office hit “The Intouchables.” The French production will be on France 2 domestically. Production is underway in Paris, northern France, and the Dordogne, and will continue until mid-May. Beta Film will kick off the pre-sales effort in earnest at MipTV.

The four-part drama will tell the story of Hugo, the author of “Les Misérables,” which is itself being remade as a miniseries for the BBC. The series will be a portrait of the novelist, covering his life and family and his beliefs and politics.

Yannick Choirat (“Rust and Bone”) takes the title role. Isabelle Carré (“Romantics Anonymous“) is his lover, Juliette. Jean-Marc Moutout (“The Bureau”) directs.

“When the series begins
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Zoe and the Astronaut's Ian Reddington goes West

Ian Reddington, who stars in Eke Chukwu's Zoe and the Astronaut, will be starring alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly in this years upcoming Western: The Sisters Brothers, directed by BAFTA Award Winning Director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet). The indie feature is based on Patrick deWitt’s novel of the same name and follows the story of two brothers — Eli and Charlie Sisters — who are hired to kill a prospector who has stolen from their boss. The story takes place in Oregon in 1851. "The Sisters Brothers" is Audiard’s follow-up to his Palme d’Or winning “Dheepan,” which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The Noir Western will be Audiard's first film shot completely in English and also stars...

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Hey, James Franco: See who else has been snubbed at Oscars despite Globe, SAG, Critics’ Choice nominations

This year, 15 performers reaped bids at all three key precursor prizes — the SAG, Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice awards. Such recognition certainly warrants getting up early on Oscar nominations mornings. But as James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”) and Hong Chau (“Downsizing”) found out, reaping bids for that triple crown still didn’t make them sure things in the Oscars derby. They became the most recent of the 21 performers to stumble at the last hurdle and suffer an Oscar snub since the Critics’ Choice Awards introduced nominations in 2001.

Franco should take comfort from the case of Leonardo DiCaprio, who finally won an Oscar two years ago for “The Revenant” after four losses. There were two instances when he didn’t even reap an Oscar nomination despite having done well in the run-up awards. He was spurned by the actors branch of the academy for his leading performance in “J. Edgar” (2011) and
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‘Racer and the Jailbird’ Review: Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos Bring Chemistry to Average Heist Movie — Tiff

‘Racer and the Jailbird’ Review: Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos Bring Chemistry to Average Heist Movie — Tiff
Racer and the Jailbird” has all the makings of an elegant, old-school heist movie: fast cars, romance, high stakes, and beautiful people. The third feature from Belgian genre director Michael Roskum (“Bullhead,” “The Drop”) shows a strong eye for emulating those traditions, while co-stars Adèle Exarchopoulos and Matthias Schoenaerts bring a palpable sexual chemistry to the tragic relationship at its center. Yet no matter the sleek direction and skillful performances towing it along, “Racer and the Jailbird” struggles to make much out of its scenario that isn’t already evident from the opening act.

Nevertheless, the movie’s accessible drama holds water for some time, competently establishing the central couple as an appealing cinematic pair. Petite speed racer Bénédicte (Exarchopoulos) wows crowds at a local race track where the beefy Gino (Schoenaerts) finds her after one rousing triumph. He leaves an impression, the way the hyper-masculine Schoenaerts usually does, making
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Invisible Worlds by Anne-Katrin Titze

Sâm Mirhosseini and Jérémie Renier in Clément Cogitore's Neither Heaven Nor Earth (Ni Le Ciel Ni La Terre)

Neither Heaven Nor Earth (Ni Le Ciel Ni La Terre) director Clément Cogitore spoke with me on the role his producer Jean-Christophe Reymond played in the collaboration with Les Cowboys director Thomas Bidegain, who also has screenwriter credits for Bertrand Bonello's Saint Laurent, Jacques Audiard's Rust And Bone, A Prophet and Cannes Palme d'Or winner Dheepan, and Michaël R Roskam's Racer And The Jailbird (Matthias Schoenaerts, Adèle Exarchopoulos) which will have its world première at the Venice International Film Festival.

Bax's (Clément Bresson) tattooed back in Neither Heaven Nor Earth

Clément went into the invisible worlds of his debut feature (starring Jérémie Renier with Kévin Azaïs, Swann Arlaud, Finnegan Oldfield, Clément Bresson, Marc Robert, Hamid Reza Javdan, Edouard Court, Steve Tientcheu, Aria Faghih Habib, Stéphane Boissel, and the voice
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Logan’s James Mangold to direct Disorder remake

Fresh off the critical and commercial success of the X-Men movie Logan, director James Mangold has found his next project, with Deadline reporting that he is set to helm an English-language remake of Alice Winocour’s Fresh-Belgian thriller Disorder, which starred Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone) and Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds).

The remake has been penned by Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water) and is said to be seen as a potential franchise starter. Sheridan is going to do another pass on the script with Mangold’s input, and Sony and producers Escape Artists are looking to fast track the project into production.

The synopsis for the original Disorder reads: “Vincent, a French Special Forces soldier just back from Afghanistan, is suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder. He is hired to ensure the security of Jessie, the wife of a rich Lebanese businessman at their luxurious villa, “Maryland”. As
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Jake Gyllenhaal Joins Joaquin Phoenix in ‘The Sisters Brothers,’ Oscar Isaac Will Run ‘The Garbo Network’ & More

With four films likely premiering (or already set for a release) this year, Jake Gyllenhaal has now found his next role. The Enemy star is set to join Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly for The Sisters Brothers, according to Variety. The latest film from Palme d’Or-winner Jacques Audiard (Dheepan, A Prophet, Rust and Bone), the neo-noir western is an adaptation of the novel by the same name from Patrick DeWitt, which centers on two brothers (Riley and Phoenix) who are hired to kill a man. This will be Audiard’s first full English-language film and as for Gyllenhaal, following last fall’s Nocturnal Animals, he’ll have Life, Stronger, Wildlife, and Okja all arriving this year.

Meanwhile, another top Hollywood star, Oscar Isaac, has joined the cast of a new World War II thriller titled The Garbo Network. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the espionage tale penned by
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Celluloid boards Andre Téchiné's identity drama 'Golden Years'

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Celluloid boards Andre Téchiné's identity drama 'Golden Years'
Exclusive: Film stars Pierre Deladonchamps and Céline Sallette

Celluloid Dreams has boarded international sales for André Téchiné’s new feature Golden Years (Nos Annees Folles).

The film stars Pierre Deladonchamps (Stranger By The Lake) in the true story of Frenchman Paul Grappe, a First World War deserter who spent a decade disguised as a woman. When he is finally granted amnesty, he tries to live as a man again. His supportive wife Louise is played by Céline Sallette (Rust And Bone, Les Revenants).

The $8m film is set for completion this spring. “I am stunned by the modernity and the lyricism of the film. This is pure cinema, daring and moving. Absolute love is timeless and gender identity more then ever at the heart of our societies. I’m proud to bring this masterful movie out to the world,” said Hengameh Panahi, founder and CEO of Celluloid Dreams.

Téchiné, whose credits include Rendez-Vous, My Favorite
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