13 items from 2014
With the dust fully settled on the Academy Awards, we point our attention northward with tonight’s 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Many of the television winners have already been announced in glitzy fashion during this Canadian Screen Week, but with baited breath, we’re more keen on seeing how the film award honors will pan out. Last year’s Tiff saw Denis Villeneuve bring not one (Prisoners), but a pair of feature films and it is the offbeat, doppelgänger delight Enemy that should reap in the top awards of the evening. Here are my predictions of who will win, who should win, and who should have been nominated in each of the most anticipated film categories.
Best Motion Picture:
Screenie voters tend to favor Canada’s yearly submission for the »
- Leora Heilbronn
Director: Xavier Dolan
Writer: Xavier Dolan
Producer: Metafilms’ Nancy Grant
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Hot off the fumes of premiering Tom at the Farm at the end of 2013, Xavier Dolan is already in the midst of his shooting his next film, Mommy, before he says he heads to Hollywood for a mid-budget feature, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Whatever your thoughts are on Dolan, at 24, he’s directed an exciting quartet of films, often exploring queer themes through difficult perspectives that are sometimes hard to enjoy but never without merit. While few details have been revealed about his next feature, it reunites him with Anne Dorval, who gave an excellent performance as Dolan’s mother in his 2009 debut I Killed My Mother, and the scene stealing Suzanne Clement from Laurence Anyways. What little is known sounds ominous, creepy, »
- Nicholas Bell
"We had envisioned – like any filmmaker who dreams of going to Cannes – of being in competition and winning the Palme d’Or,” Xavier Dolan had said in 2012, when his third film "Laurence Anyways" (and third on the Croisette) landed a slot in the Un Certain Regard section, not in coveted Competition lineup. He then took his next film, "Tom At The Farm," to the Venice Film Festival, skipping Cannes entirely. But could 2014 finally see the young filmmaker land in Competition at Cannes. Now in post-production, his forthcoming "Mommy" will certainly be one of the rumored titles for the festival. The film stars Anne Dorval ("I Killed My Mother," "Heartbeats," "Laurence Anyways"), Suzanne Clément ("I Killed My Mother," "Laurence Anyways") and Antoine-Olivier Pilon and all that has been known until now was that the story revolved around mother/child relationship. But now the first official image and full synopsis has been unveiled: A widowed single mother, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When Lgbt people leave the safety of the city in films, it usually spells bad news – and Stranger by the Lake and Tom at the Farm don't buck the trend
Gay people and the city have been a good match since Sodom and Gomorrah. From the molly houses of 18th-century London to 1970s San Francisco via prewar Berlin, the urban environment has always been the natural habitat of queer culture – a place where Lgbt people can set their own rules, form their own families, be anonymous when they want to and find company when they fancy it. The countryside, on the other hand, is the place they escape from – a realm of social conformity with limited opportunities for culture, sex or socialising, and perhaps even a site of danger.
That's the stereotype, anyway, both in reality and on screen. Innumerable movies with claims to gay-classic status are inseparable from their urban settings: London has Victim, »
- Ben Walters
Xavier Dolan's latest film, Tom at the Farm (Tom a la ferme), premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year and while it has yet to land a domestic distributor, it will be hitting Quebec theaters in March. Today a new trailer for the film arrives along with a poster that's been floating around since last December. As I wrote in my review of the film back in September 2013, Tom at the Farm is something of a departure from Dolan's first three features -- I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats and Laurence Anyways. It's a psychological thriller based on Michel Marc Bouchard's play of the same name, in which Dolan plays the title character, a young ad agency employee who takes a trip out to the country to attend a funeral only to learn the mother (Lise Roy) of the deceased doesn't know who he is or his relationship to her dead son, »
- Brad Brevet
After the near three-hour romantic drama "Laurence Anyways," rising 24-year-old Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan tries his hand at something quite different with the 90-minute psychological thriller "Tom at the Farm".
Based on Michel Marc Bouchard's play, Dolan stars as a young ad executive who heads to a funeral, only to realize no one there knows of his relationship with his now-dead lover. The first trailer for the film is out and it's creepy and visually intriguing.
- Garth Franklin
Originally titled simply Sils Maria, Olivier Assayas’ upcoming drama recently underwent a slight title change to Clouds of Sils Maria, and now the first promo poster has been released, along with the first official synopsis.
At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena.
- Kenji Lloyd
The 2013 RopeofSilicon Movie Awards I was hesitant to actually do a sixth year of the RopeofSilicon Awards for a variety of reasons, but most of all due to the deluge of awards handed out for movies at this point in our culture. As it turns out, I'm glad I waited and I'm glad I decided to go forward with the Awards. As we've moved into 2014 it became clear there were not only films and performances from 2013 that were still resonating with audiences, but there were some that hadn't gotten the attention I felt they deserved. Therefore, these awards afforded me the opportunity to highlight some of those films and performances. Looking back, 2013 was something of a strange year for movies. It was a year dominated by big budget features, but while many of those blockbusters made lots of money, they fell quite flat in terms of overall audience reception. Films »
- Brad Brevet
From the Sundance Film Festival here is Glenn on three great new editions to Lgbt cinema.
One of my goals for my first trip to Sundance was to see as much Lgbt cinema as possible. This year has proven to be particularly strong in this arena with films like Ira Sachs’ recently acquired Love is Strange and Desiree Akhavan’s ought-to-be acquired Appropriate Behaviour covering the “l”, the "g" and the “b” of that acronym and are soon to be reviewed by Nathaniel. I, however, found myself catching three very strong titles that deal with transgender men and women, which took me especially by surprise. Like Gun Hill Road, Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways, Orange is the New Black and, yes, even Dallas Buyers Club, cinema visibility of trans issues are becoming more and more common and, in the case all three films below, feature actual transgender or gender neutral personalities. »
- Glenn Dunks
The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (Galeca), of which I am a proud voting member, has announced the nominees for its annual Dorian Awards named with a nod to the great and gay wit of Oscar Wilde.
The usual suspects ("American Hustle," "Gravity," "Her," "12 Years a Slave," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Blue is the Warmest Color") will vie for the Film of the Year against the not-so-unusual suspect "Laurence Anyways."
Lily Tomlin is deservingly receiving the Timeless Star honor simply because she's timeless! And of course, she's an .an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit..
Winners will be revealed on January 21st.
Here's the full nominations list of the 2013 Dorian Awards:
Film of the Year
American Hustle (Sony)
Dallas Buyers Club (Focus)
12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight)
Film Performance »
The International Cinephile Society has announced the nominees for the 11th Ics Awards. Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue is the Warmest Color," the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," Spike Jonze's "Her," and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" dominated the nominations with 7 nods each.
Winners of the 11th Ics Awards will be announced on February 23, 2014.
Here's the complete list of nominees:
. 12 Years a Slave
. The Great Beauty
. Paolo Sorrentino - The Great Beauty
Film Not In The English Language
. Beyond the Hills
. The Great Beauty
. The Hunt
. In the »
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave has been nominated as film of the year by the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association and will compete for that title with David O. Russell’s American Hustle, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Color, Jean-Marc Vallee’s Dallas Buyers Club, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, Spike Jonze’s Her and Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways. The group, which consists of 80 entertainment journalists in the U.S. and Europe, unveiled nominations for its annual Dorian Awards on Tuesday. Winners will be announced Jan. 21, and Galeca's annual toast will be held March 9 at a location to be determined in Hollywood.
- Gregg Kilday
The International Cinephile Society -- a group of film academics, journalist and critics from around the world -- announced the nominees for their 11th annual awards, and they definitely went their own way. While critics group darlings "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Her" and "12 Years a Slave" each received 7 nominations, so did "Blue is the Warmest Color." And the four films were nominated for best picture alongside "Before Midnight," "Frances Ha," "Gravity," "Spring Breakers," "The Wolf of Wall Street," "The Great Beauty" and "Laurence Anyways," with no "American Hustle" or "Captain Phillips"anywhere to be found (the former actually did receive a solo nod for best ensemble). The acting races were equally surprising. Melvil Poupaud and Suzanne Clément were nominated for "Laurence Anyways," as was Anton Adasinsky for "Faust" and Juliette Binoche for "Camille Claudel 1915." These nods came over Oscar sure things like Robert Redford, Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Oprah »
13 items from 2014
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