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Articles from September 7

Academy Pulls ‘Popular’ Oscar from 2019 Show
Proposed award now under review; trimmer three-hour telecast will still go ahead.The Academy said on Thursday it will not introduce a ‘popular’ Oscar category at the 91st awards show in February 2019 as it continues to debate the merits of what has turned...
'American Psycho' Director Mary Harron Updates on New Project 'Orange Eat Creeps'
Harron’s latest, Charlie Says, was unveiled in Venice last week.Mary HarronMary Harron (American Psycho) and her writer partner Guinevere Turner, who unveiled their controversial new Charles Manson film Charlie Says in Venice last week, are working together...
'Blaze': Review
Ethan Hawke directs this biopic of ill-fated country artist Blaze FoleyBlazeDir: Ethan Hawke. US. 2018. 127minsBlaze is a ballad for Blaze Foley, an iconoclastic, underappreciated musician who penned a series of devastating country songs before he was...
CPH PIX to Close with Only Danish Theatrical Screening of 'Roma'
Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built will open event.‘ROMA’CPH PIX’s 10th edition will open with Lars von Trier in the house to present The House That Jack Built and will close with Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma: it will mark the Netflix project’s only...
'Dragged across Concrete' Director S. Craig Zahler: "I Don't Think US Cinema Is in a Good Place"
Zahler returns to Venice after premiering Brawl In Cell Block 99 at the festival last year.American filmmaker S. Craig Zahler is back at Venice Film Festival for a second year running, this time with his Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn cop drama Dragged...
Eric Khoo, Mm2 Launches Scream Horror Festival in Singapore (Exclusive)
The first Scream Asia Film Festival will run in October.Singapore auteur Eric Khoo (12 Storeys) is stepping into a new role of festival curator for the first time through the launch of Scream Asia Film Festival.The inaugural horror film festival, which...
'Fahrenheit 11/9': Toronto Review
Michael Moore tackles the issues that led to the rise of Donald Trump in his latest documentary‘Fahrenheit 11/9’Dir/scr: Michael Moore. US. 2018. 128minsAmerica is beset with problems - and Michael Moore is determined to tackle them all at once. His...
'Greta': Toronto Review
An unexpectedly camp thriller from Neil Jordan benefits from an eye-raising performance from Isabelle Huppert‘Greta’Dir. Neil Jordan. US/Ireland. 2018. 98 mins.Just when you think you know a film-maker - and a 35-year career does encourage a clearly...
'Gwen': Toronto Review
A teenage girl faces the hardships of life in 19th Century rural WalesGwenDir/scr: William McGregor. UK. 2018. 84minsA brief opening glimpse of the savage, 19th-century beauty of Wales’ mountainous Snowdonia is soon obscured as a curtain of darkness...
Haifa Film Festival 2018 to Open with 'The Other Story', Close with 'First Man'
The festival programme includes a tribute to director Agnès Varda.‘The Other Story’ / ‘First Man’Haifa International Film Festival has unveiled the opening and closing night films, as well as a series of other additions to the programme, for its 34th...
HOOQ Sets Brata as First Indonesian Original Series
Oka Antara stars in six-episode crime thriller co-produced by HOOQ and Telkomsel.Pan-Asian streaming service HOOQ has boarded its first Indonesian series, crime thriller Brata, which it is co-producing with Indonesian telecoms company Telkomsel.Starring...
Howard Barish Launches Kandoo Releasing
Producer’s first release will be Hospitality on December 7.Howard BarishHoward Barish’s Los Angeles-based production outfit Kandoo Films announced in Toronto it has launched a distribution arm and kicks off with Emmanuelle Chriqui and Sam Trammell star...
Indie Sales Acquires Biopic 'Adventures of A Mathematician' (Exclusive)
Philippe Tlokinski and Esther Garrel join production in casting reshuffle.Philippe TlokinskiParis-based company Indie Sales has acquired world rights to German director Thorsten Klein’s upcoming English-language debut Adventures Of A Mathematician, inspired...
'Killing': Venice Review
Shinya Tsukamoto takes an alternative look at disintegrating samurai culture‘Killing’Dir/scr. Shinya Tsukamoto. Japan. 2018. 80minsNearly thirty years on from Tetsuo: The Iron Man, the cyberpunk body horror fantasy that became a cult classic for fans...
'Kursk': Toronto Review
Thomas Vinterberg dramatises the infamous Russian naval disasterKurskDir: Thomas Vinterberg. Bel-Lux. 2018. 117mins.Thomas Vinterberg continues his studies of ordinary communities tested by extraordinary circumstances in Kursk, a based-on-fact story...
'Mademoiselle De Joncquières': Toronto Review
Crisp, cool and lavish, ’Mademoiselle’ is cut from the same cloth as ’Dangerous Liaisons’Mademoiselle de JoncquièresDir. Emmanuel Mouret. France. 2018. 110 minsThe courtship between noted philanderer Marquis des Arcis (Edouard Baer) and Madame de La...
Memento Scoops Sales on Brillante Mendoza's 'Alpha, the Right to Kill' (Exclusive)
Filipino filmmaker explores Manila crime underworld in new thriller.‘Alpha, The Right To Kill’Memento Films International (MFI) has boarded sales on Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s Manila-set thriller Alpha, The Right To Kill, ahead of its world...
Michael Moore’s 'Fahrenheit 11/9' Scores Raft of International Sales
MGM takes UK, Latin American rights, Weltkino acquires in Germany.Fahrenheit 11/9Following Thursday night’s world premiere at TIFF of Fahrenheit 11/9, AGC International has announced a slew of deals on Michael Moore’s politically charged documentary.AGC...
'Mothers' Instinct': Toronto Review
Two housewives become bitter enemies in 1960s BrusselsMothers’ InstinctDir: Olivier Masset-Depasse. Bel-Fr. 2018. 97minsBourgeois Brussels in the early 1960s is the setting for a Hitchcockian psychological thriller which pits two suburban housewives...
Myriad Pictures Launches Sales on Comedy 'The Chain Breakers' with James Cromwell, Jacki Weaver (Exclusive)
Babe: Pig In The City co-writer Mark Lamprell to direct.James Cromwell, Jacki WeaverMyriad Pictures is in Toronto launching sales on the comedy The Chain Breakers starring James Cromwell, Dennis Waterman, Jacki Weaver and Shane Jacobson.Mark Lamprell,...
Norwegian Film School Trio Win at Nordic Talents
Top $30,000 prize awarded to Fanny Ovesen for her couch-surfing story ’Laura’.The Nordic Talents winnersFanny Ovesen, a recent graduate of the Norwegian Film School, won the Nordic Talents Pitch Prize worth $30,000 (250,000 NOK), with her fiction feature...
Octane Entertainment to Trumpet 'Silencio' in TIFF (Exclusive)
Rupert Graves, Melina Matthews, John Noble star in Zone of Silence thriller.SilencioOctane Entertainment has taken on worldwide sales to the elevated thriller Silencio starring Rupert Graves and Melina Matthews and produced by Mexico’s Barraca Producciones.Octane...
'One Nation, One King': Venice Review
The early years of the French Revolution, with an all-star cast‘One Nation, One King’Dir. Pierre Schoeller. France, Belgium. 2018. 121 minsPierre Schoeller’s account of the early years of the French Revolution, told largely from the point of view of...
'Outlaw King' Cast and Crew on Netflix Rollout, Full-Frontal Nudity
Director David Mackenzie: “I don’t think a studio would have allowed us to make the film the way we did.”‘Outlaw King’Speaking today (Sept 7) at the press conference for his TIFF opener Outlaw King, director David Mackenzie dismissed the notion that...
'Outlaw King': Toronto Review
David Mackenzie recreates medieval Scotland for this violent Netflix-funded historical epic.‘Outlaw King’Dir. David Mackenzie. US, UK. 2018. 137 minsHad the 2014 Scottish independence referendum campaign been able to deploy David Mackenzie’s blood-stirring...
Peter Strickland's 'In Fabric' Set Report: "A Kitchen-Sink Drama Being Attacked by a European Horror Film"
The film is Peter Strickland’s first since 2014’s The Duke Of Burgundy.Sheila (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) in Peter Strickland’s ‘In Fabric’It is a grey day in November 2017 and, in the dark basement of an abandoned shopping mall in Croydon, south London...
'Rosie': Toronto Review
An Irish woman and her family find themselves facing homelessnessRosieDir: Paddy Breathnach. Ireland. 2018. 86minsDirector Paddy Breathnach ventures into Dardenne Brothers terrain with Rosie, a plaintive tale of a family struggling to stay afloat in...
'The Cakemaker' Triumphs at Israel's Top Ophir Film Awards
Best film winner is traditionally entered as Israel’s foreign-language Oscar submission.‘The Cakemaker’Ofir Raul Graizer’s bittersweet romantic drama The Cakemaker triumphed at Israel’s prestigious Ophir Awards on Thursday evening (Sept 6), clinching...
'The Front Runner': Toronto Review
Hugh Jackman stars as the 1987 Presidential candidate Gary Hart in Jason Reitman’s political drama Dir Jason Reitman. US. 2018. 113 minsThe dramatic fall of 1987 US Presidential hopeful Gary Hart proved that the private indiscretions of public figures...
'The Other Story': Toronto Review
An Israeli family try to tempt their daughter back from orthodox JudaismThe Other StoryDir Avi Nesher. Israel. 2018. 117minsFamily conflicts speak to much wider divisions in society in The Other Story, Avi Nesher’s warm hearted ensemble drama which deftly...
'The Predator': Toronto Review
Shane Black’s reboot of the 1987 creature feature franchise‘The Predator’Dir: Shane Black. US. 2018. 106minsTongue firmly in cheek and sporting a taste for blood, The Predator has some nasty down-and-dirty pleasures, but director Shane Black can’t entirely...
'The River' Makes Strong Start to Screen’s Toronto 2018 Platform Jury Grid
This year’s grid features 6 critics, watching each of the 12 films.Screen has launched its critics jury grid for the Platform strand at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, 6-16 September) with Emir Baigazin’s The River the first title...
'The Third Wife': Toronto Review
A 14-year-old girl becomes the third wife of a wealthy landowner in 19th century VietnamThe Third WifeDir/scr: Ash Mayfair. Vietnam. 2018. 96minsAsh Mayfair’s supremely atmospheric feature debut explores repressed desires against the resplendent but...
Toronto Interview: Carol Morley on Her Police Drama 'Out of Blue'
Morley’s film premieres at TIFF on Friday September 7.Carol MorleyUK writer/director Carol Morley is not afraid of big ideas. Her film Out Of Blue, which has its world premiere in TIFF Platform tonight, is about “cosmology, life and death, things not...
Toronto Interview: Janus Metz Talks 'Heartbound'
Borg vs. McEnroe director returns to documentary with story of thai brides moving to a danish fishing village.‘Heartbound’Janus Metz was at TIFF 2017 with the gala opening night film, Borg vs. McEnroe. This year the Danish filmmaker returns with a smaller...
Toronto Interview: Tuva Novotny on Shooting Mental Health Tragedy 'Blind Spot' in One Take
Novotny’s debut feature has its public premiere at TIFF on September 10 in Discovery.‘Blind Spot’Tuva Novotny makes her directorial debut with Blind Spot (Blindsone), a harrowing real-time exploration of one family dealing with a tragedy.Pia Tjelta,...
Toronto Q&A: Director Baldvin Z on 'Let Me Fall' and the Repercussions of Drug Addiction
The Icelandic filmmaker’s feature premieres in Contemporary World Cinema at TIFF.Baldvin ZIcelandic director Baldvin Z was last in Toronto with Life In A Fishbowl (2014), which explored a three disparate Reykjavik citizens facing personal challenges....
TrustNordisk Boards Nordic Folk Tales Pic 'Valhalla', First Image Revealed (Exclusive)
The film is based on Peter Madsen’s comic-book series.‘Valhalla’TrustNordisk has boarded sales for Danish director Fenar Ahmad’s pan-Nordic production Valhalla, which has shot in Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and wraps its shoot in Norway this week. The first...
UK Box Office Preview: Indie Buzz Titles 'American Animals', 'Cameron Post' to Roll Out
Sundance pair join Warner Bros horror ‘The Nun’ in this week’s new releases.‘American Animals’ / ‘The Miseducation Of Cameron Post’This week’s new releases in the UK sees two hot titles from January’s Sundance Film Festival go on general release.Bart...
Visit Films Boards Sales on TIFF Selection 'Jirga' (Exclusive)
Discovery selection screens to press and industry on Saturday.JirgaVisit Films has come on board to represent worldwide rights excluding Australia and New Zealand to the Pashto- and English-language drama Jirga ahead of its North American premiere in...
WestEnd Adds Female Boxer Doc 'Katie' to Toronto Slate (Exclusive)
Film focuses on London 2012 gold medal-winner Katie Taylor.‘Katie’London-based sales outfit WestEnd Films has boarded Katie, the feature documentary about Irish boxer Katie Taylor.The film chronicles Taylor’s career over ten years, which has seen her...
Why China's Box Office Grew 17% in the First Eight Months of 2018
Broader range of local hits over the summer helped drive China box office to $6.79bn from Jan-Aug.‘Dying To Survive’China’s box office grew by 17% to reach $6.79bn in the first eight months of 2018, following a summer in which Hollywood titles may have...
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