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This might be of interest around these parts primarily for the Sufjan Stevens connection (that is, Stevens is providing the soundtrack, so here's a link to our thread): Aciman's most recent novel, Enigma Variations is getting a little positive buzz.
BBC Two: Witnessing her father’s assassination at the hands of the armed wing of the PLO as a small child has left an indelible mark on Nessa Stein. An Anglo-Israeli businesswoman who now heads up the Stein Company and all its philanthropic output, she took her father’s former arms company and has inverted its purpose – providing high-speed data cabling across the Middle East in an effort to remove barriers, increase learning & knowledge and table peace in an area that has only ever known conflict. Recently ennobled in the House of Lords, Baroness Stein is as fearless as she is compassionate; as wise as she is determined and works tirelessly to promote her company’s work. However, she also harbours a dark secret from her time held hostage in Gaza eight years previously that threatens to blow apart her world and all that she has fought for, as she is forced to confront the demons from her past amidst a high profile game of political cat and mouse, played out on the world’s stage. TVbytheNumbers: Internationally Renowned Cast Stars in Hugo Blick's Fast-Paced Thriller Including Stephen Rea, Janet McTeer, Lindsay Duncan, Andrew Buchan and more New York, May, 12, 2014 – SundanceTV announced today that “The Honorable Woman,” starring Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart, The Dark Knight, Secretary), will premiere Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT. “The Honorable Woman” is a fast paced, labyrinthine thriller set against an international political backdrop of paranoia and espionage. The eight-part miniseries is written and directed by BAFTA Award winner Hugo Blick (The Shadow Line) and follows one woman’s personal journey from London’s Whitehall and MI6 to the CIA in Washington to the Middle East to right the wrongs of her family’s past. The Hollywood Reporter touted Blick’s gripping drama as one of this summer's "Hottest New Fiction Shows.” “SundanceTV is proud to welcome 'The Honorable Woman,' an utterly spellbinding drama, to our growing portfolio of innovative miniseries,” remarked SundanceTV President Sarah Barnett. “These television events take big creative risks, thanks to the stellar talent driving them. ‘The Honorable Woman’ follows in the footsteps of our award-winning miniseries 'Top of the Lake.' Maggie's remarkable performance blew us all away." “The Honorable Woman” follows Nessa Stein (Gyllenhaal), whose father was a Zionist arms procurer; as children, she and her brother witness his assassination. Years later, after inheriting her father’s company, she dramatically inverts its purpose from supplying arms to laying high-spec data cabling networks between Israel and the West Bank. Now in her thirties, her sudden appointment to the House of Lords, apparently due to her tireless promotion of projects for reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians, creates an international political maelstrom. Joining Gyllenhaal is a top international cast including: Academy Award nominee Stephen Rea (“The Shadow Line,” “Father & Son,” V for Vendetta); Oscar and Tony Award nominee Janet McTeer (“Damages,” Albert Nobbs); Lindsay Duncan (“The Hollow Crown,” “White Heat”); Andrew Buchan (“Broadchurch,” “Garrow’s Law,” “The Fixer”); BAFTA Award nominee Katherine Parkinson (“The IT Crowd,” “Sherlock”); Eve Best ("Nurse Jackie," The King’s Speech); Lubna Azbal (Incendies, Occupation, Paradise Now, Body of Lies); Tobias Menzies (“Game of Thrones,” “Rome,” “The Shadow Line”); Igal Naor (300: Rise Of An Empire, Green Zone) and more ...
Lately, Joanna and I have been talking a lot about our long-term goals--for our daughters, for our family, for each of us individually--and trying to figure out how to achieve them. I want to see more of the world (it's one of the reasons I love the cinema so much), and aside from two touristy vacations in London and Paris, I haven't traveled much at all. My wife doesn't especially enjoy flying or spending time in big cities, and with two young children at home, our options are limited. In January I'm going to Rotterdam, by myself, to cover the festival for Senses of Cinema and mubi.com. I'm anxious about the trip, but it's the realization of a long-held dream: to tour the world via film festivals. The trip came together pretty quickly, so I'm just now beginning to research films that will be premiere in the next few months. I figured it was time to start a thread to discuss them. Moderators, would you please replace the Locarno tag with Rotterdam? Thanks.