“I always had a very specific sense of urgency with this idea,” said Holy Spider director Ali Abbasi of wanting to make a film noir based on the true story of the “Spider Killer” Saeed Hanaei, who saw himself as on a mission from God as he killed 16 women between 2000 and 2001. The Persian-language drama, which has been a buzz title on the international film circuit since it played in-competition at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, follows female journalist Rahimi, who travels to the Iranian holy city of Mashhad to investigate a serial killer targeting sex workers. As she draws closer to exposing his crimes, the opportunity for justice grows harder to attain when the murderer is embraced by many as a hero. Zar Amir-Ebrahimi stars as Rahimi, and she picked the award for Best Actress in Cannes. RELATED: The Contenders International – Deadline’s Full Coverage The Utopia film later became Denmark’s entry into the International Feature Oscar … [Read more...] about ‘Holy Spider’ Pair On Seeing Their Iran-Set Movie Launch Against Backdrop Of Current “Revolution” – Contenders International
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Moonage Daydream is returning to the really big screen. Brett Morgen ’s award-winning documentary about David Bowie will be re-released on Imax screens around the country for limited engagements, beginning on Monday, December 5 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. From Dec. 7-13 it will play at six Imax locations in the Los Angeles area, including the Chinese, as well as Imax screens in New York, Chicago, Boston, San Diego and other cities. Moonage Daydream has already become far and away the top-grossing documentary in theatrical release this year, earning more than $12 million globally to date, including $4.2 million domestically. Theatrical distributor NEON calls it “the greatest rock movie of the decade.” In a release, NEON said, “David Bowie fans worldwide were immersed in the ultimate Bowie experience in the initial theatrical launch [in mid-September] and can once again experience this one-of-a-kind film in exceptional picture clarity and … [Read more...] about ‘Moonage Daydream’ Set For Imax Return; Director Brett Morgen’s David Bowie Doc Hailed As “Greatest Rock Movie Of The Decade”
Winner of the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Lukas Dhont ’s follow-up to the transgender drama Girl is another moving study of a difficult adolescence. Speaking at Deadline’s Contenders Film: International award-season event, he described the film as the story of two best friends Léo and Rémi. “They’re 13 years old,” he said, “and they have been best friends since forever. It’s a beautiful, tender and intimate friendship, and we follow them as they go to high school. As their closeness starts to become questioned by their schoolmates, we see how that will impact their friendship.” Dhont revealed that the inspiration actually came from a non-fiction book called Deep Secrets by American psychologist Niobe Way. “She followed 150 boys between the age of 13 and 18,” said Dhont, “and at the age of 13 she asked them to talk about their male friendships. When you read these testimonies, they are filled with vulnerability. These boys dare to use the word … [Read more...] about Lukas Dhont Says Belgium’s Oscar Entry ‘Close’ “Came From A Deeply Personal Place” – Contenders International
Maryna Er Gorbach ’s drama Klondike revolves around a Ukrainian couple on the cusp of parenthood whose lives are turned upside down by the rise of the Russia-backed separatist movement in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region. The pair are impacted further by the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over the region in July 2014, which leaves debris strewn over their property and further ratchets up tensions in the area. RELATED: The Contenders International – Deadline’s Full Coverage “MH17 was very a shocking event for Ukraine, but after this shock we thought it would be a really symbolic event, because it was not so easy to ignore, and that there would be an international judgment in the court for answers on who was responsible,” Er Gorbach said Saturday during a Contenders International panel for the film. “But at the time, it was totally ignored. There was this mirage that it was a local war,” she continued. “In my mind it was a good story to start talking … [Read more...] about ‘Klondike’ Director Maryna Er Gorbach Talks Prophetic Film That Foresaw Russian Invasion – Contenders International
Getty Jessie James Decker 's looks over the years 'Look So Good!' Here is a 21-year-old version of the country singer with her brunette locks pulled back at a nonprofit event held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN back in 2009 ( left ). This was the same year she debuted her first album, featuring her hit song "I Look So Good (Without You)." And 13 years later ... this hot 34-year-old momma recently showed off her freshly highlighted 'do at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. She definitely knows how to work the camera! Decker the halls! The question is ... Jessie James Decker ... Something Went Wrong … [Read more...] about Jessie James Decker — Good Genes Or Good Docs?!