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Exclusive: New films from Pathe, StudioCanal, Gaumont among haul.
Fledgling Turkish distributor Fabula Films has finalised deals for ten films from the Afm, including Nicolas Winding Refn’s next film The Neon Demon from Gaumont and StudioCanal’s 3D animation Robinson.
After securing 20 films at Toronto the outfit has bolstered its slate with Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins biopic, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, and awards contender Selma, both from Pathe.
The latter is set for a February 2015 release.
Post-World War II drama Labyrinth of Lies was bought from Beta Cinema, while the new film by Patrice Leconte Do Not Disturb was picked up from Wild Bunch. The company also acquired Bankside’s crowdpleaser X+Y, starring Asa Butterfield as a socially awkward teenage maths prodigy.
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The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been slowly unveiling the films that will screen in Park City, Ut from January 22-February 1. We’ve already listed the midnight line up as well as the list of films in competition. Now, the Premieres have been revealed and the event is looking more and more promising. The entire slate include films directed by Noah Baumbach, James Ponsoldt, Paul Weitz, Jared Hess, Joe Swanberg, Charles Stone III and others. Here is the full list.
A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.
Brooklyn / United Kingdom (Director: John Crowley, Screenwriter: Nick Hornby, based on the book by Colm Tóibín) — 1950s Ireland: Eilis must confront a terrible dilemma — a heartbreaking choice between two men and two countries, between duty and true love. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent.
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Our Sundance 2015 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere in the Premieres category at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Briefly: Seoul Searching – Directed and Written by Benson Lee; starring Justin Chon, Jessika Van, In-pyo Cha, Teo Yoo, and Esteban Ahn, Byul Kang. Ten Thousand Saints – Co-directed and co-written by Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman; starring Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Hailee Steinfeld, and Emile Hirsch. Zipper – Directed and co-written by Mora Stephens; starring Patrick Wilson, Lena Headey, Richard Dreyfuss, Ray Winstone, John Cho, and Dianna Agron Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs January 22nd – February 1st. Seoul Searching A comedy set in the '80s about a group of foreign-born Korean teenagers who meet at a Seoul summer camp to learn what it means to be Korean. »
- Haleigh Foutch
Last year’s slate of seventeen Narrative Premieres (excluding secret screenings of Boyhood and Nymphomaniac: Vol. I) refreshingly included works from first time filmmakers. I hadn’t seen it coming but Little Accidents and The One I Love were included among the likes of Calvary, Frank and Love is Strange. 2015 will be a true we Swanberg family affair with Joe Swanberg joining wife Kris (Unexpected) with a feature as well in Digging for Fire. James Ponsoldt is officially four for four with Sundance — his latest End of the Tour should be a slam dunk for the Eccles. Sticking to the numbers game… we’ll have a lovely bedfellow pairings of Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s already announced The Stanford Prison Experiment which is going to be mentioned in many loglines alongside Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter - about the Milgram experiment. Among the filmmaking duos we were expecting, we find Mississippi Grind »
- Eric Lavallee
Viola Davis, Jennifer Lopez, James Franco, Ewan McGregor, Greta Gerwig, Jesse Eisenberg, Saoirse Ronan, Ryan Reynolds, Peter Sarsgaard and Lily Tomlin — as well as directors Noah Baumbach, Michael Almereyda, Rodrigo Garcia, James Ponsoldt, Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman — are among the big names in the Premieres lineup at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, unveiled today along with Documentary Premieres and a new Special Events section.
Festival director John Cooper noted that while this year’s 16 Premieres selections will be among the buzziest, most commercial titles in Park City, “they’re not without an independent feel to them, and that’s what I’m always looking for. There is a very independent spirit behind these films.”
By way of example, Cooper cited “Last Days in the Desert,” a description-resistant foray into father-son territory from Garcia, a director known for his stories about women (“Nine Lives,” “Mother and Child”); John Crowley’s “Brooklyn, »
- Justin Chang
Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and panel participants including George Lucas.
Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael is likely to become a major talking point and stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto in the true tale of activist and Young Gay America co-founder Michael Glatze, who renounced his homosexuality and became a Christian pastor. The Exchange handles international rights.
James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour (pictured, photo by Jakob Ihre) starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut — Fortitude International is the international sales agent — as does the latest from the newly prolific Noah Baumbach, whose Mistress America stars his Frances Ha and Greenberg muse Greta Gerwig and arrives three months after the Toronto premiere of While We’re Young.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and participants on two panels including George Lucas.
James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace film End Of The Tour starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel makes the cut, as does the latest from the newly prolific Noah Baumbach, whose Mistress America stars his Frances Ha and Greenberg muse Greta Gerwig and arrives three months after the Toronto premiere of While We’re Young.
Sundance regulars Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden return with Mississippi Grind starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn and Sienna Miller, while Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman introduce the New York Tompkins Square Park Riot drama Ten Thousand Saints starring the in-demand Ethan Hawke and Emily Mortimer.
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The Sundance Institute effectively filled out its slate for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival with the announcement of the always star-friendly premieres category. It's also where many former Sundance filmmakers bring their second, third and even fourth films back to the fest. This year the category features 16 world premieres and almost all of them are from Sundance alumni, including Ryan Fleck ("Half Nelson"), Noah Baumbach ("The Squid and the Whale"), Joe Swanberg ("VHS"), Jared Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite"), James Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now"), Michael Almereyda (2000's "Hamlet"), Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives"), Benson Lee ("Miss Monday"), Leslye Headland ("Bachelorette"), and Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman ("American Splendor"). Some of the intriguing titles include Paul Weitz's "Grandma" with Lily Tomlin and Laverne Cox, Ryan Fleck and Anna Bowden's "Mississippi Grind" with Ryan Reynolds and Sienna Miller, Garcia's "Last Days in the Desert" featuring Ewan McGregor as Jesus, Charles Stone III's "Lila »
- Gregory Ellwood
Pride has emerged as the big winner at the Moët British Independent Film Awards.
The gay activist drama took home three gongs at last night's Old Billingsgate ceremony, picking up Best British Independent Film, Best Supporting Actress for Imelda Staunton and Best Supporting Actor for Andrew Scott.
The full list of winners at the Moët British Independent Film Awards is as follows:
Best British Independent Film
Pride - Winner!
Lenny Abrahamson – Frank
Mike Leigh – Mr Turner
Yann Demange – '71 - Winner!
The Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director
Daniel Wolfe, »
The 2014 Moet British Indepedent Film Awards took place in London last night, with gay rights drama Pride taking home the top honour, fending off competition from ’71, Calvary, Mr Turner and The Imitation Game to take hom Best British Indepedent Film.
’71’s Yann Demange was named Best Director, while their were awards for Boyhood (Best International Indepedent Film), Brendon Gleeson (Best Actor for Calvary), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Best Actress for Belle), Andrew Scott (Best Supporting Actor for Pride) and Imelda Staunton (Best Supporting Actress for Pride). Check out the full list of nominations here, with the winners highlights in bold and red…
Best British Independent Film
Lenny Abrahamson – Frank
Mike Leigh – Mr Turner
Yann Demange – ’71
The Douglas Hickox Award [Best Debut Director]
- Gary Collinson
A glittering array of talent turned out this evening for the 17th Moët British Independent Film Awards. The winners were announced at the star-studded ceremony, held at Old Billingsgate, which was hosted by The Inbetweeners star, Simon Bird.
The lucky winners took home the iconic award designed by Fredrikson Stallard and created by Swarovski as well as a personalised, Swarovski crystal encrusted magnum of Moët & Chandon.
Best British Independent Film was won by Pride. Yann Demange won Best Director for ’71, Gugu Mbatha-Raw won Best Actress for Belle and Brendan Gleeson won Best Actor for Calvary. Andrew Scott collected his award for Best Supporting Actor for Pride and Imelda Staunton took home her award for Best Supporting Actress also for her role in Pride.
Pride won the most awards on the night, picking up Best British Independent Film, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor.
As previously announced, Emma Thompson was »
- Michelle McCue
But if the two titles had their pride bruised, their future awards hopes are still intact: the BIFAs generally favour underdogs and tonight’s slip-up, while annoying for their backers, shouldn’t derail either film's BAFTA chances. On the other hand, the makers of “Pride,” “Calvary” and ‘’71” will be delighted with their Bifa showings. Brendan Gleeson trumped his Best Actors rivals with a win for “Calvary,” beating out Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game,” Timothy Spall for “Mr. Turner,” Jack O’Connell for “’71” and Asa Butterfield for “X+Y.” Spall and Cumberbatch shouldn’t feel too down-hearted though: the BIFAs have a history of not going for the obvious in actor categories. Best Director went to debut filmmaker Yann Demange for his immersive Northern Irish thriller “’71,” beating Mike Leigh for “Mr. Turner” and Matthew Warchus for “Pride” (Morten Tyldum wasn’t nominated for “The Imitation Game”). Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Best »
- Matt Mueller
London — Gay rights drama “Pride” won the award for British independent film, beating “’71,” “Calvary,” “Mr Turner” and “The Imitation Game,” at the 17th Moet British Independent Film Awards Sunday at Old Billingsgate in London.
The award for director went to Yann Demange for Northern Ireland-set thriller “’71,” outflanking John Michael McDonagh for “Calvary,” Lenny Abrahamson for “Frank,” Matthew Warchus for “Pride” and Mike Leigh for “Mr Turner.”
The victor in the actor category was Brendan Gleeson for “Calvary,” about a tough-minded Irish priest marked for death by one of his parishioners. He was competing with Asa Butterfield for “X+Y,” Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game,” Jack O’Connell for “’71” and Timothy Spall for “Mr Turner.”
Gleeson paid tribute to the producers “who have to try to make independent film when it is almost impossible for people to risk commercially what is required artistically.”
Cumberbatch was the recipient of the Variety Award, »
- Leo Barraclough
Jack O'Connell is breaking out something fierce this year. He's of course starring in Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken" and on the indie scene in "Starred Up," for which he was nominated last year at the British Independent Film Awards. Well, he's back for more of this this time around with "'71," Yann Demange's brilliant Belfast thriller, which scored the lion's share of nominations today with nine. Matthew Warchus' ensemble dramedy "Pride," about gay activists working to help miners during the 1984 UK mineworkers strike, was a few steps behind with seven mentions. Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner" rounded up five nods, while "Calvary" and "The Imitation Game" picked up four apiece. The international category was mostly populated with American entries: "The Babadook," "Blue Ruin," "Boyhood" and "Fruitvale Station." Though Poland's "Ida" also made a show. Check out the full list of nominees below. The 17th annual British Independent Film »
- Kristopher Tapley
Documentarian Morgan Matthews’ feature debut "X+Y" played quietly at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival. The voters involved with this year’s British Independent Film Awards are clearly noticing something fest-goers overlooked. Based on Matthews’ own BBC documentary "Beautiful Young Minds," which followed the selection process and training of Britain's 2006 International Mathematical Olympiad team, "X+Y" stars "Hugo" and "Ender’s Game" actor Asa Butterfield as a young math whiz coping with his emotionally and logistically complex mind. The first trailer for the film plays like a mix between "A Beautiful Mind" and Mark Haddon’s novel "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," meaning the Bifa’s may not be the only ones prone to falling for it. Adding a bit of gravitas to the uplifting young adult story are Eddie Marsan, Rafe Spall, and the Academy Award-nominated Sally Hawkins, one of the most genuine actresses gracing screens »
- Matt Patches
The first narrative feature for documentary film maker Morgan Matthews, X + Y sees Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game) play Nathan, a young British math's prodigy who finds his small, safe world where numbers are his only comfort expanded when he travels to taiwan to train for International Mathematics Olympiad. Already nominated for four British Independent Film Awards (Best Actor for Butterfield, Best Supporting Actress for Sally Hawkins, Best Supporting Actor for Rafe Spall, and the Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director for Matthews), X + Y shows a lot of promise, with a unique and heart warming story told by an extremely talented group of actors. Check out the trailer below. Released: 13th March 2015 (Irl/U.K.) »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
If three’s a trend, fact-based dramas about British geniuses are the next big thing. This month we have The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game, and next spring brings X+Y, based on the 2007 documentary Beautiful Young Minds. Asa Butterfield stars as a young prodigy who’s terrible with people but great with numbers. His […]
The post ‘X+Y’ Trailer: Asa Butterfield Is a Math Prodigy appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
"Did you know you can win medals for maths?" Yes, over in the United Kingdom, the subject is called "maths," and that's exactly what Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game) does to help him connect to a world he doesn't quite understand as a high-functioning autistic boy in the drama X+Y. Though it does have some hints of cheesiness and melodrama, there's a great supporting cast here that includes Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan, seemingly elevating this to a genuinely inspirational story. It looks charming and and uplifting, and we hope it gets a release here in the United States next year. Watch below! Here's the new UK trailer for Morgan Matthews' X+Y from The Telegraph (via The Playlist): Watch the first trailer for Morgan Matthews' X+Y from the Tiff premiere right here. X+Y is directed by Morgan Matthews, a TV and documentary filmmaker of past, »
- Ethan Anderton
Asa Butterfield’s character doesn’t say much in this new trailer for X+Y, but he still manages to get you to root for him. Butterfield leads Morgan Matthews’ fiction feature directorial debut as Nathan, a math prodigy who’s diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. It isn’t until Nathan scores a spot on Great Britain’s team at the International Mathematics Olympiad where his abilities are celebrated that he comes to realize that he isn’t as weird as he once thought. This one didn’t get all that much attention at the Toronto International Film Festival, but anything I did read about it noted the film’s feel-good, rousing nature and those qualities are certainly present in this promo. Hit the jump to check out the new X+Y trailer. Unfortunately the film doesn’t have a Us release date just yet, but folks in »
- Perri Nemiroff
A movie about math sounds about as much fun as doing math, but don't walk away from "X+Y" too quickly. An unexpected crowdpleaser at Tiff in September, the film is one we called "impossibly charming" in our review, and "a teary-eyed emotional rollercoaster full of life’s stirring profundities." Really. So you might want to get out your calculator and punch the numbers on this one. Starring Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall, the fictional feature debut by Morgan Matthews follows a borderline autistic young man who finds a new way to relate to the world through equations. And when an attentive math teacher starts taking notice, the young man's world is opened up to new possibilities, romance, and a trip to Taipei for the International Mathematics Olympiad. Again, this is nestled its way into our dark, cynical hearts, so it may work for you too. Check out the new U. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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