The Associated Press caught up with Life stars, Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, at Berlinale and asked them what they would do if they got the chance to spend time with James Dean.
Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan and Anton Corbijn talk about Life with EinsPlus during the press junket at Berlinale.
Take a look at the Berlin Film Festival Star Portraits for Anton Corbijn, Robert Pattinson & Dane DeHaan.
If you missed our round-up of pics & videos from the Berlin Film Festival check it out HERE. The first clip from Life was also shown at the festival, take a look at it HERE. And make sure to have a read of our review highlight post HERE to see what media are saying about Life.
Anton Corbijn’s Life had it’s World Premiere at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival last night. The evening started with a photocall for the cast & crew. You can check out some of the photos below. The photocall & press conference were Livestreamed on the Berlin Film Festival Website but don’t worry if you missed out on the Livestream because we have the videos for you below as well.
After the Photocall it was straight to the Press Conference
And then off to the Zoo Palast for the World Premiere where the crowds had gathered to greet them.
Anton Corbijn introduced the Life cast & crew to great cheers inside the theatre.
Also check out this round-up of great pics from the Berlin Film Festival Website from yesterday’s Premiere, Photocall & Press Conference.
UPDATE: New reviews added at the bottom! “The slow-burn film is an absorbing study of how arresting, emotionally potent circumstances become iconic imagery.”
Life premiered today at Berlinale! We’ll post the press conference and premiere roundup soon but we did get a chance to see the first clip from the movie before the press conference. Be sure to check it out HERE.
These are some of the review highlights, rounded up and excerpted. Click the links to read the full reviews.
Anton Corbijn’s engaging, elegiac portrait of a legend in the making…Dane DeHaan’s magnetic take on James Dean…Robert Pattinson in a sly turn as Dennis Stock…It’s the peculiarly moving, even subtly queer friendship between the two men that distinguishes “Life” from standard inside-Hollywood fare, while gorgeous production values and ace star turns make it a thoroughly marketable arthouse prospect.
If any current filmmaker is qualified to reflect on the intimate complexities of capturing and crafting star quality through the aperture of a camera lens, it’s the Dutch-born Corbijn — who effectively animated his signature rock-photography aesthetic to track the construction and collapse of an icon in his first stab at showbiz biography, 2007’s Ian Curtis study “Control.” Needless to say, focusing as it does on an industry that prizes heightened glamor over gut-spilling authenticity, “Life” is a sleeker effort all around in tone and texture — shot by gifted Danish d.p. Charlotte Bruus Christensen (“The Hunt”) in minty vintage hues, each frame lit as if it would be cashmere to the touch. Four features into his directorial career, with the smeary autumnal mood of last year’s “A Most Wanted Man” still fresh in the memory, Corbijn is proving a more versatile stylist than his striking debut might have suggested.
How honest, personal and affecting is LIFE.
Perhaps Corbijn’s most assured decision was playing down the moment when Stock takes those perennial shots of Dean in Times Square. We’re anticipating it yet there’s no dramatic build-up. As with photography, the blink-or-you’ll-miss-it moment happens, then it’s gone. In less capable filmmakers’ hands, this would be the scene where everything is neatly tied up, Stock’s work complete, photos in the can.
The sets, the cinematography, the music and the atmosphere all cipher the 50’s pose, as smoking and larger-than-life LA are the standard….For Dehaan, the performance, both visually and in terms of acting is undeniably suited as he resonates Dean’s moody and unique approach, showing him as a person, not merely an icon….For Robert Pattinson, his take on iconic photographer Dennis Stock is equally as impressive as he enters the world of Hollywood from the other side of the carpet (and at bottom).
Corbijn plumbed his roots as a photographer to create a decadent strain of monochrome in his debut, Control. In Life, he is subtle but satisfying with the visual storytelling. Serene frames show a tactile recreation of ’50s America. Details from vintage motors to hand-painted shop signs to the names of the films playing in ‘CINEMASCOPE’ in the various cinemas frequented are right but not ostentatiously so. There is a seasonal coldness in the air and many scenes of men talking into the receivers of old ebony phone receivers.
As Life proceeds the pace picks up and by the third act, it is a compelling dramatisation of an artistically fascinating alliance.
The film delivers on all the tech fronts, from production design to costumes to (naturally) the pin-sharp widescreen photography, which nails 1950s Americana without needing to lazily reference Edward Hopper. Best of all is Owen Pallet’s jazz soundtrack, which nails the strange mix of austerity and excitement that made the mid-fifties such an interesting times.
Anastasio Masaro‘s production design and Gersha Phillips‘ costumes vividly evoke the mid-century style of the three distinct principal settings — Hollywood, New York and the farming town of Fairmount, Indiana, where Dean spent part of his childhood. And cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen (The Hunt) energizes the widescreen canvas with dynamic framing and high-contrast, saturated colors…Composer Owen Pallett channels that spirit of cultural ferment in a score of beatnik-flavored jazz, with lots of lazy drums and smoky horns
The slow-burn film is an absorbing study of how arresting, emotionally potent circumstances become iconic imagery.
From the first scene of Anton Corbijn’s Life, DeHaan gives us very much his own Dean, and he’s immediately rather fascinating….The underrated Pattinson is playing a cold fish here, and does a credible job getting inside Dennis’s aura of shifty desperation…Thoughtfully scripted by Luke Davies, who wrote one of Heath Ledger’s last vehicles, the Australian addiction drama Candy (2006), this film understands Dean’s fame as the moment something changed – not just the birth of a new type of movie icon, but the idea of a reluctant celebrity willing to parade his vulnerabilities.
Considering we’re living vicariously through Robert Pattinson’s Dennis Stock in Anton Corbijn’s ambitious biographical drama Life, we rely on our protagonist earning the trust of Hollywood icon and star James Dean, to be granted the fortune of getting beneath the surface of his subject, to allow the audience to do so themselves. What transpires is an absorbing insight into the life of one of the industry’s mot renowned, and elusive stars.
Owen Pallett’s jazz-infused score and Corbijn’s sharp, conservative framing capture the essence of a decade in which America was shifting towards a more liberal perspective on life and the arts. DeHaan and Pattinson are also both terrific, at once elegant and charismatic, yet equally uncomfortable in the skins they inhabit.
Just before the Life Press Conference at the Berlin Film Festival we were treated to a clip from Life featuring Dane DeHaan & Robert Pattinson! Check it out below
Life has it’s World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival today and the action will be kicking off with a Photocall and Press Conference with the cast and crew of the movie.
You’ll be able to watch the Photocall and the Press Conference on the Berlinale Livestream HERE at the times listed below. The Red Carpet will follow but won’t be Livestreamed.
Life by Anton Corbijn
19.45 CET Photo Call (6:45PM GMT/ 1:45PM ET/ 10:45AM PT) (Watch HERE)
19.55 CET Press Conference (6:55PM GMT/ 1:55PM ET/ 10:55AM PT) (Watch HERE)
Anton Corbijn (Director)
Luke Davies (Screenwriter)
Robert Pattinson (Actor)
Dane DeHaan (Actor)
Alessandra Mastronardi (Actress)
Kristian Bruun (Actor)
Christina Piovesan (Producer)
Iain Canning (Producer)
21:00 CET Red Carpet (8PM GMT/ 3PM ET/ 12PM)
With the World Premiere of Life just around the corner the Production Notes have been released and make for great reading. There’s some fantastic insight into the story along with quotes from the cast, director and more.
Telefilm Canada, Film4, Screen Australia, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein Present
In association with FilmNation Entertainment, Corner Piece Capital, Entertainment One, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Cross City Sales
A See-Saw Films, First Generation Films, Barry Films Production
A Film by Anton Corbijn
and BEN KINGSLEY
Directed by ANTON CORBIJN
Screenplay by LUKE DAVIES
Produced by IAIN CANNING EMILE SHERMAN CHRISTINA PIOVESAN
Produced by BENITO MUELLER WOLFGANG MUELLER
Line Producer STEVE WAKEFIELD
Executive Producers TESSA ROSS MARK SLONE MICHEL MERKT
Executive Producers MARK ROBERTS SHELDON RABINOWITZ ROSS JACOBSON
Director of Photography CHARLOTTE BRUUS CHRISTENSEN
Production Designer ANASTASIA MASARO
Editor NICK FENTON
Music by OWEN PALLETT
Hair Designer VINCENT SULLIVAN
Make-up Designer DONALD MOWAT
Costume Designer GERSHA PHILLIPS
Casting by LAURA ROSENTHAL
Canadian Casting by JOHN BUCHAN C.S.A. and JASON KNIGHT C.S.A.5
Anton Corbijn (A Most Wanted Man, The American, Control) presents LIFE, produced by See-Saw Films First Generation Films and Barry Films. From a script by Luke Davies (Candy) the film stars Robert Pattinson (Queen of the Desert, Maps to the Stars, The Rover, The Twilight Saga), Dane DeHaan (Kill Your Darlings, The Place Beyond The Pines), Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Warrior), Alessandra Mastronardi (To Rome with Love, Romeo and Juliet) and Ben Kingsley (Selfless, Iron Man 3, Hugo).
Inspired by the true story of a friendship that developed between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) and actor James Dean (DeHaan) when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for LIFE magazine in 1955.
Stock was 26 and old before his time when into his buttoned-down world came fledgling star James Dean, a free spirit who would change popular culture from suits to jeans and from matinee idols to teenage heartthrobs. The assignment for LIFE magazine, which took the pair on a photographic journey across the US, from LA to New York and on to Indiana, would change Stock’s life and produce some of the most iconic images of the age.
LIFE is produced by See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (Shame, Tracks) with Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films (The Whistleblower, Amreeka) with Wolfgang Mueller and Benito Mueller of Barry Films. LIFE was filmed on location in Toronto and Los Angeles. The creative team includes director of photography Charlotte Bruus Christensen (The Hunt, Far from the Madding Crowd) production designer Anastasia Masaro (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Mama), costume designer Gersha Phillips (House of Cards, The Whistleblower) and editor Nick Fenton (The Selfish Giant, The Double). The film is financed by Telefilm Canada, Corner Piece Capital, LLC, Film4, Screen Australia, Harold Greenberg Fund, Michel Merkt and Union Bank, N.A in association with eOne Entertainment. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.
(from Luke Davies) Young photographer Dennis Stock tries to pin down rising actor James Dean in order to give a LIFE magazine assignment more weight than that of a simple puff-piece. However, when Jimmy is not reluctant, he’s chaotic, swept along by joy, play and mischief. And when Dennis is not annoyed, he’s exasperated, trying to get the elusive Jimmy to focus—or even to show up. From the frenetic energy of New York, the two head back to the heartland—to the Indiana farm where Jimmy grew up—in order to record something of Jimmy’s roots. Dennis thinks he’s capturing a star in the moment before he breaks; in fact, he’s documenting the last moments of intimacy and simplicity that James Dean will ever know. In the process of the journey from Hollywood to New York to Indiana, a deep affection and improbable friendship gradually develops between the two young men.
According to Film Music Reporter, Oscar nominated, Owen Pallet, will score Anton Corbijn’s Life.
Owen Pallett is composing the music for the upcoming drama Life. The film is directed by Anton Corbijn (Control) and stars Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan, Joel Edgerton and Ben Kingsley. The movie is inspired by the true story of a friendship that developed between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for LIFE magazine in 1955.
Pallett received his first Oscar nomination in 2014 for the film, Her, by Spike Jonze and starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. Check out the score in the playlist below. Fun trivia: Pallett has worked with Arcade Fire before, contributing to some of their albums including their most recent one, Reflektor. Corbijn directed the music video for Arcade Fire’s album title song, Reflektor. We’ve included that video below as well.