We end this week’s look at Emmy nominees that you might have missed with HBO’s “The Tale,” starring Laura Dern as real-life documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox, who recovers a traumatic childhood memory, shard by jagged shard. “The Tale,” streaming on HBOGo, is impossible to watch, impossible not to, and if that seems like contradictory viewing counsel, then take it in the spirit intended....
Sundance London (May 31 – June 3), the Sundance Film Festival’s London spinoff, will present 12 movies from this year’s Park City festival including Jennifer Fox’s The Tale and Debra Granik’s Winer’s Bone follow-up Leave No Trace. The event will open with the UK premiere of Fox’s hit, starring Laura Dern and Elizabeth Debicki, and will close four days later with Granik’s drama, which is also heading to Cannes.
The Tale (Director and screenwriter: Jennifer Fox, Producers: Oren Moverman, Lawrence Inglee, Laura Rister, Mynette Louie, Sol Bondy, Simone Pero) — An investigation into one woman’s memory as she‘s forced to re-examine her first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive; based on the filmmaker’s own story. Cast: Laura Dern, Isabel Nelisse, Jason Ritter, Elizabeth Debicki, Ellen Burstyn, Common.
The Sundance Film Festival announced that the US-German co-production, THE TALE, by TRANS ATLANTIC PARTNERS (TAP) alumni Jennifer Fox (USA) and Sol Bondy (Germany), celebrates its world premiere in the US competition at its upcoming edition. THE TALE received early support from TAP in 2013 as a co-production project between Fox’s NY based A Luminous Mind Production and Bondy’s Berlin-based One Two Films. The film was produced with Untitled Entertainment and Blackbird Films, and financed by Gamechanger Films, Artemis Rising Foundation, Fork Films, WeatherVane Productions, and Lynda Weinman in the US; ZDF/ARTE and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg in Germany. International Sales are handled by Mongrel International.
Red Sea Media has kicked off talks with international buyers here on Trafficked starring Ashley Judd, Elisabeth Röhm, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Anne Archer.
The film chronicles the fate of three girls from the US, Nigeria and India who attempt to escape a Texas brothel. Will Wallace directs from the screenplay by Siddharth Kara, and Conroy Kanter, Kara and Vicente Aldape served as producers. Frank Mayor is executive producer.
“Trafficked is a character-driven thriller, which will move its audiences and bring awareness to the campaign to stop human trafficking and help its victims,” Conroy said.
“This is a poignant film,” Red Sea founder Roman Kopelevich said. “It’s important, with the world sex trade impacting girls from remote villages to the doorsteps of our neighborhoods. Anyone with a daughter or a sister should be concerned with this epidemic, which is made easier via the internet and other readily available technologies.”
Kopelevich brokered the deal with Bianca Bezdek-Goodloe on behalf of the filmmakers.
Red Sea’s Cannes sales slate includes Ecstasia, which Wayne Kramer is gearing up to direct and will star Scott Eastwood and Matilda Lutz, as well as Dirt with Kevin Dillon, and The Wedding Invitation.