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Director: Feo Aladag
Producer: Feo Aladag
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Actress turned director Feo Aladag’s directorial debut, 2010’s When We Leave, won Best Actress and Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Fest, featuring actress Sibel Kikelli in a devastating performance. While it rather unceremoniously came to Us theaters in the Spring of 2011, we’ve been anticipating what Aladag would turn to next. So we were thrilled to hear in mid 2013 that Aladag had filmed a project in secret in the Hindu Kush, between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the first foreign film to be shot in the region. Featuring German actor Ronald Zehrfeld (from Petzold’s Barbara), we’re excited to see what promises to be a finely tuned and tense drama.
Gist: Set in the mountainous region between Afghanistan and Pakistan, »
- Nicholas Bell
Director: Xavier Dolan
Writer: Xavier Dolan
Producer: Metafilms’ Nancy Grant
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Hot off the fumes of premiering Tom at the Farm at the end of 2013, Xavier Dolan is already in the midst of his shooting his next film, Mommy, before he says he heads to Hollywood for a mid-budget feature, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Whatever your thoughts are on Dolan, at 24, he’s directed an exciting quartet of films, often exploring queer themes through difficult perspectives that are sometimes hard to enjoy but never without merit. While few details have been revealed about his next feature, it reunites him with Anne Dorval, who gave an excellent performance as Dolan’s mother in his 2009 debut I Killed My Mother, and the scene stealing Suzanne Clement from Laurence Anyways. What little is known sounds ominous, creepy, »
- Nicholas Bell
The Look of Silence
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Writer: Joshua Oppenheimer
Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Receiving the stamp of approval from the likes of Werner Herzog and Errol Morris well before festival programmers and critics first laid eyes on it, Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing might just be the best documentary film this decade will produce, and coincidentally as Oppenheimer told us in our interview with him, Taok was born from the next project he originally set out to make – resiliency put to its ultimate test.
Gist: The Act of Killing is about the perpetrators — this is the other side of the story.
Release Date: The Cannes Film Festival is not an impossibility. Venice, Tiff, Telluride are all high probabilities, if this is a Croisette no-show.
More Top 200 Most Anticipated Films of 2014 Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #26. Peter Strickland’s The Duke of »
- Eric Lavallee
"We had envisioned – like any filmmaker who dreams of going to Cannes – of being in competition and winning the Palme d’Or,” Xavier Dolan had said in 2012, when his third film "Laurence Anyways" (and third on the Croisette) landed a slot in the Un Certain Regard section, not in coveted Competition lineup. He then took his next film, "Tom At The Farm," to the Venice Film Festival, skipping Cannes entirely. But could 2014 finally see the young filmmaker land in Competition at Cannes. Now in post-production, his forthcoming "Mommy" will certainly be one of the rumored titles for the festival. The film stars Anne Dorval ("I Killed My Mother," "Heartbeats," "Laurence Anyways"), Suzanne Clément ("I Killed My Mother," "Laurence Anyways") and Antoine-Olivier Pilon and all that has been known until now was that the story revolved around mother/child relationship. But now the first official image and full synopsis has been unveiled: A widowed single mother, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We finally get a first look at Xavier Dolan's new film Mommy, and yes, it's arriving before we even get a confirmed release date of his newest film, Tom at the Farm, which I caught at last year's Toronto Film Festival (read my review). Mommy stars Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clement and Antoine Olivier Pilon as it tells the story of a widowed single mother (Dorval), raising her violent son (Pilon) alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor (Clement) inserts herself into the mother and son's household, providing the mother with needed support. eOne is handling the film in Canada and selling the rights world wide. The big question now is to wonder where it will premiere. Dolan is currently in post production, but will the film be ready for Cannesc Ready or not, I highly expect it to have a Toronto premiere, which is where I hope to catch it later this year. »
- Brad Brevet
Hong Kong – Housed in a new Kowloon venue, the Hong Kong International Film Festival (Mar 24 – April 7, 2014) will this year put renewed emphasis on local films.
The Hkiff will open with the twin screenings of Pang Ho-cheung’s social drama “Aberdeen” and Fruit Chan’s Berlin hit “The Midnight After.” The closing film is set as Dante Lam’s “That Demon Within” which also played in Berlin.
“We haven’t had so many Hong Kong films in the festival for four years, and it is the first time that I can remember us having three Hong Kong titles as the opening and closing galas,” said festival programmer Li Cheuk-to.
Another Hong Kong film “3D Naked Ambition,” a sex romp by Lee Kung-lok, will also get a prominent position as a midnight screening. It stars Chapman To (“Vulgaria”) and several Japanese porn starlets.
The festival will include competitive sections and tributes »
- Patrick Frater
When Lgbt people leave the safety of the city in films, it usually spells bad news – and Stranger by the Lake and Tom at the Farm don't buck the trend
Gay people and the city have been a good match since Sodom and Gomorrah. From the molly houses of 18th-century London to 1970s San Francisco via prewar Berlin, the urban environment has always been the natural habitat of queer culture – a place where Lgbt people can set their own rules, form their own families, be anonymous when they want to and find company when they fancy it. The countryside, on the other hand, is the place they escape from – a realm of social conformity with limited opportunities for culture, sex or socialising, and perhaps even a site of danger.
That's the stereotype, anyway, both in reality and on screen. Innumerable movies with claims to gay-classic status are inseparable from their urban settings: London has Victim, »
- Ben Walters
Xavier Dolan's latest film, Tom at the Farm (Tom a la ferme), premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year and while it has yet to land a domestic distributor, it will be hitting Quebec theaters in March. Today a new trailer for the film arrives along with a poster that's been floating around since last December. As I wrote in my review of the film back in September 2013, Tom at the Farm is something of a departure from Dolan's first three features -- I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats and Laurence Anyways. It's a psychological thriller based on Michel Marc Bouchard's play of the same name, in which Dolan plays the title character, a young ad agency employee who takes a trip out to the country to attend a funeral only to learn the mother (Lise Roy) of the deceased doesn't know who he is or his relationship to her dead son, »
- Brad Brevet
Vanity Fair Bradley Cooper's commando White House trip
PopBytes Pushing Daisies might be coming back... as a musical!
1:37:1 How often are entire Oscar nominated shortlists absent a Best Picture nominated film? Rarely. And almost always in the same category. I'll give you one guess
Guardian films that use both black and white and color sequences
/Film Roger Deakins is not returning to the land of »
- NATHANIEL R
After the near three-hour romantic drama "Laurence Anyways," rising 24-year-old Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan tries his hand at something quite different with the 90-minute psychological thriller "Tom at the Farm".
Based on Michel Marc Bouchard's play, Dolan stars as a young ad executive who heads to a funeral, only to realize no one there knows of his relationship with his now-dead lover. The first trailer for the film is out and it's creepy and visually intriguing.
- Garth Franklin
One of the more prominent names in Canadian cinema over the past few years has been that of filmmaker Xavier Dolan. Despite having only three feature length films in his writing and directing filmography, Dolan has garnered critical acclaim for his work from fans all over the world, with news of his involvement bringing a great deal of interest to a project. His newest feature, titled Tom à la ferme, or Tom at the Farm, is no different. Dolan once again takes on directing and writing duties, adapting the story from the play by Michel Marc Bouchard, as well as taking on the lead role. Joining Dolan onscreen is Evelyne Brochu, Lise Roy, and Caleb Landry Jones. A new trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below. Sound on Sight also saw the film at Tiff 2013, and our review can be read here.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
Future Film Festival | Glasgow Film Festival | Deep Desires & Broken Dreams | Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival
Future Film Festival, London
This three-day festival is aimed at nurturing young film-makers, and there's plenty for them to be inspired by. The first day focuses on documentary as a tool for radical politics and social change (as in The Act Of Killing or Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer), and the second, on fiction, brings rebellious teen flick We Are The Freaks. The third day is on animation, with screenings, workshops (on how to make a short doc on your mobile)and professional advice, including wise words from Gravity's visual effects ace, Neil Corbould.
BFI, SE1, Fri to 23 Feb
Glasgow Film Festival
Where to start with this many-tentacled sprawl of a festival? How about Scarlett Johansson cruising Glasgow in a Transit van trying to pick up men? That's on offer in Jonathan Glazer's dark sci-fi Under The Skin, »
- Steve Rose
Having seen robust sales last year on Jia Zhangke’s “A Touch of Sin,” Xavier Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm” and Lisa Langseth’s “Hotell,” Paris-based MK2 is looking for further resilient arthouse business on “Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad” the next film by Robert Guediguian.
The pick-up comes as MK2 preps a new program, Mk Live, a movie-series aimed at cinema theaters of the best of recent Paris theaters, musicals and operas.
Produced by France’s Agat Films & Cie, “Mad” shoots July through October in France and Beirut.
Diaphana, MK2’s distribution partner in France, handles French release.
“In the vein of classic Guediguian movies,” said MK2 CEO Nathanael Karmitz, “Mad” has, like many of the director’s films, a social – here also political – subtext, but has a broader canvas and faster-moving plot.
Written with Gilles Taurand (“Farewell, My Queen”), “Fou” begins with a young »
- John Hopewell
The 2013 RopeofSilicon Movie Awards I was hesitant to actually do a sixth year of the RopeofSilicon Awards for a variety of reasons, but most of all due to the deluge of awards handed out for movies at this point in our culture. As it turns out, I'm glad I waited and I'm glad I decided to go forward with the Awards. As we've moved into 2014 it became clear there were not only films and performances from 2013 that were still resonating with audiences, but there were some that hadn't gotten the attention I felt they deserved. Therefore, these awards afforded me the opportunity to highlight some of those films and performances. Looking back, 2013 was something of a strange year for movies. It was a year dominated by big budget features, but while many of those blockbusters made lots of money, they fell quite flat in terms of overall audience reception. Films »
- Brad Brevet
From the Sundance Film Festival here is Glenn on three great new editions to Lgbt cinema.
One of my goals for my first trip to Sundance was to see as much Lgbt cinema as possible. This year has proven to be particularly strong in this arena with films like Ira Sachs’ recently acquired Love is Strange and Desiree Akhavan’s ought-to-be acquired Appropriate Behaviour covering the “l”, the "g" and the “b” of that acronym and are soon to be reviewed by Nathaniel. I, however, found myself catching three very strong titles that deal with transgender men and women, which took me especially by surprise. Like Gun Hill Road, Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways, Orange is the New Black and, yes, even Dallas Buyers Club, cinema visibility of trans issues are becoming more and more common and, in the case all three films below, feature actual transgender or gender neutral personalities. »
- Glenn Dunks
It was at the 56th BFI London Film Festival that I first met writer-director Jeremy Teicher who was there to present his film Tall as the Baobab Tree. It remains a startling work, and one which exudes an almost effortless quality, a rare simplicity all too often absent from film. Whilst it is visually and narratively uncomplicated, it conveys a powerful depiction of tradition versus transformation in rural Africa, of which education is the driving force.
Thanks to The Sundance Artist Services and Iffr in the Cloud (via International Film Festival Rotterdam), Tall as the Baobab Tree has finally received an international digital release, included as part of the 2014 Sundance digital distribution slate comprising films selected by The Sundance Artist Services as “their favourite modern work… ground-breaking narrative films and documentaries… that embody the spirit of independent filmmaking. »
- Gary Collinson
The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (Galeca), of which I am a proud voting member, has announced the nominees for its annual Dorian Awards named with a nod to the great and gay wit of Oscar Wilde.
The usual suspects ("American Hustle," "Gravity," "Her," "12 Years a Slave," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Blue is the Warmest Color") will vie for the Film of the Year against the not-so-unusual suspect "Laurence Anyways."
Lily Tomlin is deservingly receiving the Timeless Star honor simply because she's timeless! And of course, she's an .an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit..
Winners will be revealed on January 21st.
Here's the full nominations list of the 2013 Dorian Awards:
Film of the Year
American Hustle (Sony)
Dallas Buyers Club (Focus)
12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
Film Performance »
The International Cinephile Society has announced the nominees for the 11th Ics Awards. Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color," the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," Spike Jonze's "Her," and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" dominated the nominations with 7 nods each.
Winners of the 11th Ics Awards will be announced on February 23, 2014.
Here's the complete list of nominees:
. 12 Years a Slave
. The Great Beauty
. Paolo Sorrentino - The Great Beauty
Film Not In The English Language
. Beyond the Hills
. The Great Beauty
. The Hunt
. In the »
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave has been nominated as film of the year by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association and will compete for that title with David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Color, Jean-Marc Vallee’s Dallas Buyers Club, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, Spike Jonze’s Her and Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways. The group, which consists of 80 entertainment journalists in the U.S. and Europe, unveiled nominations for its annual Dorian Awards on Tuesday. Winners will be announced Jan. 21, and Galeca's annual toast will be held March 9 at a location to be determined in Hollywood.
- Gregg Kilday
Just a day following the conclusion of Tiff’s Canada’s Top Ten festival, many of the same films were heralded in this morning’s Canadian Screen Awards nominations. Leading the noms was Enemy, Denis Villenueve’s adaptation of Jose Saramago’s celebrated novel The Double. Its astounding 10 nominations include best picture, actor (Jake Gyllenhaal), supporting actress (former Tiff rising star and current Cronenberg muse Sarah Gadon), and director (Villeneuve).
Other Canada’s Top Ten overlapping nominees include multiple nominations for wunderkind Xavier Dolan’s nod to Hitchcock, Tom at the Farm (with eight nominations including best picture), doc Watermark, Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Gabrielle (which surprisingly was snubbed for best director), and the recently locked The F Word (which garnered a best actor nod for Daniel Radcliffe but astoundingly not a nomination for its charming lead actress Zoe Kazan).
Films that were expected to be part of Canada’s »
- Leora Heilbronn
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