by Brendan Bettinger Posted: December 28th, 2010
The Sundance Film Festival has added Silent House to its 2011 lineup. Silent House is a remake of a Uruguayan horror film, which centers on a father and daughter who spend the night in an old house when they hear a sound that seems to be coming from upstairs. Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Haley Murphy, and Adam Barnett star.
Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water) reportedly filmed Silent Hill in a single continuous shot to capture the growing panic. I’m a sucker for technique, but that’s enough to hook me. Hit the jump for the official press release.
2011 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ADDS SILENT HOUSE TO LINE UP
Filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau Return to Festival with Psychological Thriller
PARK CITY, UT — Sundance Institute announced today that filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water) will return to the Sundance Film Festival with their latest feature, Silent House, which will have its world premiere in the out-of-competition Park City at Midnight section.
The Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-30, 2011 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The complete list of films is available at www.sundance.org/festival.
Following Open Water, which screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau once again confront the face of fear in this enthralling psychological thriller. Impressively captured with a continuous camera shot, Silent House tracks the growing panic of its enigmatic lead, Elizabeth Olsen, who’s trapped in an unnerving nightmare. Never ones to be limited by a challenging production, Kentis and Lau mastermind a truly unique horror experience with immediate intimacy and unsettling terror.
With the addition of this film, the Festival will present 118 feature-length films, representing 29 countries by 40 first-time filmmakers, including 25 in competition. These films were selected from 3,812 feature-length film submissions composed of 1,943 U.S. and 1,869 international feature-length films. 95 films at the Festival will be world premieres.
Silent House / U.S.A. (Directors: Chris Kentis & Laura Lau; Screenwriter: Laura Lau) — A hauntingly choreographed descent into madness based on the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda. Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Haley Murphy, Adam Barnett. World Premiere
by Laura Kelley Posted: December 28th, 2010
Diane Kruger is set to take Eva Green’s place as Marie Antoinette in Benoit Jacquot’s Farewell, My Queen. The film, set near the end of the French Revolution, is an adaptation of a novel by Chantal Thomas. Kruger joins stars Lea Seydoux as a reader to Antoinette and Gerard Depardieu in an unknown role. Eva Green is also no longer starring in Michael Mann’s Capa, having been replaced by Gemma Arterton. Director Benoit Jacquot is probably best known for his films The School of Flesh and The Untouchable. Farewell, My Queen is set to begin filming sometime next spring. via ThePlaylist.
by Jason Barr Posted: December 28th, 2010
Dame Judi Dench has joined Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar Hoover biopic, J. Edgar. The Oscar-winner (Shakespeare in Love) will play alongside a confirmed cast that currently includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer (The Social Network), and Damon Herriman (FX’s Justified). As of yet, there is no word on the nature of Dench’s role. In 2011, she can be seen with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender in Jane Eyre and alongside Michelle Williams, Emma Watson, and Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn.
In related news, The Playlist is also reporting that Charlize Theron is “leaning toward” joining J. Edgar. If you’ve been following the development of the project, you know that Theron has been offered the role of Helen Gandy (Hoover’s personal secretary). However, Theron is currently tasked with choosing between J. Edgar and Universal’s tentpole project Snow White and the Huntsman (both films are scheduled to shoot in February 2011). http://collider.com/judi-dench-j-edgar-charlize-theron/66950/
by Max Lichtig Posted: December 28th, 2010
Just the other day, we brought you the first poster for the Natalie Portman film The Other Woman. Today, the trailer for the film has been released online and shows the gifted Black Swan thespian at it again in another dramatic and poignant role. The film also stars Scott Cohen and Lisa Kudrow. Based on the Ayelet Waldman novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, the film tells the story of Emilia (Portman), “a Harvard law school graduate and a newlywed, having just married Jack (Scott Cohen), a high-powered New York lawyer, who was her boss – and married – when she began working at his law firm.” Directed by Don Roos, whose previous credits include helming The Opposite of Sex and writing the screenplay for Marley and Me, the drama is set to be released on Video On Demand by IFC on January 1st, 2011, but will see a theatrical release on February 4th.
Check out a synopsis of the novel, as well as the trailer after the jump:
After Black Swan, Natalie Portman has become one of my favorite female actors working in the industry right now. Her performance was so natural and utterly flawless that I have complete confidence she can take on any role. Maybe it’s the fact that she graduated from Harvard (much like her character in The Other Woman) or just an innate brilliance she brings to the screen. Whatever the case, it’s clear she can tackle anything, from psychopathic human/swan hybrids to comedic roles as well (she hosted SNL and was a hilarious guest on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis from Funny or Die.) Although I am shaken up a bit by the fact that the role of Emilia was originally being eyed by Jennifer Lopez, it looks like this movie has a lot of promise.
Here’s the synopsis of the novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits via Amazon:
How a five-year-old manages to make the adults in his life hew to the love he holds for them is the sweet treat in this honest, brutal, bitterly funny slice of life. When Emelia’s day-old daughter, Isabel, succumbs to SIDS, her own life stalls. She can’t work; she can’t sleep; Central Park, once her personal secret garden, now is a minefield of happy mother-child dyads. Since Isabel’s death, husband Jack’s only solace for the guilt of breaking up his sexless marriage with Carolyn for Emelia’s (now-absent) passion and love is joint custody of William, now five. What Emelia cannot bear most are Wednesdays, when she must cross the park to collect William at the 92nd Street Y preschool and take another shot at stepmotherhood. Carolyn, William’s furious mother and a renowned Upper East Side OB/GYN, lives to nab Emelia for mistakes in handling him. Carolyn’s indicting phone calls raise the already sky-high tension in Jack and Emelia’s home, but they don’t compare with Carolyn’s announcement that, at age 42, she is pregnant. The news pushes Emelia to confess to Jack two things she shouldn’t. William is charmingly realized, and Waldman (Daughter’s Keeper) has upper bourgeois New York down cold. The result is a terrific adult story.