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Gabrielle Stewart has been appointed managing director of world sales company HanWay Films. Its slate includes Lone Scherfig’s “Their Finest,” starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy, Juan Carlos Medina’s “The Limehouse Golem,” and Khyentse Norbu’s “Hema-Hema,” which are all bound for the Toronto Film Festival.
Stewart has served as senior VP of international sales and distribution at Los Angeles-based Bloom Media since she left Exclusive Media with Alex Walton to establish the company three years ago. Prior to Exclusive she spent eight years in London at Focus Features International, where she served as VP of international sales. She started out in the business at Renaissance Films. Stewart will remain part of the Bloom team during the Toronto Film Festival.
Thomas said: “For nearly 20 years »
- Leo Barraclough
One month out from festival season getting underway in North America, organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival have detailed the offerings to be featured in both the Midnight Madness and documentary programs.
Kicking things off on September 8 is Antoine Fuqua’s modern redo of The Magnificent Seven, flanked by such Oscar favorites as Nate Parker’s Sundance hit The Birth of a Nation and Manchester By the Sea.
From there, Deadline has confirmed that the Midnight Madness section will play host to Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, welcoming the filmmaker back to Tiff following successful turns with High-Rise and A Field in England. There’s also room for Colm McCarthy’s apocalyptic drama The Girl With All The Gifts, Paul Schrader’s mob thriller Dog Eat Dog (see today’s all-new trailer), the stealth release of Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch sequel, along with the world premiere of André Øvredal »
- Michael Briers
Attendees of September’s Toronto International Film Festival can look forward to revisiting the Burkittsville woods, watching a showdown between the villains of the Ringu and Ju-On franchises, and much more in this year’s Midnight Madness lineup, which includes screenings of Adam Wingard’s new Blair Witch movie (ahead of its September 16th release), Sadako vs. Kayako, and Greg McLean’s The Belko Experiment (written by James Gunn), to name a few:
Press Release: Toronto — Run for cover and grab your loved ones, Midnight Madness just unleashed its terrorific lineup for the 41st Toronto International Film Festival®. From high-octane crime films, gruesome visceral horrors, to a creepy, hair-raising documentary, and nerve-wrenching thrillers, this year’s slate will whet all appetites and leave audiences shocked, thrilled and checking under their beds before turning out the lights. Midnight Madness is generously sponsored by Cineplex Entertainment.
This year’s Midnight Madness welcomes »
- Derek Anderson
Seven further competition titles have been revealed, including the 18th feature from South Korean director Hong Sang-soo.
Competing for the 2016 Golden Shell will be Hong Sang-soo’s latest feature Yourself And Yours (Dangsinjasingwa Dangsinui Geot). Marking the three-time Palme d’Or nominee’s 18th feature, the film chronicles a male artist and his relationship struggles.
Bertrand Bonello will present his latest feature Nocturama, his first film since 2014’s Palme d’Or nominated biographical drama Saint Laurent. Starring Finnegan Oldfield and Vincent Rottiers, the thriller chronicles the occupation of a Paris department store by a group of teenagers. Wild Bunch will distribute in France.
But it is the festival’s daring bet on a new generation of filmmakers, including Sundance winner Miles Joris-Peyrafitte and Chile’s Fernando Guzzoni but mostly drawn from Europe, which will define this year’s 64th edition. Seven of the 11 San Sebastian competition titles announced to date – including Ewan McGregor’s first directorial outing, “American Pastoral” – are either feature-debuts or made by directors under the age of 40.
The focus on young talent, compounded by a long-running New Directors competition, among the most important of its kind worldwide, comes as San Sebastian is also reinforcing another of its central axes: Its bridge with Latin America. In its latest move, it has launched a new prize, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Latin Cinema Award. It first winner is Gael Garcia Bernal, »
- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga
The 69th edition of the Locarno Film Festival is off and running through August 13, having opened with Colm McCarthy’s The Girl with All the Gifts. Screen's Andreas Wiseman introduces his interview with the director: "Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and newcomer Sennia Nanua lead the cast of the high-end zombie feature in which a scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie who takes control of the group when their base is overrun." Reviews are mixed, but we're looking forward to the real highlights as we track the festival in this entry. » - David Hudson »
The scariest aspect of most zombies movies is the way they transform the familiar human visage into a grotesque, unthinking, carnivorous beast. “The Girl With All the Gifts,” director Colm McCarthy’s smart and elegant adaptation of M.R. Carey’s novel, inverts that formula by turning one zombie into the star of the show and giving her the innocent face of a child. As Melanie, the infected adolescent at the center of this minimalist thriller, newcomer Sennia Nanua delivers a startling performance by bringing a gentle quality to horrific circumstances.
The term “zombie” is pliable, and Carey’s original premise bends it especially well: While much of the world has been transformed into thoughtless flesh-eaters, the young children under imprisonment at a research facility continue to behave like normal people. But the adults in charge, headed by the stern Dr. Caldwell (Glenn Close, in an underwritten but effective turn »
- Eric Kohn
Long past the days of the booming Hammer Horror industry, the contemporary British genre cinema, while still able to churn out the occasional 28 Days Later or Attack the Block-esque international breakthrough, seems to more often revel in the niche (a.k.a. openly juvenile), if not particularly original, ’80s throwbacks of, say, a Neil Marshall. In other words: it doesn’t often look to the future as much as it seems stuck in the past.
With the pedigree of a starry cast and acclaimed literary source material, it’s not unfair to read into The Girl with All the Gifts as the hope for the nation’s next great intellectual (read: allegorical) horror film. Yet without the narrative or formal conviction to pull off the clichés rampant throughout, it sadly seems stuck between two worlds.
Beginning in the depressingly familiar sight of an underground military bunker, expectations rise with »
- Ethan Vestby
Why is it that good actors in career stasis so often wind up in zombie films? No one reading the outline for “The Girl With All the Gifts” could really have come away thinking, “This will break the mold,” though given the long list of executive producers, the script must have passed through plenty of hands. Colorlessly directed by Colm McCarthy in his feature debut, this overlong contribution to the genre is set in the not-too-distant future, when a fungus has turned most everyone into brain-dead “Hungries” feasting on flesh and blood. The film’s catch is that all attention is on a little girl Hungry whose brain somehow seems perfectly fine. Maybe it seemed marginally original at one time, but few outside teen audiences will think M.R. Carey’s adaptation of his own novel is anything more than another tired attempt to board the zombie bandwagon.
Don’t expect subtext or metaphor, »
- Jay Weissberg
While American audiences are stuck with the last tidbits of summer movie season, audiences at the Locarno International Film Festival have a very different set of options. The Swiss gathering, which begins its 68th edition this week, offers one of the broadest showcases of international cinema on the planet. Its massive outdoor venue, the Piazza Grande, hosts a range of crowdpleasers (including, this year, the European premiere of “Jason Bourne”) while other sections feature the latest efforts from veteran directors and rising stars of the festival circuit. While much the press, industry and general audience in Locarno hails from Europe, many of the program’s highlights travel later in the year to bigger festivals in Toronto and New York.
Read More: 2016 Locarno Film Festival Announces Full Lineup
Here’s a look at some of the more promising selections, bearing in mind that other discoveries await in the days to come. »
- Eric Kohn
Rome — Actor Harvey Keitel is to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Locarno Film Festival in recognition of the way he represents “the various animating spirits of that indie cinema we hold so dear,” artistic director Carlo Chatrian said in a statement Monday.
The U.S. actor and producer will be making the trek to the prominent Swiss event dedicated to cutting-edge cinema for a tribute that will include an open-air screening of Wayne Wang’s “Smoke,” in which Keitel makes a memorable speech out of Paul Auster’s “Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story,” the inspiration for the film. “Smoke” will screen Aug. 6 on Locarno’s 8,000-seat Piazza Grande. The pic won the fest’s audience award in 1995. Keitel will hold an onstage conversation on Aug. 7.
Keitel, who debuted playing a tough guy from New York’s Little Italy in Martin Scorsese’s first feature, “Who’s That Knocking »
- Nick Vivarelli
It’s part of a star-studded lineup that boasts everything from Sundance darling Manchester By the Sea to Nate Parker’s Oscar-tipped epic, The Birth of a Nation. They’ll filter into the Special Presentations category at Tiff 2016, while The Magnificent Seven will be joined on opening night by Juan Antonio Bayona’s hotly-anticipated A Monster Calls – part The Bfg, part Pan’s Labyrinth – and Snowden, Oliver Stone’s timely biopic that was turned down by “every major studio.”
Included below is the detailed overview of every film to feature at Toronto International Film Festival, beginning with those features slated to premiere on opening night, September 8.
Director Antoine Fuqua brings »
- Michael Briers
Antoine Fuqua's western remake "The Magnificent Seven" will serve as the opening night film of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival which starts in early September. Additionally, the Hailee Steinfeld-led and Kelly Fremon Craig-directed "The Edge of Seventeen" will be the closing night film. Films set to premiere at the fest this year include:
Nate Parker's slave rebellion drama "The Birth of a Nation"
Werner Herzog's »
- Garth Franklin
The Toronto International Film Festival — aka Tiff — has announced its first round of picks for this year’s festival, including Galas and Special Presentations, along with the festival’s opening night selection, Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven,” and their closing night pick, Kelly Fremon Craig’s feature directorial debut “The Edge of Seventeen.” Filled with early awards contenders, returning filmmakers and favorites from other festivals from around the globe, it’s a meaty selection of offerings that firmly announces the imminent arrival of the cinematic bonanza otherwise known as the fall festival season.
There are plenty of familiar faces here, including Denis Villeneuve, who will be bringing his “Arrival” to the same festival that has also screened his “Sicario” and “Prisoners” in previous years. The year after debuting his “Being Charlie” at Tiff, director Rob Reiner will return with his Woody Harrelson-starring biopic “Lbj.” Lone Scherfig, who has »
- Kate Erbland
After highlighting the best films of the year thus far, it’s time to turn our attention to the fall. While Venice and Telluride will get things going, the biggest seasonal event is easily the Toronto International Film Festival. With hundreds of titles from around the globe on its slate, many of our yearly favorites debut there and we’ll be covering in-depth yet again this year. To get a preview of what to expect, they’ve announced their initial line-up of titles.
The slate includes Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals, Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival, Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land, Kim Ji-woon‘s The Age of Shadows, Ewan McGregor‘s American Pastoral, the Miles Teller-led Bleed for This, Denial starring Rachel Weisz, Christopher Guest‘s Mascots, Werner Herzog‘s Salt and Fire, the Michael Fassbender-led Trespass Against Us, Una starring Rooney Mara, Rob Reiner‘s Lbj, A Monster Calls, »
- Jordan Raup
They say that time heals all wounds, but sometimes love leaves a scar that can’t be fully mended. And that seems to be the thrust of the upcoming “The History Of Love,” a drama (touched with comedy) where passion meets tragedy, and only decades later finds a chance for some closure. Directed by Radu Mihaileanu […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Venice International Film Festival’s (Aug 31 - Sept 10) 2016 Critics’ Week line-up has been revealed.
The independent section of the festival – dedicated to features from debut directors – includes seven titles from five continents.
Closing will be Xander Robin’s Are We Not Cats, which was one of three genre titles to screen as a work-in-progress at the Cannes Marche this year as part of an inaugural partnership between genre market Frontières and the Cannes Film Festival »
Ahead of its official lineup being released last week (and amid rumors of what said lineup will consist of), the Venice Film Festival has announced the filmmakers and actors who will be on jury duty beginning late next month. Laurie Anderson, Gemma Arterton, Giancarlo De Cataldo, Nina Hoss, Chiara Mastroianni, Joshua Oppenheimer, Lorenzo Vigas and Zhao Wei will be heading the Competition jury alongside Sam Mendes, who’s serving as president this year.
Heading the Orizzonti section, meanwhile, is French director Robert Guédiguian. He’ll be joined by J. Hoberman, Nelly Karim, Valentina Lodovini, Moon So-ri, José Maria (Chema) Prado and Chaitanya Tamhane. Kim Rossi Stuart is leading the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film — Lion of the Future jury with Rosa Bosch, Brady Corbet, »
- Michael Nordine
Rome — The Venice Film Festival has announced the full roster of its main jury that will comprise Laurie Anderson, Gemma Arterton, and Joshua Oppenheimer alongside Italian writer Giancarlo De Cataldo, German actress Nina Hoss, French Actress Chiara Mastroianni, Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas and Chinese actress, director and singer Zhao Wei.
Vigas won the Venice Golden Lion last year with his first feature “From Afar,” about a middle-aged gay man who cruises the streets of Caracas searching for young companions.
Zhao made her directorial debut in 2013 with college romancer “So Young,” which is the highest grossing film ever made by a female Chinese filmmaker. One of China’s most popular actresses, also known as Vicky Zhao, she recently came under fire from the Communist Youth League for casting Taiwan thesp Leon Dai as the lead in her sophomore film directorial effort, “No Other Love,” and was forced to drop him. Dai »
- Nick Vivarelli
Screen canvasses industry opinion on Langan’s tenure and the prospects for one of the UK’s cornerstone funders.
Attention is also now beginning to turn to who is likely to be her successor and what plans the BBC has for its film arm in the long run.
“Christine leaves BBC Films in good shape,” commented producer Stewart Mackinnon of Headline Pictures, who worked with the broadcaster’s film arm on titles including Quartet and The Invisible Woman, among other projects.
“The thing I remember particularly about Christine is her giving very good notes about the final editing of the film (Pride). She was very clear and very precise, and with a light hand on the tiller,” Livingstone said.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
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