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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“When books become a thing, they can no longer be fine.

“Literary people get mad at Knausgård the same way they get mad at Jonathan Franzen, a writer who, if I’m being honest, might be fine. I’m rarely honest about Jonathan Franzen. He’s an extremely annoying manI have only read bits and pieces of his novels, and while I’ve stopped reading many novels even though they were pretty good or great, I have always stopped reading Jonathan Franzen’s novels because I thought they were aggressively boring and dumb and smug. But why do I think this? I didn’t read him when he was a new interesting writer who wrote a couple of weird books and then hit it big with ‘The Corrections,’ a moment in which I might have picked him up with curiosity and read with an open mind; I only noticed him once, after David Foster Wallace had died, he became the heir apparent for the Great American Novelist position, once he had had that thing with Oprah and started giving interviews in which he said all manner of dumb shit; I only noticed him well after I had been told he was An Important Writer.

“So I can’t and shouldn’t pretend that I am unmoved by the lazily-satisfied gentle arrogance he projects or when he is given license to project it by the has-the-whole-world-gone-crazy development of him being constantly crowned and re-crowned as Is He The Great American Writer. What I really object to is this, and if there’s anything to his writing beyond it, I can’t see it and can’t be bothered. Others read him and tell me he’s actually a good writer—people whose critical instincts I have learned to respect—so I feel sure that he’s probably a perfectly fine, that his books are fine, and that probably even his stupid goddamned bird essays are probably also fine.

“But it’s too late. He has become a thing; he can’t be fine.”
~ Aaron Bady

“You know how in postproduction you are supposed to color-correct the picture so everything is smooth and even? Jean-Luc wants the opposite. He wants the rupture. Color and then black and white, or different intensities of color. Or how in this film, sometimes you see the ratio of the frame change after the image begins. That happens when he records from his TV onto his old DVCAM analog machine, which is so old we can’t even find parts when it needs to be repaired. The TV takes time to recognize and adjust to the format on the DVD or the Blu-ray. Whether it’s 1:33 or 1:85. And one of the TVs he uses is slower than the other. He wants to keep all that. I could correct it, but he doesn’t want me to. See, here’s an image from War and Peace. He did the overlays of color—red, white, and blue—using an old analog video effects machine. That’s why you have the blur. When I tried to redo it in digital, I couldn’t. The edges were too sharp. And why the image jitters—I don’t know how he did that. Playing with the cable maybe. Handmade. He wants to see that. It’s a gift from his old machine.”
~ Fabrice Aragno