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Toronto: Marc-Andre Grondin Starring in Horror-Thriller ‘Ravenous’

10 September 2016 11:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marc-André Grondin is starring as the lead in the horror thriller “Ravenous” (Les Affames) opposite Monia Chokri, Micheline Lanctôt and Brigitte Poupart, Variety has learned exclusively.

The film is currently in production in Quebec with Alma Cinema handling international sales at the Toronto Film Festival. “Ravenous” is produced by Stéphanie Morissette’s La Maison De Prod.

Robin Aubert is directing from his own script, which follows a group of rural villagers as they try to escape their family and friends, who have turned into flesh-eating predators.

Grondin’s credits include “Goon” and “Goon: Last of the Enforcers,” the series “Spotless” and  Stéphane Lafleur’s “Tu Dors Nicole,” which premiered at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.  Aubert’s directing credits include “Crying Out” and “St. Martyrs of the Damned.”

Alma Cinema is also selling “In Between,” which is playing in the Contemporary World Cinema section at Toronto, and “As You Are,” which premiered at Sundance. »

- Dave McNary

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Venice Film Review: ‘Heal the Living’

4 September 2016 3:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A 17-year-old car crash victim lies brain-dead in hospital, as doctors urgently pitch the virtues of organ donation to his distraught parents; over in another town, a middle-aged mother of two with a severely degenerative heart condition goes on the waiting list for a transplant. What sounds like fodder for a routinely gripping episode of “ER” is complicated with rare depths of personal and sensual detail in French director Katell Quillévéré’s sublimely compassionate, heart-crushing third feature “Heal the Living.” More polished but no less authentically humane than her previous works “Suzanne” and “Love Like Poison,” this spidering ensemble piece — adapted from Maylis de Kerangal’s internationally acclaimed 2014 novel — boasts beautifully pitched performances from a handpicked cast that includes Tahar Rahim and Emmanuelle Seigner. But it’s Quillévéré’s soaring visual and sonic acumen (with an assist from composer Alexandre Desplat, here in matchless form) that suffuses a potentially familiar hospital weeper with true grace. »

- Guy Lodge

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Tiff 2016 Reveals Platform Line-Up With ‘Jackie,’ ‘Nocturama,’ ‘Moonlight,’ and More

11 August 2016 7:13 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Toronto International Film Festival continues to add to its already eclectic slate by announcing their Platform line-up today. Beginning last year as a special program to highlight auteur-driven features from around the world, this year’s line-up looks remarkably strong, opening with Bertrand Bonello‘s Paris-set terrorism drama Nocturama.

Also featuring new films from Fien Troch, Zacharias Kunuk, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Ivan Sen, Katell Quillévéré, Khyentse Norbu, Pablo Larraín, William Oldroyd, Mijke de Jong, Barry Jenkins, Mathieu Denis, and Simon Lavoie, check out the line-up below.

Daguerrotype (Le Secret de la chambre noire) Kiyoshi Kurosawa, France/Japan/Belgium

World Premiere

Kiyoshi Kurosawa makes his first film outside Japan with this French-language ghost romance fantasy, about an aging photographer whose obsession with an archaic technique draws his young assistant and beautiful daughter into a dark and mysterious world. Starring Tahar Rahim, Constance Rousseau, Olivier Gourmet, and Mathieu Amalric. ***

Goldstone Ivan Sen, Australia »

- Jordan Raup

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My French Film Festival: Morgan Simon Segues From ‘Die’ to ‘A Taste of Ink’

18 January 2016 11:35 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Young French helmer Morgan Simon competes in the online My French Film Festival with ” Try to Die Young,”

His fourth short, it turns on a father and son’s conflictive relationship that hardens over one birthday night where they end competing for the same girl.

Pic “turns on a verified fact: Birthday nights turn often into nightmares. It’s the day you measure how people love you. The more you grow up, the more they disappoint. The film explores a harmful situation with someone you care about with all these things you never said. It’s the night where things go too far and about how you try to extricate yourself,” Simon told Variety.

A Paris La Femis film school alum, where he studied screenwriting, he describes the cinema he aims to make as “free and open-hearted.” Simon has just finished the shoot of his feature debut “A Taste of »

- Emilio Mayorga

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