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Safdie Brothers, Carlos Reygadas, Fatih Akin, and Gillian Robespierre Find New Projects

Written by on May 18, 2016 

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The Safdie brothers were not overnight successes, but the speed at which they’ve moved forward since Heaven Knows What — one of last year’s biggest accomplishments — is nevertheless remarkable. After completing production on the Robert Pattinson-led Good Time, they’ve secured the support of Martin Scorsese‘s Sikelia Pictures, who will partner with RT Features and Elara Pictures to bring us the duo’s follow-up feature, Uncut Gems. Aside from Ronald Bronstein‘s involvement as co-writer, no real details have yet been made available. [Deadline]

If that tempers excitement in any way, consider Scorsese’s support: “I’m delighted to be working with RT to support a new generation of filmmakers. The Safdie Brothers bring an exciting new perspective and tremendous vitality to their storytelling.”

CARLOS-REYGADASLess speedy in his production but no less attention-catching, Carlos Reygadas is to next give us Where Life Is Born. Currently shooting, the picture, according to producer Katrin Pors, “is a simple but powerful story of love and loss of love in open couple relationships set in the context of Mexico’s bull-breeding ranches.” Variety have a couple of more details, saying, “When Ester falls in love with another man, her husband Juan seems unable to meet the expectations he has of himself.”

The Match Factory are backing Where Life Is Born, which already seems like a lock for Cannes 2017.

Continuing his own fast-paced workmanship, Fatih Akin‘s setting up a Diane Kruger-led vehicle, In the Fade, which — and I had to look this up to make sure Variety wasn’t getting it wrong, as it seemed so unlikely — will be the actress’ first film in her native German.

Bombero International and Macassar Productions are supporting the project, which will roll cameras this fall — likely after Akin’s next feature, Why We Took the Car, premieres.

Gillian RobespierreLastly, word has it Obvious Child‘s respective writing, writing-directing, and leading trio of Elisabeth Holm, Gillian Robespierre, and Jenny Slate are reuniting for Landline, a comedy starring John Turturro, Edie Falco, Jay Duplass, and “newcomer” Abby Quinn. [THR]

If you have nostalgia for mid-90s New York, rejoice: the 1995-set picture — showing “the last days when people still didn’t have cellphones and still did smoke inside” — follows the Jacobs family, specifically three of its women “having lots of sex, drugs and Japanese food.” As they go on to explain, “Teenager Ali (Quinn) discovers her dad (Turturro) is having an affair. Older sister Dana (Slate) uncovers her own wild side. And their mother Pat (Falco) grapples with the truth that she can’t have it all, but her family still has each other.”

Route One and OddLot are producing and financing Landline.


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