A new French poster have landed online for Liv Ullmann’s first film as a director in more than a decade, Miss Julie. An adaptation of August Strindberg’s classic 1888 Swedish battle-of-the-sexes play, ‘Miss Julie’ is led by Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton.
Set on Midsummer’s Eve in a large country house, ‘Miss Julie’ details a battle of both sexes and classes, revolving around the eponymous daughter (Jessica Chastain) of a wealthy landowner, and her flirtation with and seduction of her father’s valet (Colin Farrell), a power struggle that has tragic consequences. The house’s cook and valet’s lover (Samantha Morton) observes the tryst as it unfolds.
No release date has yet been set, but MISS JULIE is expected to be released sometime later this year, assumedly in time for the winter awards season.
Variety is reporting that Icon Film Distribution has acquired the rights to A Most Violent Year for U.K. distribution.
The thriller from writer/director J.C. Chandor (“All Is Lost,” “Margin Call”) stars Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), who is set to star in “Star Wars Episode VII,” and Jessica Chastain (“Miss Julie,” “Zero Dark Thirty”), who is soon to star in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar.”
Currently in post-production, the film is produced by Before The Doors’ Neal Dodson and Washington Square Films’ Anna Gerb, along with Chandor. It is co-financed by Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi, and is being sold internationally by Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment.
Set in New York City during the winter of 1981, the most violent year in the city’s history, the film follows the lives of an immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on the opportunities before them as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.
THR – Al Pacino’s films Salome and Wilde Salome based on Oscar Wilde’s play, are to be screened back-to-back and followed with a Q&A with the Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker.
The two movies will make their U.K. bows as part of a special event at the British Film Institute Southbank complex and will be presented together September 21. The Pacino Q&A will be broadcast live via satellite to cinemas across the U.K. and Ireland and the event will be hosted by Stephen Fry.
Salome is a filmed version of the play while Wilde Salome is a documentary that captures the challenges Pacino faced in performing in the play while simultaneously directing the two features.
Wilde Salome follows Pacino’s journey to Europe to understand more about one of the literary geniuses of the 20th century, Oscar Wilde.
You can check for local screenings on CineStage
The Film Stage has published today a set of new images of Jessica and Colin Farrel on upcoming Miss Julie, as well a (beautiful) poster.
Taking place at a large country estate in Britain over the course of one 1880s midsummer night, Miss Julie explores the brutal, flirtatious power struggle between Julie and John – a young aristocratic woman and her father’s valet.
She is all hauteur longing for abasement; he, polished but coarse. The two of them held together by mutual loathing and attraction. At turns seductive and tender, savage and bullying, their story builds inevitably to a mad, impulsive tryst. Plans are made in desperation, a vision of a life together – unsure if the morning light then brings hope or hopelessness, Julie and John find their escape in an act that is as sublime and horrific as anything in Greek tragedy.
Liv Ullman’s Miss Julie will skillfully weave this great original story of the battle between the sexes and the classes.
Miss Julie is expected to premiere in the fall and is seeking U.S. distribution.
I’ve been teasing – on twitter – our visitors with some images of ‘Tar’, the James Franco film that tells the story of poet C. K. Williams. The movie was filmed back in December/2011 and it’s being awaited for us since then. Its first release was during the Rome Festival in 2012, and after that only two screenings in Austin and New York were done last year.
According to IMDb, the movie title was renamed to ‘Forever Love‘ for its UK release, and our friend @billskaleski has confirmed by sending us the Amazon link. So, the film has a September/2014 release on UK – and the pre-order is available on 8 Sep 2014.
The film was recently released in Australia – sources says May 14, and I wrote the USA/AU distributors for more information regarding any DVD release of theatrical date if any. Stay tuned!
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Vulture did a great interview with Jessica Chastain while in Cannes, as you can read below:
What’s it been like for you to have Him and Her cut into one movie?
It’s tough because, to be honest, they were envisioned as Him and Her — the idea of the male perspective and the female perspective. But, you know, in thinking about it, it’s like, okay, Olivier Assayas made a great film called Carlos that’s five hours long, and that’s the one I saw. There’s also a two-hour version of it that’s also really good, and most Americans saw the two-hour version. [Laughs] So it’s a situation like that. We saw the choices. The audience will be given the opportunity. They can see Him and Her, or they can see Them.
What’s your recommendation?
Well, for the cinephiles and the people who really want to commit, I would definitely say, “See Him and Her.” It’s the full experience.
Deadline.com – After a 10-minute standing ovation at its Cannes premiere this week,elean Harvey Weinstein is going to make a big awards-season push on The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, and in particular the performances of Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. Following that thunderous ovation and glowing reviews, Weinstein told his marketing team it has been a long time since he’d seen performances like these, and that they were to start working on the Oscar campaign strategy and go for it.
The new strategy will be to release the Ned Benson-directed film on September 26 at the start of awards-season films. I mean Them, the version that played Cannes, the one that Benson cut to tell a straight narrative story. Some six weeks later into Oscar season, TWC will release Him and Her, the two versions of the love story that played to acclaim at Toronto last fall.
Nerdist.com reports that Oscar-nominated “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Help” actress Jessica Chastain has been offered a headlining role on the second season of “True Detective,” the HBO procedural anthology series that allured audiences and commanded think pieces for the first few months of 2014. As of the report, Chastain had not accepted the role, yet.
What do you think?
Edit: This rumors was already denied by Jessica’s reps AND HBO.