13 for 2013: Part 2 opinion

One part down, two to go. Here is another handful of films to look forward to in 2013.

Broken

Broken, the first movie made by theatre director Rufus Norris, was one of the highlights of the London Film Festival and also happened to win best film at the recent British Independent Film Awards. A small, original film with some familiar quality actors and a crazy-impressive turn from youngster Eloise Laurence.

Elysium

Neil Blomkamp (District 9) returns with his eagerly anticipated sophomore sci-fi, Elysium. And that’s all we need to know, really. District 9 is one of the most impressive science fiction films of recent years. Can Blomkamp do it again? Currently scheduled for a September release.

The Double

Richard Ayoade follows up 2011’s acclaimed Submarine with The Double, a more ambitious comedy based on Dostoyevsky’s novella of the same name. It will be interesting to see how he manages a bigger production that is clearly aimed at a wider (read American) audience.

Snowpiercer

An English-language adaptation of a French graphic novel by one of Korea’s leading filmmakers, Snowpiercer is the latest from Bong Joon-ho, director of 2010 primo-highlight Mother. This will be Bong’s first English-language foray, complete with the magnificent Tilda Swinton, and it sounds rather epic. Hopefully these factors won’t diminish the impact of the well-respected filmmaker too much.

Robot & Frank

Last year’s American indie chocolate-dipped strawberry truffle cake, Robot & Frank tells the tale of an elderly man who finds companionship in a robot. It’s a lovely little film featuring Frank Langella at his best. Currently scheduled for a March release.

More?

Yeah. More. How about a few extra sprinkles of sci-fi? Upside Down should finally see the light of day, Star Trek: Into Darkness will hopefully live up to the surprisingly high standards of its predecessor, and, said with tongue embedded a little in cheek, the so-daft-it-could-be-entertaining Seth Rogen apocalypse comedy This is the End. Oh, and there’s World War Z. That’s looks daft, too.

In addition to appearing in The Double, Blug favourite Mia Wasikowska also pops up in a raft of tantalising films, including Stoker, directed by Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, etc), Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, which also stars Tilda Swinton, and, although it likely won’t appear until 2014, an adaptation of Madame Bovary, alongside Paul Giamatti and Ezra Miller.

2nd Jan 2013

TA Wittering


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