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Indiewire can exclusively announce the first round of films from the Mill Valley Film Festival’s upcoming 39th edition, with a number of high-profile selections from Cannes (“I, Daniel Blake”), Sundance (“Manchester by the Sea”) and Berlin (“Things to Come”) leading the way. Mvff, which runs from October – 16 this year, will also host the premieres of several Bay Area filmmakers’ new works. See the full list below.
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“I, Daniel Blake” (Ken Loach)
“The Salesman” (Asghar Farhadi)
“The Handmaiden” (Park Chan-wook)
“Like Crazy” (Paolo Virzi)
“Things to Come” (Mia Hansen Løve)
“Fire at Sea”(Giancarlo Rosi)
“Death in Sarajevo »
- Michael Nordine
James + Semaj is a column where James Franco talks to his reverse self, Semaj, about new films. Rather than a conventional review, it is place where James and Semaj can muse about ideas that the films provoke. James loves going to the movies and talking about them. But a one-sided take on a movie, in print, might be misconstrued as a review. As someone in the industry it could be detrimental to James’s career if he were to review his peers, because unlike the book industry—where writers review other writer’s books—the film industry is highly collaborative, and a bad review of a peer could create problems. So, assume that James (and Semaj) love all these films. What they’re interested in talking about is all the ways the films inspire them, and make them think. James is me, and Semaj is the other side of me. »
- James Franco
Camille Perri’s debut novel “The Assistants” is headed to the big screen. Cold Iron Pictures, the company which produced the Daniel Radcliffe-starring comedy “Swiss Army Man,” acquired the film rights to the best-selling book.
“The Assistants” follows the story of a thirty-year-old executive assistant to a billionaire who, due to a technical error on her boss’ expense report, has the opportunity to pay off her entire student loans. While she hesitates to take some of the money, other assistants approach her to let her know that they want in.
Perri wrote the novel while she was working as the assistant to the editor-in-chief of Esquire. She will also be in charge of penning the screenplay.
“I am very excited by Camille Perri’s unique voice and I’m thrilled to be able to »
- Liz Calvario
Having recently wrapped production on Going in Style, Zach Braff has wasted little time in securing his next directing gig, with Deadline reporting that the former Scrubs star is teaming up with Working Title to helm Bump, which is based on the Black List script by Ori Guendelman and Rob McClelland.
The black comedy “tells the story of the single most important night in Thomas’ life, where one mistake sets into motion a series of absurd events that threaten to unravel the clichéd life he’s worked so hard to build. This wild ride calls into question the balance between ambition and morality and the dubious decisions made in pursuit of the American Dream.”
Going in Style is set to hit cinemas on April 7th 2017, while Braff will next been seen on screen in James Franco’s upcoming John Steinbeck adaptation In Dubious Battle, which is expected to arrive later this year. »
- Gary Collinson
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