Applause

Applause For Café Cinematheque International

Earlier this week, independent film enthusiasts in South Florida got a sneak peek at Applause via a private screening for Café Cinematheque International in Delray Beach. World Wide was thrilled to receive the following glowing report:

When Shelly Isaacs, host and commentator for Café Cinematheque International, introduced Applause at a private screening to a sold-out audience at The Movies of Delray in Delray Beach Florida on March 29th, he warned them, “In the words of another great actress who portrayed an aging divaFasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” And so, following the screening, with his commentary and discussion, the audience agreed that Paprika Steen turned in the performance of the year. Discussing Martin Peter Zandvliet’s direction and the script he co-wrote with Anders Frithiof August, Isaacs took the audience through the way they seamlessly edited in Ms Steen’s live performance as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe with Thea’s story, creating a powerful cinematic tableau which revealed all the nuances and subtleties to her character. “But it was definitely Paprika’s performance, warts and all, that was extraordinary,” he told the crowd that remained in their seats long after the film was over. “This is truly what great cinema, and great art is all about. She may not be somebody we want to know, but she was a character we won’t soon forget.” “I am honored that World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation gave me this opportunity to bring my audience this special film. Their team on this project put in a tremendous effort, and the result was up on the screen, and down in the seats.”

Since 2000, Shelly Isaacs and his Café Cinematheque have been bringing large audiences throughout South Florida the finest foreign language films. As host and commentator, his presentations include entertaining and enriching discussions following each screening. “There is nothing like experiencing these films in a theatrical setting and having the opportunity to discuss them while the great imagery is fresh in your mind.” Which is why he was excited about bringing Applause to his audience. “This is a great international film, with a performance that sets it apart, but even more importantly, it once again proves that sophisticated American audiences have no fear of subtitles.”

Applause For The Sunshine State!

World Wide is pleased to announce plans to continue the roll-out of Applause, releasing next in the Southeast. The film will be showcased at the the Downtown Boca Film Festival (formerly the Delrey Beach Film Festival), which runs April 9-17 in Boca Raton, FL (screen date to be determined). Then on Friday, April 22, the film will open at the Regal Shadowood Cinema in Boca Raton. An additional location in the Sunshine State will be added soon.

Festival Favorite

The great press resulting from the recent limited release of Applause has film buffs in other cities clamouring to see it. Already an award winner from festivals around the world, now Applause is headed to two more! First, the picture will screen at the Victoria International Film Festival on Sunday, February 6, at 2 p.m. at the Empire Capitol 6 Cinema in Victoria, British Columbia (visit www.victoriafilmfestival.com for more information). Then in March, it’s off to the Chicago European Union Film Festival where it will screen twice at the Gene Siskel Film Center (March 20th and 23rd), which is part of the Art Institute of Chicago. For tickets, visit Ticketmaster here.

Held Over!

We'd like to offer a big thank you to everyone who came out to support the North American theatrical release of Applause.  Thanks to a strong opening week for a specialty film, the film has been held over at the Village East theater in New York, the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles, and the University Town Center 6 in Irvine, CA.  It will be moving this week from the Laemmle Sunset 5 to Laemmle's Monica 4-plex.  With interest already coming in from theater chains in other cities, World Wide is currently making plans for a wide release of Applause.  Check back soon for more information.

Get Your Tickets!

The general release of Applause is just days away. Get your tickets now! In Los Angeles, the picture will play at the Laemmle Sunset 5, Town Center 5, and Playhouse 7 theaters. In Orange County, catch it at the Edwards University Town Center 6. Finally, New York audiences can catch it at the Village East theater. For theater locations and phone numbers, see the home page of applausemovie.com.

What Else Did She Say?

North American audiences are getting to know the star of Applause well thanks to her ongoing series of “Ask Paprika” videos. The actress has been responding to questions from fans that were posted to her on the film’s Facebook page. To view all six of her candid answers, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/wwmpc. Then, check back to see what the film’s director, Martin Pieter Zandvliet, had to say about making the picture and working with Denmark’s biggest star.

Scott Speaks!

The acclaim for Paprika Steen's performance in Applause continues! The New York Times' esteemed film critic A.O. Scott has included her on his list of Oscar picks for Best Actress. And she's in great company! To see what else he had to say, visit the article: http://www.nytimes.com. Voting for the this year's nominations is currently underway, and the nominees will be announced on January 25th.

Boston Screening

World Wide is pleased to announce that in partnership with its supporters at the Chlotrudis Society For Independent Film, Applause was screened in Boston at the Brattle Theatre. “It went very well, with a great, responsive audience,” Chlotrudis president Michael Colford reveals. "We had a great discussion after the film with everyone giving it a thumbs up, especially Paprika’s performance." The screening, one of several that Chlotrudis has planned in different locations, including Denver, was targeted specifically at fans of independent and foreign films. “The audience was split about 50/50 between Chlotrudis members and members of the Cine-Cache [bi-weekly film/discussion] series,” Colford says. “Everyone could see why Paprika [Steen] was being [submitted] for an Academy Award, and several people mentioned that even if she didn’t get it, this would really raise her profile in America.” World Wide would like to offer a big round of its own applause to the Chlotrudis Society for its continued support of this film.

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“One of the best screen performances of the year.”

- Karen Durbin, The New York Times

"Deeply affecting ... unflinchingly real."

- Betsy Sharkey, The Los Angeles Times

“An extraordinary performance by Paprika Steen.”

- Roger Ebert,The Chicago Sun-Times

"[Steen] brings a thrilling emotional nakedness and...unsentimental honesty to the part."

- Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

“A fearless, tour-de-force performance by star Paprika Steen...extracts the essence of Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence.”

- Alissa Simon, Variety

"Taut and daring"

- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 'Pick of the Week'

One of reviewer Neil Curry's four films to watch

- CNN

“Quite notable, particularly for its intense, stripped-down lead performance by Paprika Steen.

- Peter Knegt, indiewire.com

“A terrific performance by Danish film star Paprika Steen.”

- Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

“Though utterly convincing as a renowned theater actress, it's clear from her work in Applause that Paprika Steen has a face for the camera [and] considerable on-screen magnetism...[A] journey [of] melancholy self-realization.”

- Matthew Connolly, Slant magazine

"Paprika Steen is absolutely harrowing and brilliant."

 - Chris Kriofske, Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film