All these movies in April!
Note: the first movie/book was scheduled for April but hurried into March because of Jeff Bridges’s Oscar success.
Note #2: Since there are so many movies based on books showing in theaters this month, the post has been cut into two, so as to not overwhelm you too much. The second part will be up tomorrow.
Jeff Bridges plays Bad Blake, a down-and-out alcoholic country music singer-songwriter. Having a history of failed marriages, Bad Blake tries to turn his life around after beginning a relationship with a young journalist named Jean, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal.
According to Wikipedia, “The film’s main character is based on a combination of Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard. (…) The novel on which the film was based was actually inspired by country singer Hank Thompson.”
Jeff Bridges won an Oscar as best male performer for his interpretation of Bad Blake, and the film also got an Academy Award for This Weary Kind as best original song.
… Nowhere Boy, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, starring Aaron Johnton and Thomas Sangster. Based on the novel Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon, written by Julia Baird.
The film tells the story of John Lennon’s young years and how the Beatles came to be.
… Pope Joan, directed by Sönke Wortmann, starring Johanna Wokalek, David Wenham and John Goodman. Based on the novel of same name written by Donna Woolfolk Cross, it is a German, British, Italian, Spanish medieval epic film.
Johanna Wokalek plays Pope Joan, a woman with a spiritual calling in a time when women couldn’t study the whole scriptures. She disguises herself as her dead brother, thus being able to follow her convictions and become a pope. But life is never that simple…
… Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (curiously named High Tea: Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky in the Dutch theatres), directed by Jan Kounen, starring Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen. Based on the book of same name (originally released as Coco & Igor, in 2002) written by Chris Greenhalgh.
The film shows us the scandalous affair between Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky in Paris in 1920, the year that Chanel No. 5 was created. It was chosen as the closing film of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
The film shows us the journey of Waris Dirie from her Somali desert nomad life to become a UN spokeswoman against female circumcision. At the tender age of 5 Waris is circumcised; she is sold into marriage at 13 and decides to flee through the desert. In London she becomes a cleaning lady, and one day is discovered by a fashion photographer, leading her to a supermodel career. Years later, during an interview, she tells her story for the first time and short after that is invited by UN’s Secretary-General Kofi Annan to become the UN Special Ambassador for the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation.