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Berlinale Special highlights two World Premieres

Berlinale 2014 The Berlin International Film Festival is nearly upon us (Feb 6-16), unveiling an 18-strong line-up for its Berlinale Special strand, including nine World Premieres.

Two stand-out World Premiere's specially highlighted this year are A Long Way Down, starring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and Pierce Brosnan, and The Two Faces of January, the directorial debut of Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.

Having created the title sequences for both, we couldn't be any happier. And excited to see both films getting a great reception.

A Long Way Down and The Two Faces of January

A Long Way Down, is an adaptation of Nick Hornby’s bestseller about four people who meet on New Year’s Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives. It stars Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette and Imogen Poots.

The Two Faces of January, is a con artist thriller from the director of Drive Hossein Amini, which stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Inside Llewyn Davis’ Oscar Isaac.

Nick Hornby's 'A Long Way Down' film adaptation

A Long Way Down, by Nick Hornby 'A Long Way Down', tells the story of a group of strangers who coincidentally meet on the top of a London skyscraper on New Year's Eve where they had individually gone to commit suicide.

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Starring a stellar cast including former 'James Bond' Pierce Brosnan, 'Breaking Bad' star Aaron Paul, Sam Neill, Tony Collette, Imogen Poots and Rosamund Pike. 'A Long Way Down' is the fourth Hornby novel to be made into a film and we're absolutely delighted, having created the title sequence for 'High Fidelity', to announce that we have been awarded the titles for Pascal Chaumeil's latest film.

'A Long Way Down' has been produced by Academy Award nominees for 'An Education' Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, through their company Wildgaze Films and has been financed by BBC Films and DCM Productions. Head of BBC Films Christine Langan commented:

Nick Hornby's challenging yet heartwarming novel is safe in the hands of dynamic screenwriter Jack Thorne, dazzling director Pascal Chaumeil and accomplished producers, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey. The alchemy is further reflected in the wonderfully talented, funny and brilliant cast they have brought together for this highly original movie and we are extremely proud to be part of it.

Work for us starts immediately and we are excited to get going. We look forward to working with the team and sharing with you our progress as we go... onwards and upward.

A LONG WAY DOWN

My top 10 screenings of 2011

Picture me laying down on my sofa with Miles Davis on the turntable and with pen in hand. I thought I would share with you my favorites of the year. I've based these on freshness of vision, mastery of the medium and enjoyment. Here are my top 10 screenings of 2011: 1. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick) - Brad Pitt is excellent throughout 2. War Horse (Stephen Spielberg) - Spielberg doing what he does best 3. Hugo (Martin Scorsese) - A great all round family film 4. The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius) - Brave, beautiful and silent 5. We Need To Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsey) - An award winning novel becomes a superb film 6. 1911 (Jackie Chan) - Another great Hong Kong release with Jackie's 100th film 7. Forbrydelsen (The Killing Season 2) (Danmarks Radio) - Sarah Lund back in her stunning knit wear 8. Tick Tock (Len Chi) - Best 5 minutes I've spent on YouTube 9. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson) - Beautifully shot and holds true to the original message - which is trust and betrayal 10. Breaking Bad (Vince Gilligan) - Addictive viewing

Looking forward to seeing The Kill List and the new Great Expectations film in the new year.

Top 10 Screenings