Tuesday, 2 October 2012


Photography by Jack English
Chester (Viggo Mortensen), Rydal (Oscar Isaac), Colette (Kirsten Dunst)

The first picture of THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY has arrived.

Starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac, the film is currently shooting in  Crete, before moving to Athens, Istanbul and Ealing Studios in London.

THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY is a stylish international thriller based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith adapted for the screen by Hossein Amini (DRIVE), who also has his directional debut here. Please see below for a short synopsis -

1962. 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.

THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY is produced by Working Title and Timnick Films. STUDIOCANAL finances and will distribute in the U.K., Germany, France, Australia & New Zealand, selling the rest of the world. Hoyts Distribution will release the film in 2013.