Blake Lively finds paradise, but then gets terrorized by a hungry great white shark in Sony’s tense new trailer for “The Shallows.”
Her character discovers a secluded surfing spot in Australia that her guide calls “paradise.” She then tells her sister in a Skype call: “It took forever to find, but it’s perfect.”
Shortly thereafter, a shark attacks her. She swims for safety and becomes stranded on a rock outcropping about 200 yards from shore. Unable to warn them to exit the water in time, she witnesses two surfers being brutally mauled.
Lively’s character then begins plotting how to get back to the shore, which somehow includes possession of a firearm.
The film is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from a script by Anthony Jaswinski. Producers are Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem.
Gabriel Abrantes returned to the Croisette this year to attend the screening of his 20-minute fantasy short, Directors’ Fortnight “The Marvelous Misadventures of The Stone Lady.” about a female statue that escapes from the Louvre and ventures into the streets of Paris. The U.S.-born Portuguese director wowed audiences at Cannes last year with his wacky [...]
Since 2005, the Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week and Mexico’s Morelia Intl. Film Festival (FICM) have enjoyed a reciprocal relationship. Each year, a selection of short competition films from Morelia is shown in a special selection at Critics’ Week, with the features from the Cannes section screening five months later in Morelia. The short film [...]
CANNES–Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk and his Art Pictures Studio have released the English-subbed teaser to “Attraction 2,” the sequel to Bondarchuk’s 2017 sci-fi blockbuster, which Variety has acquired exclusively. The director behind record-breaking Russian films such as World War II epic “Stalingrad” was in Cannes this week, where he presented footage from Art Pictures’ slate of upcoming [...]
CANNES–Gkids, the U.S. distributor of 11 best animated feature Oscar nominees, has acquired North American rights for “Weathering With You,” the new film from director Makoto Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura. Gkids has set an awards-qualifying run for 2019 with a theatrical release in early 2020, in both the original Japanese and a new English-language [...]
Rolling off the success of “Serial (Bad) Weddings 2,” Romain Rojtman is reteaming with UGC and Orange Studio on the the third opus of France’s comedy B.O. hit franchise. “Serial (Bad) Weddings 2” was released on Jan. 30 and grossed over 45 million euros from 7 million admissions in France, breaking a four-year record for [...]
CANNES–The Transilvania Intl. Film Festival has announced a new SVOD service, TIFF Unlimited, which will launch during the festival’s 18th edition, which bows May 31 in Cluj, Romania. The service will curate titles from current and previous editions of the festival, while also showcasing other hand-picked auteur-driven productions, presented in partnership with local distributors. It [...]
The Locarno Festival’s Open Doors platform dedicated to promoting cinema in areas where filmmaking is especially tough, has unveiled the 8 projects, directors, and producers from 7 countries in South-East Asia and Mongolia who will make the trek to Switzerland for networking and training opportunities. The selected projects include “The Thonglor Kids” by Thai director Aditya [...]