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Cannes Report, Day 7: Big Deal for Terrence Malick, Isabelle Huppert Dazzles in ‘Frankie’

Film sales heated up on the Croisette as the Cannes Film Festival entered its second week.

On Monday, Fox Searchlight snapped up the U.S. rights, along with some international rights, to Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life,” selling for $14 million, according to THR.

The deal is one of the largest of the festival so far, and it was a result of a heated bidding war that also included Netflix and Paramount, according to an individual with knowledge.

In Monday’s report, we mentioned that the film was heralded as a beautiful, poetic return to form for Malick, who is back at Cannes after winning the Palme d’Or for “The Tree of Life” back in 2011. August Diehl stars in the film about a World War II conscientious objector in Austria who refused to fight for the Nazis. The film is told in English and German, and Matthias Schoenaerts, Valerie Pachner,
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Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ Snapped Up By Fox Searchlight In 8-Figure Deal After Late-Night Bidding War – Cannes

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Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ Snapped Up By Fox Searchlight In 8-Figure Deal After Late-Night Bidding War – Cannes
Exclusive: Terrence Malick’s Cannes Film Festival competition drama A Hidden Life has been hailed as an impressive return to form for the U.S. writer-director. Buyers immediately began circling after the film’s debut here yesterday, and Fox Searchlight has come out on top for U.S and a number of international markets in a highly competitive situation.

According to sources, deal is pegged at $12 million-$14 million and was hatched overnight with CAA Media Finance and Mister Smith. Paramount, Focus, A24, Netflix and others were among buyers hot on the trail. The deal is one of the biggest ever at a market for a movie shot in Germany.

The English- and German-language film charts the moving true story of Austrian Franz Jägerstätter (played by August Diel), a conscientious objector who refused to fight for the Nazis during World War II. Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Nyqvist, Valerie Pachner, Jurgen Prochnow, Alexander Fehling
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‘A Hidden Life’ Review: Dir. Terrence Malick (2019) [Cannes]

In the time period between 1978 and 1998, Terrence Malick did not release a directorial feature. The twenty year hiatus was broken by a striking WWII movie, the adaptation of James Jones’ 1972 novel The Thin Red Line in 1998, and a flurry of films came in the twenty years that have followed, all to varying success and critical reception. Malick won the prestigious Palme d’Or in Cannes (and the Golden Bear in Berlin) with The Tree Of Life back in 2011, and four full features have released in the years since, none of which quite matched the same dizzying heights. The filmmaker returns in 2019 though, circling back to themes of the second World War with A Hidden Life, a near three-hour, often impressive opus, also debuting in-competition as part of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival from which we review.

It has been said that Malick has returned to a more structured, tighter narrative with this new film,
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2019 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 7 – Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life

After spending a whole bunch of time in post (sadly actors Michael Nyqvist and Bruno Ganz will have never had the chance to see their performances), Terrence Malick makes his third trip to Cannes after Days of Heaven and the Palme d’Or winning The Tree of Life. His tenth feature film, A Hidden Life (featuring August Diehl and Valerie Pachner) is a German-u.S. co-production that explores the true story of one Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II and paid dearly for his convictions. Perhaps a confrere to The Thin Red Line for an anti-war stance but this one comes with no war sequences (save some stock footage) and visually expresses the anguish of making moral choices when it affects more than one.…
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Terrence Malick, Corneliu Porumboiu films receive matching scores on Screen’s Cannes jury grid

Terrence Malick, Corneliu Porumboiu films receive matching scores on Screen’s Cannes jury grid
Both titles recorded an average of 2.5.

Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Whistlers and Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life are the latest titles to bed down on Screen’s Cannes 2019 jury grid, with both films receiving the same average of 2.5.

Porumboiu recorded consistent scores across his 10 marks, with four threes (good) and four twos (average) broken only by a four (excellent) from Meduza’s Anton Dolin and a one (poor) from Sight And Sound’s Nick James.

The Whistlers stars Vlad Ivanov as a corrupt cop who gets involved in a high-stakes heist, using the secret whistling language spoken on the Spanish island of La Gomera.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘A Hidden Life’

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Cannes Film Review: ‘A Hidden Life’
There are no battlefields in Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” — only those of wheat — no concentration-camp horrors, no dramatic midnight raids. But make no mistake: This is a war movie; it’s just that the fight shown raging here is an internal one, between a Christian and his conscience. A refulgent return to form from one of cinema’s vital auteurs, “A Hidden Life” pits the righteous against the Reich, and puts personal integrity over National Socialism, focusing on the true story of Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter’s rejection of Adolf Hitler and his refusal to serve in what he sees as an unjust war.

And lest that sound like more flower-power finger-painting from a director whose oeuvre can sometimes feel like a parody of itself, consider this: Without diminishing the millions of lives lost during World War II, Malick makes a case for rethinking the stakes of that
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Watch: First Clip from Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ Captures a Lover’s Embrace

Are you ready to see .0014% of the new film by Terrence Malick? Ahead of the world premiere of A Hidden Life at Cannes Film Festival on May 19, as part of an Opening Day package Canal+ aired the first clip from the 173-minute film, clocking in at a brief 15 seconds. Still, when it comes to our most-anticipated of the festival, we’ll take what we can get.

A Hidden Life follows Austria’s Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), a conscientious objector who was put to death at the age of 36 for undermining military actions. In the first clip, we get the first glimpse of cinematographer Jörg Widmer as he uses a wide-angle lens to capture a lover’s embrace, also featuring Valerie Pachner.

Also starring Valerie Pachner, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Jürgen Prochnow, as well as the late Michael Nyqvist and Bruno Ganz, check out the clip below courtesy of Canal+ and One Big Soul.
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New Images from Terrence Malick’s Cannes Premiere ‘A Hidden Life’

We’ll soon be sharing our most-anticipated films of Cannes Film Festival, which begins next week, but it’s safe to reveal that the premiere we’re most looking forward to is Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life, formerly titled Radegund. Marking the director’s return to World War II dramas, this one takes a much different perspective than The Thin Red Line.

A Hidden Life follows Austria’s Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), a conscientious objector who was put to death at the age of 36 for undermining military actions. A set of new images have now been unveiled for the film also starring Valerie Pachner, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Jürgen Prochnow, as well as the late Michael Nyqvist and Bruno Ganz. Cannes also updated the initially stated three-hour runtime, which now clocks in at 173 minutes.

Ahead of a world premiere on May 19, check out the new images below, courtesy of One Big Soul.
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Terrence Malick’s WWII Drama ‘Radegund’ Retitled ‘A Hidden Life’ Ahead of Potential Cannes Debut

Terrence Malick’s WWII Drama ‘Radegund’ Retitled ‘A Hidden Life’ Ahead of Potential Cannes Debut
Terrence Malick’s upcoming WWII drama is officially titled “A Hidden Life,” a source close to the film has confirmed to IndieWire. The long-in-the-works film had been previously going by the title “Radegund.” The historical drama stars August Diehl as Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector to World War II who was guillotined by the Third Reich in 1943. The supporting cast includes Valerie Pachner, Matthias Schoenaerts, and the late actors Michael Nyqvist and Bruno Ganz.

The industry is abuzz that “A Hidden Life” could world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, bringing Malick back to the prestigious event for the first time since winning the Palme d’Or with “The Tree of Life.” Since then, Malick has premiered his movies at Venice, Berlin (“Knight of Cups”), and SXSW (“Song to Song”). The filmmaker has been working on “A Hidden Life” for over two years now, which has led many
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Cannes Predictions: From Tarantino to Malick, Americans Should Be Well Represented

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Cannes Predictions: From Tarantino to Malick, Americans Should Be Well Represented
The lineup for the Cannes Film Festival won’t be officially unveiled until April 18, but early indications suggest that Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and Kristen Stewart thriller “Against All Enemies” will all make their world premieres on the Croisette in May.

If Cannes director Thierry Frémaux is able to snag those three films, the French festival will already be looking at a starrier and potentially more glamorous edition than last year, when a combination of factors — a royal wedding, an industry-led embargo on Netflix movies, and the perception that fall festivals serve as better launchpads for Oscar hopefuls — led to one of the most underwhelming Cannes competition slates in years. The program itself wasn’t bad, but light on English-language fare and established directors, meaning that for the majority of American press, there literally wasn’t much to write home about.
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #30. Radegund – Terrence Malick

Radegund

Leave it to Terrence Malick to leave us interminably wondering when and where his next completed film will surface, and his latest, the German co-pro Radegund has been no exception. While many thought it would surface at Cannes or Venice in 2018, Malick’s WWII drama was nowhere to be found. Besides showcasing a notable Euro list of male actors such as August Diehl (fresh off playing Karl Marx for Raoul Peck), Swiss icon Bruno Ganz, Germany’s Franz Rogowski, Jurgen Prochnow and Alexander Fehling, Belgium star Matthias Schoenaerts, and it is an opportunity to see Swedish Michael Nyqvist in one of his final film roles prior to his death in June of 2017.…
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From Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ To Kristen Stewart As Jean Seberg: 28 Movies That Could Light Up Film Festivals In 2019

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The impassioned debate about Netflix’s place at major European festivals looks set to continue in 2019, but here we run down some of the undeclared films we’d love to see grace the festival circuit in 2019.

The Irishman

Perhaps the most-anticipated stand-alone film of the year. Martin Scorsese directs Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel and Anna Paquin in the big-budget crime drama about a mob hitman who recalls his possible involvement in the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa. Cannes would be a dream scenario for film lovers but that currently looks unlikely given the ongoing impasse between the festival and Netflix, which backed and will release the pic. Could the two come to an arrangement? A release date has yet to be set.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s anticipated ninth film is as starry as they come. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino
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The "Kursk" Submarine Disaster

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Take a look at the feature "Kursk", directed by Thomas Vinterberg, based on author Robert Moore's "A Time to Die", about the true story of the 2000 'Kursk Submarine' disaster, starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Colin Firth, Léa Seydoux, Peter Simonischek, Max von Sydow, Matthias Schweighöfer and Michael Nyqvist:

"...based on the 2000 'K-141' 'Kursk' submarine disaster, with 118 sailors dying, Kursk sank during a naval exercise in the Barents Sea. 

"Twenty-three sailors survived, trapped in the sub, desperately waiting for help to arrive, while their oxygen ran out minute-by-minute. 

"But the government refused help for five days before agreeing to aid from the Brits and Norwegians..."

Cast also includes Martin Brambach, Guido De Craene, Geoffrey Newland, Danny Van Meenen, Kristof Coenen, Matthias Schweighöfer and Lars Brygmann.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Kursk"...
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Review: ‘Hunter Killer’ is an Expendable Throwback

Created for a world in which our President and the Russian President weren’t BFFs, Hunter Killer is an absurd and occasionally fun military thriller full of grandstanding speeches and special effects that are just good enough. Gerard Butler stars as the stone-faced Joe Glass, the commanding officer of the USS Arkansas who is pulled out of retirement precisely because he’s an out of the box thinker who didn’t graduate from Annapolis (or so we’re told many times in the first 20 minutes). No sir, our man came up in the Navy doing every job on a submarine.

In the film’s opening moments on an American sub, the USS Tampa Bay is shot down in Russian waters leading to high alert in Washington. Under the command of Rear Admiral John Fisk (Common) and Nsa operative Jayne Norquist (Linda Cardellini), an elite Seal squad is sent into Russia
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Film Review: Sub Movie ‘Hunter Killer’ is Absurd and Entertaining

Chicago – The United States military as superheroes has never gotten a better workout than in “Hunter Killer,” the title that sounds like a Halloween-themed movie, but it’s a style of submarine that seeks to adjust our geo-political balance. Gerard Butler is the commander hoping to prevent World War 3.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

There are several absurdities, starting with the casting. The rapper Common portrays a starchy military man but looks like he’s playing dress up, and has to hear lines from Gary Oldman (as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) like “I know you’re a war hero, but…” Gerard Butler is on an action movie streak (“Hunter Killer” was made by the same production team that gave us “Olympus Has Fallen” and “London Has Fallen” with Gerard), but his Scottish accent couldn’t pronounce the word “naval.” But the film moves along in a decent action-oriented pace, and
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Review: ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ is an Unremarkable and Superficial Reboot

David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the American adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s 2005 bestseller, was most successful as a mood piece, one that provided brooding, wintry surfaces masquerading the impression of depth. Though aided by a compelling turn from Rooney Mara, who transcended the atmospherics by imbuing protagonist Lisbeth Salander with deadpan fury, Dragon Tattoo was hobbled by the source material’s exposition-laden mystery narrative, which was unable to absorb on its own accord even with the best procedural director currently working in Hollywood behind the camera. Fincher makes the film watchable because he excels at elevating this type of work, but sometimes the work remains the work.

Yet, much of the film’s visual language—Salander’s characterization, gray Swedish exteriors, feminist-driven vigilante justice, casual sadism—have become effortlessly iconic in the interim. It’s no surprise that Hollywood would try to revamp the series and
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Hunter Killer – Review

Okay film fans, buy your ticket, settle into your seat, and grab the armrests as you prepare to submerge! Dive, dive, dive into the murky depths of another underwater adventure (and just hope you don’t become “Spam in the can”). This subset of the war film genre has been cruising the cinemas for well over 75 years, longer if you count the movie adaptations of Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo. The gold sub flick standard might have been the two torpedo blasts from 1958’s Run Silent Run Deep and 1961’s Sf-themed Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea (which spawned a weekly TV series soon after). Things were quiet beneath the waves (well after The Incredible Mr. Limpet scuttled the U-boat menace) until the Cold War set 1989 smash The Hunt For Red October which began a 13-year wave of ocean thrillers including Crimson Tide, U-571, and K-19: The Widowmaker. After some time away,
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Hunter Killer Review: Gerard Butler's Submarine Thriller Sinks

Hunter Killer is a submarine thriller that plays out like a CGI video game. It moves at a breakneck pace, never slowing down long enough to establish real tension. The plot, based on the novel "Firing Point" by Don Keith and George Wallace, had promise. International intrigue, cat and mouse military tactics, an all-star cast, the elements were on the page for a good film. If only Hunter Killer had taken more time to digest the material. Poor execution unfortunately sinks the ship.

A U.S. submarine goes missing after shadowing a Russian submarine in the arctic. At the Pentagon, Rear Admiral John Fisk (Common) dispatches a hunter killer attack submarine, the U.S.S. Arkansas, to investigate the disappearance. Gerard Butler stars as Commander Joe Glass, the new captain of the Arkansas, in his first deployment with the crew. He isn't a product of the naval academy, but a
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Movie Review – Hunter Killer (2018)

Hunter Killer, 2018.

Directed by Donovan Marsh.

Starring Gary Oldman, Gerard Butler, Common, Ryan McPartlin, Linda Cardellini. Michael Nyqvist, Michael Trucco, Caroline Goodall, Zane Holtz, Toby Stephens, David Gyasi, Gabriel Chavarria, Carter MacIntyre, Taylor John Smith, Henry Goodman, Colin Stinton, Shane Taylor, Will Attenborough, Christopher Goh, Sarah Middleton, Mikhail Gorevoy, Adam James, Corey Johnson, Alexander Diachenko, and Ilia Volok.

Synopsis:

An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.

If Hunter Killer had stayed underwater for the duration of its running time, there might have been something worthwhile to come out of it. Unlike most Gerard Butler action vehicles, this one has more of an espionage thriller feel to it, and a dialed back performance from the macho leading man of such “America fuck yeah” movies; it still clearly functions as military propaganda that is disinterested
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'Halloween' grips North America in $76m smash debut as powerhouse October rolls on (update)

'Halloween' grips North America in $76m smash debut as powerhouse October rolls on (update)
Jonah Hill feature directorial debut Mid90s opens on thunderous $64,539 per-theatre average.

October 22 Update: A powerhouse October continued to deliver the goods as Universal/Blumhouse’s horror reboot Halloween starring Jamie Lee Curtis stormed to the top of the North American charts on a franchise-best $76.2m that produced the second best October debut in history behind recent release Venom.

This was the second highest debut for an R-rated horror behind last year’s It on $123.4m, and, 40 years after John Carpenter’s iconic horror classic first hit the screens, the latest entry in the saga of crazed killer Michael Myers
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