11 items from 2017
The World Premiere of Borg/McEnroe is set to be this year’s Toronto Film Festival 2017 opening film at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7. Directed by Janus Metz and written by Ronnie Sandahl, the film stars Shia Labeouf, Sverrir Gudnason and Stellan Skarsgård. More below.
Toronto Film Festival 2017 opening film will be Borg/McEnroe.
“Borg/McEnroe has a powerful tension about it that is on par with the electric energy of Toronto on Opening Night,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of Tiff. “The story of this nail-biter matchup changed the sport of tennis forever, and the outstanding performances from Labeouf and Gudnason will be a spectacular way for Festival-goers to kick things off.”
“Janus Metz’s Armadillo is a gripping war documentary that took home the Critics Week Grand Prize at Cannes. Amazingly, Metz brings that same urgent tension to Borg/McEnroe,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of Tiff. »
- Paul Heath
Tennis’ most famous duelists will help kick off this year’s Toronto Film Festival.
“Borg/McEnroe,” a new drama about the longterm rivalry between the unflappable Swedish tennis star Björn Borg and the hard-charging American John McEnroe will have its world premiere as the opening night gala film at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7.
There could be controversy associated with the decision to break out the tennis whites for the glitzy event. Last month, Shia Labeouf, who stars as McEnroe, was arrested for public intoxication and caught on camera telling a black police officer that he will go to hell because of his skin color. Labeouf apologized for his remarks, saying he was “deeply ashamed.”
“I have been struggling with addiction publicly for far too long,” he added.
The opening night slot can be a mixed bag. Last year, »
- Brent Lang
Tennis fans know the inevitable letdown that comes with the final match of the U.S. Open every summer, but 2017 brings two exciting fall movies to fill the void: “Battle of the Sexes,” where Emma Stone will play the great Billie Jean King, and “Borg vs. McEnroe,” which stars Shia LeBeouf as the notorious bad boy of tennis in a stylish drama about one of the sport’s greatest rivalries.
Swedish tennis player Bjorn Borg and American legend John McEnroe played each other 14 times on tour between the years 1978 and 1981. Each player won 7 times. Their rivalry was all the more fascinating due to their polarized demeanors: Borg was known for his zen-like cool on court, while McEnroe was an infamous firebrand, often yelling at umpires and wildly upsetting the balance of a game that reveres civility. »
- Jude Dry
Perhaps we can thank 7 Days in Hell, but tennis films seem to be all the rage this fall, albeit in a less comedic form than Andy Samberg’s spoof. While Emma Stone and Steve Carell will square off in Battle of the Sexes this September, the same month will see the international debut — and likely fall festival premiere — of another tennis drama, Borg vs. McEnroe.
Starring Sverrir Gudnason as Borg and Shia Labeouf as McEnroe, the film is directed by acclaimed Swedish helmer Janus Metz (Armadillo), and the first trailer has now landed. Judging from this first preview, it’s intriguing to see a sports drama such as this coming from a Swedish perspective rather than than the all-too-frequent American view we normally get.
Check out the trailer below.
- Jordan Raup
Shia LeBeouf stars as tennis great John McEnroe in the biopic “Borg vs McEnroe.” Check out the teaser above. The sports drama will focus on one of the biggest rivalries in tennis of all time between McEnroe and Swedish player Björn Borg in the late 1970s and and early 1980s. Sverrir Gudnason will play Borg, while Stellan Skarsgard plays his coach, Lennart Bergelin. Also Read: Shia LeBeouf Grants Fan's Wish, Whacks Him in Face (Video) Danish director Janus Metz directs — his war documentary “Armadillo” won the grand prize at Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 2010. All in all, Borg and McEnroe faced off 14 times between 1978 and. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Today marks the 140th anniversary of Wimbledon, the world’s premiere tennis tournament, which makes it a great occasion to promote “Borg Vs McEnroe.” The tennis drama is gearing up to hit cinematic courts this fall, and it certainly looks like it’s going to be some compelling stuff.
Shia Labeouf stars as John McEnroe with Sverrir Gudnason as Björn Borg, in the Janus Metz Pedersen (“Armadillo,” “True Detective” season 2) directed tale about the famous 1980 showdown between the two players, which is regarded as one of the greatest tennis matches ever.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: The innovative architect designed the new World Trade Centre.
Early in the market, documentary sales outfit Autlook is racking up deals on its new title Big Time.
The film gives an insight into the creative mind of prolific and innovative architect Bjarke Ingels, who designed World Trade Center 2, Google Headquarters Silicon Valley, The Smithonian Washington DC, Kuala Lumpur Signature Towers a.m.m.
Danish director Kaspar Astrup Schroeder follows Ingels over a period of six years.
MK2 Films confirmed it has taken Big Time for France and will give the film a theatrical release.
Madman in Australia plans to release the project in the late autumn. The Danish release will be handled by DoxBio.
The new deals have been negotiated by Autlook’s Salma Abdalla on behalf of the filmmakers Sara Sonntag »
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A U.S. deal is close for the finished film.
Janus Metz Pederson’s film was acquired by A Contracorriente (Spain), Best Film (Poland), Rosebud (Greece), Mars Production (Turkey), Estinfilm (Baltic States), Sidus Film (South Korea), Runaway Luminosity (India), Phoenicia Pictures (Middle East) and Films4You (Portugal).
“Borg/McEnroe” was previously acquired by Hualu (China), Fame Solutions/Programs4Media (former Yugoslavia), Lucky Red (Italy), Cineplex (Latin America), and for France (Pretty Pictures), the U.K. (Curzon), German-language Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Australia/New Zealand (Vendetta) and Benelux (September Film).
Pederson previously directed “Armadillo” and “True Detective.” “Borg/McEnroe,” penned by screenwriter Ronnie Sandahl (“Underdog”), chronicles the 1980 Wimbledon final and sheds light on the two tennis stars’ complex relationship and rivalry. Tre Vanner and Sf Studios produced the film. »
- Elsa Keslassy
At Cph:Forum, Eurimages Award goes to Maria Back’s Psychosis in Stockholm; 31 projects pitched.
Cph:dox expanded its industry offerings this year by adding a Work-in-Progress session on the eve of its Cph:forum for six Nordic documentaries currently in production or post-production.
Short presentations including footage was shown for projects including:
The story will examine what happened when Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés tried a unique experiment in 1973, putting 10 people on a raft for a 101-day voyage to study human behaviour. Lindeen brought the participants together for the first time in 43 years to talk about Genoves’ manipulative behaviour. “I wanted make a reunion and let them talk about their memories of what happened on the raft,” he said. “We let the subjects make a study of the scientist.” The team aims to deliver the film in the autumn.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Projects participated in the Nordic festival’s works in progress event.
Ruben Ostlund got buyers and festival programmers hopping with excitement in Goteborg as he presented the first footage from his forthcoming fifth feature The Square during the festival’s work in progress pitches.
Ostlund screened about seven minutes from one scene of the new film, during which a controversial performance artist (played by Terry Notary) makes guests at a black-tie art gala very uncomfortable. “You know I love awkward situations,” the director said.
Goteborg’s audience of industry experts commented that they were impressed by the confidence of the unnerving scene, which showed Ostlund working on a bigger scale even than his last hit, Force Majeure.
At a festival session later for the public, Ostlund previewed a second clip from the film, in which a museum director (Claes Bang) delivers a self-centered video apology to a boy he had accused of being a thief.
Another high-profile »
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Janus Metz Pederson (“Armadillo”)’s “Borg vs McEnroe” with Shia Labeouf, and Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” with Elisabeth Moss are among the most anticipated Scandinavian work-in-progress titles set for the Nordic Film Market hosted during Goteborg Film Festival’s industry days.
Both films are part of the 18 work-in-progress features selected by Cia Edström, Goteborg’s head of industry, and her team.
“Borg vs McEnroe” stars up-and-comer Sverrir Gudnason (“Monica Z”) as Swedish player Bjorn Borg and Labeouf as John McEnroe. The film chronicles the 1980 Wimbledon final and sheds light on the two tennis stars’ complex relationship and rivalry.Tre Vanner and Sf Studios are producing, while Svensk handles international sales.
“The Square,” meanwhile, is a satirical film turning on the creative director of a museum who is desperate to build some buzz around an upcoming exhibition and decides to hire a PR agency which has no boundaries. The film is produced by Plattform Produktion. »
- Elsa Keslassy
11 items from 2017