By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Olivier Assayas Going Cold War With Next Film

OLIVIER ASSAYAS TO WRITE AND DIRECT “WASP NETWORK” FOR RT FEATURES AND CG CINEMA

Based on Fernando Morais’ Book The Last Soldiers of the Cold War

LOS ANGELES (April 6, 2016) — RT Features and CG Cinema announced today that Olivier Assayas will write and direct Wasp Network, which is based on Fernando Morais’ book, The Last Soldiers of the Cold War.  RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira will produce alongside CG Cinema’s Charles Gillibert.  RT’s Lourenço Sant’Anna and Sophie Mas will executive produce.  Wasp Network is the unbelievable true story of Cuban spies in American territory during the 90’s which reveals the tentacles of a terrorist network based in Florida with ramifications in Central America and with the consent of the US government.

Assayas most recently wrote and directed Personal Shopper starring Kristen Stewart, which made its world premiere at the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival where Assayas was awarded Best Director.  IFC Films released the film in the U.S. on March 10thto a solid debut.  This follows Clouds of Sils Maria, which Assayas wrote and directed, starring Stewart and Juliette Binoche. The film made its world premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival where Assayas was nominated for the Palme d’Or and Stewart earned the prestigious César Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Assayas was also nominated for the Palme d’Or for Demonlover in 2002 and for Les destinées in 2000. In addition, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in 2011 for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special for Carlos starring Edgar Ramírez.

RT Features has had a banner year with 10 films on its slate, including two of the most anticipated films of the year premiering to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival: Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name starring Armie Hammer which was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics and Geremy Jasper’s Patti Cake$, which was acquired by Fox Searchlight.  The company won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature for Robert Egger’s The Witch, which was distributed by A24 and are in preparation on the sci-fi film Ad Astra, which they have been developing with director James Gray to star Brad Pitt.

Gillibert is a frequent collaborator to Assayas, having produced Personal Shopper, Clouds of Sils Maria, Summer Hours.  CG Cinema is in post-production on Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Kings, the much-anticipated follow-up to Mustang, starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig.

Assayas is represented by WME and Intertalent while RT Features is represented by CAA.

ABOUT RT FEATURES

Founded by Rodrigo Teixeira in 2005, RT Features is an innovative production company based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that focuses on developing, producing and financing high quality content ranging from original projects to acquisitions, for both film and television.

Since its launch, RT Features has produced, co-produced or financed a remarkable slate of feature films including: Ira Sachs’ critically acclaimed Love is Strange for Sony Pictures Classics and Little Men; James Schamus’ Indignation; Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha and Mistress America for Fox Searchlight; Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves; and Gaspar Noé’s Love.  Dedicated to working with talented young directors since its inception, RT Features formed a joint venture with Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions which aims to produce films from emerging filmmakers worldwide.

ABOUT CG CINEMA

Charles Gillibert created the author driven production company, CG CINEMA in 2013. In these last four years, CG CINEMA has produced many international projects and awards in all the majors festivals.  Productions include : Clouds of Sils Maria by Olivier Assayas (Cannes FF 2014 ; starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz) ; Eden by Mia Hansen- Løve (Toronto FF 2014); The Oscar nominated Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, which won four awards at the French Cesars Ceremony.

 

More recently, CG Cinema produced Things to Come by Mia Hansen- Løve, Silver Bear at the 2016 Berlinale and Personal Shopper by Olivier Assayas, which won Best Director Award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.  Kings by Deniz Gamze Ergüven starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig and 24 Frames by Abbas Kiarostami are both in postproduction.

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One Response to “Olivier Assayas Going Cold War With Next Film”

  1. Chris L. says:

    “Idol’s Eye,” wherefore art thou…:(

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“The sad and painful truth is that pretty much everyone in this town knew who Harvey was. I have had long talks with my most liberal friends. Did we know he was a rapist? We didn’t. But did we know that for decades he has been offering actresses big careers in exchange for sexual favors? Yes, we did — and make no mistake, that is its own kind of rape. And did we all — or did any of us — refuse to do business with him on moral grounds? No. We ALL STAYED IN BUSINESS WITH HIM. I have never done business with Harvey but I can tell you with certainty that I would have — because I was recently approached by a film festival he sponsors. They asked me to submit my short film for their consideration and I did it without thinking twice. I am a dyed-in-the-wool feminist and a vocal one at that. So why didn’t I think twice? Because this entire town is built on the ugly principals that Harvey takes to an horrific extreme. If I didn’t work with people whose behavior I find reprehensible, I wouldn’t have a career.”
~ Showrunner Krista Vernoff

From AMPAS president John Bailey:

Dear Fellow Academy Members,

Danish director Carl Dreyer’s 1928 film “The Passion of Joan of Arc” is not only one of the visual landmarks of the silent era, but is a deeply disturbing portrait of a young woman’s persecution in the face of the male judges and priests of the ruling order. The actress Maria Falconetti gave one of the most profoundly affecting performances in the history of cinema as the Maid of Orleans.

Since the decision of the Academy’s Board of Governors on Saturday October 14 to expel producer Harvey Weinstein from its membership, I have been haunted not only by the recurring image of Falconetti and the sad arc of her career (dying in Argentina in 1946, reputedly from a crash diet) but of Joan’s refusal to submit to an auto de fe recantation of her beliefs.

Recent public testimonies by some of filmdom’s most recognized women regarding sexual intimidation, predation, and physical force is, clearly, a turning point in the film industry—and hopefully in our country, where what happens in the world of movies becomes a marker of societal Zeitgeist. Their decision to stand up against a powerful, abusive male not only parallels the cinema courage of Falconetti’s Joan but gives all women courage to speak up.

After Saturday’s Board of Governors meeting, the Academy issued a passionately worded statement, expressing not only our concern about harassment in the film industry, but our intention to be a strong voice in changing the culture of sexual exploitation in the movie business, already common well before the founding of the Academy 90 years ago. It is up to all of us Academy members to more clearly define for ourselves the parameters of proper conduct, of sexual equality, and respect for our fellow artists throughout our industry. The Academy cannot, and will not, be an inquisitorial court, but we can be part of a larger initiative to define standards of behavior, and to support the vulnerable women and men who may be at personal and career risk because of violations of ethical standards by their peers.

Yours,
John