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'Two Faces of January,' Hossein Amini's Directorial Debut Kicks Off with Mortensen, Dunst & Isaac

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 4, 2012 at 4:09PM

StudioCanal and Working Title announce principal photography has begun on "The Two Faces of January," starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac. The film is based on Patricia Highsmith's novel, and was adapted by Hossein Amini ("Drive," "Snow White and the Huntsman"), who will also be making his directorial debut...
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The Two Faces of January

Here's a first look at StudioCanal and Working Title's "The Two Faces of January," which has begun principal photography with stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac. Based on Patricia Highsmith's novel, the film was adapted by Hossein Amini ("Drive," "Snow White and the Huntsman"), who will also be making his directorial debut. The film is produced by Tom Sternberg, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Robyn Slovo. 

StudioCanal and Working Title also teamed up for Tomas Alfredson's "Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy" as well as Dan Mazer's "I Give It a Year," a newlywed comedy that is currently in post-production starring Anna Faris, Rose Byrne, Minnie Driver and Simon Baker.

"Two Faces" will shoot in Crete, Athens, Istanbul and Ealing Studios, London. Check out the synopsis for the 1962-set thriller below:

A glamorous American couple, the charismatic CHESTER MACFARLAND (Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife COLETTE (Dunst), arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinthian Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter RYDAL (Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette’s beauty and impressed by Chester's wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner.
 
However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chester’s affable exterior hides darker secrets. When Rydal visits the couple at their exclusive hotel, Chester presses him to help move the body of a seemingly unconscious man who he claims attacked him. In the moment, Rydal agrees but as events take a more sinister turn he finds himself compromised and unable to pull himself free. His increasing infatuation with the vulnerable and responsive Colette gives rise to Chester’s jealousy and paranoia, leading to a tense and dangerous battle of wits between the two men. Their journey takes them from Greece to Turkey, and to a dramatic finale played out in the back alleys of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar.

This article is related to: Working Title, Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac, IN THE WORKS, News, Hossein Amini


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.