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Daily Bite: Michel Gondry, Dom Hemingway, and Wikileaks
2013-06-05 : By Gearóid Gilmore
Still from 'Mood Indigo'
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Michel Gondry’s ‘Mood Indigo’ to open the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
The latest film from the Oscar-winning French director Michel Gondry, writer and director of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ and director of ‘The Science of Sleep’, will open this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. ‘Mood Indigo’, which stars Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris, is an adaptation of Boris Vian’s novel, and centres on a woman who suffers from an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs. Billed as a poetic fantasy about making sacrifices for a loved one, ‘Mood Indigo’ was produced by StudioCanal in association with Brio Films. The main section of the festival will include six world and seven international premieres, with new films from six returning directors – two of whom have already won Crystal Globes for Best Film at Karlovy Vary in recent years at the festival. British director Ben Wheatley’s (Sightseers) latest film ‘A Field in England’ will premiere at the festival on July 4th, a day before it becomes the first UK film to be released simultaneously in cinemas, on DVD, free TV and VOD. Oscar-winning producer-writer-director Oliver Stone will receive a lifetime achievement award at the festival this year and Polish director Agnieszka Holland will head the main jury. The festival, which runs from June 28th – July 6th, takes place in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic and is seen as Central and Eastern Europe’s main international film festival.

For more information on the festival, click here.

‘Dom Hemingway’, starring Jude Law, is bought by Fox Searchlight Pictures
The North American, French, Spanish, and German rights to Jude Law’s latest film, ‘Dom Hemingway’, have been acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures. The black comedy stars Law as the titular character; a safecracker who has spent 12 years in prison. He and his partner, played by British actor Richard E. Grant (Withnail and I), team up to collect what’s owed to him by his boss, played by Demián Bechir, for not ratting him out during his stay in prison. However, after he tries to re-connect with his estranged daughter, played by Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), he is soon drawn back into his old lifestyle. The film was written and directed by Richard Shepard, director of ‘The Matador’ and several episodes of the hit television show ‘Girls’, and was produced by Jeremy Thomas at Recorded Picture Company. Fox Searchlight Pictures plans on releasing the film in 2014.

Watch the new trailer for ‘We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks’
The new trailer for Alex Gibney’s latest documentary ‘We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks has been released. The film details the creation of Julian Assange's controversial website, Wikileaks, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. It’s clear that Gibney has no qualms dealing with controversial subjects for his documentaries, as we saw with the Oscar-winning ‘Taxi to the Dark Side’ and ‘Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God’, and his latest documentary is no exception. Julian Assange is undoubtedly a fascinating subject for any film, and he is still to this day taking refuge in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy. Another film which takes a look at the controversial Australian, ‘The Fifth Estate’, will be released later this year and stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role. ‘We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks’ will hit Irish screens on July 12th this year.

To watch the trailer, click the link below.

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