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With the full line-up for this year’s 59th BFI London Film Festival set to be unveiled on Tuesday, September 1st, Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis looks ahead to the festival with some of the films that may be part of the extensive programme.
We’ve already had confirmation that Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, is opening the festival on Wednesday October 7th, with Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic starring Michael Fassbender closing the festival. Todd Haynes’ acclaimed Carol with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara and James Vanderbilt’s Truth, also starring Blanchett opposite Robert Redford, part of the festival’s gala presentations. So what other treats are in store for the famous festival? Here are some of the film’s we may be lucky enough to see this October…
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
A massive success upon its debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, »
- Scott J. Davis
It is time for me to make my peace with the fact that I will not be at Fantastic Fest this year. Last year's fest was one of my favorites ever, fitting for a tenth anniversary, and I would love to go this year. It's just not in the cards, though. It guts me, too. The event continues to grow and change and evolve, and it features one of the greatest programming teams in the business right now. There are films playing at the festival that I'll see in Toronto, and I'm sure I'll catch up with others, but that's not the point. Fantastic Fest is an experience, and an amazing one. If you want to go, you still can. "Daytime Only Badges, Fan Badges, and 2Nd Half Badges for Fantastic Fest 2015 are available for purchase here," today's press release urged. If you can go for the second half, you'll »
- Drew McWeeny
One of the greatest genre film festivals in the world (some say the best) has just announced its second wave of titles, including a few titles so anticipated you’ll wish you’re in Austin next month. Below are 35 more films to add to the 23 already announced in the first wave. They include Ridley Scott’s The Martian, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise and Jeremy Saulnier’s follow up to Blue Ruin, The Green Room. In addition to the films, Fantastic Fest is also delivering something special this year with a performance from Itchy-o – “a blazing, 32-member aural assault from the darkest depths of Colorado.” Fantastic Fest will also host the World Premiere of Lazer Team, the first feature film from web series gods Rooster Teeth. “This is a big year for genre cinema. We’re exceptionally proud to honor incredible filmmakers »
We previously reported on the first wave (here) of films that will grace this year’s Fantastic Fest Film Festival (September 24th-October 1st)in Austin, TX, and well,…prepare to get your minds blown. Today, the second wave of films have been announced and feature films such as Jeremy Saulnier’s The Green Room, Ben Wheatley’s adaption of Jg Ballard’s High-rise, as well as the Joe Begos-helmed The Mind’S Eye and many many other anticipated titles are set to hit Fantastic Fest attendees hard. For a full list, see below, and see you at Fantastic Fest (seriously, find me there, we’ll high five each other and share some nachos).
April And The Extraordinary World France, Belgium, Canada, 2015 Us Premiere, 90 min Director – Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci In an alternate history where Napoleon’s heirs rule France, scientists and scholars have gone missing for years, leaving »
- Jerry Smith
The first wave of programming announced for this year's Fantastic Fest didn’t exactly blow the minds of film freaks. A world premiere of “Bone Tomahawk” and Sion Sono’s latest are nothing to turn one’s nose up at, but the festival punditry crowd, perennially hot for big premieres or major titles, were left a little cold. That should change with Fantastic Fest’s second wave of titles announced today, including some heavy hitters including Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” (likely the film's first major screening after Toronto International Film Festival), and a host of Cannes picks like Yorgos Lanthimos’ wacky sci-fi romance “The Lobster” with Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and Léa Seydoux; Jeremy Saulnier’s punk rock thriller “Green Room” starring Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart and Alia Shawkat; Ben Wheatley's “High-Rise" starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and many more. Read More: Cannes Review: Yorgos Lanthimo's Outstanding. »
- Edward Davis
Any genre fan attending Fantastic Fest 2015 is going to lose their collective minds. The international madness (in addition to the first wave I reported on last month) that is going to descend upon Austin is jaw dropping. Opening night will feature the Us Premiere of Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster, a multi-country production that focuses on the surreal examination of human connections. Fantastic Fest will also host the World Premiere of Lazer Team, the first feature from web series maestros Rooster Teeth. Director Matt Hullum and cast members Burnie Burns, Alan Ritchson, Colton Dunn, Michael Jones, and Gavin Free will be in attendance to celebrate the highly anticipated sci-fi comedy and join Fantastic Fest's official opening night party, presented by Rooster Teeth. Returning champions of oddball cinema...
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Austin, TX – Wednesday, August 26, 2015 — Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the second wave of programming featuring the Us Premiere of Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster as the opening night film. Lanthimos will be in attendance to share his wonderfully surreal examination of human connections. Joining The Lobster is a dazzling array of the year’s most anticipated genre films from heavyweight directors including Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic The Martian, Ben Wheatley’s High-rise and Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room. Fantastic Fest will also host the World Premiere of Lazer Team, the first feature film from web series gods Rooster Teeth. Lazer Team director Matt Hullum and cast members Burnie Burns, Alan Ritchson, Colton Dunn, Michael Jones, and Gavin Free will be in attendance to celebrate the highly anticipated sci-fi comedy and join Fantastic Fest’s official opening night party, presented by Rooster Teeth. “This is a big year for genre cinema. »
- Jeff Bayer
Cannibalistic skyscraper tribes, a punk band forced to fight for survival, and 17th century-set supernatural happenings will grace the big screen this fall at Fantastic Fest 2015, as High-Rise, Green Room (co-starring Patrick Stewart), and The Witch are among the films announced in the festival's second wave of programming.
Taking place September 24th–October 1st at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar theater in Austin, TX, Fantastic Fest 2015 celebrates an abundance of titles spanning multiple genres (as well as those that don't fit into one specific genre). Stay tuned to Daily Dead for the upcoming final wave of Fantastic Fest 2015 programming, and to read about the first wave of the festival's programming, visit:
Press Release: Austin, TX - Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the second wave of programming featuring the Us Premiere of Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster as the opening night film. »
- Derek Anderson
Fantastic Fest Announces Second Wave of Programming Fantastic Fest has officially announced the second wave of programming for the upcoming Austin-based festival, including the Us Premiere of Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster as the opening night film in addition to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic The Martian, Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise and Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room. “This is a big year…
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- Spencer Perry
World festival roundup: Highlights of the upcoming fall and winter season promise a wide range of cinematic treats around the world. Festivals listed in chronological order.
Aug. 27-Sept. 7
World Film Festival
Fest will open with the world premiere of “Muhammad,” the 171-minute epic from Iranian director Majid Majidi, shot by Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Mwff has received a record number of short films — over 1,200 (an increase of 42% over 2014) from some 64 countries, “evidence of the vitality of today’s young filmmakers,” notes Mwff president Serge Losique. Fest is adding a Chinese Cinema section with more than 10 new features.
The fest, above, nestled in the mountains of Colorado, has always been an intimate, casual, carefully curated event that isn’t just a competition but also a celebration of the best in film. Even though the festival doesn’t announce its lineup until the day before it begins unspooling, »
- Iain Blair
Read More: Fantastic Fest Announces First Wave of Programming Picks: 'Bone Tomahawk' World Premiere to Close Festival Fantastic Fest continues to fill out its exciting 2015 slate with a promising second wave of programming that includes some of the most anticipated upcoming genre titles, including "Green Room, " The Martian" and "The Witch." Perhaps most surprising is that Yorgos Lanthimos' acclaimed Cannes satire "The Lobster" will be having its U.S. premiere as the opening night film. While the film may not be a traditional genre title, Lanthimos has become a favorite of Fantastic Fest after the success of "Dogtooth" several years ago. Fantastic Fest 2015 runs September 24 - October 1. Click here for the first wave of programming, and see all of the recently released titles below. Synopses and information provided by Fantastic Fest. April And The Extraordinary WORLDFrance, Belgium, Canada, 2015Us Premiere, 90 minDirector »
- Zack Sharf
Read More: San Sebastian International Film Festival Unveils Zinemira Program A week after revealing the poster art and official jury, programmers for the 42nd Film Fest Gent have unveiled the first 15 titles that will screen at the upcoming event. The festival will open with Robin Pront's "The Ardennes" and includes acclaimed festival hits from last year — like Ethan Hawke's directorial debut "Seymour: An Introduction" — as well as a handful of this year's Cannes and Berlin award winners, including "Carol," "The Assassin," "Son of Saul" and "45 Years." The first group of selections is listed below by category. In Competition: "Les Cowboys," Thomas Bidegam – Fr/Belgium "The Lobster," Yorgos Lanthimos – Griekenland/UK "Our Little Sister," Hirokazu Koreeda – Japan "Slow West," John Maclean – UK/New Zealand "Son of »
- Zack Sharf
For its 20th edition, the Busan International Film Festival (Biff) has cooked up something pretty special, as it is set to deliver a jam-packed lineup sure to satisfy viewers of all tastes, and then some. Opening with the vivid Indian youth drama Zubaan on October 1st and closing out with the sprawling Chinese indie Mountain Cry on October 10th, Biff has programmed 304 titles from 75 countries, of which 121 are premieres (94 world, 27 international).Heavy hitters from Cannes feature prominently, with Hou Hsia-hsien's The Assassin, Jia Zhangke's Mountains May Depart and Koreeda Hirokazu's Our Little Sister booked as gala screenings, while Jacques Audiard's Palme d'Or winner Dheepan will also feature alongside Dennis Villeneuve's Sicario, Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster, Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room, Paolo Sorrentino's Youth...
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Films set to show at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), updated as announcements are made in the run up to the event.
Key: Wp = world premiere; Nap = North American premiere; IP = international premiere; Cp = Canadian premiere.
GALASBeeba Boys (Canada), Deepa Mehta, WPDemolition, Jean-Marc Vallée WPDisorder (Maryland) (France-Belgium), Alice Winocour NAPThe Dressmaker (Aus), Jocelyn Moorhouse, WPEye In The Sky (UK), Gavin Hood WPForsaken (Canada), Jon Cassar, WPFreeheld (Us), Peter Sollett, WPHyena Road (Canada), Paul Gross, WPLolo (France), Julie Delpy, NAPLegend (UK), Brian Helgeland, IPMan Down (Us), Dito Montiel NAPThe Man Who Knew Infinity (UK), Matt Brown, WPThe Martian (Us), Ridley Scott, WPMiss You Already (UK), Catherine Hardwicke WPMississippi Grind (Us), Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden CPMr. Right (Us), Paco Cabezas WPThe Program (UK), Stephen Frears, WPRemember (Canada), Atom Egoyan, NAPSeptembers Of Shiraz (Us), Wayne Blair, WPStonewall ([link »
Human identity is never a concrete absolute in the deeply strange cinema of Yorgos Lanthimos. Rather, identity is something to be emulated, bent out of proportion, twisted and finally, perverted beyond all reason. All four of Lanthimos’ distinctive and hilarious films – that would be his debut “Kinetta,” the troubling “Dogtooth,” “Alps” and this year’s Cannes favorite “The Lobster” – are fundamentally about the flimsiness of forging your own sense of self, and the often-surreal pitfalls that come with such a pursuit. He’s one of the more psychologically adroit directors making movies today, and in a new video essay title from Fandor, narrator Conor Bateman attempts to dig into the knotty mess of contradictions and the deep well of nuttiness that makes up Lanthimos’s work. Role-playing is something that figures into Lanthimos’ films fairly rather heavily. Whether it’s the cadre of actors tasked with impersonating other people’s »
- Nicholas Laskin
The Toronto International Film Festival has added 5 Galas and 19 Special Presentations to its huge and highly anticipated international lineup including the Closing Night Film, Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right.
In July, it was announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 2015 Festival. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, Demolition will have its world premiere on September 10 at Roy Thomson Hall.
Toronto audiences will be among the first to screen films by directors Ridley Scott, Deepa Mehta, Lenny Abrahamson, Brian Helgeland, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, Jason Bateman, Cary Fukunaga, Catherine Corsini, Stephen Frears, Tom Hooper, Hany Abu-Assad, Meghna Gulzar, Terence Davies, Jonás Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Rebecca Miller, Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham.
- Michelle McCue
"Manhood-measuring contests—in every imaginable sense of the phrase—are taken to brazenly literal extremes in Chevalier, the long-awaited third feature from Greek multi-tasker Athina Rachel Tsangari," begins Guy Lodge in Variety. Notebook editor Daniel Kasman reminds us that Tsangari, besides directing Attenberg and The Capsule, has produced Yorgos Lanthimos's Dogtooth and Alps. "What is surprising is that Tsangari and her co-writer (Efthymis Filippou, who also co-wrote [Lanthimos's] The Lobster) keep the absurdity from transgressing into the truly bizarre." Locarno programmer Mark Peranson suggests that Chevalier is "allegory for the economic system that has laid waste to Tsangari’s country." We've got more reviews and the trailer. » - David Hudson »
After revealing its centerpieces earlier this month, the Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the full slate for the 2015 New York Film Festival and the big news is Steven Spielberg is back. That's right, after debuting “Lincoln” at the fest just three years ago, America’s greatest living filmmaker returns with his latest thriller, “Bridge of Spies." “Spies” finds Tom Hanks portraying James B. Donovan, a lawyer who was recruited to negotiate the release of an U.S. pilot whose U2 spy plane was shot down in the Soviet Union in 1962. If there was any question previously, this certainly puts the Touchstone Pictures release in the awards season conversation. As for the rest of the slate there is only one new world premiere, “Don’t Blink: Robert Frank” (the entire festival only has four at the moment), and lots of movies that originally debuted at Cannes. In fact, 13 of »
- Gregory Ellwood
Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks, will make its World Premiere at the 53rd New York International Film Festival, running from September 25 to October 11. The film was one of 26 announced as part of the festival’s main slate, along with one of four World Premieres.
Some of the main slate highlights include Todd Haynes’s Carol, featuring Cannes Best Actress Winner Rooney Mara alongside Cate Blanchett, Miguel Gomes’s three part saga Arabian Nights, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin, the Us premiere of Michael Moore’s latest Where to Invade Next, Michel Gondry’s French film Microbe et Gasoil, and the World Premiere of the documentary Don’t Blink: Robert Frank, about the life of the fames photographer and filmmaker.
- Brian Welk
The line-up includes previously announced opening night world premiere The Walk from Robert Zemeckis, closing night world premiere Miles Ahead from Don Cheadle and Danny Boyle’s Centrepiece selection (but not world premiere) Steve Jobs.
Laura Israel’s Don’t Blink: Robert Frank, a documentary about the life and work of the photographer and filmmaker, gets its world premiere and there are first North American outings for Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days and Stéphane Brizé’s The Measure Of A Man.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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