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Read More: Telluride: With Its Adventurous Netflix Deal, Can 'Beasts of No Nation' Work on the Small Screen? Despite promising October additions to its streaming library such as "Boogie Nights," "Million Dollar Baby" and "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," all eyes are on Netflix next month as it attempts to launch its first original feature film, "Beasts of No Nation." The drama from Cary Joji Fukunaga centers around a young boy who is forced to become a child solider under the guidance of a ruthless war lord (Idris Elba), and the harrowing drama is quite the gamble for the streaming service. "Beasts" has screened to critical acclaim at festivals in Venice, Telluride and Toronto, though it's anyone's guess as to how it will preform when it hits Netflix on October 16. In addition to "Beasts of No Nation," here are all of the new titles hitting Netflix this October, including »
- Zack Sharf
A big screen movie made by streaming media behemoth Netflix, for click and view streaming, Cary Fukunaga's beautifully brutal war story, Beasts of No Nation feels too large and too difficult a watch to warrant a casual click on a stay-at-home Friday night. But this is where we are in terms of moviegoing in 2015, and forgive me if this seems a vulgar comparison, not unlike the political landscape in the anonymous African country where, "nothing is ever for sure, and everything is always changing." Beasts of No Nation is a grand experience on a heartbreaking subject matter, told at a pace that easily turns from relentless tension to quiet introspection, featuring child soldiers and rebel militias that are indistinguishable from the corrupt government. If I...
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Venice Review: Cary Joji Fukunaga's 'Beasts Of No Nation' Starring Idris Elba Netflix is partnering with Curzon Cinemas to release the streaming giant's first original feature film, "Beasts of No Nation," in select theaters in the UK. The release will come on October 8 following the movie's UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival. "Beasts of No Nation" has played at the Venice, Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals, where it has been well received by both audiences and critics. Special praise has been given to the performances by Idris Elba and newcomer Abraham Attah, whose debut Indiewire's Eric Kohn called "one of the most impressive screen debuts in recent memory." The film was written and directed by Cary Fukanaga, who most recently was at the helm of the first season of HBO's "True Detective." While most major theater chains prohibit screenings of films released simultaneously on VOD, »
- Wil Barlow
Surprise deal with Curzon cinemas for Cary Fukunaga’s Oscar-tipped movie suggests Netflix may want to use screenings to boost profile of its core business
The Oscar-tipped Netflix drama Beasts of No Nation will be released in UK cinemas a week before it is screened by the streaming service.
Cary Fukunaga’s film, which stars Idris Elba as a warlord from an unnamed west African nation who forces a teenage boy into life as a child soldier, will debut across the country in Curzon cinemas on 9 October, a day after its in-competition screening at the London film festival. The drama is due to arrive on Netflix worldwide and in selected Us cinemas on 16 October.
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- Ben Child
London — Exhibition chain Curzon Cinemas is to give a theatrical release in the U.K. to Netflix’s first original movie, “Beasts of No Nation,” which is written and directed by Cary Fukunaga and stars Idris Elba.
The movie will open across the U.K. on Oct. 9, following its U.K. premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 8. Netflix debuts the movie in all territories where the streaming service is available on Oct. 16.
“Beasts of No Nation” screened to critical acclaim at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals in September. Newcomer Abraham Attah, who stars as Agu in the film, was awarded the Marcello Mastroianni Young Actor Award at Venice for his lead role in the film.
The movie is based on the novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, bringing to life the gripping tale of Agu, a child soldier torn from his family to fight in »
- Leo Barraclough
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Beasts of No Nation has been well-received on the festival circuit since premiering at Venice earlier this month.
The film, in which Elba plays a mercenary in charge of a group of child soldiers, will premiere in the UK as part of the BFI London Film Festival on October 8th.
It will then embark on a short cinema run through Curzon, according to The Hollywood Reporter, before it makes its bow worldwide on Netflix on October 16th.
- Tom Beasley
African child soldier drama will open in the UK on Oct 9, a week before it debuts on Netflix.
Netflix and Curzon have announced a partnership that will put Netflix’s first original film, Beasts Of No Nation, in select Curzon Cinemas across the UK one week before the film will be viewable on the online streaming service.
The film, written and directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Sin Nombre) and starring Idris Elba (Luther, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) will have its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Oct 8.
It will then open theatrically in the UK on Oct 9, before debuting on all Netflix territories on Oct 16.
Beasts Of No Nation is an adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s highly acclaimed novel of the same name. The story follows a child soldier named Agu who fights in the civil war of an unnamed African country.
The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Netflix is partnering with Curzon Cinemas for the UK theatrical release of Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation. The film, which world premiered to acclaim at the Venice Film Festival, next will screen October 8 at the BFI London Film Festival. Netflix then will debut the film October 16 in all its territories on its Svod platform. Beasts will play in select Curzon cinemas across the UK. The film stars Idris Elba and Abraham Attah, who won the Marcello Mastroianni Award… »
Plot: After his family is slaughtered in the chaos of a West African civil war, a young boy named Agu (Abraham Attah) falls under the sway of a mercenary leader known only as The Commandant (Idris Elba) and becomes a child soldier. Review: By choosing Cary Fukunaga's Beasts Of No Nation as the first Netflix original film, the streaming service is making a bold statement about the kind of work... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
Written by Cary Fukunaga
Directed by Cary Fukunaga
Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation showcases a bombardment of graphic imagery that is excruciating, chilling and hard to digest. Still, for all the cringe-inducing brutality, the engrossing material engages on a fundamental level, with a level of empathy that is not present in most war epics. The mental, physical and sexual exploitation of children that comes with absolute warfare is on full display. Here, kids are both victims and perpetrators. Choice is seen as something that’s only an option for the privileged in peacetime. Little Agu’s (Abraham Attah) world is flipped upside down as his loving family is supplanted by a roving gang of child soldiers led by the intimidating Commandant (Idris Elba), who marches across an unnamed African country for power and revenge. Although Elba receives top billing, it is Attah who »
- Lane Scarberry
As Toronto came to a close the Industry Office reported that the number of attending buyers climbed 9% over last year as observers bemoaned a lack of activity.
However, complaints about a muted acquisitions scene would be harsh and do not paint the full picture of Toronto 2015.
The abiding memory of this year’s event might well be one framed by legal disputes. The festival pulled the Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace after the soul star went to court in Colorado to withdraw it from Telluride.
The Toronto hierarchy also removed London Fields after internecine warfare broke out among the filmmakers.
Acquisitions teams came ready to buy and in fact the biggest deals made more noise collectively than those of 2014. Unfortunately the festival selections themselves mostly came and went without much fanfare.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
As the Toronto International Film Festival draws to a close, one of the films gathering critical support behind it last weekend was Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation, directed by True Detective Emmy winner Cary Joji Fukunaga. After finishing work on the hit HBO series, Fukunaga already had Beasts of No Nation in place, financed and ready to be shot in Ghana, a country he chose to set production in, despite the fact that the country lacked a film crew infrastructure. Fukunaga… »
As the first feature film to be acquired for distribution by Netflix, Beasts of No Nation is only partly on-brand for the streaming service. Following the same “first you get the prestige, then you get the viewers” philosophy that guided the platform’s development of original television, Beasts of No Nation will be a likely awards contender. It features dependably stunning direction and cinematography from Cary Joji Fukunaga, and an impressive supporting performance from Idris Elba. More importantly, Beasts of No Nation is just an exceptionally well-made and absorbing film.
But it also makes for a surprising choice of premiere material, given that Beasts of No Nation features a mostly African cast, and deals with extremely grim subject matter. For Fukunaga (adapting Uzodinma Iweala’s 2005 novel), it’s the chance to establish a presence in international filmmaking, or discover blind spots in his renowned visual eye. Because it’s the »
- Sam Woolf
Cary Fukunaga introduced "Beasts of No Nation" to raves at Venice (review here), then took the film and its stars, Brit Idris Elba and Ghana discovery Abraham Attah, to warm receptions at Telluride and Toronto, where distributor Netflix threw after-parties. I sat down with Fukunaga before his Q & A at Telluride. (Stay tuned for my Tiff interview with Elba.) This writer-director is serious. We know he's gifted--from grittily emotional border drama "Sin Nombre" and the gothic romance "Jane Eyre" with Wasikowska and Fassbender to "True Detective" Season One, with McConaughey and Harrelson. (Fukunaga had no input on Season Two; Pizzolatto wanted to run the show.) He's a director who pushes past the ordinary toward excellence, and doesn't seem to mind putting himself in difficult situations to do it. This $6 million movie has astonishing scale and scope for such a low-budget enterprise, including moving through towns with tons of detail »
- Anne Thompson
Reviews of Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation" have largely been glowing, and the real standout is the drama's bright young star, Abraham Attah. The 14-year-old was just awarded the Marcello Mastroianni's Best Young Actor Award at the 2015 Venice Film Festival for his performance as Agu, an 11-year-old orphan-turned-child soldier in an unnamed African country. Indiewire's Eric Kohn wrote that Attah's performance "marks one of the most impressive screen debuts in recent memory." The film also stars Idris Elba as a fierce warlord who recruits the young boy to serve in his band of guerrilla soldiers during a bloody civil war. Read More: With its Adventurous Netflix Deal, Can 'Beasts of No Nation' Work on the Small Screen? Casting child actors is hard enough, but it's even more challenging with such a physically and emotionally demanding role. For "Beasts of No Nation" to work, whoever plays Agu must be fully convincing. »
- Paula Bernstein
To describe the seven-week shoot for Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation as brutal would be an understatement. Fukunaga, the acclaimed helmer of Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre and the first season of True Detective (for which he won an Emmy), fought to have the film shot in Ghana, and, as a result, struggled with the challenges of shooting in a place with no film professionals and no infrastructure. Actors disappeared mid-shoot, local crewmembers demanded more money when they realized they had the upper hand, and, during the shoot, Fukunaga was forced to rewrite the third act to make
- Rebecca Ford
Idris Elba was looking — dare we say it? — “suave” at the Toronto International Film Festival’s first screening of Beasts of No Nation, Cary Fukunaga’s follow-up to the last season of “True Detective.” In the film, Elba plays the Commandant, a warlord whose army is populated by children orphaned by Africa’s civil wars. Though Elba is astounding, most of the applause at the film’s Toronto premiere was for Abraham Attah, the fourteen-year-old first-time actor who just won the Best New Young Actor award in Venice.
Kristen Stewart was the main red carpet draw of the day at the Festival. The former Twilight star and Cesar winner joined Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) and director Drake Doremus for the premiere of Equals. Kristen and Nicholas have a futuristic fling in Equals, as their characters defy the oppression of emotion in a Gattaca-esque utopian society.
Other big premieres included those for The Program, »
- Sasha James
Our Souls At Night tells the story of widowers Addie Moore and Louis Waters. One day, Addie pays an unexpected visit to her neighbour Louis.
The two aren't friends but are friendly towards each other in their small Colorado town. During this visit, Addie ask Louis if he would like to sleep with her from time to time and what starts off as an odd proposal turns into a friendship between the lonely widowers.
Redford, who owns the rights to the book, is slated to produce while (500) Days of Summer writing team Scott Neustadter and Michael H Weber are attached to adapt the novel into a screenplay. »
According to Deadline Hollywood Scott Neustadter and Michael H Weber, the screenwriting duo behind The Fault In Our Stars and (500) Days Of Summer, will adapt the screenplay. Redford, who stars opposite Cate Blanchett in Toronto selection Truth, will produce.
Netflix did not comment. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
All through True Detective's disastrous second season, critics and viewers struggled to figure out what made the first season so indelible. Did it have more to do with Cary Fukunaga's direction, or the alchemy of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson? After watching Fukunaga's latest film, Beasts of No Nation, which had its first press screening at the Toronto Film Festival, my vote is that it was Fukunaga all the way. This new movie, starring Idris Elba as a commander of a rebel army and newcomer Abraham Attah as a child soldier in an unnamed West African country, is the kind of undeniable directorial calling card you come across once every couple of years, if you're lucky. Forget that the Toronto Film Festival is still young; I don't think it's too early to start talking about Fukunaga's Oscar chances, or those of Elba or Attah, for that matter.What's »
- Jada Yuan
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