Sundance 2015: First Images from 6 DESIRES, ALOFT, EDEN, and GIRLHOOD

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Our Sundance 2015 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere in the Spotlight category the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Briefly:

  • 6 Desires: DH Lawrence and Sardinia – Documentary directed by Mark Cousins.
  • Aloft – Written and directed by Claudia Llosa; starring Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Mélanie Laurent, and William Shimell.
  • Eden – Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve; starring Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Greta Gerwig, Brady Corbet, Arsinee Khanjian, and Vincent Macaigne.
  • Girlhood – Written and directed by Céline Sciamma; starring Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamoh, Mariétou Touré, Idrissa Diabaté, and Simina Soumaré.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st.

Sundance Announces Spotlight, Midnight, and New Frontier Films for 2015 Festival; Includes Eli Roth’s KNOCK KNOCK Starring Keanu Reeves

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Yesterday, Sundance unveiled the titles that will be screening at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Competition, World Competition, and NEXT categories.  Today, the festival has announced a slew of films that will be screening next month in Park City in the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, and New Frontier categories.  Highlights include the new Keanu Reeves-fronted film from director Eli Roth, Knock, Knock and the feature directorial debut of new The Crow director Corin HardyThe Hallow, as well as Spotlight consideration for films that have previously premiered elsewhere like the Andrew Garfield-fronted housing crisis drama 99 Homes and the historical drama ’71, starring Jack O’Connell.

Check out the full list of Sundance 2015 films screening under the Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, and New Frontier categories after the jump, and be sure to come back next month for our full coverage of the festival, including reviews and interviews.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22nd – February 1st.


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The Toronto International Film Festival is fast approaching, so a lot of our attention has been on that, but soon after Toronto wraps, the 2014 New York Film Festival begins, so it’s time to start considering that as well, especially because The Film Society of Lincoln Center just announced the main slate lineup.

I’ll be in New York City covering the event so I’ve already got my eye on the Opening Night Gala selection, Gone Girl, and the Closing Night Gala selection, Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, but now it’s time to make room for more like Bennett Miller’s Cannes 2014 hit, Foxcatcher, Maps to the Stars starring Julianne Moore, Damien Chazelle’s Sundance Film Festival award winner, Whiplash, and more.  Hit the jump to check out the full New York Film Festival lineup.  The festival runs from September 26th – October 12th.

New Trailer for Forced Prostitution Drama EDEN Starring Jamie Chung

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Phase 4 has released a new trailer for the human trafficking drama Eden.  As you probably inferred from the “human trafficking drama” description, Eden looks pretty messed up.  Jamie Chung stars as a Korean-American teenager abducted and forced into prostitution: “Throughout the two years she is held, Eden reluctantly ensures her own survival by carving out power and influence within the very organization that has imprisoned her.”

Eden got solid reviews at SXSW 2012 (I like THR’s account of a “grim but gripping” film), so the harrowing tale (based on a true story) looks to be worth the effort.  You can find Eden in theaters starting March 20.  Matt O’Leary and Beau Bridges co-star in the Megan Griffiths-directed thriller.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

Jamie Chung and Scoot McNairy to Star in EDEN, an Indie Drama About Human Trafficking

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Most recently seen playing Ed Helms’ fiancée in The Hangover Part II, Jamie Chung is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces. Early roles in such clunkers as Dragonball: Evolution and Sorority Row led Chung to small parts in the widely viewed Adam Sandler/Kevin James flicks I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and Grown Ups. Now, Chung has a chance to topline in Eden, an indie flick directed by Megan Griffiths (The Off Hours), in a true-to-life story about a Korean-American girl who is abducted by human traffickers and sold into prostitution. Eden tells not only the story of her abduction, but also how she spent two years of imprisonment manipulating and influencing her captors to gain power and stay alive.

Scoot McNairy, who starred in Griffith’s The Off Hours, is in negotiations to co-star alongside Chung. The script, written by Griffiths and Richard B. Phillips is based on a story by Phillips and Chong Kim. Shooting is planned for August of this year in Seattle and eastern Washington state. Hit the jump for more on Chung and McNairy’s current projects.

Series Pilots Land Directors Including Mark Romanek for LOCKE & KEY and Jonas Pate for BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME

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As the TV industry plows through development season, four potential new series just landed directors for their respective pilots. First, Mark Romanek, director of the much-buzzed about Never Let Me Go, will direct the pilot for the series adaptation of Joe Hill’s comic book Locke & Key. Combine his talent behind the camera with producers Steven Spielberg, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and writer Josh Friedman and it sounds like we’ve got one hell of a series on the way.

Hit the jump for news on the pilot directors for three more forthcoming series in development.

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