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In a highly anticipated cinematic treat, the upcoming romantic sci-fi masterpiece “Fingernails” is all set to grace screens this November on none other than Apple TV+. Unveiled to the world in 2022, the film has been the talk of the town, and now the wait is almost over.
Apple’s acquisition of “Fingernails” took the film industry by storm back in September 2022, during the illustrious Cannes Film Festival. The visionary behind this artistic gem is none other than Christos Nikou, marking his much-anticipated foray into English-language cinema.
According to an exclusive preview unveiled by Vanity Fair, the enchanting saga of “Fingernails” is scheduled to premiere on the silver screen and simultaneously stream on Apple TV+ from November 3, 2023, onwards, promising an unforgettable viewing experience for cinephiles and enthusiasts alike.
The film boasts a star-studded ensemble cast led by the talented Jessie Buckley of “Men” fame, the mesmerizing Riz Ahmed from “The Sound of Metal,” and the versatile Jeremy Allen White recognized for his role in “The Bear.” Adding to the cinematic allure, “Fingernails” also features the charismatic Luke Wilson from “Zombieland: Double Tap” and the beloved Annie Murphy of “Schitt’s Creek” fame.
Contrary to the high-tech backdrop of its sci-fi genre, “Fingernails” intriguingly embraces a touch of retro elegance. Director Christos Nikou, in a bold artistic choice, opted for classic film techniques over digital wizardry, effectively transporting audiences to an era preceding the ubiquity of Teslas on the streets, iPhones in hands, and smart TVs in living spaces.
At its heart, “Fingernails” revolves around the captivating character Anna, portrayed by Jessie Buckley, who finds herself embroiled in the enigmatic operations of an institute wielding a peculiar contraption. This device, with an uncanny ability to decipher the presence of genuine love between two individuals, delves into the intricacies of the human heart by studying the very composition of their fingernails—albeit in a rather unconventional manner.
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For Nikou, “Fingernails” is not just another celluloid creation; it’s an intimate glimpse into the complexities of modern-day love, particularly against the backdrop of a digital age inundated with social media and dating applications. In his own words, the film poignantly portrays “the formidable challenges that beset modern love, magnified by the pervasive influence of social media and myriad apps.”
Behind the scenes, the orchestration of “Fingernails” is a testament to creative prowess. Cate Blanchett, along with Coco Francini and Andrew Upton of Dirty Films, assumes the role of producer, steering the cinematic ship into uncharted waters. The screenplay, a harmonious blend of narrative genius, is the result of a collaboration between Nikou, Stavros Raptis, and Sam Steiner.