Blog By: Jessica Schellenbach
Teddy Bear Picked Up
Danish director Mads Matthiesen is getting his first feature film Teddy Bear, released in North America by Film Movement.
Matthiesen won the Directing Award at Sundance and the film will be featured at New Directors/New Films this weekend. The theatrical release is set for August.
The story of Teddy Bear is about a humble Danish bodybuilder who travels to Thailand to find love.
Hemlock Grove Joins Netflix
Netflix is still going strong with its new streaming-only original series. Starting last month, the first show to debut was Lilyhammer by Steve Van Zandt. Others to come later this year are House of Cards by David Fincher and Orange is The New Black by Jenji Kohan. According to Variety, Hemlock Grove is the latest addition to Netflix and is planned for 2013. Directed and produced by Eli Roth (Hostel) Hemlock Grove consists of a 13-episode murder mystery.
The series takes place in an industrial town in Pennsylvania and involves the mystery of a young girl’s murder. Starring in the series are Famke Janssen (X-Men, House on Haunted Hill) and Bill Skarsgård (son of Stellan Skarsgård).
The Deep Blue Sea
Filmmakermagazine talks about The Deep Blue Sea by Terence Davies that opens on commercial screens on Friday. Davies is one of Britain’s most admired stylists and has become one of the most respected filmmakers in Britain throughout his 30-year-long career.
Later this week, two of his 1980s movies Distant Voices and Still Lives will be screened atBAMCinematek. The Deep Blue Sea is based on the Terence Rattigan play with the same name and stars beautiful actress Rachel Weisz and takes place after World War II. Weisz plays a judge’s wife who is suicidal. She gets romantically involved with a Royal Air Force pilot in a self-destructive relationship.
Willem Dafoe’s Indie Films
If you like Willem Dafoe you are in luck! He is starring in two indie flicks this year, 4:44 Last Day On Earth and The Hunter. In a Huffington Post article he discusses his future projects and how he sees the David and Goliath’s of the movie world — the independent film VS the big blockbusters. He says that he’s been in many independent films but thinks it’s sad that many of them are poorly distributed, which is unfortunately common. He says, “You can make a beautiful movie that’s not meant for a huge audience and doesn’t get a big push, and then it’s deemed a failure because it’s judged by the standards of a big movie”.
4:44 Last Day on Earth is directed by Abel Ferrara. It follows what people would do if they knew the world was ending and explores the mindset of humans if they knew they only had a short amount of time to live. How would you spend your time? What would you want to do? What would you say?
The Hunter by Daniel Nettheim stars Dafoe as a hunter sent to the Tasmanian wilderness to search for the last of its kind, the Tasmanian tiger.