SYNOPSIS

In early 1930s Germany, against the backdrop of the Nazis’ rise, Hermann Hermann (Dirk Bogarde), a Russian emigrant and successful chocolate magnate, starts experiencing mental breakdowns. He soon meets Felix (Klaus Löwtisch), an unemployed laborer, whom Hermann believes to be his doppelganger. He hatches up an elaborate plot, which he believes will free him of all worries and nightmares. Based on Otchayanie by Vladimir Nabokov.

CREDITS

  • Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Screenplay:

    Tom Stoppard

  • Cast:

    Dirk Bogarde

    ,

    Klaus Löwtisch

    ,

    Andréa Ferréol

  • Producers: Lutz Hengst, Peter Marthesheimer

  • Executive Producer: Edward R. Pressman

  • Distributor:

    New Line Cinema

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    AWARDS

    Won:
  • Best Direction (Rainer Werner Fassbinder), Best Cinematography (Michael Ballhaus), Best Production Design (Rolf Zehetbauer)/German Film Awards, 1978

  • Nominated:
  • Palme d’Or/Cannes Film Festival 1978

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02_victoria

SYNOPSIS

After Victoria (Michaela Jolin) promises to marry a wealthy suitor able to provide desperately needed funds to save her father’s deteriorating castle and land, Victoria’s self worth plummets. Her loyalty and duty to her father drives her to repress her strong attraction to a lesser suitor, Johannes, leaving him in a life of yearning for the unattainable Victoria. Based on Viktoria (Ebook) by Knut Hamsun.

CREDITS

  • Director: Bo Widerberg
  • Screenplay:

    Bo Widerberg

  • Cast:

    Hans Christian Blech

    ,

    Erik Eriksson

    ,

    Michaela Jolin

  • Executive Producer: Edward R. Pressman

  • Distributor:

    New Line Cinema

MEDIA

No press for this film

    AWARDS

    Nominated:
  • Palme d'Or/Cannes Film Festival, 1979

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SYNOPSIS

It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so-called “Battle of the Atlantic” to harass and destroy English shipping. With better escorts of the Destroyer Class, however, German U-Boats have begun to take heavy losses. “Das Boot” is the story of one such U-Boat crew, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers, attempted to accomplish impossible missions, while all the time attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served.

  • "Wolfgang Petersen’s direction is an exercise in pure craftsmanship." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

CREDITS

  • Director:

    Wolfgang Petersen

  • Screenplay:

    Wolfgang Petersen

  • Cast:

    Jürgen Prochnow

    ,

    Herbert Grönemeyer

  • Producers: Günter Rohrbach, Ortwin Freyermuth

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, John W. Hyde, Mark Damon

  • Distributor:

    Columbia/Triumph

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No press for this film

    TRIVIA

  • Three scale models were built for special effects work. Source: Imdb

  • The cast was deliberately kept indoors during shooting in order to look as pale as a real submarine crew would on a mission at sea. Source: Imdb

  • The human figures on the 35-foot model were modified Ken dolls. Source: Imdb

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04_piratesofpenzance

SYNOPSIS

Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic musical comedy of mistaken identity comes swashbuckling to the screen with all the laughs, songs and stars that made it a long-running Broadway smash. This spectacular Joseph Papp production adds some contemporary flash to the classic farce which follows the adventures of a roguish pirate leader (Kevin Kline) and his young charge (Rex Smith) through numerous love affairs and sword battles.

CREDITS

  • Director: Wilford Leach
  • Screenplay:

    Wilford Leach

  • Cast:

    Kevin Kline

    ,

    Angela Lansbury

    ,

    Linda Ronstadt

    ,

    Rex Smith

  • Producer: Joseph Papp

  • Executive Producer: Edward R. Pressman

  • Co-Producer: Timothy Burrill

  • Associate Producer: Stephen Katz, Andrew Tribe

  • Distributor:

    Universal Pictures

MEDIA

No press for this film

    AWARDS

    Nominated:
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/musical (Linda Ronstadt)/Golden Globes, 1984

    TRIVIA

  • Marks Kevin Kline’s feature film debut.

    First of two co-productions with Joseph Papp and the New York Public Theater.

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SYNOPSIS

Susan Traherne (Meryl Streep) has been irreparably changed by her wartime experiences as a resistance fighter and sets out in the post-war era to find her own path in life—no matter what the cost. Based on David Hare’s classic play.

  • "

    It was certainly the best acted movie of 1985. Meryl Streep… has never before been this sexy on screen.

    " - MIKE CLARK, USA Today

CREDITS

  • Director:

    Fred Schepisi

  • Screenplay:

    David Hare

  • Cast:

    Meryl Streep

    ,

    Sir John Gielgud

    ,

    Sir Ian McKellen

    ,

    Sam Neill

    ,

    Tracy Ullman

    ,

    Sting

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Joseph Papp

  • Distributor:

    20th Century Fox

MEDIA

No press for this film

    TRIVIA

  • The original Broadway production of Plenty by David Hare opened at the Plymouth Theater in New York on January 6, 1983, ran for 92 performances, and was nominated for the 1983 Tony Award for the Best Play.

  • Final feature film of both Lyndon Brook and Andre Maranne

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SYNOPSIS

Dr. Lauren Slaughter (Sigourney Weaver) is a frustrated research fellow at the Arab-Anglo Institute in London who supplements her income by moonlighting at the Jasmine Escort Service. When Lord Bulbeck (Michael Caine), a mediator for the Israeli Arab Peace Accord, falls in love with Lauren as an escort, she becomes a pawn in some very dirty politics. Based on Doctor Slaughter by Paul Theroux.

CREDITS

  • Director: Bob Swaim
  • Screenplay:

    Bob Swaim, Edward Behr

  • Cast:

    Sigourney Weaver

    ,

    Michael Caine

  • Producer: Geoffrey Reeve

  • Executive Producer: Edward R. Pressman

  • Distributor:

    20th Century Fox

MEDIA

    AWARDS

    Won:
  • Best Actress (Sigourney Weaver)/Mystfest, 1987

  • Nominated:
  • Best Film (Bob Swaim)/Mystfest, 1987

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07_babylon

SYNOPSIS

The year is 1915. Andrea (Joaquim de Almeida) and Nicola (Vincent Spano), two Italian brothers skilled in the restoration of cathedrals, leave their native country in search of wealth in America But the “land of opportunity” offers only humiliation and disappointment, until they become involved in the construction of the beautiful Italian Pavilion at the San Francisco Exposition. There they cross paths with D.W. Griffith, who is just beginning work on his legendary film, Intolerance, and needs craftsmen for his massive sets. Once the enchanted doors of Hollywood open to them, Andrea and Nicola find the love and fulfillment they so desperately seek. But happiness is fleeting as tragedy and war tears apart the world and the two brothers, only to reunite them in the ultimate conflict—World War I.

CREDITS

  • Director: Paolo & Vittorio Taviani
  • Screenplay:

    Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, Lloyd Fonvielle (idea)

  • Cast:

    Joaquim de Almeida

    ,

    Vincent Spano

    ,

    Gretta Scacchi

    ,

    Charles Dance

  • Producer: Giuliani G. De Negri

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Marin Karmitz

  • Associate Producers: Milena Canonero, Caldecot Chubb, Lloyd Fonvielle, Marina Gefter

  • Distributor:

    Vestron

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    AWARDS

    Won:
  • Best Foreign Language Film/Hochi Film Awards, 1987

    Best Costume Design (Lina Nerli Taviani)/Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, 1988

    Best Foreign Language Film/Kinema Junpo Awards, 1988

  • Nominated:
  • Taviani brothers’ only English language film

    TRIVIA

  • Taviani brothers’ only English language film

     

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08_parisbynight

SYNOPSIS

A political thriller evolving around a female member of the British Parliament who is confronted by a dark figure from her past while at a convention in Paris.

CREDITS

  • Director: David Hare
  • Screenplay:

    David Hare

  • Cast:

    Charlotte Rampling

    ,

    Michael Gambon

  • Producer: Patrick Cassavetti

  • Executive Producer: Edward R. Pressman

  • Distributor:

    Cineplex Odeon

MEDIA

    TRIVIA

  • Last film of both Melissa Stribling and Andrew Ray.

    Charlotte Rampling has said that she based the character of Claire Paige on former British MP Edwina Currie.

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SYNOPSIS

David Raybourne (Andrew McCarthy) is an American writer who lives in Rome and works as a journalist at a small English-language newspaper. He is romantically involved with Lia, the estranged wife of an Italian Industrialist, and befriended by Italo Bianchi, a politically left-leaning lecturer at Rome University. The film recreates the backdrop of politically charged atmosphere and student unrest in which the infamous Red Brigades commit their spate of violent attacks which rocked northern Italy in the 1970s, culminating in the kidnapping and later murder of Aldo Moro, former Italian Prime Minister. Based on book by Michael Mewshaw.

CREDITS

  • Director: John Frankenheimer
  • Screenplay:

    David Ambrose

  • Cast:

    Andrew McCarthy

    ,

    Sharon Stone

    ,

    Valeria Golino

  • Producer: Edward R. Pressman

  • Executive Producer: Eric Fellner

  • Distributor:

    Columbia/Triumph

MEDIA

    AWARDS

    Nominated:
  • Critics Award (John Frankenheimer)/Deauville Film Festival, 1991

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10_ironmaze

SYNOPSIS

In Corinth, a dying town 15 miles from Pittsburg, a Japanese businessman wanting to tear down the closed iron mills and build an amusement park, is found half dead. Bellboy Barry (Jeff Fahey) admits to have done it— in self-defense. Chief Ruhle interrogates him and many others to get through the maze of contradictory statements. Based on In a Grove by Ryûnosuke Akutagawa.

CREDITS

  • Director: Hiroaki Yoshida
  • Screenplay:

    Tim Metcalfe, Hiroaki Yoshida (story)

  • Cast:

    Bridget Fonda

    ,

     Jeff Fahey

  • Producers: Ilona Herzberg, Hidenori Ueki

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Oliver Stone

  • Co-Producers: Katsumi Kimura, Hidenori Taga

  • Associate Producers: Taiiichi Inoue, Janet Yang

  • Distributor:

    Castle Hill

MEDIA

    AWARDS

    Won:
  • Best Screenplay (Tim Metcalfe)/Tokyo International Film Festival, 1991

     

  • Nominated:
  • Grand Jury Price, Dramatic/Sundance Film Festival, 1991

    Tokyo Grand Prix/Tokyo International Film Festival, 1991

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SYNOPSIS

In a Scottish shore community filled with colorful locals, Frances (Emma Thompson), a newly widowed photographer, is toying with the idea of moving to Australia with her teenage son, Alex. Her mother (Phyllida Law) aggressively forces her to choose between her loyalty to the living and the memory of the dead. While they argue, Alex is awkwardly approaching his first sexual experience with a young local girl while two old ladies are introduced as professional mourners who attend every funeral in town. The stories layer upon one another and address themes of life and death, age and youth. Based on the play by Sharman Macdonald.

  • "

    “… a subtle, moving and ultimately hopeful film.”

    " - ANDREA CHASE, Movie Magazine International

CREDITS

  • Director: Alan Rickman
  • Screenplay:

    Alan Rickman, Sharman Macdonald, Josep Llurba (translation and adaptation)

     

  • Cast:

    Emma Thompson

    ,

    Phyllida Law

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Steve Clark-Hall, Ken Lipper

  • Associate Producer: Alan J. Wands

  • Distributor:

    Fine Line

MEDIA

    AWARDS

    Won:
  • Audience Award/Brussels International Film Festival, 1998

    Best Film/Chicago International Film Festival, 1997

    OCIC Award, Best Actress (Emma Thompson), CinemAvvenire’ Award/Venice Film Festival, 1997

  • Nominated:
  • Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival, 1997

    Best Actress (Emma Thompson)/European Film Awards, 1997

    Best Performance by a British Actress in an Independent Film (Emma Thompson)/British Independent Film Awards, 1998

    TRIVIA

  • Alan Rickman’s directorial debut.

    Stars real-life mother and daughter pair Phyllida Law and Emma Thompson.

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SYNOPSIS

Ethiopian distance runner Haile Gebrsellasie, winner of the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, is considered one of the greatest runners of all time. This biographical dramatization follows Haile’s life from his roots as a meek farm boy in the war torn world of Ethiopia in the eighties to his dominating achievements that would lead him to the long distance gold medal in 1996. Beautifully shot in the Africa’s landscape, Endurance flies high with the power and achievement of one man who would ran against all odds.

CREDITS

  • Director: Bud Greenspan, Leslie Woodhead
  • Cast:

    Haile Gebrsellasie

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Terrence Malik, Max Palevsky

  • Executive Producers: Wallace Wolf, Thomas Sumners (co-executive producer), Werner Koenig (co-executive producer)

  • Distributor:

    Disney (Domestic)

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SYNOPSIS

Zhao is an aging bachelor who hasn’t been lucky in love. Thinking he has finally met the woman of his dreams, Zhao leads her to believe he is wealthy and agrees to a wedding far beyond his means. Zhao’s best friend Li hatches the idea to raise the money by refurbishing an abandoned bus to rent out by the hour—the Happy Times Hotel—to young couples starved for privacy. Meanwhile, Zhao’s fiancé introduces him to her spoiled son and beautiful blind stepdaughter Wu Ying, whom she sees as a burden. To get rid of the girl, she insists that Zhao take her to the Happy Times Hotel and give her a job. Zhao reluctantly agrees then creates a series of deceptions to keep the girl occupied, including setting her up as a masseuse and enlisting his friends to pretend to be her customers. Everything that is happening between Zhao and Wu is superficially about trickery, but gradually a very real empathy grows between the young woman and the old man. Based on Shifu, You’ll Do Anything for a Laugh by Yan Mo.

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    “A tenderhearted comedy… Zhang Yimou is such a humanist that you really care what happens to his foolhardy dreams… a wonderful film.”

    " - DENNIS DERMODY, Paper Magazine

CREDITS

  • Director: Yimou Zhang
  • Screenplay:

    Gai Zi

  • Cast:

    Benshan Zhao

    ,

    Jie Dong

  • Producers: Qinglong Yang, Weiping Zhang, Yu Zhao

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Terrence Malick, Wang Wei, Ping Zhou

  • Co-Producer: Erin O’Rourke

  • Distributor:

    20th Century Fox (International), Sony Pictures Classics (Domestic)

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    AWARDS

    Won:
  • Silver Spike (Yimou Zhang), Best Actress (Jie Dong), FIPRESCI Prize/Valladolid International Film Festival, 2002

  • Nominated:
  • Golden Spike, Yimou Zhang, Valladolid International Film Festival, 2002

    TRIVIA

  • Director Zhang Yimou issued a casting call via the Internet for the role of the blind girl—Dong Jie was selected from some 40,000 girls who auditioned for the role.

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The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition (2002)

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SYNOPSIS

In August 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton, a renowned explorer set sail with twenty-seven men on his ship The Endurance. His plan was to be the first expedition to cross the Antarctic continent. His ship was beset in heavy sea ice off the coast of Antarctica and was eventually crushed. Marooned on four feet of ice over 8,000 foot deep water, Shackleton and his crew survived some 635 days and nights without proper shelter or rations in some of the harshest conditions imaginable. Eventually by small boat and foot, Shackleton was able to get to safety and then rescue his entire crew. The Endurance is considered by many experts to be the greats of all adventures. Miraculously, much of the original story was captured on film and in pictures by the ship’s photographer. To make The Endurance, the modern filmmakers went to all original locations to capture this astonishing story in color in one of the most remote motion picture shoots ever recorded. Narrated by Liam Neeson. Based on the book by Caroline Alexander .

 

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    “The nail-biting quality of Shackleton’s true story outdoes any dramatic fiction on the market.”

    " - MICHAEL O’SULLIVAN, Washington Post

CREDITS

  • Director: George Butler
  • Screenplay:

    Caroline Alexander, Joseph Dorman

  • Cast:

    Liam Neeson (narrator)

  • Producer: George Butler

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Terrence Malick, Caroline Alexander, Paula Apsell, L. Dennis Kozlowski, John Mack, Mike Ryan

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  • Associate Producers: Bowe Ferrer, John H. MacBain, Sarah Scully, Werner Zehnder

  • Distributor:

    Discovery Channel Pictures/Sony Pictures Classics

MEDIA

No press for this film

    AWARDS

    Won:
  • Best Documentary/Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, 2002

    Best Documentary/National Board of Review, 2001

  • Nominated:
  • Grand Jury Prize, Documentary/Sundance Film Festival, 2001

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SYNOPSIS

An epic story, exotic locales and electrifying performances from Bai Ling Tim Roth and Nick Nolte highlight this moving film that celebrates the power of the human spirit. Raised as an orphan, Binh (Damien Nguyen) is a young Vietnamese man with one impossible dream: to be reunited with his birth father, an American G.I. who left without a trace. In tan incredible odyssey that stretches from Saigon to New York To Texas, Binh confronts unimaginable hardships as he finds danger, love, and finally, the key to unlocking the mysteries of his past.

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    “The Beautiful Country offers so much more than standard Hollywood, or even standard art house fare, that my heart was with it all the way.”

    " - MICHAEL WILMINGTON, Chicago Tribune

CREDITS

  • Director: Hans Petter Moland
  • Screenplay:

    Sabina Murray, Sabina Murray and Lingard Jervey (story)

  • Cast:

    Nick Nolte

    ,

    Tim Roth

    ,

    Ling Bai

    ,

    Damien Nguyen

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Terrence Malick, Tomas Backstrom, Petter J. Borgli

  • Executive Producers: Sam Nazarian, Jan Okern, Gregory Woertz

  • Co-Producer: Jon Katz

  • Distributor:

    Sony Pictures Classics

MEDIA

    AWARDS

    Nominated:
  • Best First Screenplay/Independent Spirit Awards, 2006

    Golden Berlin Bear/Berlin International Film Festival, 2004

    Best Film and Best Screenplay, Amanda Awards, Norway, 2004

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SYNOPSIS

A heart-warming coming of age story reminiscent of Harold and MaudeDriving Lessons tells the story of a shy teenage boy (Rupert Grint) as he begins to escape from the influence of his domineering, staunchly religious mother (Laura Linney). When he goes to work for a wacky, retired actress (Julie Walters), the boy finally begins to discover who he really is.

  • "

    “With the aid of a charmingly offbeat story and a jolly good dialect coach, the stars leave you thinking, well done”.

    " - CHUCK WILSON, L.A. Weekly

CREDITS

  • Director: Jeremy Brock
  • Screenplay:

    Jeremy Brock

  • Cast:

    Rupert Grint

    ,

    Julie Walters

    ,

    Laura Linney

  • Producer: Julia Chasman

  • Executive Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Alessandro Camon, Robert Jones

  • Co-Producer: Alexandra Ferguson

  • Distributor:

    Sony Pictures Classics

MEDIA

    AWARDS

    Won:
  • Special Jury Prize, Best Actress (Julie Walters)/Moscow International Film Festival, 2006

    Youth Jury Award/Film by the Sea International Film Festival, 2007

  • Nominated:
  • Golden St. George (Jeremy Brock)/Moscow International Film Festival, 2006

    Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, (Julie Walters)/Satellite Awards, 2006

    TRIVIA

  • Jeremy Brock’s directorial debut

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SYNOPSIS

The inspiring story of how one man’s passion and perseverance changed the world. Based on the true story of William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd), Amazing Grace, follows his courageous quest to end the British slave trade. Along the way, Wilberforce meets intense opposition from members of the Parliament but his minister, John Newton (Albert Finney), a reformed slave ship captain who penned the believed hymn, “Amazing Grace,” urges him to see the cause through.

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    “An unusually satisfying and inspiring historical epic from one of contemporary cinema's best filmmakers”.

    " - WILLIAM ARNOLD, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

CREDITS

  • Director: Michael Apted
  • Screenplay:

    Steven Knight

  • Cast:

    Ioan Gruffudd

    ,

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    ,

    Albert Finney

    ,

    Ramola Garai

    ,

    Michael Gambon

    ,

    Rufus Sewell

  • Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Terrence Malick, Patricia Heaton, David Hunt, Ken Wales

  • Executive Producers: Jeanney Kim, James Clayton, Duncan Reid

  • Co-Producer: Mark Cooper

  • Distributor:

    Walden Media

MEDIA

    AWARDS

    Won:
  • Christopher Award, Feature Film/Christopher Awards, 2008

  • Nominated:
  • Best Screenplay (Steven Knight)/Evening Standard British Film Awards, 2008

    British Breakthrough – Acting (Benedict Cumberbatch)/London Critics Circle Film Awards, 2008

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