The Celebration (1998)
The 10-part show was created for Nordic Entertainment Group’s Viaplay streaming service and has been picked up in key territories, including in the U.S. by Hulu and in Australia by Sbs. Co-writer, director and star Rafael Edholm is on board to help develop the U.S. adaptation.
The remake is also being developed by Fredrik Lundberg for HandsUp Sthlm, together with Kim Magnusson (“I Kill Giants”) and Madwood Studios’ Michael Flutie (“Westside”), for both the U.S. and international markets.
Nordic Entertainment (Nent) Group has a longstanding relationship with Lionsgate Television, as the U.S. company is handling the worldwide sales of Nent Group’s original productions “Swedish Dicks,
In “Ben Is Back,” writer-director Peter Hedges tells the story of one day in the life of a family whose oldest son has been battling an opioid addiction. Fresh from a stint in rehab, Ben Burns (Hedges’ real-life son Lucas) makes an unexpected appearance at his family’s house for Christmas, leading his mother (Julia Roberts) on a descent into the drug underworld to help save him.
“I come from a family that has been ravaged by alcoholism,” Hedges said. “But more recently, a good friend overdosed and died, my favorite actor ever [Philip Seymour Hoffman] overdosed and died and a family member nearly died.
“This was untenable loss, so I started exploring why heroin and opioids were impacting so many many people I love. And it’s
“My film’s sort of a joke about my culture, that I thought we could all laugh along together to, until I realized that this understanding wasn’t quite universal,” she said in a recent interview. “At screenings, mostly across Europe and North America, it occurred to me that audiences weren’t really in on the joke.” Some audiences would apologize for laughing at certain parts, “maybe feeling like they were punching down by laughing at Africans in a certain predicament,
This is both a blessing and a burden for Thomas Vinterberg’s expensive, glossy recreation of the disaster and its immediate aftermath, “Kursk.” On the one hand, it’s a story everyone knows, and on the other hand, it’s a story everyone knows. How to make it feel new and exciting while being respectful of the real lives
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As the co-founder of the Dogme 95 movement — the other forefather being Lars Von Trier — Vinterberg is hardly a novice in the cinematic world, though both of his most recent features “Far From the Madding Crowd” and “The Commune” have failed to shake up the scene when compared to “The Hunt” or his debut outing “The Celebration.”
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Nevertheless, the filmmaker’s upcoming film “Kursk” may be able to change the tide in Vinterberg’s favor.
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TrustNordisk has acquired rights and will kick off pre-sales for Thomas Vinterberg’s upcoming feature at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The untitled project revolves around four friends who embark on an experiment to remain constantly drunk. Whille initially successful, the plan eventually derails.
The film, which is now in pre-production, will star an as-yet-announced Danish cast and will be produced by Sisse Graum and Zentropa Entertainment. Vinterberg’s The Hunt and Submarino co-writer Tobias Lindholm is writing the script.
Principal photography is expected to begin in summer 2019 with a budget of €3.8m.
Director David Lowery takes us through A Ghost Story, as well as what his plans are for the live action Peter Pan...
Most moviegoers know David Lowery for his very successful remake of Pete’s Dragon, but some will also know him for his indie breakout film, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. His latest project, A Ghost Story was a very personal project for Lowery who launched into it only a few days after Pete’s Dragon wrapped. Lowery has a few other projects coming along, including the highly anticipated Peter Pan remake.
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The above-mentioned co-writer is none other than A War writer/director Tobias Lindholm, a name that may not mean much to those new to Vinterberg’s work after being introduced through his stateside debut, but one adds profound intrigue to an already interesting picture. Set in the 1970s, the film introduces us to Anna, a well-respected newswoman, and her husband Erik, an architecture teacher at a nearby university. Married and living a seemingly rewarding life in Copenhagen, the couple have their squabbles, but outside of the usual boredom one
Thomas Vinterberg first came to fame with the Dogme 95 masterpiece The Celebration (1998) which was an international success reaping Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Foreign Film. Oscar famously snubbed it during their long stretch of controversial years in the 90s and 00s where they regularly ignored major critical darlings eventually prompting reforms to the selection process in the late Aughts. Vinterberg was eventually nominated with another international success The Hunt (2012) and after his English language sleeper success Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) it's safe to say he's on quite a roll currently.
For years people had suggested to Vinterberg that he make a film about commune life since he had grown up in one
Starring Trine Dyrholm, Ulrich Thomsen, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Lars Ranthe and Fares Fares, the movie takes a look at ambitious group of adults who establish an idealistic commune, only to watch it crumble in the face of personal scandal.
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Before I Fall (Ry Russo-Young)
Harold Ramis certainly didn’t invent it, but his Groundhog Day made the narrative loop device a mainstream mainstay, lovingly aped in everything from Source Code to Edge of Tomorrow to 50 First Dates. In Before I Fall, the loop treatment is utilized rather intelligently by director Ry Russo-Young, from Maria Maggenti screenplay adapted from Lauren Oliver‘s novel. – Dan M. (full review)
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Per the film’s official synopsis, “Erik and Anna are a professional couple with a dream. Along with their daughter Freja, they set up a commune in Erik’s huge villa in the upmarket district of Copenhagen. With the family in the center of the story, we are invited into the dream of a real commune; we participate in house meetings, dinners and parties. It is friendship, love and togetherness under one roof until an earth-shattering love affair puts the community and the commune to its greatest test.”
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What could possibly go wrong? Turns out, even
“Back when we did Borgen everyone told us that it would not be possible to take boring Danish coalition politics and make it into a drama – it couldn’t be done” remembers series writer Jeppe Gjervig Gram. From the drama of Danish politics that was lauded by critics and audiences alike, Gram went onto the new challenge of corporate crime drama Follow the Money. Yet the creator and writer of Nordic Noir’s only white collar crime drama series acknowledges the importance of Borgen, that instilled in him a confidence by achieving that which was said to be impossible. “Somehow we managed to and inspired by that experience I felt that we could do it with finance as well.”
The second season continues shortly after the events of the first. While Gram transposes the setting of the major company
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On this day in showbiz history...
1921 Charles Bronson of Death Wish and Dirty Dozen fame is born
1931 Monica Vitti born in Italy. You haven't lived until you've seen her mussing with her hair in L'Avventura
1952 Roseanne Barr is born in Utah of all places. Goes on to create one of the best and most important sitcoms of all time, Roseanne
1954 The first Godzilla movie opens. Many more will follow
1956 The Wizard of Oz gets its first television airing. Annual showings will become a beloved tradition that cements the movie's cultural legacy
1957 Hunky action icon Dolph Lundren born in Stockholm
1963 Popular Oscar winning documentarian Davis Guggenheim is born. His films include He Named Me Malala, An Inconvenient Truth, and Waiting for Superman
Now playing in select theaters is Little Men, the newest film from director Ira Sachs, with whom we recently spoke to about its making. The plot follows two teenage boys in Brooklyn, NY who develop a budding friendship, despite the feuding of their parents over the lease of a local dress shop. The film is already receiving raves from critics, including our own review
Thomas Vinterberg is the Danish film director who, with Lars von Trier, co-founded Dogme 95, a movement that aimed to “purify” film-making by, among other things, minimising the use of special effects. In 1998, he wrote and directed the first Dogme film, Festen (The Celebration), which won numerous awards. However, his 2003 film, It’s All About Love, starring Claire Danes and Joaquin Phoenix, was a famous flop, and his reputation did not fully recover until the Oscar-nominated The Hunt (2012), about a man wrongly accused of child abuse. His new film is Kollektivet (The Commune), set in Copenhagen in the early 70s. It stars Ulrich Thomsen as Erik and Trine Dyrholm as Anna, a middle-class couple who set up a commune, with disastrous consequences for their marriage.
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