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Articles from September 9

'Alien' Doc Bursts out at TIFF for Indie Sales (Exclusive)
Alexandre O. Philippe, Exhibit A Pictures collaborated on Sundance 2017 doc ’78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene’AlienParis-based Indie Sales has launched worldwide sales talks in TIFF on the documentary Memory - The Origins Of Alien, which reveals the exclusive...
'A Simple Favor': Review
Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively face off in Paul Feig’s schlocky thrillerA Simple FavorDir: Paul Feig. US. 2018. 117minsA Simple Favor wants it both ways, hoping to be a stylish, twisty, trashy thriller while simultaneously acting superior to the genre’s...
Atom Egoyan 'Morality Tale' Lined Up at Playtime (Exclusive)
Paris-based outfit keen to board projects at earlier stage.Atom EgoyanPlaytime 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...
Bac Unveils Sales on ‘Terra Willy’, ‘Notti Magiche’ and ‘Funan’ (Exclusive)
The Paris-based outfit has also sold Annecy Grand Prize winner Funan.‘Terra Willy’Bac Films has announced new deals on family film Terra Willy, the latest animated feature from TAT Productions, the French company behind the well-travelled The Jungle...
'Ben Is Back': Toronto Review
Julia Roberts gives one of the performances of her career in this family addiction drama‘Ben Is Back’Dir. Peter Hedges. US. 2018. 103 minsJulia Roberts blasts through this family reunion drama-turned-thriller with one of the most forceful performances...
'Boy Erased': Toronto Review
Lucas Hedges shines as a gay teen forced to undergo conversion therapyBoy ErasedDir: Joel Edgerton. US. 2018. 114minsGood intentions go awry in Boy Erased, a sensitively rendered look at a gay American teen sent away for conversion therapy. In his second...
Can 'The Front Runner' Put Canadian Producer-Financier BRON Ahead of the Pack?
Hugh Jackman stars as flawed 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart.Vancouver-based BRON Media Corp has made plenty of recognisable films since it launched at the start of the decade. Yet over the past couple of years the husband and wife team...
'Can You Ever Forgive Me': Toronto Review
A change of pace for Melissa McCarthy‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’Dir: Marielle Heller. US. 2018. 107minsA true story about a total faker, Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a melancholy drama about deception, aging and failure. Melissa McCarthy bores into this...
Cinema Management Group Finds US Buyers for 'Solis', 'The School' (Exclusive)
Blue Fox Entertainment, Vertical Entertainment set October 26 releases.‘Solis’Edward Noeltner’s Los Angeles-based Cinema Management Group (CMG) has closed US deals on TIFF sales titles Solis and The School.Goldfinch Studios’ sci-fi Thriller Solis from...
Cinepolis Distribution Reveals 'Museo' Mexican Release Plans, LatAm Sales (Exclusive)
Gael Garcia Bernal stars in heist film and TIFF selection.MuseoCinepolis Distribution has revealed plans for the Mexican release of Gael Garcia Bernal heist film and TIFF selection Museo and announced a raft of Latin American sales.Alonso Ruizpalacios’...
'Destroyer': Toronto Review
Nicole Kidman is a hard-bitten LA cop looking to settle some scoresDestroyerDir: Karyn Kusama. US. 2018. 123minsThe sins of the past weigh heavy on Destroyer, a sun-splashed Los Angeles noir that’s more an exercise in portentous atmosphere than a deft...
'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...
Finecut Sells Park Hoon-Jung's 'The Witch: Part 1' to Japan
The film also sold to Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Poland.‘The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion’South Korean sales company Finecut has announced a raft of deals on Park Hoon-jung’s supernatural action thriller...
'Freaks': Toronto Review
A young girl discovers that her father had good reasons for keeping her locked in the houseFreaksDirs/scrs: Zach Lipovsky & Adam B. Stein. Canada. 2018. 104minsFreaks is an oddity - a supernatural drama that cannibalizes plenty of well-worn genre...
How the A-List Festivals Are Adapting to Big Changes
After a turbulent year for Cannes and Berlin, Screen analyses the festival landscape.Rumblings of discontent have been heard this year about the programming and jury choices of the A-list festivals. “Victory for Adina Pintilie’s humourless and clumsy...
'Knightfall' Series Sells for A+E Networks
Medieval drama airs on History in the US.KnightfallA+E Networks has secured sales of its Knightfall series in a number of new markets, making the medieval drama about the Knights Templar available in more than 200 territories.New buyers of the series...
'Life Itself': Toronto Review
Screwball comedy, heartfelt romance, tearjerker, melodrama: that’s ’Life Itself’‘Life Itself’Dir/scr Dan Fogelman. US/Spain. 2018. 118 minsThis Is Us creator Dan Fogelman makes a bold attempt to transfer the winning template of his television success...
'Out of Blue': Toronto Review
Patricia Clarkson stars in Carol Morley’s loose adaptation of the Martin Amis novel ‘Night Train’‘Out Of Blue’Dir. Carol Morley. UK. 2018. 110 minsA jaded homicide detective digs deep into the death of an astrophysicist and finds herself grappling with...
Picture Tree International Picks Up Action Comedy 'Sweethearts' (Exclusive)
Project is actress-director Karoline Herfurth’s second directorial outing.Karoline HerfurthPicture Tree International (PTI) has taken on international sales for actress-director Karoline Herfurth’s second directorial outing, the action comedy Sweethearts....
Raven Banner Launches TIFF Sales on Mexican Fantasy 'Tigers Are Not Afraid' (Exclusive)
Paradigm represents English-speaking territory rights.Tigers Are Not AfraidToronto-based Raven Banner has picked up international sales rights to the dark fairy tale Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) and has introduced to buyers in TIFF.Issa Lopez wrote...
'Rojo': Toronto Review
A successful lawyer’s life begins to unravel in 1970s ArgentinaRojoDir/Scr Benjamin Naishtat. Arg-Bra-Fr-Neth-Ger. 2018. 109minsDeceptive appearances and fatal disappearances convey the rotten heart of 1970s Argentina in Rojo. Writer/director Benjamin...
Swedish Hit 'The Unthinkable' Scores UK, Canadian Deals (Exclusive)
Disaster thriller was a box-office hit in Sweden this summer.‘The Unthinkable’Swedish thriller The Unthinkable (The Blomstertid Now) has sold to Signature Entertainment for the UK and Mongrel Media for Canada. SF Studios has now sold the disaster thriller...
'Tell It to the Bees': Toronto Review
A forbidden romance in 1950s rural Scotland‘Tell It To The Bees’Dir Annabel Jankel. UK. 2018. 106 minsThe power of love is challenged by narrow-minds and deep-rooted prejudices in Tell It To The Bees. Annabel Jankel’s tasteful, touching adaptation of...
'The Innocent': Toronto Review
A middle-aged woman finds herself consumed by the pastThe InnocentDir: Simon Jaquemet. Switz-Ger. 2018. 114mins.Like her Biblical namesake, living amid the alien corn, Ruth has tried to make a new life and build a new family in The Innocent. But her...
'The Most Beautiful Couple': Toronto Review
The fallout from a vicious holiday rape continues to haunt a couple on their return to Germany‘The Most Beautiful Couple’Dir/scr. Sven Taddicken. Germany. 2018. 97 minsEnmeshed in the fallout of a holiday gone awry, The Most Beautiful Couple is a flinty...
'The Nun' Rules Global Box Office on $131M
Horror film scores highest opening weekends in The Conjuring universe in 45 markets including UK.The NunWarner Bros’ extraordinary late summer / early autumn continued as The Nun ruled the world thanks to a $77.5m international launch in 60 markets as...
'The Wedding Guest': Toronto
Michael Winterbottom tours India and Pakistan with Dev Patel and Radhika Apte‘The Wedding Guest’Dir. Michael Winterbottom. UK. 2018. 94 minsThis propulsive thriller from Michael Winterbottom casts Dev Patel as Jay, a mysterious man on a mission which...
TIFF: Geena Davis, Amma Asante Speak at Share Her Journey Rally
TIFF executive director Michele Maheux introduced a line-up of industry women to speak about gender equalityGeena Davis at TIFF’s Shake Her Journey rallyHundreds of women and men gathered in downtown Toronto for TIFF’s Share Her Journey rally for women...
Venice Wins for 'ROMA' and 'The Favourite' Fuels Awards Talk
ROMA, The Favourite in strong position, with several unseen prospects to come.‘The Favourite’Saturday night’s (September 8) Venice Golden Lion win for ROMA and a pair of prizes for The Favourite have steered awards talk towards a handful of strong contenders...
'Widows': Toronto Review
Steve McQueen delivers a heist movie with a difference‘Widows’Dir. Steve McQueen. US, 2018. 131 mins.It’s interesting - almost as thrilling as the film - that Oscar winner Steve McQueen would take the career lift from 12 Years A Slave and invest it all...
'Wild Rose': Toronto Review
Jessie Buckley impresses in Tom Harper’s Glasgow-set music-based drama‘Wild Rose’Dir. Tom Harper. UK. 2018. 101 minsIf a star was born with Jessie Buckley in Beast, then Wild Rose marks her ascendency. The Tom Harper-directed country music banger hits...
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