INDIEWIRE – Netflix and Vertical Entertainment have acquired the psychological thriller “Berlin Syndrome,” with Vertical handling the North American theatrical release and Netflix getting the streaming rights, Deadline reports. The film was purchased for an amount in the low to mid seven figures and will screen in Sundance’s World Dramatic Competition on Friday, January 20th.
Directed by Cate Shortland (“Lore”), the film stars Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt. Palmer plays an Australian photographer who has a romantic encounter with a man in Berlin (Riemelt) and soon finds herself locked in his apartment.
The acquisition a week before Sundance begins is just the latest example of distributors buying up movies before festival bidding wars even have a chance to start. Last weekend, A24 purchased a film sight unseen: David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story,” starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. A handful of other deals have also closed ahead of the fest.
“Berlin Syndrom” was produced by Aquarius Films, Entertainment One, Memento Films International, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, Fulcrum Media Finance, and DDP Studios.
Vertical is planning an early summer 2017 theatrical release. UTA Independent Film Group handled the sale.
THE PLAYLIST – It’s a good time of year to be a movie lover, not only because the best Hollywood has to offer is hitting cinemas, but because January will bring with a whole new batch of films to obsess over. The conversation on what’s next will begin at the Sundance Film Festival, and one movie we have our eye on is “Berlin Syndrome.”
The latest from Cate Shortland (“Lore,” “Somersault“), is based on the book by Melanie Joosten, stars Teresa Palmer and Max Riemelt, and follows a young woman whose German vacation takes a dark turn. Here’s the synopsis:
A passionate holiday romance takes an unexpected and sinister turn when an Australian photographer wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.
These two clips promise an eerie offering from Shortland, and we can’t wait to see the whole thing.
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.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Teresa Palmer has become entangled in The Twisted.
The Warm Bodies star will head up the cast of the sci-fi thriller, which marks the first project from the newly launched “Ridley Scott Presents … ” genre label.
Based on true events, the story centers on a child psychologist with a haunted past (Palmer) who is dispatched to an isolated orphanage to investigate a group of children who start exhibiting peculiar symptoms following an extraterrestrial encounter.
Olatunde Osunsanmi, who directed Universal’s The Fourth Kind and whose TV credits include TNT’s Falling Skies and Fox’s Minority Report, will helm The Twisted from a script written by Ari Schlossberg (Hide and Seek) and Natasha Pincus.
Verve Ventures, the international sales arm of boutique lit and talent agency Verve, is shopping the project at the Cannes market. Amy Beecroft, who joined Verve last year, packaged the film and will oversee sales.
Now that Scott has found his star in Palmer, the project will begin production on June 15.
Scott is producing the film with wife Giannina Scott and Colet Abedi. The project was developed by Giannina Scott and Abedi for the Scotts’ Cara Films. PalmStar Media, the company behind Mother’s Day and Sing Street, has boarded The Twisted in a financing capacity, and the company’s Kevin Frakes and Mark Fasano also are producing.
Palmer is known for starring roles in Point Break and supporting turns in John Hillcoat’s Triple 9 and Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups. The Australian actress next will be seen in Warner Bros.’ Lights Out on July 22 and Mel Gibson’s upcoming drama Hacksaw Ridge for Summit Entertainment.
From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.
DEADLINE – Teresa Palmer, who has three films readying for release including Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, has been cast as the lead in Atomic Monster’s Lights Out for New Line Cinema. The horror film will be Atomic Monster’s second with New Line after Annabelle, which grossed $255.2M worldwide when it was released last fall. David Sandberg will make his feature film directorial debut and James Wan will produce. The film is based on Sandberg’s short horror film of the same name which went viral (you can watch it below).
The film, which starts production on Monday, is about a young boy and his estranged sister who are confronted by an evil entity that only appears when the lights are out. Eric Heisserer wrote the screenplay and is also a producer as is Lawrence Grey (Grey Matter Productions).
Wan and New Line previously teamed on The Conjuring which ended up grossing a whopping $318M worldwide on what was a modest budget. Wan, of course, is coming off of Universal Pictures’ box office mega hit Furious 7 which he directed to a $1.5B+ global box office take. He is also currently prepping The Conjuring 2 and is attached to direct Aquaman which is currently in development at Warner Bros.Continue Reading