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Kidman & Fiennes on board Weinstein’s The Reader

Nicole Kidman is reuniting with director Stephen Daldry (The Hours), while Ralph Fiennes is re-teaming with producer Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) for The Reader. Mirage Productions partners Minghella and Sydney Pollack are producing with Scott Rudin. Shooting begins in Berlin late September.

Based on the Bernard Schlink novel, and scripted by David Hare this tells the tale of fifteen-year-old Michael Berg who is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover–then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

Hedge your bets in advance – The Weinstein Company are looking towards 2008 to perhaps correct the ‘errors’ of the past. With the exception of Renée Zellweger’s win, Cold Mountain broke less than even in the U.S market and lost out to the popularity of the competing Miramax title of Chicago.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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