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After the initial slate for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival was announced last month there were many observers, including this pundit, who wondered of the annual September event had once again lost the battle of premieres to its Fall festival cousins. While debuting Ridley Scott's "The Martian," Jean Marc Valle's "Demolition" and Michael Moore's "Where Do We Invade Next" is nothing to sneeze at the fact some of the most anticipated films of the year are heading to Venice and Telluride first has to be a bit disheartening. Especially when it's your 40th anniversary. Never fear fans of the Great White North, Toronto always seems to land some eyebrow raising last minute additions and this year is no different. Today Tiff announced that David Gordon Green's "Our Brand Is Crisis" with Sandra Bullock, Marc Abraham's "I Saw The Light" with Tom Hiddleston, Catherine Hardwicke's "Miss You Already »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Toronto International Film Festival has added 5 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to its huge and highly anticipated international lineup including the Closing Night Film, Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right.
In July, it was announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.
Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Ridley Scott, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason Bateman, Cary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Rebecca Miller, Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham.
- Michelle McCue
Returning for its 38th year, the Mill Valley Film Festival (Mvff) runs Thursday, October 8 – Sunday, October 18, 2015, and here's the early word on what's to come: 11 days of films, panels and performances in Marin County. This year's lineup already boasts plenty of Oscar contenders, Cannes winners and Bay Area premieres. The full slate will be revealed on September 15, 2015. Here are the early titles announced thus far, many from Cannes (language courtesy of the festival): Read More: Catching Up on Fall's Best at Mill Valley Film Festival Award-winning Italian Director Nanni Moretti’s My Mother (Mia Madre), a semi-autobiographical family drama starring Moretti’s frequent muse Margherita Buy as a film director beset by personal trials, most notably her mother’s failing health and a lead actor (John Turturro) who can’t act or remember his lines. My Mother teases with perception as the narrative moves between memory, dream, movie, and life. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks, will make its World Premiere at the 53rd New York International Film Festival, running from September 25 to October 11. The film was one of 26 announced as part of the festival’s main slate, along with one of four World Premieres.
Some of the main slate highlights include Todd Haynes’s Carol, featuring Cannes Best Actress Winner Rooney Mara alongside Cate Blanchett, Miguel Gomes’s three part saga Arabian Nights, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin, the Us premiere of Michael Moore’s latest Where to Invade Next, Michel Gondry’s French film Microbe et Gasoil, and the World Premiere of the documentary Don’t Blink: Robert Frank, about the life of the fames photographer and filmmaker.
- Brian Welk
Israel’s minister for culture and sport Miri Regev jeered during speech.
Speaking at the opening night of the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival (July 9-19), Israel’s minister for culture and sport Miri Regev - who has been widely criticised on home soil for attempting to politicise Israeli culture - was booed by some sections of the audience at several intervals during her speech.
After initially calling for a dialogue around the topic of culture, Regev then proposed to “redefine and update the priorities of the cultural world in Israel”, which drew loud jeers.
Regev concluded her speech by promising a larger budget devoted to promoting Israeli culture, which she referred to as her “national mission”, a suggestion that is likely to appeal to her prominent support base outside of the major cities. This declaration stemmed the jeers and received muted applause.
In response to the crowd’s reaction, Regev later wrote on Facebook: “It’s a shame »
Actor John Turturro to visit Jerusalem and take part in opening ceremony
The movie’s premiere in Israel will be screened at the Sultan’s Pool on July 9, following its world premiere in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival last month.
The opening ceremony will be attended by John Turturro, who stars in the movie.
Italian maverick Moretti’s latest film, which stars Margherita Buy alongside the director, is a return to the family drama he explored in 2001 Palme d’Or winner The Son’s Room.
This time it’s a mother’s slow decline that sparks the melodrama, leavened by comic touches courtesy of a film within the film featuring a Us actor played by Turturro.
Moretti’s previous film in Cannes Competition was 2011 papal dramedy We Have A Pope (Habemus Papam).
Jff director Noa Regev said the selection »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Rome — Quentin Tarantino held court Friday at Italy’s 59th David di Donatello Awards in Rome, which he attended to collect prizes from several years back for “Pulp Fiction” and “Django Unchained” and where Italian director Francesco Munzi’s potent Mafia drama “Black Souls” made a clean sweep, scooping nine prizes.
A relaxed Tarantino and girlfriend Courtney Hoffman pranced down the Rome Teatro Olimpico red carpet, mobbed by paparazzi and TV crews.
Onstage Tarantino was asked: “What ingredients does a Tarantino movie need to have?”
“Usually a healthy combination of horrible violence and funny comedy,” he answered. “I think the blood and the comedy together is one of the things you really need for an ‘à la Tarantino’ movie.”
Asked if he’d ever thought of making a Mafia pic, Tarantino replied: “I could totally do it! A favorite Italian director of mine is Fernando Di Leo, who specialized in making Mafia movies, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Who knew that watching films can be this exhausting? The first thing any press person at Cannes will tell you is probably how tiring festival grind is – press screenings from 8.30 am till midnight, endless queueing sessions (variously put to use for writing up or sun-tanning), the adrenaline rush of the literal rush to the next screening.
What few filmmakers premiering their work at Cannes seem to realise – based on the average two-hour run of the majority of films this year – is that at a film viewing marathon such as Cannes, critics’ attention is yours during the first hour and twenty minutes and then you’d better start getting ready for a wow of an ending. The editor is your friend and if you want the press to be a friend too, it’s good to shed extraneous long-windedness and not irk the critics – unless you are Miguel Gomes, then you can go on forever… »
- Zornitsa Staneva
Paris-based Films Distribution has closed Canada (eOne), Germany (Koch Media), Australia (Palace), Korea (T-cast), Taiwan (Maison Motion), Czech Republic (Film Europe), Fidalgo (Norway), Columbia (Cineplex), Denmark (Camera Film), Turkey (Filmarty), A One (Cis) and Mexico (Mantarraya), among others.
Earlier in the festival, Alchemy snapped up “Mia madre” for U.S. distribution.
Echoing Moretti’s own experience and weaving drama with comedy, “Mia Madre” focuses on a film director who struggles to cope with her mother’s fatal illness.
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
John Turturro is such the ultimate Brooklynite that one sometimes forgets the 58-year-old has a lifetime of accumulated wisdom from globetrotting under his belt. Vulture met up with the veteran actor for a stroll along the beach to pick his brain on what he’s learned since his first of six trips to the Cannes Film Festival in 1991, when both Barton Fink and Jungle Fever debuted and Fink swept the top awards. Turturro was at Cannes this year as the comic relief for Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre, playing the disastrously unprepared, big-name American actor shipped in to star in an Italian film about labor unions directed by a woman (Margherita Buy) whose mother (Giulia Lazzarini) is dying. It’s Turturro at his zaniest, spouting off dreams he’s had about Kevin Spacey trying to kill him, singing Italian songs about milk with his head out the window of a moving car, »
- Jada Yuan
Given the number of films in competition (19), the correspondingly infinite number of possible award/talent configurations, and the sheer impossibility of guessing at the individual and collective tastes of nine jurors, predicting the major award winners at the Cannes Film Festival is obviously a fool’s errand — and one that our critics on the Croisette have gladly undertaken.
Palme d’Or: “The Assassin.” Word on the street — and among British bookies — is that my own favorite film of the fest, Yorgos Lanthimos’ high-wire relationship fantasy “The Lobster,” is the one to beat, though whether that’s based on honest hearsay or a projection of the Coen brothers’ taste for dryer-than-dust comedy, I can’t say. As much as it would thrill me to see such a singular combination of concept-y formalism and perverse heart-tugging take the prize, I have a hard time seeing it as the unifying consensus »
- Guy Lodge and Justin Chang
Other prizes go to My Mother, Masaan and Paulina.
Hungarian Holocaust drama Son of Saul has been named the best film in the main Competition section of the 68th Cannes Film Festival by Fipresci, the International Federation of Film Critics.
Review: Son of Saul
Laszlo Nemes directorial debut - the only debut in this year’s Competition line-up - is about a Hungarian prisoner assigned to work in one of the crematoria of Auschwitz who, finding a body he believes is his son, sets out to find a rabbi to bury him.
It ranked joint second on Screen’s Cannes Jury Grid, with no prizes as yet for joint leaders Carol and The Assassin.
Nemes previously worked as assistant director to Bela Tarr on The Man From London (2007).
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Moretti also stars in Mia Madre, co-wrote the semi-autobiographical screenplay with Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella and produced via his Sacher Film alongside Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema.
The film follows an Italian director who tries to hold her life together during a shoot despite a disruptive American star, ailing mother and adolescent daughter.
Alchemy acquired rights from Film Distribution. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The deal came four days after the film’s world premiere in competition at Cannes. Guy Lodge called the film “wickedly funny” in his review.
It’s the English-language debut of Greek director Lanthimos, who received critical acclaim for “Dogtooth.” The film, which also stars John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw and Olivia Colman, is a blackly funny love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transformed into animals of their choosing if they fail to find a mate within 45 days.
Farrell plays a single man who checks into a hotel to find a mate, then joins a rebel group and falls in love with Weisz’ character.
“The Lobster” was shot in Ireland the spring »
- Dave McNary and Ramin Setoodeh
Moretti penned the semi-autobiographical screenplay along with co-scribes Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella and produced the film through his Sacher Film banner along with Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema.
Dramatic but also comic pic features a powerful perf by Italo A-lister Margherita Buy as Moretti’s alter ego, a film director contending with a divorce and an ailing mother. John Turturro plays a funny primadonna-ish American actor. Moretti plays the director’s brother.
Moretti won the Cannes Palm d’Or in 2001 for bereavement drama “The Son’s Room.”
“Mia Madre” is a beautiful and hilarious film from one of the world’s great filmmakers,” enthused Alchemy’s Evp of Marketing, Brooke Ford, in a statement. “Nanni Moretti has delivered a wonderful film »
- Nick Vivarelli
Indie distributor Alchemy has just scooped up Cannes perennial Nanni Moretti's "Mia Madre" out of the competition. This semi-autobiographical seriocomedy centers on a director (Margherita Buy) who's shooting an Italian film with an unruly and famous American actor (John Turturro). Meanwhile, she's trying to keep her own life together, despite her mother's (Giulia Lazzarini) illness and daughter's (Beatrice Mancini) budding adolescence. Moretti, who also stars in the film and won the 2001 Palme d'Or for "The Son's Room," co-penned the script with Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella. In 2012, he served as the Cannes jury president when Michael Haneke's "Amour" took the Palme. Read More: Indiewire's Cannes Review of "Mia Madre" Moretti produced "Mia Madre" through his Sacher Film banner along with Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema. While no release date has been set, the film has so far met acclaim and interest »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Alchemy has taken U.S. distribution rights to Nanni Moretti’s family drama Mia Madre. The film, which played in competition at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, tells the story of a female film director, Margherita (Margherita Buy) who is trying to make a movie amid chaos and craziness in her life. Some of her headaches include a teenage daughter, a formidable mother and a big-headed American film star (played by John Turturro). Pic also stars Giulia Lazzarini… »
Nanni Moretti's Cannes competition entry Mia Madre has found a North American home. Alchemy announced Tuesday that it had picked up all U.S. rights to the comedy-drama, starring Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Beatrice Mancini. "Mia Madre is a beautiful and hilarious film from one of the world's great filmmakers,” said Brooke Ford, Alchemy's executive vp marketing. "Nanni Moretti has delivered a wonderful film with an extraordinary performance by Margherita Buy, and we look forward to bringing it to Us audiences." Read More 'Mia Madre': Film Review The film, which had its world premiere in Cannes
- Alex Ritman
The film recently premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
Moretti wrote the semi-autobiographical screenplay along with Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella and produced the film through his Sacher Film banner along with Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema.
“Mia Madre” centers on a director, played by Buy, who is shooting an Italian film with a famous American actor (Turturro), who’s also a disruptive blowhard and buffoon. Away from the shoot, the director tries to hold her life together, despite her mother’s illness and her daughter’s adolescence.
Jeff Deutchman, Alchemy’s vice president of acquisitions, negotiated the “Mia Madre” deal with »
- Dave McNary
“Louder Than Bombs,” Joachim Trier’s sensitively rendered family drama about the lingering aftermath of a mother’s untimely death, begins with a shot of a newborn’s hand clutching his daddy’s finger. It’s a perfect opening image for a film that largely concerns itself with the tensions that can arise between parents and children, particularly when each party is typically doomed to a partial understanding of the other at most. As it happens, it could also serve as one of the defining images for the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival (with apologies to Ingrid Bergman, whose regally disembodied head graces the poster for this year’s event), which has screened a number of pictures in which the price paid by neglectful, irresponsible or just plain ineffectual parenting turns out to be a steep one.
“They f— you up, your mom and dad,” Philip Larkin wrote, and some »
- Justin Chang
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