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Kicking off tonight with the Latin American premiere of Wild, the latest from Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée, the third edition of Mexico's Los Cabos International Film Festival (Ciff) promises to be a fantastic way to end the year of festivals. In 2014, Los Cabos renovated entirely its image - it was previously known as Baja Film Festival - and made an effort to secure the Mexican or Latin American premieres of some of the most anticipated films of the year. It's also important to mention that Los Cabos was recently affected by hurricane Odile and the festival is representing the city's recuperation. This sure looks like their best edition yet, with homages to Denys Arcand, Atom Egoyan, Guillermo Arriaga, and Roger Ebert, prestige films like...
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Rights on The Dark Horse have gone in Benelux (Imagine Film), France (Zed), Germany (Koch Media), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Switzerland (Praesens), Turkey (Fabula), UK (Koch Media), Israel (Shoval Film), Middle East (Shooting Stars), Colombia (Babilla Cine) and airlines (Jaguar).
eOne will directly distribute in Canada writer-director James Napier Robertson’s story of a man who struggles to overcome challenges and pass on his gift to children in his community. Cliff Curtis stars.
Deals closed in Japan (UpLink), South Korea (At Nine Film), Turkey (Bir Film), Israel (Shoval Film) and China (Blue Media Times). Séville is in negotiations for Benelux and confirmed it will handle Charles Binamé’s film »
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Consolidating a top-flight Canadian presence at the 3rd Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival, director Atom Egoyan will deliver a masterclass on the makings of revenge drama-thriller “Remember,” accompanied by producers Robert Lantos and Gerardo Gatica, and moderated by the Toronto Festival’s artistic director Cameron Bailey.
Now in post, and sold by Im Global outside the U.S., “Remember” is produced by Robert and Ari Lantos and Gatica, and stars Academy Award winners Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau, and Germany’s Bruno Ganz, Adolf Hitler in “Downfall.”
- John Hopewell
Paré landed her first film role in the TV movie "Bonanno: A Godfather's Story".
After auditioning for a bit part in the indie feature "Stardom" (2000), Paré was cast by director Denys Arcand to star in the film, followed by starring roles in "Lost and Delirious" (2001) and the TV mini-series "Random Passage" (2002) and "Napoléon".
Her notable feature film work includes "Wicker Park" (2004), "Lives of the Saints" (2004), "Protect and Serve" (2007), "Jusqu'à toi" (2007), "The Trotsky" (2008), "Suck" (2008), "Red Coat Justice" (2009) and the Hollywood feature, "Hot Tub Time Machine" (2010).
Paré's breakout role was in "Mad Men", playing 'Megan Calvet', a secretary at the ad agency 'Sterling Cooper'. »
- Michael Stevens
It is official, Canada. We have a film in the race for the Foreign Language Oscar.
Canada has selected Xavier Dolan’s Mommy to be our official entry for the category which sees non-English submissions from around the world. Only one film per country may be submitted. Mommy’s selection doesn’t mean that it’s guaranteed a shot at Oscar, at this point in time it merely means that we have joined the hunt for the Academy Award. From here, the list of submitted films is whittled down to a shortlist from which the eventual five nominees are selected.
Dolan’s Mommy is a hot commodity in the film community having picked up the Jury Prize at Cannes, where we were able to speak to the director about the movie, moments before the film's rapturous reception.
This marks the second time one of Dolan’s films has been submitted for consideration. »
- Rachel West
At 25 years old, Montreal native Xavier Dolan has already accomplished more than many filmmakers do in a lifetime.
Earlier this year, his latest film "Mommy" took the Jury Prize at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
Now, Dolan may have a chance to walk across an even greater stage: the film has been submitted as Canada's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, Telefilm Canada announced in a Friday news release.
"It's a very nice honour and a beautiful challenge that feeds my competitive nature," Dolan told CTV News.
"It's the first of many steps."
This isn't the first time Dolan has been up for Oscar consideration. In 2010, his debut "I Killed My Mother" also was submitted as Canada's entry for Best Foreign Language Film.
"For the last several years, Canadian cinema has made waves at the Oscars with strong and audacious films," Telefilm Canada executive director Carolle Brabant said in a statement. »
- Jesse Ferreras
Black Holes and Revelations: Gilliam’s Cluttered Dystopia a Mixed Return to Form
In what stands as his best film since 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, director Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem still isn’t quite the dystopic juggernaut one might have hoped for, though it does slightly resemble one of his most noted works, 1985’s Brazil. However, this isn’t quite that state of mind, though it does in fact revolve mightily around the state of its protagonist’s conflicted existence and his unrequited search for meaning in a world that instead contends there absolutely is none. Being treated to a demure theatrical release over a year after its premiere at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, it’s being handled as a boutique title, likely to wallow into the same nether regions as Gilliam’s last several titles, like the valiant exercise The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus »
- Nicholas Bell
As this year's Toronto International Film Festival comes to a close, we gather one last round of notable reviews of notable films: new work by Liv Ullmann, François Ozon, Isao Takahata, Denys Arcand, Sophie Barthes, Alan Rickman, Im Kwon-taek, Anne Fontaine, Ken Jacobs, Manoel de Oliveira, Bent Hamer, Ann Hui, James Franco, Andrew Lau, Andrew Niccol, Wang Xiaoshuai, Claire Denis, Michael Winterbottom, Lone Scherfig, Peter Chan, Mario Martone, Zhang Lu, Naji Abu Nowar and more. » - David Hudson »
For its upcoming third edition (12-16 November), Los Cabos International Film Festival (previously known as Baja International Film Festival) has a brand new image, but it is once again showcasing the cinema of Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The festival revealed yesterday the details regarding the Canadian part of its official selection. It also confirmed a couple of tributes, dedicated to two widely celebrated Canadian filmmakers. It's all about Canada so far for this Mexican film festival, indeed. The directors that are being honored by Los Cabos are Denys Arcand and Atom Egoyan. Arcand is best known for The Decline of the American Empire and its Academy Award-winning sequel, The Barbarian Invasions. Egoyan is a longtime favorite at the Cannes Film Festival, with such awarded...
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It’s been a decade since Denys Arcand became the first French-Canadian director to win an Oscar for foreign-language film with his still-potent “The Barbarian Invasions,” but watching his latest, “An Eye for Beauty,” it feels like it’s been much longer. , this purported romantic comedy-drama contains little of the three, at best serving as a sort of extended L.L. Bean advertisement, full of fabulously shot footage of Eastern Canadian vistas and the well-dressed rustic yuppies who live there. Pic should be a tough sell outside Quebec.
Our allegedly sympathetic protagonist, Luc (Eric Bruneau), is a wealthy, renowned thirtysomething architect, who inhabits an impeccable house in a marvelously photogenic rural area near Quebec City. He’s outlandishly handsome and fit, married to the statuesque blond bombshell Stephanie (Melanie Thierry), knows his wine, grows bushels of his own Humboldt County pot in the nearby woods, drives a flashy T-Bird, sings tenor in the church choir, »
- Andrew Barker
Los Cabos International Film Festival will honor Canadian filmmakers Denys Arcand, Atom Egoyan and Mexico's Guillermo Arriaga in November. The lineup will feature Arcand's latest feature An Eye for Beauty and his Oscar winner The Barbarian Invasions; Egoyan's thriller The Captive and the Oscar-nominated The Sweet Hereafter; and the North America premiere of the Arriaga-produced omnibus Words With Gods. Jury members for the official selection include actor-director Diego Luna, Toronto International Film Festival director Piers Handling and film critic Mark Adams. Heading into its third edition, Los Cabos runs from Nov. 12 – 16. The annual
- John Hecht
Here’s nine things you probably don’t know about the Toronto Film Festival, which starts Sept. 5:
1. Glam Slam
Gone are the days when the party grid was lean until the weekend. The glam hits the fan festival eve (Sept. 3) with Tiff Gala — a $1,500-per-ticket charity event supporting the fest’s education and philanthropic activities — where Al Pacino (who’s in Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling” and David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn,” both at Tiff) shares insights during an onstage conversation.
2. Opening Night
The Gala world preem of “The Judge” kicks off the fest, with the D-List (director David Dobkin, stars Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall) hitting the red carpet. But opening-night thrills no longer revolve around one film. “Tokyo Tribe” from Sion Sono (helmer of 2013 Midnight aud award winner “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?”) and Marah Strauch’s feature bow, “Sunshine Superman,” launch, respectively, Midnight and Tiff Doc sidebars. »
- Jennie Punter
I've been chart happy this week as you can see. The Oscar charts were all updated two days ago. And now the Foreign Language Film Submission Charts - all three of 'em - are up. Have to be ready when September hits, you know!? The three foreign film submission charts are now up:
Afghanistan to Ethiopia
(detailed speculation) Finland to Palestine Territories
(a few countries highlighted - 1 official submission) Peru to Vietnam
(we'll get there! 2 official submissions)
You can always access the Oscar charts from the pulldown menu on the navigation bar. (But you must know that already.) Only the first chart has a lot of information (read: speculation) since only one country has officially announced. That would be Hungary's tense critically lauded allegory White God. But the charts will grow. Update: Turkey and Poland have all announced. We have a race!
For now let's talk about a few random »
- NATHANIEL R
When it comes screen legends Al Pacino (Dog Day Afternoon) does not appear to be slowing down as he appears as an aging stage actor in The Humbling directed by Barry Levinson (Men in Black) and as a heartbroken small town locksmith in Manglehorn helmed by David Gordon Green (Joe); both dramas will be getting a North American Premiere at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival.
The Oscar-winning thespian will also kicking off the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival by having an on-stage conversation about his career at the Tiff Bell Lightbox on September 3, 2014 at 7 p.m.. “We’re thrilled to have Al Pacino participate in our third annual Tiff Gala,” stated Maxine Bailey, VP of Advancement at Tiff. “This important event raises much-needed funds that allow Tiff to continue our free year-round activities like Reel Comfort, a programme that brings films and special guests to mental health patients at Toronto hospitals, »
- Trevor Hogg
The Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled a strong lineup of Canadian films including new works by acclaimed Canadian filmmakers Xavier Dolan, Sturla Gunnarsson, Ruba Nadda, Jacob Tierney and Denys Arcand, and an impressive number of first-time feature filmmakers. Jam-packed with compelling works ranging from thrillers and comedies to romances and musicals, this year's Canadian offerings promise to entertain, inspire and move audiences.
"These are filmmakers at the top of their craft, bringing fresh perspectives to traditional genres like comedies and less traditionally Canadian genres, such as musicals," said Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, Tiff. "This year's slate truly showcases the diversity of talent in our country, featuring films from coast to coast."
Here's a selection of some of the Canadian films on offer at this year's film festival:
"We are inspired by the number of exceptional debut features from Canadian directors, reflecting the depth of talent in this country," said Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo, »
- Chris Jancelewicz
The Toronto International Film Festival‘s Canadian lineup is a mix of veterans and newcomers with works ranging from thrillers and comedies to romances and musicals. The Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film will be given to one of the filmmakers, with the City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film going to a debut helmer. Among the familiar names in the mix are wunderkind Xavier Dolan whose Mommy won the Grand Jury Prize in Cannes this year; and Oscar winner Denys Arcand with An Eye For Beauty. Dolan is also doing double duty as an actor […] »
Tiff may be a showcase for cinema from around the world, but it’s also an exhibition place to show off our homegrown talent to the rest of the world.
At the Toronto International Film Festival’s Canadian press conference, the festival programmers unveiled the impressive line-up of Canadian films as well as the Canucks who are the ones to watch in their Rising Star programme.
In its fourth year, the Tiff Rising Stars programme recognizing emerging Canadian talent who are charting their own trajectory within Canadian cinema and beyond. Past Rising Stars have included Sarah Gadon, Megan Park, andTatiana Maslany.
This year’s crop of new talent includes Sophie Desmarais who you may have seen as a young track star in last year’s festival pick Sarah Prefers to Run (Sarah préfère la course) and Shannon Kook who appeared in a supporting role inThe Conjuring and next appears in »
- Rachel West
The luxurious banquet hall in Toronto’s Royal York hotel was electric with excitement as Tiff senior programmers including Steve Gravestock and Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo announced the robust lineup of Canadian films (several world preems) at this year’s Tiff plus the 40+ short titles (out of an astounding 840 short films — an increase of over 200 titles from last year) that will screen at the prestigious festival. With features populating almost every section at the fest, among the headliner items from English Canada, Cairo Time‘s Ruba Nadda returns to the fest with October Gale, while also world preeming is Bang Bang Baby — Jeffrey St. Jules marks his feature film debut with a film that is equal parts Rocky Horror Picture Show and early Cronenberg. Starring Jane Levy of the recent About Alex, it revolves around a small-town teenager in the ’60s whose dream of becoming a famous singer is dashed »
- Leora Heilbronn
The Toronto Int'l Film Fest announcements keep coming. This week the fest has dropped a bevy of new features that all come from native daughters and sons of Canada. The films are slotted in among a number of programs and include the 10th Midnighter The Editor directed by Manborg himself Matthew Kennedy and Father's Day co-director Adam Brooks (remember this?). Also on the list are new films by Xavier Dolan, Ruba Nadda, and Jacob Tierney. Here's the full list. Special Presentations An Eye for Beauty (Le règne de la beauté) Denys Arcand, Canada - Toronto Premiere Luc, a talented young architect, lives a peaceful life with his wife Stephanie in the stunning area of Charlevoix. He has a beautiful house, a pretty wife, dines often...
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The countdown is on. It's less than thirty days until the Toronto International Film Festival turns the Ontario city upside down for the movie world, and today they unveiled the slate of movies from their homeland that will a get a chance to shine on the world stage. Easily the biggest movie of the bunch is Xavier Dolan's "Mommy," which is being given a Toronto Premiere, which suggests it'll be going to Telluride to make its North American debut. As making its Toronto debut is another French Cannes sensation, Stéphane Lafleur's "Tu dors Nicole." Meanwhile, Denys Arcand's "An Eye For Beauty" and Jacob Tierney's "Preggoland" might also be worth highlighting. Tiff runs from September 4-14. Canadian lineup below. Special Presentations "An Eye for Beauty" ("Le règne de la beauté"), Denys Arcand, Canada Toronto Premiere Luc, a talented young architect, lives a peaceful life with his »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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