CineEurope: Steven Spielberg Talks 'BFG' Filming

Steven Spielberg

The man behind some of the most iconic films in Hollywood history, Spielberg has received seven nominations for best director and taken home the prize twice, for Schindler's List in 1994 and Saving Private Ryan in 1999. 

Mister Smith Entertainment's presentation also contained first look footage from 'The Light Between Oceans.'

Mister Smith Entertainment’s presentation at CineEurope on Monday featured a brief video message from one of Hollywood’s masters.

Steven Spielberg talked about his 2016 family adventure The BFG to the international exhibitors in attendance, saying he “just wrapped up filming in Vancouver” and that New Zealand visual effects company Weta Digital would be “bringing Roald Dahl’s giants to life.”

“I’m sure you’ll fall in love with these characters,” he added.

Mister Smith’s David Garrett said that The BFG was reuniting Spielberg with his “dream team” of producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison and long-serving composer John Williams.

Other films in the presentation including AFM buzz title The Man Who Knew Infinity, the Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons-starring biopic of Indian math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, which Garrett said had “awards-caliber performances.”

There was also extended clips from Race, the Jesse Owens biopic and “arguably the greatest sporting legend of all time.” In a video, newcomer Stephen James, who plays Owens, highlighted the film’s importance, saying that this generation “might not know a lot about Jesse” and that it was vital to “retell these stories and never let them die.”

CineEurope visitors were also treated to exclusive first look footage from Equals, the Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult-starring sci-fi film from Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions that is set in a “utopian futuristic society.”

There were also three exclusive scenes from The Light Between Oceans, the drama starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander that Garrett said would “take audiences on an emotionally harrowing journey.”

Garrett looked further to the future and discussed DreamWorks upcoming adaptation of Paula Hawkins literary sensation The Girl on the Train, which he said was selling a copy “every 18 seconds in the U.K.” Garrett confirmed that Emily Blunt was in negotiations to play the lead, with The Help's Tate Taylor signed up to direct.

“It’s a Hitchcockian thriller that will forever change how you view other people’s lives.”