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Read More: Tiff Review: Patricia Rozema's 'Into The Forest' Starring Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood & Max Minghella A24 has acquired the rights to the apocalyptic "Into the Forest." The drama stars Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood and was directed by Patricia Rozema. Set in a not too distant future, "Into the Forest" follows a pair of sisters who emerge from a remote forest to confront a world on the brink of ending. The film premiered at Tiff, where Indiewire's Charles Bramesco wrote, "Though not without its errors, 'Into The Forest' turns a profoundly human eye to what just may be the very end of humanity itself." "Into the Forest" is based on Jean Hegland's 1996 novel of the same name. The acquisition deal was reportedly made in the low seven figures. Read More: Tiff 2015 Women Directors: Meet Patricia Rozema - 'Into the Forest »
- Karen Brill
The movie is set in a remote part of a Northern California forest on the brink of an apocalypse after a massive power outage leave the sisters fighting starvation and intruders. Wme Global is handling the sale but has not closed a deal as of late Tuesday night.
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: DirecTV in partnership with A24 is moving into an exclusive negotiation for Into The Forest, the Patricia Rozema-directed drama that stars Max Minghella, Ellen Page, Callum Keith Rennie and Evan Rachel Wood. Roadside Attractions and CBS Films also were in the mix, and the talk is low seven-figure and it’s being done through A24 and DirecTV. Here’s the logline: A pair of teen sisters live in a remote part of a Northern California forest on the brink of an… »
The Vancouver International Film Festival has announced its most anticipated films in the Gala and Special Presentation categories. The films selected represent a true showcase of international cinema, while highlighting homegrown talent in the world's largest showcase of Canadian films during the 34th annual festival running from September 24th to October 9th.
John Crowley's "Brooklyn" starts the festival off in the Opening Night Gala spot. Marc Abraham's "I Saw the Light" holds the Closing Night Gala position with a feature on the life of country star Hank Williams. The film was produced by Vancouver's Bron Studios. Canadian productions remain a crucial part of the festival, Philippe Falardeau's "My Internship in Canada" will open the Canadian Images program, while Patricia Rozema's "Into the Forest" will occupy the BC Spotlight Awards Gala spot.
In 2015, Vancouver audiences will be exposed to 355 films from 70 countries. With 32 World Premieres, 33 North American Premieres and 53 Canadian Premieres, this year's festival promises to be a feast for Canadian film lovers.
The full line-up and ticket are available at viff.org. Here are some highlights:
Opening Gala "Brooklyn" (John Crowley, U.K/Ireland/Canada)
Lured from Ireland by the American Dream, Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) instead lands in a hardscrabble reality of cramped boarding houses and grungy dancehalls. As homesickness grips her, she's also torn between two admirers (Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen). With Nick Hornby scripting, John Crowley crafts a stirring 50s-era immigration tale that also serves as an exhilarating profile of female empowerment.
Closing Gala "I Saw the Light" (Marc Abraham,USA) Having played gods and monsters with aplomb, Tom Hiddleston takes centre stage as country music legend/renegade Hank Williams. In turns as rambunctious as a barn dance and as reflective as a ballad, Marc Abraham's film chronicles Williams' rapid ascent to stardom and the tragedy of a career cut short by substance abuse. Laid to rest at only 29, Williams left behind a truly remarkable body of work. Handling the singing chores himself, Hiddleston does the man—and his music—proud.
Canadian Images Opening Film My Internship in Canada (Philippe Falardeau, Canada)
Philippe Falardeau ("Monsieur Lazhar") returns with an energetic, laugh-out-loud political comedy that couldn't be more timely. Steve Guibord (Patrick Huard, brilliant) is an independent Quebec MP traveling to his northern riding with a new Haitian intern. Soon after finding themselves caught in the crossfire of activists, miners, truckers, politicians and aboriginal groups, it turns out that Guibord somehow holds the decisive vote in a national debate that will decide whether Canada will go to war in the Middle East! The fabulous Suzanne Clément co-stars.
The BC coastal forest is in all its glory as a father and his two daughters drive off to their remote and idyllic getaway home. They have little sense at first of the growing apocalypse that they are leaving in their wake. It will come to them. Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie and Michael Eklund star in this Patricia Rozema-directed adaptation of Jean Hegland's novel.
Mix propulsive bhangra beats, blazing Ak-47s, bespoke suits, solicitous mothers and copious cocaine, and you have the heady, volatile cocktail that is Deepa Mehta's latest film, an explosive clash of culture and crime. Jeet Johar (Indian star Randeep Hooda) and his young, charismatic Sikh crew vie to take over the Vancouver drug and arms trade in this all-out action/drama. Blood is spilled, heads are cracked, hearts are broken and family bonds are pushed to the brink.
Miguel Gomes' ("Tabu," "Our Beloved Month of August") astonishing three-volume, six-hour epic draws inspiration from the tales of Scheherazade (here played by Crista Alfaiate) and once again uses a fascinating combination of reality and fiction to comment on Portugal's past, present and future.
Jacques Audiard's ("A Prophet," "Rust and Bone") latest dramatic inquiry into life on society's margins is an alternately gripping and tender love story about the eponymous former Tamil fighter (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) and his improvised family, who exchange war in Sri Lanka for violence of another kind in Paris.
Ben Wheatley's bold adaptation of Jg Ballard's novel takes no prisoners. This scorching satire on class, hedonism and depravity in an imploding luxury apartment building is an even more apocalyptic class polemic than "Snowpiercer". Throw in exquisitely unsettling turns from Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons, a string quartet cover of Abba's 1975 hit "Sos," an orgy or two and spice with cannibalism, and you have a tour de force of astonishing architectural ambition.
"Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words" (Stig Björkman, Sweden ), Canadian Premiere
Casablanca , Notorious, Voyage to Italy... That Ingrid Bergman, three-time Oscar winner, is one of filmdom's all-time greats is inarguable. Narrated by Swedish (and now Hollywood) star Alicia Vikander, Stig Björkman's intimate exploration of Bergman's personal and professional life benefits immensely from the cooperation of Bergman's daughter Isabella Rossellini, who allowed him access to never-before-seen private footage, notes, letters, diaries and interviews. The result is a rich and multicolored portrait of this extraordinary human being—in her own words.
When a war photographer (Isabelle Huppert) dies on assignment, her husband (Gabriel Byrne) struggles to mount a retrospective while dealing with his grieving sons (Jesse Eisenberg, Devin Druid) and her combative colleague (David Strathairn). Joachim Trier ("Oslo, 31st August") poses tough questions about family, marital responsibility and balancing one's calling and kin.
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and based on the best-selling Man Booker Prize-nominated novel by Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue, this is the story of five-year old Jack, who lives in an 11-by-11-foot room with his mother. Since it's all he's ever known, Jack believes that only "Room" and the things it contains (including himself and Ma) are real. Then reality intrudes and Jack's life is turned on its head... A remarkable and disturbing work.
"A Tale of Three Cities" (Mabel Cheung, Hong Kong/China)
A rousingly entertaining movie romance, this historical drama tells the deeply moving story of kung fu superstar Jackie Chan's parents. Both grew up in China's tumultuous 20th century, swept by war, revolution and resistance. When charismatic customs officer Fang (Lau Ching-wan) meets impoverished young widow Chen (Tang Wei), an unbreakable bond is forged. Together, their love endures through extraordinary adventures, as they head towards a future in Hong Kong.
Naomi Klein ("Shock Doctrine") has risen to prominence around the world as one of Canada's most forceful and relevant public intellectuals. Her cogent call to direct action has inspired youth, helped chart roadmaps for social progressives and environmentalists, and yet worried those who believe that her critique of capitalism plays into the hands of right wingers who think climate change is a socialist plot. Join us, Naomi Klein and director Avi Lewis for this special presentation of "This Changes Everything."
Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Rachel Weisz anchor Paolo Sorrentino's gorgeous follow-up to The Great Beauty. Fred (Caine), a retired composer, and friend Mick (Keitel), a film director, are sojourning in a stunning Swiss alpine spa. Surrounded by bodies old and young, supple and sagging, they reconsider their pasts–while Sorrentino choreographs the action with exquisite control.
In Paul Gross' film, ripped from the headlines, a sniper, who has never allowed himself to think of his targets as human, becomes implicated in the life of one of them. An intelligence officer, who has never contemplated killing, becomes the engine of a plot to kill. A legendary Mujahideen warrior, who had put war behind him, is now deeply involved. Three different men, three different worlds, three different conflicts, yet all stand at the intersection of modern warfare.
Atom Egoyan returns with a completely original take on the darkest chapter of horror in the last century. Christopher Plummer plays a man who's looking for the person who might be responsible for wiping out his family, as he strains to seize the evanescent memories of long-ago brutality. The all-star cast includes Henry Czerny, Martin Landau and Bruno Ganz. Benjamin August's screenplay will keep you guessing until the very end.
- Sydney Levine
The Hollywood archives are packed with movies that, for myriad reasons, have somehow slipped between the cracks, never to be heard from again.
No film sums up that unfortunate group more than 1994's The Fantastic Four, a property now getting rebooted for a second time with a lavish budget and inescapable marketing campaign. We look back at seven movies the industry (and the filmmakers behind them) wants to sweep under the carpet.
Bernd Eichinger snapped up the film rights to Marvel's first family in the '80s for a pittance, and with the clock ticking down on his ownership he teamed up with B-movie specialist Roger Corman to produce a $1 million picture in less than a month. With a cast of unknowns and music video director Oley Sassone at the helm, The Fantastic Four ended up getting buried by Marvel in a bid for brand protection.
Avi Arad, »
We get excited for Tiff every year, but this year is looking like it should be better than ever. The Canadian features were just announced, and they’ve got us even more amped up for this year’s fest.
Two films that we’re particularly excited about are Robert Budreau’s Born to be Blue and Patricia Rozema’s Into the Forest. Starring Ethan Hawke and Carmen Ejogo, Born to be Blue follows jazz trumpeter Chet Baker as he is cast in a film about himself in the 1960s. Into the Forest stars Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood as two sisters living in a futuristic forest setting. When they venture outside the comfort of home, they find the forest isn’t all that it seems. Max Minghella also stars.
There are a number of noteworthy films brought to us by home-grown talent in the regular programming, as well. Denis Villeneuve »
- Amanda Wood
Mr. Holmes himself, Ian McKellen, Star Trek star George Takei and, in the rear, John Buffalo Mailer Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Miramax and Roadside Attractions celebrated Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes with a premiere screening at the Museum of Modern Art, hosted by Ian McKellen and Laura Linney with Hiroyuki Sanada, executives Howard Cohn, Zanne Devine, Steve Schoch, Eric D'Arbloff and producer Anne Carey.
Laura Linney channeling Gene Tierney in Otto Preminger's Laura with Ian McKellen Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze The last time I spoke to Ian McKellen was at David Hockney's symposium on Vermeer's use of Optics when he was starring on Broadway with Helen Mirren and David Strathairn in August Strindberg's Dance of Death. Condon directed McKellen's Oscar-nominated performance in Gods and Monsters as Frankenstein director, James Whale.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Justin Timberlake on the Oscars' Red Carpet Justin Timberlake at the Academy Awards The Social Network actor Justin Timberlake arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards, which took place on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the ceremony, Timberlake and Black Swan actress Mila Kunis introduced the nominees – and eventual winners – in the animation categories. Throughout the proceedings, he pretended to be the elusive Banksy, whose Exit Through the Gift Shop was a Best Documentary Feature contender. The joke fell mostly flat, but Timberlake actually elicited some laughs when he imitated three-time Oscar-nominated veteran Kirk Douglas*, who mercilessly stretched the Best Supporting Actress announcement into what seemed like hours. Admittedly, Douglas was funny. (The winner in that particular category turned out to be Melissa Leo for David O. Russell's The Fighter.) As announced by the Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis duo, the Best Animated Short Film was Shaun Tan »
- D. Zhea
Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig at the Oscars Sporting an ultra-cool look, Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig, both members of the hip, experimental band How to Destroy Angels, arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Trent Reznor, formerly the frontman of the alternative rock group Nine Inch Nails, and fellow How to Destroy Angels band member Atticus Ross went on to share the Best Original Score Oscar for their work on David Fincher's Facebook movie The Social Network. After Reznor's Oscar win, "I want to thank you like an animal" became a Twitter hit – in reference to a similar-sounding line found in the Nine Inch Nails' 1994 song "Closer." Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' Oscar 2011 competitors were: Hans Zimmer, at one point the favorite for the Best Original Score Academy Award, for »
- D. Zhea
Director: Alexandre Aja
Running Time: 120 minutes
Horns is an interestingly bonkers adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel of the same name and director Alexandre Aja has created something refreshing original that may not blow the bridges in terms of narrative, it certainly plays with many genres and becomes a ‘tragic comedy horror’ which has a very quirky, entertaining edge alongside a deep truth of love and commitment underneath.
When Iggy (Daniel Radcliffe) is accused of killing his one true love Merrin (Juno Temple), he heads out on a drinking spree as he’s realized no one believes him when he says he’s innocent. Basically, even his families aren’t very convincing in helping him on his quest to clear his name. »
- Dan Bullock
Based on the bestselling novel by Joe Hill (that’s horror maestro Stephen King’s son), Horns is a spellbinding gothic fairy tale that tackles lost love and the pits of human nature to deliver one of the most enjoyable horror flicks in some time.
Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) wakes up one day to find he has grown a set of horns that grant him strange abilities. Haunted by the brutal murder of his girlfriend (Juno Temple) and hounded by the people of his town who blame him, he decides to use those abilities to help exact his brtal revenge on the true killer. As Ig quickly unravels the conspiracy, people can’t help confiding in him- and more often than not acting out- their most primal desires. »
- Phil Wheat
Oh yes, Mindy Project fans, it’s on.
Following the bombshell that ended last week’s episode — Mindy is pregnant! — our histrionic heroine spends this week’s installment trying to tell Danny he’s her baby daddy.
But when Dr. Castellano finally finds out, the news comes from an unexpected source. Grab some ice cream and pickles, and read on for how it all shakes out.
Related Mindy Project Post Mortem: Star Mindy Kaling Reveals How That Big Twist Came About, What’s Next for Drs. L & C
Guess Who’S Coming To Manhattan? | When 30 (!) pregnancy tests turn out positive, »
Lionsgate has announced this week details of the DVD and Blu-ray release of Horns, which has been set for release on March 16th, and you can pre-order over at Amazon here. While no technical specificiations, including special features, have been released, Lionsgate has revealed artwork for both releases, which we have for you here…
Directed by Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D), Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Juno Temple (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Max Minghella (The Social Network), Heather Graham (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) and David Morse (The Rock).
See Also: Read our review of Horns here
- Scott J. Davis
Fifty Shades of Grey is sure to bring star Jamie Dornan a throng of fans he can't even image. Lucky for him, he already has his follow-up in the bag with the supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax. We have a first look at the drama, which shows the actor in a quite compromising position...But not one quite like anything you'll find in Fifty Shades of Grey.
The 9th Life of Louis Drax begins on Louis Drax's (Aiden Longworth) 9th birthday, when he miraculously survives a near fatal fall. His doctor Allan Pascal (Jamie Dornan) finds himself tangled between his professional responsibility and his growing affections for the boy's mother (Sarah Gadon), a fragile young beauty. When Louis' father (Paul) comes under suspicion, Pascal realizes other mysterious forces may be at work.
Jamie Dornan is about to steam up cinema screens in next month’s Fifty Shades of Grey, but before he gets busy with Dakota Johnson, we’ve got an exclusive premiere of the first image of the actor in his upcoming thriller, The 9th Life of Louis Drax!
Coming to us from cult horror director Alexandre Aja (Horns, High Tension), The 9th Life of Louis Drax revolves around the young Louis who miraculously survives a near-fatal fall on his 9th birthday. Desperate to uncover the strange details surrounding the boy’s accident, Dr. Allan Pascal (Dornan) is drawn into a thrilling mystery that borders on fantasy and the supernatural, all while testing his personal and professional boundaries.
Dornan finds himself amidst a solid company of actors that includes David Croenberg’s muse Sarah Gadon andAaron Paul as Louis’ parents Natalie and Peter. Oliver Platt, Barbara Hershey, and Molly Parker round »
- Rachel West
Based on the novel by Jean Hegland, Into the Forest takes place in the not-too-distant-future where two young women who live in a remote ancient forest discover the world around them is on the brink of an apocalypse. Informed only by rumor, they must fight intruders, disease, loneliness & starvation.
The film which is in post-production, is directed by Patricia Rozema, who's most notable film is 1999's Mansfield Park. The film stars Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood along with Max Minghella (Horns) and Quiet Earth favourite Callum Keith Rennie.
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