Secret Screening at Fantastic Fest, Photo by Jack Plunkett


Cloud Atlas screened at Fantastic Fest and the reviews are in. This epic drama, really six stories in one, is about love’s ability to endure through time. It’s an ambitious film, and I daresay you’ve never seen anything like this before. Fantastic Fest ups the ante every year, with ever more screenings from top tier movie makers. Usually the filmmakers are in attendance to answer questions from a film-savvy audience, many of them filmmakers themselves.


It is stained glass cinema: shards of disparate splendour made breathtakingly whole. – Tom Clift, Moviedx

Drama, mystery, action and enduring love thread through a single story that unfolds in multiple timelines over the span of 500 years. Characters meet and reunite from one life to the next. Born and reborn.As the consequences of their actions and choices impact one another through the past, the present and the distant future, one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. Everything is connected.

Academy Award® winners Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”) and Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”) lead a stellar international cast that also includes Oscar® winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Doona Bae, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Xun Zhou, Keith David and David Gyasi, with Oscar® winner Susan Sarandon (“Dead Man Walking”) and Hugh Grant. Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles as the story moves through time.

Hugh Grant as Kona Chief. Photo by Jay Maidment

The film is written for the screen and directed by Lana Wachowski & Tom Tykwer & Andy Wachowski. The Wachowskis previously teamed as writers/directors of the groundbreaking “Matrix” trilogy; Tom Tykwer won an Independent Spirit Award and earned a BAFTA Award nomination as the director/writer of “Run Lola Run,” and more recently directed the award-winning thriller “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.”

JAMES D’ARCY as young Rufus Sixsmith and BEN WHISHAW as Robert Frobisher . Photo by Jay Maidment

Based on the celebrated best-selling novel by David Mitchell, “Cloud Atlas” is produced by two-time Oscar® nominee Grant Hill (“The Thin Red Line,” “The Tree of Life”), three-time BAFTA Award nominee Stefan Arndt (“The White Ribbon,” “Goodbye Lenin!,” “Run Lola Run”), Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski. Philip Lee, Uwe Schott and Wilson Qiu serve as executive producers, with co-producers Peter Lam, Tony Teo and Alexander van Dülmen, and Gigi Oeri as associate producer.

ZHU ZHU as 12th Star Clone (center). Photo by Jay Maidment

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Cloud Atlas Production/X-Filme Creative Pool and Anarchos Production, in association with A Company and ARD Degeto, “Cloud Atlas.” The film will be distributed in North America, the UK, France, Spain, Australia and Japan by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Concurrently with its North American release in standard theaters, “Cloud Atlas” will appear in select IMAX® theatres, digitally re-mastered into the IMAX format.

TOM HANKS as Zachry and HALLE BERRY as Meronym. Photo by Jay Maidment

It will be released in Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland by X Verleih; in China by Dreams of the Dragon Pictures; in Hong Kong by Media Asia Group; in Singapore and Malaysia by Ascension Pictures; in Korea by Bloomage Company; in Taiwan by Long Shong Group; in Russia and Eastern Europe by A Company; and in other territories through Focus Features International.

TOM HANKS as Zachry and HALLE BERRY as Meronym. Photo by Jay Maidment

(Foreground from left front) Producer STEFAN ARNDT, directors TOM TYKWER, LANA WACHOWSKI, ANDY WACHOWSKI and producer GRANT HILL. (From left background) executive producer UWE SCHOTT, DAVID MITCHELL, author of the novel Cloud Atlas, and executive producer PHILIP LEE, on the set of the epic drama “Cloud Atlas.” Photo by Jay Maidment

“Cloud Atlas” is rated R by the MPAA for violence, language,
sexuality/nudity and some drug use.


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