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Two series highlighting too-often overlooked actors, Robert Ryan and Gloria Grahame, open tomorrow in New York. More goings on: "The best of all heist movies" (the Voice's Alan Scherstuhl), Jules Dassin's Rififi (1955) returns to Film Forum. An exhibition devoted to the friendship between Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí is on view in San Francisco. Tsai Ming-liang's feature debut, Rebels of the Neon God, arrives in Nashville, along with Xavier Dolan's Tom at the Farm. And then there's the two-month-long retrospective in London: The Complete Films of John Waters (Every Goddam One of Them…). » - David Hudson »
The film.s Australian producer Trish Lake is in Venice with Rowe and the two lead actors, Suzanne Clément (winner of the Un Certain Regard — Best Actress award at Cannes in 2012 for her role in Xavier Dolan.s Laurence Anyways) and Canadian actor Paul Doucet.
Lake said to be in Venice with such an international co-production between Canada and Australia at Venice Days was very exciting..
"There is already strong word of mouth on the film - a real buzz about it in the festival," she said..
"There were more than a hundred 100 media representatives who attended the first day.s press screening and, from what I understand, that is something of a record number for the first day of a Venice Days press screening.
.The fact that we have an Australian writer-director, »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Vice-president of international sales Anick Poirier has assembled a sales slate that includes five festival selections including the world premiere of Leena Yadav’s tale of four ordinary women in India.
Parched (pictured) will screen in Special Presentations and stars Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Adil Hussain, Lehar Khan, Riddhi Sen, Mahesh Balraj and Chandan Anand. Gersh represents Us rights.
The roster includes Special Presentation world premieres of Julio Medem’s Ma Ma starring Penélope Cruz as a woman with cancer, as well as Hany Abu-Assad’s The Idol, which Poirier and her team have sold widely.
André Turpin’s Endorphin gets its world premiere in Vanguard and weaves together the lives of three seemingly unconnected women all named Simone De Koninck.
Andrew Currie’s Contemporary World Cinema dysfunctional family drama The Steps also gets its world premiere and stars Jason Ritter, Emmanuelle Chriqui, James Brolin, Christine Lahti and Vinay Virmani.
Rounding out the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
In some marital-strife dramas, one hopes for spouses to work out their differences; in others, a swift separation seems the kindest outcome for characters and viewers alike. “Early Winter,” the first predominantly English-language feature from Australian-born auteur Michael Rowe, oscillates between both these descriptions — and finally invites little emotional investment either way. While retaining the reserved compositional grace and objective eye for domestic minutiae that earned the helmer Cannes plaudits for 2010’s “Leap Year,” Rowe’s latest uncovers few compelling human truths by stepping so far back from the withering marriage of a Montreal couple, as the December freeze all-too-symbolically sets in. Save for one nugget of melodramatically withheld tragedy, it’s a relationship study more authentic than it is involving, lensed with exquisite care and performed with grim commitment by Paul Doucet and Suzanne Clement. A commercial cold front like awaits “Early Winter” past the fest circuit.
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- Guy Lodge
The enfant terrible of Quebecois cinema Xavier Dolan has made a name for himself among critics and festival audiences with such stylized, emotionally extravagant films as the epic trans romance Laurence Anyways and the in-your-face family drama Mommy. But it turns out he can direct a mean thriller as well. Well, sort of. Tom at the Farm, adapted by Dolan and Michel Marc Bouchard from Bouchard’s own play, has the outward trappings of a genre piece. And as such, it’s fairly suspenseful. But at heart, it’s still very much an Xavier Dolan film — ragged, explosive, and often moving.The story concerns Tom (Dolan, looking like he stole Meg Ryan’s hair from City of Angels), who arrives at the rural family home of his deceased boyfriend Guillaume to attend a memorial service. But he learns that Guillaume’s mom, Agathe (Lise Roy), doesn’t know that her »
- Bilge Ebiri
The ferocious rhymes of hip-hop icons N.W.A.’s controversial 1988 anthem “F–k tha Police” scarcely seem to have aged when they blast on to the soundtrack of “Straight Outta Compton,” echoing into a world where the abuse of black Americans at the hands of law-enforcement officials remains common headline news. But if “Compton” is undeniably of the moment, it’s also timeless in its depiction of how artists and writers transform the world around them into angry, profane, vibrant and singular personal expression. A conventional music-world biopic in outline, but intensely human and personal in its characterizations and attention to detail, director F. Gary Gray’s movie is a feast for hip-hop connoisseurs and novices alike as it charts the West Coast rap superstars’ meteoric rise, fractious in-fighting and discovery that the music business can be as savage as the inner-city streets. A very smart piece of »
- Variety Staff
Xavier Dolan is a master of atmosphere. His films live in the spaces between words. They’re made of the network of glances that underlie a conversation, the spiraling tension that lurks just beyond tangible grasp. Though he deals in abstractions — jealousy, hate, love, Freudianism — he delivers his stories in precise gestures that contain a universe within them. Read More: Unsettling Trailer for Xavier Dolan's Psychological Thriller 'Tom at the Farm' If you’re unfamiliar with the director’s work, “Tom at the Farm” is a great place to start. Not only is it a stark embodiment of Dolan’s auteur capabilities, but he also stars in the film. Dolan claims it’s his most accessible film to date, and he's not wrong. Unlike his other films, melodramas teeming with manic energy and bursting at the seams, "Tom at the Farm" is a taut, measured genre effort. It stands »
- Emily Buder
I have the romantic’s weakness for tales of thwarted opportunities in the relationship department. Saddest and most frustrating are those for whom faulty communication, intentional or otherwise, generates the lion’s share of the blame. Ever read Poe’s short story “The Purloined Letter?” It involves theft, blackmail, a woman of royal lineage — it’s opiated Poe, what do you expect? — but we Little People can suffer in our more ordinary ways from the exchange of tainted information. I use the word exchange purposely: The action pains not only the victim, but the perp as well. Quebecois director Xavier Dolan puts […] »
- Howard Feinstein
Xavier Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm” opened to strong reviews at the Venice Film Festival two years ago and picked up distribution in roughly 40 countries. But it never found a buyer in the United States until recently, when Amplify Releasing set the French-language thriller to open today in theaters and on VOD. “Tom” follows a young Montreal man (Dolan) who travels to rural Canada for his ex-boyfriend’s funeral.
Dolan’s profile has been on the rise since 2014’s “Mommy,” which won the jury prize at Cannes for the Quebecois director. He returned in May to the Croisette, where he served on the Cannes jury; recently finished filming “It’s Only the End of the World,” starring Marion Cotillard; and is about to start production on his first English-language film, “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” about a closeted Hollywood movie star played by Kit Harington.
- Ramin Setoodeh
The new issue of Screening the Past features articles on Béla Tarr's Damnation, Robert Altman, Barbara Stanwyck, Otto Preminger and costume designer Edith Head. Also in today's roundup: The films besides Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo that inform Christian Petzold's Phoenix; more discussion of David Foster Wallace and The End of the Tour; Frederick Raphael's memoir; Jonathan Rosenbaum's conversation with Jim Jarmusch about Dead Man; Xavier Dolan on Tom at the Farm; Jacques Rivette revivals on both sides of the Atlantic; a Vittorio De Sica retrospective; Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story tops a list of the best of Asian cinema; and more. » - David Hudson »
Before you press play on the following video, we’ve got a question to ask: How cool are your co-workers? If you tell them that you’re going to watch a clip from the new Xavier Dolan movie, will they know that Dolan is the acclaimed young actor-writer-director behind movies like the Cannes-honored Mommy? Might they even remember that his latest release, Tom at the Farm, was actually filmed before Mommy, but it’s finally making its Stateside debut this Friday (in theaters and on Digital HD)? If your colleagues still require a plot synopsis, tell them that Dolan plays the titular Tom, who visits the family of his deceased ex-lover, Guillaume, only to find out that Guillaume had never even told them he was gay. Tentative Tom switches up his story and claims only to be a friend of Guillaume’s, but the late man’s conservative, domineering brother »
- Kyle Buchanan
Read More: Exclusive: Watch a Clip From Xavier Dolan's 'Tom at the Farm' Canadian actor-writer-director Xavier Dolan is only 26 years old, but his growing list of achievements is as vast and accomplished as filmmakers three times his age. His 2009 debut, "I Killed My Mother," won the Art Cinema Award, the Prix Regards Jeunes and the Sacd Prize at Cannes' Director's Fortnight. His second feature, "Heartbeats," earned the top prize at the Sydney Film Festival in June 2010. After a two-year hiatus, his nearly three hour romance, "Laurence Anyways," won Suzanne Celement the Cannes Best Actress Prize, and last year's heralded masterpiece, "Mommy," tied for the coveted Cannes Jury Prize. These days, Dolan is at various stages in completing two star-studded dramas: "The Death and Life of John F. Donovan," starring Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Kathy Bates and Susan Sarandon, and the Marion Cotillard-headlining "It's Only the End of »
- Zack Sharf
He’s explored themes of love, matriarchal bonds, and just about everything in-between, and Xavier Dolan‘s fourth feature, Tom at the Farm, certainly doesn’t abandon those. What it does, rather, is view them through a vividly different lens. This drama, the first time he adapted another writer’s work, comes from Michel Marc Bouchard‘s play, and blends psychological-thriller […] »
- Jordan Raup
Known mostly to film festival followers and foreign film devotees, 26-year-old French-Canadian writer-director-actor Xavier Dolan could be merely summed up as the enfant terrible of Canadian cinema, but that cliché phrase actually applies in this case. Dolan is startlingly talented, clearly motivated, breezily accomplished and able to leap between genres while still maintaining an undeniable style that tells you every film he’s made is his. A 2013 film now making its way to American screens, “Tom at the Farm” should serve as a strong introduction for anyone wondering what all the fuss is all about — and for those who’ve seen. »
- James Rocchi
Until last month, the stateside future of "Tom at the Farm," Xavier Dolan's artful adaptation of a Michel-Marc Bouchard play, looked bleak. It premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival to strong reviews. What took so long? Last November while courting the awards circuit for "Mommy," Dolan told us that sales agent Entertainment One was "being very elusive" about why "Tom at the Farm" hadn't sold. "It's such a short film. It's a psychological thriller. It's not like it's a big gay movie that no one can watch. I don't really get it," he said. "I'm seeing all these movies that are politically engaged that you would consider a risk marketing-wise, and they have a broad release, or at least in all the biggest cities, and if ["Tom"] was only on VOD— but it's just nothing at all." After outpourings of love abroad for his 2014 Cannes winner "Mommy" (distributed here by Roadside to dismal. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
This is a reprint of our review from the 2013 Venice Film Festival. Few filmmakers in modern times have had such a meteoric rise at such an early age as Xavier Dolan. The French-Canadian wunderkind, a former child-star (and still occasionally a voiceover actor for local dubs, with roles including Ron Weasley in the 'Harry Potter' films) premiered his first film at Cannes aged only 20, and has returned to the festival twice more, rising up through the sidebars with "Heartbeats" and "Laurence Anyways." Now at the grand old age of 24, Dolan is on his fourth feature, which marks something of a break in tradition. Not only is he premiering his latest, "Tom A La Ferme" (or in English, "Tom At The Farm") at Venice rather than on the Croisette (and, for the first time, in competition), but the film also marks the first time he's gone into genre territory—at least in part. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The Canadian film-maker is one of today’s most celebrated young talents, but has yet to break into the Us market. With his next project he plans to change that
At 26, Xavier Dolan has already written and directed five acclaimed features that have played at Toronto and Cannes, where the French Canadian rubbed shoulders with Jake Gyllenhaal and the Coen brothers on the Cannes jury. Jessica Chastain has called him her spirit animal. And yet – spirit animal or not – Dolan still can’t seem to catch a break in America.
“I don’t want to sound pretentious, but it’s puzzling,” Dolan says to the Guardian from the New York offices of Amplify Releasing, the independent distributor that’s opening his fourth film – Tom at the Farm – in the Us, two years after it debuted at the Venice film festival.
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- Nigel M Smith
I Need a Lover with a Farm Hand: Dolan’s Latest a Filet of Self Loathing
For his fourth feature, Xavier Dolan adapts the material of another for the first time with Michel Marc Bouchard’s play, Tom at the Farm, a rural set psychological thriller that’s been described as queer noir, but perhaps homoneurotic would be a better descriptor. A foreboding set-up leads to an uncomfortable exploration of self-loathing that sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t, as the material, which exemplifies a vicious and virulent homophobia still very much alive today, somehow still feels like a period piece character study.
We quickly gather that Tom (Dolan) has recently lost his lover Guillaume in a mysterious accident as he scrawls desperate notes to himself on a napkin, trying to rationalize and contain the raging heartbreak he’s experiencing all by himself. He travels to visit Guillaume’s estranged mother »
- Nicholas Bell
I think we all pretty much knew it was going to be a disappointing weekend at the domestic box office as the negative reviews of Fantastic Four rolled in all week, and deservedly so, it's a terrible movie. Of course, there was some optimism that it might crack $40 million, but that optimism quickly dissipated as it scored $11.3 million on Friday along with a nasty "C-" CinemaScore. The end result was a second place finish with $26.2 million, second to Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation with $29.4 million and a solid 47% hold in its second weekend, as Fox must now decide what they're going to do with the Marvel property. The studio currently has Fantastic Four 2 dated for a June 9, 2017 release, but I don't see that happening. Not for a second. The only way they can keep this thing moving is to attach a top notch director to either reboot it once more, »
- Brad Brevet
Locarno— Hassan Legzouli’s “Dieu reconnaitra les siens,” Mehdi Ben Attia’s “L’Amour des hommes” and Nejib Belkadhi’s “Retina” are among 12 projects to be pitched at Locarno’s Open Doors showcase, a co-production forum focusing this year on Africa’s Maghreb countries: Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Algeria.
Taking place August 8-11 at the Swiss fest, the event will grant an Open Doors Award, worth CHF50,000 ($51,827); a €20,000 ($22,149) second cash kudo; and a new plaudit granted by a new initiative of the European Union’s Med Culture program – Icam (Investing in Culture & Art in the South Mediterranean). France’s Cnc film-tv board and broadcaster Arte will also offer prizes.
Six out of 12 projects are debuts. The rest are mostly second or third features.
- Emilio Mayorga
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