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The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme
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The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.
The Festival will screen a »
London — Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation” is set to continue its festivals run with a slot in the official competition section of the BFI London Film Festival, which runs Oct. 7-18.
The full program for the 59th edition of the Lff was revealed Tuesday by festival director Clare Stewart, and will include the European premieres of Jay Roach’s “Trumbo,” John Crowley’s “Brooklyn” and Nicholas Hytner’s “The Lady in the Van” as sponsor gala screenings. Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise” and Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass” were also announced to receive sponsor galas, while the festival will see special presentations of Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s “The Forbidden Room” and the European premiere of Davis Guggenheim’s documentary “He Named Me Malala.”
- Robert Mitchell
Here’s the best indie film news of the week: A Prophet and Dheepan director Jacques Audiard is now going to direct the adaptation of a weird, funny, and touching Western novel called The Sisters Brothers. I love this book, which is set during the Gold Rush of 1851, and follows a violent pair of siblings as their […]
- Russ Fischer
"Robert Pattinson is attached to play the lead role in Claire Denis’s upcoming English-language sci-fi film, written with British writer Zadie Smith," reports Screen's Andreas Wiseman. More projects in the works: Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer are writing a comedy together. John C. Reilly will star in Jacques Audiard's English-language debut. Barry Jenkins is working on his first feature since Medicine for Melancholy (2008). Plus Mia Hansen-Løve's The Future with Isabelle Huppert, Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff, Bryan Cranston teams with James Franco and more. » - David Hudson »
Among the foreign-language titles on display at Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York are many titles that will wind up in the foreign Oscar race as their countries choose their final official submissions. The Germans are painstakingly narrowing their list. The Italians and French won't make their picks until September. Will these countries go with Nanni Moretti's "Mia Madre," or Jacques Audiard's Palme d'Or-winner "Dheepan"? Will Turkey pick festival hit "Mustang" or Brazil "The Second Mother" or Colombia "The Embrace of the Serpent"? Hungary has already picked Cannes prize-winner "Son of Saul" (Sony PIctures Classics), which is expected to play Telluride as well as Toronto and New York (trailer below). Romania's Berlin Silver-Bear winner "Aferim!," a 19th century drama directed by Radu Jude, is also playing Tiff. (Big World has U.S. rights.) Bosnia and Herzegovina selected Sarajevo »
- Anne Thompson
The Festival’s Closing Gala presentation on Thursday, Sept. 24 will be Deepa Mehta’s gangster film Beeba Boys on September 24, while Patricia Rozema’s Into The Forest has secured the new Spotlight Gala slot on September 19.
The Cinéma En Français S.V.P. initiative features Philippe Falardeau’s Guibord S’en Va-t-en Guerre (My Internship In Canada) and Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’or winner Dheepan. The initiative will highlight feature four additional French-Canadian and four French films.
“Our audience will find that in this year’s programme in particular the diversity of culture and community is on display like never before”, said executive director Wayne Carter. “As new technology »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Speaking on radio station Rtl whilst promoting his new film Dheepan, the 63-year-old director announced his intention to make an English-language film and that Reilly, famed for his roles in Boogie Nights, Magnolia and Step Brothers, will be his star.
The film will be an adaptation of author Patrick deWitt’s 2011 novel The Sisters Brothers, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The novel tells the story of “two brothers hired to murder a prospector during the California Gold Rush. They travel from Oregon City to San Francisco, only to find out that the man they’ve been sent to kill may have something better to offer.” The book has received numerous awards in Canada and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. »
- Scott J. Davis
For its 20th edition, the Busan International Film Festival (Biff) has cooked up something pretty special, as it is set to deliver a jam-packed lineup sure to satisfy viewers of all tastes, and then some. Opening with the vivid Indian youth drama Zubaan on October 1st and closing out with the sprawling Chinese indie Mountain Cry on October 10th, Biff has programmed 304 titles from 75 countries, of which 121 are premieres (94 world, 27 international).Heavy hitters from Cannes feature prominently, with Hou Hsia-hsien's The Assassin, Jia Zhangke's Mountains May Depart and Koreeda Hirokazu's Our Little Sister booked as gala screenings, while Jacques Audiard's Palme d'Or winner Dheepan will also feature alongside Dennis Villeneuve's Sicario, Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster, Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room, Paolo Sorrentino's Youth...
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Not one to waste too much time in development between projects (he is just as prolific as the Dardennes with a film output of a feature every three years), Jacques Audiard spilled some Far West beans on what would be his eighth directorial outing: his first English language project, his first western and one starring John C. Reilly. It’s been a signature, “auteur friendly” kind of year for Reilly with parts in Sundance preemed Entertainment and Cannes trio Tale of Tales, The Lobster and Thomas Bidegain’s Les Cowboys (see trailer below). Bidegain the scribe on Audiard’s films since 2009’s Un prophète undoubtably became a creative facilitator of sorts, as THR reports (via radio station Rtl) that Reilly and Palme d’Or winner Audiard will team on The Sisters Brothers. Reilly grabbed this novel’s film rights back in 2011. The French filmmaker is currently working on a rewrite. »
- Eric Lavallee
Jacques Audiard, director of such festival favorites as The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Rust and Bone and A Prophet, is saddling up for his English-language debut with The Sisters Brothers, and The Hollywood Reporter now brings word that John C. Reilly is attached to star in the drama.
Adapted from Patrick deWitt’s novel of the same name, the project will unfold around Eli and Charlie Sisters, two highly-skilled hitmen on the hunt of a priceless prospector that has been stolen from their boss. A western at heart, Audiard’s latest has our attention based purely on the director’s résumé alone. After all, his acclaimed Parisian drama Dheepan won the coveted Palme d’Or award during Cannes earlier this year, and we’re excited to see how the filmmaker tackles his maiden English-language film.
Having optioned the award-winning novel along with his production company, Reilly is likely to »
- Michael Briers
Films set to show at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), updated as announcements are made in the run up to the event.
Key: Wp = world premiere; Nap = North American premiere; IP = international premiere; Cp = Canadian premiere.
GALASBeeba Boys (Canada), Deepa Mehta, WPDemolition, Jean-Marc Vallée WPDisorder (Maryland) (France-Belgium), Alice Winocour NAPThe Dressmaker (Aus), Jocelyn Moorhouse, WPEye In The Sky (UK), Gavin Hood WPForsaken (Canada), Jon Cassar, WPFreeheld (Us), Peter Sollett, WPHyena Road (Canada), Paul Gross, WPLolo (France), Julie Delpy, NAPLegend (UK), Brian Helgeland, IPMan Down (Us), Dito Montiel NAPThe Man Who Knew Infinity (UK), Matt Brown, WPThe Martian (Us), Ridley Scott, WPMiss You Already (UK), Catherine Hardwicke WPMississippi Grind (Us), Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden CPMr. Right (Us), Paco Cabezas WPThe Program (UK), Stephen Frears, WPRemember (Canada), Atom Egoyan, NAPSeptembers Of Shiraz (Us), Wayne Blair, WPStonewall ([link »
A Prophet and Rust And Bone director Jacques Audiard is set to make his English-language debut with The Sisters Brothers, an adaptation of the 2011 Patrick deWitt historical novel of the same name. The Palme d’Or-winning French filmmaker announced the news yesterday on a radio station while promoting his latest movie Dheepan, and Audiard also says John C. Reilly will star as one of the leads, although... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Based on Canadian writer Patrick deWitt's 2011 novel, this will be the filmmaker's first project in English and the first working with Hollywood talent.
The film follows two brothers hired to murder a prospector during the California Gold Rush - only to find out that the man they've been sent to kill may have something better to offer.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
The Beat That My Heart Skipped director saddles up to direct western starring John C Reilly
Jacques Audiard’s English-language debut will be a western set during the California gold rush starring John C Reilly, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The director is working on an adaptation of The Sisters Brothers by Canadian author Patrick deWitt. The book tells the story of Eli and Charlie Sisters, two hitmen on the trail of a prospector who has stolen from their boss. Reilly’s production company optioned the Man Booker prize-shortlisted book.
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- Guardian film
“’Zubaan’ is a film that is able to highlight the past twenty years of Biff as a festival that has discovered a number of new Asian directors and helped lift them to world class,” said festival co-director Lee Yong-kwan at a press conference in Busan on Tuesday. “’Zubaan’ also demonstrates the current transition and the future of Indian cinema that the world has recently begun paying attention to.
“Mountain Cry,” adapted from Ge Shuiping’s award-winning novel of the same title, is a joint venture production by Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Beijing Hairun Pictures.
In total the festival will include 304 films from 75 countries, including 94 world premieres and 27 international premieres.
The festival’s six title Gala »
- Sonia Kil
Following modern French classics like The Beat That My Heart Skipped, A Prophet, Rust & Bone and Dheepan, Jacques Audiard is set to make his English-language debut. He'll direct a Western adapted from Patrick DeWitt's novel The Sisters Brothers. John C. Reilly has signed up to lead the cast.DeWitt's book, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2011, revolves around the colourfully named gold prospector Hermann Kermit Warm, who's being pursued across 1000 miles of 1850s Oregon desert to San Francisco by the notorious assassins Eli and Charlie Sisters. Except Eli is having a personal crisis and beginning to doubt the longevity of his chosen career. And Hermann might have a better offer...Audiard announced the project on French radio station Rtl yesterday morning, so further details on the production set-up are unforthcoming so far. He said The Sisters Brothers chimed with him for having similar themes - principally survival in »
When we spoke to director Jacques Audiard and his co-writer Thomas Bidegain a couple of years ago at the BFI London Film Festival circa "Rust and Bone," they revealed they that he had a couple of projects brewing. "We have a musical, and we have a western," Audiard said. What followed instead was the Palme d'Or winning "Dheepan" which hit Cannes earlier this year. But it looks like that western is gearing back up and it sounds promising. Read More: Cannes Review: Jacques Audiard's 'Dheepan' Is An Excellent, Searing & Compassionate Drama Speaking with French press today Audiard revealed that he's working on an adaptation of Patrick deWitt's "The Sisters Brothers" for his next film. The critically acclaimed, Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel tells a gritty and darkly funny tale set against the backdrop of the Gold Rush. Here's the book synopsis: Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Festival director Mirsad Purivatra says “quality over quantity” in the programme has led to a boost in figures.
The Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 14-22) generated 10% more box office than last year’s 20th anniversary edition, according to preliminary figures revealed to ScreenDaily by festival director Mirsad Purivatra.
“We still have some calculations to make but the results are really positive and we estimate our box office is up by 10%,” said Purivatra, one of the founders who created the festival near the end of the Bosnian War in 1995 while the city was still under siege.
The festival has grown from an attendance of 15,000 back then to more than 100,000 cinemagoers and film professionals.
During screenings at venues across the city that included an impressive 3,000 capacity open air theatre »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Us premieres of Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth and Charlie Vundla’s South African drama Cuckold are among the initial roster of 24 films announced by programmers at the Chicago International Film Festival on Thursday.
The line-up includes Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or winner Dheepan, Todd Haynes much fancied awards prospect Carol (pictured), Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years starring Berlin Silver Bear winners Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay and Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre.
“This preview into our 51st festival includes innovative new work representing a variety of cultures and ideas from around the world, which pays tribute to our mission,” said Michael Kutza, founder and artistic director of the Chicago International Film Festival.
“It has always been my goal to bring the most exciting work in contemporary international cinema to Chicago during the Chicago International Film Festival. This year is no different.”
“Each year, we »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Exclusive: Stars of Jacques Audiard’s Cannes winner to lead new feature, which is set to shoot in India later this year.
Antonythasan Jesuthasan and Kalieaswari Srinivasan revealed their involvement in the upcoming film to ScreenDaily at the Sarajevo Film Festival, where Palme d’Or winner Dheepan played to a packed audience at the city’s Open Air cinema on Saturday (Aug 15).
The film, titled Aasai Mugam (literal translation Dearest Face), centres on two brothers at war over their ancestral farmland at the foothills of the Western Ghats mountain range in southern India.
The story is set against the backdrop of brick manufacturers, who pay handsomely to lease agricultural land to mine sand, and cause rifts between families consumed by greed and jealousy.
Jesuthasan, who plays the title character in Dheepan and is also »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
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