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Turin — The Turin Film Festival’s top prize, worth $20,400, went to Fernando Eimbcke’s comical “Club Sandwich,” which premiered at the Toronto Film Fest.
French relationship pic “2 Autumns 3 Winters,” helmed by Sebastien Betbeder, won the Special Jury award, while Mariana Rondon’s widely praised “Bad Hair,” from Venezuela, took home best actress for Samantha Castillo, as well as best script and several other prizes.
Best actor went to Gabriel Arcand for French-Canadian Cannes-preemed drama “Le Demantelement,” and the audience prize was nabbed by the popular Italian serio-comedy “The Mafia Kills Only in the Summer.”
In the international docu competition, Ben Rivers’ and Ben Russell’s “A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness” received the main award, with “The Ghosts of San Berillo,” directed by Edoardo Morabito, going home with the best Italo doc.
The festival closed Nov. 30 with a 34% increase in ticket sales from last year, proving once again that »
- Jay Weissberg
The distributor will release in the Us and license to world airlines following a deal in Toronto with eOne Films International.
Le Démantèlement screened in the festival’s Contemporary World Cinema strand and tells of a sheep farmer who sells his property to help his daughter in the big city.
Review: Le Démantèlement
Le Démantèlement screened in Critics Week in Cannes and won the Sacd Prize. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights and world airline rights to “Le Demantelement” from Entertainment One, the latter company announced on Wednesday. The film, which screened in Toronto this past week, recently won the Sacd Prize in Cannes. It stars Gabriel Arcand, Gilles Renaud, Lucie Laurier and Sophie Desmarais and was directed by Sébastien Pilote. The story follows Gaby, a farmer rearing beautiful lambs on his family property, La Ferme Gagnon. His two daughters, raised like princesses, live far away in the big city. When the eldest asks for money to avoid the loss of her home, Gaby decides to liquidate his beloved. »
- Jeff Sneider
Toronto -- Entertainment One has sold Sebastien Pilote's Le Demantelement to Film Movement for the U.S. market. The U.S. distributor also picked up the global airline rights to the Gabriel Arcand-starrer that won the Sacd prize in Cannes before screening at the Toronto Film Festival this week. The French-language family drama follows a man who sells his farm after his daughter in the big city asks for money to avoid losing her home. Le Demantelement also stars Gilles Renaud, Lucie Laurier and Sophie Desmarais. "We are so happy to be working with eOne again on a truly
- Etan Vlessing
The same long-suffering quality that allowed a salt-of-the-earth Canadian to singlehandedly maintain the family farm for decades ultimately enables him to put the entire property up for sale in “Le Demantelement,” a film whose measured pace and minimal conflict seem better suited to pastoral living than arthouse viewing. In an interview with the pic’s Cannes Critics’ Week programmers, writer-director Sebastien Pilote (“The Salesman”) likened the put-upon old father to Shakespeare’s Lear or Balzac’s Pere Goriot, though the comparisons suggest the potential for greater incident and interaction between characters. Ultimately, the melancholy film will sow its elegiac impact in fest fields.
A forlorn loner, Gaby Gagnon (Gabriel Arcand, a Genie winner for “The Decline of the American Empire”) is a man of few words, nearly content sharing his home with no one but his sheepdog, and tending to a farm that has afforded him just three days’ vacation in the past 40 years. »
- Peter Debruge
5 items from 2013
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