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Catherine Keener, Hannah Gross and Alan Gilsenan talk their family drama Unless

13 October 2016 1:53 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Catherine Keener, Hannah Gross and Alan Gilsenan talk their family drama UnlessCatherine Keener, Hannah Gross and Alan Gilsenan talk their family drama UnlessAdriana Floridia10/13/2016 3:53:00 Pm

Based on the novel by renowned Canadian author Carol Shields, Unless tells the story of a family broken by their daughter's puzzling decision to live on the streets.

Starring Catherine Keener as Reta, a mother of three young, smart girls who works as a writer, Reta narrates the story and so we see these events mostly from her own perspective. Norah (Hannah Gross) is a young twenty-something who lives a privileged life and has a loving family, but chooses to sit at the corner of Bathurst and Bloor, outside Toronto landmark Honest Ed's, in a silent protest against a mysterious cause. We feel for her, but more for her parents who have to straddle the line between not doing enough for their daughter, »

- Adriana Floridia

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Unless’

13 September 2016 10:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A comfortable Ontario family is thrown into turmoil when its eldest daughter inexplicably becomes a Toronto street person in “Unless.” Irish director Alan Gilsenan’s Canadian co-production is an admirable if not entirely successful drama that does as well as can be hoped with a difficult adaptation task: Late Pulitzer-winning Carol Shields’ 2002 final novel (she died the year after its publishing) is primarily an internal monologue by the author’s alter ego, a successful scribe played here by Catherine Keener. With the book’s many ruminations about writing and feminist issues gone, what’s left remains an arresting premise not given a great deal of dramatic development. Nonetheless, this gracefully crafted and acted piece proves rewarding in the end.

Reta Winters (Keener) and physician husband Tom (Matt Craven) live at a pleasant remove from city life, with two teenage daughters (Chloe Rose, Abigail Winter) still at home. Their moderately hectic »

- Dennis Harvey

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Producers Lab Toronto fosters transatlantic co-pros

11 September 2016 11:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Two of this year’s participants discuss opening doors to transatlantic co-productions, and the event’s organisers explain why the Lab will be taking a break next year.

Since launching in 2010, Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 8-18) industry event Producers Lab Toronto – run by European Film Promotion (Efp) in collaboration with the Ontario Media Development Corporation (Omdc) – has been bringing together producers from Europe, Canada and more recently Australia and New Zealand, with a goal of fostering transatlantic relationships and projects. Previous films that have been pitched at the lab include Alan Gilsenan’s Catherine Keener-starring drama Unless, which world premieres in Tiff’s Special Presentations this year, and Martin Koolhoven’s Guy Pearce-starring Western Brimestone, which also plays in Special Presentations.

This year, 24 producers attended the event, taking part in a series of meetings, talks and sessions on funding and how to approach international co-productions. “Sometimes producers find it difficult to think of new »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Ift moves for Catherine Keener-starrer 'Unless'

11 September 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Alan Gilsenan directed the adaptation of Carol Shields’ Pulitzer Prize-wining novel.

La-based International Film Trust (Ift) has picked up international sales rights to Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 8-18) selection Unless as the Special Presentations entry receives its world premiere tonight (Sept 11).

Catherine Keener plays an author and mother of three who finds out her daughter has dropped out of college and is begging on the street.

Newcomer Hannah Gross also stars alongside Brendan Coyle, Matt Craven, Chloe Rose, Abigail Winter, Martha Henry, Brendan Coyle, Linda Kash, Benjamin Ayres and Hanna Schygulla.

Alan Gilsenan directed from his adapted screenplay based on Carol Shields’ semi-autobiographical novel.

Gersh handles Us rights to Unless and Ift’s Todd Olsson has been touting the drama to buyers here.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this important film to the marketplace,” said Olsson. “It couldn’t be more timely as our world continues to suffer injustices that impact »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Ift moves for Catherine Keener-starring 'Unless'

11 September 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Alan Gilsenan directed the adaptation of Carol Shields’ Pulitzer Prize-wining novel.

La-based International Film Trust (Ift) has picked up international sales rights to Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 8-18) selection Unless as the Special Presentations entry receives its world premiere tonight (Sept 11).

Catherine Keener plays an author and mother of three who finds out her daughter has dropped out of college and is begging on the street.

Newcomer Hannah Gross also stars alongside Brendan Coyle, Matt Craven, Chloe Rose, Abigail Winter, Martha Henry, Brendan Coyle, Linda Kash, Benjamin Ayres and Hanna Schygulla.

Alan Gilsenan directed from his adapted screenplay based on Carol Shields’ Pulitzer Prize-wining semi-autobiographical novel.

Gersh handles Us rights to Unless and Ift’s Todd Olsson has been touting the drama to buyers here.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this important film to the marketplace,” said Olsson. “It couldn’t be more timely as our world continues to suffer injustices »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Hottest Titles for Acquisition at the Toronto Film Festival

7 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While Toronto does not have an official market like Cannes and Berlin, industry execs use the Canadian festival to introduce new films to the global indie market that are not screening in the festival. Of course, many titles, including those in the Gala section, are looking for U.S. distribution as well.

All I See Is You

Director: Marc Forster

Key cast: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke

Logline: A blind woman and her loving husband seem to have the perfect relationship, until she gets an operation that enables her to see. (Tiff Special Presentation)

Sales: Wme (U.S.); Sierra Affinity (international)

The Bleeder

Director: Philippe Falardeau

Key cast:Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts

Logline: The true-life story of Chuck Wepner, a liquor salesman who went 15 rounds in the 1975 heavyweight world championship against Muhammad Ali. (Tiff Special Presentation)

Sales: UTA and Nu Image/Millennium Films (U.S.)/ Nu Image/Millennium Films (international)

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Producers Lab Set to Spawn Further Co-Productions at Toronto Film Festival

23 August 2016 5:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Networking program The Producers Lab Toronto, which brings together 24 producers from Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, returns to Toronto Film Festival next month for its seventh edition. The event, which runs Sept. 6-9, allows producers to discuss project ideas, share information about funding, and seal co-production deals.

The Producers Lab has facilitated the development of several trans-Atlantic co-productions, such as the Canadian-Irish pic “Unless” by Irish director Alan Gilsenan, which was presented at the Producers Lab in 2011 and will have its world premiere at this year’s festival. The Irish producer Tristan Orpen Lynch will present the project’s genesis in a case study together with his Canadian partner Jennifer Kawaja from Sienna Films to this year’s participants.

Participating producers will take part in various networking events, from 1:1 meetings, funding sessions on the different possibilities in Canada, Down Under and Europe through different financing models to the case study on “Unless. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Tiff 2016. Lineup

12 August 2016 12:52 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

A selection of films from the 2016 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has been unveiled, with films by Jim Jarmusch, Maren Ade, Tom Ford, Paul Verhoeven, Damien Chazelle, and many more.Opening NIGHTThe Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua)GALASDeepwater HorizonArrival (Denis Villeneuve)Deepwater Horizon (Peter Berg)The Headhunter's Calling (Mark Williams)The Journey Is the Destination (Bronwen Hughes)Jt + The Tennessee Kids (Jonathan Demme)Lbj (Rob Reiner)Lion (Garth Davis)Loving (Jeff Nichols)A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona)Planetarium (Rebecca Zlotowski)Queen of Katwe (Mira Nair)The Rolling Stones of Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America (Paul Dugdale)The Secret Scripture (Jim Sheridan)Snowden (Oliver Stone)Strange Weather (Katherine Dieckmann)Their Finest (Lone Scherfig)A United Kingdom (Amma Astante)Special PRESENTATIONSLa La LandThe Age of Shadows (Kim Jee-woon)All I See Is You (Marc Forster)American Honey (Andrea Arnold)American Pastoral (Ewan McGregor)Asura: The City of »

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First Trailer for Adaptation of Story 'Unless' Starring Catherine Keener

12 August 2016 12:01 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"How did this part of the story happen?" The first trailer has debuted for an indie drama called Unless, adapted from Carol Shields' novel of the same name. The story is about a successful, usually happy writer who struggles with her daughter's choice to drop out of college and live on the streets. Catherine Keener stars, along with Hannah Gross as her daughter Norah living on the streets. The full cast includes Matt Craven, Chloe Rose, Abigail Winter, Brendan Coyle and Hanna Schygulla. The film will premiere at Tiff this fall, which is a good sign this might have something to it. It looks quite emotional and heartfelt. Here's the first official trailer for Alan Gilsenan's Unless, direct from YouTube: Reta Winters has many reasons to be happy. Then, suddenly, all the quiet satisfactions of her well-lived life disappear in a moment: her eldest daughter Norah inexplicably drops »

- Alex Billington

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‘Unless’ Exclusive Trailer: Catherine Keener Stars As A Writer Whose Daughter Decides To Live On The Streets

10 August 2016 1:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Canadian writer Carol Shields wrote numerous novels, short stories, and plays throughout her lifetime. She won many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for her 1993 novel “The Stone Diaries.” Now, her final novel “Unless” has been adapted into a film starring Catherine Keener. Written and directed by Alan Gilsenan, the film follows Reta (Keener), a successful writer who struggles with her daughter Norah’s (Hannah Gross) decision to drop out of college and live on the streets as a mute in some form of protest. “Unless” also stars Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”), Matt Craven (“X-Men: First Class”), Chloe Rose (“The Lesser Blessed”), Hanna Schygulla (“Berlin Alexanderplatz”), and more. Watch the trailer for the film below.

Read More: Catherine Keener To Fight to Keep Her Home in Little Pink House

Catherine Keener has appeared in a wide variety of films throughout her career that have garnered critical acclaim. She’s been nominated »

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'The Magnificent Seven' to open Toronto film festival

26 July 2016 9:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) programmers have served up the first picks from what will be a typically daunting menu in September.Scroll down for full list of Galas, Special Presentations

The world premiere of Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven will open the 41st Tiff on September 8. The western remake stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, and Peter Sarsgaard.

It marks a third visit to the festival for Fuqua, who previously screened Training Day and The Equalizer at Tiff.

The festival will close on September 17 with The Edge Of Seventeen, starring Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick.

The coming-of-age comedy-drama marks the feature debut of writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig and is produced by Oscar-winner James L. Brooks (Jerry Maguire, As Good As It Gets).

Gala world premieres

Unveiling its first wave of titles, Tiff announced that world premieres in its Gala strand would include »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Toronto Film Festival to Open With Denzel Washington’s ‘The Magnificent Seven’

26 July 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Toronto International Film Festival sounded the opening bell of Oscar season on Tuesday, unveiling a list of high profile films that will use the annual gathering to launch their awards campaigns. Major releases that will be looking to make a splash and score with critics include Denis Villeneuve’s alien invasion thriller “Arrival,” Peter Berg’s disaster drama “Deepwater Horizon,” and Rob Reiner’s historical biopic “Lbj.”

The film festival will kick off on Sept. 8 with the world premiere of “The Magnificent Seven,” a remake of the John Sturges classic that was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” It stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt as gunslingers who are enlisted to protect a small town, while marking director Antoine Fuqua’s third time at the festival. He previously screened “Training Day” and “The Equalizer” at Toronto. Sony and MGM will release the film stateside on Sept. »

- Brent Lang

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Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Magnificent Seven,’ ‘American Honey,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘Birth of A Nation’

26 July 2016 7:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Toronto International Film Festival — aka Tiff — has announced its first round of picks for this year’s festival, including Galas and Special Presentations, along with the festival’s opening night selection, Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven,” and their closing night pick, Kelly Fremon Craig’s feature directorial debut “The Edge of Seventeen.” Filled with early awards contenders, returning filmmakers and favorites from other festivals from around the globe, it’s a meaty selection of offerings that firmly announces the imminent arrival of the cinematic bonanza otherwise known as the fall festival season.

There are plenty of familiar faces here, including Denis Villeneuve, who will be bringing his “Arrival” to the same festival that has also screened his “Sicario” and “Prisoners” in previous years. The year after debuting his “Being Charlie” at Tiff, director Rob Reiner will return with his Woody Harrelson-starring biopic “Lbj.” Lone Scherfig, who has »

- Kate Erbland

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