Tomorrow is the first day of the 60th Berlin International Film Festival. To celebrate the anniversary a number of special events and exhibitions are planned and there’s also a special section on their website. As you may know Sophia Myles attended the film festival in 2007 when her movie ‘Hallam Foe‘ had its world premiere there.
The Berlinale star portraits, taken by our photographer Gerhard Kassner and signed by the portrayed stars before their gala premieres at the Berlinale Palast, are familiar to every Festival goer. As part of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Berlinale, a selection of the 812 portraits taken since 2003 will be displayed in a comprehensive photo exhibition in public space throughout Berlin in numerous City Light Poster display cases.
This portrait of Sophia was taken on February 16, 2007 at 2.22 pm. See some screencaptures of Sophia signing the portrait here.
I am very sorry for the lack of updates recently but real life has certainly been keeping me very busy. In addition, it’s been rather quiet in the Sophia world. Still, there are a number of things I need to update on. First, a number of Sophia’s projects have been released on DVD since my last update: Mister Foe in the US, and Moonlight in the UK and in Germany. I’m sure these are excellent gift ideas for yourself or your loved ones!
I’ve added 4 international Amazon Stores to this site. I’ve tried to find all the Sophia Myles related products and added them to the shops. This should enable you to find the various DVDs, soundtracks, audiobooks etc much quicker – all with the same information and for the exact same price as if you were to browse the main Amazon site.
In addition, when you decide to buy your Sophia Myles products via these stores you help me earn small referral fees without actually having to pay extra. I in turn will be able to spend these on new DVDs etc to continue providing you with new screencaptures. Thank you for your support! Read more at Site Policy.
Thanks Sue for the heads up. DVD Empire have released the cover art for the US “Mister Foe” DVD, scheduled to be released November 11, 2008. What do you think of it? I personally like this the best out of all the “Hallam (Mister) Foe” artwork that’s been released.
If you want to make sure you receive your copy of the DVD as soon as it is released why don’t you pre-Order @ Amazon? Order now and if the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price.
Chud.com was also attending the “Mister Foe” press junket a couple of weeks ago. They published their transcript of the interview with Sophia Myles and Jamie Bell and I think it’s very nice to see the interaction between the two. Apart from the movie (obviously) they talk about who’s more damaged, Kate or Hallam, who they’d like to work with in the future and James Franco being funny (Sophia already knew that of course).
Myles: I think as you get older (I don’t know if you’ve found this.) but within the industries, when you start off acting, it’s kind of rather selfish motives; you are the kid who just wants to get paid to throw on the costumes and pretend to be someone else. The more experience that you have and the more films that you make, you start to realize that as a storyteller, it’s not just about you and the film’s experience for yourself. It becomes about your audience. And you realize, “Wow, I actually have the power here to make a piece… As opposed to the movies that are out there right now that just provide purely escapism for an hour and a half while you go and eat popcorn and forget about your own life…
Bell: Rising fuel prices, rising fuel prices I need some escapism… [All Laugh]
Myles: Films like this which deal with such archetypal themes of self-discovery, the search for love, and the fear of death, that can really actually affect the audience and take the viewer to somewhere deeper within themselves. That’s what it becomes about.
Be sure to read the full interview in our press archive.
Remember, Mister Foe officially opens in the US today. Check out the Play Dates over at the distributor’s website to find out if the movie will come to a theater near you.
Make sure to visit this site here again later today to find something special to celebrate the US release.
In the meantime, I leave you with a link to a very positive Mister Foe review, as published by The New York Times (read). They specifically commend Sophia Myles for her performance:
And the object of his desperate, icky and fond attention is certainly well chosen. Like Emily Mortimer, who played Ewan McGregor’s dream woman in Mr. Mackenzie’s previous film, “Young Adam,” Ms. Myles has the task of turning a phantasm of adolescent desire into a real person.
Kate’s insistence, late in the movie, that she is just that is both superfluous and unconvincing. In her loneliness, her toughness, her perfect mix of maternal warmth and sexual adventurousness, she is at heart a literary conceit, an inhabitant of that realm of the male imagination where lust and sentimentality meet and mingle. But Ms. Myles inhabits the role with such crisp and understated wit that she manages to hold such doubts at bay. Common sense might suggest that a woman in Kate’s position should change her locks, call the police or move to another town when a guy like Hallam shows up, but somehow she never seems more sensible than when she does the opposite of what prudence might dictate.
The smaller performances are nearly as strong as Ms. Myles’s and Mr. Bell’s, even when the characters are a bit too broadly drawn…