Posted on Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
When Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it came as a big surprise — not just because Lex is typically portrayed as older (and balder), but also because a massively budgeted superhero flick seems so far outside of Eisenberg’s usual wheelhouse. You can rest assured, however, that Eisenberg isn’t ditching the quieter, artsier indies he built his early career on. Just a couple weeks after Batman v Superman hits theaters comes Louder Than Bombs, an intimate portrayal of grief and love by Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier.
Eisenberg plays Jonah, the adult son of a war photographer (played by Isabelle Huppert) who died two years earlier in a car crash. On the eve of a career retrospective honoring his mother’s work, Jonah returns home to his father (Gabriel Byrne) and teenage brother (Devin Druid). The three men continue to grapple with their loss and their fraught relationships with one another, while also dealing with the true circumstances surrounding her death. Watch the Louder Than Bombs trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, December 31st, 2015 by Jacob Hall
A year and a half ago, director Michael Haneke was one actor away from rolling cameras on his long-gestating project, Flashmob. And then the whole thing fell apart and the master behind films like Funny Games, The Piano Teacher, Cache, and the Oscar-winning Amour found himself without a new film. But you can’t keep Germany’s master of cinematic misery down for too long, as he finally has another film in the pipeline and he’s reuniting with a few familiar performers.
The next Michael Haneke film is Happy End and it will star Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant, both of whom are veterans of his previous films. Plot details are scarce at the moment, but we’ll go ahead and make this bold prediction: Huppert and Trintignant will endure severe physical and emotional torment in shot with such icy precision that your mind will reel.
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It’s unusual to see David Cronenberg‘s name in the roster of a film as an actor rather than a writer or director, but this isn’t the first time. Cronenberg is one of three primary actors in a new project called Body Art — a title that is almost right on the nose, given Cronenberg’s classic “body horror” proclivities — from I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino.
And Cronenberg won’t be alone, as he has two grand compatriots in the cast: the venerable Isabelle Huppert, and Denis Lavant. The latter is the star of last year’s best film, Holy Motors, and his presence here is enough to rocket this one high up on my to-watch list. And if that weren’t enough, the basis of the story is extremely intriguing — find that below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s been several years since David Gordon Green began working on his remake of Dario Argento‘s horror classic Suspiria, but the pieces appear to be falling into place for real this time. About a month after producers announced that financing was locked in and casting was underway, Green has found his star:15-year-old Isabelle Furhman, best known for her turn in Jaume Collet-Serra’s rather insane Orphan.
Fuhrman leads a strong cast that also includes Isabelle Huppert, Janet McTeer, Michael Nyqvist, and Antje Traue, in unnamed roles. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2011 by Angie Han
The ubiquitous Michael Fassbender will be joining fellow Irishmen Gabriel Byrne, Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy and Domhnall Gleeson in Brendan Gleeson‘s directorial debut, a big-screen adaptation of Flann O’Brien‘s classic novel At Swim-Two-Birds. The project has been a long time in the works — Gleeson initially acquired the book rights seven years ago — but it seems to finally be picking up steam thanks to some new financers. Shooting is scheduled to begin next spring.
First published in 1939, At Swim-Two-Birds is considered one of the greatest examples of metafiction ever written. The plot revolves around a university student and writer whose characters rebel and eventually conspire to kill him. Although I’ve never read the novel, that all-star cast seems like reason enough to get excited for the film. [ThePlaylist]
After the jump, Isabelle Huppert joins a mystery project and Roswell FM gets two more stars.
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Michael Haneke is finally settling on his follow-up to the Palme d’Or winning The White Ribbon. Oddly, the film he’ll make is one he’d planned to make, then discarded in favor of another. The Austrian director had been planning to make Ces Deux, aka These Two, but scuttled the idea in February, deciding instead to make a film about the internet. Cue mild surprise and unease on our part.
But now Mr. Haneke is going back to these two, and he’s got at least two of the actors he’d originally planned to use: Isabelle Huppert, with whom he worked on The Piano Teacher and Time of the Wolf, and Jean-Louis Trintignant. Read More »