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Busan Review: ‘Aurora’ is a Profound Postmodern Parable

As Asia’s premier film festival, Busan offers a comprehensive look at the latest cinematic gems from the vast continent, including the often neglected region of Central Asia. Hailing from Kyrgyzstan, writer/director Bekzat Pirmatov’s feature debut Aurora is an at times profoundly strange, at times simply profound postmodern parable. It marks the arrival of a potent new voice and deserves to be included in any festival lineup – Asian or beyond.

The episodically-structured film begins with an extended prologue: a newsreel informs us of a sanatorium called “Aurora,” a relic from the Soviet era tucked away in the mountains. We proceed to meet a middle-aged lady at a bar in said lakeside resort/institution who starts a rather silly argument with the bartender over the way he addresses her. The incident is followed by another, seemingly unrelated one in the restaurant next door, where a veteran TV presenter is
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Will Sissy Spacek (‘The Old Man and the Gun’) join elite group of actresses who have won both lead and supporting Oscars?

Will Sissy Spacek (‘The Old Man and the Gun’) join elite group of actresses who have won both lead and supporting Oscars?
It has been 17 years since Sissy Spacek was in the Oscar race, but with the release of “The Old Man and the Gun,” she might find herself once again walking the red carpet at the Academy Awards. Spacek has been getting strong reviews for the film, which leading actor Robert Redford has announced will be his last film performance. Rolling Stone poetically described Spacek’s work in the film: “There’s a look that crosses Spacek’s face as she falls in love with this man at a diner that’s the acting equivalent of the first time you tasted ice cream.”

This role could bring Spacek her first nomination as Best Supporting Actress following six nominations as Best Actress. Her first career bid came for her third film, the classic thriller “Carrie.” Spacek herself has described the Brian de Palma film as a “B-List” horror film, and Oscar was
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NYC Theatrical Publicity Office Launches: The Press Room Clients Include ‘Lear’, ‘Mormon’

  • Deadline
Veteran press agents Jim Byk and Shane Marshall Brown are launching a new theatrical and entertainment publicity office, the duo announced to Deadline today. The new company will be called The Press Room.

Publicist Kelly Guiod will serve as vice president.

Both Byk and Brown move from Sam Rudy Media Relations; Brown, a senior press agent there, will work concurrently with Rudy and The Press Room before pivoting to the new company full time in 2019.

Clients to be represented by The Press Room include this season’s Broadway productions of Kenneth Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery; King Lear starring Glenda Jackson; the world premiere of Gloria: A Life; and The Book of Mormon.

Also repped by The Press Room: The Royal Opera House’s Cinema Series for Trafalgar Releasing; Shakespeare’s Globe; Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful; the world premiere of Jessica Dickey’s The Convent; New York Classical Theatre
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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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Venice 2018. Awards

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RomaIn CompetitionGolden Lion – Roma, directed by Alfonso CuarónSilver Lion (Grand Jury Prize) – The Favourite, directed by Yorgos LanthimosSilver Lion (Best Director) – Jacques Audiard (The Sisters Brothers)Coppa Volpi for Best Actress – Olivia Colman (The Favourite)Coppa Volpi for Best Actor – Willem Dafoe (At Eternity's Gate)Best Screenplay – Joel and Ethan Coen (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs)Special Jury Prize – The Nightingale, directed by Jennifer KentMarcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress – Baykali Ganambarr (The Nightingale)OrizzontiManta RayOrizzonti Award for Best Film – Kraben Rahu (Manta Ray) directed by Phuttiphong AroonphengOrizzonti Award for Best Director – Emir Baigazin (The River)Special Orizzonti Jury Prize – Anons, directed by Mahmut Fazıl CoşkunOrizzonti Award for Best Actress – Natalya Kudryashova (The Man Who Surprised Everyone)Orizzonti Award for Best Actor – Kais Nashif (Tel Aviv on Fire)Orizzonti Award for Best Screenplay – Pema Tseden (Jinpa)Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film – Kado directed by Adity AhmadLion
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Venice Film Festival Awards: ‘Roma’ Wins the Golden Lion as ‘The Favourite’ Lives Up to Its Name

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Venice Film Festival Awards: ‘Roma’ Wins the Golden Lion as ‘The Favourite’ Lives Up to Its Name
To the surprise of no one in attendance, “Roma” has won the Golden Lion. Alfonso Cuarón’s wrenching drama has emerged as the most critically acclaimed film on the festival circuit this year, and has been widely expected to take home Venice’s top prize since premiering there last week. Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” proved to be a hit as well, taking home Best Actress for a never-better Olivia Colman and the Grand Jury Prize as well.

Other big winners include Best Actor Willem Dafoe, whose masterful performance as Vincent van Gogh drives Julian Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s Gate,” and the Coen Brothers, who took home Best Screenplay laurels for “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” Notable films that left the Lido empty-handed include Brady Corbet’s “Vox Lux,” László Nemes’ “Sunset,” and Luca Guadagnino’s polarizing “Suspiria” remake.

Cuarón’s close friend Guillermo del Toro led this year’s
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Nicole Kidman cop drama 'Destroyer' among three new titles on Tiff Platform jury grid

Nicole Kidman cop drama 'Destroyer' among three new titles on Tiff Platform jury grid
’Jessica Forever’, ’Mademoiselle De Joncquières’ also take spots.

Three new titles have scored mid-range on Screen’s Toronto Platform jury grid, leaving Emir Baigazin’s The River as the early leader.

Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel’s debut Jessica Forever scored exactly 2, although split opinion among critics.

Radheyan Simonpillai of Now/CTV, Boston Globe’s Loren King and Time Out New York’s Joshua Rothkopf all gave it one star for ‘poor’, while Vincent Le Leurch of Le Film Français and Screen’s own critic both awarded a top score 4 for ‘excellent’.

The film presents a dystopian world where violent misfits reign supreme.
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Hear Whitey Morgan Honor Auto Workers in New ‘What Am I Supposed to Do’

Whitey Morgan reaches back to his hometown roots in a grizzled new ode to the plight of the American auto worker, “What Am I Supposed to Do,” the latest song to be released from his upcoming LP, Hard Times and White Lines.

Morgan, who grew up in Flint, Michigan, isn’t the author of “What Am I Supposed to Do” — the credit for that goes to Detroit-based singer-songwriter Don “Doop” Duprie — but he sings it with the weary growl of a man who knows the hardship of workers whose livelihoods have slowly ebbed away.
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'The River' makes strong start to Screen’s Toronto 2018 Platform jury grid

'The River' makes strong start to Screen’s Toronto 2018 Platform jury grid
This year’s grid features 6 critics, watching each of the 12 films.

Screen has launched its critics jury grid for the Platform strand at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival with Emir Baigazin’s The River the first title to take its place.

This year’s grid will feature scores from six critics:

Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times Radheyan Simonpillai, Now/CTV Loren King, Boston Globe Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York Vincent Le Leurch, Le Film Français Screen’s own critic

The River has made a strong start to the grid, with an average of 3. It scored consistently, with
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'The River' ('Ozen'): Film Review | Venice 2018

'The River' ('Ozen'): Film Review | Venice 2018
There’s the strong aura of a folktale or even a Bible story in The River, a luminous family portrait of five young brothers living and working in isolation on a farm on the dusty Kazakh plains, where the sudden intrusion of the modern world brings corruption, temptation, betrayal and deceit. Following Emir Baigazin’s festival successes Harmony Lessons and The Wounded Angel, the new film completes the gifted writer-director’s “Aslan trilogy,” reaffirming his growing reputation as a visual craftsman of uncommon discipline and expressivity. Some may find it aestheticized to a fault, but this is a seductive, sensual work,...
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KT Tunstall Previews New LP With Jangly Song ‘The River’

KT Tunstall Previews New LP With Jangly Song ‘The River’
Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall released a lavish new single titled “The River” on Thursday. The track will appear on Wax, her sixth LP, which is due out October 5.

The River” opens in a place of frustration. “I’m holding on to something I don’t want to hold on to,” Tunstall sings. Sometimes a chorus serves as a source of hope, but this one offers little in the way of uplift. “I want to jump into the river, feel it on my skin,” Tunstall sings. “But the river is rocks and I’m already lost.
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Sissy Spacek Opens up About Her Career, Family, and Loving Her Age! (Exclusive)

Sissy Spacek rose to fame playing teenagers, from the tortured high schooler Carrie to child bride turned-country singer Loretta Lynn. Now at 68, she’s embracing her age with a still-youthful enthusiasm. "It’s the most incredible thing," the actress exclusively shared with Closer Weekly in the magazine's latest issue, on newsstands now. "People treat you with more respect. They open doors and let you hang on to them. It really is the best time!" This year, Sissy celebrates 44 years of marriage to film production designer Jack Fisk, 72, with whom she’s raised daughters Schuyler, 36, and Madison, 29. And she’s experiencing a career renaissance, playing Robert Redford’s love interest in what he’s said will be his final film as an actor, The Old Man & the Gun, co-starring with Julia Roberts in the Amazon series Homecoming, and reuniting with Carrie author Stephen King for Hulu’s horror thriller Castle Rock.
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Nicole Kidman’s ‘Destroyer’ to Debut in Toronto Film Festival’s Platform Section

  • Variety
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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Jamie Bell bare-knuckle fighting drama 'Donnybrook' to open Tiff Platform

Jessica Forever from debut filmmakers Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel will close the section.

The bare-knuckle fighting drama Donnybrook starring Jamie Bell and Frank Grillo will open 2018 Toronto International Film Festival’s (Tiff) Platform, while Jessica Forever from debutants Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel will close the section.

The 12 films in the festival’s fourth annual juried programme include new work from Karyn Kusama, Alex Ross Perry, Ho Wi Ding, Alejandra Márquez Abella and Carol Morley.

The line-up includes four features directed or co-directed by women, while seven feature strong female lead roles. The roster includes what Tiff director and
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Apple to Develop Series Based on Min Jin Lee’s ‘Pachinko’

  • Variety
In a competitive situation, Apple has secured the rights to develop a series based in Min Jin Lee’s bestselling novel “Pachinko,” Variety has confirmed.

“Pachinko” chronicles the hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family. The story begins with a forbidden romance and crescendos into a sweeping saga that journeys between Korea, Japan and America.

The novel was featured by The New York Times as one of the “10 Best Books of 2017” and was a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction.

Soo Hugh will write and executive produce the series in addition to serving as showrunner, with Lee also executive producing. Michael Ellenberg’s Media Res will produce.

Hugh was previously the showrunner on Season 1 of the AMC series “The Terror.” She also developed the ABC series “The Whispers.” Her other TV credits include “Under the Dome,” “The Killing,” and “The River.” She is repped
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Sissy Spacek movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter,’ ‘Carrie,’ ‘In the Bedroom’

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Sissy Spacek movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter,’ ‘Carrie,’ ‘In the Bedroom’
Sissy Spacek has been one of America’s top actresses for nearly 45 years. Throughout her career she has received six Oscar nominations for Best Actress, seven Golden Globe bids and three Emmy nominations. The New York Film Critics Circle has been so enamored of her work that they have recognized her four times, placing her second behind only Meryl Streep as the organization’s most acclaimed actresses. Early bird Oscar pundits are already speculating that Spacek could be back at the Oscars as a possible Best Supporting Actress nominee next year for her work in “The Old Man and the Gun,” which is being touted as Robert Redford’s final acting performance.

In addition to that, Spacek just returned to her Stephen King roots appearing in Hulu’s new drama series “Castle Rock.” It was in the film version of King’s first novel, “Carrie,” which first brought Spacek international
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Locke & Key Series Officially Moving Forward at Netflix

Are you ready to enter the Keyhouse? Back in May, it was reported that Netflix was looking to give a series order to the long-in-development Locke & Key adaptation (based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez's Idw comic book series of the same name) after it was passed on by Hulu, and now the news is official, as Netflix has confirmed that they are moving forward with a 10-episode first season based on the Lovecraftian tale.

While a pilot episode of the Locke & Key series had already been created for Hulu with It director Andy Muschietti at the helm, Netflix wants to take the adaptation in a different creative direction with a new cast.

Joe Hill will executive produce along with Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill, who will also serve as co-showrunners. Additionally, Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti are among the executive producing team for the adaptation of the
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Venice 2018. Lineup

Non-FictionThe programme for the 2018 edition of the Venice Film Festival has been unveiled, and includes new films from Tsai Ming-liang, Frederick Wiseman, Sergei Loznitsa, Olivier Assayas, the Coen Brothers, and many more.COMPETITIONFirst Man (Damien Chazelle)The Mountain (Rick Alverson)Non-Fiction (Olivier Assayas)The Sisters Brothers (Jacques Audiard)The Ballad of Buster ScruggsVox Lux (Brady Corbet)Roma (Alfonso Cuarón)22 July (Paul Greengrass)Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino)Werk ohne autor (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos)Peterloo (Mike Leigh)Capri-revolution (Mario Martone)What You Gonna Do When the World's On Fire? (Roberto Minervini)Sunset (László Nemes)Frères ennemis (David Oeloffen)Where Life is Born (Carlos Reygadas)At Eternity's Gate (Julian Schnabel)Acusada (Gonzalo Tobal)Killing (Shinya Tsukamoto)Out Of COMPETITIONFeaturesThe Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles)They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (Morgan Neville)L'amica geniale (Saverio Costanzo)Il diario di angela - noi
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