Audiences will get their first look at Felony, a psychological thriller about guilt, conscience, punishment and forgiveness, at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. At the heart of the story is a moral dilemma. The central character is a detective, who after a few celebratory beers with pals, hits a boy with his car on the way home. He impulsively lies to the emergency operator and to law enforcement when they arrive. A friend tries to help him cover his tracks, but another detective isn’t quite buying their story. The ensuing three-way psychological struggle unfolds over the course of three intense days.
“I couldn’t dismiss (the detective’s) actions as simply being ‘wrong’ because I understood he was trying to protect his own family,” says director Matthew Saville. “In this film, nobody wears a white hat or a black hat, and if they're wearing a halo, it's a crooked halo – and I just think that's a closer reflection of life. It’s very honest.”
Director Harald Zwart tapped cinematographer Geir Hartly Andreassen, FSF to help bring City of Bones, the first book in author Cassandra Clare’s bestselling series “The Mortal Instruments,” to the big screen.
Aimed at young adults, this urban-fantasy series centers around a teenage girl named Clary Fray who discovers that she is a Shadowhunter, which is a human-angel hybrid. Set in contemporary New York, City of Bones follows Clary (played by Lily Collins) as she joins forces with a group of Shadowhunters in search of her missing mother (Lena Headey). Clary is introduced to a dangerous and different New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.
In Runner, Runner, Justin Timberlake plays Richie, a needy, ambitious grad student who pays off his college tuition bills with money he wins gambling. When he thinks he has the system figured out, he risks it all at an unregulated offshore gambling website — and loses. He decides he must confront the entrepreneur who cheated him, and that man, played by Ben Affleck, offers him a job. It seems like a dream gig, but eventually the party turns ominous. He realizes too late that he is so far in that he might not be able to get out.
Mauro Fiore, ASC and director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Take) turned their cameras on this story in Puerto Rico, which stood in for Costa Rica because it was a U.S. territory and offered more of an infrastructure for filmmaking. In 2009, Fiore won an OSCAR® for his work on Avatar, and his other feature credits include Real Steel, The A-Team, Smokin’ Aces, The Island, Tears of the Sun, and Training Day.
At the end of World War II, General Douglas MacArthur made a difficult decision to spare the life of Japanese Emperor Hirohito. That is the historical setting of Emperor, a new feature film directed by Peter Webber (Girl with a Pearl Earring) and photographed by Stuart Dryburgh, NCZS, ASC (The Piano, Aeon Flux, Amelia).
Of equal importance in the film is the smaller, human story of General Bonner Fellers, the man MacArthur assigns to investigate the matter, and Fellers’ relationship with Aya Shimada, a Japanese woman he met years earlier. Fellers eventually risks his career in his search for Aya. Matthew Fox plays Fellers, and Eriko Hatsune is Aya. Tommy Lee Jones is entertainingly gruff as MacArthur.
The last time director Lee Daniels and cinematographer Andrew Dunn, BSC teamed up was on the film Precious, which earned six ACADEMY AWARD® nominations, including one for best picture. “That film was special, and it meant a lot to people,” recalls Dunn. “It changed some lives.”
The duo’s latest collaboration is the extraordinary story of Cecil Gaines, who served eight presidents as the head butler of the White House from 1952 to 1986. The film begins in the cotton fields of Gaines’ youth and reaches a climax when Gaines returns to the White House at age 92 to meet an African-American president. Forest Whitaker plays the title role.
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