North American rights to the Nat Wolff-led “Mortal” have been picked up by Saban Films which hails from “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” helmer Andre Ovredal. Wolff plays an American backpacker in western Norway who finds himself imprisoned following the accidental death of a local teen. Along with a young psychologist he met in jail, Wolff flees and soon learns he has abilities derived from ancient Norwegian mythology. [Source: Variety]
Notable Films of 2020
After a long and hard decision, DH’s ‘Notable Films of 2020’ guide has been discontinued. While significant headway had been made into the remaining three parts of the six-part guide, a combination of both a lack of interest and enthusiasm from readers and other more pressing work concerns involving the site over the past month have prevented me from being able to finish before the cut-off date (the first weekend of Sundance). As a result, the completed but unpublished entries will now be utilised in another fashion and the guide will not be returning in 2021.
NEON has reportedly scored the North American rights to “God’s Own Country” director Francis Lee’s “Ammonite” which stars Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan. Set in 1800s England, acclaimed but unrecognized fossil hunter Mary Anning (Winslet) begins a love affair with the wife of a wealthy visitor despite the distance between their social class and personalities. [Source: Deadline]
Pain and Glory
Pedro Almodóvar’s “Pain and Glory” took home Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Antonio Banderas), Best Editing, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Music and Best Supporting Actress (Julieta Serrano) at the 34th Spanish Academy Goya Awards. Alejandro Amenabar’s “While at War” was the other big winner with five nods. [Source: Variety]