Ellie Bamber and James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom) are set to headline crime pic The Seven Sorrows of Mary.

The film will be directed by Portuguese writer-director Pedro Varela (Os Filhos Do Rock) from his own screenplay, with shoot getting under way this month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Inspired by true events, the harrowing story follows Mary (Bamber), a 21 year old American exchange student, who is about to finish up her year abroad in Brazil. While out for a night on the town with her boyfriend Gabriel (Frecheville), they are both kidnapped. Gabriel is repeatedly beaten while Mary is raped by her captors during a six-hour abduction nightmare. After she gets away Mary is forced to choose between seizing a chance at freedom and letting Gabriel be killed, or returning to her brutal attackers.

The English-language film is produced by Blanche Filmes, Brazil and René Bastian of Belladonna Productions (Transamerica, Cold In July).

On paper, Bamber’s role has an echo of her memorable turn in Tom Ford’s Oscar-nominated Nocturnal Animals. The rising actress will next be seen in Disney’s The Nutcracker And The Four Realms and BBC’s Les Miserables.

Frecheville recently starred in BBC-Netflix gothic drama Requiem and will next be been starring opposite Hugo Weaving, Jim Broadbent and Barry Keoghan in Irish historical drama Black 47.

Bamber are Frecheville are repped by UTA. Bamber is additionally repped by Curtis Brown in the UK and Frecheville by MGMT and Sloan Offer.

This year’s Nevada City Film Festival celebrates creatives, visual storytellers and filmmakers that dare us to dream, seek out new possibilities, forge connections, and embrace diversity, all the while sharing in this grand experiment called life.

NCFF has been called the “Sundance of the Sierra” for its emphasis on fiercely independent cinema by showcasing innovative, progressive and exciting new voices in film. Each year, NCFF attends major film festivals, collaborates with film schools around the world, reads countless film blogs, and watches the hundreds of films submitted, to narrow it all down to the very best in independent film.

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Ellie talked about her next work, the BBC mini-series Les Misérables, with WWD during the Chanel Haute Couture Show today in Paris.

“It’s like a terrarium,” said Ellie Bamber, who had wrapped filming “Les Mis” the day before. (The six-part drama adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th century classic also stars Dominic West and Lily Collins, with Bamber in the role of Cosette.)

“It was really challenging, it’s been amazing creating Cosette’s journey. I feel like there are so many new things that an audience is going to see that, if they’ve watched the musical, they might not know about,” she said. “The book is 1,500 pages long, Victor Hugo goes into so much detail, and [screenwriter] Andrew Davies has captured that so well.”

Coming “from that to this was just beautiful,” she continued, adding: “I sat in my room and had French onion soup last night — it’s something I do every time I come to Paris.”

The Mexico International Film Festival and Awards has become an important awards event within the film industry and a centerpiece for promoting and growing the thriving arts and culture community of Mexico. Founded on the premise that the language of film is universal and a dynamic force in bridging cultural understanding, the event celebrates and recognizes the very best of international independent cinema from around the world.

Held annually each May, the Mexico International Film Festival and Awards is an extraordinary celebration of cinematic discovery and innovation. Each year we honor the best from around the world in various competition categories including Feature Films, Documentaries, Short Films, Foreign Films, Mexican Films, a short and feature length Screenplay Competition, Music Videos, Experimental Films, Television Pilots, Environmental Films, and more. In addition, Special Jury Prizes are awarded to several standout films and screenplays at the discretion of the Official Jury.

2018 Bronze Palm Award Winners:

Narrative Feature Competition

The Blizzard directed by Jiang Kaiyang
The Suicide (Subtitled) directed by Pedro Pablo De Antuñano Padilla
Tejano directed by David Blue Garcia
Somewhere In Tonga directed by Florian Schewe
Taipei directed by Jason Lester
Desert Shores directed by Michael Stevantoni
A Part Of Me directed by Silvana Santamaria & Bilal Athimni
En Algun Lugar directed by Tadeo Garcia
The Dmz directed by Inchun Oh
Venus Obscura directed by Christophe Karabache

Full list of winners.

Taipei is an adaptation of Tao Lin’s critically-acclaimed, cult favorite novel of the same name. Two young New York writers fall in and out of love amidst a whirlwind of drugs, parties, technology, and travel. As one relationship collapses, another blooms for Erin (Ellie Bamber), swept into the world of Paul Chen (Justin Chon), a mysterious, charismatic author. When he proposes documenting every aspect of their new romance in an epic laptop-filmed “documentary”, the couple enter into a performative bad romance, fueled by substances and sleepless nights. Tracking the pair through a shotgun Niagara Falls wedding, an LSD trip in a New Jersey mansion, and to Taiwan, the country of Paul’s birth where the couple comes to confront their individual alienation, Taipei is a visually stunning, extremely contemporary portrayal of what it means to be young, alive, and in love in a digital world.