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Possessor
« on: February 10, 2019, 04:34:36 AM »
Berlin: Sean Bean, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stacy Martin Board Sci-Fi Thriller 'Possessor'
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The trio is joining Andrea Riseborough and Christopher Abbott in Brandon Cronenburg's second feature, being shopped in Berlin by Arclight.

Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) and Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac) are joining Andrea Riseborough and Christopher Abbott in Possessor.

The sci-fi thriller – the second feature from Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral), son of David Cronenberg – is being produced by Fraser Ash, Niv Fichman, and Kevin Krikst of Rhombus Media, and Andy Starke of Rook Films, and is slated to start production in April on location in Canada.

Cronenberg directs from his own script, which follows Tasya Vos (Riseborough), an agent for a secretive organization that uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies, driving them to commit assassinations for the benefit of high-paying clients. But something goes wrong on a routine job, and she soon finds herself trapped in the mind of an unwitting suspect (Abbott) whose appetite for violence turns out to rival her own.

Arclight Film’s Gary Hamilton, Ying Ye, and Ryan Hamilton will exec produce, alongside Steven Squillante and David U. Lee of Leeding Media, Noah Segal and Adrian Love of Elevation Pictures, and Tony Roman. Well Go USA Entertainment have already picked up Possessor for the U.S., with Elevation Pictures set to distribute in Canada. Arclight Films is representing foreign rights for the sci-fi thriller at the European Film Market in Berlin.

“In addition to being exceptionally talented, Sean, Jennifer and Stacy have immense international appeal that perfectly rounds out the cast,” said Hamilton. “Under Cronenberg’s keen cinematic eye and teamed with the equally impressive Christopher and Andrea, this is the perfect complete package that makes Possessor a must have for our buyers.”

Possessor is produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and Ontario Creates.

Bean is repped by ICM Partners and Independent Talent Group. Leigh is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment. Martin is repped by WME, Agence Adequat and 42 Management.
 
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/berlin-sean-bean-jennifer-jason-leigh-stacy-martin-board-sci-fi-thriller-possessor-1184699


https://deadline.com/2019/02/sean-bean-jennifer-jason-leigh-stacy-martin-christopher-abbott-andrea-riseborough-brandon-cronenberg-possessor-1202553774/

https://variety.com/2019/film/news/berlin-film-festival-sean-bean-jennifer-jason-leigh-stacy-martin-sci-fi-thriller-possessor-1203134448/

https://bloody-disgusting.com/movie/3545778/brain-swapping-turns-violent-possessor-starring-sean-bean-jennifer-jason-leigh/


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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2019, 12:45:04 PM »
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2019, 12:49:32 PM »
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This was shot on the film set of a new Sean Bean movie that I was fortunate enough to be invited to. This photo was taken during one of the takes - they let me wander around the set getting some behind the scenes photos
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2019, 08:04:17 AM »
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Arclight Film's #Possessor at the upcoming Cannes Film Market (during the Cannes Film Festival). Preliminary poster @ https://cinando.com/en/Film/possessor_334185/Detail
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Arclight’s Cannes slate also includes the sci-fi thriller Possessor starring Sean Bean, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tuppence Middleton, Andrea Riseborough and Christopher Abbott, directed by Brandon Cronenberg 
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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2019, 09:33:21 AM »
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He is now in post-production as writer-director on Possessor, starring Christopher Abbott, Andrea Riseborough, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Sean Bean. 
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2019, 02:24:23 AM »
Cannes First Look: Christopher Abbot in Brandon Cronenberg's Sci-Fi Thriller 'Possessor' (Exclusive)
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The film also stars Andrea Riseborough, Rossif Sutherland, Tuppence Middleton, Sean Bean and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Christopher Abbott – soon to be seen in George Clooney’s Catch 22 TV series – sports a pair of peculiar goggles in this first-look still from Possessor, coming from writer/director Brandon Cronenberg.

Arclight is in Cannes selling international rights to the sci-fi thriller, which also stars Andrea Riseborough, Rossif Sutherland, Tuppence Middleton, Sean Bean and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Cronenberg – whose feature-length directorial debut Antiviral premiered in the Un Certain Regard competition in Cannes in 2012 – wrote the script, which centers around Tasya Vos (Riseborough), an agent for a secretive organization who uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies, driving them to commit assassinations for the benefit of high-paying clients. But something goes wrong on a routine job, and Vos soon finds herself trapped in the mind of an unwitting suspect (Abbott) whose appetite for violence turns out to rival her own.

Producers include Fraser Ash, Niv Fichman, and Kevin Krikst of Rhombus Media (Enemy, Into The Forest) and Andy Starke of Rook Films (Free Fire, Kill List). Arclight’s Gary Hamilton and Ryan Hamilton are exec producing.

Possessor has already been snapped up for North America, with Well Go USA striking a deal for U.S. distribution and Elevation Pictures coming on board for Canada.
 
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/first-image-christopher-abbot-brandon-cronenbergs-possessor-1210887

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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2019, 09:56:46 AM »
'Possessor' draws Cannes buyers for Arclight Films (exclusive)
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Brandon Cronenberg’s sci-fi thriller Possessor starring Andrea Riseborough has drawn more buyers for Arclight Films, which wrapped principal photography in Toronto last weekend.

Rights have gone to Scandinavia (Sandrew Metronome), CIS (Top Film Distribution), Middle East (Italia), Latin America (Turner Broadcasting), and Greece and Cyprus (Spentzos).

Christopher Abbott, Rossif Sutherland, and Tuppence Middleton star with Sean Bean and Jennifer Jason Leigh. As Previously announced, Well Go USA will distribute in the US, and Elevation Pictures will release in Canada.

“The response from our international partners speaks volumes about the quality of Cronenberg’s Possessor,” said Arclight Films chief Gary Hamilton, who serves as executive producer. “There is an undeniable appetite for high-concept genre films like this and we have no doubt that sci-fi fans around the world will not be disappointed.”
https://www.screendaily.com/news/possessor-draws-cannes-buyers-for-arclight-films-exclusive/5139549.article


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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2019, 11:43:58 AM »
’I try not to pay attention’: Despite a focus on sci-fi, Brandon Cronenberg isn’t defining his career by his father’s success
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When Brandon Cronenberg was working on his new film Possessor and hit a slow patch, he did what any self-respecting director would do; he made another film during his down time.

“I had nothing to do and was kind of itching to make something,” says Cronenberg, sitting in the Canada pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, a handy beachfront meeting place for Canuck film types over the festival’s 12 days. “My cinematographer Karim Hussain and I had been experimenting with visuals for the feature … and decided to make the short as a way to blow off steam and also to test the ideas we wanted to use for the feature.”

Cronenberg was last at Cannes with his feature debut, Antiviral. That was 2012, the same year his father, David Cronenberg, had his film Cosmopolis in competition. Brandon says the years between features is because, as a new filmmaker, he poured everything into making that first film, and had nothing else in the works.

That’s changed now. Possessor just finished principal photography in Toronto, and will be ready to screen within a year. “I would certainly love to play in Cannes next year, but it depends on the timing,” he says. “And you can’t assume you’re just going to get in.” He also has two more films in the script stage, Infinity Pool and Dragon, one of which he hopes to start shooting later this year.

All are science-fiction tales. Possessor, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sean Bean, Christopher Abbott and Andrea Riseborough, is about an organization that uses brain implants to control people and use them to carry out assassinations. Cronenberg says Infinity Pool is softer sci-fi, while Dragon is “an outer space horror film.”

 
https://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/movies/i-try-not-to-pay-attention-despite-a-focus-on-sci-fi-brandon-cronenberg-isnt-defining-his-career-by-his-fathers-success/wcm/e81516a4-fda8-4d77-b598-0195ff6657dc


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« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2019, 03:01:05 PM »
Brandon Cronenberg Unleashes Human Drones And Experimental Film Techniques In POSSESSOR
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Writer/director Brandon Cronenberg first ventured into the body-horror field with 2012’s Antiviral, a visceral peek at celebrity worship a few years hence. Now he’s poised to unveil the latest trend in weaponizing human beings with Possessor, currently in postproduction. At the Fantasia festival in Montreal, we caught up with cinematographer Karim Hussain, who encored from Antiviral and explains that while the onscreen tech in Cronenberg’s second feature is futuristic, the processes he and the director employed harked back to old-fashioned practical means.

“There’s no significant CGI in Possessor,” reveals Hussain, who also shot Jason Eisener’s Hobo With a Shotgun, Ted Geoghegan’s We Are Still Here and segments of the anthologies The ABCs of Death and The Theatre Bizarre. “Everything was done in camera; the only digital work will be normal little cleanup things—wire removal and stuff like that. All the major effects were done live, so we got to create very radical, strange projection effects and rolling shutter effects to make things look like they’re melting live. We did acoustic levitation, which is making objects fly in the air using sound, and an optical illusion you can only see in camera that makes it look like water is freezing by throwing a signal through a subwoofer that hits a channel of water and synchronizing the camera shutter and speed to a frequency. It was all very fun techniques that had their roots in science to create the movie’s hallucinatory world.”

He adds that Possessor was originally intended to roll four years ago, and that the delay turned out to be a blessing. “We got to test stuff with extended research and development that most movies wouldn’t be able to have,” he explains. “That made us really push our limits as makers of images. A lot of those tests were done in my old living room over the course of those years.”

Described by Hussain as “a very dark and extreme horror movie,” Possessor stars Andrea Riseborough (Mandy), Christopher Abbott (Piercing), Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tuppence Middleton and Sean Bean, and deals with an agency that essentially creates human drones. “They kidnap people and implant mind-control devices into their brains, and then those people are piloted by a sort of performer who goes into a kind of coma and guides them via these implants to commit lone-wolf assassinations that are good for the financial and political gains of the company involved. Now, that sounds like a standard science-fiction concept, but then the movie really steps it up when something goes wrong with one implant, and the bodies of Andrea Riseborough and Christopher Abbott’s characters sort of fuse into one individual being—and the weird stuff begins.

“It’s a completely different movie from Antiviral,” Hussain continues, “and visually it’s radically different as well. Antiviral was a very bright, white film, while this one is extremely dark and moody, with shadowy photography, very soft-contrast. We used a lot of old vintage lenses to counteract the fact that it was shot on digital. Mind you, we used an Alexa camera that definitely reduced the digital factor, but the idea was to make it very filmic and organic, whereas Antiviral was much sharper and almost a cross between a fashion show and a visit to the doctor. There’s also a secondary narrative going on in Possessor that I won’t spoil, which has very much to do with one’s philosophy toward what a normal family should be like, and how to deconstruct and/or cause damage to that structure.”

 Neither of Possessor’s two female leads are strangers to extreme and outré cinema, which stood them in good stead to enter Cronenberg’s bizarre scenario. “You’re talking about two Rolls-Royces in terms of actors,” Hussain raves. “Andrea is incredibly radical as a performer, and has no problem going all the way for a role. Jennifer is wonderful and hilarious, and really adds something kooky and interesting to her character. She’s not somebody who’s going to show up and deliver a normal performance; she always goes the extra mile and gives you something different. Both of them were a delight, and in fact all of the actors on Possessor were. Every day we were surprised by the little gifts they would bring us to elevate what was already a very strong script.”

Another key contributor to Possessor’s strange world was special makeup effects creator Dan Martin, a frequent collaborator with Ben Wheatley (High-Rise, Free Fire) whose recent projects also include Jonas Åkerlund’s Lords of Chaos and Richard Stanley’s Color Out of Space. “We also did a lot of radical experiments in that area, using wax and other kinds of unusual materials and projections onto prosthetics. Dan is a very clever individual, and really knows his shit in terms of horror history and unusual genre pictures. He’s really bold and experimental in the way he approaches the craft.”

Possessor already has distribution in the U.S. from Well Go USA and Canada from Elevation, and Hussain says the filmmakers are first planning to send it out on the festival circuit, likely early next year. Some fest audiences have already gotten to see a short film that he describes as “part of the research and development for Possessor. It has an incredibly long title, Please Speak Continuously and Describe Your Experiences as They Come to You, and we shot it using a lot of our practical projection processes and elaborate montage ideas. It ended up being selected for Cannes’ Critics Week, so this short, which was effectively a camera test, got into a few major festivals, and people seemed to dig it.”
https://birthmoviesdeath.com/2019/07/29/brandon-cronenberg-unleashes-human-drones-and-experimental-film-techniques?fbclid=IwAR18LhPLCKW0-XB_FUhl-4NyDBGV5-UDFZORKAyJoULfC4pwhpoyekdyS8k