Cate Blanchett UNHCR video and Apples conversation clip
Posted on
Mar 23, 2022

Cate Blanchett UNHCR video and Apples conversation clip

Hello, blanchetters!

A new UNHCR video has been released for Women’s History Month. Meanwhile, Apples which was directed by Christos Nikou and executive produced by Cate was released in Japan on March 11th with new conversation clip released. Watch them below.

Apples

CATE BLANCHETT Watching “Apples” reminded me of Alfonso Cuarón’s words, “A good director has a solid sense of the” pause “in the movie.” There was a solid “pause” in this movie as well, and I felt that the story unfolded naturally as I got into the experience of memory loss. It was very complete and captivated. I couldn’t believe this was the first feature film. I wanted to meet the director, so I met Christos. I hit it off right away. My wish is to help bring this “Apples” to people.

I was overwhelmed by the acting of the main character, the man. I heard he is a former dancer. That’s why he can manipulate his own body at will. You can tell a lot with a little gesture. I think it has the same kind of lightness as Jacques Tati. It has a strong presence in satirical comedy. But his acting has a lot of weight, and it makes the unreal world convincing. Absurd scenes make me feel very painful. You can be light while having grace and solemnity. I realized that it wasn’t black humor, but humor driven by melancholy.

This work is not only about acting style, but also about directing and the atmosphere of the whole movie. Visually very impressive, clear and unique. Christos is an extraordinary film director. He throws away all the molds and makes a movie. He wants you to see “Apples” on a big screen.

Source: Bitters-Apples

Cate Blanchett and Christos Nikou discuss Apples in a podcast
Posted on
Apr 24, 2021

Cate Blanchett and Christos Nikou discuss Apples in a podcast

Hello, everyone!

We have a new interview with Cate and director Christos Nikou where they discussed the movie Apples and a little bit of information for the upcoming film, Fingernails which will be directed by Christos and produced by Cate and Andrew’s Dirty Films Production. Listen below.


Also available on Spotify. Interview starts at 42:35.

 

Cate Blanchett on AACTA International Awards Longlist, and THR magazine scan
Posted on
Feb 6, 2021

Cate Blanchett on AACTA International Awards Longlist, and THR magazine scan

Hi, everyone!

We’ve compiled some news on Cate that were released recently. Check them out.

The Hollywood Reporter – February 3rd 2021

Cate Blanchett’s Dirty Films, New Republic to Produce ‘Queen Bitch and the High Horse’

Cate Blanchett’s Dirty Films and New Republic Pictures (NRP) have signed on to produce “Queen Bitch & The High Horse,” which will be directed by Bert and Bertie (“Troop Zero”).

Eric Matthew Brown is writing the screenplay, while Blanchett, Coco Francini and Andrew Upton of Dirty Films are producing alongside Brian Oliver and Bradley Fischer of New Republic.

This is the first film acquired under Dirty Films’ first-look deal with New Republic.

“Queen Bitch & The High Horse” is inspired by the largest municipal fraud in American history. It follows Penny Banks, an ambitious woman whose passion for civic duty was eclipsed by her love for horses. As she rises the ranks of city hall, she embezzles millions to fund a show horse empire.

“We are beyond excited to bring this gorgeously penned, compelling, funny and fiendish film to screen with such a brilliant team. Queen Bitches, you’re going to love it,” Bert and Bertie said.

Blanchett, Francini and Upton added: “We are thrilled to bring this fantastic script to life with our partners at New Republic Pictures and the formidable directing team of Bert & Bertie, who will bring their signature playful and bold vision to this timely, resonant film about what happens when citizens deify their leaders, and the leaders forget who they serve.”

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America, and Stateless on AACTA International Awards Longlist

To acknowledge the rise in our consumption of international Streaming & TV Series, we are including four new Series categories in our upcoming AACTA International Awards including Best Drama Series, Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Series and Best Actress in a Series. For the first time, all AACTA Members are invited to vote to help determine which global series and performers will be awarded by the Australian Academy.

Each category includes a stellar line-up of Australian talent, worthy of global recognition. The acting category boasts worldly favourites including AACTA Vice-President Nicole Kidman with her intense performance in The Undoing, the psychological thriller that had us all on the edge of our seats, to AACTA Ambassador Cate Blanchett who plays Phyllis Schlafly in Mrs America with frightening charisma – with both also receiving 2021 Golden Globe nominations for their stunning performances.

World-class Australian cast and crew also feature across the Drama and Comedy categories in productions vying for an AACTA International Award nomination. These include home-grown, hilarious productions such as Aunty Donna’s Big Ol House of Fun and LOL: Last One Laughing, the Australian stories depicted across Mystery RoadUpright and Stateless, and the stunning cinematography delivered by multi-award-winning Australian cinematographer Greig Fraser in Best Drama contender, The Mandalorian.

With the AACTA International winners to be announced on Saturday 6 March AEDT, see below the full list of contenders vying for a nomination.

BEST DRAMA

  • THE 100
  • BETTER CALL SAUL
  • THE BOLD TYPE
  • THE BOYS
  • BRIDGERTON
  • COBRA KAI
  • THE CROWN
  • DARK
  • DIRTY JOHN
  • DOCTOR WHO
  • FARGO
  • FLACK
  • THE GOOD LORD BIRD
  • HOMELAND
  • HIS DARK MATERIALS
  • I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
  • I MAY DESTROY YOU
  • KILLING EVE
  • LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE
  • LOVECRAFT COUNTRY
  • THE MANDALORIAN
  • MRS AMERICA
  • MYSTERY ROAD
  • NORMAL PEOPLE
  • OZARK
  • THE QUEENS GAMBIT
  • RAISED BY WOLVES
  • RATCHED
  • STATELESS
  • STAR TREK DISCOVERY
  • THIS IS US
  • THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY
  • THE UNDOING
  • UNORTHODOX
  • WESTWORLD
  • YELLOWSTONE
  • YOUR HONOUR
BEST ACTRESS

  • Andy Allo UPLOAD
  • Gillian Anderson THE CROWN
  • Christine Applegate DEAD TO ME
  • Cate Blanchett MRS AMERICA
  • Aya Cash THE BOYS
  • Michaela Coel I MAY DESTROY YOU
  • Olivia Coleman THE CROWN
  • Lily Collins EMILY IN PARIS
  • Jodie Comer KILLING EVE
  • Emma Corrin THE CROWN
  • Kaley Cuoco THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
  • Rosario Dawson THE MANDALORIAN
  • Noma Dumezweni THE UNDOING
  • Phoebe Dynevor BRIDGERTON
  • Daisy Edgar-Jones NORMAL PEOPLE
  • Maya Erskine PEN15
  • Elle Fanning THE GREAT
  • Nicole Kidman THE UNDOING
  • Jane Levy ZOEY’S EXTRAORINARY PLAYLIST
  • Laura Linney OZARK
  • Catherine O’Hara SCHITTS CREEK
  • Anna Paquin FLACK
  • Sarah Paulson RATCHED
  • Sarah Paulson MRS AMERICA
  • Rhea Seehorn BETTER CALL SAUL
  • Anya Taylor Joy THE QUEENS GAMBIT
  • Zendaya EUPHORIA


Source: The Wrap, AACTA

Christos Nikou & Cate Blanchett On Greece’s Prescient, Optimistic Oscar Entry, and Satellite Awards Nomination
Posted on
Feb 1, 2021

Christos Nikou & Cate Blanchett On Greece’s Prescient, Optimistic Oscar Entry, and Satellite Awards Nomination

Hi, everyone!

Great start of the month, Cate and Mrs. America are nominated for Satellite Awards and we also have new interview for Apples ahead of the 2021 Oscars.

Christos Nikou’s feature debut Apples was already a buzzed about title heading into its premiere at the Venice Film Festival last September, and ultimately emerged with a very notable champion in that edition’s jury president Cate Blanchett. Her company, Dirty Pictures, boarded the movie not long after as executive producers for what is Greece’s entry to the International Feature Film Oscar race. Cohen Media Group has North America distribution rights.

A very prescient work, Apples — the debut feature from writer-director Nikou — is set amidst a worldwide pandemic that causes sudden amnesia and follows a middle-aged man who finds himself enrolled in a recovery program designed to help unclaimed patients build new identities. His treatment: performing daily tasks prescribed by his doctors on cassette tape, and capturing these new memories with a Polaroid camera.

Speaking recently from the Boston set of Don’t Look Up, Blanchett told me, “I find it so interesting about Apples that obviously this was a labor of love for Christos and it took six years to get up and yet it is so timely… Somehow we’re seeing through the prism of what we’re going through globally, you’re watching a film that is about a pandemic where people lose their memory, yet there is a kind of an optimism to it.”

She continued, “It also is about how we cope with loss… and who are we without our memories and those familiar markers of time and place literally erased, who are we and how do we rebuild our lives? You couldn’t have a more timely narrative.”

Nikou, who was snapped up for representation by CAA last summer and has worked as AD for filmmakers including Richard Linklater and Yorgos Lanthimos, in part made the movie as a response to his own father’s death. Of Apples, he told me, “I had this idea in my mind. One was very personal about my father as I was dealing with the loss and memory and how you can erase something. And then as I was trying to understand why people forget so easily, I understood that this has happened more with the extensive use of technology. The way we have lived, especially the last ten years through the use of social media, has made our life a little more dystopian. I think we were already living in a dystopia, but we never understood it, and now we live in this pandemic that is a dystopia.”

He added, “I also think we are living two dystopias because right now we’re living in front of a screen all day and we are totally used to that… It’s insane, we have totally missed the in-person activities… The movie would like to comment on this pandemic that we created, this virus, the amnesia that spread like a virus. It’s trying to make a comment that we were already living in a dystopia.”

Importantly for the filmmaker, “We have to try very hard to not continue living in that way, that’s the most scary thing. We tried in the film to give a very optimistic opinion about how you can get out of the pandemic, in a way stronger, and you will not forget your past, not forget the way that you learned to live and that we are humans first of all.”

Regarding their meeting in Venice, Blanchett noted that it was important that the festival took place physically in September: “You get to encounter genuine filmmakers like Christos and see their work in a way it’s intended. Festivals have a function and Venice certainly did this year in being the connective tissue for filmmakers. Not only is it about the films, but the ongoing connection that filmmakers can make with audiences. It’s also about forming creative relationships. You can’t do that so much virtually. That’s a face-to-face contact and that happened to us.”

 

However, she also added, while noting the contradiction, “We’re all going through something together, so I’ve also found the connections I’ve made with people virtually have been more to the point because we’re already more open to each other living a shared experience.”

Why did Blanchett feel so strongly about adding her name to Apples? “As an actor you can help. Having met Christos and fallen in love with his cinematic voice, but also him as as a human being, the idea of being able to help the film find an audience — particularly in these challenging times — we really wanted to do that as a company. This is just such a special film and it will stand the test of time as a film, but it’s also so rewarding to watch at the moment… Its humanity is palpable.”

Since our chat with Blanchett and Nikou, they have set a reteam on the filmmaker’s English-language feature debut, Fingernails.

Satellite Awards Nomination

Actress in a Miniseries & Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Letitia Wright Small Axe Amazon
Shira Haas Unorthodox     Netflix
Zendaya Euphoria    HBO
Cate Blanchett Mrs. America     FX on Hulu
Anya Taylor-Joy The Queen’s Gambit Netflix
Nicole Kidman The Undoing HBO
Miniseries & Limited Series
Mrs. America
FX
Unorthodox
Netflix
The Good Lord Bird
Showtime
The Queen’s Gambit
Netflix
Small Axe
Amazon
Normal People
Hulu
The Undoing    
HBO

Deadline, Satellite Awards 

Cate Blanchett producing new movie starring Carey Mulligan, and some clips from Apples Q&A are released
Posted on
Jan 26, 2021

Cate Blanchett producing new movie starring Carey Mulligan, and some clips from Apples Q&A are released

Hi, everyone!

Cate is producing another movie directed by Apples director Christos Nikou and we got some clips from a Q&A for Apples as part of the screener for awards season.

Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan is set to star in Fingernailsthe English-language feature film debut for Greek filmmaker Christos Nikou, whose current movie Apples premiered at the 2020 Venice Film Festival and is Greece’s submission in the International Feature Oscar race. The new pic reteams Nikou and Dirty Films and partners Cate Blanchett, Coco Francini and Andrew Upton, all executive producers on Apples.

Speaking of Oscars, Mulligan is being pegged as an awards front-runner for her performance in Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman, on which she also served as an executive producer. She signed on to do Fingernails after being impressed by Apples.

Fingernails is in the development phase. Nikou is writing the script with British playwright Sam Steiner and his Apples co-writer Stavros Raptis. The pic follows Anna (Mulligan), who increasingly suspects that her relationship with her longtime partner may not actually be the real thing. In an attempt to improve things, she secretly embarks on a new assignment working at a mysterious institute designed to incite and test the presence of romantic love in increasingly desperate couples.

Fingernails explores the modern experience of falling in love at a time when – though it seems more accessible than ever – romance has become so uncertain, complicated, and elusive,” Nikou said. “We created the role of Anna with Carey Mulligan in mind and are thrilled that she said yes immediately. Carey is such a talented and magnetic actress, and I was blown away by her performance in Promising Young Woman. I am more than excited to begin work with Carey and bring Fingernails to life in collaboration with my producers Cate Blanchett, Coco Francini and Andrew Upton at Dirty Films.”

Said the Dirty Films partnerst: “After our partnership on Apples, we couldn’t be happier to continue our collaboration with Christos Nikou on Fingernails. In a time when finding human connection is more important and more challenging than ever, Christos’ tender and refreshing take on modern romance is unique and profound. We feel Carey Mulligan – who we have long admired for her powerful and buoyant performances – is the perfect actor to help capture the surreal fizz and genuine heartache that fuel this brilliant vision.”

Source: Indiewire Deadline

More of Cate Blanchett on set of Don’t Look Up and New Interview for the movie Apples
Posted on
Jan 23, 2021

More of Cate Blanchett on set of Don’t Look Up and New Interview for the movie Apples

Hi, everyone!

We have more Cate on set of Don’t Look Up and an new interview with Apple’s director Christos Nikou. Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett, Christos Nikou Discuss Greek Oscar Contender ‘Apples’ and Movie’s Accidental Timeliness

Greek filmmaker Christos Nikou marks his directorial debut with “Apples,” an accidentally timely pandemic movie that captured imaginations at the Venice Film Festival, where it opened the respected Orrizonti section, and has since gone on to represent Greece in the international feature film Oscar race.

The film wasn’t actually shot during the COVID-19 crisis, but follows a man (Aris Servetalis) struggling to recover his memory amid a pandemic that causes widespread amnesia. Doctors at a special rehabilitation clinic present a list of tasks ranging from the mundane to the downright bizarre that may trigger his memory — all of which must be carefully documented with a Polaroid camera.

The film’s Lido bow in September — which, by most accounts, increasingly feels like a small miracle given the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Europe — marks the only time Nikou was able to watch “Apples” with audiences.

“I haven’t gone to any other festivals and I haven’t seen the film with other audiences,” Nikou tells Variety. In a way, he counts himself lucky to have enjoyed even one communal experience. “I’ve heard from many filmmakers who didn’t even have the chance to go to their films in a theater and everything happened virtually. They’re trying to understand through social media or through reviews what people get from their movies.”

“Mrs. America” star Cate Blanchett, along with her production banner Dirty Films, boarded “Apples” as an executive producer in October. The Oscar winner, who is currently shooting Adam McKay comedy “Don’t Look Up” in Boston alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio, is supporting “Apples” in a major way, helping to “scaffold the journey” and help it find its audience.

Blanchett tells Variety that “Apples” “would be moving and compelling in any year, but this year, in particular, it just feels so relevant.”

“I’ve been living in my memory in a way,” muses Blanchett, who returned to the U.K. after the 2020 Berlinale and isolated with her family on their country farm for the better part of the year. She emerged for the Venice Film Festival, where she presided over the main competition jury and snuck away at one point to catch “Apples.”

“When all of those familiar markers of time and place are removed, which is what ‘Apples’ deals with, you really do have to ask yourself, ‘Who am I? Who are we?’ [and think,] ‘Am I a product of what I’ve remembered, or what I’ve forgotten?’ ‘Apples’ seems so timely in that way.”

Sold globally by Alpha Violet and distributed by Cohen Media Group in the U.S., the film has been aligned with the characteristic aloofness of the Greek Weird Wave and its corresponding filmmakers, including “Dogtooth” helmer Yorgos Lanthimos and “Attenberg” director Athina Rachel Tsangari, but Nikou distances himself from any so-called movement.

“I don’t believe that there is a specific Greek wave,” Nikou told Variety in June. “My intention was to make a movie more close to the cinema I love as a viewer: movies that create their own worlds and have conceptual ideas and at the same time have an unusual and complete story to narrate.”

One of the film’s most memorable scenes sees Aris join a fellow amnesia patient at a bar with a busy dance floor. Though he initially stands to the side, merely an observer to the heaving group of party goers doing the twist, he cautiously wades in and slowly, joyfully, loses himself in the music, instantly suggesting a connection to his past.

“I love dance scenes in general. I love watching them,” Nikou enthuses. “I never dance as a person,” he admits, to which Blanchett balks, “You never dance? When we’re all through this pandemic, we need to rectify that.”

“I very rarely dance,” Nikou corrects, “but I love watching people dance. For me, when people are dancing in movies, they forget themselves and everyone else, and everything that happens on a daily basis.”

Blanchett and Nikou plan to collaborate beyond “Apples,” as well. The actor hints that she may be both producing and starring in separate projects helmed by the filmmaker. For his part, Nikou is at work on his English-language debut.

Source: Variety

UNHCR and The Four Temperaments videos, Q&As and interview with Cate Blanchett
Posted on
Dec 7, 2020

UNHCR and The Four Temperaments videos, Q&As and interview with Cate Blanchett

Hi, Blanchetters!

Great start of the week, Q&A with Apples director Christos Nikou and Cate who is an executive producer of the film has been released. New UNHCR video and full The Four Temperaments art video were also uploaded. And you can also read a snippet of new interview with Cate.

 

 

According to The Washington Post, George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky virtual premiere will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Cate on December 8th, 2020 (5pm PT/8pm ET). Unfortunately, this one is by invitation only but we will be updating if there’s any article/video released about this.

Here’s the snippet of the new interview with Cate which you can read in full here:

STIL: What impact do you think the Covid-19 pandemic might have on our collective actions around the environment? Amid the tragedies and losses, do you see opportunities for re-greening, cooperation and positive change?

CB: There is a huge opportunity for emerging changed from these globally challenging times. Without a doubt it’s been a monumentally difficult and tragic time for so many people. There was a survey taken in the first lockdown asking people if they wanted to return to the ‘old normal’ once the pandemic subsided, and only around 12% did. The way we were living and consuming was not working. It was unsustainable – emotionally, psychologically and physically. I think there has not been a lot of great leadership over these months, but on an individual level there has been a deep sense of introspection and reflection. I am hopeful that some of this mindfulness will stick as we re-emerge.

As posted previously, Cate was nominated at the AACTA’s Favourite Global Star of the Decade category. You can watch the commentary on Cate at 36:34.

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: The Washington Post