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Piers Handling, CEO and Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, announced the first round of titles premiering in the Galas and Special Presentations programmes of the 40th Toronto International Film Festival. There are some wonderful film-watching opportunities for fans of South Asian film, as a slate of films either produced in, set in, or with a connection to South Asia are included in the announcement. The following is taken from the Tiff press release, with some additional notes.
An adrenaline-charged violent Indo-Canadian gang war mixes guns, bhangra beats, bespoke suits, cocaine, and betrayal. Gang boss Jeet Johar and his loyal, young crew are audaciously taking over the Vancouver drug and arms scene from an old-style crime syndicate. Hearts are broken and family bonds shattered when the Beeba Boys (known as »
- Katherine Matthews
Scott Foundas: Well, the cat is really out of the bag now. After weeks of intense blogosphere speculation about the fall festival season and palate-whetting gala announcements from the New York Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival kicked things into high gear this morning when it announced more than 40 titles that will comprise the festival’s Gala and Special Presentations categories come September. It’s a typically starry list, full of A-list names in front of and behind the camera, some very obvious Oscar bait, and a few Toronto stalwarts to satisfy the requisite quota of local Canadian talent, including Atom Egoyan, who makes a bid for a comeback (after the career-pummeling one-two of “Devil’s Knot” and “The Captive”) with “Remember,” starring Christopher Plummer as a Holocaust survivor trying to track down the former Nazi guard responsible for murdering his family.
Egoyan’s film is listed by the »
- Scott Foundas and Justin Chang
A selection of films from the 2015 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival have been unveiled, with films by Terrence Davies, Pablo Larraín, Deepa Mehta, Charlie Kaufman, and many more!GalasBeeba Boys (Deepa Mehta, Canada)Demolition (Jean-Marc Vallée, USA)The Dressmaker (Jocelyn Moorhouse, Australia)Eye in the Sky (Gavin Hood, United Kingdom)Forsaken (Jon Cassar, Canada)Freeheld (Peter Sollett, USA)Hyena Road (Paul Gross, Canada)Legend (Brian Helgeland, United Kingdom)Lolo (Julie Delpy, France)The Man Who Knew Infinity (Matthew Brown, United Kingdom)The Martian (Ridley Scott, USA)The Program (Stephen Frears, United Kingdom)Remember (Atom Egoyan, Canada)Septembers of Shiraz (Wayne Blair, USA)Stonewall (Roland Emmerich, USA)Special PresentationsAnomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, USA)Beasts of No Nation (Cary Fukunaga, USA/Ghana)Black Mass (Scott Cooper, USA)Brooklyn (John Crowley, United Kingdom/Ireland/Canada)The Club (Pablo Larraín, Chile)Colonia (Florian Gallenberger, Germany/Luxembourg/France)The Danish Girl (Tom Hooper, »
This morning the first lineup of films were announced for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (see the lineup below and the write up here) and Kevin Jagernauth from The Playlist joins me here to take a look at the film's announced in the Gala and Special Presentation selection. We start from the top and run down the list from top to bottom, pointing out highlights and surprises and end with a discussion about the films we're surprised that weren't announced. You can listen to the full episode in the player below, it runs just under 40 minutes long and you can find the complete lineup right here. You can subscribe to the RopeofSilicon Podcast on iTunes right here, find us on SoundCloud here as well as on Twitter and Facebook. Galas Beeba Boys (dir. Deepa Mehta) Demolitian (dir. Jean-Marc Vallee) *Opening Night Film* The Dressmaker (dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse) Eye in the Sky (dir. »
- Brad Brevet
The 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) will feature first looks for Jay Roach’s blacklisted screenwriter biopic Trumbo starring Bryan Cranston as well as Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong drama with Ben Foster.
Joining The Program on the roster of world premiere Gala screenings are Ridley Scott’s sci-fi adventure The Martian, Deepa Mehta’s gangster tale Beeba Boys and Kate Winslet Australian drama The Dressmaker.
Click here for Tiff film trailers
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate. Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition." It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next." Notable films that will have premiered »
- Gregory Ellwood
The 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival will open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Demolition,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts. Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” with Matt Damon, and Michael Moore’s “Where to Invade Next” were among the world premieres unveiled Tuesday during the Festival’s first major announcement.
In addition to more than a dozen Gala titles, more than 30 Special Presentations films were also revealed, with world premieres including Jay Roach’s “Trumbo” and Nicolas Hytner’s “The Lady In The Van.”
With the bulk of Toronto’s slate still under wraps, this first blast reflects the fest’s high-street persona in its mix of awards-season contenders (world-premiering pics alongside Sundance, Cannes and other fest-circuit notables), hot-topic cinema, high-profile Canadian titles, foreign pics likely to connect with North American audiences and star power.
- Jennie Punter
2015’s Toronto International Film Festival, now in its 40th year, will kick off the fall festival season with their opening night film, Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal in Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée’s follow-up to Dallas Buyers Club. Over 350 films are among this year’s festival.
Tiff 15’s list of Special Presentation is an incredible list of new films from Michael Moore (Where to Invade Next), Charlie Kaufmann (Anomalisa), Scott Cooper (Black Mass), Denis Villeneuve (Sicario), Tom Hooper (The Danish Girl), Cary Fukunaga (Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation), and Jacques Audiard (Dheepan). Several of the titles were among this year’s Cannes lineup, including The Lobster, Youth, and Louder than Bombs.
Deepa Meetha’s Beeba Boys, Stephen Frears’s Lance Armstrong movie The Program, Freeheld, starring last year’s Oscar winner Julianne Moore alongside Ellen Page, Steve Carell, and Michael Shannon, Atom Egoyan’s Remember, and Brian Helgeland’s Tom Hardy »
- Brian Welk
The first films selected for the 2015 Toronto Film Festival have been announced in the Gala and Special Presentation selections as well as the opening night film, which just so happens to be Jean-Marc Vallee's Demolitian starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, which Fox Searchlight recently dated for an April 8, 2016 release date. Have they reconsideredc Are they planning on gauging the reception at Toronto to see if it's worth opening this year in hopes of Oscarsc Might it have had something to do with the tepid response to the release of Southpawc As for the films announced today, and there are many more announcements to come, I'll begin with the Special Presentations, which include several highly anticipated titles as well as many that played to acclaim earlier this year, either in Sundance or at Cannes. New to the festival circuit include Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba, »
- Brad Brevet
Sundance award-winner to open festival; Dagur Kári’s Tribeca winner Virgin Mountain to close.
Anna Muylaert’s The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) is to open the 21st Sarajevo Film Festival on August 14.
Brazilian director Muylaert will be in attendance at Sarajevo’s impressive open air theatre for the screening of the film, in which the estranged daughter of a live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, breaking down unspoken class barriers that exist within the home.
The film debuted at Sundance in January where actors Regina Casé and Camila Márdila picked up the Special Jury Prize. It went on to win the Panorama Audience Award at Berlin in February and the jury prize for best screenplay at RiverRun.
Sarajevo has also announced that Dagur Kári’s Virgin Mountain (Fusi) will close the festival on August 22.
Kári will present the screening alongside lead actor Gunnar Jónsson, who plays a 43-year-old that still lives with his mother and whose monotonous »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
While Jacques Audiard's "Dheepan" wound up walking away with the Palme d'Or, in the early days of this year's Cannes Film Festival, many were predicting that Hungarian director László Nemes' "Son Of Saul" would walk away with big prize (even our critic called it a frontrunner in his review). That didn't happen, but the film took home handful of prizes from Cannes including the Fipresci award, and this powerful, wordless, first international trailer certainly conveys what looks to be a stirring piece of cinema. Set near the end of WWII, the story centers on the titular Saul, a Hungarian prisoner in a concentration camp who assists the Nazis in bringing Jews into the gas chambers, until one day he sees what he believes to be his own son killed at the hands of a guard. Here's the official synopsis: October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau.Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With features such as The Beat That My Heart Skipped and Rust and Bone under his belt, filmmaker Jacques Audiard has garnered acclaim across various festivals over the course of his career. The Cannes Film Festival has been no different in this regard, as Audiard had been nominated three times for the Palme d’Or prior to the 2015 incarnation of the festival, for A Self-Made Hero, A Prophet, and Rust and Bone. The 2015 Festival, however, brought his first win, for Audiard’s newest feature Dheepan.
Audiard takes on both co-writing and directing duties for the film, with the three primary roles being notably played by relative newcomers. Jesuthasan Antonythasan, who plays the titular character, is appearing in only his second film, with co-stars Kalieaswari Srinivasan and Claudine Vinasithamby making their debuts in the feature. The synopsis is below.
Dheepan is a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and »
- Deepayan Sengupta
A master at capturing the intense emotional turmoil of seemingly ordinary people, the films of director Jacques Audiard ("A Prophet," "Rust And Bone") are not for the faint-hearted. But this year, the jury at Cannes were with him every step of the way, awarding his latest "Dheepan" with the Palme d'Or. And while it lacks English subtitles or dialogue, the first international trailer for the film still conveys the power it packs. Starring Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby), Vincent Rottiers, and Antonythasan Jesuthasan, the story follows a Tamil freedom fighter who comes to Europe, forms a makeshift family, and claims asylum. However, further violence in the Parisian slums forces him to make a stand. And all told, this looks like another knockout from Audiard, with our critic in Cannes calling the picture, "absolutely terrific." "Dheepan" opens in France on August 26th. Sundance Selects will »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Reda Kateb Takes an Oath in Hippocrates
By Alex Simon
French actor Reda Kateb always knew he was a born actor. The son of an Algerian actor father and French mother (and grandnephew of celebrated Algerian writer Kateb Yacine), Reda grew up watching his father perform on stages across Europe. After deciding himself to “enter the family business” as a child, honing his skills reciting his great uncle’s texts, Reda stayed busy on the stage as well, making his film debut in the internationally-lauded A Prophet in 2009.
Reda’s latest film, Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor, traces the relationship between two young physicians (Kateb and Vincent Lacoste) doing their internships in a Parisian hospital. Reda’s work captured him a 2014 César Award as Best Supporting Actor. The film opens in the U.S. today, June 19.
Reda spoke to us by phone from his home in France. Here’s »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
London — Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin’s “Minions,” Chris Columbus’ “Pixels” and “Terminator Genisys,” which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke, are among the films selected to play at Croatia’s Pula Film Festival.
The international program competition includes George Ovashvili’s “Corn Island,” which won at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival; Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan”; Gabriel Ripstein’s “600 Miles,” winner of the Berlin Film Festival’s first feature award; and Alante Kavaite’s “The Summer of Sangaile,” which won the Sundance Film Festival’s world cinema dramatic directing award.
Fourteen films play in the competition section of the international program, and 14 features have been selected for the Croatian films program, which were chosen from the 28 movies submitted.
The fest is headed by Gordana Restovic, and the festival board includes Hrvoje Puksec, Mike Downey and Tanja Milicic.
Downey, who is also deputy chairman of the European Film Academy, »
- Leo Barraclough
Innovations include showing Utopia as part of first TV offering at a Croatian festival.
Croatia’s Pula Film Festival (July 18-25) has announced the programme for its 62nd edition.
The Croatian programme saw 75 films submitted - 28 features, 47 shorts - of which 14 features, including Cannes hit The High Sun by Dalibor Matanić, and 16 shorts were selected.
The International Competition includes 14 features, and 12 shorts out of competition.
Pula’s offerings also include the Short Matters short programme presented with the European Film Academy; the Dizalica strand for 16-to 21 year-olds; and the children’s programme Pulica.
Croatian Features We Will Be The World Champions, Darko Bajić The Girls - Life of Another, Andrea »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
After a record 83 countries submitted films in the Best Foreign Language category at the Oscars last year, Hungary has officially kicked off this year's submissions with the Grand Prix winner from this year's Cannes Film Festival, Laszlo Nemes's Son of Saul. Set in October 1944, at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Son of Saul follows Saul Auslander (Geza Rohrig), a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the corpse of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child's body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner's Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial. The film received rave reviews out of the festival and was thought to be »
- Brad Brevet
At home with Festa del Cinema Artistic Director Antonio Monda Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
From playing a role in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, having recent Le Conversazioni with Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen Sondheim, Zadie Smith, Patrick McGrath, Isabella Rossellini, Salman Rushdie, Julie Taymor, Jeffrey Eugenides, Marina Abramovic and Daniel Libeskind, to co-founding Open Roads: New Italian Cinema, with this year's highlights including Ivano de Matteo's The Dinner (I Nostri Ragazzi) and Lamberto Sanfelice's Chlorine (Cloro), starring Sara Serraiocco - Antonio Monda has done a great deal already. Now, he is appointed the Artistic Director of the Rome International Film Festival.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Exclusive: Front Row strikes Cannes deals with HanWay, Protagonist, Embankment.
Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has finalised a raft of Cannes deals with Embankment, HanWay, Protagonist, Cmg, Visit Films and Fox International Productions.
Front Row continued a long-standing relationship by securing deals across Protagonist’s slate including Pete Travis’ Middle East-set action-drama Snatchback, which is set to star and be produced by Rachel Weisz, heavy-metal drama Lords of Chaos and Taika Waititi’s comedy Hunt For The Wilderpeople.
From HanWay Films, Front Row secured John Cameron Mitchell’s Romeo and Juliet-style alien punk story How To Talk To Girls At Parties, set to star Nicole Kidman, Matt Lucas, Elle Fanning and Ruth Wilson; family-adventure film Swallows and Amazons with Rafe Spall and Kelly Macdonald; and Wadjda director Haifaa al-Mansour’s Mary Shelley drama A Storm »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
The recipient of this year’s Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, I said in my review, “French veteran Jacques Audiard‘s Dheepan is a muscularly directed dramatic thriller about the difficulties of starting over and the inevitability of violence. Clear-eyed, tightly wound, and cinematically and psychologically immersive, it’s a furious ride of a movie that actually has something […] »
- Zhuo-Ning Su
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