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Director Chen Kaige (“Farewell My Concubine,” “Sacrifice”) looks at how media and technology have influenced a society relegated to sound bites and where perception becomes reality. In Chen’s world, “the same technology that connects us can be used to tear us apart.” The film will have its international premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
PLEASURE OR PAIN
The last movie by the recently deceased Zalman King — the director-producer best known for such steamy fare as “The Red Shoe Diaries,” “Nine 1/2 Weeks” and “Two Moon Junction” — is being billed as “an erotic odyssey” that revolves around a young designer named Victoria (Malena Morgan) who falls into a passionate affair with Jack (Christos Vasilopoulos), “whose sensual charisma exerts an irresistible pull over her.”
Based on the Korean filmmaker Cheol-su Park’s 1995 film “301/302,” this psychological drama focuses on the intersecting lives of two women — Amy (Heather Graham), a newly single chef, and former child star Saffron (Carrie-Anne Moss) — who occupy neighboring apartments, “each grappling with creeping obsessions that have begun to overtake their lives.” Kevin Dillon and Joe Mantegna also star in this film, now in post, which is directed by Egidio Coccimiglio and shot by Oscar-winning d.p. Vilmos Zsigmond.
THE MIDDLE KINGDOM
Described by the company as its “most ambitious project to date,” this historical epic set in turn-of-the-century China deals with the Boxer Rebellion from the p.o.v. of a British serviceman and a Chinese general. The project, budgeted at $60 million, is being planned as a Chinese-U.K.-German-French co-production.
The first installment in the so-called “Codename: Falcon” franchise, this actioner directed by Isaac Florentine centers around former Marine John “Falcon” Chapman (Michael Jai White), who’s “driven by guilt and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.” When Chapman’s sister is brutally attacked while on assignment in Brazil, Chapman flies into Sao Paulo to track down her assailants. Production is scheduled to commence late this year.
Meryl, an unemployed stock broker-turned-no-nonsense detective, and Sean, an obnoxious aspiring journalist, take on “the biggest organized crime outfit in town.” Planned as the first installment of a new franchise based on the works of best-selling Israeli author Ram Oren, “Scoop” taps into the love-hate relationship between these two ex-lovers as the basis for a planned series of crime-comedy-thrillers. Shooting is scheduled to commence in the second half of 2013.
A psychological thriller about a military mission gone wrong and its subsequent cover-up, “Recall” follows a soldier recovering from severe head trauma as he tries to piece together the events that led to his mission’s failure. Penned by Paul Schrader, who wrote “Taxi Driver,” the project will be shot in Bulgaria in fall 2013.
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