The hot trailer this news day is for a film opening at three film festivals in the next week: The Iceman, directed by Ariel Vromen. The feature already premiered at the Venice Film Festival, which began Wednesday, August 29, 2012 and will continue its run at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, as well as the Toronto International Film Festival at the end of next week.
The film, a true-crime narrative based on the life of contract killer Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski, stars Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Take Shelter) as the infamous murderer, along with Winona Ryder (Black Swan) as his wife Deborah. The movie tells the story of the killer’s rise through various crime organizations, committing as many as one hundred murders for pay, and captures the most surreal aspect of the case: Kuklinski was a dedicated family man, and able to keep his “job” a secret from his wife and children until the day he was arrested in 1986.
The rest of the high profile cast includes James Franco, Ray Liotta and Chris Evans. Early reviews from the Venice Film Festival appear mixed (here’s a nice one from Robbie Collin at the UK Telegraph), but almost everyone seems sure that Michael Shannon knocks another role out of the park; continuing his run as one of the best character actors in the business.
The Venice Film Festival runs from August 29th to September 8th. The Iceman will also premiere at Telluride, running from today, August 31st until September 3rd. It will round out the festival circuit with a showing at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 6th through September 16th. The Iceman is presented by Millenium Films and Bleiberg Entertainment.