The 2014 Sundance Film Festival has announced its “Spotlight” category, which they describe as “Regardless of where these films have played throughout the world, the Spotlight program is a tribute to the cinema we love.” They’ve released new images and brief synopses for the following Spotlight selections:
- Blue Ruin – Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier; starring Macon Blair, Amy Hargreaves, Sidné Anderson, Devin Ratray, and Kevin Kolack.
- The Double – Directed by Richard Ayoade; starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, Cathy Moriarty, and James Fox.
- Locke – Written and directed by Steven Knight; starring Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, Tom Holland, and Bill Milner.
- R100 – Written and directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto; starring Nao Ohmori, Lindsay Kay Hayward, and Hairi Katagiri.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16 – 26th.
Yesterday, the Sundance Film Festival announced the lineup for the 2014 in-competition films. Today, the fest has unveiled the list of films that will screen as part of the Park City and Midnight, Spotlight, New Frontier, and the new Sundance Kids categories. The films include You’re Next director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett’s new film The Guest, director Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow; Red vs. Dead, director Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, director Richard Ayoade’s The Double, the Tom Hardy film Locke, and more. Hit the jump to take a look at the full lineup. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.
Following yesterday’s big acquisition of the crowd-favorite Can a Song Save Your Life? at the Toronto International Film Festival, we’ve got a few other acquisition stories to attend to:
- After an intense bidding war, Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to Jason Bateman’s directorial debut Bad Words for a whopping $7 million. The spelling bee comedy earned strong marks after its TIFF debut and is slated for a 2014 release. Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, and Ben Falcone (Bridesmaids) also star.
- Director/star John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo has been picked up for worldwide rights by Millennium for $3 million, per Deadline. Turturro stars as a man who aspires to be a professional Don Juan, and ends up being pimped out by his friend played by Woody Allen.
- The relatively new company A24 has picked up the North American rights to director Steven Knight’s drama Locke, starring Tom Hardy as a man struggling to save his personal and professional life over the course of a car ride.
Hit the jump to read the press releases regarding Bad Words and Locke, and click here to catch up on all of our TIFF 2013 coverage thus far.
The first clip has been released for Steven Knight‘s (Redemption) upcoming film, Locke. The real-time thriller stars Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke, “a man on the road to success who must race to save his life from unraveling after he receives a mysterious phone call.” It sounds like a gripping, intense picture, but that doesn’t really come across in this clip. It has nice cinematography, but the clip involves Locke asking to have an important discussion regarding concrete. There’s a bit of intrigue on the other end of the line, but it’s barely there. However, it’s sometimes better to obfuscate, and I’ll be eager to hear the word on the movie when it debuts at the Venice Film Festival on September 2nd.
Hit the jump to check out the clip along with a statement about the picture from Knight.
Earlier this week, the Toronto International Film Festival unveiled part of its 2013 line-up, and there were plenty of must-see movies. But the Venice Film Festival, which begins a week earlier, has countered with an equally impressive array of picture. While there’s the inevitable cross-over like Venice opener Gravity playing at TIFF along with Philomena, Under the Skin, Parkland, Joe, and many more, the Venice exclusives (at this point) make me want to book a Transatlantic ticket. The fest will play host to the world debuts of Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, Errol Morris’ Donald Rumsfeld documentary The Known Unknown, Steven Knight’s Locke (starring Tom Hardy and shot in one take), and more. Also set for the festival is Hayao Miyazaki’s new movie, The Wind Rises as well as Lee Sang-Il’s Japanese remake of Unforgiven. Last year, most of the movies in Venice eventually ended up in TIFF’s line-up, and since I’ll be going to the latter, I hope most of these movies find their way to Toronto this September.
Hit the jump for the full line-up. The 2013 Venice Film Festival runs from August 28 – September 7th.
Tom Hardy is set to lead the real-time thriller, Locke. Written and directed by Steven Knight (writer of Eastern Promises), the 90-minute film “follows a man on the road to success who must race to save his life from unraveling after he receives a mysterious phone call.” The greatest of all real-time thrillers is High Noon (it’s a western, but it’s also a thriller), but recent attempts like Nick of Time and Phone Booth have never really lived up to their hook. At the very least, Locke has a compelling actor with Hardy, so hopefully Locke will be able to live up to the potential of its premise.
According to Screen Daily, filming begins later this month in London. Hardy recently signed on to co-star with Noomi Rapace in both Child 44 and an adaptation of Dennis Lehane‘s Animal Rescue. Since shooting begins soon on Locke, Hardy should still be able to do his films with Rapace.