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Berlin: Hossein Amini’s ‘The Two Faces Of January’ Unveiled (Video)

Writer-director Hossein Amini‘s The Two Faces Of January, based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, has its world premiere here tonight as a Berlinale Special screening. Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac and Kirsten Dunst star in the 1962-set noir that follows glamourous, mysterious American couple Chester and Collette MacFarland (Mortensen & Dunst) as they vacation in Athens. There, they meet Rydal (Isaac), an American working as a tour guide. Impressed by Chester, and attracted to Collette, he is ultimately drawn into a web of deception that leads to a dangerous battle of wits. Drive scripter Amini makes his feature helming debut with the lush-looking January which was shot during the political unrest in Greece (“quite often we’d have a scene and we could hear the riots,” Amini mentioned). He said today that he had first become interested in turning Highsmith’s book into a movie after reading it 25 years ago. Mortensen praised the director, saying he meant no disrespect to Highsmith in calling Amini’s movie “better than the book.” Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner produced the movie with Robyn Slovo and Tom Sternberg. Studiocanal is releasing in the UK in May, and is also selling internationally. Check out the trailer:

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Berlinale Special Lineup Includes World Premieres Of ‘A Long Way Down’, ‘The Two Faces Of January’

berlinaleofficialposterThe Berlinale Special sidebar is part of the Berlin Film Festival‘s official program which offers recent works by contemporary filmmakers, as well as film portraits of renowned personalities and extraordinary formats. This year, 18 movies have been selected, including nine world premieres. This is one of the two faces of januarymore star-studded sections of Berlin. Among the world premieres are Pascal Chaumeil’s A Long Way Down with Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots; Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez with Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich; and Hossein Amini’s The Two Faces Of January with Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac. David O Russell’s heavily Oscar-nominated American Hustle also has a berth. Some of the gala screenings will take place for the first time at the newly-renovated and re-opened Zoo Palast. Discussions with filmmakers will also follow the screenings. The festival runs from February 6-16. Below is a list of the selected titles:

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