A short description by the producers (Kreuk & Mark Hildreth) of the Pvt. Wars documentary project, a film which gives combat veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom a chance to tell America what their experience is really like.
This is a responds to all the emails I've gotten over the past two months ever since I've posted the above interface for this site in celebration to Partition's premiere, that I haven't been able respond to all for whatever reason.
I've been meaning to post this for awhile, but the news was flowing in by the many and it would had been passed down and everyone wouldn't had been able to see read it and the emails would have still kept coming.
So since the news has been slow for the past few days I feel more safe now if I post this info it'll remain on the first page for awhile before the banner comes down for good in the upcoming month.
The songs playing in the background are as followed:
The scan from the Télé 7 Jours issue that confirms Kristin's 2007 Jule Vernes Film Festival booking:
This is what it said:
"For Fans The 15th Jules Verne Festival (in April, 18 -> 24) is devoted to the american series. The April 20th, the night will be devoted to "Smallville" (diffused on "TF6") with Kristin Kreuk, Tom Welling, Erica Durance... And the April 22nd it will be "Heroes" (which will be diffused on "TF1") with the creators of the serie."
One of Canada's most accomplished directors and cinematographers will be in Victoria on Saturday to give a free master class on film production at the Empire Capitol 6.
At 10 a.m., before Saturday's first matinee screening of Partition, award-winning filmmaker Vic Sarin will talk about the making of his labour of love. Sarin's historical drama -- co-written with Patricia Finn -- is a tragic love story that takes place amid the turmoil of post-colonial Pakistan and India.
Kristin's Smallville co-star Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) talks about working and kissing Kristin in a interview with Zap2it.com:
Although the show is in its sixth season, Rosenbaum and Kreuk haven't had a huge amount of scenes together prior to this storyline.
"We never got to work together that much," Rosenbaum says. "This season happened, and we started having some chemistry. I'd say that [in the past], we weren't fond of each other. We're complete opposites. She's very reserved; I'm kind of out there, a little eccentric. We never really connected.
"This year, I don't know what happened, but one day she said, 'I really like working with you.' And I said, 'I like working with you.' When we go in there, we have a lot of chemistry. We're starting to get each other."
But it took a bit of work. "Those first few kisses," Rosenbaum says, "she wasn't the one who was nervous. It was me. And everybody was laughing.
"She's a pretty good kisser. You didn't ask me, but it's nice, I'll tell you that. It's not bad kissing her. It's not like, 'Uh, great, let's get it over with, but you owe me.' It's good."
David Reckziegel is co-president of Seville Pictures, purveyor to the upper-end market with current films like Pedro Almodovar's Volver and Vic Sarin's Partition, neither of which has travelled west of AMC, in the old Forum...
...He's learning how important particular communities are to the success of a particular film. Sarin's Partition is a Sikh-Muslim love story set against the India-Pakistan separation of 1947. Across the country, people with South Asian connections are flocking to it.
Is Lana ever going to find out Clark's secret? I love Tom and Kristin [Kreuk]'s chemistry. — Faraway17 Gough: We agree that Tom and Kristin do have great chemistry as actors, but you'll have to keep watching to see how much Lana will find out.
JIMMY BREAKS UP WITH CHLOE AND LANA IS ATTACKED BY A STALKER ─ After receiving a photo of herself dressing in her room, Lana (Kristin Kreuk) realizes she has a stalker and decides to hide out at a surprising location. Meanwhile, Jimmy (Aaron Ashmore) breaks up with Chloe (Allison Mack) because he believes she isn’t truly over Clark (Tom Welling), forcing Chloe to take a deep look at her feelings for her best friend.
Smallville's Kristin Kreuk stars in Partition as a Muslim girl displaced by the 1947 partitioning of India. It's contrived, hottie-out-of-water casting, but the Vancouver-born actress acquits herself quite nicely. It's the film around her that sets eyes to rolling, leaving no cliché unturned as it sloughs slowly towards tragedy.
- Only the most cynical of people would not love the classic film.
- Awesome cinematography. Gripping story and performances by lead characters. Highly recommend it!
- It`s trip into a foreign and beautiful culture, with many excellent characters in it who touch the human soul. Although this gorgeous movie is set at a specific time and space, where contrary belief-systems have resulted in war and separation - in its essence it`s a timeless and universal love-story that speaks about true love which knows no boundaries. And the movie has even more to offer, it shows the richness & beauty of rural India in its everyday life. I love it.. well worth seeing on a big screen!
- It was good movie for revealing what possibly happened during partition and those affected by it. Some beautiful cinematography, especially of the mustard seed plants. Both leads were phenomenal in their acting. Although Kristen Kreuk looked borderline middle-eastern, she acted as best she could as a Muslim woman in love with a Sikh man. Her performance and beauty truly stands-out on film.
Following a substantial push by Seville Pictures, Partition managed respectable receipts over its opening weekend, earning $98,961 on 28 screens at the Canuck box office.
The historical drama -- about a star-crossed couple in 1940s India, played by Vancouver native Kristin Kreuk and Britain's Jimi Mistry -- had a nationwide per-screen average of $3,534 in markets including Montreal, Toronto, Halifax and Vancouver. Sales at the Paramount theater in Vancouver topped all other locations, generating more than $8,000 over the weekend.
The $10-million film is directed by Vic Sarin and arrived in theaters on Feb. 2 with a $400,000 promotional push from Seville.
"[The overall box office is] slightly lower than we expected, but we are quite happy with the numbers in Vancouver. One of our main goals was to reach the South Asian community and it looks like we were able to do so," says Seville spokesperson Ariane Giroux-Dallaire.
Jimi Mistry was on the Vancouver Talk Show Urban Rush. He talked about Kristin and their love scene in Partition. This interview took place the night after the premiere at the Ridge Theater in Vancouver.
When asked about their love scene and how hard it was, before Jimi could answer the host (Michael Eckford) responded with “Right must be real hard to do a scene like that with Kristin Kreuk” which Jimi responded with a laugh. When asked what Kristin was like Jimi responded that Kristin was a nice, generous and down to earth girl and they met before shooting the film. Eckford then asked if Vic Sarin made them do the love scenes right away. Jimi said no. He said he and Kristin had coffee and they hit it right off the bat.
Being on a hit American TV show such as Smallville, she has received lots of movie offers “[But] that doesn’t mean they are good projects,” Kreuk cautions. “Especially in a teenaged show, as a woman playing the female love interest, you get a lot of horror movies offers, trashy-comedy offers.”
Kreuk, ever thoughtful, was hoping for something that would show what she has on the inside as well as on the outside.
“For the role of Naseem, I auditioned Indian girls throughout India, the UK and North America. I needed someone who could embody the innocence of Naseem and could grow into the mature woman she becomes. When I met Kristin I just knew she was Naseem. She worked tirelessly for months to get into the character.”
I have seen the film; it was amazing to see Kristin Kreuk on the big screen. Her performance was a 10. She was so into it that I started to believe that she was an Indian. You would cry in the end: it was really deep. I cried when they showed a lot of horrible things that Naseem had to go through. I recommend you see the film.
Kristin was great in this movie. I won't say the best because I loved the kid (Jamine Sarin)! At times in the movie I could hear people openly weeping but when I tried to look who was doing it I couldn’t, it was so dark. I think I heard a couple of manly cries.
She [Kristin] did step outside her comfort zone by being so vulnerable it hurts and grew as an actor in doing so. She captivated you with her eyes, enchanted you with her walk, broke your heart in her vulnerability, and lulled you with her voice... more.
Kristin Kreuk may be half Dutch, half Indonesian Chinese, but like fellow Canadian actress Lisa Ray, who is half Indian and half Polish and who starred in the Oscar nominated film Water (as well as the bomb Bollywood/ Hollywood), Kreuk didn't seem miscast to me at all. There are fair skinned Indians and during the film, I never wondered for a second just how much, if any, Indian blood Kreuk had in her. I have never seen her in anything else, despite the popularity of shows like Edgemont and Smallville. Had they cast Nicole Kidman, then I might say that she doesn't look Indian and that was a distraction. In some scenes, her complexion did make her stand out, but for me it wasn't a negative. I can see how someone could make an issue of her being miscast based on her oriental features but that just wasn't an issue for me.
Kristin Kreuk, known for her role as superman’s girl friend in Small Ville. It is simply odd to see her play an Indian girl but that doesn’t take anything from her performance. The acting is at the right level not too overly dramatic, just enough to feel the pain of these characters.
I'm gonna try my best not to give anything away, I don't want to ruin the movie for anyone. So the movie theatre was packed. So many people were there. Me and my friend were lucky to find a seat in the back. My friend never really watched smallville before and all she knows about Kristin Kreuk is that I love her. So her opinion was like totally unbiased.
**STOP NOW IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE SPOILED AT ALL**
The movie started out pretty strong with Gian about to ship out for the army with Margaret's (Neve Campbell) brother. He was supposed to protect him, but he died in the war. That led Gian to quit the army. The movie started with majority emotional scenes of major killings. It was pretty graphic. Naseem's family along with thousands of Muslims were being attacked and Naseem was running for her life while being chased by a Sikh riding a horse with a sword in his hand about to slaughter her. She managed to escape and she thought her entire family was killed in the massacre, but actually, only her father was killed right in front of her brothers and her mother. Gian found her and took care of her. Everyone in the village hates Muslims and if they find out about Naseem, she would be killed.
At first, Naseem is very traumatized by witnessing her people killed. She was so scared and vulnerable. Kristin pulled off feeling that perfectly. She was so fragile and broken at the same time.
The love story was really good and well-acted. It isn't exactly like a typical love story. There was a review that said they kissed and in the next scene they got married. It wasn't like that exactly. Before they even kissed, they shared an emotional connection and they both comforted each other and there love was pretty apparent. So getting married wasn't exactly a stretch. It made sense for this story.
They were so happy and had a son. Let me just say, the little boy playing their son was so great. He was such a great actor and all the girls in the theatre were like "Awww" whenever he came on. Naseem had a quite a few meaningful scenes with her son and it was very sweet.
After a few years, Naseem got news that her family was alive and she had to travel back to Pakistan - without her new family. She had some major obstacles to face before returning to her family.
This is completely unbiased, but when I saw KK in this movie, I literally forgot that she ever played Lana Lang. She was a completely different person in this movie. The way she spoke, her body movements, her walk, her mannerisms, it was totally different - like whoa! The way she cried several times in this movie, it was like we've never seen. Her voice was different when she cried, her tears came down like as if she controlled it. My friend even cried. She moved the entire audience. I kept hearing people in the theatre saying how pretty she is. This movie will definitely jumpstart Kristin's career. She was incredible, like beyond incredible in this movie.
The movie itself was really good. It didn't focus on religion or politics, but it focused on love and how discrimination and hatred is completely stupid and useless. The end was really sad and I didn't expect it at all. It was tragic yet it was a new beginning. The end was a narration by Naseem's voice and it was a good ending. Even if someone is not a KK fan, they'd enjoy this film and they probably would want to know more about Kristin.
The love scenes in this movie wasn't like campy and pointless. After they got married, they made love but it wasn't long, maybe 20 seconds. KK's shirt was unbuttoned and you could see her white bra. The scene was necessary, it wasn't just like some random thing that didn't belong.
Overall I'd give this movie 10/10. It was a love story that warms the heart, it had a lot of action, and major drama. It was very good.
Big thanks to ahmed for taking the time to review the film for all of us!
Vancouver-born Kristin Kreuk plays Naseem. Kreuk is best known as Lana Lang on television’s latest Superman incarnation, Smallville (she’s also a Neutrogena girl). With her huge, alien-tear-shaped eyes, Kreuk is no conventional blonde beauty, but she is not a Muslim, either – which was the point, claims Sarin.
“The true essence of the film is to bring down the barriers and not to pigeonhole anyone. So it’s fantastic to have Kristen, who is Christian, playing a Muslim, and Irfan Khan, a staunch Muslim, plays a Sikh,” says Sarin. “But as a director, it’s all about having good actors, and these were the best actors.”
For Kreuk, colour-blind casting is a necessity. “Initially, I was hesitant because Naseem is not of my background, but neither is anyone else that I play. I’m Dutch-Chinese, so I don’t label any way,” she says. “I had to take the time to learn about Islam and explore the psychology of what it would be like to exist in that time. This is an educated girl, not a village girl. She’s smart, she’s independent. We only hear the negative about Islam, and I did feel a responsibility to redeem the image of Muslim women in some tiny way.”
From today's issue of The Province. Kristin talks Lana's relationship with Lex Luthor on Smallville, watching Partition with an actual audience, maybe leaving Smallville after the 7th season and working on a bunch of projects that aren't acting that she's very excited for.
There's also a review for Partition and a newspaper AD for Partition with Kristin praising on it:
The part of Naseem also needed careful casting. "I did find some (actresses) who could have played the part," Sarin said. "But they were a little older. I needed Naseem to mature in the film. What attracted me to Kristin was her child-like quality, which drew Gian to protect her."
Zimmer said Kristin went to a Muslim school to meet Muslims "and learn movements, speech patterns and how to dress. All performers do this (sort of research). Helena Bonham Carter had to learn how to be a Cape Bretoner for Margaret’s Museum."
Her reply is indicative of the challenges many young actresses face. “I read the script, the most moving script I’ve read, and in the position I’m in, I don’t get offered a lot of stuff that I care about,” she says.
Kreuk says that Smallville opened doors and gave her a higher profile entry into the world of professional acting.
While she doesn’t use the word typecast to describe her lot in Hollywood, she feels audiences and some in the industry may have inadvertently poured her into the teen drama mould.
Kreuk plays Naseem in the film, a Muslim woman who finds herself in unfriendly territory when members of her family are killed by Sikh extremists while en route to Pakistan during the partition of India in 1947.
Partition is Kreuk's first feature film, an experience she calls more enriching personally than professionally.
"It opened up a lot of avenues in my mind," says Kreuk, 25, who prepared for the role by hanging out in Vancouver's Muslim community, going to mosque and eating biryani.
"In the West, we have a certain misconception about Muslim women who wear the hijab as victims. But these women don't feel they're repressed. In fact, they're so strong."
Kreuk confesses she was unaware of the history of the partition before she was tapped for the movie.
"Even though it's such a huge event, especially for that part of the world, we didn't study it in school. It made me think: If I don't know this huge part of the world's history, how much more don't I know? Knowing people's history helps to understand them."
No less is Kristin Kreuk's acting. Previously a star of the television series Smallville, Kreuk shines as a Muslim woman named Naseem. Her vulnerability and love for her husband and her family is palatable. She truly moves the audience with her portrayal as Gian Singh's beloved.
Partition captures the emotions of the events of 1947 by showing the poignant love story of two people who are forbidden to be together. Besides being a story of love, it's a story of family values and the religious differences that drive people apart. The narrative, loosely based on a true story, will enable viewers to see partition in a new light and will ensnare the imagination of a new generation.
Partition's release follows a vigorous marketing push by Seville, comprised of test screenings in key urban areas and suburbs, premieres in both Toronto and Vancouver and $400,000 worth of TV spots.
Kreuk has also done a lot of press to boost the film, especially in her hometown of Vancouver.
"The response was great, and we've received a lot of goodwill from the Canadian media, both electronic and print," notes Rego, adding that Partition will play in both art house and mainstream theaters in cities including Calgary, Winnipeg, Burnaby, Port Coquitlam, Surrey and Halifax.
"We will likely be adding some screens, but will wait until the Monday phone call," Rego says.
From the title on down, Partition doesn’t so much strain metaphor as strangle it. The division between peoples, places, religions, ideologies and lovers are milked into submission by director Vic Sarin and co-scenarist Patricia Finn, who seem less interested in illuminating history than exploiting it for the nurturing of thematic transparency.
From Straight.com: “I was kind of on my own in a lot of ways, which was actually a lot of fun for me. Smallville is a very structured environment, and there isn’t much time to play with things. In a way, it was good that we didn’t rehearse that much, because I’m not that great with rehearsal; I tend to hold back and then the director doesn’t know how much I can deliver when we actually shoot. In any case, this was a character that had a well-defined arc, and I sat with it, and the script, for two years before we actually shot. It was a part of my being the whole time.”
When will you give Kristin Kreuk some lighter/comedic moments to play? I bet she would be great at it! — Knotnamed
Gough: There are a few lighter moments to look forward to, but this season's story line puts Lana in a very difficult place — not one with much room for comedy. On the other hand, we think you'll see a new depth to Lana and some stellar performances by Kristin coming up this year.
RED KRYPTONITE RETURNS AND "BAD CLARK" KISSES BOTH LOIS AND LANA - After Lois (Erica Durance) tries on lipstick made with red kryptonite, she becomes overwhelmed with desire for Clark (Tom Welling) and makes her move. The two share a kiss, transferring the red kryptonite to Clark and his inhibitions immediately shut down causing "bad Clark" to emerge. Fueled by the red rock, Clark decides to break up Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) and Lana's (Kristin Kreuk) wedding dinner and kidnap the bride-to-be.
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