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‘Transit’ Review: Christian Petzold’s Beguiling Refugee Romance Is Like a Kafkaesque ‘Casablanca’ — Berlinale 2018

‘Transit’ Review: Christian Petzold’s Beguiling Refugee Romance Is Like a Kafkaesque ‘Casablanca’ — Berlinale 2018
A man arrives in purgatory, eager to learn his eternal fate. The divine judgement, however, is slow to arrive. The minutes turn to hours, the hours turn to days, and the days begin to blur together in a place where time has no meaning. Eventually, after what feels to him like a hundred years, the man begs for a verdict. “What are you talking about?” comes the reply. “You’ve been in hell since you got here.”

That grim parable is told to Georg (“Happy End” breakout Franz Rogowski) roughly halfway into Christian Petzold’s “Transit,” and yet the poor bastard doesn’t seem to realize that it’s about him. The inscrutable hero of an inscrutable film that unfolds like a remake of “Casablanca” as written by Franz Kafka, Georg has just escaped occupied Paris by the skin of his teeth, stowing away on a train to the port of Marseille.
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‘Black 47’ Review: Hugo Weaving Is a Fierce Killer in this Violent Western About the Irish Potato Famine — Berlinale 2018

‘Black 47’ Review: Hugo Weaving Is a Fierce Killer in this Violent Western About the Irish Potato Famine — Berlinale 2018
After more than 150 years of waiting, we finally have a bonafide Western set during the Irish Potato Famine. Trading Monument Valley for miles of pestilent farmland, and six-shooters for jerry-rigged muskets that can only fire one bullet at a time, director Lance Daly has reached back into one of the darkest chapters of his country’s history and found it to be a ripe setting for an impressively grim oater (or “spud?”) about the cost of pyrrhic victories and the virtues of running away from unwinnable fights. While the script is far too spotty and unfocused for the film to be anything more than the sum of its parts, the setting — and the set-pieces that Daly creates from it — is enough to prevent this unlikely genre mash from being a blight of its own.

Context can be hard to come by in “Black 47,” but the basic premise gets you
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Black 47’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Black 47’
“Maybe people would place more value on beauty if they could eat it,” says Conneely (Stephen Rea) during an atypically warm-toned fireside scene in Lance Daly’s powerful period revenge fable “Black 47.” His bland affability is such that you could almost miss the splinter of loathing in his eyes. The year is 1847, Ireland’s Great Famine is scarcely even approaching its devastating midpoint, and Conneely makes his barbed observation in response to an English landlord’s callous remark about how the ragged and starving locals show no appreciation for the stark grandeur of the Connemara landscape.

But it also illuminates the void into which Daly (“Kisses,” “The Good Doctor,” “Life’s a Breeze”) pours his taciturn, oddly cathartic little story. The appreciation of beauty, and the creation of art to celebrate it, is easier achieved when there’s something in your belly, which accounts for why so little of it remains to us from this time
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‘Black 47’ First Clip: Irish Revenge Thriller Starring James Frecheville & Hugo Weaving – Berlin

‘Black 47’ First Clip: Irish Revenge Thriller Starring James Frecheville & Hugo Weaving – Berlin
Exclusive: Irish period drama Black 47 will have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, so take a look at this clip of the feature that stars James Frecheville, Hugo Weaving, Freddie Fox and Jim Broadbent. The revenge story is set during the Famine following an Irish Ranger fighting abroad for the British Army before deserting and returning home. Australian actor Frecheville, who has starred in Animal Kingdom and The Drop, plays deserter Feeney, while Hacksaw Ridg…
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Captain America Becomes The First Avenger: Journey to Infinity War Part 5

Captain America Becomes The First Avenger: Journey to Infinity War Part 5
As we soldier on with our journey to Infinity War series, we take a look back at Captain America: The First Avenger, which I'll start talking about by saying this may very well be the most underrated move in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. But first, just to recap, we've covered every single Phase 1 solo movie so far, including Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2 and Thor. That just leaves Cap. The First Avenger was the final piece of the puzzle Marvel Studios needed to put in place in order to make The Avengers happen.

This is a movie that I feel many could do well to revisit. We've all come to not just love, but adore Chris Evans as Captain America and much of that has to do with the excellent trilogy of movies his character has been privy to outside of The Avengers movies. However,
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Stunning Captain America Concept Art Takes Us Closer To The First Avenger

Marvel’s star-spangled patriot has enjoyed quite the cinematic journey since his first screen appearance in 2011.

That’s because seven years ago, Steve Rogers was initially introduced as a pathetic, yet deeply patriotic runt, one who wanted to fight for his country no matter the cost. And so, when Project Rebirth began seeking applicants, the young Rogers put his name forward without so much as a second’s hesitation, resulting in the Captain America we know and love.

Of course, he’ll be slightly different in Avengers: Infinity War, as Joe and Anthony Russo plan to bring Chris Evans’ crusader closer in line with Nomad. But as the countdown to Iw continues, Cbm has published a raft of concept art dedicated to Captain America: The First Avenger.

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Billie Holiday documentary in the works with James Erskine, Altitude (exclusive)

Feature doc will blend archive, drama, animation and still images.

UK sales, distribution and production house Altitude has boarded documentary Billie ahead of this month’s European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin.

Source: Altitude

Altitude Film Sales will introduce the project, a feature about Us jazz singer Billie Holiday, to buyers at the market. The company is co-representing North American rights with Endeavor Content.

Altitude Film Distribution, which previously released the Oscar-winning Amy and the Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro, has taken UK and Ireland rights as part of the deal.

Arguably one of the greatest jazz singers of all time, Billie Holiday was a figure of controversy throughout her short life (she died at 44). A black woman who preferred white audiences, her story is one of exploitation, violent drug abuse, vindictive love affairs, and politics.

In 1971, journalist Linda Kuehl set out to write the definitive biography of Billie. Over eight years, she
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Captain America Concept Art Highlights The Evolution Of Red Skull

Long before The Winter Soldier escaped into the wild and Marvel Studios waged a Civil War of its own, all eyes in the film business were trained on Captain America: The First Avenger.

Following in the footsteps of Jon Favreau’s Iron Man, which took the world by storm ($585 million) and cemented Robert Downey Jr.’s place as a future figurehead of the fledgling McU, The First Avenger was a defining moment for both Marvel Studios and its title hero.

Back in 2011, Captain America hadn’t been introduced to mainstream Hollywood, and it was only through Joe Johnston’s solid WWII actioner that film fans began to stand up and take notice of the star-spangled patriot, whose first port of call was toppling the über-villain known as Red Skull. And though he’s not exactly the most memorable of villains – even by Marvel’s own lowly standards – Hugo Weaving still
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Dublin Film Festival unveils 2018 line-up

Lance Black’s Black 47 to open the event, which features seven world premieres.

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‘Black 47’

The Audi Dublin International Film Festival (Feb 21- Mar 4) has announced its 2018 line-up.

Opening the 16th iteration of the event is the Irish premiere of Black 47. Lance Daly’s Great Famine-set thriller stars James Frecheville, Barry Keoghan, Moe Dunford, Hugo Weaving and Stephen Rea.

The closing night gala is C’est La Vie, from Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano (The Intouchables).

Playwright and screenwriter Mark O’Rowe’s directing debut The Delinquent Season is one of seven world premieres. The cast includes Cillian Murphy and Eva Birthistle, both of whom will attend.

Other world premieres include Stacy Cochran’s Write When You Get Work and artist Alan Gilsenan’s The Meeting.

Guests at the festival include Bill Pullman, presenting his new western The Ballad of Lefty Brown; Lynne Ramsay with a special presentation of You Were Never Really Here; Nora Twomey with Oscar-nominated
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Best Australian Movies You Must See During The Australian Open

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“Livin’ in a land down under, where women glow and men plunder,” sang 80’s pop group Men At Work.

As most of the United States is buried under cold and snowy temps, Australia is having balmy warm weather. The country of marmite, koalas and kangaroos, and the Great Barrier Reef is currently hosting the first of the tennis grand slams of 2018, The Australian Open.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic hits a shot during a training session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament, in Melbourne, Australia January 15, 2017. Reuters/Issei Kato

The list of actors and actresses hailing from the sixth largest nation include Errol Flynn, Peter Finch, Rod Taylor, Mel Gibson, Guy Pearce, Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Toni Collette, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Ben Mendelsohn, Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Hugo Weaving, Naomi Watts, Abbie Cornish, Eric Bana, Joel Edgerton, Mia Wasikowska, Margot Robbie, Chris Hemsworth,
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Patrick Melrose: Showtime Previews New Benedict Cumberbatch Series

"Nothing that happens to you as a child really matters." Showtime has just released the official trailer for their upcoming TV show Patrick Melrose.Based on the novels by Edward St. Aubyn, the limited drama “skewers the upper class as it tracks the protagonist’s harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, toward recovery.” The cast also includes Blythe Danner, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving, Anna Madeley, and Allison Williams.Read More…
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More Competition & Special Films Announced For The 2018 Berlinale

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Another ten films have now been invited to the Competition of the 68th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. Three more have also been selected for the programme of the Berlinale Special.

Joining the eight Competition films and two Berlinale Special titles are 13 productions from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong – China, Iran, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Paraguay, People’s Republic of China, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and the USA.

They come from the likes of Christian Petzold, Emily Atef, Lance Daly, Marcelo Martinessi, Cédric Kahn, Adina Pintilie, Markus Imhoof, Mani Haghighi, Måns Månsson and Axel Petersén, David and Nathan Zellner in the Competition programme and Raman Hui, Fernando Solanas, Paul Williams in the Berlinale Special.

The following films will be celebrating world or international premieres in the Competition of the Berlinale 2018.

3 Tage in Quiberon (3 Days in Quiberon
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Altitude Strikes German Deal for Berlin-Bound ‘Black 47’

Ascot Elite has picked up Irish period drama “Black 47” in German-speaking markets ahead of its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. The Hugo Weaving (“Hacksaw Ridge”) and Jim Broadbent (“Iris”) picture was announced Monday as part of the Berlinale’s official selection.

Altitude is handling international sales and will have “Black 47” at the European Film Market in Berlin, while CAA represents the film for North America.

Weaving and Broadbent are joined in the picture by James Frecheville (“Animal Kingdom”), Stephen Rea (“The Honourable Woman”), Freddie Fox (“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”), and Barry Keoghan (“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”). Irish actor Moe Dunford (“Patrick’s Day”) and Sarah Greene (“The Guard”) also appear.

Set in 1847 during Ireland’s devastating potato famine, it follows an Irish soldier (Frecheville) who has been fighting for the British and abandons his post to return to his native land. Finding his family starving and brutalized,
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Robert Pattinson, Christian Petzold movies join Berlin Film Festival Competition

Robert Pattinson, Christian Petzold movies join Berlin Film Festival Competition
Christian Petzold, Emily Atef, Lance Daly join Berlinale.

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‘Damsel’

Another ten films have joined the Competition of the 68th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 15 - 25). Three more have also been selected for the programme of the Berlinale Special.

Joining the eight Competition films and two Berlinale Special titles are 13 productions from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong - China, Iran, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Paraguay, People’s Republic of China, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and the USA.

Joining the main competition are Barbara and Phoenix director Christian Petzold’s new drama Transit, a contemporary reworking of Anna Seghers’ 1944 novel about refugees attempting to flee through Marseille after the Nazi invasion of France in 1940. The film stars Frantz breakout Paula Beer.

Also new to competition is David and Nathan Zellner’s Damsel, the western about a Us businessman who travels to join his fiancée
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Robert Pattinson, Christian Petzold movies join Berlin Competition

Robert Pattinson, Christian Petzold movies join Berlin Competition
Christian Petzold, Emily Atef, Lance Daly join Berlinale.

Source: Great Point Media

‘Damsel’

Another ten films have joined the Competition of the 68th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. Three more have also been selected for the programme of the Berlinale Special.

Joining the eight Competition films and two Berlinale Special titles are 13 productions from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong - China, Iran, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Paraguay, People’s Republic of China, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Uruguay, and the USA.

Additional films for both categories are due to be revealed soon. Films announced today are:

Competition

3 Tage in Quiberon (3 Days in Quiberon)

Germany / Austria / France

By Emily Atef (Molly’s Way, The Stranger In Me)

With Marie Bäumer, Birgit Minichmayr, Charly Hübner, Robert Gwisdek, Denis Lavant

World premiere

Black 47

Ireland / Luxembourg

By Lance Daly (Kisses, The Good Doctor)

With Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Stephen Rea, [link
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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch In the Trailer for Showtime's Limited Series Patrick Melrose

Showtime has released a trailer for their new limited series Patrick Melrose which stars Benedict Cumberbatch. Patrick Melrose is based on a series of novels written by Edward St. Aubyn. This five-part limited series follows the main character’s journey from a very troubled childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, toward recovery.

Cumberbatch's character struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by an abusive father and the mother. He is joined by Academy Award nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh and Hugo Weaving, who play the parents of Patrick Melrose.

Each episode is based on one of the five novels and is written by David Nicholls and directed by Edward Berger (Deutchland 83, Jack).

No release date as of yet, but you can check out the trailer below:
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‘Patrick Melrose’ Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch Drinks His Way Through Parental Issues In Showtime Drama — TCA

The new trailer for Showtime’s forthcoming drama Patrick Melrose has Benedict Cumberbatch dealing with his personal issues with alcohol. Lots of alcohol. Based on the semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St Aubyn, the five-part limited series, the trailer, which was shown at TCA, mixes drama and comedy (hence the eye patch) to give us a look at Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Melrose as we see his rocky childhood with his abusive father (Hugo Weaving) and complicit…
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‘Patrick Melrose’ Star Benedict Cumberbatch Praises ‘Extraordinary Prose’ of Source Novels

‘Patrick Melrose’ Star Benedict Cumberbatch Praises ‘Extraordinary Prose’ of Source Novels
Benedict Cumberbatch explained what drew him to the title role of the upcoming Showtime limited series “Patrick Melrose” during the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Saturday.

“They are the most extraordinary prose,” Cumberbatch said via satellite. “[Edward St. Aubyn is] one of the most, if not the most, extraordinary modern prose stylists working in the English language.”

“At its heart the subject matter took something–a world I thought I knew and turned it on its head through the perspective of this really unique character who suffers so much and goes on this extraordinary journey,” he continued. “From victim to survivor to champion of his circumstance in a way and via the most richly comic, scalpel-like post-mortem of a class system that is crumbling and the power related to that dissolves as the stories continue.”

Set to debut later this year, the series is based on the acclaimed Patrick Melrose series of semi-autobiographical novels written
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Showtime Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Billions’ and ‘The Affair,’ Releases Trailer for Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Patrick Melrose’

Showtime Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Billions’ and ‘The Affair,’ Releases Trailer for Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Patrick Melrose’
Showtime announced the premiere dates and released trailers for several shows during their session at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Saturday.

Season 3 of “Billions” will launch on Showtime on March 25 at 10 p.m. The new season finds Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) in a world that has shifted on its axis. Both men are still determined to destroy the other, but must also battle for their own survival amid new forces and powerful enemies. Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) Chuck’s wife and Axe’s performance coach, is all in for both of them, an uneasy and dangerous position for her, and one that ultimately puts her to a decision that could alter the direction of her life irrevocably.

The cast also includes Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, Condola Rashad, Asia Kate Dillon and Jeffrey DeMunn. Clancy Brown guest stars this season as Waylon “Jock” Jeffcoat, the new Attorney
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Benedict Cumberbatch Struggles With Addiction in Showtime’s Darkly Comic ‘Patrick Melrose’ Trailer – Watch

Benedict Cumberbatch Struggles With Addiction in Showtime’s Darkly Comic ‘Patrick Melrose’ Trailer – Watch
“It’s a fucking nightmare being lucid,” says Benedict Cumberbatch in Showtime’s upcoming limited series “Patrick Melrose.” That statement encapsulates the blunt, yet entirely self-aware attitude of the title character, played by Cumberbatch, who’s been through hell and back — worse for wear from his ongoing substance abuse.

The series follows Melrose, who has survived a harrowing childhood of abuse by his father and tacitly condoned by his own mother. As an adult, he’s now a husband and father who is struggling to gets his substance abuse under control on the way to recovery. While the subject matter is certainly grim, the series’ tone is darkly comic, in the vein of Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” The series also skewers the upper classes in 1960s France, 1980s New York, and Britain in the early 2000s.

Read More:Showtime: What the Network Learned from a ‘Twin Peaks’ 2017 and What’s Coming
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