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‘After the Wedding’ A Feature Directed by Bart Freundlich

‘After the Wedding’ A Feature Directed by Bart Freundlich
By Peter BelsitoI rarely use the term masterpiece but it fits here.

A woman-centered family drama, this sensitive remake of Susanne Bier’s overcooked Danish Oscar nominee has shrewdly been flipped from a male-driven drama to an emotional showcase for the women Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore, who are both mothers of the same girl, the bride here.

The dramatic edge of the story is about a young woman who, on the day of her marriage, discovers that actually she has two mothers.

So this is a very female driven film.

The female characters are the least interesting thing in the original version of After the Wedding, an otherwise exceptional, Oscar-nominated Danish drama from Bird Box director Susanne Bier.

This sharp new English-language remake gender-flips the two lead roles to be played by women, providing an incredibly rich showcase for the immense talents of Julianne Moore (who goes big) and
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Jill Soloway to Direct Julianne Moore in Adaption of Memoir ‘Mothertrucker’

Jill Soloway to Direct Julianne Moore in Adaption of Memoir ‘Mothertrucker’
Jill Soloway is set to write and direct a film adaptation of an upcoming memoir called “Mothertrucker” at Makeready, with Julianne Moore attached to star, the studio announced Wednesday.

Written by Amy Butcher, “Mothertrucker” chronicles Butcher’s friendship with the Instagram celebrity known as Joy Mothertrucker, a 50-year-old Instagram celebrity and, according to Butcher, America’s only female ice road trucker. Moore will play Joy Mothertrucker; the studio is developing the role of Amy as a starring vehicle for another leading actress.

The book is set to be published by Little A, an imprint of Amazon Publishing, in early 2022.

Soloway is writing and directing the film and will also produce alongside Andrea Sperling through their Topple Productions. Moore will produce, with Bart Freundlich executive producing through their fortysixty productions. Makeready
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Jill Soloway to Direct Julianne Moore in ‘Mothertrucker’

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Jill Soloway to Direct Julianne Moore in ‘Mothertrucker’
Jill Soloway will direct and adapt the upcoming memoir “Mothertrucker” for Makeready. The film unites the “Transparent” creator with Julianne Moore, who will take the showy starring role.

The deal was inked two years before “Mothertrucker” hits store shelves. The book by Amy Butcher chronicles her friendship with Joy Mothertrucker (Moore), an Instagram celebrity and female ice road trucker. Focus Features will release the movie — its parent company, Universal, has a first-look deal with Makeready.

Soloway will also produce the project alongside Andrea Sperling through Topple Productions. Moore will be a producer as well with Bart Freundlich executive producing through their Fortysixty Productions. Makeready head of film, Pam Abdy, and executive Natalie Williams will oversee for the studio.

“I’m honored to tell this deeply resonant story about two women finding meaning and strength as they face an epic challenge in one of the most punishing and beautiful landscapes on the planet,
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Jill Soloway, Julianne Moore Team For ‘Mothertrucker’ At Makeready

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Jill Soloway, Julianne Moore Team For ‘Mothertrucker’ At Makeready
Breaking: Makeready has set Jill Soloway to write and direct the upcoming Amy Butcher memoir Mothertrucker as a feature starring vehicle for Oscar winning actress Julianne Moore. Butcher is the award winning essayist and author, and Soloway the Emmy-winning writer/producer behind Transparent, I Love Dick and Afternoon Delight.

Mothertrucker will be published by the Amazon Publishing imprint Little A in early 2022. The film will be released by Focus Features as part of Makeready’s distribution deal with Universal Pictures.

Soloway will also produce with Andrea Sperling through Topple Productions. Moore will also produce with Bart Freundlich executive producing through their fortysixty productions. Makeready partner and Head of Film, Pam Abdy and Natalie Williams will oversee for Brad Weston’s studio.

Mothertrucker chronicles Amy Butcher’s chance friendship with Joy Mothertrucker (Moore) a fifty-year-old Instagram celebrity and America’s one and only female ice road trucker, who spent 13 years driving
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After The Wedding – Review

Left to Right: Michelle Williams as Isabel, Julianne Moore as Theresa Young.

Photo by Julio Macat. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.

After The Wedding cleverly switches the genders on the Oscar-nominated Danish film of the same name, transforming it into a terrific showcase for two powerhouse actresses, Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams.

Director Bart Freundlich decided to flip the genders in his remake of Susan Bier’s 2006 Oscar-nominated Danish film, which turns out to be a brilliant choice,thanks to the wonderful casting of Williams and Moore. . Often remakes of European hit films for American audiences fall far short of the original but Freundlich’s enjoyable, thoughtful drama is the exception, and may actually be an improvement.

The characters that Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore could not be more different. Williams plays Isabel, an American idealist who runs an orphanage in India. The orphanage is in shaky financial shape so when
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Movie Review – After the Wedding (2019)

After the Wedding, 2019.

Written and Directed by Bart Freundlich.

Starring Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup, Abby Quinn, Alex Esola, Eisa Davis, Susan Blackwell, Azhy Robertson, Will Chase, and Doris McCarthy.

Synopsis:

A manager of an orphanage in Kolkata travels to New York to meet a benefactor.

There’s a difference between flawed likable characters and straight-up annoying characters; After the Wedding contains the latter. Written and directed by Bart Freundlich (remaking a relatively sanitized version of Susanne Bier’s Oscar-nominated Danish original), the narrative throws one revelation after another at the audience with each one intending to add moral complexity to its central characters, instead, making them out to be horrible selfish liars. You know you got problems when one protagonist is a do-gooder running an orphanage in India and valiantly trying to secure funds to enrich their lives, and even that person makes decisions that are head-scratching and ignore the bigger picture.
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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Tops Arthouse Openers as ‘The Farewell’ Expands

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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Tops Arthouse Openers as ‘The Farewell’ Expands
For a change, a narrative feature rather than a documentary opened best among this week’s new releases. “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” about a challenged young man and his dreams of wrestling glory, opened to multiple cities to very encouraging initial results and a real shot of crossover success.

The tough-minded “One Child Nation” also had a promising start at two theaters, one on each coast. Breakout success “The Farewell” grossed over $2 million with its expansion to 700 theaters, but that’s less than it made last weekend. Still, this very successful film already has passed $10 million.

Opening

The Peanut Butter Falcon (Roadside Attractions) – Metacritic: 69; Festivals include: SXSW 2019

$205,236 in 17 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $12,108

A creative and atypical release pattern paid off for Roadside Attractions with the initial seven-city release, with five heartland markets joining New York and Los Angeles. A reported special Cinemascore survey with an A+ grade suggests
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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Leads Mixed Weekend; Music Doc ‘Bring The Soul’ Croons; ‘The Farewell’ Salutes $10M: Specialty Box Office

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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Leads Mixed Weekend; Music Doc ‘Bring The Soul’ Croons; ‘The Farewell’ Salutes $10M: Specialty Box Office
SXSW Film Festival audience award-winner The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring Shia Labeouf, Dakota Johnson and newcomer Zack Gottsagen, launched solidly in 17 theaters in seven markets over the weekend. The Roadside Attractions/Armory Films release led the pack of debuts with the highest per-theater average among openers, despite its comparatively bigger location count, grossing an estimated three-day $205,236, averaging $12,108.

Roadside reported Sunday the title, directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, was number one in “more than half” of the theaters it played in including a “big commercial multiplex in Salt Lake City” along with other locations including The Landmark in L.A. as well as theaters in Dallas, Charlotte, Denver and Austin with “lots of sellouts in various markets.”

“We’re thrilled with our opening of audience favorite The Peanut Butter Falcon…,” commented Roadside Attractions co-president Howard Cohen Sunday. “We opened in seven markets across the country…to give the film
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Julianne Moore Gets Deeper Into Acting Journey With ‘After The Wedding’

Julianne Moore previously worked with husband Bart Freundlich in the films The Myth of Fingerprints and Trust the Man, and now she reteams with the filmmaker on After the Wedding. The feature, which is a remake of the acclaimed Susanne Bier film of the same name, centers on a family [...]

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After the Wedding | Review

Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Freundlich Updates Danish Drama with Gender Bending Twist

Just as Danish director Susanne Bier masters the art of cult filmmaker with 2018’s Bird Box, her most accomplished film, 2006’s celebrated After the Wedding, receives an American remake from Bart Freundlich. Having spent a career bouncing around between dark-natured indie dramas and light comedies, Freundlich achieves his most significantly nuanced film since his 1997 debut The Myth of Fingerprints in this novel reconfiguration of the well-heeled, intercontinental original penned by Anders Thomas Jensen. Efficiently told and carried by a handful of exceptionally performed sequences from Michelle Williams and Julianne Moore, this wholly American retake also has no problem filling out its well-rounded corners, sometimes forsaking subtlety for convenience.…
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Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams Attend ‘After The Wedding’; Shia Labeouf, Dakota Johnson in ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ –  Specialty B.O. Preview

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Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams Attend ‘After The Wedding’; Shia Labeouf, Dakota Johnson in ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ –  Specialty B.O. Preview
Hints of autumn are unspooling this weekend with stars fronting Specialty fare opening in theaters. Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Billy Crudup and Abby Quinn headline Sundance ’19 opener After The Wedding, starting in New York and L.A. today via Sony Pictures Classics. The film by Bart Freundlich is based on the 2006 Oscar-nominated original by Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier. Shia Labeouf and Dakota Johnson join newcomer Zack Gottsagen in Roadside Attractions’ modern-day Huck Finn-style adventure Peanut Butter Falcon, opening in seven markets this weekend. Doc awards hopeful One Child Nation from Amazon Studios begins its theatrical with exclusive runs in Los Angeles and New York today, while non-fiction title This Changes Everything, featuring a slew of veteran actors and public figures, heads out to three theaters in both cities from Good Deed Entertainment. Following screenings at recent Lgbtq festivals Frameline and Outfest, Samuel Goldwyn Films rolls out Mexican period drama
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Review Round-Up: “After The Wedding,” “Brian Banks,” “Light Of My Life,” And “Ode To Joy”

It’s incredible how many films are hitting theaters today. It’s one of the more crowded new release slates in a bit, so a review round-up is necessary on this Friday. Here we’ll be discussing four of the movies we weren’t able to review so far this week, giving them at least a small moment in the sun. Today we have a quartet of titles, ranging from a remake in After the Wedding, to a true life drama in Brian Banks, over to a survival tale in Light of My Life, all the way to a quirky romantic comedy in Ode to Joy. Are any of these worth your time? All of them? Well, we have the answer for you imminently. Read on below to find out… After the Wedding Independent cinema is not the normal spot to find remakes. Usually, that’s where Hollywood has a monopoly.
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Connecting two worlds by Anne-Katrin Titze

Bart Freundlich with Anne-Katrin Titze on After The Wedding: "It's always hard to talk about this movie in particular because there are so many secrets." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Bart Freundlich's treasure-packed After The Wedding, based on Susanne Bier's film Efter Brylluppet stars Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, and Billy Crudup with Abby Quinn, Vir Pachisia, Alex Esola, and Anjula Bedi.

After The Wedding, reversing the protagonists' genders from Bier's Oscar-nominated film, is a tale of two worlds. Isabel (Williams) has been working for years at an orphanage in Calcutta with her colleague Preena (Bedi), when a letter arrives from New York mogul Theresa (Moore), who offers to donate a lot of money to the struggling institution, which is close to bankruptcy. Theresa wants Isabel to fly over and discuss matters in person. This is a busy time - not only is Theresa in the process of selling her media company,
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‘After the Wedding’ Review: Mystery, Melodrama and Michelle Williams

‘After the Wedding’ Review: Mystery, Melodrama and Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams gives great righteous anger. Like any talented actor, she has an incredible range — from mousy girl Friday to a giggly Marliyn Monroe to Manchester by the Sea‘s grieving matriarch — and an ability to add beautiful little nuances to the biggest of scenes. But give Williams the chance to express a wounded sense of self, and the space to let that pain transform into a sort of slowburn fury, and the woman is unstoppable. No one does quiet storms and emotional boiling-point build-ups like her. She’s a first-rate onscreen raw nerve.
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Julianne Moore on Working with Her Director Husband: 'I'm Highly Sensitive to His Moods'

Julianne Moore on Working with Her Director Husband: 'I'm Highly Sensitive to His Moods'
Julianne Moore met her husband on set — and they’ve only gotten better at working together since.

The Oscar winner, 58, joined husband Bart Freundlich for a fourth film, After the Wedding, which she stars in and he directs. The couple also produced the movie, and stepped out together on the carpet for an Aug. 7 screening in New York hosted by the Cinema Society and Chopard.

“I’m pretty familiar with working with my husband, so it didn’t feel out of the ordinary,” she told People. “I think if anything, I’m highly sensitive to his moods, and so I
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‘After the Wedding’ Film Review: Julianne Moore Remake Swaps Genders, Finds a Reason to Exist

‘After the Wedding’ Film Review: Julianne Moore Remake Swaps Genders, Finds a Reason to Exist
The question that looms over every attempt to remake an existing film is a simple one: “What’s the point?”

If a film is good enough to inspire a remake, after all, doesn’t that mean it exists quite nicely on its own, and doesn’t need somebody else trying to do it all over again?

And if the point of the new version is to change things about the original, don’t you run the risk of losing some of the elements that made the first film special?

Director Bart Freundlich, whose remake of Susanne Bier’s 2006 drama “After the Wedding” was the first film to screen on the opening night of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, clearly knows and has thought about those questions.

Also Read: 'Brian Banks' Film Review: Forgettable Film Squanders Powerful True Story

“Susanne made such a beautiful film,” he said in the Q
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Exclusive: Julianne Moore on the gender switching and secrets at the heart of After the Wedding

Julianne Moore interviewed by DaniElle DeLaite for her movie After the Wedding,  which is directed by her husband Bart Freundlich and also stars Michelle Williams. The movie is a remake of a Danish film directed by Susanne Bier, and deals with secrets kept, both professional and personal, when the past returns to haunt the present. The film stars Billy Crudup, Will Chase, Abby Quin, Doris McCarthy and Eisa Davis.

The original film, directed by Susanne Bier and starring Mads Mikkelsen and Sidse Babett Knudsen, was released in 2006 under the name Efter Brylluppet. It was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film that year.

Julianne Moore talks about the decision to reinvent the film, how the change in gender of the characters affected some of the dynamics in play, and how the discussion of who should lead the film was solved with an email to Michelle Williams.

After the Wedding will
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After The Wedding Movie Review

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After The Wedding Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed for Shockya.com & BigAppleReviews.net linked from Rotten Tomatoes by: Harvey Karten Director: Bart Freundlich Screenwriter: Bart Freundlich based on “After the Wedding” (2006) written by Anders Thomas Jensen and directed by Susanne Bier Cast: Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Billy Crudup, Abby Quinn Screened at: Sony, NYC, 7/16/19 Opens: […]

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Your Chance To Meet Julianne Moore At NYC Premiere Of After The Wedding

Here is your chance to meet Julianne Moore and Ben Freundlich on the red carpet at the NYC premiere of After The Wedding.

CharityBuzz.com has launched a new celebrity charity auction that gives you the chance to enjoy a dazzling evening when you attend the NYC premiere of After the Wedding.

Meet the film’s Academy Award-winning star Julianne Moore and writer/director Bart Freundlich on the red carpet before the film. Plus, go to the star-studded after-party.

Also starring Michelle Williams, Billy Crudup and Will Chase, After the Wedding is an adaptation of Susanne Bier’s Academy Award–nominated Danish film. An absorbing drama, the film tells an emotional story about strong women, motherhood and fate.

Proceeds from the auction will go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Broadway Cares helps men, women and children in need receive lifesaving medication, health care, nutritious meals and emergency assistance. The
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Will the second half of 2019 offer more hope for indies at the Us box office?

Will the second half of 2019 offer more hope for indies at the Us box office?
After a string of disappointments, ’Midsommar’ may offer some hope.

Early box office reports for A24’s horror film Midsommar, starring Florence Pugh, could be just what the Us independent sector needs after a rocky ride in the first half of 2019.

Ari Aster’s follow-up to Sundance 2018 sensation Hereditary is forecast to gross around $13m this weekend and could not come soon enough. If it builds on the $3m Wednesday opening day reported by A24, on a reported $10m marketing spend, that could deliver at least temporary respite for a gloomy independent sector reeling from a string of disappointing releases.
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