Paul Wesley, Emmy Rossum, and Ron Perlman to Star in Feature Film Adaptation of Oscar-Winning Short CURFEW

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A feature film adaptation of Shawn Christensen’s short film Curfew is moving forward.  The pic won Christensen the Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short last year, and the story centers on a man whose attempted suicide is interrupted when he gets a phone call from his estranged sister asking him to go searching for his 11-year-old niece.  Deadline reports that Emmy Rossum (Beautiful Creatures), Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries), and Ron Perlman will star in the untitled feature, which is said to be “loosely” based on the short.  Fatima Ptacek, who played the niece in the short, will reprise her role for the film, which will mark Christensen’s feature directing debut.  Filming will commence this summer in New York City.

Hit the jump to watch a trailer for Christensen’s short.

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  • 655321

    “the story centers on a man whose attempted suicide is interrupted when he gets a phone call from his estranged sister asking him to go searching for his 11-year-old niece”

    The short is actually about his estranged sister asking him to babysit his estranged niece for the evening while she deals with her abusive relationship. It was good, but definitely not the best of the nominated shorts. Asad should have taken home the Oscar!

    • Bacata

      Actually, it’s clear that you didn’t see the film because the story is not “about his estranged sister,” as she is only introduced in the last minute of the film and is there for only about 40 seconds. Asad was a fairly good film, but as the critics pointed out, it was somewhat contrived in its attempt to heighten awareness of the plight of a Somali community whose young men turned to pirating. In it’s genre, Bushkazi Boys was far more convincing and of far more superb quality than Asad. Asad was pedantic – marred by artificial melodrama and predictability. Curfew was the obvious choice of the five nominees, evidenced by its 40+ awards – both Jury and Audience – at many of the most respected international film festivals, and it was the clear favorite among most critics going into the Oscars. There was absolutely no surprise among those of us watching that Curfew won the Academy Award.

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