NEWS: MARCH-APRIL 2019

04.30.19:

The HBO series CHERNOBYL was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Here are some publicity photos that were taken on April 25.

Attending the festival were the three leading stars - Jared Harris, Emily Watson and Stellan. Here are photos taken at the screening on April 26.

 

The following day a press conference was held at the Beekman Hotel.

That evening Stellan was spotted with Alexander at the after party for his son's new movie, "The Kill Team", also screening at the Tribeca Film Festival. It was noted that Stellan stood by his sonís side the whole night, drinking beer together and chatting with friends.

04.16.19:

Terry Gilliamís THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE will have a theatrical release at the end of this week, says distributor Screen Media. The film was at first only available to be seen as part of a one-night-only theatrical event on April 10 from Fathom Events, but the success of that screening prompted a wider theatrical release. The film will hit theaters in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Texas and other top markets starting April 19. The film will also be released on all major VOD platforms on that day as well and will continue to expand theatrically throughout the spring and beyond. For a list of upcoming screenings, visit this Screen Media link.

 04.01.19:

Gold Derby is Hollywoodís leading source for predictions, analysis and news covering more than two dozen awards Ė including Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, and Grammys. They ran an article a couple weeks ago called - "SkarsgŚrd Supremacy at the Emmys? Alexander, Bill and Stellan could all be nominated this year." Alexander earned his first Emmy nomination and win in 2017 for his supporting role in "Big Little Lies". It's predicted that he could follow his Emmy victory with a Best Movie/Limited Actor nomination for the British spy drama "The Little Drummer Girl," in which he plays Israeli intelligence officer Gadi Becker. The film aired in the states on AMC and is based on a novel by John le Carre.

Brother Bill recently rose to fame as the evil clown Pennywise in the blockbuster horror film "It" (2017), and now heís an Emmy contender for Best Movie/Limited Supporting Actor for another project based on Stephen KingĎs fiction: Huluís "Castle Rock," in which he plays the Kid, a mysterious inmate at Shawshank State Penitentiary.

Dad Stellan could face off against his son Bill for Best Movie/Limited Supporting Actor for HBOís miniseries "Chernobyl," which premieres in May and tells the true story of the 1986 nuclear power plant disaster. So, we shall see in a few more months if any of these predictions will come true.

Speaking of "Chernobyl", you can now view the trailer at this link. The five-part series will premiere on HBO on May 6. The trailer is as harrowing as they come, with Stellan's Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina, the government official leading the commission on the Chernobyl incident, slowly realizing the gravity of the situation while Jared Harrisí Valery Legasov, the leading Soviet nuclear physicist who was part of the response team, tries to contain the disaster as much as possible. Meanwhile, Emily Watsonís Ulana Khomyuk is Soviet nuclear physicist trying to figure out what caused this situation, in a sort of investigative mystery plot that runs parallel to the steadily escalating disaster of the radiation poisoning.

If you have access to Amazon streaming videos, you might want to check out the documentary "The Babushkas of Chernobyl". I saw it last week and found it very interesting. The film shows a community of women who defiantly scratch out an existence in the radioactive Dead Zone surrounding Chernobyl's Reactor No. 4 because they refuse to give up their family homes.

In February when filming began in Trollhšttan for Norwegian writer/director Maria SÝdahl's film HŇP, a production interview took place with its leads Stellan and Andrea Brśin Hovig. Here are several publicity photos:

 

03.02.19:

In a recent interview Stellan commented on several of his projects.

In re: Out Stealing Horses -

"I canít understand how  he  [his character Trond] lives because I canít stand being alone. That kind of personality has to do with the long distances and the dark winters that affect social behavior... Always in this film it was 30 minus (Celsius) and indoors it was 20 minus. It was also 30 minus in In Order of Disappearance. Hans Petter loves it. He is that kind of person. Itís not me. I have a winter coat that Canada Goose handed out. Iíve never bought any winter clothes, ever. I prefer no clothes. And I can do that all winter. I walk naked in my home and itís nice and comfortable."

In re: In Order of Disappearance and American version Cold Pursuit, both directed by Hans Petter Moland -

"Our version did very well but I hope that every film Hans Petter does should enable him to do another one. Thatís the problem: you have to bring in some money or you canít make films any more. Out Stealing Horses was really hard to finance. If you send it to a banker they say, 'There is not a gun, not a chase, nothing.'"

[Watch a Berlinale interview with Stellan at this link.]

In re: Norwegian writer/director Maria SÝdahl's film HŚp (Hope) -

A couple of years ago at Christmas she (Maria) got lung cancer that got cured and then the next Christmas she got a brain tumor that was stemming from that. Sheís written a film about a Christmas with six children when youíre told youíre going to die. So basically Iím playing Hans Petter in that film. But Iím not playing himóheís so slow it would be too boring." Asked if it were funny, Stellan replied, "Sometimes. But with a death sentence, there are some limitations to the fun."

In re: Dune -

"Itís like The Avengers. Itís a delicious cast. Iíve just got the book and am going to read it now. Iím playing a small but important role. Most of all I wanted to work with Denis Villeneuve."

In re: The Painted Bird -

"Itís finished. It's based on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski and is about a young boy who meets different people on the road. Harvey Keitel is one and Iím another. Udo Kier is in it too. Itís one of the darkest books ever written and you want to shoot it in black and white and not in English. And you want to shoot it over two or three years. Thereís no way youíre going to get a dime back. So thatís why it was important that it got made." Asked where it will premiere, Stellan answered, "Maybe in Cannes."

In re: Chernobyl -

"It's a five-hour HBO mini-series that comes out in May. I think it will be good. Itís very well written. Itís with Emily Watson who I havenít worked with since Breaking the Waves. We donít fuck in this one though! Thereís no market for it any more. Jared Harris is playing the main role and heís fantastic. I play the Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina who had the responsibility to take care of the 1986 Chernobyl accident and the clean up. Jared plays a Soviet scientist who Shcherbina brings in because he knows about nuclear reactors and Shcherbina doesnít. Whatís interesting about it is not the catastrophe itself but what makes or creates a catastrophe like that. Itís because itís a system, an infallible system. The Soviet system was infallible, that was the ideology. Itís like any religion. It could be nationalism that goes too far. You think your nation is infallibleĖweíve seen examples of that. What happens then is that you have to adjust reality to fit this image of infallibility. So there were flaws in those reactors that were hidden even from the people running them because it couldnít be that they had bad reactors in the Soviet Union. Why donít we immediately say we have a catastrophe and we need all the help we can get? No they said nothing happened; they said itís all fine. Then of course that wasnít correct."

A long-awaited film will screen in theaters one night only this April. Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year and will screen in select theates for one night only - April 10th. A complete list of participating theaters is available via Fathom Events, where tickets can be purchased as well. Besides Stellan, the film stars Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver, Olga Kurylenko and Jordi Molla. Driver stars as Toby, an advertising director working on a Don Quixote-based project who gets sucked into the delusions of a cobbler Ė played by Jonathan Pryce Ė whoís convinced heís the real Don Quixote. In an attempt to make amends for an earlier project that altered the fortunes of a small Spanish village, Toby accepts his role as Sancho Panza and joins Don Quixote on his journey.

Gilliam has famously been working on his Don Quixote film for over two decades. The project began in the late Nineties Ė with Johnny Depp cast as Toby and Jean Rochefort as Quixote Ė but a variety of mishaps derailed the project, as chronicled in the 2002 documentary, Lost in La Mancha. Gilliam made numerous attempts to revive the project over the next decade until he finally began production again in spring 2017.

Here's a link to an 11-minute interview with Stellan and Olga Kurylenko discussing the film. Click here to view interview.

Nice to see Stellan's portrait in the Stockholm Metro.

 

   

 

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