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San Sebastian film festival (Sept 16-24) has added five titles to its competitive official selection, completing the line-up of films in line for the coveted Golden Shell.
In his latest feature, the director - who made last year’s Venice opener Everest - tells the story of a heart surgeon whose family begins to unravel when his daughter gets mixed up with a drug-dealing boyfriend.
Feng’s The Banquet competed at Venice in 2006 while Aftershock was China’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2011.
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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 »
Though life and general business kept us from saying so at the time, the Toronto International Film Festival announced their first massive wave of selections yesterday and there is some very impressive stuff coming to Canadian screens in the fall. The festival kicks off with Antoine Fuqua's Magnificent Seven before wrapping with Kelly Craig's The Edge Of Seventeen and, in between, there is a freshly announced selection of 19 gala and 49 special presentation titles from directors such as (deep breath) Denis Villeneuve, Oliver Stone, Mira Nair, Ewan McGregor, Konkona Sensharma, Lone Scherfig, Raja Amari, Jonathan Demme, Baltasar Kormákur, Amma Asante, Christopher Guest, Feng Xiaogang, Rob Reiner, J.A. Bayona, Arnaud des Pallières, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Ready for the full list? Take a deep breath, hit...
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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.
Gala world premieres
Unveiling its first wave of titles, Tiff announced that world premieres in its Gala strand would include »
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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
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
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
45 Years (Andrew Haigh)
Andrew Haigh’s third feature as a director, 45 Years, is an excellent companion piece to its 2011 predecessor, Weekend. The latter examined the inception of a potential relationship between two men over the course of a weekend, whereas its successor considers the opposite extreme. Again sticking to a tight timeframe, the film chronicles the six days leading up to a couple’s 45th wedding anniversary. »
- The Film Stage
Festival director Alberto Barbara also signs deal to keep him at Venice until 2020.
La La Land, written and directed by Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), is to world premiere as the opening film of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival (Aug 31 – Sept 10) and will play in Competition.
The musical drama stars Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and John Legend and reunites Chazelle with Jk Simmons, who won the best supporting actor Oscar for his role as a punishing music instructor in coming-of-age drama Whiplash.
“It is a film that does not merely reinvent the musical genre, it gives it a brand new start,” he added. “If Whiplash was the revelation of a new filmmaker, La La Land is his definitive, albeit precocious, consecration among the great directors of Hollywood’s new firmament.”
Chazelle says “On behalf of the cast and »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Sagafilm arrives at the Series Mania Co-Production Forum with a project that couldn’t be more topical: Based on a series of first-person novels penned by the pseudonymous Stella Blomkvist, a hard-nosed lawyer who takes on mysterious murder cases, the series delves into the murky waters of Icelandic politics, recently in the news in the aftermath of the “Panama Papers” scandal. Yet the timing is simply fortuitous; Stella’s adventures began nearly 20 years ago with the publication in 1997 of “The Murder in the Ministry,” and although its successors have been successfully translated into Czech and German since, no English translation has been published – a situation the series hopes to remedy.
That first book forms the basis of Sagafilm’s first series. Here, Jóhann Ævar Grímsson the show’s head writer and head of development for scripted material at Sagafilm, explains the genesis of the project, as well as the practicalities »
- Damon Wise
This brilliant Icelandic elemental thriller traps a small town in a blizzard – and tosses in a headless, limbless body to unsettle the natives
Iceland has been much in the news with the resignation of its prime minister over links to Mossack Fonseca and offshore argy-bargy, things that don’t sit well with an electorate dragged through economic collapse and depression since 2008. The very real financial crisis looms large in Trapped, a tightly wrapped, elemental 10-part thriller set and shot in the remote eastern town of Seyðisfjörður, where the discovery of a torso in the harbour sets off a whodunit that threatens to implicate just about everybody while a blizzard snows them all in. A wily import to BBC Four’s Saturday night slot, it aired in chilly February and, for maximum empathy, it is advised you watch the DVD without the heating on.
Created by Baltasar Kormákur, best known for »
- Andrew Collins
Trapped: Season One
Created by Baltasar Kormákur.
In a remote town in Iceland, local police desperately try to solve a crime as a powerful storm descends upon the town.
The recent success of Trapped – or if you’re feeling like brushing up on your Icelandic, Ófærð – on TV screens could be put down to many things. Many will have been drawn to the promise of a tightly scripted whodunnit mystery, while others may find the prospect of a darkly humorous examination of Icelandic sociological problems something to discover. Most won’t have tuned in for the weather, which in Icelandic terms is truly something; the elemental forces impacting on human life at every turn. Forcing them onto land, freezing their bones and covering up evidence of the most grisly of crimes… »
- Robert W Monk
From Prisoners to Nightcrawler to the icy hills of Baltasar Kormákur’s gruelling survival pic Everest, Jake Gyllenhaal’s resume has been littered with eye-catching performances in recent years, and the actor will soon add another feather to his cap with the release of Jean-Marc Vallee’s (Dallas Buyers Club) character drama, Demolition.
Playing the part of Davis Mitchell, Gyllenhaal’s protagonist is a wonderful fusion of bemusement and frank honesty, even in the face of a personal crisis. Seeking an outlet for his grief – even if he isn’t aware of it – Davis makes a mountain out of a mole hill when he decides to pen complaints to a vending machine company over a broken machine, catching the attention of Naomi Watts’ customer service rep, Karen.
In anticipation of the film’s arrival at the beginning of next month, We Got This Covered caught up with Gyllenhaal to discuss »
- Justine Browning
As the police chief with a penchant for sniffing corpses in the hit drama Trapped, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson is melting Icelanders’ hearts
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson is 6ft 5in, has a beard like a pine forest and the gait of a grizzly bear. He’s Iceland’s biggest star – and most unlikely sex symbol. The 42-year-old actor is currently playing the stoic police chief Andri in Trapped, Iceland’s most expensive TV show ever, which is raging like a blizzard in BBC4’s primetime Saturday night slot.
“He looks like one of the looming mountains in the fjord,” says the show’s creator, Baltasar Kormákur. “I didn’t want to go with a typical leading man, although I got pressure to. Ólafur Darri was always my first choice. He has become something of a Gérard Depardieu figure in Iceland. Women here swoon over him, believe it or not.”
Related: Trapped review: stuck in a stormy, »
- Tom Seymour
Inspired by Martin Scorsese’s A Personal Journey through American Movies and My Voyage to Italian Cinema, Bertrand Tavernier's A Journey Through French Cinema will incorporate interviews and footage from Jean Renoir, Claude Sautet, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle, François Truffaut and Jacques Becker. And we've got details on more projects in the works by Terence Davies, Lars von Trier, Alexander Payne, Michael Haneke, Woody Allen, Jill Soloway, Bruno Dumont, Ruben Östlund, Cédric Kahn, Bille August, Xavier Dolan, Joe Wright, Baltasar Kormákur, Paddy Considine, Scott Cooper, Lech Majewski, Felix van Groeningen and Janusz Kaminski, plus forthcoming films starring Saoirse Ronan, Charlotte Rampling, Johnny Depp, Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan. » - David Hudson »
Filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur is in production on a new feature film in his native Iceland. The Oath is a psychological thriller, which he co-wrote with Olafur Egilsson and is directing, producing and starring, returning to acting after an eight year hiatus.
In The Oath Kormákur plays the part of a father who sets off on a mission to try to pull his daughter away from the world of drugs and petty crime, only to discover that danger can be found in unexpected places.
The film is produced under Kormákur’s Rvk Studios banner in partnership with Film4, UK with David Kosse as Executive Producer and Zdfe, Germany. World Sales are being handled by Xyz Films, who will be meeting with buyers about the project at this week’s European Film Market in Berlin.
Kormákur directed Everest which to date has grossed over $203 million worldwide since its launch in September.
- Michelle McCue
Should the pieces fall into place, the two-time Academy Award nominee will assume the role of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, the French novelist celebrated for penning Gigi back in 1944 – during the twilight years of World War II, no less. It was a novel that proved to be a timeless classic, even nabbing an Oscar when it was adapted into a musical feature in 1958 with Leslie Caron.
Born in Belle Epoque, Colette “lived through both World Wars, including the Nazi occupation of Paris; her Jewish husband Maurice Goudeket was arrested by the Gestapo in 1941.” Living in fear of the Nazi regime, experiencing the throes of war first hand ought to make for a meaty role for Knightley to tackle.
- Michael Briers
Arriving on Blu-ray this week is Baltasar Kormákur‘s adventure drama Everest, starring Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jason Clarke, and many more. We’ve teamed with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment to give away one (1) Blu-ray of the film and a promotional Everest carabiner. See how to enter below and all entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Wednesday, January 27th.
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We’re deep into the post-holiday abyss, temperatures have plummeted and winter yawns on for a good couple of months yet. So if you want to feel better about your January lot, now’s as good a time as any to watch Everest (Universal, 12), in which the digit-severing blizzard that killed eight mountaineers on the mountain’s slopes in 1996 whips away at the screen with near-tangible fury. Shot with steely grace and bone-jangling sound design, Baltasar Kormákur’s real-life disaster epic is a triumph of sensation, giving even those of us who pant after a few flights of stairs a sense of masochistic, exhilarated peak-lust. As personal drama it’s less rewarding. Despite an all-star ensemble, led with tight-jawed authority by Jason Clarke, Kormákur gives us little sense »
- Guy Lodge
Read More: Review: Thrilling 'Everest' is Guaranteed to Enhance Mountain Climbing Fears "Everest," Baltasar Kormákur's fact-based survival thriller that gripped audiences last year, has announced its DVD release for later this month, which will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes footage set to test audiences' endurance. The clip above teases prominent cast and crew members talking about their experiences with director Kormákur and how they faced intense and dangerous weather while shooting. While filming at levels of over 10,000 feet, many felt the severe consequences of such an endeavor. Cinematographer Salvatore Totino had to take Diamox for brutal altitude sickness, and wound up getting nerve damage in both of his feet despite taking many precautions. The semi-biographical film documents the journey of two different expeditions as they attempt to reach the summit of the highest mountain in the world, struggling to survive fierce snowstorms, »
- Kristen Santer
At last, an adventure movie that does without action-epic superhero Bs. It's simply You Are There with a dozen likeable, determined climbers coping with calamity in a place that, for all the help that can be sent, 'might as well be on the moon.' The excellent depth effects all but nail us to the screen. Everest Blu-ray + DVD Universal Studios Home Entertainment 2015 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 121 min. / Street Date January 19, 2016 / 49.98 Starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright, Martin Henderson, John Hawkes, Naoko Mori, Michael Kelly, Emily Watson, Sam Worthington. Cinematography Salvatore Totino Film Editor Mick Audsley Original Music Dario Marianelli Written by William Nicholson, Simon Beaufroy Produced by Nicky Kentish Barnes, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Baltasar Kormákur, Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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