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“Kurk” Filming Postponed

THR is reporting that the filming for “Kurk” has been postponed. No new start date has been announced.

The Russian shoot of Colin Firth submarine disaster movie Kursk, produced by Luc Besson, has been postponed as the country’s defense ministry is still reviewing the permit request.

The shoot was scheduled to start in Russia next month and run for about a month. A new start date hasn’t been set.

“We haven’t yet received a permit from the defense ministry,” Andrei Sigle, a producer on the Russian side, told local radio station Radio Baltika. “They probably have other things to take care of.”

According to Sigle, taking the shoot to another country, such as Norway, which observers immediately suggested, is currently out of the question. He said the producers still hope to get the green light from Russia’s military.

The movie is based on a 2000 incident involving a K-141 Kursk submarine. A torpedo exploded inside the Russian submarine during a naval exercise in the Barents Sea, and the submarine’s entire crew of 118 died.

Produced by Besson’s EuropaCorp, the movie is to be directed by Thomas Vinterburg and will also star Matthias Schoenaerts.

Incidentally, Russia’s defense ministry originally promised cooperation with the crew. But later it reportedly grew concerned about granting access to classified information and locations. It didn’t comment on the delay of the shoot.

EuropaCorp Greenlights “Kursk”

Deadline confirms Matthias is set to star in “Kursk“. Matthias mentioned this project last month to the Belgium press, but it seems it got the greenlight by EuropaCorp.

EuropaCorp has set Matthias Schoenaerts to star in Kursk, the fact-based survival drama that Thomas Vinterberg will direct this fall from Saving Private Ryan scribe Robert Rodat’s adaptation of the Robert Moore book A Time To Die. The film centers on a true story of the Kursk, a nuclear-powered Russian submarine that sank during a training exercise in the Barents Sea in 2000. Twenty-three sailors survive the crash and desperately wait for help to arrive while their oxygen runs out minute-by-minute.

It seems like yesterday that Schoenaerts broke out here as the brawny tragic protagonist of Bullhead, and he has risen quickly. Schoenaerts and Vinterberg just worked together in Far From The Madding Crowd, and Schoenaerts most recently starred with Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl. CAA and UBBA rep the actor.

This becomes another greenlighted movie for EuropaCorp to be distributed through its new pipeline RED. EuropaCorp founder Luc Besson has the company’s biggest picture in production right now in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, a sci-fi epic that stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne and an eclectic supporting cast that includes Rihanna, John Goodman, Ethan Hawke, Clive Owen, Rutger Hauer and Herbie Hancock.

Matthias To Reteam With Vinterberg For “Kursk”

Matthias talked to the Belgium newspaper The Morning (De Morgen) and he confirmed he will reteam with Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam on “The Faithful” this year but he also mentioned he will reteam with “Far From The Madding Crowd” director Thomas Vinterberg:

I will also collaborate again with Thomas Vinterberg, with whom I worked on Far From The Madding Crowd. Vinterberg will film “Kursk” in the fall, the story of a sunken Russian submarine, and I will play the captain. I am really looking forward to it.

Earlier this year Deadline reported that director Thomas Vinterberg signed on to direct “Kursk“. They reported the following story:

EuropaCorp has set Thomas Vinterberg to helm Kursk, the Robert Rodat-scripted adaptation of the Robert Moore book A Time To Die. Casting will begin shortly for a projected fall production start in Europe. The film is based on the true story of the nuclear-powered Russian submarine, the Kursk, which sank during a training exercise in the Barents Sea in 2000. Twenty-three sailors survived the crash and desperately waited for help to arrive, as their oxygen ran out minute-by-minute.

Variety is reporting the screenplay is written by Robert Rodat and based on Robert Moore’s book ‘A Time to Die’.

Matthias To Star In “The Sound Of Metal”?

Matthias To Star In “The Sound Of Metal”?

Deadline is reporting that Matthias is in talks to join his “A Bigger Splash” co-star Dakota Johnson in the upcoming movie “The Sound Of Metal“.

Deals are making for Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s Dakota Johnson to star with The Danish Girl‘s Matthias Schoenaerts in The Sound Of Metal, a drama that will mark the directorial debut of Darius Marder, who is best known for his collaborations with filmmaker Derek Cianfrance including co-writing The Place Beyond The Pines. Michael Costigan and Ben Leclair are producing.

Johnson will play a singer in a band, and Schoenaerts plays the drummer. Everything changes when he begins to lose his hearing and has to come to grips with a future that will be filled with silence.

The film is in the process of being set for financing, but the plan is to shoot in August.

“Disorder” (Maryland) Selected For 2015 AFI Fest

The American Film Institute’s AFI Fest has announced that “Disorder” (Maryland) will be part of this year’s line up as part of the New Auteurs programme.

New Auteurs
DISORDER – Matthias Schoenaerts plays an ex-soldier who becomes locked in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with ski-masked home invaders at a wealthy estate. DIR Alice Winocour. SCR Alice Winocour. CAST Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger, Paul Hamy, Zaïd Errougui-Demonsant, Percy Kemp, Victor Pontecorvo, Mickaël Daubert, Franck Torrecillas, Chems Eddine, Philippe Haddad, Jean-Louis Coulloc’h. France/Belgium

The festival runs from November 5-12. For more information be sure to head over to the official website.

Adele Exarchopoulos Joins “The Faithful”

Variety is reporting that Adele Exarchopoulos has joined Matthias in “The Faitful“, which finally seems to be moving forward with the movie seeking for (international) buyers.

Adele Exarchopoulos (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”) will star opposite Matthias Schoenaerts in Michael R. Roskam’s “The Faithful,” a noirish romance thriller set against the backdrop of crime gangs in Brussels.

Wild Bunch has come on board to take international sales while Pathe will handle distribution in France. Pierre-Ange Le Pogam’s Stone Angels is producing with Bart Van Langendonck’s Savage Films, who produced Belgian helmer’s Oscar-nominated “Bullhead.”

Although the plot of the film remains under wraps, the glamorous onscreen couple formed by Exarchopoulos and Schoenaerts and the track-record of Roskam will likely spark buyers’ anticipation for the project, which will start shooting next year.

“The Faithful” is penned by Thomas Bidegain (“A Prophet”) and Noe Debre, the screenwriters behind Jacques Audiard’s Palme-d’Or winning “Dheepan.” Debre’s recent credits include “The Cowboys,” which marks Bidegain’s directorial debut and screens in Toronto.

Roskam made his English-language debut with 2014’s “The Drop,” starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini.

Matthias has been circling this project for a while now with a report about the production moving forward in January of this year.

“A Bigger Splash” Gets 2016 Release

Variety is reporting Fox Searchlight has set a 2016 release date for “A Bigger Splash“.

Fox Searchlight has set a May 13 U.S. release for Tilda Swinton drama “A Bigger Splash.”

The film, directed by Luca Guadagnino from a screenplay by David Kajganich, will premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Sept. 6.

Swinton portrays a rock legend on holiday on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner, played by Matthias Schoenaerts. Their stay is disrupted when a record producer and old flame (Ralph Fiennes) unexpectedly arrives with his daughter, portrayed by Dakota Johnson.

“Disorder” (Maryland) Finds UK & Canadian Distributor

“Disorder” (Maryland) Finds UK & Canadian Distributor

Screendaily is reporting that “Disorder” (Maryland) found a distributor for the U.K. and Canada. No word yet on the release date. Many thanks to Sarah for the heads up!

Soda has picked up three Toronto titles, including Ben Wheatley drama-thriller.

Soda has also picked up the UK and Canadian rights for Alice Winocour’s Disorder, which stars Matthias Schoenaerts as an ex-solider suffering from PTSD who is hired by a Lebanese businessman to protect his wife and child.

The film originally screened in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes and is receiving a gala presentation in Toronto.

Disorder” (Maryland) will screen during the Toronto International Film Festival with it’s first screening on September 17. It will have a press & industry screening on September 13. Matthias is expected to attend the festival, where “The Danish Girl” will also have screenings.

“A Bigger Splash” Selected For BFI London Film Festival

“A Bigger Splash” Selected For BFI London Film Festival

The 59th BFI London Film Festival announced it’s line-up earlier today and it was announced that “A Bigger Splash” will screen at the festival as a Love Gala premiere. The movie will have a screening on Friday, October 9 and Monday, October 12. The festival runs from October 7-18. For more information about the festival be sure to head over to the official website.

A Bigger Splash
In the Sicilian sunshine, a rock star, her lover, a producer and his daughter meet in this sizzling drama from Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love).

Marianne (Tilda Swinton) is a glittering rock star on a hiatus with her filmmaker lover Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts). Recovering from an operation on her throat, she has retreated from both the public gaze and her performance persona (an androgynous cross between Mick Jagger and David Bowie). Poolside, stripped naked in the scorching Italian sun and seemingly at ease, the lovers are completely unprepared for the sudden arrival of cocky music producer Harry (Ralph Fiennes) and his recently discovered daughter, the petulant and sexy Penelope (Dakota Johnson). Some clothes get ripped off, while others get put back on in this deliciously overheated drama with a dangerous edge. A remake of Jacques Deray and Jean-Claude Carrière’s La Piscine (1969) which draws its title from David Hockney’s painting of the same era, A Bigger Splash transposes the original story from the French Riviera to Pantelleria, a volcanic, windswept Sicilian island that heaves with the same violence as the character’s emotions. Luca Guadagnino sharply contrasts the cocooned oasis of these privileged tourists with the everyday lives of the local islanders and the illegal African immigrants looking for shelter. As with Guadagnino and Swinton’s previous collaboration I am Love, the film cleaves the surfaces of a rarefied lifestyle. Here though, emotions are luxuriously untethered and celebrity wins out over morality and the law.

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Toronto International Film Festival Schedule

Toronto International Film Festival Schedule

The Toronto International Film Festival announced this year’s schedule earlier today. Matthias has two movies screening at the festival: “The Danish Girl” and “Disorder” (Maryland). The festival runs from September 10-20 and Matthias is “expected to attend” according to the official press release. For more information about the tickets and festival be sure to head over to the official website.

The Danish Girl | North American Premiere | Special Presentation
Sep 12 – 9:30 AM – Princess of Wales

Disorder | North American Premiere | Gala Presentation
Sep 17 – 9:30 PM – Roy Thomson Hall

The Danish Girl” will have additional screenings on September 13, 17 & 19 while “Disorder” will have a second screening on September 18. The programmer’s note for both movies were also published, which you can find after the jump.

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