Friday, November 30, 2007

Paranoid Park

(France/USA, 2007, 85 minutes)

A teenage skateboarder from Portland accidentally kills a security guard. Moody, lyrical melodrama of contemporary teenage life, dazzlingly shot in its director's usual dreamy visuals, but with a stronger narrative drive than usual.

An MK2 Diffusion release. Marin Karmitz and Natanael Karmitz present a MK2 production, in association with Meno Film Company, with the participation of Centre National de la Cinématographie. Starring Gabe Nevins, Taylor Momsen, Jake Miller, Dan Liu, Lauren McKinney, Scott Green. Directed and edited by Gus van Sant; produced by Neil Kopp, David Cress; screenplay by Gus van Sant, based on the novel by Blake Nelson, Paranoid Park; directors of photography (Foto-Kem), Christopher Doyle, Rain Kathy Li; art director, John Pearson-Denning; costume designer, Chapin Simpson.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Eastern Promises

(Great Britain/Canada, 2007, 100 minutes)

A London midwife looking to trace the family of a young prostitute who died in childbirth through her diary finds it leads to the Russian mob. Intriguing, exquisitely done crime melodrama.

Focus Features presents in association with BBC Films, Astral Media, Corus Entertainment and Téléfilm Canada a Kudos Pictures/Serendipity Point Films production in association with Scion Films; produced in association with The Movie Network, Super Écran and Movie Central. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl. Directed by David Cronenberg; produced by Paul Webster, Robert Lantos; written by Steve Knight; music by Howard Shore; director of photography (DeLuxe), Peter Suschitzky; production designer, Carol Spier; costume designer, Denise Cronenberg; film editor, Ronald Sanders.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Éloge de l'amour

In Praise of Love

(France/Switzerland, 2001, 98 minutes)

A young filmmaker prepares a project about love in all ages of man, suggested by a random meeting with the granddaughter of two WWII Resistance veterans. Dazzling meditation on love, history and memory that must rank among its author’s finest later achievements; as usual with Godard, its idiosyncratic tone (the first half is shot in luminous black and white 35mm film, the second in highly saturated colour digital video) will infuriate as many as it will seduce.

An ARP Séléction release. Alain Sarde and Ruth Walburger present an Avventura Films/Périphéria/Canal Plus/ARTE France Cinéma/Vega Film/TSR production, in association with ECM Records, Studio Canal, DFI and Studio Image 6. With Bruno Putzulu, Cécile Camp, Claude Baignières, Rémo Forlani, Philippe Loyrette, Audrey Klebaner, Mark Hunter, Jérémie Lippmann, Bruno Mesrine, Serge Spira, Valérie Ortlieb, Violeta Ferrer, Stéphanie Jaubert, M. Collot, Djelloul Beghoura, Marie-Françoise Audollent, Noël Simsolo, M. Loridan, Jean Davy, Françoise Verny, William Doherty, Lemmy Constantine, Jean Lacouture, Jean-Henri Roger. Directed and written by Jean-Luc Godard; music by Ketil Bjornstad, David Darling, Georges van Parys, Maurice Jaubert, Karl Hartmann, Arvo Pärt; directors of photography (LTC), Christophe Pollock, Julien Hirsch; costume designer, Marina Thibaut; film editor, Raphaëlle Urtin.

Monday, November 26, 2007

For Ever Mozart

(France/Switzerland, 1996, 84 minutes)

An unemployed philosophy teacher decides to head to war-torn Sarajevo to perform a Musset play there, while her aging film director father is hired by an unscrupulous producer to direct a film called “The Fatal Bolero”. Subtitled 36 Characters in Search of a Plot, this is a provocative meditation on culture that eschews linear narrative in favor of pay-as-you-go plotting and surreal satire; despite its many thought-provoking moments, strictly for fans of the director.

A Gaumont release. Alain Sarde and Ruth Walburger present an Avventura Films/Périphéria/CEC Rhône Alpes/France 2 Cinéma/Canal Plus/CNC/Vega Film/TSR/Eurimages/DFI production. With Madeleine Assas, Ghalia Lacroix, Bérangère Allaux, Vicky Messica, Frédéric Pierrot, Harry Cleven, Michel Francini, Sabine Bail, Max André, Sylvie Herbert, Cécile Reigher, Dominique Pozzetto, Valérie Delangre, Xavier Boulanger, Yasna Zivanovic, Nathalie Dorval, Daniel Krellenstein, Jean Grecault, Béatrice Avoine, Marc Faure. Directed, written and edited by Jean-Luc Godard; music, David Darling, Ketil Bjornstad, Jon Christensen, Ben Harper, Gyorgi Kurtag; camera (Schwarz Film), Christophe Pollock, Katell Djian, Jean-Pierre Fedrizzi; art director, Ivan Niclass; wardrobe, Marina Zuliani, Nadine Butin.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Don't Come Knocking

(Germany/France/Great Britain/USA, 2005, 123 minutes)

A western star abandons a location shoot midway through the film to go in search of himself. Dazzlingly shot, melancholy moodpiece that treads old territory for both its writer-star and director; parts of the script are seriously ill-judged but somehow don't really hinder the film's amiable, ambling tone.

Hanway presents a Reverse Angle production, in co-production with Reverse Angle International and ARTE France Cinéma, in association with Euroarts Medien, Hanway Films, Network Movie, Océan Films, The Recorded Picture Company, Road Movies Filmproduktion, Sony Pictures Classics and ZDF-ARTE; with the cooperation of German Federal Filmboard, Filmförderung Hamburg and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg; presented by Peter Schwartzkopff. Starring Sam Shepard, Jessica Lange, Tim Roth, Gabriel Mann, Sarah Polley, Fairuza Balk; and Eva Marie Saint. Directed by Wim Wenders; produced by Peter Schwartzkopff, Karsten Brünig, In-Ah Lee; screenplay by Sam Shepard, based on a story by Sam Shepard and Wim Wenders; music by T-Bone Burnett; director of photography (Kodak, widescreen), Franz Lustig; production designer, Nathan Amondson; costume designer, Caroline Eselin-Schaefer; film editors, Peter Przygodda, Oli Weiss.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Shoot 'Em Up

(USA, 2007, 86 minutes)

A mysterious gunman helps a pregnant woman give birth but finds it's her baby the bad guys are really after. Ludicrously outrageous actioner that seems assembled exclusively for the purpose of providing a number of unbelievably preposterous action setpieces expertly performed by a cool-looking cast; but it's all done in such a tongue-in-cheek manner that it becomes a truly enjoyable moment of utterly mindless, braindead fun. Has to be seen to be believed.

New Line Cinema presents a Montford Murphy production. Starring Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Monica Bellucci, Stephen McHattie, Greg Bryk. Directed and written by Michael Davis; produced by Susan Montford, Don Murphy, Rick Benattar; music by Paul Haslinger; director of photography (DeLuxe, widescreen), Peter Pau; production designer, Gary Frutkoff; costume designer, Denise Cronenberg; film editor, Peter Amundson.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Hot Fuzz

(GB/USA/France, 2007, 121 minutes)

A top London police officer whose professionalism makes everyone else look bad is posted to a quiet provincial backwater where a number of grisly accidents make him suspect a killer at work. Hilariously spot-on spoof of high-octane buddy cop movies from the team behind Shaun of the Dead; it could do with a 15-minute trim but is so funny, well observed and well done that you don't really mind the overlength.

Universal Pictures in association with Studio Canal presents a Working Title Films production in association with Big Talk Productions, produced in association with Ingenious Film Partners 2. Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine, Timothy Dalton, Bill Nighy, Billie Whitelaw, Edward Woodward. Directed by Edgar Wright; produced by Nira Park, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner; written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg; music by David Arnold; director of photography (colour, widescreen), Jess Hall; production designer, Marcus Rowland; costume designer, Annie Hardinge; film editor, Chris Dickens.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

L'Été Indien

(France, 2007, 106 minutes)

A mountain handyman's life starts unraveling when, on the point of losing his job, he receives a letter from his long-gone wife asking to meet the 18-year old daughter she left behind. Small-scale psychological drama that manages to frame its not unusual premise in a fresh and absorbing light, with an excellent lead performance.

A Shellac release. A Sunday Morning Productions presentation/production, in co-production with Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, with the participation of Centre National de la Cinématographie, with the support of Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and Région Rhône-Alpes. Starring Johan Leysen, Déborah François, Guillaume Verdier, Johanna Ter Steege; and the participation of Brigitte Sy. Directed by Alain Raoust; written by Alain Raoust in collaboration with Olivier Adam; music by Pascal Humbert; director of photography (GTC), Céline Bozon; production and costume designer, Françoise Arnaud; film editor, Sophie Deseuzes.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Actrices

(France, 2007, 108 minutes)

A neurotic actress about to turn 40 can't seem to find either a man she'll love enough to have children with or the correct path to the character she is now rehearsing. Amiable but somewhat pointless neurotic comedy that quickly outstays its welcome.

A Wild Bunch release. Fidélité Films presents, in association with Virtual Films and Wild Bunch, with the participation of Canal Plus and Centre National de la Cinématographie, an Olivier Delbosc-Marc Missonnier production. Starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Noémie Lvovsky, Mathieu Amalric, Louis Garrel, Marisa Borini, Valeria Golino; and the participation of Maurice Garrel. Directed by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi; produced by Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier; written by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Noémie Lvovsky, with the collaboration of Agnès de Sacy; director of photography (LTC Scanlab), Jeanne Lapoirie; production designer, Emmanuelle Duplay; costume designer, Caroline de Vivaise; film editor, Anne Weil.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Beowulf

(USA, 2007, 115 minutes)

In pre-Christian Denmark, an arrogant warrior accepts to release the kingdom from a pillaging monster. Spectacular and thoughtful but rather dull adaptation of a medieval saga, made in digital animation traced over live-action performances by a star-studded cast; the clever script is undone by the artificiality of a procedure that makes little sense in these days when a real actor can be inserted flawlessly into a virtual set.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Shangri-La Entertainment an Imagemovers production. Starring Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman; and Angelina Jolie. Directed by Robert Zemeckis; produced by Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke; written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary; music by Alan Silvestri; director of photography (DeLuxe, widescreen), Robert Presley; production designer, Doug Chiang; costume designer, Gabriella Pescucci; film editor, Jeremiah O'Driscoll; visual effects supervisor, Jerome Chen.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Across the Universe

(USA, 2007, 131 minutes)

In the 1960s, a Liverpool dockworker travels to the US in search of the father he never met and finds the love of his life. Surprisingly engaging musical fantasia entirely constructed around Beatles songs.

A Columbia Pictures release. Revolution Studios presents a Matthew Gross/Team Todd production. Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther McCoy, T. V. Carpio. Directed by Julie Taymor; produced by Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd, Matthew Gross; screenplay by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, based on a story by Julie Taymor, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais; music by Elliot Goldenthal; songs by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison; director of photography (DeLuxe, Panavision), Bruno Delbonnel; production designer, Mark Friedberg; costume designer, Albert Wolsky; film editor, Françoise Bonnot; choreography by Daniel Ezralow; visual effects supervisor, Peter Crosman; animation sequences created by Kyle Cooper.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Control

(Great Britain/Japan, 2007, 122 minutes)

The true story of Ian Curtis, the epileptic lyricist and singer with the Manchester rock band Joy Division, who committed suicide in 1980 at 23. Dazzlingly shot, austere biopic that is more interested in character than in flash and plays like an updated British kitchen-sink drama of the 1960s with rock music, revealing a true filmmaking talent.

Becker International presents a Northsee production, in association with EM Media, Warner Music UK, IFF/CINV and Three Dogs And A Pony. Starring Samantha Morton, Sam Riley, Alexandra Maria Lara, Joe Anderson, Toby Kebbell, Craig Parkinson, James Anthony Pearson and Harry Treadaway. Directed by Anton Corbijn; produced by Orian Williams, Anton Corbijn, Todd Eckert; screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh, based on the book by Deborah Curtis, Touching from a Distance; director of photography (b&w, widescreen), Martin Ruhe; production designer, Chris Roope; costume designer, Julian Day; film editor, Andrew Hulme.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

American Gangster

(USA, 2007, 157 minutes)

The true story of the rise and fall of gangster Frank Lucas, who ruled Harlem between 1968 and 1973. Overly earnest attempt to make a black version of Mafia stories such as The Godfather or Goodfellas, hindered by perfunctory plotting, lack of rhythm and anonymous handling, but with a couple of strong performances and some flashes of what might have been.

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment present in association with Relativity Media a Brian Grazer production in association with Scott Free Productions. Starring Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Brolin, Ted Levine, Armand Assante, Joe Ortiz, John Hawkes, RZA, Lymari Nadal, Yul Vazquez, Ruby Dee, Idris Elba, Carla Gugino, Joe Morton. Directed by Ridley Scott; produced by Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott; screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the article by Mark Jacobson, "The Return of Superfly"; music by Marc Streitenfeld; director of photography (Technicolor), Harris Savides; production designer, Arthur Max; costume designer, Janty Yates; film editor, Pietro Scalia.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Gegenüber

Counterparts

(Germany, 2007, 100 minutes)

A quiet police officer in line for a promotion has in fact a hellish home life with his deranged, abusive wife of almost twenty years. Bleak, stifling melodrama of dysfunctional marriage that is powerfully performed and handled while eluding a comfortable ending for the viewer.

A Heimatfilm presentation/production in co-production with WDR, with the support of Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Starring Matthias Brandt, Victoria Trauttmansdorff, Wotan Wilke Möhring. Directed by Jan Bonny; produced by Bettina Brokemper; written by Jan Bonny and Christina Ebelt; director of photography (Cine Post Geyer), Bernhard Keller; production designer, Tim Pannen; costume designer, Frauke Firl; film editor, Stefan Stabenow.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Gruz 200

Cargo 200

(Russia, 2007, 86 minutes)

In 1984 Soviet Union, a young couple out on a joyride fall prey to a corrupt police captain who runs a moonshine on the sly. Absurdist, dark satire with horror elements that stops at nothing to point out the underlying horror of Soviet times and mores; hard to stomach and occasionally in poor taste, but undeniably powerful.

Nashe Kino Film Distribution presents a CTB Film Company production. Starring Agniya Kuznetsova, Alexei Poluyan, Yuri Stepanov, Leonid Gromov, Alexei Serebryakin, Mikhail Skryabin, Natalia Akimova, Leonid Bichevin, Alexander Bashirov, Irina Rakshina, Valentina Andrukova, Alexander Mosin. Directed and written by Alexei Balabanov; produced by Sergei Selyanov; director of photography (colour), Alexander Simonov; production designer, Pavel Parkhomenko; costume designer, Nadezhda Vasilyeva; film editor, Tatiana Kuzmichyova.

Monday, November 12, 2007

La Línea Recta

(Spain, 2006, 87 minutes)

A young woman earns her living by working days as a direct mail distributor and nights as a gas station attendant. Dull drama of contemporary urban subsistence that resolves itself into a series of repetitive, existentialist episodes without any sense of narrative of character development.

A Fresdeval Films and In Vitro Films presentation/production, with the participation of Televisión Española, with the collaboration of Televisió de Catalunya, with the support of Ministerio de la Cultura/ICAA and Generalitat de Catalunya/Institut Catalá de les Industries Culturals, with financing from Instituto de Crédito Oficial. Starring Aina Calpe, Blanca Apilanez, Sergie Ruiz, Ferran Madico. Directed by José María de Orbe; produced by Jaime Rosales, Ricard Figueras; written by Daniel V. Villamediana, José María de Orbe; music by Stuart Earl; director of photography (Technicolor), David Valldeperez; art director, Rebeca Comerma; costume designer, Maria Mas; film editor, Nuria Esquerra.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Madonnen

(Germany/Switzerland/Belgium, 2006, 115 minutes)

A young woman just out of jail, whose four children by different fathers all live with her mother, tries and fails to rebuild her life. Bleak melodrama whose strong lead performance and uncompromising handling go some way towards making up for the lack of narrative or development.

A Match Factory release. Pandora Film presents a Pandora Film production in co-production with Cineworx Filmproduktion, Les Films du Fleuve, ZDF das kleine Fernsehspiel and Schweizer Fernsehen; with the support of Hessen Invest, Eurimages, Filmstiftung NRW, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, Filmförderungsanstalt, Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Communauté Française de Belgique, Télédistributeurs Wallons and Hessische Filmförderung. Starring Sandra Hüller, Luisa Sappelt, Coleman Orlando Swinton, Susanne Lothar, Gerti Drassl; and Olivier Gourmet. Directed and written by Maria Speth; produced by Christoph Friedel; director of photography (colour), Reinhold Vorschneider; art directors, Tim Pannen, Igor Gabriel, Marion Foradori; costume designer, Birgitt Kilian; film editors, Dietmar Kraus, Ludo Troch, Dörte Volz-Manimarella, Maria Speth.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Bunt - Delo Litvinenko

Rebellion - The Litvinenko Case

(Russia, 2007, 105 minutes)

After the mysterious death by poisoning of his friend Alexander Litvinenko, an exiled former Russian secret agent, film-maker Andrei Nekrasov puts forward the thesis that he was murdered by the Russian security services for having revealed to the world the extent to which they are corrupt. Outraged expose that is constructed as a mix of political thriller and investigative report; it brings little new to the table in what regards the case itself, but is interesting for its downright topicality and effective editing.

A Dreamscanner Productions presentation/production. Protagonists:Alexander Litvinenko, Marina Litvinenko, Walter Litvinenko, Anna Politkovskaya, Mikhail Trepashkin, Andrei Nekrasov, Natalya Lazareva, Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Gusak, Andrei Ponkin, André Glucksmann, Jürgen Roth, Bill Bowring, Ivan Demushkin, Sergei Dorenko, Svetlana Sorokina, Andrei Lugovoi, Vladimir Putin. Directed by Andrei Nekrasov; produced by Olga Konskaya; conceived and edited by Andrei Nekrasov and Olga Konskaya; music by Irina Bogushevskaya, Oleg Lipatov; camera (Elektrofilm Babelsberg), Marcus Winterbaum, Sergei Tsikhanovich, Monika Preischl, Dmitry Ogai, Colin Rogal, Cedric Fontan.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Hot House

(Israel/France, 2006, 90 minutes)

A documentary on the Palestinian prisoners held in top-security Israeli prisons and on how the prison system does nothing other than merely strengthen their resolve and resistance. Powerful, thought-provoking documentary that looks at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from an unusual perspective.

An ARTE France/Alma Films/Talisma Productions/Meimad Barkai Productions/Cinequest Films presentation/production, produced with the support of the New Israeli Foundation for Cinema and Television and The Marc Rich Foundation for Education, Culture and Welfare. Directed and written by Shimon Dotan; produced by Arik Bernstein, Jonathan Aroch, Dikla Barkai, Shimon Dotan; music by Ron Klein; camera (colour), Philippe Bellaiche, Shai Goldman, Hanna Abu Sada; editor, Ayala Bengad.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Je crois que je l'aime

(France, 2007, 89 minutes)

A workaholic executive falls in love with a no-nonsense sculptress, but is so scared of her being a spy planted by his competition that he risks asking his security chief to put a surveillance on her. Charming romantic comedy with an unusual dark undercurrent that never threatens its witty, light tone.

A Vendredi Film/Studio Canal/TF1 Films Production presentation/production, with the participation of Canal Plus, with the support of Banque Populaire Images 6 and Sofica Sogecinéma 4. Starring Sandrine Bonnaire, Vincent Lindon, François Berléand, Liane Foly, Kad Mérad, Guilaine Londez, Albert Dray; and the participation of Venantino Venantini. Directed by Pierre Jolivet; produced by Vendredi Film; written by Pierre Jolivet and Simon Michael; director of photography (Eclair), Pascal Ridao; production designer, Émile Ghigo; costume designer, Élisabeth Tavernier; film editor, Yves Deschamps.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Elizabeth - The Golden Age

(USA/Great Britain/France/Germany, 2007, 114 minutes)

At a delicate point in her reign, with the Catholic king of Spain sending out the Invincible Armada to defeat her after the Catholic pretender to the throne of England is beheaded, Queen Elizabeth I may have found the man of her life in dashing sea captain Walter Raleigh. Unwittingly hilarious sequel to 1998's Elizabeth that is really no more than a 1940s bodice-ripper in disguise, updated with baroque, hysterical visuals and wasting a fine cast.

A Universal Pictures release. Universal Pictures and Studio Canal present in association with Motion Picture Zeta Produktions a Working Title Films production. Starring Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Clive Owen, Rhys Ifans, Jordi Molla, Abbie Cornish; and Samantha Morton. Directed by Shekhar Kapur; produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Jonathan Cavendish; written by William Nicholson and Michael Hirst; music by Craig Armstrong and A. R. Rahman; director of photography (DeLuxe), Remi Adefarasin; production designer, Guy Hendrix Dyas; costume designer, Alexandra Byrne; film editor, Jill Bilcock; visual effects supervisor, Richard Stammers.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Zidane - a 21st Century Portrait

(France/Iceland, 2006, 94 minutes)

A real time documentary focusing exclusively on soccer player Zinedine Zidane's performance in the pitch during the Real Madrid-Villareal match in Madrid on April 23rd 2005. Fascinating and infuriating in equal parts, this isn't so much a classic documentary as it is an exquisitely shot and edited abstract visual essay, closer to modern art. One for the more daring viewers.

A Universal Pictures release. Palomar Pictures and Anna Lena Films present an Anna Lena Films/Naflastrengir production, in co-production with ARTE France Cinéma and Love Streams Productions Agnès B., with the participation of Canal Plus, Cinecinéma, CNAP Image/Mouvement and Centre National de la Cinématographie. Directed by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno; produced by Sigurjon Sighvatsson, Anna Vaney and Victorien Vaney; music by Mogwai; director of photography (LTC, Duboicolor, Eclair, Panavision), Darius Khondji; film editor, Hervé Schneid.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Invasion

(USA, 2007, 96 minutes)

A Washington psychiatrist suspects something is not right when, after a space shuttle crashes on reentry, everyone around her seems to start behaving emotionlessly. Soulless remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers with a history of production troubles, where a number of interesting creative ideas get lost in formulaic, by-the-book action film routines; after early preview screenings, the studio reshot extensive sections of the film under the supervision of Matrix writer-directors Andy & Larry Wachowski. Jack Finney's original novel was previously filmes as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, in 1956 by Don Siegel with Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter, then in 1978 by Philip Kaufman with Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams; and as Body Snatchers in 1993 by Abel Ferrara with Gabrielle Anwar and Terry Kinney.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Village Roadshow Pictures a Silver Pictures production in association with Vertigo Entertainment. Starring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Jeremy Northam, Jackson Bond; and Jeffrey Wright. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel; produced by Joel Silver; screenplay by David Kajganich, based on the novella by Jack Finney, The Body Snatchers; music by John Ottman; director of photography (Technicolor), Rainer Klausmann; production designer, Jack Fisk; costume designer, Jacqueline West; film editors, Joel Negron, Hans Funck; visual effects supervisor, Boyd Shermis.