Alessandro Nivola - News Poster

News

Movie Review – You Were Never Really Here (2017)

You Were Never Really Here, 2017.

Directed by Lynne Ramsay.

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsanov, Alessandro Nivola, and Judith Roberts.

Synopsis:

When a teenage girl (Ekaterina Samsanov) goes missing, a fixer (Joaquin Phoenix) with a unique skillset is sent to hammer out some justice on those responsible.

It takes a very special film to leave you stunned in your seat whilst the credits roll, collecting your thoughts in the dark, not quite ready to bleed into the reality of the outside world. Lynne Ramsay achieved it with the emotional wallop of We Need to Talk About Kevin, and now she has done it again, in a slightly more perplexing manner with You Were Never Really Here. It’s a film in the form of a slight burst of existential violence, with a man on fire central performance from the bearded shuffling monolith of Joaquin Phoenix.

With a plot that’s relatively simple,
See full article at Flickeringmyth »

Film News Roundup: Disney Channel’s Mollee Gray to Star in ‘A Night to Regret’

Film News Roundup: Disney Channel’s Mollee Gray to Star in ‘A Night to Regret’
In today’s film news roundup, Disney Channel star Mollee Gray lands the lead in “A Night to Regret,” Sentient Entertainment signs an output deal with Italia Film, and Bleecker Street dates five movies.

Casting

Disney Channel’s Mollee Gray will star in the upcoming film “A Night to Regret,” opposite Marguerite Moreau, Variety has learned exclusively.

Tom Shell is directing from Christine Conradt’s script. Liz Vacovec is producing and Chris Lancey is the executive producer.

Gray will portray a pre-law college student and aspiring filmmaker who makes a careless choice one night that could cost her her life. When she goes missing, her mother and friends band together to do everything in their power to bring her home.

Gray is best known for her role as Giggles in the Disney Channel original movie “Teen Beach Movie” and its sequel, “Teen Beach 2.” She also starred in Lifetime movie “Double Daddy,” and the indie
See full article at Variety - Film News »

‘One Percent More Humid’ Clip: Juno Temple Reveals Her Past [Exclusive]

  • The Playlist
The leaves have changed color, the pumpkins for Halloween are getting ready to be carved, but you can still catch a fleeting moment of summer with “One Percent More Humid.” And today we have an exclusive clip from the drama.

Read More: ‘Wonder Wheel’ Trailer: Kate Winslet & Justin Timberlake Star In Woody Allen’s Latest

Starring Juno Temple, Julia Garner, Maggie Siff, Mamoudou Athie and Alessandro Nivola, the story follows two childhood friends who renew their friendship across one summer, only for something from their past to emerge and threaten their bond.

Continue reading ‘One Percent More Humid’ Clip: Juno Temple Reveals Her Past [Exclusive] at The Playlist.
See full article at The Playlist »

Film News Roundup: ‘Baywatch’ Star Alexandra Daddario Joins Thriller ‘I Am Not a Bird’

Film News Roundup: ‘Baywatch’ Star Alexandra Daddario Joins Thriller ‘I Am Not a Bird’
In today’s film news roundup, Alexandra Daddario is cast in the dramatic thriller “I Am Not a Bird,” Gravitas buys the documentary “Strad Style” and Joaquin Phoenix’s “You Were Never Really Here” gets a release date.

Casting

Alexandra Daddario, known for HBO’s “True Detective” and the “Baywatch” remake, has signed on to star in the dramatic thriller “I Am Not A Bird” for director William Olsson.

The film’s producers are Lauren Mann of Wandering Trail Pictures and Blackbird’s Lawrence Inglee. The script is adapted from Catherine Hanrahan’s debut novel “Lost Girls and Love Hotels.” Hanrahan adapted her book for the screen.

“I Am Not a Bird,” centers around a young western woman in the midst of losing herself in the bacchanal of nighttime Tokyo. Haunted by memories of her twin brother’s descent into madness, she courts danger with her fellow ex-pat misfits in dive bars and love hotels before she
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Rachel Weisz’s ‘Disobedience’ Picked Up by Bleecker Street

  • The Wrap
Rachel Weisz’s ‘Disobedience’ Picked Up by Bleecker Street
Bleecker Street it has secured U.S. distribution rights to Argentinean-born Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s English-language debut “Disobedience,” the company announced Wednesday. The film, which premiered this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola. Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s screenplay, adapted from Naomi Alderman’s book, follows a woman as she returns from New York after the death of her estranged rabbi father to the Orthodox Jewish community in North London where she grew up. Once back at home, she stirs up controversy when she shows an interest in a childhood friend.
See full article at The Wrap »

Rachel Weisz-Rachel McAdams Drama ‘Disobedience’ Bought by Bleecker Street

Rachel Weisz-Rachel McAdams Drama ‘Disobedience’ Bought by Bleecker Street
Bleecker Street has secured U.S. distribution rights to director Sebastián Lelio’s drama “Disobedience,” starring Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, and Alessandro Nivola.

Based on the book by Naomi Alderman, the film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Chilean filmmaker directed from a script he co-wrote with Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

The film follows Weisz’ expatriate character as she returns from New York after the death of her estranged rabbi father to the Orthodox Jewish community in North London where she grew up. Once back at home, she stirs up controversy when she shows an interest in a childhood friend, played by McAdams.

Variety‘s Andrew Barker gave the film a strong review: “Slower and more deliberate than some of his recent work, though anchored by a remarkably honest and unrestrained sex scene, ‘Disobedience’ may not catapult Lelio beyond the arthouse world, but it’s yet another triumph in what’s shaping up to
See full article at Variety - Film News »

‘Disobedience’ Scores Bleecker Street Deal After Toronto Bow

  • Deadline
‘Disobedience’ Scores Bleecker Street Deal After Toronto Bow
Bleecker Street has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Disobedience, Sebastián Lelio's English-language debut that stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola and just bowed at the Toronto Film Festival. Based on Naomi Alderman’s book, the film follows a woman (Weisz) as she returns from New York after the death of her estranged rabbi father to the Orthodox Jewish community in North London where she grew up. Once home, she stirs up controversy when she…
See full article at Deadline »

Tiff 17: Female Films and Women’s Visibility

  • Sydney's Buzz
Tiff 17: Female Films and Women’s Visibility
Of the 86 feature films (34%) by women directors that screened in Toronto, I saw three in particular which have kept me thinking about how the feminine, or even how woman herself is defined. Speaking generally of “those men” in the power positions throughout the world, I am becoming increasingly convinced that “those men” set an example in their over zealous coveting wealth and resources, and included in their materialistic extremes, is a push to redefine women “as they were” in the days, not so long ago, when they did not have much to say about their status.

The women depicted in the movies in Toronto take daring leaps to change the circumstances of their lives. Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, Audience Winner Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, the first runner up for the Audience Award about the Olympic ice skater I, Tonya, Battle of the Sexes about Billie Jean King
See full article at Sydney's Buzz »

Jew is the Warmest Color: How Sebastian Lelio Choreographed Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams in the Wildest Sex Scene of the Year

  • Indiewire
Jew is the Warmest Color: How Sebastian Lelio Choreographed Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams in the Wildest Sex Scene of the Year
Sebastian Lelio’s “Disobedience” is a quiet, understated drama with one of the buzziest sex scenes of any movie this year. One a few high-profile acquisition titles at the Toronto International Film Festival, “Disobedience” quickly became known as “the movie where Rachel Weisz spits in Rachel McAdams’ mouth” shortly after its premiere. And while that scene doesn’t convey the strong performances and measured emotional journey at the movie’s core, it certainly leaves an impression.

See More:‘Disobedience’ Review: Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams Shine in the Orthodox Jewish ‘Carol’ — Tiff 2017

In this adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s memoir, Ronit (Rachel Weisz) returns to the ultra-Orthodox community after her father, a noted rabbi, suddenly dies. Although she abandoned the faith years earlier, she’s taken in by her father’s longtime disciple Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) and his wife Esti (Rachel McAdams). Ronit and Esti had an affair in their teens,
See full article at Indiewire »

'Disobedience': Film Review | Tiff 2017

'Disobedience': Film Review | Tiff 2017
With his last two exceptional features, Gloria and A Fantastic Woman, Sebastian Lelio brought an empathetic gaze to complex stories of women weathering all the rocky changes life can throw at them. That vein continues in the Chilean director's multilayered English-language debut, Disobedience, a transfixing consideration of love, faith, sexuality and personal freedom within the insular confines of a London Orthodox Jewish community. Beautifully acted by Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola as the three points of a melancholy romantic triangle, this is a deeply felt drama that exerts a powerful grip.

Adapted by Lelio...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Jesse Eisenberg's 'The Art of Self-Defense' Picked Up by Bleecker Street

Bleecker Street has acquired worldwide rights to Riley Stearns’ dark comedy The Art of Self-Defense, which stars Jesse Eisenberg and is set in the world of karate. The film, which Stearns (Faults) wrote and is directing, also includes Imogen Poots and Alessandro Nivola in its cast and starts filming Monday in Kentucky.

Eisenberg plays a man who is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei (Nivola), in an effort to learn how to defend himself.

End Cue, a hybrid technology software company and film development and production company,...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Jesse Eisenberg’s ‘Art of Self-Defense’ Lands at Bleecker Street

Jesse Eisenberg’s ‘Art of Self-Defense’ Lands at Bleecker Street
Bleecker Street has bought worldwide distribution rights to Riley Stearns’ dark comedy “The Art of Self-Defense,” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, and Alessandro Nivola.

Principal photography begins Monday in Kentucky. The film is written and directed by Stearns (“Faults”), and produced by End Cue.

Eisenberg plays a man who is attacked on the street and enlists in a dojo — led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei (Nivola) — in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence, hypermasculinity, and a woman — played by Poots — fighting for her place in it.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with an exciting filmmaker like Riley,” said Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen. “Ever since we saw his work at Sundance and SXSW, we knew we wanted to be in business with him and we can’t wait to bring his original and hilarious vision to audiences around the world
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Jesse Eisenberg Karate Comedy ‘The Art of Self-Defense’ Sells to Bleecker Street

  • The Wrap
Jesse Eisenberg Karate Comedy ‘The Art of Self-Defense’ Sells to Bleecker Street
Bleecker Street has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the dark comedy, “The Art of Self-Defense,” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots and Alessando Nivola. The Riley Stearns film begins shooting today in Kentucky. Eisenberg stars as a man attacked at random on the street, who trains in a local dojo as a means to defend himself from further harm. Nivola plays his coach. There, he “uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hyper-masculinity and a woman (Imogen Poots),” according to Bleecker Street. Stearns last film, “Faults,” starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead and received strong notices at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival.
See full article at The Wrap »

Dark Karate Comedy ‘The Art Of Self-Defense’ Hits At Bleecker Street

  • Deadline
Bleecker Street has acquired worldwide distribution rights The Art Of Self-Defense, a dark comedy set in the world of karate starring Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots and Alessandro Nivola. Riley Stearns wrote and is directing the pic, which begins shooting today in Kentucky. The film centers on Casey (Eisenberg), who is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei (Nivola) in an effort to learn how to defend…
See full article at Deadline »

‘Disobedience’ Review: Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams Shine in the Orthodox Jewish ‘Carol’ — Tiff 2017

  • Indiewire
‘Disobedience’ Review: Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams Shine in the Orthodox Jewish ‘Carol’ — Tiff 2017
Sebastián Lelio’s “Disobedience” is a beautiful, fraught, and emotionally nuanced drama that wrestles with hard questions about the tension between the life we’re born into and the one we choose for ourselves. The title alone suggests a holy status quo, as well as a biblical impulse to spurn it. A lesbian love story that’s set in a community where unmarried men and women aren’t even allowed to touch each other and the patriarchy has made itself divinely unimpeachable, the film uses the preordination of sexuality as a lens through which to confront the strictures of faith and the role they impose on self-identity. And it does that with a sex scene in which Rachel Weisz delicately spits into Rachel McAdams’ mouth.

The movie opens inside an Orthodox synagogue in the London suburb of Hendon, where the frail rabbi (Anton Lesser) is sermonizing about how free will
See full article at Indiewire »

‘Disobedience – Toronto Film Festival Panel Livestream

  • Deadline
‘Disobedience – Toronto Film Festival Panel Livestream
Deadline's Cocktails & Conversation panel series at the Toronto Film Festival continues at 11:15 Am Et today with Disobedience, the movie adaptation of Naomi Alderman's novel about a woman who returns home to her orthodox Jewish community in London and rekindles a romance with the wife of her longtime friend. Sebastián Lelio directs Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola. The film is coming off its world premiere last night in the festival’s Special…
See full article at Deadline »

Disobedience review – Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams impress in powerful love story

The English language debut from Chilean director Sebastián Lelio is a rich and rewarding drama about a woman returning home to the Orthodox Jewish community of north London

The question of whose disobedience, and what kind of disobedience it is, are at the heart of this absorbing and moving love story from Chilean director Sebastián Lelio, his English language debut, following very quickly on the heels of his film A Fantastic Woman which has been a festival-circuit hit this year.

Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola are at the top of their game, perhaps especially Nivola in a supporting role; he achieves a sympathy and maturity that I have never seen from him before.

Continue reading...
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Bleecker Street Picks Up 'Disobedience' Starring Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz

Bleecker Street Picks Up 'Disobedience' Starring Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz
Bleecker Street has nabbed the Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz starrer Disobedience for the U.S.

Disobedience follows Ronit (Weisz), the black sheep of her London-based Orthodox Jewish family, as she returns home to pay her respects and liquidate her inheritance after her rabbi father dies. When she gets back home, Ronit finds out that Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) is actually her father's heir apparent and he has married Ronit's childhood friend Esti (McAdams). While Dovid prepares to take over the hallowed place at the synagogue, Ronit and Esti become reacquainted and an old flame is reignited.

Sebastián Lelio (Gloria) directed the...
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Toronto Film Festival: 12 Hot Titles Likely to Spark Bidding Wars

Toronto Film Festival: 12 Hot Titles Likely to Spark Bidding Wars
The Toronto Film Festival isn’t just an essential stop for Oscar hopefuls. There’s also an active film market that results in plenty of all-night bidding wars. This year, studios and distributors will make the trek across the border, on the hunt for films that can be arthouse hits or awards winners. Here are 12 films that will have companies breaking out their checkbooks.

Hostiles (pictured above)

Sales Agent: WME, CAA (U.S.), Bloom (International)

Director: Scott Cooper

Cast: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster

Why Buyers Are Circling: This Western tops the list of distributors making the trip up North, because Bale is one of the few actors who can draw crowds. His last effort with Cooper, the gritty crime drama “Out of the Furnace,” was more admired than watched, but Bale’s involvement guarantees that screenings will be packed. Strong reviews out of Telluride, where it bowed last weekend, will
See full article at Variety - Film News »

You Were Never Really Here (2017) International Movie Trailer: Taxi Driver starring Joaquin Phoenix

  • Film-Book
You Were Never Really Here International Trailer Lynne Ramsay‘s You Were Never Really Here (2017) international movie trailer stars Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola, John Doman, and Alex Manette. You Were Never Really Here‘s plot synopsis: based on the book by Jonathan Ames, “A missing teenage girl. A [...]

Continue reading: You Were Never Really Here (2017) International Movie Trailer: Taxi Driver starring Joaquin Phoenix
See full article at Film-Book »
loading
An error has occured. Please try again.

See also

Credited With | External Sites