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'Amanda', 'A First Farewell' take top prizes at Tokyo film festival

Festival’s 31st edition built bridges to China and Southeast Asia.

French director Mikhael Hers’ Amanda was awarded the Tokyo Grand Prix at the close of this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff), while A First Farewell from China’s Lina Wang won best film in the Asian Future competition.

Amanda, about a young man who looks after his niece following his sister’s sudden death, also took the Wowow-sponsored best screenplay award. Danish drama Before The Frost took the Special Jury Prize and best actor for Jesper Christensen. Best director went to Italian filmmaker Edoardo De Angelis for The Vice Of Hope,
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‘Amanda’ Claims Tokyo Festival Grand Prize

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‘Amanda’ Claims Tokyo Festival Grand Prize
The Mikhael Hers-directed drama “Amanda,” about a man who ends up caring for his seven-year-old niece when her mother is killed, was awarded the Tokyo Grand Prix at the Tokyo International Film Festival’s closing ceremony today. The film also took the best screenplay award in the festival 31st edition, which runs Oct. 25 to Nov. 3.

“Amanda” premiered in competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival. But it left without a prize. It will release in Japan next year, through distributor Bitters End, the director said in a video message.

The second-place special jury prize went to Michael Noer’s “Before the Frost.” Unfolding in the 19th Century Danish countryside, the film previously screened in the contemporary world cinema section at Toronto.

Italy’s Edoardo De Angelis was named best director for “The Vice of Hope,” a drama set in the Naples sex industry. The best actress honors went to Pina Turco,
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Liam Neeson & Micheál Richardson To Star In Comedy ‘Made In Italy’ — Afm

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Liam Neeson & Micheál Richardson To Star In Comedy ‘Made In Italy’ — Afm
Liam Neeson and his real-life son, rising actor Micheál Richardson (Vox Lux), are newly attached to star in Dunkirk actor James D’Arcy’s directorial debut Made In Italy.

Neeson will play Robert, a bohemian London artist who returns to Italy with his estranged son played by Richardson, to make a quick sale of the house they inherited from his late wife. The film is due to commence production April 2019 in Italy. HanWay Films is selling at the Afm. Script comes from D’Arcy.

The film was developed by London based CrossDay productions, and is produced by film and TV veteran Pippa Cross (Chalet Girl) and Sam Tipper-Hale (Starfish), with co-producer Nicola Serra for Italian production entity Palomar (The Happy Prince), and HanWay’s MD Gabrielle Stewart and CrossDay’s Janette Day as executive producers. Heads of department include cinematographer Mike Eley (The White Crow) and editor Chris Dickens
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Tokyo Festival Seeks Asian Regional Role as it Opens With ‘A Star is Born’

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Tokyo Festival Seeks Asian Regional Role as it Opens With ‘A Star is Born’
Though its opening film is high-profile Hollywood romance “A Star is Born,” the Tokyo International Film Festival is increasingly focusing its efforts on building bridges with Asia. Especially Japan’s near neighbor, China.

The 31st edition of the Tokyo festival got under way Thursday evening with a ceremony at the X Theater in the fashionable Roppongi district. The event runs until Nov. 3.

“Star” is a smart crowd-pleasing choice as opener, with good prospects for the Oscars and other awards, down the road. But director-star Bradley Cooper and singing superstar, Lady Gaga, despite her massive popularity in Japan, were notable by their absence on the red carpet. Japanese actor Shinubo Terajima stood in at the ceremony as ambassador for the film and introduced a clip.

The last time Tiff had no big Hollywood guest for its opening or closing film was in 1992 — the fifth edition, when “1492: Conquest of Paradise” was the closing film.
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Kingsman 3 to be a Prequel

Paul Bradshaw Oct 1, 2018

Ralph Fiennes eyes the lead role in Matthew Vaughn’s third Kingsman movie

It was a bit of a surprise when Kingsman 3 was suddenly announced for next year – filling the slot that Bond 25 left after all that Danny Boyle business. Director and writer Matthew Vaughn will have to get a move on if it wants to make the film’s November 8, 2019, release date, and we’re now hearing our first big rumors about the plot and cast.

According to The Daily Mail, Kingsman 3 will be a prequel – set during World War One to tell the origin story of the Kingsman. Mixing up comic book lore with real history, the film will blur elements from the (real) Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, which has had a rank known as “Kingsman” for more than a century.

What’s more, it sounds like Taron Egerton and Colin Firth
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Ralph Fiennes' 'The White Crow' lands UK deal with Studiocanal (exclusive)

HanWay inks further territories on Rudolf Nureyev drama.

Studiocanal has bought UK rights for The White Crow, Ralph Fiennes’ thriller about Russian ballet star Rudolf Nureyev’s defection to the West at the height of the Cold War.

HanWay Films is handling worldwide sales and co-financed the feature with BBC Films and Rogue Black. The film recently premiered at Telluride and will play as a Gala at the BFI London Film Festival next month.

HanWay has also struck a raft of new territory deals on the title: Alamode (Germany), DeAplaneta (Spain), E1, Praesens (Switzerland), Nos Lusomundo (Portugal), Odeon (Greece), Discovery
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Tokyo Festival Omits U.S. Films From Competition Section

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Tokyo Festival Omits U.S. Films From Competition Section
Gyorgi Palfi’s “His Master’s Voice” will line up against Fruit Chan’s “Three Husbands” and Veit Helmer’s “The Bra” in the main competition section of the Tokyo International Film Festival. Ralph Fiennes’ “The White Crow” will also receive its Asian premiere in competition.

The festival announced its full line up Tuesday in Tokyo. The festival will run Oct 25. – Nov. 3, 2018 at venues around the Japanese capital. It previously announced Japanese films, “Another World” and “Just Only Love” in main competition.

Another earlier announcement revealed that the festival will open with Bradley Cooper’s Lady Gaga-starring “A Star is Born.” The festival will close with “Godzilla: The Planet Eater,” the third and final part in the animated “Godzilla” trilogy. Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s “The House Where the Mermaid Sleeps” was Tuesday confirmed as a second closing film.

The 16-film competition selection is balanced between Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas,
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‘Farming’ Harvests International Deals After Toronto Debut

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‘Farming’ Harvests International Deals After Toronto Debut
Lionsgate U.K. has acquired “Farming,” one of several international deals for Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s directorial debut, which had its world premiere in the Discovery Section at the Toronto Film Festival. HanWay Films, which is handling sales, has also closed deals with Ad Vitam in France, September Films in the Benelux region, Icon in Australasia, and Cdc in Latin America and South Korea.

“Farming” starts out in the 1960s and follows Enitan, a young Nigerian boy played by newcomer Damson Idris. He is farmed out by his parents to a white British family in the hope of giving him a better future. Kate Beckinsale plays Enitan’s foster mother; John Dagleish, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jaime Winstone, and Genevieve Nnaji also star.

“The film happened when it was actually meant to in society,” Akinnuoye-Agbaje recently told Variety about the long-gestating, semi-autobiographical project. “Now we’re in a time when diverse voices have a platform.
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Telluride Film Review: ‘The White Crow’

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Telluride Film Review: ‘The White Crow’
Why did world-famous Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defect? That’s the question I found myself Googling immediately after seeing Ralph Fiennes’ lovely, elegant, and curiously opaque “The White Crow,” an impressive, dance-heavy biopic which focuses on Nureyev’s childhood, training, and life-changing visit to Paris as part of the Kirov Ballet, culminating in his decision to seek asylum in France. For all its pleasures — among them generous helpings of dance and a true-life East-meets-West intrigue to rival fictive Cannes favorite “Cold War” — the film remains maddeningly ambiguous about his motives for cutting ties with the Soviet Union.

Of course, some things we can never know, although in this case, it feels like more of a creative choice than a historical one, leaving culture-savvy art-house audiences something to ponder after a classy — and respectfully sexy — night at the movies. Such crowds are presumably familiar with the reputation Nureyev made for himself over the subsequent decades,
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Telluride Film Festival Opens With a Warm Hug for Robert Redford

Telluride Film Festival Opens With a Warm Hug for Robert Redford
High in the Rocky Mountains every Labor Day weekend, the Telluride Film Festival welcomes a new round of filmmakers and cinephiles seeking mutual satisfaction.

At this year’s Patron’s brunch Alfonso Cuaron, not-so-fresh from a warm reception for “Roma” in Venice, hung out with Netflix executives Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber as well as fellow auteurs Pawel Pawlikowski (Amazon’s “Cold War”) and regular attendee Brad Bird. Joel Edgerton and Ed Zwick commiserated about showing their respective babies for the first time to audiences: Focus Features’ “Boy Erased,” whose star Nicole Kidman was enjoying her first trip to Telluride, and “Trial By Fire,” which is looking for a distributor. “Boy Erased” was the last film admitted to the festival, and was unfinished as Edgerton tried to find the right cut.

Also on hand were The Orchard (“Birds of Passage”), Sony Pictures Classics (Ralph Fiennes’ Rudolph Nureyev movie “The White Crow
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Telluride Film Festival Opens With a Warm Hug for Robert Redford

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Telluride Film Festival Opens With a Warm Hug for Robert Redford
High in the Rocky Mountains every Labor Day weekend, the Telluride Film Festival welcomes a new round of filmmakers and cinephiles seeking mutual satisfaction.

At this year’s Patron’s brunch Alfonso Cuaron, not-so-fresh from a warm reception for “Roma” in Venice, hung out with Netflix executives Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber as well as fellow auteurs Pawel Pawlikowski (Amazon’s “Cold War”) and regular attendee Brad Bird. Joel Edgerton and Ed Zwick commiserated about showing their respective babies for the first time to audiences: Focus Features’ “Boy Erased,” whose star Nicole Kidman was enjoying her first trip to Telluride, and “Trial By Fire,” which is looking for a distributor. “Boy Erased” was the last film admitted to the festival, and was unfinished as Edgerton tried to find the right cut.

Also on hand were The Orchard (“Birds of Passage”), Sony Pictures Classics (Ralph Fiennes’ Rudolph Nureyev movie “The White Crow
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Telluride Film Festival To Screen First Man, The Front Runner And The Old Man & The Gun

Lukas Haas, Ryan Gosling and Corey Stoll in First Man. On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, “La La Land,” Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ “First Man,” the riveting story of Nasa’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969.

The films debuting at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival has been announced today. The festival runs now through Labor Day Weekend.

The 2018 event will be hosted by Guest Director Jonathan Lethem, an award-winning novelist, essayist and short story writer. He will play a role in the programming decisions, bringing new ideas and overlooked films to Telluride.

Here are the films being featured at the 2018 Telluride Film Festival:

Angels Are Made of Light

“Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché”

Birds of Passage

“Border”

“Boy Erased”

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?
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Telluride Film Festival 2018 line-up includes 'Boy Erased' and 'The Front Runner'

Telluride Film Festival 2018 line-up includes 'Boy Erased' and 'The Front Runner'
Festival runs from August 31 - September 3.

The line-up for the 45th Telluride Film Festival (August 31 - September 3) has been announced.

It includes world premieres of David Lowery’s The Old Man & The Gun, Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased, Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner, Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer and Yann Demange’s White Boy Rick.

It also features Venice titles First Man (Damien Chazelle), Peterloo (Mike Leigh) and Roma (Alfonso Cuarón).

All in all the festival will screen more than 60 features, shorts and films in revival programmes representing 22 countries. The roster includes artist tributes, on-stage conversations, panels, student and programmes.
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‘Front Runner,’ ‘The Favourite’ & ‘First Man’ Among Official 2018 Telluride Selections

The Telluride Film Festival announced it’s official line up for 2018 and, if you’ve been paying attention or doing your due diligence there were few surprises.

The big narrative premieres are Joel Edgerton’s “Boy Erased,” Jason Reitman’s “The Front Runner,” David Lowery’s “The Old Man & The Gun,” Karyn Kusama’s “Destroyer,” Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and Yann Demange’s “White Boy Rick.” Ralph Fiennes also returns to the director’s chair with “The White Crow” while Ed Zwick’s “Trial By Fire” will make its only festival appearance in Colorado.

Continue reading ‘Front Runner,’ ‘The Favourite’ & ‘First Man’ Among Official 2018 Telluride Selections at The Playlist.
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Telluride Reveals 2018 Full Lineup: ‘Destroyer,’ ‘White Boy Rick,’ and ‘The Old Man & the Gun’ Set for World Premieres

Telluride Reveals 2018 Full Lineup: ‘Destroyer,’ ‘White Boy Rick,’ and ‘The Old Man & the Gun’ Set for World Premieres
This year’s star-studded Telluride Film Festival is mere hours from kicking off in the mountains of Colorado, and as is the annual event’s tradition, it has just now revealed its enviable lineup. As usual, this year’s fest features a range of buzzy fall season movies, including many films also premiering in Venice and Toronto as well as others resurfacing from earlier in the year, just in time for awards season. Filmmakers in this year’s program range from Alfonso Cuarón to Karyn Kusama, Hirokazu Kore-eda to Jason Reitman, and many more. The festival will also honor Cuarón, Emma Stone, and Rithy Panh as part of their long-running tributes section.

Films premiering at this year’s Telluride include a number of features already expected to impact the awards race in a major way, from Cuarón’s “Roma” to David Lowery’s Robert Redford-starring “The Old Man & the Gun
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Jackman, McConaughey, Redford, Kidman, McCarthy Movies Set For World Premieres In Rockies – Telluride Film Festival

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Jackman, McConaughey, Redford, Kidman, McCarthy Movies Set For World Premieres In Rockies – Telluride Film Festival
It will be a star-studded Telluride Film Festival this year as awards hopefuls Robert Redford, Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Emma Stone, Melissa McCarthy and Ryan Gosling make the trek to the Colorado Rockies for the 45th edition of the Labor Day weekend fest that has increasingly become a major stop and Oscar season launch pad.

Holding their hand close to the vest until this morning, Telluride announced an eclectic slate that is nirvana for cineastes, and catnip for awards watchers who will flock to the small town surrounded by mountains and ski lifts for the four day film orgy that runs August 31-September 3.

The fest will feature a host of much anticipated new films, foreign language gems, documentaries, and tributes including those to Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron who is also bringing his black and white Spanish language Netflix film, Roma straight from Venice, as is fellow
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62nd BFI London Film Festival Competition Titles & Further Gala Line-Up Announced

The competition titles for the 62nd BFI London Film Festival have been announced. Half of the ten films nominated this year are directed by women, a positive move forward for the industry. They include Destroyer by Karyn Kusama, Joy by Sudabeh Mortezai, Too Late To Die Young by Dominga Sotomayor and Cannes debuter Birds Of Passage, Cristina Gallego (co-directed with Ciro Guerra).

Room director Lenny Abrahamson has been announced as president of the jury for this year’s festival, which kicks off in the capital from 10th October to 21st October.

The competition films are:

Birds of Passage – Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra

Destroyer – Karyn Kusama

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead – Ben Wheatley

Happy As LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher

In Fabric – Peter Strickland

Joy – Sudabeh Mortezai

The Old Man & The GunDavid Lowery

Shadow – Zhang Yimou

Sunset – László Nemes

Too Late To Die Young – Dominga Sotomayor

In addition, the first feature competition,
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AMC’s ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Sets World Premiere at London Film Festival; Full Lineup Unveiled

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AMC’s ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ Sets World Premiere at London Film Festival; Full Lineup Unveiled
The world premiere of Chan-wook Park’s first television series, “The Little Drummer Girl,” will take place at the BFI London Film Festival, alongside U.K. premieres for the latest films from acclaimed filmmakers Luca Guadagnino, Alfonso Cuaron and the Coen brothers. The festival will also feature an increased representation of female filmmakers, with three of its competition strands achieving gender parity.

Announcing the full program for the festival’s 62nd edition Thursday, artistic director Tricia Tuttle said: “We’re always very keen and conscious to represent the global diversity of cinema. London is a global city, and we think the audiences reflect that.”

The festival will feature a world premiere special presentation of the first two episodes of Korean filmmaker Park’s “The Little Drummer Girl.” The six-part drama (pictured) is the BBC and AMC’s latest John Le Carre adaptation following their Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning “The Night Manager.
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BFI London Film Festival unveils 2018 line-up

BFI London Film Festival unveils 2018 line-up
The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, Beautiful Boy and Suspiria among headline galas.

The BFI London Film Festival has revealed the full line-up of 225 feature films for its 62nd edition. This year’s festival will screen 21 world premieres, nine international premieres, and 29 European premieres.

Headline galas

The 2018 headline galas, which will be presented each night at Cineworld Leicester Square, are:

The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs dir. The Coen Brothers Beautiful Boy dir. Felix Van Groeningen Can You Ever Forgive Me? dir. Marielle Heller Colette dir. Wash Westmoreland The Front Runner dir. Jason Reitman Life Itself dir. Dan Fogelman Outlaw King dir.
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London Film Festival Reveals Full 2018 Lineup, Including Alfonso Cuaron, Keira Knightley Talks

London Film Festival Reveals Full 2018 Lineup, Including Alfonso Cuaron, Keira Knightley Talks
The BFI London Film Festival on Thursday revealed its full program for its 62nd edition, which is set to run Oct. 10-21.

Among the event's usual gala showcase of a "best of" from the likes of Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Locarno and this year’s fall festivals, including Venice and Toronto, are films such as the Coen brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Beautiful Boy, Can You Ever Forgive Me, Colette, The Front Runner, Life Itself, Tiff-opener Outlaw King, A Private War and Suspiria.

Other titles in the selection include Wild Rose, Assassination Nation, Border, Capernaum, If Beale Street Could Talk, Roma, The White Crow and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

Alongside 10 special presentations,...
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