New project will having nothing to do with recent Syfy series
Thus proving that anyone can be a success if they just try hard enough
Film will go the dramatic, unfunny, presumably racism-free route
Film tells the story of French president Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power
The story of French president Nicolas Sarkozy's rapid political ascension seems like the stuff of Christopher Guest films, or maybe it's just this first trailer for the new film about that very topic. "The Conquest" focuses on Sarkozy's victory in the 2007 French election, and though the former Minister of the Interior and Minster of Finances was his party's (the UMP) overwhelming pick for the nomination, this first trailer makes Sarkozy's success look like some sort of wacky fluke. The film is classified as a drama, but every bit of first footage here hedges on the side of dry, biting, and even somewhat wacky. Politics! Hilarious!
Director Xavier Durringer adapted the script from one penned by writer/documentary filmmaker Patrick Rotma. The film is based on both public documents and personal accounts, and it's the first film of its kind to focus on election drama involving a leader still in office. So, despite the jaunty nature of this trailer, the film is clearly relying on a strong basis in fact.
"The Conquest" opens in Los Angeles and New York on November 11, followed by a national release from Music Box Films. Check out the first trailer for the film, thanks to Yahoo! Movies, after the break.
'Everything in life is in transition.'
As the lead character in "Martha Marcy May Marlene," Elizabeth Olsen gives one of the year's best performances in the first film she's ever seen released. Despite being related to the infamous Olsen twins, Elizabeth has stayed off the pop-culture radar -- until now. Starring in Sean Durkin's writing and directorial debut as a young woman who flees a cult for the different-but-real challenges of trying to explain what happened to her family, Olsen spoke with us in Los Angeles about stress, acting, and the strain of making the film less big and yet more real.
Considering this is your first role you thought you would start small, and you would only be the face of the film, the title, all three title characters?
Olsen: Well it's my second film; the first film, which is also a very exciting film as your first film, it was a family comedy, light hearted. Catherine Keener played my mother, Jane Fonda, my grandmother, in 'Peace Love and Misunderstanding'. Bruce Beresford directed.
That still hasn't come out yet, right?
Olsen: Still hasn't come out. That was at the Toronto Film Festival. But that was my first movie and that was really cool to be around all these heavy weights and learn from them especially when the camera was literally a foreign thing, I didn't understand all the technical parts of it, so that was important. And then for some reason the idea of like playing a title character wasn't that daunting and I don't know if that's just because I didn't think of it as bigger than itself. I just thought of it as this like wholesome group of people making a movie, and I didn't think of it as, there's no studio, there's no anything looking down on your back, you're just creating with these people, so it never felt bigger than itself.
But now you drive and there are big posters of your face. When you go by those big posters, do you get freaked out?
Which of these noms will pop up on Oscar's radar?
With the weather growing crisp and the quality of new cinematic releases improving, one thing is becoming steadily apparent – it’s nearly awards season! But before you make your own Oscar bingo sheet to keep track of all the winners, we’re going to have to slog through a stunning number of other awards, from critic circles to city-based kudos. The first major awards ceremony of the season, the Gotham Independent Film Awards (let’s just call them the Gotham Awards for ease), have less to do with Batman and much more to do with independent cinema, and they’ve long been a harbinger of smaller films that might go to the big show.
The Gotham Awards have today announced their nominations, going to total of 24 films in six competitive categories, including Best Feature, Best Documentary, Breakthrough Director, Breakthrough Actor, Best Ensemble Performance, and Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You (my personal favorite). The Awards’ ceremony will be held on Monday, November 28, where all competitive awards will be presented, along with a career tribute for Charlize Theron, Gary Oldman, David Cronenberg and, Tom Rothman.
Standout nominees include Alexander Payne’s “The Descendents,” Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter,” Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” Sean Durkin’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” and Mike Mills’ “Beginners.” The nomination lists read like a best-of of 2011’s festival favorites, and it will be quite interesting to see which films and talents emerge victorious and how that will impact more mainstream awards, like the Golden Globes and the Oscars.
You can check out the full list of nominees, along with information on the awards' nominating committees, after the break.