One of the most significant deals announced at this week’s European Film Market in Berlin is the one that Sony Pictures Classics has signed for a multi-territory deal with The Exchange, a new sales outfit headed by Brain O’Shea, for HIGHER GROUND, the directorial debut of actress Vera Farmiga (UP IN THE AIR). Under the deal, Sony will take rights in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe as well as France, the U.K., Germany, Italy, Benelux, Scandinavia, Spain and Portugal for the drama. India and South Africa are also included in the agreement. Based on the memoir This Dark World from screenwriter Carolyn S. Briggs, HIGHER GROUND is set in a tight-knit spiritual community which is thrown out of whack when one of its members starts to question her faith. Farmiga both stars and directs, as well as contributed to the script. The film received good reviews during its North American bow, but was not a major success story at the box office. O’Shea’s new shingle is representing a number of interesting titles in Berlin, including MAGIC MAGIC starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple and Sandina Moreno (MARIA FULL OF GRACE), with Sebastian Silva (THE MAID) attached to direct. Christine Vachon, Mike White and Frida Torresblanco are producing the film which very likely will show up at next year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Wilson (Craig Johnson, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars From Craig Johnson, director of the delightfully offbeat, tragicomic The Skeleton Twins, in 2014, comes Wilson, still offbeat and tragicomic, though far less delightfully so. Based on a series of comics … Continue reading
Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian writer-director with a knack for profound dramas (“About Elly”, “A Separation”, “The Past”), returns with “The Salesman”, another heartfelt story branded with uncomfortable dualities. The nature of this tale, set and shot in Tehran, will make … Continue reading
INTERVIEW with industry insider JAMIE LEE SMITH……..One Millennial. One Baby Boomer. Two totally different perspectives. Perspectives that cross not only generations – but styles, tastes, passions, interests, and impressions. The duo offers you impressions of not just films, but of … Continue reading