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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
The actress will receive the award at the London Film Festival, where her new film Truth wil have a special presentation.
The BFI will give its highest honour, the BFI Fellowship, to twice Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett at this year’s BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18).
Blanchett will receive the award at the festival’s annual award ceremony on Saturday October 17 at Banqueting House.
“Truth,” the James Vanderbilt film that stars Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in the behind-the-scenes story of Dan Rather’s last days at CBS, will open the 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival, which also has set the lineup for its narrative and documentary competition films.
In “Truth,” Redford plays Rather and Blanchett appears as CBS News producer Mary Mapes, on whose memoir the film is based. Topher Grace, Elisabeth Moss and Dennis Quaid also are among the cast of the movie, which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival ahead of its Oct. 8 screening at Hiff. The Sony Pictures Classics movie is due for theatrical release Oct. 16.
The festival also announced the ten films that make up the competition slates, with five titles apiece set for the narrative and documentary categories. The 2015 edition of Hiff, the 23rd annual outing for the fest, runs Oct. 8-12.
The full list of Hiff’s 2015 competition films follows. »
- Variety Staff
After scoring a $6 million distrib deal at Cannes and right on the heels of screenings in Toronto at Tiff, Truth will open the 23rd Hamptons International Film Festival on October 8. Hiff also announced today its lineup for the Narrative and Documentary Competition Feature Films. The James Vanderbilt-helmed film stars Robert Redford as former CBS News anchor Dan Rather. Cate Blanchett co-stars, along with Topher Grace and Elisabeth Moss in telling the saga of Rather’s… »
Read More: Hamptons International Film Festival Announces 14th Annual Screenwriters' Lab The Hamptons International Film Festival (Hiff) has announced that James Vanderbilt's "Truth" will be the Opening Night film on Thursday, October 8 in East Hampton, New York. The film stars Robert Redford, Cate Blanchett, Topher Grace and Elisabeth Moss and follows news anchor Dan Rather (Redford) during his final days at CBS News. The Sony Pictures Classics film will open in theaters on October 16. "We had the pleasure of having James Vanderbilt serve as a mentor in our Screenwriters Lab back in 2009, and we're thrilled to have him back as the director of our Opening Night film," said Hiff Artistic Director David Nugent. "He’s made a sharp and insightful film with wonderful performances that makes audiences consider the ever-changing relationship between journalism and politics in today's media." Hff has also revealed the titles competing in its its narrative. »
- Zack Sharf
Topher Grace and Elisabeth Moss round out the key cast on the drama, based on journalist Mary Mapes’ account of the CBS report into former President George W Bush’s dereliction of duty while serving in the National Guard during the Vietnam War.
The government attempted to discredit the 2004 report, which led to the ruining of Rather’s career and the firing of Mapes.
Spc has positioned Truth for a potential awards run and will release it in theatres on October 16. The world premiere is set for Toronto in the Special Presentations strand.
This year’s Narrative Competition feature films include Matt Sobel’s Take Me To The River, Ciro Guerra’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight winner Embrace Of The Serpent, Avishai Sivan’s Tikkun, Grímur Hákonarson’s Rams and Diastème’s French Blood.
Documentary Competition »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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 »
After the initial slate for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival was announced last month there were many observers, including this pundit, who wondered of the annual September event had once again lost the battle of premieres to its Fall festival cousins. While debuting Ridley Scott's "The Martian," Jean Marc Valle's "Demolition" and Michael Moore's "Where Do We Invade Next" is nothing to sneeze at the fact some of the most anticipated films of the year are heading to Venice and Telluride first has to be a bit disheartening. Especially when it's your 40th anniversary. Never fear fans of the Great White North, Toronto always seems to land some eyebrow raising last minute additions and this year is no different. Today Tiff announced that David Gordon Green's "Our Brand Is Crisis" with Sandra Bullock, Marc Abraham's "I Saw The Light" with Tom Hiddleston, Catherine Hardwicke's "Miss You Already »
- Gregory Ellwood
While the Toronto International Film Festival showcases, among its lineups, genre films, Canadian films, and features from notable underseen filmmakers and countries, the festival has also become a premier destination for high-profile features, features that often go on to become major contenders during the awards circuit that follows after a few months. These films are often found in the Gala and Special Presentations Programme, with the Gala Programme focusing on films that garner interest among the festival goers. Special Presentations, on the other hand, showcases key premieres.
Following the first wave lineup announcement, the festival has now announced additions to both Programmes. Pace Cabezas’ Mr. Right will be the closing night film for the 2015 Festival. The full list of additions, along with the official synopsis of each film, can be seen below.
In this masterfully engineered thriller, a young »
- Deepayan Sengupta
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
The Gala and Special Presentation programs are home to the biggest names - both stars and directors - at the annual Toronto International Film Festival. And with the final round of selections being freshly announced there are a whole lot of big names due to hit the festival. Big names and a big-ass wave, with Norwegian disaster picture The Wave (Bolgen) among those getting the nod. Check out the full announcement below.Festival Tops Up Its Galas And Sp Ecial Presentations With New Films From Catherine Hardwicke , Rob Reiner , Pan Nalin , Gaby Dellal , David Gordon Green And James Vanderbilt Paco Cabezas's Mr. Right named as the Closing Night Film Toronto -- The Toronto International Film Festival ® adds 5 Galas and 19...
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Cate Blanchett stars as Mary Mapes opposite Robert Redford's Dan Rather in the world premiere Special Presentation of James Vanderbilt's journalism expose "Truth," one of 19 Special Presentations and five new Gala titles added to the lineup of the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (September 10 to 20, 2015). Sony Pictures Classics will be pushing Blanchett (who also stars in Todd Haynes' "Carol") and Redford as the fall season's awards picture starts to come into focus. Other new Tiff titles with Oscar potential include Spc's world premiere Special Presentation "I Saw the Light," Marc Abraham's musical biopic of legendary country western singer Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston), based on Colin Escott’s award-winning biography and also starring Elizabeth Olsen and Bradley Whitford; David Gordon Green's world premiere Special Presentation "Our Brand Is Crisis," about a Bolivian presidential candidate (Joaquim de »
- Anne Thompson
Another big round of lineups for the 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (September 10 through 20) today. Among the highlights are world premieres of films by Rob Reiner, Catherine Hardwicke, Pan Nalin, Lorene Scafaria, David Gordon Green, Matthew Cullen, Gaby Dellal, James Vanderbilt, Marc Abraham and Sion Sono. And from around the world come films by Christian Zübert, Nabil Ayouch, Rúnar Rúnarsson, Alexandra-Therese Keining, Grímur Hákonarson, Erik Matti, Oliver Hermanus, Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche, Federico Veiroj, Eric Khoo, Danielle Arbid, Emin Alper and Jeremy Sims. » - David Hudson »
Potential awards season contenders Truth from James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham’s I Saw The Light starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams land world premiere slots, while Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right will close the festival.
London is the subject of the seventh annual City To City programme that features world premieres of Tom Geens’ Couple In A Hole starring Paul Higgins and Kate Dickie and Michael Caton-Jones’ Urban Hymn with Letitia Wright and Shirley Henderson. Elaine Constantine’s Northern Soul gets a North American premiere.
Tiff top brass also unveiled the Contemporary World Cinema section, featuring »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
There was a moment, an ever brief one, where I thought that maybe this year's Toronto International Film Festival might be slightly underwhelming. Today, organizers have quickly disabused me of any such notions. A massive slate of new titles have just been added and there is some fantastic stuff coming. As part of their Special Presentations lineup, Tiff has secured the World Premiere of two big fall movies: David Gordon Green's political dramedy "Our Brand Is Crisis" starring Sandra Bullock, and James Vanderbilt's "Truth", featuring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford. Damn. That's not all. Tom Hiddleston's Hank Williams biopic "I Saw The Light" also gets its first screening in Toronto, as does the Johnny Depp starring "London Fields," which I totally forgot existed. There's lot of great World Cinema riches to be found as well, including the North American premiere of Rachel Attenberg's "Chevalier," along with "The Whispering. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
David Gordon Green’s “Our Brand Is Crisis,” starring Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton; James Vanderbilt’s CBS scandal film “Truth,” starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford; and “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke’s “Miss You Already,” starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, will world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday.
In all, Toronto added almost 100 films (including more than 40 world premieres) across its Gala, Special Presentations, City to City, Contemporary World Cinema and Wavelengths programs. It also added 38 international short films to Short Cuts.
Special Presentations added 19 titles, »
- Jennie Punter
Sony Classics is clearly ramping up their awards slate. About a week ago it was a first look at James Vanderbilt's Truth and today it's I Saw the Light, a possible Oscar contender that finds Tom Hiddleston playing Hank Williams. readmore postid="184343" Set for a limited release on November 27, I Saw the Light, tells the story of the legendary country western singer, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life. I Saw the Light co-stars Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz and Cherry Jones and was directed by Marc Abraham. Check out the picture below. »
- Brad Brevet
Truth has been given a limited release date of October 16 in New York and La by its Us distributor Sony Pictures Classics, before rolling out nationwide.
Truth dramatises the fall-out of CBS News airing a controversial report about George W Bush's military service during the 2004 presidential election.
The movie is based on Mary Mapes's 2005 memoir Truth and Duty: The Press, The President And The Priviliege Of Power.
No UK release date has yet been announced for Truth. »
Supernatural thrillers are often hit or miss for me, but the combination of cast and crew for a film called Solace has me more interested than I otherwise might be. The film stars Anthony Hopkins as a psychic who works with FBI agents (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish) to hunt down a serial killer, played by Colin Farrell. Newcomer Alfonso Poyart directs from a screenplay pieced together by a handful of names, including Sean Bailey, Peter Morgan (Rush), Ted Griffin (Ocean's Eleven), James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) and Jonathan Hirschbein. Obviously there is a lot going on there, and the fact so many writers have contributed to the script could certainly be a sign of trouble, but the names do add to the intrigue a bit. A little Google searching adds even more intrigue, as the film's Wikipedia page notes Solace was originally written as a sequel to David Fincher's Se7en »
- Jordan Benesh
Just the other day a reader alerted me to a report at BoxOffice.com that Sony Classics had dated James Vanderbilt's Truth for an Oct. 16 release. It seemed odd in that a) the film hadn't been announced for either Venice or Toronto; b) we hadn't seen a trailer or promotional still; c) Sony Classics didn't have the film even listed on their press site; and d) one would expect all these things given the awards buzz surrounding star Cate Blanchett in the role of Mary Mapes. As it turns out, the report was accurate, the film will arrive in October and we also have the first look at Blanchett and Robert Redford in the upcoming film. Of course, there's a bit of decision-making to be had when it comes to Blanchett as she is also looked at as a top contender for Best Actress for her role in Carol. »
- Brad Brevet
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