“Annihilation” ‘Making of’ Featurette Video

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Paramount Pictures has released a brief featurette with Natalie Portman and Gina Rodriguez discussing the science fiction thriller, Annihilation. The minute and a half video includes new scenes and focuses on the mutations the characters encounter.

Annihilation was directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later) and is based on Jeff VanderMeer’s “Southern Reach Trilogy.” Garland also adapted VanderMeer’s work for the screen. Scott Rudin, Andrew MacDonald, Allon Reich, and Eli Bush served as producers.

In addition to Natalie Portman (Black Swan, Jackie) and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin, Deepwater Horizon), the cast of the much-anticipated drama includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac.

Paramount Pictures is targeting a February 23, 2018 theatrical release.

The Plot: Lena, a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X – a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline. Once inside, the expedition discovers a world of mutated landscape and creatures, as dangerous as it is beautiful, that threatens both their lives and their sanity.

A More Detailed Description of Jeff VanderMeer’s Book: “Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything.” (Per FSG Originals)

New interview by DN

New interview with Pernilla August and Tuva by the Swedish magazine DN from January 18.

Pernilla August spelar titelrollen i ”Britt-Marie var här” efter Fredrik Backmans ­bästsäljare, kan Filmfredag berätta. Regissören Tuva Novotny vill hitta ett tonläge som ligger ­någonstans mellan ”Mamma mia!” och ”Min pappa Toni Erdmann”.

Den rättshaveristiska surgubben Ove har gjort succé på bioduken. Nu är det dags för den passivt aggressiva gnällkärringen Britt-Marie att göra sig redo för sin ”close-up”.

I april börjar inspelningen av Tuva Novotnys filmatisering av ”Britt-Marie var här” efter Fredrik Backmans roman som hittills har sålts i närmare en halv miljon exemplar.

Read full interview here!

Pernilla August to lead cast of SF Studio’s ‘Britt-Marie Was Here’

An article in English about Tuva’s upcoming movie Britt-Marie Was Here has been posted by Screen Daily as well as a lovely photo of her and Pernilla August.

SF has also confirmed that Tuva Novotny will direct the film, which will start shooting in April.

The film will be adapted by the best-selling novel by Swedish author Fredrik Backman, whose previous book A Man Called Ove was adapted by SF Studios into an Oscar-nominated, box-office hit.

August will play the 63-year-old heroine Britt-Marie, who leaves her husband after 40 years of marriage and ends up in a backwater town, where she finds a new lease of life.

Gustav Oldén and Nicklas Wikström-Nicastro produce for SF Studios, in co-production with Film i Väst, TV4, Nordsvensk Filmunderhållning and Filmkameratene AS, with support from the Swedish and the Norwegian Film Institutes.

SF will distribute in the Nordics, with a late 2018 theatrical launch planned. SF also handles international sales.

Novotny, whose credits include TV shows Dag and Lillyhammer as well as her debut feature TEA, said: “I’m really looking forward to directing this touching and uplifting feel-good drama….I couldn’t imagine anyone else in the lead. This part requires a super flexible and organic actress with a feeling for humor and drama. There is no one else with the same range as Pernilla.”

August added that her character is “a timid, scared, shut-off and very insecure person who suddenly decides to exit a marriage – in order to find her true self. All of a sudden this frail little person dares letting herself be asked for a dance. Her journey is so incredibly beautiful that it makes me shiver.”

Maria von Heland adapted the script. Jonas Alarik (Lilja 4-Ever) will be the DoP.

Tuva to direct movie “Britt-Marie”

Tuva is going to direct a movie based on the Swedish best selling book “Britt Marie was here” from 2014. It will star another famous Swedish actress, Pernilla August and this is such exciting news and we can’t wait until we get to see this movie!

The article below is from Swedish magazine Aftonbladet but translate as usual to get to read it.

Fredrik Backmans storsäljare från 2014 ”Britt-Marie var här” blir nu långfilm.

Pernilla August kommer att spela huvudrollen i filmen och Tuva Novotny står för regin.

– Jag började grina av tanken på att jag aldrig tidigare har sett en sådan här film, säger Tuva Novotny.

I fotspåren av ”En man som heter Ove” kan nu Dagens Nyheter avslöja att ännu en av succéförfattarens böcker kommer till vita duken. I april börjar inspelningen av ”Britt-Marie var här”, en bok som har sålt i nästan en halv miljon exemplar.
Att ännu en av författaren böcker blir film är inga konstigheter då ”Ove”–filmen både nominerades till två Oscars och har sålt över 1,7 miljoner biobiljetter i Sverige.

–  Det är ett väldigt rörande och upplyftande drama om en 60-plus-kvinna, om nya chanser i livet, en historia om att det aldrig är för sent att börja leva. Jag började grina av tanken på att jag aldrig tidigare har sett en sådan här film, säger Tuva Novotny till tidningen.

Pernilla är ”the one and only”
Regissören får så nära på fria händer med filmen, tillsammans med manusförfattaren Maria von Heland ska hon hjälpa boksidorna att få liv på bioduken. Att Pernilla August är med är knappast någon slump, utan det var snarare ett krav från regissören för att projektet skulle bli verklighet:

–  Pernilla är ”the one and only”. Det krävs en superelastisk och organisk skådespelare med en känsla för både humor och drama för att bära en sådan här roll. Det finns ­ingen annan som har samma omfång som Pernilla säger Novotny.

#Metoo har skapat en bra arbetsmiljö för kvinnor
Att flera kvinnor fått tunga positioner i filmskapandet är knappast någonting som är en slump. I svallvågorna efter uppmärksammade #MeToo-kampanjen känner de båda stjärnorna att det finns ett behov av fler historier om kvinnor som berättas av just kvinnor.

–  Metoo-vågen har röjt vägen och skapat en enormt skön miljö att jobba i för kvinnor. Men, som Natalie Portman sade på Golden globe-galan, så handlar det också om urvalsprocessen. Hur mycket vi kvinnor än skriver, producerar och regisserar, så finns det fortfarande en urvalsprocess som är extremt snäv, säger Tuva Novotny.

New interview by Expressen

New interview by the Swedish magazine Expressen has been added to the press archive.

Filmaktuella Tuva Novotny, 37, ratar sociala medier och går sällan på premiärer.

– Jag är för påverkbar, förklarar hon.

För att hålla fokus använder hon sig av yoga.

Tuva Novotny skrattar högt och brett, och de blågröna ögonen strålar av glädje.

– Det finns ingen ordning ens på basala fakta säger hon. Hemligheten fortsätter… det är så underbart!

Jag har frågat henne om antalet barn.

– Jag älskar att det i dag faktiskt går att vara helt off the radar, säger hon med ett kvardröjande skratt i rösten. Det är så jävla kul!

Något svar på min fråga får jag inte. Men hon bekräftar att hon fortfarande bor i Köpenhamn med sin ”stora” familj.

Read the full interview here and it’s in Swedish so use the translate function to read it if needed.

Official trailer for “Annihilation” out

In the upcoming sci-fi film Annihilation, a group of scientists set out to explore an area that has been overtaken by a mysterious force and is full of strange sights — and terrors. The film stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tuva Novotny, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson as the members of the team, while Oscar Isaac plays the husband of Portman’s character.

Annihilation — which just released its second trailer — is written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina) and based on Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 novel of the same name.

“I read the book in one sitting,” says Garland, whose screenwriting credits include 2002’s seminal rage-virus horror film 28 Days Later and 2012’s sadly underseen Dredd. “I really enjoyed the atmosphere, and I really enjoyed the prose, and I enjoyed the sheer originality of it. The actors carry a lot of weight in this movie, they’ve got a lot on their shoulders. I’d seen Natalie in a bunch of stuff, and I knew that she had a lot of strength, and a lot of presence of a particular sort. She can portray characters that are very very strong, but also have a kind of inner damage to them, and that was the key to that protagonist.”

The film is not short of eye-popping visuals, as the new trailer makes clear. “Well, essentially, what happens in the film is a group of scientists enter into a zone where there is a very strange phenomenon happening,” says Garland. “And then, once we’re in that zone, it was the responsibility of the production designers, and the VFX team, and the special effects team, to live up to that strangeness. The only way we could make this film was by lots of groups of people working very closely together, so there was a lot of practical effects, there was a lot of visual effects, there’s a lot of lighting effects. We tried to aim for something that was beautiful and disturbing and seductive, all at the same time. And I think that the collective that made the film managed to pull that off.”

Annihilation will receive a theatrical release in the U.S., but it was reported earlier this month that Paramount and Skydance were negotiating with Netflix for the film to be streamed in many foreign territories. What does Garland think about that?

“Well, it was made for theatrical release,” the director says. “It was made with the intention of seeing it in a cinema, and so it was kind of dismaying, and disappointing, that it wasn’t felt that that was the right way forward. But you know, it is what it is. There’s pluses to it. Netflix reaches a lot of people. You don’t have the grief of that terrifying opening weekend, and people talking about box office, or whatever. I don’t know. I guess what I feel is, it is what it is, and I know the film’s being released theatrically in America, and I’m really happy about that. After you’ve made a film, mainly what you hope is just that people will dig it. [But] in my opinion, the right place to watch it would be a cinema, because that’s how we made it, that’s what we made it for.”

Not that Garland has anything against the small screen per se, as the filmmaker reveals when EW asks what he is doing next.

“I know what I’m going to try to do next,” Garland says. “I’m trying to write an eight-part TV series so I don’t have to worry about theatrical releases anymore. [Laughs] I’m trying to write something for FX. You’re always looking for places where you feel like a good fit. I took an idea to FX, and they dug it, and hopefully that’s going to work out.”

Annihilation opens February 23. Watch the new trailer above.

Source: Entertainment Weekly (US)