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Asphalt Watches, Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver (Delusional Brothers)Enemy, DenisVilleneuve (Entertainment One Films)The F Word, Michael Dowse (Entertainment One Films) Gabrielle, Louise Archambault (Entertainment One Films) Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Jeff Barnaby (Entertainment One Films)Sarah préfère la course (Sarah Prefers to Run), Chloé Robichaud (Les Films Seville) Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm), Xavier Dolan (Entertainment One Films) Vic et Flo ont vu un ours (Vic + Flo Saw a Bear), Denis Côté (Films We Like)Watermark, Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky (Mongrel Media) When Jews Were Funny, Alan Zweig (KinoSmith)
“Canadian movies are global movies now, and Tiff's Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival is the best opportunity to see our country's creativity on the big screen,” stated »
And the lists keep on coming... We're just a few weeks away from 2014 (crazy, right?) which means lots of lists are being made, and not just for Santa Claus. Critics, pundits, everyday folks and your next door neighbor are drafting their tally of the year's finest achievement in cinema, and this latest rundown comes from north of the border, with a little twist. Tiff has unveiled Canada's Top Ten Films Of 2013 (despite the fact that a few of them haven't officially opened yet, but just played festivals). Sorted alphabetically, the intriguing roundup includes Denis Villeneuve's other movie with Jake Gyllenhaal, "Enemy," the Daniel Radcliffe/Zoe Kazan starring rom-com "The F Word" and Xavier Dolan's "Tom At The Farm." Other titles of note include Quebecois fave "Sarah Prefers To Run," the documentary "When Jews Were Funny" and more. Check out the full list below (along with a trailer for »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last night in a packed theatre at the Tiff Bell Lightbox an eclectic group of film critics, the who’s who of top local film producers and filmmakers, and Tiff executives gathered to hear the unveiling of the 13th annual Canada’s Top Ten films of the year. The room buzzed with excitement with many discussing the Nyfcc winners, predicting the Board of Review winners and, of course, noting which filmmakers were in attendance (assuming that was a clear cut sign of who made the list).
A hushed silence came over the crowd when Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of Tiff, took to the podium on stage to introduce the evening’s host, beloved local comedian Steve Patterson. “As a 15 year veteran of comedy, I know what it’s like not to be recognized”, Patterson cracked, making light of Canadian gems often going overlooked on the world stage. This year, however, »
- Leora Heilbronn
Enemy, The F-Word, Sarah Prefers To Run make it on to annual list.
Enemy, The F-Word, Sarah Prefers To Run have made it on to Tiff’s annual list.
The Tiff hierarchy announced on December 3 its feature and short film selections for the 13th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival.
The 10-day festival is scheduled to run from January 3-12 2014 at Tiff Bell Lightbox and features public screenings of selected films accompanied by introductions and Q&A sessions with film-makers.
“Canadian movies are global movies now, and Tiff’s Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival is the best opportunity to see our country’s creativity on the big »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
[Editor's Note: The Fyc series brings together all Film Experience contributors to highlight our favorite fringe Oscar contenders. Here's Glenn Dunks on Xavier Dolan's latest]
Anybody who knows me knows I have been trumpeting Xavier Dolan’s trans epic Laurence Anyways since I saw it back in January. I experienced a lot of emotions during this gloriously decadent and painfully intimate affair on the big screen (as one should expect from a three-hour movie). Yet what caught me most off guard was the romanticism with which it painted images through costume. Oh sure, Dolan’s previous films had a way with the fashions – the suburban chic duds of I Killed My Mother and the hipster vintage of Heartbeats - but never had their colours felt so radical, their intent so cutting, their stories so vivid.
So many of my lasting memories of Laurence Anyways rotate around the clothes. In fact, the first thing we see of our lead character are the clothes. There’s the symbolic baby blue business attire with hot pink accentuated shoulders in the opening scene. »
- Glenn Dunks
The second edition of the Baja International Film Festival 2013 kicked off on November 13 with the opening night screening of Juan Jose Campanella’s Latin American box office hit.
Monsieur Lazhar director Philippe Falardeau received a special recognition on a night when the red carpet attendees included Guillermo Arriaga, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Jose Maria de Tavira, Alfonso Herrera, Irene Azuela, Paula Nuñez and Jorge Michel Grau.
Festival director Alonso Aguilar-Castillo welcomed around 2,000 guests as the event kicked off with the animation screening in both auditoriums of the Pabellon Cultural de la Republica.
The festival will run for four days with the goal of bridging the Mexican, Us and Canadian film industries.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Chicago – “Laurence Anyways” is a carte blanche project of passion from Québécois director Xavier Dolan, a 24-year-old with two feature films (“I Killed My Mother,” “Heartbeats”) already under his belt. Close to a total three-hour running time and filled with numerous extended musical interludes, it is a bulky movie that could certainly be significantly slimmed down and still be able to leave the same size bruise. For Dolan, however, such hugeness is yet another statement from him and his growing understanding of filmmaking, this project a showcase for his current aesthetic artiness as filmmaker first, storyteller second.
With a story that doesn’t have the same aspirations as his technical work, “Laurence Anways” tells of a complicated relationship in vivid precision, with bleeding heart interactions playing out in full. As curious as his film may be as it slowly unfolds, his script is certainly boosted by two very sturdy performances from his leads, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Los Cabos – Three awaited Mexican movies – “Mexico’s Most Wanted,” “Flying Low” and “Natural Philosophy of Love” – all world preem at the 2nd Baja International Film Festival whose Hollywood industry presence underscores that the U.S. is at least beginning to take Mexico’s talent pool more seriously.
Baja’s U.S. presence includes Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media, agencies CAA, Paradigm, Management 360, investor Palmstar Media Capital/Merced Media Partners and sales agents Voltage Pictures, Panorama Media, Xyz Films, FiGa Films and Shoreline Entertainment.
Produced by Billy and Fernando Rovzar’s Lemon Films (“After Lucia,” “Saving Private Perez”), “Mexico’s Most Wanted” is Im Global/Canana’s Mundial first third-party sales pick-up out of Canana’s native Mexico.
A propulsive crime thriller, “Wanted” also reps Lemon’s »
- John Hopewell
Exclusive: Principal photography is underway in Montreal on French-Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan’s follow-up to Tom At The Farm.
eOne Films International will kick off pre-sales in earnest in Santa Monica next week following a soft launch in Toronto when Diaphana acquired France and Cinemien took Benelux.
The French-language story is set in a fictitious Canada where distressed parents are allowed to hand over their troubled children to the hospital system.
When a feisty widow struggling to cope with her Adhd son receives help from a mysterious neighbour she begins to question their destiny.
“I am delighted to work with eOne,” said Dolan (pictured, at right). “I feel that together and with their expertise, I can grow as an artist and aim for more ambitious projects and that makes me strive for perfection »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Charles Binamé directs this $7 million-budget adaptation of Nicolas Billon's play of the same name.
The story follows a psychiatrist investigating the disappearance of his colleague. He questions a disturbed patient (Dolan) and finds himself caught in a complex mind game.
Filming will begin shortly in Montreal. Dolan will squeeze in the picture before he sets to work on directing his next film "Mommy".
Source: Global News »
- Garth Franklin
AFI Fest 2013 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, today announced the remaining sections and films that will screen in the festival’s World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema’s Legacy and Presentations programs. AFI Fest, which redefines Hollywood today as a place where icons and emerging artists bring audiences together to experience global cinema in the movie capital of the world, will take place November 7 through 14 at the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
World Cinema showcases the most anticipated and prize-winning international films of the year, the American Independents section features work by U.S. filmmakers, Breakthrough highlights work discovered only through the blind submission process, Midnight’s selections tend toward the macabre and Cinema’s Legacy highlights restorations and classic films.
This year’s program includes the return of several filmmakers to AFI Fest »
- Melissa Thompson
Festival top brass have announced the outstanding World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema’s Legacy and Presentations programmes.
The AFI Fest is scheduled to run from November 7-14 in Hollywood’s Tcl Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
The complete programme includes 119 films (83 features, 36 shorts), representing 43 countries. Twenty-seven films are directed or co-directed by women as are 10 documentaries.
For the fifth consecutive year, AFI Fest will offer free tickets to all screenings, however only the Cinepass Express will provide priority entry to all regular screenings. For the complete programme visit the official site.
World Cinema SelectionsBaby Blues Kasia Rosłaniec (Poland)Bethlehem Yuval Adler (Israel)Borgman Alex van Warmerdam (Neth-Bel-Den)Child’s Pose Călin Peter Netzer (Romania)Closed Curtain Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi (Iran)The Congress Ari Folman (Isr-Ger-Pol-Lux)An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker Danis Tanovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina-France-Slovenia)Exhibition Joanna Hogg (UK)Gabrielle Louise Archambault (Canada »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Steve McQueen’s historic drama 12 Years a Slave is to open the Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 6-17) and is nominated in the Stockholm Xxiv Competition.
Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, the drama about free black man kidnapped from his family and sold into slavery in the 1850s debuted at Telluride and has received positive reactions throughout its festival tour of Toronto, New York and London among others.
It will be released in Sweden on Dec 20 by Ab Svensk Filmindustri.
Screenwriter John Ridley, who will be present during the festival, is nominated for the Aluminum Horse in the category Best Script.
McQueen’s Hunger won Best Directorial Debut at Stockholm in 2008.
The 24th Siff includes more than 180 films from more than 50 countries.
As previously announced, the spotlight of this year’s festival is freedom but Chinese artist »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
At this point festivals like London and AFI Fest all start to resemble one another as they score a world premiere or two ("Saving Mr. Banks" and "Out of the Furnace" respectively) and lay out the usual smorgasbord of awards contenders. But Hollywood's AFI Fest (November 7-14) is adding films to its World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema’s Legacy and Presentations selections. This year’s program includes the return of several filmmakers to AFI Fest including Jafar Panahi ("Closed Curtains"); Kim Ki-duk ("Moebius"); Hong Sang-soo ("Our Sunhi") and Xavier Dolan ("Tom at the Farm"). The AFI selection favors 14 films from 54 AFI alumni, including "Breathe In" from writer-director Drake Doremus; "La Jaula de Oro" by writer-director Diego Quemada-Diez; "We've Got to Get Out of this Place" from producer Brian Udovich and director Zeke Hawkins; and "Machsom" by director Bayard Outerbridge. The complete AFI Fest 2013 program includes »
- Anne Thompson
The AFI Fest has unveiled the remainder of its lineup for the Nov. 7-14 event, encompassing 119 films representing 43 countries.
The fest, a program of the American Film Institute, will include the World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema’s Legacy and Presentations programs and include 83 features and 36 shorts. The lineup includes 27 films directed/co-directed by women, 10 documentaries and 14 films representing the work of 54 AFI alumni.
The films from AFI alums include “Breathe In” from writer-director Drake Doremus; “La Jaula de Oro” by producer-director-writer Diego Quemada-Diez; “We’ve Got to Get Out of This Place” from producer Brian Udovich and director Zeke Hawkins; and “Machsom” from director Bayard Outerbridge (AFI Class of 2012).
The fest will be held at the Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, »
- Dave McNary
AFI Fest 2013 (November 7-14) today locked down the remaining sections and films screening in the festival's World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema's Legacy and Presentations programs. Read More: 'Out of the Furnace,' 'Walter Mitty' and 'Nebraska' Head To AFI Fest Filmmakers returning to this year's edition include Jafar Panahi ("Closed Curtains"), Kim Ki-duk ("Moebius"), Hong Sang-soo ("Our Sunhi"), Xavier Dolan ("Tom at the Farm") and Lukas Moodysoon ("We Are the Best!"). The complete lineup includes a whopping 119 films (86 features, 36 shorts), representing 43 countries. The films in the World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough and New Auteurs sections are eligible for their respective section's Audience Award. Below are the final additions to the lineup: World Cinema Selections (32 titles) This section presents new work by many of the world’s most renowned filmmakers. Baby Blues – Dir/Scr Kasia Rosłaniec. Poland. Bethlehem – Dir Yuval »
- Nigel M Smith
The 15th Mumbai Film Festival (Mff) presented by Reliance Entertainment and organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (Mami) scheduled between 17th-24th October is all set to showcase the best of contemporary French cinema and welcome artists for the 6th edition of the Rendez-vous with French Cinema co-organized with The French Embassy in India, Institut Français en Inde and Unifrance films.
As part of the festival highlights, Costa Gavras will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award during the opening ceremony in the presence of His Excellency Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India who will grace us with his presence especially for this occasion. Among others, Nathalie Baye, jury member of the international section, Mahamat Saleh Haroun, director of the film “Grigris”, Guillaume Brac, director of the film “Tonnerre” (Competition) and Leos Carax, well known film maker who will be conducting a masters class.
The special section “Rendez-vous »
- Pooja Rao
The casting directors for the "Fifty Shades of Grey" film adaptation are looking to swap out one cable series hunk for another.
Arnaud is best known for his role as Cesare Borgia, the son of Jeremy Irons' Pope Alexander XVI, in Showtime's now finished series "The Borgias". He also played Xavier Dolan's love interest in Dolan's debut film "I Killed My Mother".
No offer for the role has been made yet. Dakota Johnson is still set to play Anastasia Steele, the young college student who has a steamy affair with the billionaire. »
- Garth Franklin
Cinema Blend 50 Shades of Grey might go with Alexander Skarsgård (and a new screenplay) now that it lost its leading man. Skarsgård has to be anxious for True Blood to wrap given the movie offers coming his way.
Ultra Culture the exhaustive list of Xavier Dolan's credits... in his own movies.
Xavier Dolan ...oh and he's started film #5
Pajiba has an awesome take down of the recent resurgence of "boohoo it's hard to do female characters" quotes and articles -- I can't even with those comments from the animators of Frozen!
Coming Soon Netflix has ordered a new family secrets thriller series from the creators of Damages
- NATHANIEL R
★★★☆☆ French-Canadian filmmaking prodigy Xavier Dolan takes Oscar Wilde's adage, "The love that dare not speak its name," to new extremes in repression thriller Tom at the Farm (2013). Dolan takes on the title role of Tom, an ad agency editor who finds himself in the backwaters of Canada for his dead boyfriend Guillaume's funeral. Established in the creaky farmstead, Tom finds a wide-eyed, white-haired mother (Lise Roy), who is oblivious to her son's homosexuality and more than a little off her rocker. Also present is the bullish Francis (Pierre-Yves Cardinal), a threatening figure who milks cows to mask his own latent desires.
Tonally bizarre, Dolan's fourth feature may be his shortest to date but something has been lost, particularly when compared to his previous feature Lawrence Anyways (2012), which, whilst heavily flawed, showed more technical prowess and a sense of vision. With Tom at the Farm there are hilarious moments of black comedy, »
- CineVue UK
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