Oscar-winning director Juan Jose Campanella (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) will make his English-language feature-film debut with an adaptation of the children’s fantasy novel Heck. According to Heat Vision, Heck is like a kids’ version of Dante’s Inferno and with that, I am instantly sold. The plot “centers on a good kid named Milton Fauster (what child is going to get those references?) who, with his shoplifting sister, dies in a freak accident and ends up in an unearthly reform school called Heck.”
Heck is part of a series, and the film will be an adaptation of the first book, Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go. Spyglass Entertainment, who is producing the film, is currently looking for a writer and plans to make Heck, “a big, effects-driven family adventure in the vein of Beetlejuice.” Hit the jump for more details on the book because it sounds great.
The contenders for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film have just been narrowed to an elite nine films: El Secreto de Sus Ojos, Samson & Delilah, The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner, Un Prophète, The White Ribbon, Ajami, Kelin, Winter in Wartime, and The Milk of Sorrow. Germany’s The White Ribbon probably has the highest profile stateside, as it recently won the analogous Golden Globe. If it makes the cut, Un Prophète would give France it’s record 35th nomination in the category. Meanwhile, Australia, Bulgaria, and Peru are all looking to earn their first nominations in the award’s 43 years of existence. Although I haven’t seen it, I’m pulling for The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner out of Bulgaria based on title alone.
Hit the break for a press release with the full list including director and nation of origin for each film, plus a description of the selection process.