January 12, 2021 - No Comments!

THE OTHER LAMB PLACED ON BEST FILMS OF 2020 LISTS

MOTHER OF MOVIES January 4, 2021 "Best Horror, Thriller & Dark Cinema Movies 2020" By Vanessa Stewart https://vanessasnonspoilers.com/archives/24585/best-horror-and-thriller-movies-2020/

"20. The Other Lamb The Other Lamb was about as well-received as flies at a BBQ for some fans of mystery cult horror. It’s true there is not a lot of dialogue and there certainly are many very humorous reviews around pointing out the messiah and cult leaders’ use of putting his fingers in young women’s mouths from time to time. However, the cinematography is striking, and the way the quietness and the slow-moving story floats the idea of control and how those inside a bubble can still rise up against the only things they know is beautifully disturbing. The sound design was immaculately produced to create an atmosphere that builds tension when you can’t see it. A directorial debut by Małgorzata Szumowska and written by Catherine S. McMullen."

READY STEADY CUT January 3, 2021 "M.N. Miller's Film Year in Review: The 25 Best Films of 2020" By M.N. Miller https://readysteadycut.com/2021/01/03/m-n-millers-film-year-in-review-the-25-best-films-of-2020/

"Malgorzata Szumowska’s The Other Lamb is a striking work with a trio of great performances from Raffey Cassidy, Michiel Huisman, and Denise Gough, that at times rises to the level of pure genius. A terrifying, moody, atmospheric film that’s filled to the brim of admissions of unfeigned regret."

 

April 13, 2020 - No Comments!

THREE MOVIES FROM RUMBLE FILMS PLACED ON TOP FILMS OF THE DECADE LIST

From Studio Binder

https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/best-movies-of-the-decade/

By Mike Bedard 

Three movies by Rumble Films were placed on Studio Binder's top 20 movies of the decade, with "Drive" at number twenty, "Whiplash" at fifteen, and "Nightcrawler" at seven.

20. Drive (2011)

There’s a serene beauty to Drive. It’s an ideal action movie with brutal moments of violence. But it’s also a love story of unrequited love and a man who can never be with the woman he’s fallen for. It’s tragic but director Nicolas Winding Refn brings a stylistic, visual flair to make it one of the prettiest things put to film in the 2010s. Drive transcended expectations, something movies shouldn’t be afraid to do more often. It will draw you in with the promise of car chases and fight scenes, but it will stick in your memory long after with Ryan Gosling’s brilliant performance as a loner masking his emotions.

15. Whiplash (2014)

Whiplash may not be as much of a crowd pleaser as Damien Chazelle’s other movie about a jazz lover who goes to great lengths to make his film come true, but it’s the far better one. It’s the ultimate portrayal of needing to suffer for your art. The film is all the better due to is ambiguous ending. We’re left wondering whether all this pain and suffering will be worth it in the end. It’s a dark portrait about the codependent nature between teacher and student. There may not be monsters of hitmen, but it’s one of the tensest moviegoing experiences you can witness.

7. Nightcrawler (2014)

At its core, Nightcrawler is a sick joke. It lampoons both the media circuit as well as the television viewers who watch a bit closer any time something gory comes on. But the film is also an indictment on the current cutthroat landscape of landing a job and going to dark, perverse places to get ahead in a career. As a modern noir, Nightcrawler films modern Los Angeles with the same grimy appreciation it has toward its protagonist. It’s the kind of film that has you looking inward because there’s a good chance you’re more like Lou than you’d care to admit.

 

 

December 18, 2019 - No Comments!

eOne Sets Film & Television Development Pact With Rumble Films

From Deadline Hollywood

By Amanda N'Duka

EXCLUSIVE: Entertainment One (eOne) and Rumble Films, an independent production company founded by Oscar-nominated Whiplash and Nightcrawler producer David Lancaster, have formed strategic financing and development agreement for film and television. Under the new deal, the companies will jointly finance new projects and will give Rumble access to eOne’s distribution base, in multiple territories, as well as Sierra/Affinity’s international sales force.

“Having worked with and enjoyed much success with Nick and Marc and all my friends at eOne for over a decade, I’m excited to join forces and aim for smart commercial projects with the resources to execute on a robust footing,” said Lancaster.

The deal was negotiated by Marc Schaberg for eOne and Lancaster and Jon Shiffman for Rumble with assistance from UTA’s Jim Meenaghan.

Rumble, which currently maintains financial backing from Andrew Schwartzberg, recently produced The Burnt Orange Heresy, a noir thriller starring Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Mick Jagger and Donald Sutherland, as well as the psychological horror film, The Other Lamb, with Raffey Cassidy, Michiel Huisman and Denise Gough.

July 25, 2019 - No Comments!

‘THE OTHER LAMB’ BY MAŁGORZATA SZUMOWSKA TO WORLD PREMIERE AT TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

From the Polish Film Institute

‘The Other Lamb’ By Małgorzata Szumowska to World Premiere at TIFF

Based on Press Release

Director Małgorzata Szumowska's first English-language film, "The Other Lamb", has been selected to world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Szumowska is already a prolific filmmaker, having won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival 2015 for her film "Body" and subsequently the Grand Jury Prize for her film "Mug" in 2018 (both films were co-financed by the Polish Film Institute).

For this European co-production, Szumowska has gathered a talented and highly acclaimed team both on and off-screen, and the recent selection for Toronto marks the high quality of the film. Managing Director of TrustNordisk, Susan Wendt, comments:

‘We are very proud to have The Other Lamb premiere at Toronto International Film Festival. It is a pleasure to be working with such a talented team on this feature with a thrilling psychological story at its heart.’

Cast and crew

Written by award-winning Australian screenwriter Catherine S. McMullen and featured on the 2017 Black List and Blood List, "The Other Lamb" features young talent Raffey Cassidy, who most recently starred opposite Natalie Portman in Brady Corbet’s "Vox Lux" (2018) as well as in Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Killing Of A Sacred Deer" (2017). Cassidy was the youngest ever actor to be named in Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2013 for her role as Athena in "Tomorrowland", opposite George Clooney.

"The Other Lamb"’s cast also includes the talented Michiel Huisman, who was most recently seen in the popular Netflix series "The Haunting Of Hill House" (2018), as well as in HBO’s "Game Of Thrones" as Daario Naharis (2014-2016) and "The Age Of Adaline" (2015), and award-winning Denise Gough ("Colette", 2018; "Juliet, Naked", 2018).

The film is lensed by Michał Englert and edited by Jarosłąw Kamiński.

"The Other Lamb" is produced by Academy Award®-nominee David Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox of Rumble Films, who have also produced the award-winning "Whiplash" (2014), "Nightcrawler" (2014) and "Eye In The Sky" (2016), together with Aoife O’Sullivan and Tristan Orpen Lynch of Subotica ("Miss Julie", 2014; "Young Ones", 2014), Danish producer Marie Gade Denessen of Zentropa ("The House That Jack Built", 2018; "The Hunt", 2012) and in co-production with Umedia ("My Brilliant Friend", 2019; "Mandy", 2018).

Synopsis

"The Other Lamb" is a haunting and nightmarish tale that tells the story of Selah (Raffey Cassidy), a young girl born into an alternative religion known as the Flock. The members of the Flock – all women and female children – live in a rural compound, and are led by one man, known only as Shepherd (Michiel Huisman). Selah, a daughter who is on the cusp of teenage-hood, is an incredibly devoted follower, but begins to bond with Sarah (Denise Gough), an outcast wife who has grown skeptical of Shepherd’s teachings. Selah is given the great honor of participating in the sacred ritual of the birthing of the lambs - upon which they depend for survival - where she has a shocking and transformative experience. She begins to have strange visions that make her question her own reality, and everything the Shepherd has taught her and her sisters.

"The Other Lamb" is produced by Rumble Films and Subotica Productions, in association with Zentropa and in co-production with Umedia. Executive producers are Julia Godzinskaya and Will Norton of Rooks Nest Entertainment, Jon Shiffman and Andrew Schwartzberg of Rumble Films, Adrian Politowski of Umedia and Anders Kjærhauge of Zentropa. The film is made with the participation of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and is an official Irish-Belgian co-production.

International sales handled by TrustNordisk.

More: http://www.trustnordisk.com/film/2019-other-lamb.

July 25, 2019 - No Comments!

Venice To Close With ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy’ Starring Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Donald Sutherland & Mick Jagger

From Deadline Hollywood

Venice Film Festival

By Andreas Wiseman

This year’s Venice Film Festival will close on September 7 with the world premiere of director Giuseppe Capotondi’s feature The Burnt Orange Heresy, starring Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Donald Sutherland and Mick Jagger.

The Out Of Competition screening will be held in the Sala Grande after the festival’s awards ceremony. The art world and the underworld collide in the neo-noir thriller set in present day Italy. The film follows charismatic art critic James Figueras (Bang) who hooks up with provocative fellow American, Berenice Hollis (Debicki). The new lovers travel to the lavish and opulent Lake Como estate of powerful art collector, Cassidy (Jagger). Their host reveals he is the patron of Jerome Debney (Sutherland), the reclusive J.D. Salinger of the art world, and he has a simple request: for James to steal a Debney masterpiece from the artist’s studio, whatever the cost. As the couple spend time with the legendary Debney, they start to realise that nothing about the artist nor their mission is what it seems.

Producers are David Zander, David Lancaster, William Horberg. Executive producers include Sienna Aquilini and Peter Touche. Screenplay comes from Scott B. Smith, from the novel by Charles Willeford. Director of photography is David Ungaro and international sales are handled by HanWay Films with domestic sales overseen by UTA/CAA.

 

February 26, 2019 - No Comments!

PRODUCTION: Małgorzata Szumowska Shoots Her First English Language Film

From Film New Europe

By FNE Staff

WARSAW: The awarded Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska is currently shooting her first English language film, The Other Lamb. The film is an Irish/US/Belgian coproduction by Academy Award nominated producer David Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox of Whiplash.

The shoot launched in Ireland on 11 February 2019 and it will last five weeks. The film stars the English actress Raffey Cassidy, the Dutch actor Michiel Huisman and the Irish actor Denise Gough.

The script written by Australian screenwriter Catherine S. McMullen follows a young woman, raised in a repressive cult led by a charismatic patriarch, who grows skeptical of his leadership after a supernatural event and begins to challenge his teachings. Michał Englert is the DoP.

The Other Lamb is produced by David Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox trough Rumble Films and Subotica Productions, in association with Zentropa and in coproduction with Umedia. The executive producers are Julia Godzinskaya and Will Norton of Rooks Nest Entertainment, Jon Shiffman and Andrew Schwartzberg of Rumble Films and Adrian Politowski of Umedia. The film is made with the participation of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland.

The Danish sales agent TrustNordisk will handle international sales. The premiere has not been announced yet.

The Silver Bear-winning director Małgorzata Szumowska is best known for her feature films Body and Mug, both produced by Nowhere.

Production Information:

Producer:
Rumble Films (USA)
Subotica Productions (Ireland)

Coproducers:
Zentropa Belgium
Umedia (UK)

Credits:
Director: Małgorzata Szumowska
Screenwriter: Catherine S McMullen
DoP: Michał Englert
Cast: Raffey Cassidy, Michiel Huisman, Denise Gough

October 31, 2018 - No Comments!

First look at Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki in ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy’ (exclusive)

From Screen Daily

By Tom Grater

Screen can unveil a first look at Claes Bang and Elizabeth Debicki in neo-noir thriller The Burnt Orange Heresy.

The pair star alongside Mick Jagger and Donald Sutherland in director Giuseppe Capotondi’s story about an American art critic who must steal a masterpiece in exchange for a potentially career-transforming deal.

HanWay Films is handling international sales rights on the title at AFM and CAA and UTA Independent Film Group are managing the US sale.

Producers on the project are David Zander of MJZ, William Horberg of Wonderful Films and David Lancaster of Rumble Films. Scott B. Smith adapted the screenplay from the novel by Charles Willeford. Executive Producers are Sienna Aquilini of Carte Blanche Cinema, Aeysha Walsh of MJZ and Stephanie Wilcox of Rumble Films.

Also on HanWay’s AFM slate are James D’Arcy’s Made In Italy with Liam Neeson And Micheál Richardson, Andrew Levitas’s Minamata starring Johnny Depp, and Francois Girard’s The Song Of Names with Tim Roth and Clive Owen.

September 25, 2018 - No Comments!

Donnybrook, In Fabric Top Fantastic Fest Awards

From The Austin Chronicle

By Richard Whittaker

What's a film festival without awards? Fantastic fest has today announced the top honorees from the jury selections, and we've got the list of winners. The envelope, please!

"MAIN COMPETITION" FEATURES
Best Picture: Donnybrook directed by Tim Sutton (read our review here)
Best Director: Peter Strickland for In Fabric (read our review here)

"NEXT WAVE" FEATURES
Best Picture/Director: Holiday directed by Isabella Eklöf (read our review here)
Special Mention for Sébastien Marnier for Schools Out

HORROR FEATURES
Best Picture: Terrified directed by Demián Rugna
Best Director: Shinichiro Ueda for One Cut of the Dead
Special Mention to Luz directed by Tilman Singer

SHORTS WITH LEGS
Best Picture: "The Passage" directed by Kitao Sakurai
Special Mention to "Emotion 93" directed by Oz Davidson

SHORT FUSE Presented by Stage 13
Best Picture: "Acid (aka Acide)" directed by Just Philippot

FANTASTIC SHORTS
Best Picture: "Squirrel" by Alex Kavutskiy

FANTASTIC BUMPER COMPETITION
"Dark Biddings" directed by Jensen Yancey

Congratulations to all the winners.

September 14, 2018 - No Comments!

Toronto: IFC Films Buys ‘Donnybrook’ Starring Jamie Bell (EXCLUSIVE)

From Variety

By Ramin Setoodeh

IFC Films has acquired North American distribution rights to the drama “Donnybrook” out of the Toronto Film Festival, Variety has learned.

The deal was in the seven-figure range, according to sources. Five companies were circling the project, which stars Jamie Bell as a former Marine grappling with economic hardships. He enters a bare-knuckle fighting contest where the winner walks away with $100,000.

The rest of the cast includes Frank Grillo, Margaret Qualley and James Badge Dale.

IFC will release “Donnybrook” in theaters in 2019.

The film, directed by Tim Sutton (“Dark Knight”) and based on the novel by Frank Bill, premiered to strong reviews at Toronto’s Platform Competition. It was produced by David Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox at Rumble Films with financing from Backup Media. Executive producers include Joel Thibout, David Atlan-Jackson, Jean-Baptiste Babin, Andrew Schwartzberg and Jon Shiffman.

“It is both an honor and a thrill to partner with IFC Films, a distributor with intelligence, integrity and the respect of so many filmmakers I admire,” Sutton said in a statement. “They’ve released some of my favorite films and I couldn’t be more proud to have ‘Donnybrook’ in their hands.”

The deal was negotiated Arianna Bocco, EVP of acquisitions and production at IFC Films, and UTA Independent Film Group.

September 8, 2018 - No Comments!

‘Donnybrook’: A Brutal, Blistering Masterwork Of American Desperation [TIFF Review]

From The Playlist

By Rodrigo Perez

“The world’s changed,” the craggy old boatman says at the beginning of the unflinchingly visceral “Donnybrook” as a menacing, operatic piece of music swells, ferrying the naïve hero to a looming Hades while delivering the movie’s aggrieved, despondent manifesto. “Criminals running everything. Got no money, just debt. Only thing worth living for is vice and indulgence.” “Jarhead” Earl (Jamie Bell), the ex-marine in question being shipped across this veritable River Styx, isn’t quite dead yet, nor has he paid Charon his coin for passage, but the toll for crossing over into hell will exact a cruel punishment much more severe than death.

A stunning, often flooring masterwork about desperation, writer/director Tim Sutton’s, “Donnybrook” is a brutal elegy for those living on the forgotten fringes of America. It is a smoldering picture for this exact moment in time, and for better or worse, it may end up becoming disenfranchised, Deplorable White America’s favorite film of the year, or at least, a terrifying case study about the whitelashed road that got us to Trump. It’s also exciting, uncharted territory for a filmmaker that’s usually elliptical and has never worked with Hollywood stars.

Everything in “Donnybrook” is swelling and red. In Sutton’s extraordinarily crafted fourth feature film, “Jarhead” Earl is desperate, and his life is burning. His wife’s crippling crystal meth addiction is worsening, his children live inside an impoverished trailer trash hell, and he’s just robbed a gun store to pay the entrance fee to the Donnybrook: a savage, bare-knuckled brawl fight club where the pot has raised to $100,000. Earl’s life is ablaze, and the only light he sees at the end of his dark, hellish tunnel is this once-in-a-lifetime payday— what he sees as a chance for his family to get out and begin again, a ride or die only hope that he lays everything on the line for.

But Earl must break a lot of eggs (and skulls) to get there. One of the men crossed who comes gunning for revenge is “Chainsaw” Angus (a frightening Frank Grillo), a sadistic drug dealer who lives in a world of self-inflicted pain and anguish. He’s also been wronged by his conflicted sister Delia (Margaret Qualley), who’s made the unfortunate choice—for everyone involved—for joining forces with Earl on the way to the Donnybrook. What ensues, as “Donnybrook” works its way back in time to tell the story of Earl leaving his family and embarking on the Odyssean quest for the prize, is a violent, disturbing portrait of a uniquely American brand of despair.

“Donnybrook” is also not for the squeamish and should possibly come with a trigger warning. There are at least three scenes—an aborted suicide attempt, a twisted gangland-style execution, and an odious moment of physical and mental abuse—that are three of the most genuinely disturbing moments I’ve seen on screen all year. “Donnybrook” could prompt walkouts, and at least one or two people will hurl rancorous charges of misogyny against the film (Grillo’s character is a repellent monster).

But Sutton, an arthouse darling also known for the mythopoetic “Memphis” and the disturbingly oblique “Dark Night,” isn’t interested in shock or exploitation, as much as some of “Donnybrook” is deeply upsetting. His unapologetically uncomfortable film—easily his most accessible, and mainstream, especially given its cast, but still artful and unsettling—simply wants to depict unvarnished suffering in stark, unambiguous terms. “Donnybrook” is a world of anguish; alcoholics, opioid addicts, losers, hustlers and methheads, all trying to claw at whatever tiny diseased crumb of the American dream has been left behind for them to fight over.

To this end, the severe drama is startlingly different and direct compared to Sutton’s previous dreamy, meandering, poetic works (though it does have its moments of austere lyricism). It is, for lack of a better analogy, a lacerating punch to the face that leaves molars and blood clots behind on the cold hard floor. And that’s to say nothing of how anxiety-inducing and stressful “Donnybrook” is from second one, as it lurches towards its final bout and how it coils the threat of hostility and violence around the corner of every frame.

And that’s just the movie. None of this angst and enmity accounts for the ferocity of the ensemble cast—Bell, Grillo, Qualley, and James Badge Dale as a corrupt local sheriff—all who turn in scorching, raw-nerve performances that only aggravate the movie’s already-irritated skin. In a perfect movie world, critics would be holding their own gruesome fight-to-the-finish battles over who’s allowed to praise the actors first and loudest. As the volatile embodiment of bitterness and misplaced, unquenchable rage, Grillo is chilling, Qualley is going to be a superstar, and Jamie Bell has never been better. None of the cast leaves anything on the table, and like the movie, they all go for the jugular.

While not overtly political on the surface, “Donnybrook” is implicitly, intrinsically linked to our current, polarized, angst-ridden era of politics; inflamed like a throbbing wound that won’t heal. Like our country in the here and now, “Donnybrook” is a movie that feels like it’s on fire the entire time; flames rising and falling unpredictably, sometimes smoldering, sometimes raging and always, always angry.

Following his abstract critique of suburban Florida and gun-culture in the alienated “Dark Night,” Sutton clearly has American disillusionment on the brain. And with his searing and seething movie, Sutton takes the exploration one step further, tapping into the pulse of some very primal feelings of hopelessness, resent and the fear behind the struggle.

The world’s gone to hell and Sutton’s film crafts a devastating howl; a tragic requiem for American desolation and those abandoned on the margins. Everything comes at a great cost in “Donnybrook,” no one comes out unscathed and its final moments are a breathtaking gut punch. Everyone in Donnybrook will always have to fight to survive. “It’s the only way for folks like us.” [A]