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Articles from September 2011

Aronofksy Talks Venice Jury Decisions, and Praises Fassbender's Orgasm Scene
At the Venice Film Festival winner's news conference at the close of the 68th edition, Jury president Daren Aronofsky said, "We tried to find appropriate awards for every film and wanted to award as many films as we could."Speaking of Silver Lion winner...
Bucky Larson: Born to Be A Star
Dir: Tom Brady. US. 2010. 95minsWorking under the incorrect assumption that anything having to do with porn is hilarious, Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star is a consistently strained comedy without much charm or wit. Produced and co-written by Adam Sandler,...
Damsels in Distress
Dir/scr: Whit Stillman. US. 2011. 99mins"Jane Austen meets Judd Apatow" is how Whit Stillman would like to think of his new romantic ensemble comedy, which centres on a group of smart, high-performing girls who try to bring a touch of class to a male-dominated...
Digital Cinema Issues Cause Scotiabank Delays in Toronto on Saturday
Two important press & industry screenings were disrupted at TIFF yesterday as there were digital cinema issues at the Scotiabank.After the 9 am screening of Alexander Payne's The Descendants started 66 minutes late, the subsequent Scotiabank 1 first...
Habibi
Dir/scr: Susan Youssef. Palestine-Netherlands. 2011. 78minsThe story is familiar. A young man and woman in love are thwarted by the intervention of their families and their efforts to break away and be together ultimately result in a tragic end.Habibi...
In Darkness
Dir: Agnieszka Holland. Canada-Germany-Poland. 2011. 145minsAgnieszka Holland returns to World War II for the first time since Europa, Europa in 1990 with In Darkness, which is her best film since then. A 145-minute epic set largely in the darkness and...
I Wish
Dir/scr/ed: Hirokazu Kore-Eda. Japan. 2011. 128minsHirokazu Kore-Eda, one of Japan's most original filmmakers in recent years, is back working with children. The last time he did it, with the masterful but heartbreaking Nobody Knows (2004) he took Cannes...
One-Two for Participant as Contagion Opens Top on [Pounds]23m
Participant Media were celebrating a one-two punch this weekend as the company co-financed both the number one opener Contagion and ongoing hit The Help.Steven Soderbergh's global epidemic thriller Contagion launched at the top on an estimated $23.1m...
Rampart
Dir: Owen Moverman. US. 2010. 105minsIn this neo-noir drama set in 1999 of one incorrigible man, a corrupt and violent captain in the notorious Rampart division of the LAPD, Owen Moverman gives Woody Harrelson as egoistical cop Dave Brown and several...
Salmon Fishing in Toronto
Stars get a raptuous reception at Toronto premiere of the film that Lasse Hallstrom says is about "trying to believe in the impossible."The world premiere of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen went down a storm with a packed Princess of Wales audience on Saturday...
Screen's Toronto Intern Braves the Red Carpet to Talk to Ryan Gosling
Screen sends Regan Reid, our TIFF intern, into the red-carpet mayhem for the Toronto premiere of Drive. She gets a meaningful half-minute with Ryan Gosling.I arrived at the red carpet for Drive about an hour before the stars were set to arrive. I came...
Smurfs Rule Lacklustre International Weekend on $15M
The Smurfs grossed a further $14.9m from 7,610 screens in 73 markets through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) as the tally climbed to $321.2m.The family smash added $1.2m in the UK from 713 for $23.9m after six weekends and stands at $31m...
Take Shelter Takes Top Prize at Deauville
Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter wins Grand Prize. Matthew Gordon's Dynamiter picks up Jury Prize. Tony Kaye's Detachment nabs festival's new Revelation award. Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter, starring Michael Shannon as an Ohio man struggling with mental illness,...
Toronto 2011: Tamer Ezzat
Egyptian filmmakers Tamer Ezzat, Ayten Amin and Amr Salama each direct one part of Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad And The Politician, a documentary about the ongoing Egyptian revolution featuring portraits of local activists, policemen and former president...
UPDATED: Sokurov's Faust Wins Venice Golden Lion
Silver Lion goes to People Mountain People Sea; acting prizes go to Michael Fassbender for Shame and Deanie Yip for A Simple Life.Faust, the final chapter in Russian director Alexsander Sokurov's four-part series on power has won taken the Golden Lion...
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