After a momentous buildup, Lars von Trier's two-part sex epic will finally hit screens worldwide. International audiences will get their first peek at the director's cut of Nymphomaniac, Vol. I at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it will have its world premiere in February. Charlotte Gainsbourg stars as the self-diagnosed nympho of the title and the films feature a star cast including Stellan Skarsgard, Uma Thurman and Shia LaBeouf.
Paul W.S. Anderson's long-in-development historical action epic Pompeii finally is coming to screens in February courtesy of Peter Schlessel's FilmDistrict. The film stars Game of Thrones heartthrob Kit Harington as an enslaved Celtic gladiator who falls in love with a noblewoman on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii. Also with Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Jared Harris and Carrie-Anne Moss.
'A Most Wanted Man'
Anton Corbijn's take on this John le Carre best-seller features an acting dream team that includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Daniel Bruhl, Rachel McAdams and Willem Dafoe. Set in Hamburg, the thriller focuses on an illegal Muslim immigrant to Hamburg who gets caught up in the war on terror. It premieres Jan. 19 at the Sundance Film Festival.
Already dubbed the "Chinese Titanic," John Woo's first picture in four years tells the story of three couples aboard a ship in the South China Sea fleeing China for Taiwan during the 1949 revolution. It has built-in pan-regional potential, as it stars an array of top Asian talent, including Chinese A-listers Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming and Tong Dawei, along with South Korea’s Song Hye-kyo, Japan’s Masami Nagasawa and Taiwan’s Takeshi Kaneshiro.
'The Inbetweeners Movie 2'
Screenwriters Damon Beesley and Iain Morris take over the directors' role in this follow-up to the surprise Brit hit of 2011. The original Inbetweeners film, adapted from the hit Channel 4 sitcom about young men behaving badly, grossed more than $70 million in the U.K. and close to $90 million worldwide.
Fox Star Studios' busy slate for 2014 includes this much hyped reworking of the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz starrer Knight and Day. “Bang Bang happens to be based on a Hollywood film that the director [Siddharth Anand] and [superstar actor] Hrithik Roshan thought would lend itself well to the Indian market. But it's almost a reinvention -- it's really a Bollywood film,” Fox International Productions president Sanford Panitch told THR. The film began production last fall but shooting was briefly postponed after Roshan suffered a head injury filming a stunt scene.
'Go Brazil Go!'
Not much is known about this Spike Lee-directed, Brazilian government-financed documentary about the rise of the "B" of the BRICs. Lee is said to have interviewed former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and soccer superstar Pele for the film, and industry chatter suggests he'll also be investigating the way the country's Afro-Brazilian population has been left out of the economic boom. It's expected to premiere sometime before the World Cup kicks off in Brazil in May.
'Yves Saint Laurent'
Jalil Lespert directs the first of two YSL biopics -- this one starring Pierre Niney as the haute couture wunderkind and Guillaume Gallienne as his lover and business partner. Critics are already buzzing about Niney's performance. The film will screen at the Berlin International Film Festival as a Panorama opener.
Beijing-based Chinese studio DMG is on something of a hot streak, following the global success of its first two co-productions with Hollywood, Disney-Marvel's Iron Man 3 and Looper. Their latest, co-produced with Alcon, is the Johnny Depp-starring heady sci-fi Transcendence, about the moment when artificial intelligence surpasses the capacity of the human mind.
'Grace of Monaco'
The release of Olivier Dahan's biopic starring Nicole Kidman as Hollywood starlet-turned-princess Grace Kelly has been pushed back several times but will finally hit U.S. screens this year. Featuring Tim Roth as Grace's husband, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, the film is set in the 1960s and based on the true story of how Kelly intervened to try to prevent a looming French invasion of Monaco.
Fox Star Studios and Phantom Films are behind Anurag Kashyap’s much anticipated follow-up to Gangs of Wasseypur. The first installment of a planned trilogy, Bombay Velvet is the story of how the city (now called Mumbai) became a metropolis, set against a backdrop of love, greed, violence and jazz, spanning from the 50s to the early 70s. It stars Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.
Now that Harry Potter has run its course, Potter producer David Heyman has turned to another beloved British book series: Michael Bond's Paddington novels. The story of a talking stuffed bear found abandoned at London's Paddington Station will be done as a live action feature and includes the likes of Nicole Kidman, Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville and Potter alums Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent among its cast. Colin Firth will voice the part of the CGI-created Paddington Bear.
Ryan Reynolds stars as a disturbed factory worker who talks to -- and follows the advice of -- his (evil) talking cat and (good) talking dog in this comedic crime thriller from art house fave Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis, Chicken With Plums). Gemma Arterton, Jacki Weaver and Anna Kendrick co-star.
'Ich und Kaminski'
After several false starts, German director Wolfgang Becker finally returns for the follow-up to his global hit Good Bye Lenin! (2003). The literary adaptation Ich und Kaminski features Daniel Bruhl, who celebrated his international breakthrough with Lenin! and lately has been enjoying critical kudos for his turn in Ron Howard's Rush.
Billed as the biggest-budget pic ever from French action maestro Luc Besson, Lucy features Scarlett Johansson as a drug mule who gains superhuman powers after the drugs she is transporting enter her body. The film was shot on location in Taipei.
'Stromberg – Der Film'
This German take on the Ricky Gervais-created sitcom The Office probably marks the first-ever feature film based on an international TV adaptation. It also marks a crowdfunding first for a mainstream European film. German fans of the series -- which ran five seasons on commercial network Pro7 -- put up around $1.4 million (1 million euros) in equity to close the film's budget gap.
'The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared'
Based on the internationally best-selling novel by Jonas Jonasson, Felix Herngren's big-screen adaptation retells the unlikely story of a 100-year-old man who decides it's not too late to start his life over. The film has been a hit in its native Sweden since it debuted on Christmas Day 2013. Its release across Europe is anticipated in spring 2014.
Argentine director Pablo Fendrik’s third film is also his first try at a large-budget feature. Funded by Participant PanAmerica, and co-produced with Magma Cine (Argentina), Bananeira (Brazil), and Manny Films (France), the movie has an all-star Latin American cast that includes Gael Garcia Bernal and Alice Braga. This Western-inspired action-adventure features Garcia Bernal as a mysterious man who emerges from the Argentine rainforest to rescue the kidnapped daughter (Braga) of a poor farmer after mercenaries murder her father and take over his property.
Period actioners are popular across Asia, but director Lee Seok-hoon's latest project takes the bankable genre out on the high seas. A maritime adventure set in the 14th-century Joseon Kingdom, the film follows a charismatic soldier-turned-pirate facing off against a tyrannical captain to score a kingly booty. The project is just waiting to be branded “the Korean Pirates of the Caribbean.” Stars Kim Nam-gil and Son Ye-jin.
'A Second Chance'
Love Is All You Need, Susanne Bier's English-language follow-up to her Oscar-winning In a Better World, underwhelmed but fans are willing to give the Danish auteur A Second Chance in the form of this hotly anticipated drama featuring Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in his first Danish-language film in more than a decade.
'The Raid 2: Berandal'
Jakarta-based director Gareth Evans' sequel to his cult Indonesian action movie The Raid: Redemption again stars martial arts master Iko Uwais. According to the producers, the new film picks up "right where the first film left off and follows Rama (Uwais) as he goes undercover in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force." Genre fans already are salivating for more old-school bone-crunching action. The film will bow at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 21 before its March 28 general release.
'The Two Faces of January'
The directorial debut of Oscar-nominated screenwriter Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove, Drive), TheTwo Faces of January is a thriller adapted from the Patricia Highsmith novel and stars Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac and Kirsten Dunst as a trio trying to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police officer.
'The Invisible Boy'
Acclaimed director Gabriele Salvatores, best known for his 1991 foreign language film Oscar winner Mediterraneo, is back with another seaside tale. The Invisible Boy (Il ragazzo invisibile), currently filming, is a coming-of-age tale about a boy who goes from feeling invisible to really being invisible.
After being fined $1.2 million for disobeying China's one-child policy and the flop that was The Flowers of War, top Chinese director Zhang Yimou could use a return to form. Set in the politically sensitive Cultural Revolution period, this film tells the story of an intellectual who is forced into marriage, flees to America and on his return to China is sent to a labor camp. The film stars Chen Daoming and Gong Li, with whom Zhang has produced some of his most acclaimed work (Red Sorghum, Raise the Red Lantern).
'In the Future'
Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, whose latest project, The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza), won a Golden Globe for best foreign film and may have the inside track as the Oscars approach, already is at work on his next project, scheduled for release in late 2014. Not much is known about the film except that it will be called In the Future, it will star Michael Caine, and it will be in English -- Sorrentino’s second foray into English-language cinema, following the 2011 drama This Must Be the Place, which starred Sean Penn.
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