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The 42nd Telluride Film Festival is about to get underway in southwest Colorado. A box canyon provides a jaw-dropping setting for a fest jammed packed with premieres, retrospectives and classics over Labor Day weekend. This is my 10th year attending and my 9th year working for the festival. The production team works meticulously in the month before the showings to spring theaters out of the local schools, hockey rink, park, Masonic Temple and library. The intricate decoration and state of the art tech involved in the preparation lead the festival to be lovingly referred to as “Show.”
Telluride is a small and friendly town that provides an intimate arena for intense discussion about film. In recent years, higher profile selections in the program have gone on to Academy award winning renown. These movies have garnered Telluride attention on the film festival circuit but not changed the close-knit community who work »
- Lane Scarberry
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
Cate Blanchett will become the latest star to receive the BFI Fellowship at this year's London Film Festival.
The two-time Oscar winner will be awarded with the honour at the festival's awards ceremony on Saturday, October 17.
Announcing the news, the BFI described Blanchett as "a fearless and subtle actress" who has a "mesmerising screen presence".
"She has the rare gift of seeming utterly to inhabit the characters she plays and has an amazing ability to convey complex layers of emotion to stunning effect," it added.
Steve Jobs, »
Yahoo has debuted the maiden and indeed uplifting trailer for Stephen Daldry’s slum drama, Trash, following thee young children – played by Rickson Tevez, Gabriel Weinstein, and Luis Eduardo – who while away the hours on one of Rio de Janeiro’s infamous dumps.
Highlighting the decidedly less glamorous side of the Brazilian mega-city, the footage is an riveting tease of the feature film, which sees the aforementioned trio stumble upon a wallet that is considered important to some of the most powerful people in the area. Filmed in and around Rio’s favelas, the first Trash clip evokes a similar mise-en-scene to City of God, though we’ll be truly surprised if Daldry’s picture can capture even a fraction of the emotional punch as the 2003 classic.
- Michael Briers
Coming on the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality is a noticeable increase in the amount of Lgbt stories in mainstream entertainment. First “Fun Home” takes top honors at the Tony Awards, then film awards season frontrunners “Carol” and “Grandma” feature more strong and complicated lesbian characters. Joining Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Lily Tomlin in the awards race is Oscar nominee Ellen Page and last year’s leading actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore in what look to be two of the most powerful performances of the season. “Freeheld,” based on the real-life story of Ocean County cop Laurel Hester, is screenwriter Ron Nyswaner’s adaptation of the Oscar-winning, Cynthia Wade-directed 2007 documentary of the same name. Helmed by Peter Sollett, the film centers on Hester’s terminal cancer diagnosis and subsequent fight to have her pension benefits transferred to her domestic partner Stacie Andree. Page, »
On Saturday, October 17, at the BFI London Film Festival awards ceremony, Cate Blanchett will receive the BFI Fellowship. The prize will be bestowed the same night as the UK premiere of "Truth," starring Blanchett as onetime "60 Minutes" producer Mary Mapes and Robert Redford as Dan Rather. "Carol," starring Blanchett as one half of a lesbian love affair opposite Rooney Mara, also screens at the festival this year following a rapturous premiere at Cannes, and a likely North American debut in Telluride. Previous BFI Fellowships include Stephen Frears, Sir Christopher Lee, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter. Al Pacino and Mel Brooks have also received BFI Fellowships. Read More: Todd Haynes' Oscar Contender 'Carol' Heads for London (Trailer) »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Michael Moore Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Todd Haynes, director of Carol (starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara), Mountains May Depart (Shan He Gu Ren) director Jia Zhangke and Where To Invade Next director Michael Moore will participate in the 53rd New York Film Festival HBO sponsored Directors Dialogues.
Hou Hsiao-hsien, director of The Assassin (Nie Yin Niang) and New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones will have an On Cinema master class conversation. The Boys From Fengkuei (Feng Qui Lai De Ren) will be screening in the festival's Revivals section.
On Cinema Hou Hsiao-hsien - Saturday, October 10, 3:30pm
All of the Directors Dialogues are free to the general public. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Read More: Watch: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Todd Haynes Are An Oscar Triple Threat in 'Carol' Teaser As if the tremendous awards buzz surrounding her acclaimed performance in Todd Haynes' "Carol" wasn't enough, Cate Blanchett is now set to receive the BFI Fellowship at this year's London Film Festival. The award is given to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television. Both of Blanchett's fall releases -- "Carol" and the Dan Rather drama "Truth" -- are playing at the London Film Festival this October. "Cate Blanchett's mesmerising screen presence has captivated audiences since her earliest roles," said the BFI in a statement. "A fearless and subtle actress, she has the rare gift of seeming utterly to inhabit the characters she plays and has an amazing ability to convey complex layers of emotion to stunning effect." In her 25-year career, Blanchett has appeared in critically acclaimed. »
- Zack Sharf
Titled Trash, the film is Daldry’s fifth feature-length directorial effort. The film itself is an adaptation of Andy Mulligan’s 2010 novel, with three newcomers in the lead roles in Luis Eduardo, Rickson Tevez, and Gabriel Weinstein. Richard Curtis wrote the screenplay, and the supporting cast includes Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura, and Rooney Mara.
The film’s synopsis is as follows:
When two trash-picking boys from Rio’s slums find a wallet in amongst the daily detritus of their local dump, little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. But when the local police show up, offering a handsome reward for the wallet’s return, the boys, Rafael and Gardo, realize that what they’ve found must be important.
This is Daldry’s first »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The British Film Institute and the BFI London Film Festival have announced that Cate Blanchett is to receive its highest honour, the BFI Fellowship, at this year’s BFI London Film Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 17th.
“Cate Blanchett is a compelling and brave actress whose mesmerising screen presence has captivated audiences since her earliest roles,” said Greg Dyke, Chairman of the BFI. “We are absolutely delighted to honour her extraordinary talents with a BFI Fellowship at this year’s Lff awards.”
The BFI Fellowship is awarded to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television and Cate Blanchett’s mesmerising screen presence has captivated audiences since her earliest roles. A fearless and subtle actress, she has the rare gift of seeming utterly to inhabit the characters she plays and has an amazing ability to convey complex layers of emotion to stunning effect. The diversity of »
- Gary Collinson
Todd Haynes’s Patricia Highsmith adaptation, Carol, stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Cate Blanchett is to receive a BFI Fellowship at this year's London Film Festival annual awards ceremony on October 17. The award is the highest given out by the Institute.
Truth, starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, will have its UK Premiere on the same night and, in honour of the award, is screening as the Fellowship Special Presentation film. Cannes hit Carol will also feature in the festival programme.
Based on the book Truth and Duty, Truth tells the incredible story of Mary Mapes, an award-winning CBS News journalist and Dan Rather’s 60 Minutes producer and the risks she took to expose a story on the then President George W. Bush.
- Amber Wilkinson
London — Cate Blanchett is to receive the British Film Institute’s highest honor, the BFI Fellowship, at the BFI London Film Festival’s awards ceremony on Oct. 17 at London’s Banqueting House.
“Truth,” starring Blanchett and Robert Redford, will have its U.K. premiere on the same night. Based on the book “Truth and Duty” by Mary Mapes, the film tells the story of Mapes, a CBS News journalist and Dan Rather’s “60 Minutes” producer, and the risks she took to expose a story about President George W. Bush.
Greg Dyke, chairman of the BFI, said: “Cate Blanchett is a compelling and brave actress whose mesmerizing screen presence has captivated audiences since her earliest roles. We are absolutely delighted to honor her extraordinary talents with a BFI Fellowship at this year’s Lff awards.”
The Fellowship is awarded to individuals in recognition of their “outstanding contribution to film or television. »
- Leo Barraclough
Perennial Oscar nominee Stephen Daldry is back this year with Trash, an adventure set in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Though it features some well known, well regarded faces like Martin Sheen, Rooney Mara, and Wagner Moura, the real stars of the film are a trio of young unknowns. Rickson Tevez, Gabriel Weinstein, and […]
- Angie Han
"Through all of that, why did they stick with it?" "Because it was right." An official Us trailer has debuted for the film Trash, directed by Stephen Daldry, co-directed by Christian Duurvoort, about three kids in Brazil who find something in the trash that changes their lives. We've been posting about this film for a while already, featuring a couple of different trailers over the years. What we saw back then was much more like a City of God, with the story of kids growing up within the crazy world of Brazil. This trailer looks much more mainstream, with some familiar faces that speak English to help guide us through the story. Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen are in this, along with Wagner Moura. I'm still very interested in seeing this. Here's the new official Us trailer for Stephen Daldry's Trash, originally from Yahoo: When two trash-picking boys from »
- Alex Billington
Stephen Daldry occupies a rarefied position. He is one of the few filmmakers to have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director four times in a row and for his first four films: “Billy Elliott,” “The Hours,” “The Reader” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” (three of the four were also nominated for Best Picture). Perhaps after years of Oscar-bait material —he has directed six actors in Oscar-nominated performances, namely Julie Walters, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, and Max von Sydow— Daldry has switched gears for “Trash” a movie set in the slums of Rio with big stars cast in supporting roles. Read More: Stephen Talks Asperger's, Depicting 9/11 In 'Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close,' And the Oscars Sure, the movie features Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen and Brazilian actors Wagner Moura and Selton Mello, but the leads are three unknown Brazilian non-actors (Rickson Tevez, Luis Eduardo, »
- Edward Davis
As you fine ladies and gentlemen must all know by now (since I’ve pretty much hammered it into your heads), it’s one thing to read early Academy Award predictions in order to see what folks like myself think will happen this winter, but it’s a whole separate thing to actually know something about who and what will be in contention. To help out in that particular regard, I’m continuing my yearly ritual of running down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category in order to prep you all for the season to come. Basically, the format will have me saying a few words about what or who I feel are the top tier contenders right now in said categories, along with a longer list afterwards of many of the other hopefuls that the Academy might potentially take a shine to. Consider this a sort »
- Joey Magidson
The lighting of a cigarette. The sipping of a martini. The tucking of hair behind an ear. In the first seven seconds alone of the “Carol” trailer, Cate Blanchett captivates as the effortlessly glamorous title character. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel “The Price of Salt,” with direction from Todd Haynes and a screenplay from Phyllis Nagy, the 2015 Cannes Film Festival favorite centers on a married woman in 1950’s New York who begins a scandalous affair with a younger department store clerk who happens to also be a woman. Co-starring Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, and Rooney Mara (with her uncanny resemblance to Audrey Hepburn) as the fixation of Carol’s wandering eye, the film is sure to play a big role come awards season. Just look at all those sultry glances! Sure, two-time Oscar winner Blanchett nabbed leading actress only a year and a half ago, but could you blame »
The Austin Film Festival announced today the first slate of films in its 2015 lineup, with the full program expected to hit around mid-September. Guests expected to attend include James Franco, Jason Reitman (for his Hulu series "Casual," first premiering in Toronto), Anthony Lapaglia and more. The Austin festival has landed an impressive array of Oscar contenders, including "Carol," "I Saw the Light" (starring Tom Hiddleston as country crooner Hank Williams, who often toured in Texas) and "Youth." Here are the first 10 Aff films, with language courtesy of the festival. Carol Texas Premiere Writer: Phyllis Nagy; Director: Todd Haynes In an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, Carol follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Jake Lacy and Cory Michael Smith. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Read More: Watch: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Todd Haynes Are An Oscar Triple Threat in 'Carol' Teaser As the fall festival season continues to take shape, the Austin Film Festival is the latest event to announce its upcoming screenings. This year marks the festival's 22nd anniversary, and it seems they're celebrating in award-winning style based on the first slate line-up below. The 2015 Aff runs October 29 - November 5. The complete list of programming, including short films, competition titles and Conference panels, will be announced in mid-September. The first round of screenings is listed below. Synopses provided by Aff. "Carol"Texas PremiereWriter: Phyllis Nagy; Director: Todd HaynesIn an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel "The Price of Salt," "Carol" follows two women from very different backgrounds who find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle »
- Zack Sharf
Hollywood Contenders: Depending on who you ask, one of the very first contenders for Academy Awards mentioned this year was Carol, the latest film from Todd Haynes. With a cast led by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, under the direction of Haynes, this has been pegged pretty much from day one as an Oscar hopeful. The buzz at the Cannes Film Festival did nothing to dissuade anyone either, with Mara taking Best Actress at the fest. Now, with fall approaching and a winter awards season release pegged for Carol, The Weinstein Company has unveiled a Teaser Trailer (which you can see below) in order to get us even more excited for the flick. Spoiler alert: it worked. The film is an adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel and concerns the relationship between two women in 1950’s New York City. One is young department store clerk Therese Belivet (played by Mara »
- Joey Magidson
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