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San Sebastián Film Review: ‘Angelo’

  • Variety
San Sebastián Film Review: ‘Angelo’
Markus Schleinzer is a filmmaker who knows how to wait for a payoff: Take the dry in-joke, for example, of waiting seven years to follow his 2011 debut “Michael” with a film called “Angelo.” His tartly brilliant second feature is awash with slow-building irony, though as with his first, there’s precious little mirth in its devastating kicker. An interpretive biopic of Angelo Soliman — an African man kidnapped into slavery as a child, who subsequently rose and fell through the ranks of 18th-century Viennese high society — Schleinzer’s film takes a chillingly but aptly clinical view of a life treated as an amusing human experiment by all but the man living it. Behavior is painstakingly observed and notes are extensively taken, before “Angelo” tersely delivers its own findings on the toxicity of the culture that colonized its title character.

Lest the “Michael”/”Angelo” segue lead viewers to expect a clear partner piece to Schleinzer’s debut,
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Memo to Distributors: Buy These TIFF 2018 Movies

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These TIFF 2018 Movies
The market at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival wasn’t sleepy, as some of the hottest sales titles found eager buyers over the course of the 10-day gathering: from Focus Features buying the campy Neil Jordan-Isabelle Huppert team-up “Greta” to Neon picking up Brady Corbet’s wild Natalie Portman pop star saga “Vox Lux” and A24 nabbing Clarie Denis’ space opera “High Life,” plenty of Tiff breakouts found homes. Nevertheless, Tiff features a massive lineup and many strong movies failed to close deals before the festival concluded. Here are some of the highlights that still need homes.

Angelo

Markus Schleinzer follows up his daring character study “Michael,” which focused on the experiences of a young child kidnapped by a pedophile, with another disturbing look at a boy kidnapped and forced to participate in a lifestyle beyond his control. This time, the setting is 18th century Vienna,
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Toronto: Three Under the Radar Films at Tiff

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AngeloLuis Ortega’s El Angel (2018), an Argentinian biopic of 70s pretty-boy serial killer Carlos Puch, establishes its baseline tone in its first scene, in which Puch (Lorenzo Ferro) plays an LP in a house he has broken into, and Ortega amplifies the song Reservoir Dogs-style as Puch dances under the credits. The film sticks with this energetic, amoral agenda, and manages it pretty well from a craft perspective; along the way it shows a fair amount of intelligence and psychological insight that sometimes coexists awkwardly with its wish to entertain. Puch hooks up with a family of thieves that includes his classmate Ramon and enjoys his introduction to firearms so much that the family is unwittingly dragged along with him into the world of homicide. Puch tends to shoot when surprised or irritated, and afterwards isn’t overly sensitive to consequences: the character retains an odd innocence for a psychopath.
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Atom Egoyan 'morality tale' lined up at Playtime (exclusive)

Paris-based outfit keen to board projects at earlier stage.

Playtime has partnered with Canada’s Elevation Pictures, Ego Film Arts and The Film Farm on Atom Egoyan’s Guest Of Honour, the second English-language project involving the Paris company to be announced out of Tiff.

Days after Playtime revealed it was remaking with Animal Kingdom the Austrian genre hit Goodnight Mommy, co-founder Nicolas Brigaud-Robert said Egoyan was preparing for a November production start in Ontario on his new “twisted morality tale”.

The Oscar-nominated writer-director of The Sweet Hereafter wrote the script about the relationship between a man and his imprisoned twentysomething daughter,
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Atom Egoyan Sets Off ‘Guest of Honour’ With Playtime, Elevation, Ego Film, Film Farm

  • Variety
Atom Egoyan Sets Off ‘Guest of Honour’  With Playtime, Elevation, Ego Film, Film Farm
Atom Egoyan, the Oscar-nominated Canadian director, is set to direct “Guest of Honour,” a twisted psychological drama which will be produced by Playtime, Elevation Pictures, Ego Film Arts and The Film Farm.

Based on an original script by Egoyan, “Guest of Honour” explores the relationship between a father and his 20-something year old daughter who wants to remain in jail for a sexual assault she knows she’s been wrongfully indicted for. Father and daughter find themselves acting out of the bounds of good behavior as the past haunts them.

“I’m particularly excited and passionate about this script,” said Egoyan, adding that he was thrilled to be working with partners Playtime and Elevation Pictures, who have clarity and understand my vision for the film and are very well positioned to help me share this film with audiences around the world.”

The movie marks Egoyan’s follow up to “Remember,
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Angelo | 2018 Toronto Intl. Film Festival Review

The Moor the Merrier: Schleinzer Returns with Incendiary Portrait of Indentured Servitude

Austrian director Markus Schleinzer returns with his long-awaited sophomore film Angelo, a follow-up to his controversial 2011 debut Michael, which documented five months in the life of a pedophile who kept a ten-year-old boy captive (which plays exactly like the sadistic Euro version of Room its description sounds like). Still most revered as a casting director on several prominent Michael Haneke features (The Piano Teacher; Time of the Wolf; The White Ribbon), his latest plays like the second chapter of what could potentially be a troubling trilogy on child enslavement, the prominent theme at the center of his latest effort.…
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'It Follows', 'Son Of Saul' producers line up 'Goodnight Mommy' adaptation

'It Follows', 'Son Of Saul' producers line up 'Goodnight Mommy' adaptation
Production start anticipated in third quarter 2019.

Paris-based Playtime and Animal Kingdom from New York have begun to package the English-language remake of Goodnight Mommy, the art house horror that was selected as Austria’s Oscar submission in 2015.

Filming is anticipated to begin in the third quarter of 2019 and Matt Sobel (Take Me To The River) is attached to direct the story of twins who arrive at their mother’s house to find her face covered in bandages.

When she tells them her appearance is due to cosmetic surgery, Lukas delights in their mother’s uncharacteristically lax house rules. However Elias
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Playtime, Animal Kingdom Team on ‘Goodnight Mommy’s’ U.S. Remake

  • Variety
Playtime, Animal Kingdom Team on ‘Goodnight Mommy’s’ U.S. Remake
Playtime and Animal Kingdom have joined forces to package the English-language remake of “Goodnight Mommy,” the critically acclaimed Austrian psychological thriller.

Matt Sobel, who made his feature debut with the Sundance playing drama “Take Me To The River,” has been attached to direct “Goodnight Mommy” and is overseeing a draft written by Kyle Warren, based on their shared take on the original film.

David Kaplan, whose credits include “It Follows” and “It Comes at Night,” is on board to produce “Goodnight Mommy” on behalf of Animal Kingdom, alongside Nicolas Brigaud-Robert and Valery Guibal from Playtime, the Paris-based co-production/sales banner behind the Oscar-winning “Son of Saul” and “Bpm.”

Expected to start shooting in the third quarter of 2019, “Goodnight Mommy” centers on Elias and his twin brother Lukas who arrive at their mother’s house to find her face covered in bandages. The result, she explains, of recent cosmetic surgery. Lukas
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