“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
~ James Gray
By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com
Christopher Plummer will star in Atom Egoyan’s “REMEMBER”
Director Atom Egoyan and Producer Robert Lantos reteam for this this emotionally charged contemporary thriller
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – “Remember” is produced by Ari Lantos (producer of “Stage Fright,” “The Right Kind of Wrong”) and Robert Lantos (Producer of Academy Award® and Golden Globe Nominated “Barney’s Version,” “Eastern Promises”). Academy Award® Nominated and Cannes Grand Prix Winner Atom Egoyan (“The Captive,” “The Sweet Hereafter”) will direct. This is Robert Lantos and Egoyan’s 8th collaboration, their previous films include “Where The Truth Lies,” “Ararat” and “The Sweet Hereafter.” Executive Producers are Mark Musselman ( “Barney’s Version,” “Being Julia”) and Anant Singh (“Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom,” “Yesterday”). “Remember” is an original screenplay written by Benjamin August. Principal photography starts on July 14th on location in Toronto.
Academy Award® Winner Christopher Plummer (“Girl with the Dragoon Tattoo,” “Beginners,”), is set to star in the leading role. Plummer will be supported by Academy Award® Winner Martin Landau (“Ed Wood,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors”), Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”), Bruno Ganz, (“Downfall”), Heinz Lieven, (“This Must Be The Place”) and Günter Lamprecht (“Das Boot”).
“Remember” is a unique and compelling thriller in which the darkest chapter of modern history collides with a contemporary mission of revenge.
“I am looking forward immensely to be working once again with Atom Egoyan and Robert Lantos – this time, on a story which promises to be at once shocking, arresting and powerful beyond measure,” said Christopher Plummer
“I’m very excited to work with Robert on our eighth project together. Ben August has written a complex and riveting story told with great emotional clarity. Christopher Plummer is one of the finest actors in the world, and this will be a crowning performance,” said Atom Egoyan.
“I am looking forward to working with Atom again on this remarkable story. Our collaboration over the past 25 years has been one of the most rewarding creative partnerships of my career,” said producer Robert Lantos.
“I am delighted that we are able to collaborate with two long-time friends Stuart Ford and Robert Lantos on ‘Remember,'” said Executive Producer Anant Singh. “Atom Egoyan is a Director that I have long admired and also distributed his films in South Africa and I am thrilled that he is helming this exceptional project,” he added.
Director Atom Egoyan has won prestigious international awards including the Grand Prix, The International Critics Prize and Ecumenical Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for “The Sweet Hereafter” for which he also received two Academy Award® nominations for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Previously in Cannes, Egoyan won The International Critics Prize for “Exotica” and later the Ecumenical Prize for “Adoration.”
“Remember” is produced by Serendipity Point Films in association with Distant Horizon, Detalle, Telefilm Canada and Egoli Tossell. Other executive producers include: Moises Cosio, Jeff Sagansky, Mike Porter, Larry Guterman and D. Matt Geller. Jens Meurer will coproduce.
“Remember” will be distributed by Entertainment One in Canada, ARP in France and Videovision Entertainment in South Africa.
Leading film financing, sales and distribution company IM Global will handle international sales excluding North America and will be launching sales on the film in Cannes.
“We were blown away by Benjamin August’s taut, twisting screenplay. We think ‘Remember’ will mark another critical and commercial high-point in Atom Egoyan’s storied career and we’re confident that distributors are going to respond well to the package in Cannes,” said Stuart Ford, CEO, IM Global.
Serendipity Point Films credits include Academy Award® Nominated and Golden Globe Winners “Barney’s Version,” “Eastern Promises,” “Being Julia” and “Sunshine.” For more information, please visit www.serendipitypoint.com
Egoli Tossell Film is a Berlin-based independent production company founded in 2001 by producers Jens Meurer and Judy Tossell. Recent productions include John Baird’s “Filth” starring James McAvoy and Ron Howard’s “Rush.” Upcoming releases include Peter Chelsom’s “Hector & The Search for Happiness” starring Simon Pegg and the action adventure film “Big Game” starring Samuel L. Jackson.