With thanks to the wonderful Emily, I’ve updated the gallery with some stunning photos of Olga attending the Cabourg Film Festival last week (June 14-June 16).
I’ve finally been able to bring the gallery up-to-date with Olga’s most recent appearances, from late September until last Sunday’s British Independent Film Awards. Many thanks to my lovely friend Emily of Marvelous Margot for her help with these. Enjoy!
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How gorgeous is this? Olga is the November cover star of Harpers Bazaar Malaysia – her full interview can be found below, whilst photos from the editorial have been added to the gallery.
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Photoshoots and Portraits > Sessions > Behind the Scenes > 2017 – Harpers Bazaar Malaysia
HARPERS BAZAAR MALAYSIA – Olga Kurylenko strides into the middle of the room and holds out an outstretched arm to introduce herself —“Hello, I’m Olga”— to the ten-strong team setting up for the shoot ahead. She’s arrived alone; an unusual move for such a star to quietly pad into our West London location house—manor, actually—without any entourage. And so it seems, without anyone noticing. The picture of relaxed health—porcelain skin, sharp cheekbones, and piercing green eyes—she arrives wearing pastel-pink ballet shoes and a navy celestial-patterned Tara Jarmon dress, grey Loewe handbag in one hand, iPod in the other. It’s all very low-key.
At 37, Kurylenko is the most famous Ukrainian actress in Hollywood acting alongside every leading man you could image, from Tom Cruise to Daniel Craig, cementing herself in silver screen history as a Bond Girl. Born in Berdyansk, Ukraine, Kurylenko was raised by her mother, Marina, and grandmother, Raisa, in a small four-room flat. That’s a long way from the opulent space we find ourselves in today, complete with crimson brocade furniture, humongous sash windows draped with bronze fabric, and the pièce de résistance, a golden grand piano. It’s the perfect setting for this New Extravagance Issue cover shoot, yet as I discover, the woman in front of us is anything but.
VARIETY – Wild Bunch, Alain Attal’s Les Productions du Tresor and Mars Distribution are re-teaming on “The Translators,” director Regis Roinsard’s high-profile French thriller inspired by recent hacking scandals involving books and films such as “Pirates of the Caribbeans: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
One of the most ambitious projects currently being developed in France, the $13 million film will star an international cast headlined by Olga Kurylenko (“Death of Stalin”), Lambert Wilson (“Of Gods and Men”), Alex Lawther (“The Imitation Game”), Riccardo Scamarcio (“Romanzo Criminale”), Sisde Babette Knudsen (“Westworld”) and Sara Giraudeau (“The Bureau”).
The film follows the journey of nine translators who have been picked by a ruthless publisher and locked in a luxury bunker to translate the highly anticipated book of a famous author in record time. Although the translators are confined to prevent any kind of leak because of the high financial stakes, a crisis erupts when someone posts the first 10 pages of the novel online and blackmails the publisher to pay 5 million euros. A hunt for the culprit inside the bunker unfolds.
Roinsard said the concept of “The Translators” stems from the true story of author Dan Brown’s U.S. publishers, who had decided, with his consent, to shut away several international translators in a secret bunker to launch “Inferno” simultaneously across the globe to avoid all piracy and illegal editions. The book ended up generating $250 million.
“I was amazed by the story of this all-out, no-brakes race against the clock, incredible yet so symptomatic of our times. I asked myself: What if the book had been stolen? I imagined a new genre of robbery, the 21st century heist,” said Roinsard. He wrote the script of “The Translators” with Romain Compingt and Daniel Presley, who had penned with him his feature debut “Populaire.”
Compingt went on to earn a Cesar Award nomination for the script of “Divines,” which won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight.
“I’m eager to work with Regis Roinsard, who showed his talent and originality with ‘Populaire,’ and work again with Mars Distribution and Wild Bunch to re-form the dream team of ‘Populaire,’” said Attal, noting that Wild Bunch had sold “Populaire” nearly worldwide in 2012 and made more than $2 million in international sales.
Attal told Variety that “The Translators” is a character-driven thriller that will feel contemporary and realistic, as it’s based on hours of interviews with translators who work on bestsellers, notably books by reclusive author Thomas Pynchon and the pseudonymous Elena Ferrante.
The film will mix the suspense of films like Francois Ozon’s “8 Women” with the action of heist movies like “Ocean’s Eleven” and a brain-twisting dimension as in “The Usual Suspects,” said the producer.
On top of handling worldwide sales, Wild Bunch is co-producing “The Translators” with Mars Distribution and Les Productions du Tresor. Mars Distribution will release the film in France.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Mike White’s Brad’s Status, starring Ben Stiller, and The Death of Stalin, from Veep creator Armando Iannucci, will compete in the Platform juried competition at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival, organizers said Thursday.
Iannucci’s second feature — based on a graphic novel and starring Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Olga Kurylenko and Homeland star Rupert Friend — will open the Platform sidebar. In all, 11 indie titles will vie for a $25,000 first prize. The winner to be chosen by a jury that comprises directors Wim Wenders, Malgorzata Szumowska and Palme d’Or winner Chen Kaige.
The Platform lineup also includes Brad’s Status, a comedy from Amazon Studios, Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment that stars Stiller alongside Austin Abrams, Jenna Fischer and Luke Wilson. Annapurna Pictures and Amazon Studios will jointly release the comedy domestically on Sept. 15.
The 2017 edition will also give world bows to two U.K. films, Michael Pearce’s Beast and Clio Barnard’s Dark River, led by The Affair star Ruth Wilson; and three films from France: Xavier Legrand’s Custody, headed to Toronto after competing in Venice, Joan Chemla’s If You Saw His Heart and Morrocan filmmaker Nabil Ayouch’s Razzia, which revisits the 1942 classic Casablanca.
TIFF launched the Platform competition two years ago to spotlight foreign-language titles coming into the September event without distribution or Hollywood studio backing. The 2017 edition will also debut Iram Haq’s What Will People Say, Kamila Andini’s The Seen and Unseen, Lisa Langseth’s Euphoria and Barbara Albert’s Mademoiselle Paradis, an 18th century drama that stars Maria-Victoria Dragus in the true story of a gifted piano player who knew Mozart in Vienna.
Platform in part aims to get Toronto back to its roots as an international film festival with the glitz and glamor of Hollywood stars, but also a renewed focus on foreign-language, auteur-driven titles. This year’s competition will close with Australian filmmaker Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country, which gets a North American bow here after first competing in Venice. Last year’s Platform competition included the Oscar best-picture winner Moonlight from director Barry Jenkins and Natalie Portman’s Jackie biopic.
Offering the Platform competition along with its long-standing People’s Choice audience awards comes as Toronto increasingly competes with the Telluride and Venice festivals for the latest work by international filmmakers. The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival kicks off Sept. 7 with the Shia LaBeouf-starrer Borg/McEnroe, and closes Sept. 17 with C’est la vie!, by directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano.
Hello everyone and welcome back! As most regular visitors of the site will know, things fell into a bit of a mess of late. The site went without updates for a year and I had mainly lost motivation to keep things going, and went back and forth several times about whether or not to keep the site online. I decided against closing it, and figured I should try to breathe some new life into it instead.
A large chunk of the site has been rebuilt, including our photo and press archives – which will hopefully allow for an improved browsing experience and also keeps things more organized on my end. Our career pages are also finally off the ground, and although I still have more to add in the way of site content, I am glad to finally be able to provide something I initially promised back when the site opened.
There’s still a whole lot for me to do, and you’ll see many new updates in the coming weeks – including screen captures from many of Olga’s more recent projects as well as a couple of unseen photoshoots. If you find any errors while browsing the new version, please do let me know so I can rectify them. I’d also like to thank Carol at Sin21 for her beautiful header design, and to Monica of MonicaNDesign for her coding expertize and support. And, a big thank you to our visitors for sticking with us.