Even when you are your home country’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film, it’s hard not to get lost in the competition among all the participating countries. Morocco’s selection, the Nabil Ayouch-directed Horses Of God, has gotten the support of Oscar-winning helmer Jonathan Demme, who has signed on as presenter of the film. Inspired by the real-life 2003 suicide bombings in Casablanca, the film explores how ordinary people can come to be involved in such desperate, unfathomable actions. The pic was acclaimed in Cannes, and Wild Bunch is selling distribution rights in the U.S. In a statement, Demme called the film “simply one of the very most powerful pictures that I have ever seen. Extraordinarily gripping and moving, the cinematic style is really breathtaking. I can’t remember being so blown away by the marriage of visuals and storytelling since the first time I saw Marty Scorsese’s Mean Streets and Bertolucci’s The Conformist.”
Global Showbiz Briefs: Jonathan Demme’s ‘Fear Of Falling’ To Premiere At Rome Fest; ‘We Are The Best!’ Lines Up Sales; More
Jonathan Demme’s ‘Fear Of Falling’ To Premiere At Rome Fest
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme‘s Fear Of Falling will have its world premiere at the eighth annual Rome Film Festival in November. The film is based on a theater production — performed only a few times to friends — created for the stage by the actor-filmaker André Gregory, based on Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, translated and adapted by actor-playwright Wallace Shawn. Gregory and Shawn also star in the film. Fear of Falling is produced by Rocco Caruso. The Rome fest runs November 8-17.
TrustNordisk Sells ‘We Are The Best!’ In Australia, Italy, Taiwan
TrustNordisk has closed multiple deals on Lukas Moodysson’s We Are The Best!, which premiered at Venice premiere and screened at Toronto. The Swedish teen punk film has sold to Australia (NewVision Films), Italy (Bim Distribuzione) and Taiwan (Maison Motion), with talks ongoing for other territories. We Are The Best! revolves around three young outsiders in 1980s Stockholm who find unity in music and form a punk band without having any instruments. Lars Jönsson for Memfis Film produced the film, which bows October 11 in Sweden.
Oscar-winning Silence Of The Lambs helmer Jonathan Demme has been tapped to direct and executive produce AMC’s drama pilot Line Of Sight. The project, from Brotherhood creator Blake Masters, marks AMC’s first foray into the sci-fi …
EXCLUSIVE: When you see a filmmaker like Martin Scorsese or Jonathan Demme put their brand names on movies, you wonder how involved they get. Scorsese put his imprimatur on two films this month – Luc Besson’s Malavita and Andy Lau’s Revenge of the Green Dragons. Now, Demme has taken a “presenting” credit on Adam Leon‘s Gimme The Loot, hoping his contribution will be that people notice a worthy indie when it gets released in late March by IFC Films/Sundance Selects. Gimme The Loot won Best Narrative Feature at last year’s SXSW. Leon is a current nominee for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Film.
Said Demme: “Knowing that Gimme The Loot is — astonishingly — Adam Leon’s first feature most certainly adds to the film’s extraordinary sense of achievement. But the sheer entertainment value of this very smart, hilarious, and heartfelt movie made by young filmmakers about contemporary young people, filmed and played with great freshness and originality, is what makes Gimme The Loot a truly thrilling experience — this is really one crazily accomplished American motion picture debut.”
NEW YORK (October 11, 2011) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired the Worldwide Rights, excluding Latin America, to Jonathan Demme’s film, NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS from Shakey Pictures and Clinica Estetico. Demme and Elliot Rabinowitz produced the film, with Declan Quinn (RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW, JIMMY CARTER MAN FROM PLAINS) who served as director of photography. NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS had its World Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival to a tremendous audience and great critical acclaim.
NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS marks the third film between Demme and Sony Pictures Classics. Previous films include JIMMY CARTER MAN FROM PLAINS and RACHEL GETTING MARRIED.
EXCLUSIVE: No announcements yet from either agency, but Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme (Silence Of The Lambs) had been an ICM client for seven years. The iconclastic helmer works in film moving between indie projects and big studio productions, TV, and theater. For Demme, ICM put together Rachel Getting Married, the …
Pete Hammond Remembers Sidney Lumet
Having covered Hollywood from a New York base for over 20 years, I watched Gotham hold its own because of filmmakers that included Jonathan Demme, Alan Pakula, Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese and Sidney Lumet. So let’s see where that leaves us. Demme doesn’t work often enough. Pakula, whose resume includes one of the greatest American movies ever in All the President’s Men, died in a freak accident on the Long Island Expressway. Allen has been on an extended tour of Europe that I admit has completely reinvigorated him as a filmmaker but hasn’t helped the production scene in Manhattan. Scorsese shoots all over the place, and Lee has had trouble getting his films funded even though he’s a voice well worth hearing. Finally, Lumet, the guy who made seminal movies like Network, 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon and Serpico, and continued directing films at such a fast pace that co-workers swore he shot while double-parked, passed away. Now, Lincoln Center has announced a summer series of films made by the great Lumet. It is worth checking out some of his great films. Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for that electrifying new New York filmmaker who’ll have the clout to force productions to be shot in his backyard despite the high union costs, and who makes Gotham relevant again on the feature scene. Here’s the info on the Lumet retrospective:
New York, NY, June 27, 2011- Following a heartfelt and entertaining memorial for Sidney Lumet at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with speakers and performers including Lauren Bacall, Walter Bernstein, Bobby Cannavale, Glenn Close, Jonathan Demme, James Gandolfini, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jenny Lumet, David Mamet, Phylilis Newman and Christopher Walken among others, the Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the details today for a retrospective of the admired and beloved director’s work, Prince of the City: Remembering Sidney Lumet which will screen at the Walter Reade Theater July 19 – 25.
EXCLUSIVE: There is a saying that you’ve got to be an Oscar winner to get to direct an HBO pilot these days: look at Martin Scorsese (Boardwalk Empire), Alexander Payne (Hung), Bill Condon (Tilda) and Kathryn Bigelow (The Miraculous Year). Now you may need an Oscar statuette to be an episodic director on the pay cable channel too. The Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme has been tapped to direct two episodes of HBO’s upcoming Mike White/Laura Dern comedy series Enlightened.