Spanish helmer Alejandro Amenabar’s lavish fourth-century Roman-Egypt epic about philosopher Hypatia (Rachel Weisz) and her struggle to protect her life’s work in the midst of war. Her two loves are played by Max Minghella and Oscar Isaac. Thesps will be on hand in Santa Monica for the unveiling of first footage from the film. Pic is scripted by Amenabar and his longtime collaborator Mateo Gil. (Focus Intl.)
Giuseppe Tornatore’s Sicily-set $30 million epic, spanning several decades starting around in the 1930s. Pic, with a cast that includes Monica Bellucci, won’t be ready before May, says Summit’s Patrick Wachsberger, who will screen about seven to eight minutes of footage to buyers at AFM. (Summit Intl.)
Helmer Stephen Frears’ latest, from a Christopher Hampton script, is a romantic drama set in 1920s Paris starring Michelle Pfeiffer as the older woman and Rupert Friend as the young lover who can’t give her up. About 4 ½ minutes of fresh footage will be shown at the market. (Pathe Intl.)
Drama starring Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon about a family dealing with the loss of a son and the arrival of his girlfriend on their doorstep. Pic is helmed by first-timer Shana Feste, and produced by Lynette Howell (“Half Nelson”) and Brosnan’s partner Beau St. Clair. First footage screens at AFM. (Kimmel Intl.)
Helmer Chen Kaige returns to the Beijing opera world of his “Farewell, My Concubine,” but from a very different angle. Toplining Zhang Ziyi and Leon Lai, this is a biopic of the man most closely associated with popularizing the operatic genre outside China, and the war-torn era he operated in. Film is set for an April release in China. First footage screens in seller’s office. (Emperor Motion Pictures/CMC)
A correction was made to this article on Nov. 5, 2008.