The first trailer for director David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method has been released, and it’s fantastic. Based on Christopher Hampton’s 2002 play The Talking Cure, the film centers on the relationship between Carl Jung (played by Michael Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), the woman who came between them. The trailer is intense, showcasing what are sure to be some powerhouse performances, as well as a score by Howard Shore. Oh, and there’s sex. Lots of sex. This is Cronenberg after all. Sony Pictures Classics is set to release the film, hopefully sometime this year. Hit the jump to watch the trailer for yourself.
Director David Cronenberg’s latest flick, A Dangerous Method, has been picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. Based on Christopher Hampton’s 2002 play The Talking Cure, the film centers on the relationship between Carl Jung (played by Michael Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), the woman who came between them. The fantastic cast also includes Vincent Cassel. Images from the film were released late last year, giving us a preview of what’s sure to be one hell of a period film with Cronenberg at the helm. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
The Cannes Film Festival is only halfway finished but we’re already looking ahead to another major European film fest: Venice. Early selections have been announced for the 68th Venice Film Festival and there are already some fantastic additions. Roman Polanski’s Carnage and David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method will both be making their world premieres at the festival along with Steve McQueen’s Shame, Todd Solondz’ Dark Horse, Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam documentary PJ20, and more. Variety also reports that films submitted but not yet approved for the festival include Madonna’s W.E., Walter Salles’ On the Road, and Luc Besson’s The Lady. Then there’s the film that are being tipped to premiere at Venice: Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, Steven Sodebergh’s Contagion and Haywire, and a toss-up between Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.
So if you’re already seething with jealousy that you’re not attending Cannes this year, hold on to that jealousy because it looks like you’re going to need it when Venice rolls around. The 68th Venice Film Festival runs from August 31st to September 10th.
New images from David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method have gone online. The film is based on Christopher Hampton’s 2002 play The Talking Cure and centers on the relationship between Carl Jung (played by Michael Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), the woman who came between them. I’m a huge Cronenberg fan and his previous collaborations with Mortensen have been terrific. Throw in great actors like Fassbender and Knightley and you have one of my must-see films of 2011.
Hit the jump to check out the images.
Vincent Cassel cuts a menacing yet charismatic figure as the notorious Jacques Mesrine and proves once again he knows how to play a tough guy like no other. His bold choice of roles throughout his career and the fearless way in which he inhabits his characters made him the perfect choice. The award winning European actor’s latest performance in Jean-Francois Richet’s two-part thriller biopic, Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1, is one of his best. Shot on location in France, Spain, Algeria, Canada and the U.S., the films’ visual style and dark vibe take their inspiration from iconic 1970s action and gangster films. Adapted by Abdel Raouf Dafri from Mesrine’s autobiography, the exciting double bill splits the story into two parts to explore the man behind the icon and chart the outlaw odyssey of the legendary French gangster of the 1960s and 1970s who came to be known as French Public Enemy No. 1 and The Man of a Thousand Faces.
We sat down with Vincent Cassel to ask him what it was like to portray one of history’s most infamous gangsters. The actor who garnered international acclaim as a Russian thug in Eastern Promises told us what he did to prepare for the physically demanding role, how it took seven years to get the film made, and why he considers Mesrine a wannabe who became what he wanted to be. He also updated us on his upcoming projects including the Darren Aronofsky psychological thriller Black Swan, Romain Gavras’s Our Day Will Come, David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, The Monk and Fantomas.
Nearing the end of a ten week European shoot, the first images of David Cronenberg’s (A History of Violence) A Dangerous Method have surfaced online via The Playlist, tt.com and heute.at. The film, which stars Viggo Mortensen and young-Magneto/Michael Fassbender as psychiatrists Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung respectively, portrays the relationship of Jung and patient Sabina Spielrein (played by Keira Knightley) and the imbalance it eventually causes between Jung and his mentor-Freud.
Hit the jump for a synopsis as well as a look at the impressive images as the costume and makeup for both Mortensen and Fassbender seem to be very accurate representations of their critical thinking counterparts. Based on the acclaimed 2002 play The Talking Cure by Christopher Hampton, A Dangerous Method is currently anticipating a 2011 release.
Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard have come on board David Cronenberg’s next film, Cosmopolis, based on Don DeLillo’s 2003 novel of the same name. Here’s how Variety describes the film: “The thriller follows a multimillionaire on a 24-hour odyssey across Manhattan. Farrell will play the asset manager who loses all his wealth over the course of one day. Cotillard will play his wife.” I think it goes from being a thriller to a comedy if you just add the sad trombone sound cue when Farrell loses all the guy’s money (although most films become comedies when you bring in sad trombone). Cosmopolis will follow-up Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, which starts shooting this month in Germany and stars Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen.
It’s been a busy week for Farrell. Yesterday, we reported that he had been cast in Craig Gillespie’s remake of Fright Night and he’s also been cast in Seth Gordon’s dark comedy Horrible Bosses.