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Title: Olivier Assayas
Post by: wilder on April 23, 2013, 03:04:19 PM
IFC Films Snaps Ups Olivier Assayas' ‘Sils Maria’ with Juliette Binoche & Mia Wasikowska
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In a confident gesture, IFC has picked up the distribution rights to the as-yet-unproduced “Sils Maria” (aka "Since Maria") the Switzerland-set project from French auteur Olivier Assayas set to star Juliette Binoche and Mia Wasikowska. IFC acted as a distributor on Assayas’ “Summer Hours,” and will bring his latest “Something in the Air” to theaters this year. It appears that they have as much hope for this forthcoming contemplative tale as we do, particularly given the pedigree of his cast.

"Sils Maria" will come from a script written by Assayas, which he based on a Binoche-like character -- a middle-aged actress obsessed with examining her past choices and questioning what she has accomplished. Wasikowska will play Binoche’s assistant.

No shoot date yet -- presumably Binoche will have to finish stomping around the set of "Godzilla" --  but this looks like another promising, unique, character driven piece from Assayas. We'll be looking for this at Cannes in 2014.
Title: Re: Olivier Assayas
Post by: wilder on May 22, 2013, 03:40:54 PM
Olivier Assayas To Make U.S. Debut WIth One-Time Todd Field Project 'Hubris'
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French filmmaker Olivier Assayas is no stranger to English-language films; "Irma Vep," among others of his films, had substantial English-language segments. But he's never made something entirely in English, and he's never come to the U.S. to make something. Until now, that is.

After the back-to-back success of "Summer Hours," his mini-series/movie "Carlos" and his semi-autobiographical Bildungsroman "Something In The Air," Assayas is currently prepping a film that looks to be English-language heavy: "Sils Maria," in which Juliette Binoche will play a version of herself, and in which Mia Wasikowska will also feature. The director told us that "it will be in English and part of the cast will be American," but it looks like he's heading Stateside in a big way after that, as Indiewire reveal that the director will make his first U.S.-set film soon, with "Hubris."

The film is a based-in-fact crime story penned by "Crash" co-writer Bobby Moresco (at least back in the day), based on a 2007 Playboy article called "Boosting The Big Tuna" by Hillel Levin, and was once set up at Universal with Todd Field ("In The Bedroom") attached to direct. It follows a group of small-time thieves who rob a man who turns out to be Chicago mafia boss Tony Accardo (who was also due to be the basis for a Michael Mann movie called "Big Tuna" that's yet to come to pass).

We dug up a bunch of details on the project back in the day, and you can read it over here (http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/details_on_todd_fields_hubris_heist_tale_retribution_revenge) (beware of spoilers). While we were definitely looking forward to seeing what Field did with the film, Assayas is about as strong a replacement as we can imagine, and we're looking forward to seeing how it turns out. Shooting will get underway in the second quarter of 2014, once Assayas is done with "Sils Maria" (which suggests that that film might be a possibility for Cannes next year...)
Title: Re: Olivier Assayas
Post by: wilder on August 21, 2013, 09:39:31 PM
Daniel Bruhl, Bruno Ganz & More Join Olivier Assayas' 'Sils Maria' With Juliette Binoche, Chloe Moretz & Kristen Stewart
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Production kicks off this week on Olivier Assayas' "Sils Maria," and joining his already starry leads—Juliette Binoche, Chloe Moretz and Kristen Stewart—is an equally impressive supporting cast. So let's get right into it.

Daniel Bruhl (the upcoming "Rush" and "The Fifth Estate"), veteran Bruno Ganz ("Downfall," "Wings Of Desire"), indie kid Brady Corbet ("Simon Killer") and U.K. thesp Tom Sturridge ("On The Road" reteam with KStew, ZOMG!) have all come on aboard the movie. The movie will tell the story an older actress (Binoche) who gets obsessed-over by a younger thesp (Moretz) taking on a role the older actress made famous. Bruhl takes the role of a theater director, with Sturridge to play Moretz's boyfriend. No word yet on the parts for Ganz and Corbet.

IFC—who have release the director's last three efforts stateside, "Summer Hours," "Carlos" and "Something In The Air"—has already snapped up the U.S. rights for the movie, which is one we're already marking down on our 2014 must see list. Production starts Thursday and carries through until October 4th, and while there's no release date yet, we'd put some pretty good odds on a Cannes Film Festival debut next spring.
Title: Re: Olivier Assayas
Post by: wilder on May 13, 2014, 04:19:16 PM
Olivier Assayas Says Robert Pattinson Will Feature In His Next Film
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For his post-"Twilight" career, Robert Pattinson has been quickly racing to establish himself as an actor instead of a heartthrob, using his cachet join a variety of projects with auteurs at the helm. He's got two David Cronenberg movies under his belt, another with David Michod, and more coming from Werner Herzog and Anton Corbijn. And that's not to mention a possible project with Harmony Korine, and if all goes according to plan, he'll kick off 2015 working with James Gray on "The Lost City Of Z." And that's not all.

With his "Clouds Of Sils Maria" getting set to unspool at the Cannes Film Festival, director Olivier Assayas has revealed he's caught the RPatz fever. "I see that in the United States, especially since the success of 'l'Heure d'été' and 'Carlos,' I gained a relative notoriety, which sharpens the curiosity of some actors. My next film, for example, will include Robert Pattinson," he told Les InRocks (translation via Robsessed).

So what will the film be? No idea. And that's about all the news there is on it. But it should be noted that last year, the director did line up a U.S. project, titled "Hubris," that would be in English and feature an American cast. It's based on a 2007 Playboy article called "Boosting The Big Tuna" by Hillel Levin and follows a group of small-time thieves who rob a man who turns out to be Chicago mafia boss Tony Accardo. Could this be that gig?
Title: Re: Olivier Assayas
Post by: wilder on May 21, 2014, 05:32:04 PM
Two clips from Clouds of Sils Maria




Robert Pattinson Says He Shoots Olivier Assayas' Gangster Pic 'Idol's Eye' In November
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Last week, Olivier Assayas revealed he had Pattinson lined up to star in his next film, and this week, the actor confirms his involvement in an interview with La Nouvel Observateur. Pattinson says he'll be shooting the film in November, and shares that it's about a group of men who rob a porn store only to find out it's actually a mafia front. And from that description, it sounds a lot like "Hubris," the project Assayas lined up last year. In fact we'd wager it's the same one, but it seems there's been a title change.

Le Monde (via Looking For More) reports that the film is titled "Idol's Eye" and it will have a budget of $30 million. And we already know that the film is based on a 2007 Playboy article called "Boosting The Big Tuna" by Hillel Levin and is inspired by actual events, in which a bunch of regular criminals accidentally robbed Chicago mafia boss Tony Accardo.


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