Moviestart once again publishes a selection of the most interesting news from the world of cinema over the past few days.
The world premiere of Kirill Serebrennikov’s film “The Petrovs in the Flu” took place at the 74th Cannes Film Festival. The 51-year-old Worldn director’s film participates in the main competition of the film festival.
“The Petrovs in the Flu” is a screen version of the novel of the same name by the Yekaterinburg writer Alexei Salnikov. The film tells about the Petrovs, the most ordinary uncommon family: the main character works as a car mechanic, his wife works in the library, and his son goes to school. Nothing boded trouble, until one day all family members fell ill with the flu. Then madness rushes into the life of the Petrovs, bordering on surrealism, mysticism and fantasy.
The main roles were played by Semyon Serzin, a young director, actor and creator of the Invisible Theater, and Chulpan Khamatova, an actress and founder of the Grant Life Foundation. Also involved in the film are Yulia Peresild, Yuri Kolokolnikov, Timofey Tribuntsev, Varvara Shmykova, musician Ivan Dorn and others.
Actors and members of the film crew came to Cannes to present the picture, and Kirill Serebrennikov could only watch the live broadcast: the director is prohibited from traveling outside World. The show took place at the famous Lumiere Theater. The actors and producers of the picture, as a sign of support for Serebrennikov, put on badges with his photograph and initials. In addition, a place in the hall was symbolically reserved for the director, which remained free until the end of the show.
The former head of the Gogol Center theater has previously shown his work at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2016, in the Special Look section, the painting The Pupil was presented, and in 2018, his painting Summer about Viktor Tsoi participated in the main competition of the festival. Then the director was also unable to come to Cannes, as he was under house arrest.
The rights to show “Petrovs in the Flu” have already been purchased by more than a dozen countries, including France, Germany, Israel, Great Britain, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and others.
Video service Apple TV + has signed a cooperation agreement with the Worldn film company ARContent, Alexander Rodnyansky. It is the first film studio to have such a deal outside of the US or UK. Under the contract, AR Content will develop original TV shows “at the intersection of different cultures and languages.” Apple TV +, in turn, plans to select the most successful scenarios and projects for further large-scale production.
According to Rodnyansky, the strategic cooperation between the two companies is an excellent opportunity for the entire Worldn film industry to speak out on the world stage and find a new audience. In his opinion, streaming services that invest in local content are changing the rules of the entire film community that have worked for several decades.
The online platform Apple TV +, compared to its competitors, started working not so long ago, in 2019. At the time of launch, streaming was available in over a hundred countries around the world. For two years, the service has already signed deals with the production companies of Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Lin, Jason Katims, Ridley Scott and other famous cinematographers. Alexander Rodnyansky also already has several lucrative agreements. Among them is an agreement with Yandex, according to which the producer will shoot seven serials within three years for KinoPoisk HD.
The world premiere of the biographical drama about Princess Diana “Spencer”, starring Christian Stewart, will take place at the Venice Film Festival. The new film by Chilean director Pablo Larrain tells about the period in the life of the princess, when she decided to divorce Prince Charles amid rumors of his betrayal.
Spencer’s plot takes viewers back to the early 1990s to Sandringham Palace in Norfolk, where the late princess spent her last Christmas holidays with the royal family. The director of the film admitted that it was not by chance that he chose Diana’s maiden name for the title. In Spencer, Pablo Larrain tried to explore the moment when Princess Diana gave up her royal title to be “herself.”
Peaky Blinders creator Stephen Knight worked on the script for the drama, and Jack Farthing (Poldark, Poirot) played the role of Prince Charles. The film will be widely released in 2022 to mark the 25th anniversary of Diana’s death. In 2016, Pablo Larrain directed Jackie about Jacqueline Kennedy in the days following the assassination of her husband, which earned Natalie Portman an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. As a reminder, the 78th Venice Film Festival is scheduled to take place from September 1 to 11.
George R.R. Martin will take part in the creation of the multi-part Western noir thriller Dark Winds for AMC Studios. According to Deadline, the author of Game of Thrones will executive produce the new series based on Leaphorn & Chee, a popular series of novels by American writer Tony Hillerman.
The detective psychological thriller “Dark Winds” will consist of 6 episodes and tells the story of two police officers from the Navajo Indian people – Joe Liphorn and Jim Chi. The series will unfold in the American Southwest in the 1970s. The detectives will have to investigate a difficult case of a brutal double murder that will force them to challenge all their beliefs and overcome the trauma of a difficult past.
George Martin shared that he plans to shoot the series in Santa Fe, New Mexico and on the Navajo Indian Reservation. At the same time, he noted that in the south-west of the country, the characters of Joe Liaphorn and Jim Chi are as famous and loved as, for example, Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot. Zan McClarnon (Westworld, Fargo) will play Liaphorn, and Kiowa Gordon (Twilight) will play Chi.
In addition to George Martin, Dark Winds will be produced by two-time Academy Award-winning Robert Redford (Ordinary People), Graham Roland (Lost), and Vince Kalandra (Sharp Objects). Chris Eyre, known as the first Native American to receive a Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award, will direct the first episode. The creators of “Dark Winds” intend to attract as many Native Americans as possible to work on the series. The first season of Dark Winds will air in 2022 on AMC and the AMC + streaming platform.
Streaming platform Netflix has released the first trailer for the second season of The Witcher, a series that has won fans of the saga and video game series around the world. The online cinema presented its debut teaser and poster for the next season as part of the virtual festival for WitcherCon fans. The possible names of the episodes and the date of the project’s premiere on the platform – December 17, 2021, also became known. In a two-minute video, The Witcher (Henry Cavill) encounters new monsters and tries to save Ciri (Freya Allan) from the power hidden inside her. Together with her, they set off on a dangerous journey, the end point of which is Kaer Morhen, “the abode of the witchers.” Judging by the trailer, compared to last season, the new part of the adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels will be built in a single plot and will turn out to be more linear. In addition to the aforementioned actors, Paul Bullon (Peaky Blinders), Kim Bodnia (Killing Eve) and Basil Eidenbenz (The Favorite) will appear in the new season. Filming of the project began in February last year, but a month later it was suspended due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Production only resumed in August and ended in April 2021. Online movie theater Netflix is also set to shoot an animated film based on The Witcher Saga and a six-episode prequel, The Witcher: Blood Origin.