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The 70th Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute to Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody. He receives the 2017 Leopard Life Achievement Award on August 4, 2017 in Locarno, Switzerland.
Congratulations to our favorite actor! 🙂
New short film with Adrien Brody for the 60 year of Fiat 500.
The short film will be air this evening on Rai, Mediaset, Sky and Discovery his first short film, which will also be visible on YouTube in a longer version.
Fiat christened their first short movie to celebrate the 500th birthday: “See you in the future”.
The spot, filmed by Leo Burnett, is set in Milan in the 1960s and plays on the contrast between elements of that period and our days. The spot will be broadcast on YouTube in a 4-minute long version. Directed by Ago Panini while the production is from Movie Magic International. Planning is both off-line and online with Starcom.
Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody will be feted by the Locarno Film Festival with its Leopard Club Award for his lifetime and career achievement.
Brody is expected to make the trek to the prominent Swiss fest dedicated to indie and cutting-edge fare, where his tribute will include an Aug. 4 screening of Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist,” for which Brody won the Academy Award for best actor in 2003, in the lakeside town’s 8,000-seat Piazza Grande. There will also be a public conversation with the actor.
“Brody gained a lasting place in the collective imagination of the movie-going public when he played composer Wladyslaw Szpilman in ‘The Pianist’ (2002), and has since demonstrated his status as one of the most versatile of actors, appreciated by filmmakers in Hollywood and beyond,” the festival said in a statement. Brody won the Oscar when he was 29 years old.
He made his acting debut as a teenager in Francis Ford Coppola’s “New York Stories” (1989) and went on to work with Steven Soderbergh in “King of the Hill” (1993) and Oliver Stone in “Natural Born Killers” (1994). His performances in Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line” (1998), in Spike Lee’s “Summer of Sam” (1999), and in Ken Loach’s “Bread and Roses” (2000) were other early career milestones.
“With a richly varied and still flourishing career, Adrien Brody has worked with some of the great American directors, from Coppola to Wes Anderson, from Malick to Soderbergh, always displaying the adaptability and technical skills that put him at ease in a remarkable spectrum of performing registers,” Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian said in the statement.
“All the same, this is also a classic case of a single performance which won him a lasting place in movie-lovers’ hearts; not so much for the Academy Award it brought him, as for the way he brought to life a character who is both a man like all of us and the symbol of a tragedy which we must constantly recall,” Chatrian added.
Previous recipients of the Leopard Club Award include Faye Dunaway (2013), Mia Farrow (2014), Andy Garcia (2015), and Stefania Sandrelli (2016).
The 70th Locarno Festival will run Aug. 2-12. The full lineup will be announced on July 12.
Adrien Brody’s role in ‘Peaky Blinders’ revealed.
Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight has revealed some details on Adrien Brody and Aidan Gillen’s roles in the fourth series.
Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight broke some surprising news a while back when he revealed that two new heavy hitters were climbing aboard for season 4 of the Birmingham-set show. Game Of Thrones’ Aiden Gillen and decidedly-more-American Pianist award-winner Adrien Brody were both announced as brand new cast members for the forthcoming run, but until now we didn’t know who they might be playing, or what their part in the Shelbys’ saga might be.
Adrien Brody is set to play Thomas Shelby’s “biggest threat” in the forthcoming new season of Peaky Blinders, creator Steven Knight has revealed: “Adrien plays the threat to the family and possibly the biggest they’ll face”.
But he was quick to play down the casting choices as a ratings-grabber. “We have been very fortunate to get two really legendary actors. We get a lot of actors who want to be part of [Peaky Blinders] which is great but we try not to make it a ‘spot the star’ sentiment, and just get actors who are really perfect for the role.”
Knight was then quizzed about whether Tommy (Cillian Murphy) would find it easy to make it up to the rest of the family after the season three’s explosive cliffhanger, but he wasn’t about to spoil any of that.
Fans of Peaky Blinders are desperately awaiting the fourth season, which is currently in production in various locations around the UK.
But until then, sneak peeks from the set will have to suffice; the latest of which is sure to please die hard followers.
The new co-star Adrien Brody was also spotted pointing a deadly weapon – he is new to the show and his character’s name is as yet unknown.
A few months ago through our facebook page, Spanish fans asked me to translate in spanish the speech of Adrien Brody at the Oscars 2003. The project was published on Facebook but not on youtube (copyright ).
I uploaded for convenience of his fans to Vimeo.
Un memorable y gran discurso. Enjoy it! 🙂
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Oscars 2003 Best Actor – Adrien Brody -Discurso- Subtítulos en Español
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winner Adrien Brody will be joining the cast of “Peaky Blinders” Season 4.
The filming started this week.
It’s unclear what character he’ll play, as it’s currently being kept under wraps, but creator Steven Knight says
“He genuinely was the actor in my head when I wrote the part. I’m sure he will be a formidable presence in the world of the Peaky Blinders.”
Of Brody’s casting, BBC Drama Controller Piers Wenger said he is
“a world class actor famous for producing mesmerizing performances. I cannot wait to see him in action alongside the rest of Peaky Blinders‘ superb cast bringing Steven Knight’s extraordinary writing to life on BBC Two.”
Season four will pick up when “Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy) receives a mysterious letter on Christmas Eve and realizes the Peaky Blinders are in danger of annihilation. As the enemy closes in, he flees his country house and returns to the streets of Small Heath, Birmingham where a desperate fight for survival begins,”
The role has been kept secret, so it is still unclear what role Brody will play in the epic gangster saga.
Adrien is the star of blockbusters films Midnight in Paris, The Grand Budapest Hotel and hit TV miniseries Houdini so his intense acting skills are destined to fit well in to Peaky Blinders.
Peaky Blinders has began filming series four in Liverpool earlier this week and fans of the BBC drama will be wondering when they can see it on screen.
Season four of Peaky Blinders is set to premiere later this year or 2018.
Credits: —Alexander Forbes from artsy.net
In 2002, Adrien Brody became the youngest person ever to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, at age 29. He’s a household name for that role, as Polish pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist. And he has since gone on to star in films such as Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited (2007) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong (2005), and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris (2011). But two years ago, Brody decided it was time to devote himself to a passion he had long neglected: painting.
It happened by chance. A friend of Brody’s, a French artist, had promised to paint him a piece. After four years, and a period spent out of touch, they finally settled on a time for the work to be completed.
“I built him a large canvas, measured it for the wall,” recalls Brody.
“And I bought some additional canvases in case he wanted to do some additional work and play around. I thought I might help him. And so while he was painting, I started painting some stuff too.” Brody’s friend was adamant that the actor had to continue.
On November, we’re sitting in Shanghai at ART021 art fair as Brody recounts this return to a dormant creativity he had often thought about picking back up but never got around to independently.
“Painting was something that I loved and dreamt of coming back to one day but never did. I think a lot of people have that: maybe they were talented at guitar or they used to sing or they used to draw,” says the 43-year-old actor, glancing at the works he was presenting at the fair in a collaboration with the nonprofit organization Teach for China.
Brody had donated one of the pieces—a lacquered painting of a fish, covered in drips of paint à la Pollock—to the charity, which sends Chinese and American graduates to teach in schools in rural China. This week, similar work is featured as part of David Benrimon’s booth at Art Miami, as part of Miami Art Week.
Painting was something that Brody initially attempted to pursue professionally.
“I had applied to art school and was rejected,” he recounts. Like so many people who neglect or abandon creative passions, the young Brody was impacted by being turned away.
“It’s discouraging in a way when the establishment or teachers criticize your work or dismiss your abilities. Inevitably you take it personally, especially in your adolescence. You’re at a young age where you are dreaming but you’re naturally insecure. Your ideas and your sense of self, none of those are there.”
The actor’s spontaneous painting session came at a particularly opportune time.
“I had been working a lot as an actor and producer, and had just been really immersed in all that,” he says.
But rewarding as this work was, it left him with another urge: “I was bursting with desire to express myself independently. Painting lets me do that without the burden of having a screenwriter, a conversation about a script to make it suit me a bit more, finding a filmmaker that elevates me, and having an editor, and the producers, and the marketing team change the work that I go into doing and then it becoming something else, yet with my name on it. This is my doing.”
Much like when he famously lost 30 pounds and cut ties with his personal life in preparation for his role as a Polish-Jewish musician fleeing the Nazis in The Pianist, Brody has leapt into his artistic career with gusto. And he has been prolific. In Shanghai, the fish we’re sitting amidst reflect the degradation of our ecosystem and the way in which our fast-paced, technology-consumed lives have led us to neglect our inner spiritual consciousness. In previous bodies of work, Brody has created installations out of stuffed animals dressed up like gangbangers to comment on the how the degradation of the nuclear family in urban contexts has contributed to a perpetual cycle of violence and he’s painted burgers and hot dogs in a nod to the ways fast food culture reflects a more overarching shortsightedness when it comes to quality of life, health, and the environment. Ultimately, his work is about self-fulfillment more than it is public acclaim.
“Whether someone appreciates it or not, it’s fine, it’s subjective. But it’s coming from me. And it’s wonderful. The process in and of itself is so exciting and fun.”
Brody credits his artistic adventurousness to his parents.
“I come from a family of artists,” he says. “My mother [Sylvia Plachy] is a photographer and on an artistic and a spiritual level she’s really a guiding light for me. And my father is a very talented painter.” Brody’s father took up painting in earnest after retiring from his job as a public school teacher.
The actor recalls his dad retreating to the attic of their Queens home to spend time with his easel and oils.
“My dedication to a lifetime of pursuing creative output is something that came from my parents. They nurtured me and approved of me doing something that was never going to be easy. They’ve given me the courage to take risks creatively and pursue something without there being a goal of success.”
The intention Brody brings to his work is unimpeachable—especially the way in which he’s marshalled it to raise significant funds for charities. “I should exceed a million dollars in donations this past year,” says Brody.
“That’s not something I could have done had I not taken this on.” Aside from his contributions to Teach for China, he’s helped benefit environmental initiatives, AIDs research, and other youth organizations, working with fellow actor and art collector Leonardo DiCaprio this summer for DiCaprio’s annual auction in St. Tropez. “I’m thrilled. You know, all of it is part of the bigger picture,” he says.
That’s not to say that putting acting somewhat to the side in order to pursue his art work hasn’t come without sacrifice.
“I obviously put down a lot of earning potential for two years to work on what I do creatively and to pursue a greater understanding of myself and a commitment to guiding myself,” he says.
But Brody also notes that the emotional openness and deeper inner consciousness that both acting and painting create each fertilize the other. Acting, says Brody, will always come first for him.
“I am an actor and I’m destined to be an actor. I was already an actor when I was rejected from art school.”
But with painting, he’s revived a dream once put on hold—and set a powerful example for others who may similarly be harboring unfulfilled creative passions.
This Monday, H&M presented their most recent Christmas spot “Come together” directed by Wes Anderson, starring Adrien Brody.
The filmmaker Wes Anderson recently directed a surprise short film for Swedish clothing company H&M starring Adrien Brody called “Come Together.” Every frame is unmistakably Anderson, and the setting for the short — a moving train — makes the nearly four-minute spot feel like a little brother to “The Darjeeling Limited.”
Brody plays a character named Conductor Ralph, who has to inform passengers on Christmas that challenging weather conditions and mechanical difficulties have delayed their train nearly 12 hours. “Come Together,” which features a song by John Lennon, is not the first short form project Anderson has directed for a brand.
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Credits: video from H&M youtube channel.