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  Frederik     September 28, 2012     Comment?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Canadian distributor Entertainment One has acquired the North American rights to Brian De Palma’s Passion from SBS Productions. Passion portrays a deadly power struggle between two women in the dog-eat-dog world of international business. “Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace performances are captivating and De Palma delivers another great thriller that audiences have already embraced at Venice and Toronto,” David Reckziegel, president of eOne Films North America, said Friday. The deal was negotiated by ICM Partners along with SBS Productions’ Saïd Ben Saïd and Sejin Croninger, and Reckziegel for Entertainment One.

  Frederik     September 16, 2012     Comment?

Over the last couple of days, additional pictures of Noomi’s appearance at the Venice Film Festival have been added to the gallery. Check out the previews below. “Passion” also premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this week. Unfortunately Noomi didn’t attend (she’s still in London, as you can see in the next update), but her co-star Rachel McAdams was there. On September 29, “Passion” will be shown at the New York Film Festival.


  Frederik     September 08, 2012     1 Comment

Over 100 additional pictures of Noomi’s appearance at this year’s Venice Film Festival, to celebrate the world-premiere of Brian De Palma’s “Passion”, have been added to the gallery. More information, reviews and videos can be found below.


The first reviews are coming in as well. De Palma a la Mod has a wonderful collection of reviews that give more insight on the film. A few excerpts are below, please beware of spoilers. The Hollywood Reporter‘s Neil Young calls Passion a “convoluted Euro-thriller” that “represents a disappointingly anaemic stab at a comeback from Brian De Palma.” Young suggests that while the star presence of Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace should garner distribution in the U.S., the film is likely headed for cult status. Regarding Karoline Herfurth’s character, Young writes, “the emergence of Dani in the picture’s second half ranks alongside the script’s few welcome surprises.” Young adds, “By this point, however, proceedings have taken a wayward turn down some unfortunate dead-end alleyways. A grisly murder, the ensuing police investigation – featuring some blundering but impeccably Anglophone cops – and the questionable mental state of a key character are cues for De Palma and his veteran Spanish cinematographer José Luis Alcaine to unleash all manner of distorted lighting-effects and camera-angles.” Screen Daily‘s Lee Marshall feels that “De Palma glues together what feel like two different films in the remake [of Love Crime]: a female rivalry drama-thriller, and a murder mystery. And although the exercise carries an undertow of tongue-in-cheek pastiche, this is so inconsistently applied that if feels like an escape clause.” Marshall appreciates Donaggio’s score, “with its nods at seventies and eighties Italo genre fare,” but is unimpressed with the split-screen sequence, calling it “a waste of the technique, as there is little dramatic or thematic connection between what we see on each side of the split.” Marshall also writes that some of the dialogue provoked bursts of laughter during the press screening.

Additionally, two clips from the festival have been added to the video archive – the press conference (a compilation of about 15 minutes) and the premiere for the film. Regarding the press conference, please be aware of spoilers as well.

  Frederik     September 07, 2012     Comment?

Today, “Passion” has had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Noomi and director Brian De Palma were in attendance and a first batch of pictures have been added. The new albums includes images from the photocall, a sighting at Lancia Cafe as well as the film’s gala premiere. More pictures and videos will follow with the next update.


  Frederik     August 29, 2012     Comment?

“Passion” will be shown at the New York Film Festival on September 29, 2012. According to the NYFF, the De Palma trademarks are all present and deployed with coolly calculated abandon: a brilliant use of split screen; a confusion of identical twins; dreams within dreams; and shoes to die for. Many thanks to Lindsey for the heads-up.

Here’s the complete information on the film, according to NYFF: Brian De Palma exhibits great panache and a diabolical mastery of frequent, small surprises in his cinematically most ingenious movie since his magical comedy-of-coincidences, Femme Fatale. With tongue planted in cheek, or maybe not – it’s up to you to decide – De Palma turns French director Alain Corneau’s 2010 Love Crime into a droll, erotic tale of female competition. Noomi Rapace more than matches her performance in the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as the assistant to an unscrupulous advertising honcho (Rachel McAdams), who steals her ideas and acts as if it’s all good sport. It’s great fun until De Palma zeros in on the fury in Rapace’s eyes.

  Frederik     August 23, 2012     2 Comments

A first teaser trailer for Brian De Palma’s “Passion” has been launched by the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film will be shown in competition this year. Although it’s a rather brief look at the film, it’s very exciting and mysterious, especially concerning the characters that Noomi and Rachel McAdams play. The trailer can be watched in the video archive. HD screencaptures have been added to the gallery.

  Frederik     August 17, 2012     1 Comment

After the announcements for Venice and Toronto, “Passion” will be also shown at this year’s New York Film Festival (NYFF). A line-up has not been released, but more information on the festival and all of its entries can be found at its official website. The festival runs from September 28 to October 14, 2012.