8 items from 2007
- Yesterday’s Top Ten (Foreign Femme Fatales of 2007) saw a fine selection of international thesps that dominated the silver screen in some form or another, today's 10 focuses on those who had their talents featured in mostly American independent films. Enjoy! 10: Emma Stone and Martha MacIsaac (girls of Super Bad) The real girls of the Greg Mottola comedy are just one of the many charms of Super Bad. MacIsaac is a television actress who made her big screen break with this vechicle, while Emma Stone also comes from the TV background and has Peter Wolf’s I Know What Boys Like and Peter Cattaneo’s The Rocker coming out in 2008. 9. Sienna Miller2007: Like a fine whisky, she keeps getting better with age and is getting tons of work sent her way. She definitely caught our attention with Interview and had a studio part in Stardust. 2008: We should »
- Yesterday we saw a Daniel Clowes' illustration, a pair of tattooed hands, a horses' head, some crafty font arrangement and a bible. Today's picks are more of a "face friendly" bunch. Among those that were cut from our top ten list and are worthy of a mention were Jim Carrey's scribbled face image for Number 23, Kevin Costner's splitting image in Mr.Brooks, the telling a story in one image rendering for Breach, the haunting poster for No Country for Old Men and Lionsgate's series of teaser and theatrical posters for Hostel II. 5. The Tracey Fragments Distributor: (Canadian Distributor) Alliance Atlantis Tagline: Something's MissingComments: Playing with the concept of the film (head on over here if you have no clue what I'm talking about): the film is "fragmented", the film's character is in pieces and so is this picture rendition. 4. Zodiac Distributor: Paramount Pictures Tagline: There's »
- The Toronto International Film Festival Group (Tiffg) announced this year's top ten Canadian feature films including higher-profile pics and items from a set of new-comers. In addition, this year's group of 10 is actually a group of 20 - they've included a ten-list of short films as well. Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski's Madame Tutli-putli (whom we featured here on Ioncinema.com - read our Q and A with the pair of filmmakers here) is the short film that has fairly great chances at making an appearance at this year's Acamdey Awards. The top ten list is part of a series of Q&As by filmmakers and panel discussions to be held in Canada's cap - from January 25 to February 5 at Cinematheque Ontario in Toronto. In alphabetical order:l’ÂGE Des TÉNÈBRES – Denys Arcand (Alliance Odeon Films)Amal – Richie Mehta (Seville Pictures)Continental, Un Film Sans Fusil – Stéphane Lafleur (Christal Films »
Other titles making the Toronto festival cut include Peter Raymont's A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, Richie Mehta's Amal, Martin Gero's Young People Fucking and Yung Chang's Up the Yangtze.
Also turning up on the annual list, which is chosen by a 10-member panel of industry professionals, is Stephane Lafleur's Continental, Un Film Sans Fusil, Jeremy Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces, Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg and Bruce McDonald's The Tracey Fragments.
The Toronto festival list encompasses home-grown films that opened in 2007, or appeared in a Canadian festival.
"Both the top 10 features and shorts demonstrate the exceptional vitality and the cinematic achievements of our industry," said Piers Handling, director and CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival Group. »
- We all know it’s difficult to be a teenage girl. Only, there’s adolescent angst and confusion caused by raging hormones and a developing mind and then there’s Tracey Berkowitz. On many levels, Tracey is like all the other girls. She’s waiting for her body to develop; she longs for the new boy in school’s affections; and she transforms her life into a fantastical movie star existence in her head when the dull monotony of reality gets to be too much. That said, the life she is fantasizing an escape from is far from perfect; it’s far from acceptable even. Between torment from her peers in school, a hotheaded father, a mentally unstable mother and a missing brother, it is not surprising that Tracey’s focus is so, well, fragmented. And while Tracey’s plight makes The Tracey Fragments a compelling tale in its own right, »
Clement Virgo's latest film, shot last year in Halifax, won trophies for best Atlantic Canadian movie and original screenplay for Virgo and Chaz Thorne as the festival handed out trophies Friday.
Bill Fleming picked up the art direction prize for his work on the film, which bowed in Berlin.
Halifax-based Chaz Thorne also picked up the festival's best director trophy for Just Buried, his debut feature about a young loner, played by Jay Baruchel, who unexpectedly inherits his estranged father's struggling funeral home.
The other big winner in Halifax was Toronto director Bruce McDonald, who grabbed the best Canadian feature prize for The Tracey Fragments, a drama about a young girl looking for her younger brother, who thinks he's a dog.
The movie's lead, Halifax-based Ellen Page, took home the best actress trophy, while the best actor nod went to veteran Quebec actor Roy Dupuis for his turn in Shake Hands With the Devil, which opened the festival on Sept. »
Two documentaries, including a look at the 20-year history of innovative rap group Public Enemy, will make their world premiere at this year's AFI Fest, set for Nov. 1-11 in Los Angeles.
Public Enemy: Welcome to the Terrordome, directed by Robert Patton-Spruill, gives a rare insight into the group and features interviews with musicians Henry Rollins and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello. Meanwhile, director Andrea Kreuzhage's documentary 1000 Journals focuses on the social/art project initiated by San Francisco-based artist "Someguy".
Two foreign films will make their U.S. debut at the festival: the Canadian drama The Tracey Fragments, directed by Bruce McDonald, and With Your Permission, an entry from Denmark directed by Paprika Steen.
Another 11 films playing at the Toronto International Film Festival also will screen, including 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days directed by Cristian Mungiu; Eran Kolirin's The Band's Visit; Stefan Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiter; Gael Garcia Bernal's Deficit; Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly; Hao Hsiao-hsien's Flight of the Red Balloon; Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen's Jellyfish; Jason Reitman's Juno; Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's Persepolis; Tamara Jenkins' The Savages; and Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine.
Passes are on sale through the festival's Web site at AFI.com, or by phone, (866) AFI-FEST. »
COLOGNE, Germany -- The Berlin International Film Festival's Panorama section will feature 26 world premieres in a lineup that represents a typically eclectic mix of established art house names including Hal Hartley, Wim Wenders, Steve Buscemi and Sarah Polley, along with a raft of first-time helmers.
Buscemi and Polley represent one trend in this year's Panorama lineup: actors behind the camera. Buscemi will screen his latest directorial effort, Interview, while Polley's helming debut, Away From Her, will premiere as part of the Panorama Special section.
U.S. independents also have a strong presence, with titles ranging from Hartley's tale of international espionage, Fay Grim, to Jamie Babbit's high-school-set comedy Itty Bitty Titty Committee to such politically-tinged documentaries as Lynn Hershmann Leeson's Strange Culture and Miss Gulag by Maria Yatskova. »
8 items from 2007
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