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Barcelona — Featuring a scaled-up presence of giant Spanish telco Telefonica, a second edition of its mini-mart Sitges Pitchbox and its traditional welter of genre, thriller and fantasy fair, the 49th Sitges Festival, one of the world’s most prominent genre meets, kicks off today with the European premiere of Miguel Ángel Vivas’ “Inside.
Sold by Embankment Films, and the latest movie from the producer of “Buried,” Adrián Guerra at Barcelona-based Nostromo Pictures, Vivas, the director of “Kidnapped,” and Jaume Balaguero, the writer-director of “[Rec],” who co-wrote the screenplay, “Inside” weighs in as much more of a mainstream proposition than Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s grand-guignol French original, recasting it as less of a blood-fest more of a Hitchcockian thriller, Guerra has said. Rachel Nichols and Laura Harring star.
- Emilio Mayorga
The BFI London Film Festival, which launches Wednesday, has added several events to its film industry program, including one that will look at the consequences of the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union.
The panel for the debate, titled “Business as Usual: The U.K. After the E.U. Referendum,” includes Peter Dinges, director general of Germany’s national film funding body, Filmförderungsanstalt (Ffa); producer Gail Egan from Potboiler Productions; Alex Hope, managing director of Double Negative; Stan McCoy, the MPAA’s chief in Europe; Dimitra Tsingou, chief operating officer of Protagonist Pictures; and British Film Institute CEO Amanda Nevill. The meeting will be chaired by the BFI’s head of international, Isabel Davis.
Another discussion will center on the topic of diversity. The panel for the debate, titled “Driving Diversity: Towards an Inclusive Film Industry,” will include representatives from some of the U.K.’s key public funding agencies, »
- Leo Barraclough
One month out from festival season getting underway in North America, organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival have detailed the offerings to be featured in both the Midnight Madness and documentary programs.
Kicking things off on September 8 is Antoine Fuqua’s modern redo of The Magnificent Seven, flanked by such Oscar favorites as Nate Parker’s Sundance hit The Birth of a Nation and Manchester By the Sea.
From there, Deadline has confirmed that the Midnight Madness section will play host to Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, welcoming the filmmaker back to Tiff following successful turns with High-Rise and A Field in England. There’s also room for Colm McCarthy’s apocalyptic drama The Girl With All The Gifts, Paul Schrader’s mob thriller Dog Eat Dog (see today’s all-new trailer), the stealth release of Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch sequel, along with the world premiere of André Øvredal »
- Michael Briers
Attendees of September’s Toronto International Film Festival can look forward to revisiting the Burkittsville woods, watching a showdown between the villains of the Ringu and Ju-On franchises, and much more in this year’s Midnight Madness lineup, which includes screenings of Adam Wingard’s new Blair Witch movie (ahead of its September 16th release), Sadako vs. Kayako, and Greg McLean’s The Belko Experiment (written by James Gunn), to name a few:
Press Release: Toronto — Run for cover and grab your loved ones, Midnight Madness just unleashed its terrorific lineup for the 41st Toronto International Film Festival®. From high-octane crime films, gruesome visceral horrors, to a creepy, hair-raising documentary, and nerve-wrenching thrillers, this year’s slate will whet all appetites and leave audiences shocked, thrilled and checking under their beds before turning out the lights. Midnight Madness is generously sponsored by Cineplex Entertainment.
This year’s Midnight Madness welcomes »
- Derek Anderson
The third cascade of world premieres in 15 days flowed from the headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday as programmers revealed their Midnight Madness, Tiff Docs, Vanguard, Tiff Cinematheque and Short Cuts selections.
This week’s offering includes Ben Wheatley’s all-star gangster thriller Free Fire, which opens Midnight Madness one year after the premiere of the British auteur’s High-Rise; fast-rising Chadwick Boseman in revenge thriller Message From The King in Vanguard and a Tiff Docs strand that features climate change documentary The Turning Point, featuring and produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio.
The 41st Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 to 18.
Wp = world premiere, IP = international premiere, Nap = North American premiere, Cp = Canadian premiere, Tp = Toronto premiere.
Ben Wheatley’s all-star gunfight Free Fire starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer and Cillian Murphy will open the section, which includes Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Rats, Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch, André Øvredal’s [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The Toronto International Film Festival has nearly completed its slate announcement this year — expect a few stragglers to be announced in the coming days, but this is about the size of it — rounding out its lineup with today’s announcement of its Docs, Midnight Madness, Vanguard and Tiff Cinematheque picks. And what a group this is, including plenty of returning favorites and some very exciting new names.
Tiff’s Docs section features a collection of works from award-winning directors including Steve James, Raoul Peck, Errol Morris and Werner Herzog. Leonardo DiCaprio even pops up for a “rousing call to action on climate change” in “The Turning Point,” made in collaboration with Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens and already picked up by National Geographic.
The beloved Midnight Madness section offers »
- Kate Erbland
When Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s “Rosetta” snatched the Palme D’Or from under Pedro Almodóvar’s nose in 1999 — the Spaniard was considered the hot favorite with “All About My Mother” that year — it was one of the biggest upsets in Cannes history. At the time, the David Cronenberg-led jury was accused of favoring, and possibly even patronizing, the underdog, just to snub commercial European arthouse cinema.
Fast-forward 17 years and not only are the Dardennes eyeing the prospect of an unprecedented three-time win, but Belgium’s Wallonia region has become a fertile breeding ground for talent, with a star system that has brought us Benoît Poelvoorde, François Damiens, Cécile de France and Bouli Lanners.
Today, the importance of “Rosetta” to the French-speaking film industry cannot be overstated.
“There was hardly an industry in Wallonia before this amazing Palme d’Or win,” says Philippe Reynaert, CEO of funding body Wallimage »
- Damon Wise
Following the unveiling of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival line-up, the Critics’ Week sidebar has now revealed their slate. As usual, there are a lot of discoveries to be had, with six of main selection being first features and four sophomore effort. Notably, Nadav Lapid (The Kindergarten Teacher) will screen his new short From the Diary of a Wedding Photographer while Chloë Sevigny will premiere her new film Kitty. Check out the full line-up, along with the trailer for the Un Certain Regard title Apprentice.
Feature Films In Competition
ALBÜM Mehmet Can Mertoğlu (Turkey)
Diamond Island Davy Chou (Cambodia/France)
Mimosas Oliver Laxe (Spain)
In Bed With Victoria (Victoria) Justine Triet (France)
Smile (Bonne Figure) Sandrine Kiberlain (France)
- Jordan Raup
Cannes Critics’ Week, devoted to first and second features, has unveiled the line-up for its 55th edition (May 12-20), following the announcement of the festival’s Official Selection last week.
The parallel section will open with Justine Triet’s comedy-drama In Bed With Victoria, which centres on a beautiful Parisian criminal lawyer in her late 30s who is a self-centred workaholic and sex addict, played by Virginie Efira.
It marks the second feature from French filmmaker Triet, whose Cesar-nominated Age of Panic opened in the Acid section in 2013, and is handled by Indie Sales with French distribution by Le Pacte.
In total, 1,100 features were submitted for consideration.
The seven features chosen to play in competition represent a mix of titles from Turkey, France and Spain to Cambodia, Israel, Lebanon »
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