Moviestart once again publishes a selection of the most interesting news from the world of cinema over the past few days.
The first trailer for Ildiko Eniedi’s “The Story of My Wife” with French actress Lea Seydoux in the title role has appeared online. The new work of the Hungarian cinematographer will compete for the Palme d’Or at the 74th Cannes Film Festival. Ildiko Enyedi’s previous film “About Body and Soul” was nominated for an Oscar as the best film in a foreign language and became the main winner of the Berlin Festival in 2017.
“The Story of My Wife” is a screen version of the novel of the same name by the Hungarian writer Milan Fyusht. Fyushta’s novel was first published in 1942, but the work only reached its real fame in the late 1980s: it was at this time that it was translated into English. The action of the picture unfolds in the 20s of the last century and in many respects echoes the legend of the Flying Dutchman. The sea-going captain Jacob Steerr makes a bet with his friend: he promises to marry the first girl to cross the threshold of the tavern. The hero keeps his promise, and his beloved becomes a charming, young and windy Lizzie (Lea Seydoux), whom he immediately begins to suspect of treason. The drama will tell about the terrible torments of jealousy, about human vices and inhuman passions and, of course, about strong love.
The role of Captain Starr went to the little-known Dutch actor Gijs Neibre (Black Book), and he will be accompanied by Louis Garrel (The Dreamers, Imaginary Love), Jazmin Trinka (The Best of Young), Sergio Rubini (A Simple Formality ) and not only.
For Ildiko Enedi, this film will be the first full-length work in English in a career that began over 30 years ago. The director admitted that meeting with Fyusht’s novel as a teenager influenced her greatly.
“This film is a love letter to all amazingly imperfect men – the love of our life, written by a female director. I would like to add a light touch to today’s discussion about communication between the sexes. I am so glad that through some long-closed and now open windows fresh air is pouring in, and our social habits are changing for the better. Let’s do it with more kindness and more humor – it will be just as effective, but definitely more fun for all of us. “
British actor, screenwriter and producer Michael Hirst, known for his historical projects, is preparing a new series about the siege of Leningrad. He has worked on the three-time Golden Globe-nominated TV series The Tudors, the Vikings multi-part historical drama, and wrote the screenplays for two Oscar-winning films about the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
The new project, dedicated to one of the most difficult pages of the Second World War, will tell the true stories of witnesses of those events. The script will be based on the book by the British writer Anna Reed “Leningrad”, which contains the diaries of people who were cut off from any humanitarian aid and fuel in 1941-1944. The shooting process will be led by the American film company Range Media Partner and the Worldn studio Orangery Productions, and the film will be produced by Mora Axelrod.
According to Michael Hirst, most of the main characters in the series will be women. Such a scenario was undertaken not only because women are “often overlooked or ignored” in the historical genre, but also because they were the ones who remained in the city while their husbands, fathers, and brothers fought at the front. Their diaries in more detail and vividly convey the events unfolding in besieged Leningrad. Interestingly, the diaries of the famous Leningrad intelligentsia of that time also appear in Anna Reed’s book, including the memoirs of Vera Inber, Olga Berggolts, Dmitry Likhachev and Lydia Ginzburg. Who will play the main roles in the series is still unknown.
A documentary about Japanese director Satoshi Kon will debut at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in the coming days. The iconic animator influenced filmmakers from all over the world, so French director Pascal-Alex Vincent put together numerous interviews with directors and animators inspired by the Japanese classic.
The film will also tell about the life and work of Satoshi Kon, the artist who gave the world the cartoons Paprika, True Sadness, Once Upon a Time in Tokyo and others. In his works, he always sought to combine reality and fiction, dreams and reality: it was these experiments that helped Satoshi win the hearts of fans and film critics from different countries. A legendary filmmaker during his lifetime, Satoshi Kon passed away at the age of 46 from pancreatic cancer in 2010.
Masao Maruyama, producer of Once Upon a Time in Tokyo and True Sadness, director Mamoru Hosada (Mirai from the Future), writer Rodney Rothman and American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky collaborated with Vincent on the film. The premiere of the film will take place within the Cannes Classics 2021 section in the documentary section, and at the end of the summer the film will be shown on the big screen. The Cannes Film Festival starts next week and will be held in full-time format from 6 to 17 July. New paintings by Wes Anderson, Mia Hansen-Leve, Julia Ducorno, Paul Verhoeven and many others will be shown there.
Antonio Banderas will star in a crime mini-series investigating the loudest murder series in European history. The six-hour TV project “The Florentine Monster” will be based on The New York Times bestseller “The Florentine Monster: A True Story,” which Italian journalist Mario Spezi wrote with American writer Douglas Preston. Their book has sold over half a million copies and has been translated into 24 languages.
Spezi and Preston followed in the footsteps of a maniac who operated in the vicinity of Florence from 1968 to 1985. The victims of the killer were young couples in love, with whom he dealt with right on dates. The authors of the book managed to figure out the maniac and even take a “terrible interview” from him, but during their investigation they crossed the path of the local authorities and the police and themselves were among the suspects in this high-profile case. As a result, at some point, Italian reporter Mario Spezi, played by Antonio Banderas, was arrested and dubbed the “Florentine Monster.”
The series will be directed by Nikolai Arcel (“The Royal Affair”), and the script will be helped by his fellow “Knights of Justice” Anders Thomas Jensen. Banderas will executive produce the show, with French film company StudioCanal taking over production. The start date of filming is not yet known.
The Moscow Film School and KinoPoisk HD announced a competition for training under the Showrunner program. Students will be able to master the process of creating a series in its entirety – from its idea to its release on the screen, and after training to implement their projects on the KinoPoisk HD platform. Everyone who already has a specialized education in the field of cinema, theater, culture, art, as well as those who have experience in this field, are invited to take part in the competition.
Experts will select 15 lucky ones, 10 of whom will be able to complete the Showrunner program free of charge. It is designed for one academic year and includes not only training in all stages of script development, solving preproduction problems, project presentation, production process management, but also master classes from leading industry representatives.
Students will complete the curriculum under the guidance of showrunners from Yandex.Studio, which produces series and films for KinoPoisk. Mentors for aspiring filmmakers will be Alexandra Remizova (“Topi”, “Trigger”, “Madness”) and Dmitry Nelidov (“Pishcheblok”, “The Last Minister”, “Project Anna Nikolaevna”)
“With the development of streaming platforms, the landscape of series production has changed markedly: viewers have become more demanding on the relevance of topics and the level of drama. Therefore, we are interested in people who think outside the box and boldly, have powerful emotional intelligence. A showrunner is not only a creator, but also a businessman who must understand what product he makes, how much this product costs and to whom he sells it. The course at the Moscow Film School is aimed precisely at ensuring that our future colleagues not only develop their talents, but also learn to measure their ideas with the business aspects of filmmaking, ”shared Dmitry Nelidov.
The applicant is required to submit a script application for the series and a successful interview.
· Apply for the Showrunner program of the Moscow Film School;
· Choose Alexandra Remizova and Dmitry Nelidov from KinoPoisk HD as mentors;
· Receive an auto-reply with a deadline to the mail specified when submitting the application;
· Complete the introductory task before the deadline specified in the auto-response;
· Pass an interview with the participation of mentors and the ISC commission in case of successful completion of the preliminary selection.
Applications for free tuition are accepted until July 25, and the results will be announced on August 13. The training itself under the program will begin in November.