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Beyond the Myth: International Trailer for “Mr Holmes”

We aren’t currently in a cultural situation where we’re short of Sherlock Holmes depictions. Whether you’re an elementary buff or a Cumberbatch fan, or of you’re holding out for a third dose of Downey Jr., you don’t need to look far for a take on the world’s greatest detective. Having said that, I am still chomping at the bit to get a look at Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in the upcoming Mr Holmes, directed by Bill Condon. The film, based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, will take a more biographical look at the detective, now retired and struggling to recall a case from his past.

We’ve had a few looks at the man himself, but now we finally have a full international trailer. So check it out, courtesy of Screenrant:

Well it’s certainly not going to be like any of its Holmesian contemporaries. Instead of focusing on a mystery, or drizzling drama and action with antisocial wit, Mr Holmes looks to take a slower, more sensitive look at a man, his mind and the strained relationship between them.

Mr Holmes will be out in UK theatres in June 19th and in the US on July 17th. If you were hoping for more excitement, don’t sell this movie short. It’s looks like it could certainly be a keeper, and at the very least the perfect combination of actor and subject. Just to be clear, I’m not endorsed by Mr Holmes or Ian McKellen.

Elementary: First UK Poster for Bill Condon’s “Mr Holmes”

Move over In the Heart of the Sea, because you’re not the only film that’s gonna blow a legend all the way open in 2015. Berlinale will see the première of Mr Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as larger-than-life detective Sherlock Holmes. That’s right, I compared Sherlock Holmes to Moby Dick; they’re great in different ways.

We’ve known about this potential gem for a while, and it’s certainly one my top choices for Berlinale . All we’ve had so far is an image of McKellen as an ageing retired Holmes, but now we can add an official UK poster to the mix. The film doesn’t actually have a release date as yet, but I’m excited enough about this project to take what I can get at this point. The poster comes courtesy of Mr McKellen himself via his twitter page, along with a delicious little note: “Sorry to be a tease, but I hope you like it.” The odds are definitely in your favour Ian. Check it out:


Sleek, simple, and a little bit shady, worthy of the great detective himself. The film will see Holmes in his twilight years, going on a great final journey and reflecting on his past endeavours, all the while coming to terms with the decay of his remarkable mind. Directed by Bill Condon, Mr Holmes also stars Laura Linney, Colin Starkey, Hattie Morahan, Hiroyuki Sanada and Patrick Kennedy.

Are you ready for a McKellen-style Holmes?

Wenders! Condon! Sabu! The Heat is on with the Berlin Competition Final Lineup

This week, the number of films included in the competition portion of the Berlin international Film Festival has risen from 16 to 23. The 7 new features include work from Wim Wenders, Sabu and Radu Jude. All but two of these films will be setting their sights on gold or silver bears: Wenders’ Everything Will Be Fine  starring James Franco and Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes starring Ian McKellen will not be competing. Don’t feel too bad for Wenders though;  he’ll be receiving an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement in film-making.

The final list includes 21 worl premieres including documentary El Botón De Nácar (The Pearl Buttonfrom Patricio Guzmán, director of the acclaimed documentaries Salvador Allende and The Battle of Chile. So here’s the new list, including the films already named in the competition, fresh from Deadline:

Romania/Bulgaria/Czech Republic
by Radu Jude
World premiere

El Botón De Nácar (The Pearl Button) – documentary
By Patricio Guzmán
World premiere

El Club (The Club)
By Pablo Larraín
World premiere

Elser (13 Minutes)
By Oliver Hirschbiegel
World premiere – Out of competition

Every Thing Will Be Fine
By Wim Wenders
World premiere – Out of competition

Ten No Chasuke (Chasuke’s Journey)
By Sabu (Kanikosen, Dead Run)
World premiere

Vergine giurata (Sworn Virgin)
By Laura Bispuri – Feature debut
World premiere

Previously announced
45 Years
by Andrew Haigh

Als Wir Träumten (As We Were Dreaming)
by Andreas Dresen

by Malgorzata Szumowska

Cha Và Con Và (Big Father, Small Father And Other Stories)
by Phan Dang Di

by Kenneth Branagh
U.S. – Out of competition

Eisenstein In Guanajuato
by Peter Greenaway

Ixcanul (Ixcanul Volcano)
by Jayro Bustamante
Guatemala/France – Feature debut

Journal D’Une Femme De Chambre (Diary Of A Chambermaid)
by Benoit Jacquot

Knight Of Cups
by Terrence Malick

Mr. Holmes
by Bill Condon
United Kingdom – Out of competition

Nobody Wants The Night
by Isabel Coixet – Opening film
Spain/France /Bulgaria

Pod Electricheskimi Oblakami (Under Electric Clouds)
by Alexey German
Russian Federation/Ukraine/Poland

Queen Of The Desert
by Werner Herzog

by Jafar Panahi

by Sebastian Schipper

Yi Bu Zhi Yao (Gone With The Bullets)
by Jiang Wen
People’s Republic of China/U.S./Hong Kong, China

Which director do you want to see take home a bear?