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San Sebastian/Toronto: Simon Jaquemet on ‘The Innocent,’ Frail Faith, Certainty

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San Sebastian/Toronto: Simon Jaquemet on ‘The Innocent,’ Frail Faith, Certainty
World premiering in New Directors at San Sebastian in 2014, Simon Jaquemet’s first feature, “Chrieg” (War), a nuanced portrait of disaffected Swiss youth, established Jaquemet as one of the most prominent voices in a new generation of Swiss directors, questioning Switzerland’s status quo and aura of democratic civility.

Four years later, Jaquemet is back. But, in a step-up in status, his second feature, “The Innocent,” world premiered early September in Toronto’s prestige Platform competition, and, screening at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, now makes its European bow in San Sebastian, playing in main competition.

Few films this year at San Sebastian are likely to challenge audiences more. Its protagonist, Ruth, now 40something, saw her world turned upside down in her youth when her fiancé is convicted of murdering his aunt. Wracked by uncertainty as to his guilt, she has sheltered in more robust beliefs, working in a neuroscience lab
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Germany Sends Strong Lineup to Global Fests

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Germany Sends Strong Lineup to Global Fests
A strong showcase of German cinema was on offer at the Toronto Film Festival with a slew of films tackling such timely issues as sexual violence, the plight of refugees, the end of the Soviet Union and Germany’s recent turbulent history.

This year’s selections included works from such prominent names as Werner Herzog, Margarethe von Trotta, Christian Petzold, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Sven Taddicken.

In Herzog and André Singer’s doc “Meeting Gorbachev,” the prolific filmmakers offer a portrait of Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the Soviet Union, and his lasting impact on world politics.

In “Searching for Ingmar Bergman,” which also unspools in the Tiff Docs sidebar, von Trotta explores the Swedish director’s cinematic legacy.

Von Donnersmarck, who won the foreign-language film Oscar for 2006’s “The Lives of Others,” revisits East Germany in “Never Look Away,” which follows the life of an artist struggling
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'Her Smell', 'The Innocent' move into third and fourth on Screen's Tiff Platform jury grid

'Her Smell', 'The Innocent' move into third and fourth on Screen's Tiff Platform jury grid
Benjamin Naishtat’s ’Rojo’ still leads the way.

Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell and Simon Jaquemet’s The Innocent are the latest titles to land on Screen’s Toronto Platform jury grid, and have moved into third and fourth place respectively to date.

Her Smell achieved a 2.8 average, splitting the opinion of Screen’s grid critics. Both Justin Chang of the La Times and Radheyan Simonpillai of Now/CTV gave it top marks of four stars (‘excellent’); Vincent Le Leurch of Le Film Français was less enamoured, giving it one star (‘poor’).

Elisabeth Moss takes centre stage in the film as a talented,
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'Rojo' moves top of Screen's Toronto Platform jury grid

One score still to come for Benjamin Naishtat’s 1970s drama.

Rojo, directed by Argentina’s Benjamin Naishtat, has moved top of Screen’s Toronto 2018 Platform jury grid.

The film has achieved an average of 3.2 out of 4, with one score still to come in.

Rojo garnered top marks of four (‘excellent’) from Radheyan Simonpillai of Now/CTV and Vincent Le Leurch of Le Film Français, as well as two threes (‘good’) from Boston Globe’s Loren King and Screen’s own critic.

The film follows a strange man who arrives at a restaurant in a quiet provincial city in an
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'Donnybrook', 'Out Of Blue', 'Angelo' land on Toronto Platform jury grid

'Donnybrook', 'Out Of Blue', 'Angelo' land on Toronto Platform jury grid
Seven of 12 titles have taken their spot on the grid.

Three new films have achieved mid-range scores on Screen’s Toronto Platform jury grid, with Emir Baigazin’s The River, the first title to land, still leading the way.

With one score to come, Tim Sutton’s Donnybrook reached a 2.4 score, with three twos (‘average’) added to two threes (‘good’) from Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out New York and Screen’s own critic.

Sutton’s film stars Jamie Bell and Frank Grillo as an ex-marine and drug dealer respectively, who compete in legendary bare-knuckle boxing competition Donnybrook for a cash prize they both desperately need.
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Jamie Lee Curtis’ ‘Halloween’ to Premiere at Fantastic Fest

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Jamie Lee Curtis’ ‘Halloween’ to Premiere at Fantastic Fest
Jamie Lee Curtis’ “Halloween” has been selected as the opening night film of the 14th edition of Fantastic Fest on Sept. 20 at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, Tex.

Curtis is expected to be attendance along with producers Malek Akkad, Jason Blum and Bill Block. She is returning to play the iconic Laurie Strode in the “Halloween” franchise. Universal Pictures will open the film on Oct. 19.

Curtis’ character will have a final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. David Gordon Green is directing from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride.

Fantastic Fest made the announcement Wednesday as part of unveiling its second wave of programming. It also announced that it will hold the U.S. premiere of Fantastic Fest alum Jeremy Saulnier’s psychological thriller “Hold the Dark,” starring Jeffrey Wright,
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Nicole Kidman’s ‘Destroyer’ to Debut in Toronto Film Festival’s Platform Section

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Nicole Kidman’s ‘Destroyer’ to Debut in Toronto Film Festival’s Platform Section
Nicole Kidman’s police thriller “Destroyer” and Elisabeth Moss’ rock and roll drama “Her Smell” have been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival’s platform section.

A dozen titles were unveiled on Wednesday for the festival’s only juried competition, with its focus on movies championing “risk-taking.” The platform section, now in its fourth year, was the launching pad for best picture Oscar winner “Moonlight,” “Jackie,” and “The Death of Stalin.”

“This year’s Platform selection stands out for the assured and precise directing on display,” said Tiff director and CEO Piers Handling. “We are thrilled to present a slate that perfectly embodies the essence of the program with so many risk-taking, challenging, and, at times, formally inventive titles that are the result of audacious directors making bold choices.”

Destroyer” is directed by Karyn Kusama. Annapurna will handle the U.S. release, but has not yet dated the launch.
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Tiff 2018 Announces Platform Lineup, Including New Films From Karyn Kusama, Alex Ross Perry, and Tim Sutton

Tiff 2018 Announces Platform Lineup, Including New Films From Karyn Kusama, Alex Ross Perry, and Tim Sutton
The Toronto International Film Festival’s Platform program has announced the fourth edition of Platform, a director-driven section that aims to showcase original names in international cinema. This year, Platform will play home to a dozen feature films, including new features from Karyn Kusama (her star-studded cult drama “Destroyer” is her first film since “The Invitation”), Alex Ross Perry (again teaming with his “Queen of Earth” star Elisabeth Moss for the rock drama “Her Smell”), and Tim Sutton’s “Dark Night” followup.

This year’s Platform lineup also includes four features (30%) directed or co-directed by women, and seven titles that feature strong women in leading roles. The wide-ranging slate features films from the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and all but two of the titles will be making their World Premiere at the festival.

“This year’s Platform selection stands out for the assured and precise directing on display,” said Tiff
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Toronto Film Festival Books Nicole Kidman, Elisabeth Moss Films for Platform Section

Toronto Film Festival Books Nicole Kidman, Elisabeth Moss Films for Platform Section
The Platform section of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival will include adventurous films starring Nicole Kidman, Elisabeth Moss, Frank Grillo and Patricia Clarkson, Tiff organizers announced on Wednesday.

Films in the section will include Alex Ross Perry’s “Her Smell,” with Moss and Amber Heard; Carol Morley’s Martin Amis adaptation “Out of Blue,” with Patricia Clarkson and Toby Jones; and Emmanuel Mouret’s period piece “Mademoiselle de Joncquières,” starring Cecile de France.

Tim Sutton’s “Donnybrook,” which stars Frank Grillo and James Badge Dale in the story of a down-on-his-luck veteran who gets involved in brutal bare-knuckle boxing, will serve as the opening-night film for Platform, while Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel’s “Jessica Forever,” a directorial debut, will close it.

Also Read: 'Beautiful Boy,' 'A Star Is Born' Highlight Toronto Film Festival Lineup

All of the films except Emir Baigazin’s “The River” and Karyn Kusama’s “Destroyer,
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San Sebastian unveils Claire Denis and Naomi Kawase titles for 2018 competition

Films from Valeria Sarmiento, Benjamín Naishtat, Markus Schleinzer and Simon Jaquemet also selected.

The first films to compete for the Golden Shell at the 2018 San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 21-29) have been announced.

They include Claire Denis’ English-language sci-fi title High Life, which stars Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin and Robert Pattinson, Naomi Kawase’s Vision, which also stars Binoche alongside Masatoshi Nagase, and South Korean director Kim Jee-woon’s Illang: The Wolf Brigade , a remake of anime Jin-Roh from Ghost In The Shell writer Mamoru Oshii. Kim’s I Saw The Devil competed at the festival in 2010.

Chilean director Valeria
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San Sebastian: Claire Denis, Kim Jee-woon, Naomi Kawase Make Competition

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San Sebastian: Claire Denis, Kim Jee-woon, Naomi Kawase Make Competition
Madrid — Claire Denis’ “High Life,” Kim Jee-woon’s “Illang: the Wolf Brigade” and Naomi Kawase’s “Vision” feature among the first seven titles competing for the San Sebastian Festival’s top Golden Shell.

Also making the main competition cut, confirmed on Friday by San Sebastian, are Valeria Sarmiento’s “The Black Book” and three directors on many critics’ to-track lists: Austria’s Markus Schleinzer, Argentina’s Benjamín Naishtat and Switzerland’s Simon Jaquemet.

Around 10 competition contenders remain to be announced, including the big Spanish titles which often take major prizes. For the moment, however, many of the first titles paint the picture, sometimes via genre, of a world shook to its foundations by highly convulsive or dramatic times. Whether the tremors of the French Revolution (“The Black Book”), a rioting future Korea facing reunification, relationships, highly human characters or even humanity is threatened, by the build of covert police violence
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Movie Poster of the Week: Luchino Visconti in Posters

Above: French poster for Ossessione (1943). Artist: Boris Grinsson.To commemorate the complete retrospective of the films of Luchino Visconti starting today at New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center, I decided to choose my favorite poster for each film in Visconti’s titanic body of work (including the three portmanteau films to which he contributed episodes). For many of his films the range of posters are an embarrassment of riches ranging from tempestuous Italian romanticism and beautifully executed French realism to stark German stylization and wry Polish surrealism. Although I think that Italian romanticism certainly suits Visconti best of all in terms of really representing his work—Averardo Ciriello’s stirring portrait of storm-lashed fishermen for La terra trema being a case in point—it is the more gnomic Polish films that I seem to have gravitated to most. There are eight Polish posters here and what is remarkable is
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‘Visconti: A Retrospective’ Exclusive Trailer: Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents the Italian Master’s Entire Oeuvre — Watch

Making all of us not in New York jealous yet again, the Film Society of Lincoln Center has partnered with Istituto Luce Cinecittà to present a complete retrospective of Luchino Visconti’s feature films. Most of the Italian master’s work, from “The Leopard” and “Rocco to His brothers” to “Senso” and “Death in Venice,” will be screening on new restorations and imported prints; the series will conclude with a weeklong run of “Ludwig,” playing here on a new 35mm print. Avail yourself of a trailer for the series below.

Visconti’s films are a sensory delight, and “The Leopard” — based on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s majestic novel of the same name — is especially acclaimed. His 1963 adaptation, which runs just shy of three hours, won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and was released on DVD and Blu-ray by the Criterion Collection. Flsc’s look back at Visconti’s career doesn’t stop there,
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Allison Janney Joins Joan Didion Adaptation

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Allison Janney Joins Joan Didion Adaptation
Campbell Scott’s film adaptation of Joan Didion's 1977 A Book of Common Prayer now has both its female leads. Back in March, Christina Hendricks was cast as one of the story's central characters, a woman searching for her daughter in a fictional Central American country on the verge of revolution. Now, Variety reports that Allison Janney has been tapped to portray the book's other narrator, an anthropologist who married into the country's ruling family. Scott himself will play Hendricks's husband, with his The Innocent co-star Hart Bochner portraying the missing daughter's father. It's not clear how Didion's masterful narration will translate on screen, but in the hands of this cast, it sounds like a sweeping — if melancholy — good time. Or at least something to tide us over until Didion's new political thriller, As It Happens, comes out.
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Isabella Rossellini to preside over Berlinale 2011 Jury

Isabella Rossellini to preside over Berlinale 2011 Jury
The Italian-American actress and director Isabella Rossellini will be the President of the Jury for the 61st Berlin International Film Festival (February 10-20, 2011).

"It’s fantastic that Isabella Rossellini will be the President of the Berlinale Jury in 2011," says the festival's director Dieter Kosslick. "She is a multifaceted, creative film artist with extensive experience in European, American and international cinema."

Isabella Rossellini is one of the most renowned actresses in international cinema. Over the past years, she has also become a distinguished producer and director. The daughter of Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and of Italian director Roberto Rossellini, she first started her career as a fashion designer and journalist. At the time she worked mainly in New York. Her acting debut came in 1976, when she appeared alongside her mother in Vincente Minelli's A Matter Of Time. She then went on to roles in films by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Norman Mailer,
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Mendes, Mulligan Head For The "Beach"

With the next James Bond on indefinite hold, director Sam Mendes looks to be moving onto other projects and is already looking at a film adaptation of author Ian McEwan's 2007 novel "On Chesil Beach" for Focus Features reports Deadline.

Set in the UK in the 60's, the story revolves around two repressed virgins in their early 20's whose futile attempt at lovemaking leads to doubt and recriminations.

Carey Mulligan ("An Education," "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps") is apparently interested in the female lead role while McEwan himself will adapt the script. McEwan is best known for the novels "Atonement," "Enduring Love," "The Innocent," "Amsterdam," "The Comfort of Strangers," "Saturday" and "The Cement Garden".

Mendes, who will also direct a musical production based on Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" opening next year, remains committed to the next James Bond film. He has, however, apparently told Disney he
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