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Articles from September 2013

About Time Tops UK Box Office
Universal's romantic comedy scores $2.76m (£1.76m), including previews, to dethrone One Direction; eOne's Riddick records $2.2m (£1.4m) debut, including previews, to land second.Reportedly Richard Curtis' last film as director, About Time has ensured...
Amazonia
Dir: Thierry Ragobert. France-Brazil. 2013. 85minsThe team behind Arctic eco-doc The White Planet returns with this 3D Amazonian delight, which mixes elements of Madagascar and March Of The Penguins in a scripted documentary-drama about a circus-trained...
Belle
Dir: Amma Asante. UK. 2013. 105minsIt is almost ten years since Amma Asante made an award-winning directorial debut with A Way Of Life. The long wait for her second feature is amply rewarded with Belle, an elegantly assured period drama that glimpses...
Can A Song Save Your Life?
Dir/scr: John Carney. US. 2013. 101minsA tender and tuneful comedy-romance, John Carney's Can A Song Save Your Life? is a warm-hearted pleasure with a whole lot of soul, and effortlessly propelled forward by charming and compassionate performances by...
Canopy
Dir/scr: Aaron Wilson. Australia-Singapore. 2013. 83minsBasically a wordless two-hander, this lost-in-the-jungle wartime thriller relies heavily and effectively on its excellent sound design. As the two stranded combatants -- they are virtually boys...
Denis Villeneuve, Prisoners/Enemy
French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve talks to Sarah Cooper about his busy two years making Prisoners and Enemy, which are both playing at Toronto.With two films screening in TIFF - intense crime thriller Prisoners and intimate Toronto-shot drama...
Devil's Knot
Dir: Atom Egoyan. US. 2013. 114minsThe story of the 1993 West Memphis murders and the three young men who were likely wrongfully convicted of the crime has been told and retold many times, from numerous news stories to more extensive documentary reports...
Edgerton to Shoot Debut in California
EXCLUSIVE: Weirdo to be produced by Australia-born, US-based Rebecca Yeldham.Sydney-based actor/writer Joel Edgerton and Australian-born US-based producer Rebecca Yeldham are planning to make Edgerton's directorial debut Weirdo in California next year."It's...
EFA Unveils 46 Selected Films
European Film Academy reveals titles of the films on this year's selection list.Scroll down for full listThe European Film Academy and EFA Productions have announced the titles of the 46 films on this year's selection list - the list of films recommended...
Eli Roth Talks Green Inferno
Horror maestro talks Generation Y 'slacktivism' and relevance of Stop Kony campaign.Horror master Eli Roth and Chilean director Nicolás Lopéz had just finished the first draft of their Cannibal Holocaust-inspired genre film, The Green Inferno, when the...
Emanuel Michael and Cassandra Kulukundis, Unison Films
The Unison Films principals talk to Jeremy Kay about their Toronto premiere The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her [pictured].Unison principals and siblings Emanuel Michael and Cassandra Kulukundis have plied their trade for close to a decade...
Enemy
Dir: Denis Villeneuve. Canada-Spain. 2013. 90minsA marvelously mystifying riff on José Saramago's The Double--itself inspired by the classic fable of the doppleganger--Enemy is a slow-burning metaphysical thriller that stays one step ahead of its audience....
Fading Gigolo
Dir/scr: John Turturro. US. 2013. 98minsJohn Turturro and Woody Allen must have had a lot of fun putting together this lightweight sex comedy. Turturro takes full credits as the author but Allen's touch is visible throughout, whether it is in sending...
Gibney Says Armstrong Project Felt like 'Part of a Con'
Lance Armstrong documentary changed radically as allegations spread.When documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side) was offered unprecedented access to seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong...
Going Away
Dir: Nicole Garcia. France. 2013. 96minsRoads not taken and the ability to let go of the past are the chief concerns of Going Away (Un beau dimanche), and while this romantic drama may not be particularly insightful in its investigation of these themes,...
Joel Edgerton, Felony
Sandy George talks to Joel Edgerton about his new film, Felony, which premieres at Toronto.Sydney-based Joel Edgerton wrote, plays the lead and is a producer for the new Australian film Felony, which is premiering at Toronto today as a special presentation....
Korean Filmmakers Respond to Project Cheonan Ship Cancellations
South Korean filmmakers are protesting major multiplex chain Megabox's sudden cancellation of screenings for controversial documentary Project Cheonan Ship. A day after the film's Sept 5 release, Megabox announced on its website that it was putting an...
Paul Haggis, Third Person
It took two-and-a-half years before Paul Haggis was happy with the script for Third Person, he tells Jeremy Kay.Paul Haggis' Third Person, a mystery wrapped up as a relationship drama, spans New York, Paris and Rome and the ensemble cast includes Liam...
Protagonist Secures My Old Lady Sales
Protagonist Pictures has concluded sales in several territories for Israel Horovitz's feature debut My Old Lady, starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas; shooting to begin in Paris on Sept 26.The film has sold to the UK (Curzon Film...
The Dog
Dirs: Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren. US. 2013. 102minsThe Dog, by Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, is the prequel and sequel doc to Sidney Lumet's 1975 classic, Dog Day Afternoon, narrated by the robber himself. It is also a hyperbolic autobiographical...
Therese
Dir/scr: Charlie Stratton. US. 2013. 101minsA beautifully mounted and impressively intense adaptation of Émile Zola's tale of adultery and murder in 19th century, Therese is a remarkably hard-boiled film that is given its strength by a remarkably mature...
TIFF Momentum Set to Stay High
With two major $7m deals in the can and interest in Fading Gigolo, Horns and All Is By My Side, the Toronto momentum showed no sign of letting up heading into a busy Sunday night.Buyers continued to circle John Turturro's Fading Gigolo and a number of...
Tom of Finland Gets Biopic
EXCLUSIVE: Dome Karukoski, here in Toronto with Heart of a Lion, is now set to direct his first English-language film, a biopic of groundbreaking artist Tom of Finland.This will be the only authorized biopic of the artist as cleared by the Tom of Finland...
When Jews Were Funny
Dir/scr: Alan Zweig. Canada. 2013. 90minsAlan Zweig's latest documentary When Jews Were Funny doesn't exactly break new ground on the Jewish question--that is, why are so many comedians Jewish? But it's still an entertaining and humorous examination...
You Are Here
Dir/scr: Matthew Weiner. US. 2013. 112minsA hackneyed dramatic comedy, short on laughs, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner's first foray into big-screen moviemaking is deeply flawed and unfocused. If Weiner's hit TV series, concerning the vices of 1960s...
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