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10 items from 2010

Rotterdam’s CineMart 2011: Carlos Reygadas, Sergei Loznitza and Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio Among 33 Selected

17 December 2010 11:55 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Filmmakers Carlos Reygadas, Andrei Zvyagintsev, Sergei Loznitza, Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio, Alex van Warmerdam and the team of Peter Brosens/Jessica Woodworth are among the 33 selected projects selected for the upcoming CineMart, the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s (Iffr) co-production market. Carlos Reygadas who last gave us austere and majestic Silent Light, definitely tops in his filmography, will be seeking funding for Post tenebras lux. Also from Mexico's Mantarraya Producciones we have Tree Shade (supported by the Hubert Bals Funds) by helmer Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio who gave us one of the year's best film's in the docu-narrative essay Alamar (check out our interview with the director earlier this year). Other directors worth mentioning include master helmer Jan Švankmajer with Hmyz (Insects), Russian talents in The Return's Andrei Zvyagintsev (The Daddy) and recent Cannes selected filmmaker in Sergei Loznitza (In the Fog). Despite receiving a critical bashing, Loznitza's insane roadtrip film »

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Irish director included in Variety’s one to watch list (IrishCentral)

15 December 2010 3:36 AM, PST | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

Irish director Juanita Wilson has been shortlisted in the 16th annual directors “One to Watch” list by Variety. The Oscar nominee received her place on the list for her new feature film “As If I Am Not There”. The prestigious list is drafted annually by industry insiders, editors, reporters and Variety critics. Based on the novel by Slavenka Drakulic, the film tells the story of a young Sarajevo woman, whose life is shattered when a soldier walks into her home and  forces her to pack up all her belongings and abandon her life. Held captive in a warehouse with other woman from her village, she quickly learns that survival means more than staying alive. Juanita was recently award the Silver Pyramid Award at the Cairo International Film Festival for “As if I am Not There” which is due to have it’s North American premiere at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival next month. »

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Whistler Ff 2010: Review of Ed Gass-Donnelly's Small Town Murder Songs

9 December 2010 4:23 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Year: 2010

Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly

Writer: Ed Gass-Donnelly

IMDb: link

Trailer: link

Review by: Marina Antunes

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

It doesn’t happen often but once in a while a film comes along that sweeps you off your feet from the opening credits. It plays, you enjoy it, it ends and you wish it were longer and that you had the opportunity to spend more time with the people, the places and the music. That’s what it felt like to walk out of Ed Gass-Donnelly’s sophomore effort Small Town Murder Songs.

I’m not familiar with Gass-Donnelly’s previous work (though you’d best believe I’ll shortly be getting acquainted with his debut feature This Beautiful City) but something about this trailer spoke to me. Part of it was the music, part of it was the setting and a whole lot of it was Peter Stormare, a man »

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Whistler Ff 2010: Peter Stormare in trailer for Ed Gass-Donnelly’s Small Town Murder Songs

19 November 2010 5:30 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Over the past few months, Canadian director Ed Gass-Donnelly’s crime thriller Small Town Murder Songs has been making quiet stops in the festival circuit and along the way, picking up quite a bit of positive buzz. Screen Daily compared it to early Coen Brothers and from the look of this trailer, I can see where the comparison comes in.

The film stars the fantastic Peter Stormare as Walter, an ageing police officer in a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past. His new life begins to unravel when the dead body of a young woman is discovered. Along with Stormare, the film also stars Sebastian Pigott, Jill Hennessy and Martha Plimpton.

I’m generally a fan of Stormare’s work, even in the less than stellar films, but he looks fantastic here and this trailer, I’m not even sure where to start. I love the comedy, »

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The Complete 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Line-up

24 August 2010 10:16 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Rachel Weisz in The Whistleblower The Toronto International Film Festival has added even more films to their line-up today as the complete line-up was announced, which ended up causing the festival's server to crash, but I was lucky enough to get in and get out before missing out on the information.

First off, the festival's Mavericks line-up is quite interesting, which includes a series of guest presentations and this year will see Edward Norton interview Bruce Springsteen, NBA All-Star and native Canadian Steve Nash will present his hour-long film Into the Wind, Apichatpong Weerasethakul will talk with the audience as his Cannes Palm d'Or-winning film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives was just added to the Masters programme, Ken Loach and Paul Laverty will be interviewed by Michael Moore on politics and cinema and Philip Seymour Hoffman will have his own panel. Also on hand will be Bill Gates, »

- Brad Brevet

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Carancho, Bad Faith, 22Nd Of May And More Headline The Tiff 2010 Contemporary World Cinema Program!

24 August 2010 7:38 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The sophomore film from the director of Ex Drummer, Swedish thriller Bad Faith, Pablo Trapero's Carancho (my personal favorite film from Cannes 2010), Tsui Hark's Detective Dee, Tom Tykwer's Three and a host of others populate one of the more exciting lineups for the Tiff Contemporary World Cinema Program in recent years. Here's the complete lineup:

22nd of May Koen Mortier, Belgium World Premiere

The director of Ex-Drummer returns with an artful meditation on political violence. A security guard fails to prevent a horrific explosion in a shopping mall, then lives through the aftermath as a series of overlapping what-ifs.

Africa United Debs Gardner-Paterson, United Kingdom World Premiere

Africa United tells the extraordinary story of three Rwandan children and their bid to achieve their lifelong dream - to take part in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Football World Cup in Johannesburg.

Aftershock Feng Xiaogang, China North American Premiere »

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The Updated 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Line-Up

17 August 2010 10:56 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The organizers at the Toronto International Film Festival have put together one hell of an impressive line-up that has grown significantly since my first list announcing the Galas and Special Presentations, a pair of lists that have also grown since then.

The lists have grown to include Massy Tadjedin's Last Night starring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet, which will serve as the closing night film.

It's also grown to include Danny Boyle's 127 Hours starring James Franco. Boyle recently spoke about the film at Movie Con and told the audience there it may be a challenge to watch saying, "It's a lovely way of doing a new kind of filmmaking, really. We want it to be a challenge to you [the audience] to see if you can sit and watch it."

In the film Franco plays real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston who ended up trapped under a »

- Brad Brevet

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Tiff 2010: Peter Stormare And Jill Hennessy Sing Small Town Murder Songs

10 August 2010 12:08 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The sophomore feature from writer-director Ed Gass-Donnelly, Small Town Murder Songs stars Peter Stormare as a cop with a violent past trying to forge a new life for himself in a small, Mennonite town. Unfortunately for him, even small towns are not immune to violence.  Jill Hennessy and Martha Plimpton (The Goonies) co-star.

The film will be receiving its world premiere in Toronto and we've got the first gallery of images below.


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Tiff 2010: Bruce McDonald, Xavier Dolan and Denis Villeneuve Headline The Canadian Titles At Tiff 2010!

10 August 2010 12:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The Toronto International Film Festival announced their complete slate of Canadian titles today, including the first announced midnight title in Michael Dowse's Fubar II. The Canadian slate this year looks to be a pretty compelling slate of newcomers and familiar names. Check all the news below!


A Beginners Guide to Endings  Jonathan Sobol, Canada World Premiere

Raucous, charming and very funny, Jonathan Sobol's comedy A Beginners Guide to Endings follows three sons as they deal with their gambler father's somewhat complicated legacy. Featuring the legendary Harvey Keitel, the film also stars Scott Caan, Paolo Costanzo, Wendy Crewson, Tricia Helfer, Jason Jones, and J.K. Simmons.

Previously announced Canadian Galas include: The Bang Bang Club, Steven Silver; Barney's Version, Richard J. Lewis; Casino Jack, George Hickenlooper; Score: A Hockey Musical, Mike McGowan.

Special Presentations

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie Sturla Gunnarsson, Canada World Premiere

At 75 years old, »

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Imported stars dominate TIFF Canuck films

10 August 2010 9:07 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Toronto -- Look for American talent to light up Canadian acquisition titles at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

As Canadian indie movies increasingly cast Hollywood stars as boxoffice draws, Toronto organizers on Tuesday unveiled a Canuck movie lineup dominated by imported stars performing alongside local talent.

Toronto booked a gala slot at Roy Thomson Hall for Jonathan Sobol's "A Beginners Guide to Endings," which stars Harvey Keitel, Scott Caan and Wendy Crewson, and a world premiere for Jacob Tierney's "Good Neighbours," a Montreal-set thriller that stars Scott Speedman, Emily Hampshire and Jay Baruchel.

U.S. and other foreign talent figures in the mix for "A Night for Dying Tigers," the Terry Miles drama starring Jennifer Beals and Gil Bellows, while another Canuck drama, Ed Gass-Donnelly's "Small Town Murder Songs," is top-lined by Swedish actor Peter Stormare, Jill Hennessy ("Law and Order"), Aaron Poole and Martha Plimpton. »

- By Etan Vlessing

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