×

Rotterdam Bows With ‘War Book,’ Closes With ‘A Most Violent Year’

PARIS– Tom Harper’s political thriller “War Book” is set to play on opening night of Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) on Jan. 21.

Fest will close with J.C. Chandor’s critically-aclaimed “A Most Violent Year” on Jan. 31.

“‘War Book’ is a topical and relevant film that fits perfectly with the contemporary issues we are exploring and debating at IFFR 2015, an ideal film to open the Festival and the reason why we have also included it in our Everyday Propaganda programme. J.C. Chandor’s ‘A Most Violent Year’ is a beautiful film made by a hugely talented and ambitious auteur,” said the festival director Rutger Wolfson.

“War Book” stars Ben Chaplin (“The Thin Red Line”) and Sophie Okenedo (“Hotel Rwanda”). Penned by Jack Thorne, the film depicts the inner-workings of U.K. officials struggling to address a deadly nuclear attack on their soil.

Harper and Thorne will both attend Rotterdam to present the film.

Set in New York City 1981, “A Most Violent Year” stars Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) as an ambitious immigrant and Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) as his wife. The pair fight to protect their business and family, while facing the city’s rampant political and industry corruption. The movie has earned a Golden Globe nom for Chastain.

 

More Film

  • Justin Simien Variety Creative Impact Honoree

    Variety's Creative Impact Honoree Justin Simien Returns to Sundance With 'Bad Hair'

    Justin Simien understands the value of a compelling story. Before he broke out with his award-winning indie satire “Dear White People” in 2014, the 36-year-old American filmmaker worked in publicity, doing gigs at studios like Paramount and Focus Features. It was this experience, working on massively successful hits such as “Brokeback Mountain” and “Paranormal Activity,” [...]

  • A thermal sensor operated by the

    How the Wuhan Coronavirus Infected the Chinese Film Industry

    Just days ago, no one would have predicted that China’s most lucrative film-going season was about to be derailed by the escalating epidemic of a novel coronavirus that is now rapidly spreading through the country and beyond. Variety takes a look at how the box office in the world’s second largest film market has been [...]

  • Jayme Lawson bows Farewell Amor

    Meet Jayme Lawson: The 'Batman' Breakout Hits Sundance With 'Farewell Amor'

    Right before New Year’s Day, Jayme Lawson sat down to make a list. She wanted to outline all of the big changes that had transpired over the past twelve months. It was an impressive array of accomplishments. In May, Lawson graduated from Julliard. A month later, she was cast in her first indie movie, “Farewell [...]

  • 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Box Office: Movie

    Box Office: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' Racing Toward $40 Million Opening

    “Sonic the Hedgehog” is racing toward an opening in the $40 million range over Presidents’ Day weekend, early tracking showed on Thursday. Paramount Pictures decided in May to push “Sonic the Hedgehog” back three months, from Nov. 8 to Valentine’s Day, following fan criticism over the appearance and design of the titular blue character — [...]

  • Carrie Brownstein and St Vincent Variety

    Carrie Brownstein and St. Vincent on Their Sundance-Bound Movie 'Nowhere Inn'

    As bizarre as much of the new film “Nowhere Inn” is, cowriters and costars St. Vincent — aka Annie Clark — and Carrie Brownstein are on somewhat familiar ground when it comes to playing with rock-star/media archetypes in deadpan fashion. They’d previously had satirical fun with some weirdly comedic short films they made to promote [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content