By Diana Srougi, staff writer
MONTREAL (RPRN) 27/03/09- This week, 007 is back and seeking revenge, a French inspector is tracking down a serial killer, and two teenagers try to make it on the streets. This weekâ€™s releases will please seekers of every genre.
Quantum of Solace
After having captured Mr. White in â€œCasino Royaleâ€, agent 007 (again played by Daniel Craig) picks up where he left off in this exciting sequel entitled â€œQuantum of Solaceâ€. This is the 22nd James Bond film, and the 2nd of a trilogy on Bondâ€™s early days as an agent. This thriller was directed by Marc Forster, Golden Globe nominee for â€œFinding Neverlandâ€ in 2005, and director of the Oscar nominated film â€œThe Kite Runnerâ€. Paul Haggis (writer and director of â€œCrashâ€, the winning film for Best Motion Picture at the 2006 Academy Awards) wrote the screenplay alongside Neal Purvis (writer of â€œDie Another Dayâ€). This sequel is based on a short story by Ian Fleming, creator of the James Bond character. After delivering Mr. White to authorities, 007 must stop a nasty world-renowned environmentalist from taking over Boliviaâ€™s resources. â€œQuantum of Solaceâ€ was nominated for two BAFTA Film awards for Best Sound and Best Special Visual Effects. It was also nominated for five Satellite awards, bringing home a prize for Best Original Song by Jack White. Forsterâ€™s film screened at the 2008 London Film Festival.
DVD release: March 24th 2009
Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
In the Electric Mist
â€œIn the Electric Mistâ€ came out on DVD in Canada this week, although it was released in the States in early March. World-renowned French director Bertrand Tavernier brings us his first English-language film, starring Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones and Golden Globe winner John Goodman. The screenplay, based on James Lee Burkeâ€™s novel â€œIn the Electric Mist with Confederate Deadâ€, was written by Jerzy Kromolowski and Mary Olson-Kromolowski, writers of Sean Pennâ€™s â€œThe Pledgeâ€ (2001). This dramatic mystery is about inspector Dave Robicheauxâ€™s search for a serial killer whose victims are very young women. After the discovery of yet another body, Robicheaux meets Elrod Sykes (Peter Sarsgaard), the actor in a film currently in production and financed by a well-known member of the local mafia, who might be linked to the case. â€œIn the Electric Mistâ€ was nominated for the Golden Bear at this yearâ€™s Berlin International Film Festival.
DVD release (USA): March 3rd 2009
Distributor: Image Entertainment
Gardens of the Night
â€œGardens of the Nightâ€, written and directed by Damian Harris (â€œBad Companyâ€, â€œMercyâ€), stars two-time Academy Award nominee John Malkovich (recently seen in Coen brothersâ€™ â€œBurn After Reading and Clint Eastwoodâ€™s â€œChangelingâ€), young actress Gillian Jacobs (â€œChokeâ€) and Tom Arnold (â€œTrue Liesâ€). This drama, based on two years of intensive research on the subjects of child abduction, mental abuse, foster care, and life on the streets, Harris tells the story of Leslie, a young girl who was taken away from her family and held captive by two horrible men. Nine years later, she is sent out to live on the streets with Donnie, her childhood friend and fellow victim (Evan Ross). Together, and with the help of a counselor, they must fight to survive, in spite of the memories of their turbulent past. â€œGardens of the Nightâ€ was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival and for a Prism Award for Feature Film. It also earned a Critics Awards at the Deauville Film Festival, as well as a Coup de Coeur and a Prix CinÃ© Femme at the Mons International Festival of Love Films. It screened at many other film events, such as the Melboune International film Festival and the Lyon International Film Festival.