Tom Tykwer
German film director
Tom Tykwer
Tom Tykwer is a German film director, screenwriter, and composer. He is best known internationally for directing Run Lola Run (1998), Heaven (2002), Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006), The International (2009) and co-directing Cloud Atlas (2012).
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All The Book Adaptations You're Going To Want To See Next Year
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It’s looking like 2016 will not be the year the Salinger estate relents to a Catcher in the Rye adaptation, which is bad for the closet Caulfield devotees among us. There’s good news, too, though: so many great books are getting the on-screen treatment next year that it’s hard to pick just 20 to spotlight. We’ll assume you’re aware of the next installments of ongoing series like "Divergent" and "The Maze Runner"; here’s what else to look out for. “The BFG” based on the book by Roald Dahl Steven Spielberg morphs a beloved kids’ book into a movie starring Shakespearean stage actor Mark Rylance as the BFG, and Bill Hader as Bloodbottler. Ruby Barnhill will play Sophie, which is also the name of Dahl’s granddaughter. An earlier, lovely cartoon adaptation of the book might be tough to top. (July 1, 2016) “The Girl on the Train” based on the book by Paula Hawkins  Hawkins’ novel was hailed as the next Gone Girl, but without the now-famous “Cool Girl” rant or any ...
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The Best Movies About Time Travel, and Why <i>About Time</i> Isn't One of Them
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I just popped in to an advance screening of Richard Curtis's upcoming time-travel rom-com, About Time and left over two hours later wishing I could go back in time to pick another film. For some reason, thinking about Mr. Curtis's work, including this latest effort, a whole bunch of words beginning with "c" come to mind: cute, corny, commercial, cliché, calculated, sometimes clever... but not often enough. Clearly About Time is calculated to appeal to young women in their 20s. I could tell because my screening was filled with such "tastemakers," who will be expected to venture forth and encourage their friends to see this tedious, saccharine outing. I even overheard one such lady pronounce the film "cute" as I was bolting for the exit and a well-earned martini. Bingo, I thought. The plot concerns Tim (Domhnall Gleeson), a pale, gangly, ginger-haired youth who, on turning 21, is informed by his dad (Bill Nighy) that all males in the family have the power to go back in time, as ...
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Tom Hanks Reteams With 'Cloud Atlas' Director on 'A Hologram For the King'
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Jeff Sneider LOS ANGELES ( - Tom Hanks is reteaming with his "Cloud Atlas" director Tom Tykwer on a feature adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel "A Hologram For the King," TheWrap has learned. Tykwer adapted the book and will direct the indie movie, for which CAA is in the process of securing financing. "A Hologram For the King" was a finalist for the National Book Award when it was published by McSweeney's last year. Hanks will play a struggling businessman who heads to Saudi Arabia in a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure and do something memorable with his life. ...
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Brad Bell: Fine-tuning the Image of Gays in Hollywood: An Open Letter to Amy Pascal
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Dear Ms. Pascal, In your recent speech at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center you said, "We need to create an atmosphere that encourages people to speak up, so we get this right." This letter is me speaking up, with the hope that we can get this right. If we're not absolutely precise about planning the coordinates of our destination, we could easily end up miles away from where we want to go. First, I applaud your acknowledgement of this issue and want to thank you for setting a precedent which makes this dialogue possible. Yes, I agree with you that an alarming volume of movies and TV shows thoughtlessly rely on anti-gay slurs for humor, thus perpetuating the idea that homosexuality is a shameful and comprehensible source of ridicule. Just one example is The Hangover, which manages to call texting "gay" and use the nickname "Dr. Faggot" in the first few lines of the movie. However, I also think that calling for an across-the-board ban of the word "fag," with ...
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China's Censors Do It Again!
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Chinese film audiences won't get to see the "true-true" version of "Cloud Atlas." According to THR, a whopping 40 minutes of the film was edited out prior to its release in China. Per the trade, directors Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer did not handle the edit themselves, but were confident that the film's Chinese producers stayed true to their vision. Based on the novel by David Mitchell, "Cloud Atlas" tells six stories, ranging from the 18th century to 100 years after the apocalypse. The film, which was rated R in North America, features many scenes of violence -- a man is shot in the mouth, for instance -- as well as some moments of sexual intimacy. It's those sex scenes that were apparently curtailed by Chinese censors, including a same-sex relationship between the characters played by Ben Whishaw and James D'Arcy, which takes up a large section of the film. This isn't the first time Chinese censors have trimmed a U.S. release. Just last week it was reveale ...
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Enter Patch's “Deck the House” Contest For a Chance to Win $100,000
East Greenwich Patch - about 4 years
We’re launching our annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America – the best “decked” house in the country –the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s. If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16 to Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand-prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist, while our national winner will have $100,000 donated to his or her local school district. So, what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to get your holiday decorations out of the attic and “deck” your house. After all, ‘tis the season....
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Movie review: Cloud Atlas - each piece a masterpiece
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
How do you review a film like Cloud Atlas? With three directors, six stories, and an ensemble cast of actors who play multiple roles, this is a supremely ambitious sci-fi drama film unlike any I have ever seen. It is like six separate, yet poetically connected, orchestras, cleverly edited to play as one piece of music. Each tale has a beginning, middle and an end, with all six stories gradually raising the tempo in unison to a feverish pitch, where eventually each story’s climactic end follows the other, generating a series of powerful emotions that are delivered with a bravado that is only a bit short on subtlety. The film has a highly spiritual message about love and forgiveness, about selflessness and friendship, and above all, about karma. Cloud Atlas believably demonstrates the snowball effect of a small positive action which, if given the right circumstance and direction, can build into something powerful enough to tackle oppressive regi ...
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
In which we hit it and quit it. Argo Ben Affleck's direction delivers a brilliantly simple telling of a complicated story. Detailed without ever feeling dense, the film should satisfy nearly all classes of nerds (history! Politics! Science fiction! Movies!), as well as normals who just want to watch something entertaining. ELINOR JONES Various Theaters. Chasing Ice National Geographic photographer James Balog's Extreme Ice Survey took photos of glaciers as they melted over hours, days, months, and years—and captured remarkable, time-lapse images of climate change in action. Chasing Ice spends too much time on Balog and the challenges he faces in getting his footage, but the footage itself is gorgeous, majestic, and horrific. Subject Svavar Jonatansson in attendance for 7:10 and 9:20 shows on Saturday November 17. ERIK HENRIKSEN Hollywood Theatre. Cloud Atlas David Mitchell's 2004 novel Cloud Atlas has long been considered un ...
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Lindsay Edmunds: Cloud Atlas: 'I Wish I Could Make You See This Brightness.'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas, is apparently happy with how the movie turned out. He should be. The movie -- faithful in spirit but unfaithful in many details -- does something I would have sworn was impossible: it soars like the book. The Key: Life Itself To understand Cloud Atlas, look at the way things happen in life. Helpful or harmful actions birth other helpful or harmful actions, which birth other actions, and so on forever. Some of you know about this; most you will never know. A casual encounter turns out to be life-altering; a job falls out of the sky; a song gets to you -- some would call these chance-encounters -- neither the filmmakers, Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell, nor I would call them chance, but whatever they are, life runs by them. Past acts reverberate in the future. Music sounds familiar to a character who could not have heard it before. An act of kindness or cruelty changes the direction of someone's life forever, which changes a ...
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Life is Too Short for Cloud Atlas’s Self-Indulgence
The New Republic - over 4 years
There will be times during the film of Cloud Atlas—somewhere in the dense second hour—when you will recall that the dog needs to be walked and that you may have left the coffee on, and, whatever your age, even if life is an ocean made up of many drops, you may resolve that life is too short for this errant nonsense. I stuck it out, TNR, only for you, and because I wanted to delay as long as possible the desperate plight of actually writing about the film. In the third hour, I have to admit, the disparate parts of this self-indulgent venture do make gestures of coming together. Still, I suspect many will agree that the only emotional payoff comes in the credits. That’s when you realize that a strange cast of players take six or seven roles each over the centuries (and this film stretches from the 1840s to the twenty-second century, unless I missed something). One pastime to take you through the ordeal is to count the appearances—all routine and sub-par—of such actors as Tom Hanks, Hal ...
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
In which we hit it and quit it. 2012 Election Huh. This should be fun. Bagdad Theater, Laurelhurst Theater, Mission Theater, St. Johns Theater and Pub. B-Movie Bingo The Hollywood's series features B-movies, with the audience marking down clichés on a custom-made bingo card. This time around: SFX Retaliator, starring Chris "Son of Robert" Mitchum and Linda Blair. Hollywood Theatre. Back to the Future "No McFly ever amounted to anything in the history of Hill Valley!" Presented by podcasters Cort and Fatboy. And the Mercury! Bagdad Theater. Beauty Is Embarrassing See review this issue. Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium. Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes Yet another low-budget, found-footage horror flick—this one following a crew of obnoxious documentarians in search of Sasquatch. From its lazy concept to its copout of an ending, Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes is bland and uninspired. Granted, I was seven when I ...
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Michael Berkowitz: Cloud Atlas: Hope and Change
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Our lives are not our own," says Sonmi-451. The words of the fabricant waitress of the future in the Wachowski's Cloud Atlas have double meaning. Workers and servants, debtors and peasants, slaves and free men ... our lives are not our own. We are also responsible to those who have gone before us and to those who will follow. This social responsibility, often over generations, defines us and gives us meaning. Through these themes Cloud Atlas turns on its head the shallow, self-centered, individualism of Ayn Rand's book and movie with which it shares partial title -- Atlas Shrugged. Instead writers and directors Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer have spun from David Mitchell's highly acclaimed book an ambitious epic film that follows six stories, cross-cutting the years to weave a complex tapestry that is always fueled by the spirit of optimism and hope. The directors helm the voyage with a firm hand. The stories are diverse: A mid-nineteenth century Pacific Ocean c ...
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'Cloud Atlas' Disappoints on Quiet Weekend at the Box Office
New York Times - ArtsBeat Blogs - over 4 years
With three directors (Tom Tykwer and Lana and Andy Wachowski); more than a dozen stars, led by Tom Hanks and Halle Berry; and a running time that approaches three hours, "Cloud Atlas" ranked second with just $9.4 million in ticket sales for Warner.
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Cloud Atlas: A Tale of Birth, Death and Re-Birth
Voice of America - over 4 years
Cloud Atlas by directors Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, and Andy Wachowski is a cinematic Odyssey based on a novel by British author David Mitchell. The story centers on six stories from the 1800s up to our distant future. The concept of the eternal soul links the vignettes as the characters of  one story are reborn into another.  From the travails of a young American in the mid-19th century on a vessel crossing the Pacific to a female clone who rises up against oppression in a ...
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'Cloud Atlas': You're Better Off Reading The Book
NPR - over 4 years
David Mitchell's exquisite novel Cloud Atlas has been adapted for the screen by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. The film is never dull, but critic David Edelstein found that unlike the book, the film fails in its attempt to tie six distinct stories together. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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'Cloud Atlas,' From Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer - New York Times
Google News - over 4 years
New York Times 'Cloud Atlas,' From Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer New York Times In 1849 a businessman on a Melville-esque sea voyage in the South Pacific battles a mysterious illness and shelters a runaway slave. In 1936 Robert Frobisher, a penniless young composer, flees Cambridge for Edinburgh to join the household of a vain and ... Cloud Atlas: The Wachowskis Struggle in the StratosphereTIME 'Cloud Atlas': Mixes the brilliant and the worthlessThe Star-Ledger - 'Cloud Atlas'? Shrug 1/2Chicago Tribune (blog) -The Associated Press -E! Online all 943 news articles »
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tom Tykwer
  • 2016
    Age 50
    He directed 2016's A Hologram for the King, starring Tom Hanks and Sarita Choudhury, based on a novel by American novelist Dave Eggers.
    More Details Hide Details Since Winter Sleepers, the music for all of Tykwer's films (with the exception of Heaven) has been composed by Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, and Tykwer, unusual for a film director. The trio named Pale 3, originally a film scoring group, expanded to produce music unrelated to film.
  • 2009
    Age 43
    Tykwer's next film was an adaptation of the novel Perfume by the German novelist Patrick Süskind. It was filmed in the Spanish cities of Figueras, Girona and Barcelona. Tykwer later made his Hollywood debut with the big-budgeted 2009 conspiracy thriller The International, starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts, which was shot in several locations ranging from Berlin, Milan, New York City, and Istanbul.
    More Details Hide Details The film received a lukewarm reception from the public and critics alike.
  • 1998
    Age 32
    He knew he needed a new film, and the result was Run Lola Run (1998), which became the most successful German film of 1998, scored $7 million at the US box office, and elevated Tykwer to international fame.
    More Details Hide Details As Lola was becoming a success worldwide, Tykwer was already at work on his next film, The Princess and the Warrior, shot in his home town of Wuppertal. The film centered on a love story between a nurse and a former soldier. Miramax produced his next film, Heaven (2002), based on a screenplay by the late Polish filmmaker, Krzysztof Kieślowski. It was shot in English, starred Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi, and filmed in Turin and Tuscany. He was approached by French producers to film a short contribution to Paris, je t'aime (2006), a film composed of 20 short films by many famous directors depicting love in Paris. Tykwer shot the 10-minute short film, True, with Natalie Portman and Melchior Beslon. He shot the film quickly with almost no pre-production. The result, Tykwer later said, "symbolises an entire life for me, in just ten minutes."
  • 1994
    Age 28
    In 1994, Tykwer founded the production company X Filme Creative Pool with Stefan Arndt, Wolfgang Becker, and Dani Levy.
    More Details Hide Details Tykwer and Becker wrote the screenplay for Life Is All You Get while working on Tykwer's second feature, Winter Sleepers (1997), a much bigger and more complex production than Deadly Maria. Winter Sleepers brought Tykwer to the attention of German cineastes and film festivals, but he was struggling financially.
  • 1987
    Age 21
    In 1987, at the age of 22, he became the programmer of the Moviemento cinema and became known to German directors as a film buff.
    More Details Hide Details In Berlin, Tykwer met and befriended the filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim, who urged him to create stories from his own experience. He suggested, for example, that Tykwer record arguments with his girlfriend, and turn them into a short film. Because (1990) was screened at the Hof Film Festival and well received by the audience, which inspired Tykwer to continue pursuing filmmaking. He made a second short film, "Epilog" (1992), for which he took on personal financial debt, but he also gained valuable technical filmmaking experience. Tykwer wrote the screenplay for—and directed—his first feature film, the psychological thriller Deadly Maria. It aired on German television and had a limited theatrical release in Germany and the international film festival circuit.
  • 1965
    Born on May 23, 1965.
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