THE PLAYLIST – Aussie filmmaker Cate Shortland, who has been behind the camera for “Somersault” and “Lore,” is a director we keep a keen eye on. However, we expected her latest film, “Berlin Syndrome,” to have popped up on the festival circuit by now. Shot all the way back in the spring of 2015, not much has been heard about the picture since that time, but we’re very excited that it will be making its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month.
Based on the book by Melanie Joosten, and starring Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt, the dramatic thriller details a passionate holiday romance that takes an unexpected and sinister turn when an Australian photographer wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave. And given Shortland’s evocative style, we have high hopes for this one.
The Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19-29, 2017.
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I have updated the gallery with screen captures from the Blu-ray edition of Lights Out to the gallery. Teresa turns in yet another strong performance here, portaying fear so realistically. As for the film itself? It’s an enjoyable supernatural horror with very little gore but is still quite heavy on clichés, unfortunately. Still, it’s worth watching if you’re a fan of the genre and of course for Teresa’s performance. You can view the screen captures by clicking the links below.
VS MAGAZINE – Teresa Palmer is living the dream. At her 2013 wedding to actor/ director Mark Webber, the couple read emails they had written to each other in the 40 days leading up to their first meeting. The exchange was initiated after the Australian actress tweeted on Webber’s film about single parenthood, The End of Love. “We got to know each other’s spirits and hearts rather than it being something physical. It felt really old school in an ironic way – like modern day love letters.”
Not everything went off without a hitch. There was that awkward first date, in which Webber left the roses he’d bought in the car, and was fidgeting, sweating and stuttering. The former model’s reaction was equally fretful. “It was so overwhelming because I knew he was my guy.”
Out of those courting emails came the idea of writing a film together, The Ever After. “It’s about what can happen when communication breaks down in a marriage. We were getting married and it was a juxtaposition of what we were going through.”
The 28-year-old’s career is on a rapid ascent. She plays a stripper in Terence Malick’s Knight of Cups, a role tailor made for Palmer by the director himself. “I was only supposed to do one scene but at the end of the day Terry asked me if I’d come back the next day. This happened for about 8 days. It was a character that wasn’t in the script and everything was ad-libbed.” She also stars alongside Simon Pegg in Australian indie comedy Kill Me Three Times. Webber nearly foiled that one though, by getting the actress pregnant. “When I called to drop out, they said they’d shoot around the bump, so I was playing an awful, murderous human being while six months pregnant.”
She thought it would be her last film for some time, but since giving birth she’s made three films without ever missing an evening with her son. It’s a testament to her dedication to her child as well as a sign that the industry is becoming more attuned to the work/home balance for actresses. Palmer’s forthcoming films are diverse: John Hillcoat’s police thriller Triple Nine, (“That was the first role I did after the birth of my child, I play Casey Affleck’s wife and he’s a cop who gets involved in some corruption”), a Nicholas Sparks-penned romantic tale The Choice, (“I was so excited by the notebook and I remember praying and praying that one day I’ll get to play a character like Allie Hamilton and this landed on my lap”) and the highly anticipated remake of Point Break (“It’s a reinterpretation of the story – it focuses on a group of eco- terrorists. Because I’m a gung-ho vegetarian in real life, the part really spoke to me. I love the idea of people taking from big corporations and pumping it into worthwhile things.”)Continue Reading
VARIETY – Two actors on the rise, Scott Eastwood and Teresa Palmer, picked up “Rising Star” awards and discussed their fast-evolving careers at the opening night of the 2015 Maui Film Festival.
Festival director Barry Rivers presented the pair their awards as part of the festival’s opening celebration. They were then interviewed onstage by Variety editor David S. Cohen before a full house at the “Celestial Cinema” outdoor theater at the Wailea Golf Club.
Eastwood proved somewhat laconic but quick with a quip, like his famous father, Clint. At 29, the younger Eastwood has already been making films for 13 years. “It’s been a helluva ride, it really has,” he said. “People don’t realize that you can make a film, and it may not be all that great of a film, but you have an amazing experience. … It’s always a great life experience.”
Palmer, who is more gregarious, recalled being randomly discovered by a teenaged Australian student filmmaker who was casting a film on youth suicide. “It premiered in 2006 at Cannes, and we had a standing ovation, and it completely changed my life. I thought I was going to have this experience and go back to working in retail.”
Both Palmer and Eastwood are transitioning from indies to major roles in high-budget studio films. Palmer called the upcoming “re-envisioning” of “Point Break,” in which she appears, “an homage to the beautiful original film, which I’m a huge fan of.” She said “it’s much more on an international scale; we filmed in 10 countries on four continents.”
But she said her own work on it “didn’t feel any different than doing a little independent Australian movie … I still had the same level of commitment. You just have to shut that out. You just have to remain focused on what you’re there to, which is tell the story of this particular character.
“I’ve learned in the last few years I just want to portray real,” she said. “If I can do a character that’s grounded in reality and find authenticity in her, then I feel like I’m doing my job.”
Of Warner’s “Suicide Squad,” Eastwood could say little, other than to say “I’m allowed to talk about the fact that I’m not allowed to talk about it.”
More generally, he said of big-budget studio films, “Sometimes … they want you to go there and hit your mark and say your lines, so you just have to do what you do and work with what they give you. You still have to be honest and do your best job.”
Asked if she had any heroes in the business, Palmer named one she had worked with: Christian Bale. “I felt like I was in acting school just being in scenes with him.
Eastwood thought carefully before discussing his own heroes. “I got one I can think of,” he quipped, before saying his real heroes are filmmakers. “Guys who are writer-directors like Quentin Tarantino and James Cameron, who have changed the history of the film business.”
Eastwood said his father’s advice, as he paid his dues in oddjobs and indies was: “Stick around. Stick around, because you just never know if it’s going to happen or if it’s not, and you’re going to have to go back to bartending or something.”
The opening night screenings, “Love and Mercy” and “Live From New York” unspooled following the Q&A, under intermittent drizzle that didn’t dampen filmgoers’ spirits.
VARIETY – Scott Eastwood and Teresa Palmer will receive the Rising Star Award at the Maui Film Festival, running June 3-7 at the Wailea Resort. The awards will be presented at the opening night at the outdoor Celestial Cinema.
Eastwood currently stars in “The Longest Ride,” adapted from the Nicholas Sparks novel, and will soon be seen in the David Ayer-directed “Suicide Squad” and the untitled Oliver Stone film about Edward Snowden. Palmer stars in the upcoming remake of “Point Break” as well as “Triple Nine” with Kate Winslet and the Terrence Malick film “Knight of Cups” with Christian Bale.
Fest director Barry Rivers founded the Maui Film Festival in 2000. Other honorees this year include Laura Dern and Colin Farrell.
THE PLAYLIST – First announced quietly last summer, it looks like things are starting to push ahead for Cate Shortland’s next feature, “Berlin Syndrome.” If you’re not familiar with the filmmaker’s work, be sure to check out “Somersault,” which features a breakout performance by Abbie Cornish, and a really good turn by Sam Worthington, and her moody WWII picture “Lore.” The director’s latest marks another shifting of gears.
Based on the novel by Melanie Joosten, Teresa Palmer will star in the psychological thriller about a new relationship that suddenly shows some darker edges. Here’s the official synopsis:
While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photojournalist Clare meets Andi, a charismatic local man and there is an instant attraction between them. A night of passion ensues.
But what initially appears to be the start of a romance suddenly takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again. Ever.
Shaun Grant, who co-wrote Justin Kurzel’s “The Snowtown Murders,” penned the script for “Berlin Syndrome,” and while it sounds like a familiar thriller, we’re sure Shortland will bring her unique touch to the material.
Max Riemelt (“Sense8”) will co-star. Production is slated to begin later this year, with the movie aiming to be finished by next spring, so mark this one for the 2016 festival circuit. We’re certainly eager to see what Shortland puts together.