I have mixed feelings about the fall festival season. On the one hand, I love going to the Toronto International Film Festival (very well-run and great venues), and getting a jump on the awards season movies because a fair share of them are going to be damn good. On the other hand, there’s less room for the joyful discovery I’ll find at Sundance, SXSW, and Fantastic Fest. Nevertheless, studios like to begin their awards season maneuvering in the fall, and that usually starts at the Venice Film Festival, and then those films then move on to Telluride and TIFF. Variety has begun their predictions for what they believe will debut at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Among the predictions are Alfonso Cuaron‘s sci-fi drama Gravity, Paul Greengrass‘ Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, and Steve McQueen‘s star-studded Twelve Years a Slave. The only confirmed title thus far is Paul Schrader‘s The Canyons, which isn’t particularly noteworthy since it will debut on VOD in the U.S. weeks before.
Hit the jump for more films that might show up at Venice this year. The 2013 Venice Film Festival runs from August 28 – September 7th.
We’ve got a collection of new images and synopses from films screening in the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival’s Special Screening selection. The films include:
- Michaelangelo Frammartino’s Alberi
- Barbara Kopple’s Running from Crazy
- Charles Lane’s Sidewalk Stories
- Eric Rochant’s Möbius
- Michael Stevens’ Herblock – The Black & the White
- Bill Siegel’s The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Hit the jump for the images and synopses from each film. The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 17th to the 28th.
The first trailer for the thriller Mobius has popped online. Directed by Eric Rochant, the thriller takes place in Monte Carlo in the world of high finance and stars last year’s Best Actor winner Jean Dujardin as an experienced spy who is tracking a powerful oligarch suspected of laundering money through his bank. It’s tough to parse any of that out in this trailer, but the clip does succeed in setting up an engaging and downright suspenseful tone reminiscent of Inception.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Tim Roth, Cecile de France, and Brad Lelad (Buddy Garrity!). Mobius opens in France on February 27th, but no U.S. release date has currently been set.
If you’ve ever wanted to see “Moby Dick” in space, well Ahab, today is your day! Lynne Ramsay is set to direct Mobius, a sci-fi take on the Herman Melville classic. Ramsay is currently writing the treatment along with her We Need to Talk About Kevin co-writer and spouse, Rory Kinnear. Heat Vision reports that Mobius has been pitched as a “psychological action thriller set in deep space, [where] a captain consumed by revenge takes his crew on a death mission fueled by his own ego and will to control an enigmatic alien.” The title of the picture may change, because writer/director Eric Rochant (Love Without Pity) currently has a picture titled Mobius in post. That story follows an FSB officer who falls in love with an American woman who works at a Russian bank. Then again, that movie title has an umlaut in it (or is it a diaeresis?), so it’s obviously completely different…
Some casting news to share with you today. Check the bullets:
- Anthony Mackie (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) is in talks to join Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in the gambling drama, Runner Runner.
- Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) will topline Diamond Dogs, an English-language thriller by director Pascal Chaumeil (Heartbreaker).
- Tim Roth (The Incredible Hulk) will join Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Cecile De France (Hereafter) in the spy-thriller, Mobius.
Hit the jump for more.
French actors Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Cecile de France (Hereafter) will lead Eric Rochant‘s romantic thriller, Mobius. According to Variety, Mobius is set in Monte Carlo and the world of high finance. Dujardin will play “an experienced spy tracking a powerful oligarch suspected of laundering money through his bank,” with de France co-starring “as a bright young trader”. The movie is currently in pre-production and aiming for a winter 2012 release.
Dujardin is an actor you need to keep on your radar. He’s almost a lock for a Best Actor Oscar nomination for The Artist (he already won the Best Actor award at Cannes), and you should check out his spy-spoof movie OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, which is currently on Netflix Instant. The Artist opens in limited release on November 23rd. Click here to read my review and hit the jump to check out the trailer.