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Wild Bunch Benelux renamed September Film Distribution

23 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Name change follows move into co-production among other developments

Wild Bunch Benelux has been renamed September Film Distribution, effective today (Sept 1).

The film distribution company, founded nearly six years ago by Paris-based Wild Bunch and Pim Hermeling, has since become a leading arthouse distributor with titles such as The Hunt, Melancholia, The Broken Circle Breakdown and Nymphomaniac.

The distributor ended its collaboration with the French company in 2010 but retained the name.

However, several development at the firm have led to the decision to rebrand.

September Film Distribution will continue to focus on the acquisition of director-driven films and release arthouse productions theatrically and on DVD, VOD and other platforms.

But it recently set up a film distribution office in Belgium; purchased the Cartoons movie theatre in Antwerp; and developed large arthouse cinema complex Da Kade in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

It has also set up a production company and has a growing slate of films including Nicole van Kilsdonk’s Ventoux »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Wamg’s Guide To 100+ Films For Fall / Holiday 2014

29 August 2014 1:49 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.

Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.

Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.

We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.

Maps To The StarsSeptember 2014 – Toronto International Film Festival; UK & Ireland September »

- Movie Geeks

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French Lender Cofiloisirs Expanding its Backing to Foreign Films

22 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As shrinking public funding makes for fewer French films, Cofiloisirs, one of Gaul’s top two lending institutions, is seeking to reach out to filmmakers beyond French borders.

In the past year, the two men behind the money — Herve Digne, who in 2012 was tapped president of Cofiloisirs at the same time that Jean-Baptiste Souchier was appointed managing director — have made a name for themselves in independent film circles, backing such upscale, cast-driven foreign productions as the Julianne Moore-Kristen Stewart starrer “Still Alice,” making its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in a few weeks; and Anton Corbijn’s spy thriller “A Most Wanted Man,” with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams, which has grossed $10 million Stateside via Roadside Attractions.

Digne and Souchier also have financed such prestige projects as David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars”; Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Search”; Canal Plus’ TV series “Versailles,” which is »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Bérénice Bejo Joins Robert Pattinson In The Childhood Of A Leader

22 August 2014 6:18 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Acclaimed French actress Bérénice Bejo, who received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nom for her breakout role as Peppy Miller in The Artist, has joined Cosmopolis star Robert Pattinson in the upcoming post-wwi biopic The Childhood of a Leader.

The feature directorial debut of Brady Corbet, who appeared in the supporting role of Piers Roaldson in Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils MariaThe Childhood of a Leader takes a look at the early days of a ruler who would rise to power following World War I. Pattinson will play the titular leader.

Bejo will take on the key role of the leader’s mother, replacing Juliette Binoche after scheduling conflicts forced that actress to disembark. Tim Roth and Michael Epp also star in the film. It will be just one more meaty part for Bejo, who has drawn raves for her post-Artist performances in The Past, for which she won »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Berenice Bejo Dwells on the Past; Replaces Binoche on Corbet’s “The Childhood of the Leader”

20 August 2014 8:55 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sometimes life doesn’t play out like in the movies, or rather, sometimes the movies don’t play out like in real life. Actor-director Brady Corbet can fondly look back at Olivier Assayas’ Sils Maria as proof (he plays an author courting the A-lister) that Juliette Binoche was his first choice, but due to scheduling conflicts, a Cosmopolis-like reunion between the actress and Robert Pattinson will have no longer be the case. Variety reports that the matriarch role now goes to Berenice Bejo, the Oscar nominated actress who saw her last film (by hubby Michel Hazanavicius) get panned in Cannes, will next be featured alongside Melanie Laurent and Audrey Tautou in Tran Anh Hung’s Eternity. The Childhood of the Leader is now set for a November shoot in Budapest.

Gist: Co-written by Mona Fastvold (The Sleepwalker) and Corbet, this is a chilling fable about the rise of fascism »

- Eric Lavallee

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Berenice Bejo Joins Robert Pattinson Drama ‘The Childhood of a Leader’ (Exclusive)

20 August 2014 6:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berenice Bejo will play the matriarch in the upcoming drama “The Childhood of the Leader,” Variety has learned.

Juliette Binoche was originally cast in the part, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. The film, which focuses on the early years of a post-World War I ruler, is the directorial debut of actor Brady Corbet (“Simon Killer”) and co-stars Robert Pattinson and Tim Roth.

Bejo was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for her breakout role in 2011’s “The Artist,” won the Cannes actress award for 2013’s “The Past” and reteamed with her husband-director, Michel Hazanavicius, in the 2014 war picture “The Search.”

Corbet co-wrote the script with Mona Fastvold. “The Childhood of a Leader” will begin shooting in November in Budapest.

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- Ramin Setoodeh

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Tiff 2014: Updated Screening Tally Brings Total to 46 Possible Movies

19 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It seems as if the 2014 Toronto Film Festival lineup is more or less set. I'm not expecting any major additions after today's announcement and have taken another look at my current list of most likely films I'll be screening while in town, though this is largely based on title and director alone as I have yet to really dig into the titles unfamiliar to me so it's possible a few may find their way into the mix once all is said and done. That said, if you think there are some I'm missing please let me know... don't want to overlook anything. Note, I will be in Toronto from September 3-10 and expect I'll see about 18 movies maximum while I'm there. Right now the full list below is 48 movies not including the four I've already seen (but have yet to review) and the one I don't think I'll even have a chance to see. »

- Brad Brevet

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Michel Hazanavicius Premieres New Version of ‘The Search’ in Sarajevo: ‘It's Definitely a Better Movie’

18 August 2014 5:43 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Michel Hazanavicius had a second chance to make a first impression on Monday night in Sarajevo, and he made the most of it. When Hazanavicius’ ‘The Search” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May, it met the peculiar fate of a few Cannes movies each year. In the rush to judgment that follows every major Cannes screening, and in the odd echo chamber that is the Croisette, the fact that some journalists booed at the end of its initial press screening became a de facto condemnation of the film. “The Search,” an ambitious and sprawling epic about the Russian abuses. »

- Steve Pond

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Sarajevo launches 20th edition

15 August 2014 3:20 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gael Garcia Bernal and Agnes B. both receive the honorary Heart of Sarajevo.

The Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-24) launched its 20th edition on Friday night and staged a hat-trick of events to mark the occasion.

After the traditional welcome drinks reception on the Festival Square, festival director Mirsad Purivatra took to the stage of the city’s Open Air Cinema in front of an audience of thousands to award Gael Garcia Bernal with the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo.

The ceremony was held ahead of a screening of the Mexican actor and director’s breakthrough performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Amores Perros (2000).

“Since your appearance in Amores Perros, you have played different characters in many films that have made up part of our programme,” said Purivatra.

“We admire you as an actor, a film director and a person who is trying to change the world. It is an honour to welcome you to Sarajevo and to »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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More Galas and Special Presentations plus Seoul, South Korea and World Contemporary Cinema at Tiff 2014

13 August 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

An additional 7 galas and 17 special presentations will be taking place at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival which will include the latest cinematic efforts of Sophie Barthes, Thomas McCarthy, Johnnie To, Michel Hazanavicius, Olivier Assayas, Benoît Jacquot, Lynn Shelton, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

Here are some World Premiere highlights:

The Forger (USA) by Philip Martin and starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, Tye Sheridan, Jennifer Ehle, Marcus Thomas, Anson Mount, Abigail Spencer and Travis Wade.

A former art prodigy and second generation petty thief buys his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son. To do so, he must team up with his father for one last job to pay back the syndicate that arranged his release.

The Cobbler (USA) by Thomas McCarthy and starring Adam Sandler, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Fritz Weaver, Yul Vazquez, Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman.

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- Trevor Hogg

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Kristen Wiig and Adam Sandler have late additions to the 2014 Toronto Film Festival

12 August 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Toronto International Film Festival announced more selections Tuesday for the upcoming 2014 edition of the annual awards season kick-off. The majority of the festival's program was announced last month, but this group includes intriguing world premieres from notable directors such as Todd McCarthy ("The Cobbler") and Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Beyond the Lights"). A number of the titles revealed have screened at other festivals including the underrated "Infinitely Polar Bear" and "Laggies" from Sundance as well as Cannes players "Two Days, One Night," "The Search" and "Clouds of Sils Maria." And yes, the presence of "Sils Maria," which is a favorite of this particular writer, means Kristen Stewart will likely hit one of the festival's many red carpets. As you'd expect for Toronto, the world premieres feature some big names including Josh Hutcherson and Benicio Del Toro in "Escobar: Paradise Lost," Jean Dujardin in "The Connection (La French)," Dustin Hoffman in "Boychoir, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Tiff 2014: Sandler, Schwarzenegger, Liotta, Travolta and More Added to Toronto Lineup

12 August 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This morning the Toronto Film Festival added several more films to their lineup including the world premiere of Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler which stars Adam Sandler as a New York City cobbler who, disenchanted with the grind of daily life, stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. The film co-stars Method Man, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman. Additionally, Sundance standouts Infinity Polar Bear and Laggies starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz were added to the Gala selection. Joining The Cobbler as new additions to the Special Presentations field include Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche and Two Days, One Night from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and starring Marion Cotillard. Both films made a splash at Cannes earlier this year, »

- Brad Brevet

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2014 Tiff: McCarthy, Bettany, Girard, Fontaine, Barthes Among Several World Preem Add-Ons

12 August 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Just how much sway do Tiff programmers have? Looking at today’s Gala and Special Presentation add-ons, measurably, when it comes to films with star-wattage and acquisitions titles, the industry sides with high value world premiere slot in downtown Toronto. Complimenting Sundance (Maya Forbes’ Infinitely Polar Bear and Lynn Shelton’s Laggies) and Cannes (Assayas, the Dardennes), the wide net includes Francois Girard’s Boychoir, Richard Loncraine’s Ruth & Alex, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Beyond the Lights, Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler, Shira Piven’s Welcome to Me, and in a very Gustave Flaubert type of year includes Anne Fontaine’s Gemma Bovery and Sophie Barthes’ Madame Bovary. In directorial debuts, Henry Hobson presents Maggie, actor Paul Bettany presents Shelter (see pic of star and his wife above), Andrea Di Stefano’s Escobar: Paradise Lost and Philip Martin’s The Forger. Here are the additional items:

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- Eric Lavallee

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Adam Sandler, Kristen Wiig, and Arnold Schwarzenegger bring films to Toronto

12 August 2014 9:03 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The 2014 Toronto Film Festival, which begins Sept. 4, added seven Galas and 17 Special Presentations to its lineup, including a semi-serious Adam Sandler project from Tom McCarthy, the director of The Station Agent and The Visitor. In The Cobbler, Sandler plays a man who has the unique ability to walk in his customers’ shoes. The movie features Dustin Hoffman, who also stars in Boychoir, François Girard’s tale of an orphan’s steep learning curve at a prestigious music school. In Welcome to Me, Kristen Wiig plays a mentally unstable woman who wins the lottery and decides to sink her winnings into a talk show. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Toronto to debut Maggie, Boychoir

12 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin zombie drama Maggie, Dustin Hoffman drama Boychoir, Kristen Wiig comedy Welcome To Me and Sophie BarthesMadame Bovary have landed world premieres, Tiff gala and special presentation slots.

Also in line to screen for the first time anywhere at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14) are crime thriller The Forger starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan, thriller Escobar: Paradise Lost starring Benicio Del Toro, Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler starring Adam Sandler, and Paul Bettany’s directorial debut Shelter.

Tiff top brass also unveiled the Wavelengths, Future Projections, Tiff Cinematheque and shorts programmes.

Wp = World premiere / Nap = North American premiere / IP = International premiere / Cp = Canadian premiere.

Galas

Boychoir (Us), François Girard Wp

The Connection (La French) (France-Belgium), Cédric Jimenez Wp

Escobar: Paradise Lost (France), Andrea Di Stefano Wp  

The Forger (Us), Philip Martin Wp

Infinitely Polar Bear (Us), Maya Forbes Cp

Laggies (Us), Lynn Shelton IP

Ruth & Alex »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Toronto to premiere Maggie, Forger

12 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin zombie drama Maggie, Kristen Wiig comedy Welcome To Me and Sophie BarthesMadame Bovary have landed world premieres, Tiff gala and special presentation slots.

Also in line to screen for the first time anywhere at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14) are crime thriller The Forger starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan, thriller Escobar: Paradise Lost starring Benicio Del Toro, Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler starring Adam Sandler, and Paul Bettany’s directorial debut Shelter.

Tiff top brass also unveiled the Wavelength, Future Projections, Tiff Cinematheque and shorts programmes.

Wp = World premiere / Nap = North American premiere / IP = International premiere / Cp = Canadian premiere.

Galas

Boychoir (Us), François Girard Wp

The Connection (La French) (France-Belgium), Cédric Jimenez Wp

Escobar: Paradise Lost (France), Andrea Di Stefano Wp  

The Forger (Us), Philip Martin Wp

Infinitely Polar Bear (Us), Maya Forbes Cp

Laggies (Us), Lynn Shelton IP

Ruth & Alex (Us), Richard Loncraine Wp

Special »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Tiff 2014 Adds 'The Cobbler,' 'Madame Bovary,' 'Sils Maria,' 'The Forger' And Many More

12 August 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Get ready Toronto…Adam Sandler is coming to town. The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled a huge batch of new films for it slate today, and anyone doubting the strength of the lineup this year will quickly be silenced. The brace of world premieres coming to the festival is impressive, so let's point out the highlights: Thomas McCarthy's "The Cobbler" with the aforementioned, erstwhile Billy Madison; "Madame Bovary" starring Mia Wasikowska and Paul Giamatti; "Escobar: Paradise Lost" with Benicio Del Toro and Josh Hutcherson; "Boychoir" with Dustin Hoffman; "The Forger" with John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan; and "Gemma Bovery" with Gemma Arterton. And as for festival films making a stop in Toronto, there's also the Dardennes' "Two Days, One Night," Michel Hazanavicius' "The Search," Lynn Shelton's "Laggies" and more. Tiff runs from September 4-14. Check out »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) Adds More Premieres

12 August 2014 7:51 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Expect to see a bevy of stars on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. Today, more Gala and Special Presentation titles were announced, with some star-studded projects in the mix. Now, Escobar: Paradise Lost, starring Benicio del Toro as the infamous drug lord, will have its world premiere at Tiff, as will The Forger, with John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan.

Other promising projects newly announced to be screening at Tiff are Win Win director Thomas McCarthy’s The Cobbler, which finds Adam Sandler taking on a rare dramatic role; Clouds of Sils Maria, which stars Juliette Binoche as an aging actress who confronts the young starlet (Chloe Grace Moretz) taking on the role that made her famous decades earlier; and Gemma Bovery, starring Gemma Arterton as the sensual object of a French food critic’s affection. Check out the full list of new »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Tiff 2014 Adds Tom McCarthy’s The Cobbler, Michael Hazanavicius’ The Search, Sophie Barthes’ Madame Bovary, and More

12 August 2014 7:49 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

As if the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival wasn't already crowded with must-see films, Tiff has now sent out a press released announcing the addition of 24 films to their Galas and Special Presentations lineup.  Sundance premieres Infinitely Polar Bear and Laggies will be coming to Toronto as will Cannes' debuts such as Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria as well as The Search, the new film from The Artist director Michael Hazanavicius.  Among the world premieres, I'm incredibly excited for Tom McCarthy's new film, The Cobbler and Sophie Barthes' adaptation of Madame Bovary.  As for movies that probably won't be entering the Oscar-race but could still be highly entertaining, there's Henry Hobson's debut Maggie, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Midwestern farmer who stays by his daughter's side as she starts turning into a zombie. Hit the jump for the full list of new additions.  The 2014 Toronto »

- Matt Goldberg

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Toronto Beefs Up Premieres; Expect Arnold, Travolta, Adam Sandler, Dujardin, Neil Young, Binoche On Red Carpet

12 August 2014 7:29 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival added another seven Galas and 17 Special Presentations to its September fest lineup running September 4 to 14. Here are the newcomers:

Galas

Boychoir François Girard, USA World Premiere

An orphaned 12-year-old boy is sent to prestigious music school where he struggles to join an elite group of world-class singers. No one expects this rebellious loner to succeed, least of all the school’s relentlessly-tough conductor who wages a battle of wills to bring out the boy’s extraordinary musical gift. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Debra Winger and Garrett Wareing.

The Connection (La French) Cédric Jimenez, France/Belgium World Premiere

Marseille, 1975. Pierre Michel, a young police magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help crack down on the city’s organized crime. He decides to take on the French Connection, a Mafia-run operation that exports heroin all over the world. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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