Magazine article Screen International

CinemaCon: Amazon Studios’ Teases Chilling 'Suspiria' Footage

Magazine article Screen International

CinemaCon: Amazon Studios’ Teases Chilling 'Suspiria' Footage

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Mike Leigh’s Peterloo to get autumn festival launch.

Luca Guadagnino

Thursday afternoon’s (April 26) Amazon Studios CinemaCon session featured disturbing footage from Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake.

The studio’s head of marketing and distribution Bob Berney presided over a slate presentation that includes Beautiful Boy, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cannes selection Cold War, and Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, which Berney said was in post and is being targeted for an autumn festival berth.

Teeing up exclusive footage from Guadagnino’s remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 ‘giallo’ horror Suspiria, Berney warned attendees what they were about to see was “not for the squeamish.” And so it proved to be, as the audience witnessed Dakota Johnson play a dance student under the tutelage of Tilda Swinton at a Berlin academy in the 1970s whose body is seemingly possessed by a malign force.

The film opens this autumn and features the first film score by Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. “We wanted to immerse the audience in a world from where there was no escape, no way out,” Guadagnino told attendees.

“It was so hardcore,” Johnson said of her four-month regime to familiarise herself with the style of modern dance seen in the film. “It’s aggressive and not necessarily pretty, and hard on your body.”

There was moving exclusive footage from Plan B’s father-son drug addiction drama Beautiful Boy (October 12) directed by Felix Van Groeningen. …

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