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Articles from September 2014

Andrew Niccol, Good Kill
In Good Kill, Ethan Hawke plays a conflicted former fighter pilot now operating drones from a base in Las Vegas. The film premiered in Venice and plays in Toronto Special Presentations starting Tuesday; Voltage Pictures handles international sales and...
Baldvin Z, Life in A Fishbowl
Icelandic director Baldvin Z's second feature interweaves the story of three very different characters struggling with modern life in Reykjavik.It screens in the Discovery section starting today, Films Boutique handles sales.How big a hit is the film...
Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award Submissions 2015
Entries for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the Academy Awards 2015.Submissions for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards are coming in and will continue until October, when the full list of eligible submissions will be revealed.Last...
BFI to Invest [Pounds]2m in Neighbourhood Cinema
Initiative will see £2m of investment over four years to enable film fans across the UK to get more opportunities to see a range of films.The BFI has announced it will invest £2m over four years in its Neighbourhood Cinema project.Neighbourhood Cinema...
Boyhood Wins Top FIPRESCI Critics Award
Richard Linklater's 12-year project beats Ida, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Winter Sleep.Richard Linklater's Boyhood has been named the best film of the past year by the members of the International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI.The poll for the...
Canadian Directors Talk Film vs Digital
At a TIFF Telefilm Canada panel, four Canadian directors talked about current industry issues including film vs digital.Jacob Tierney, Jeffrey St. Jules [pictured], Mathieu Denis, and Andrea Dorfman - these four names are just a sampling of the future...
Corn Island, Accused Enter Oscar Race
Georgia enters Karlovy Vary winner for consideration for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar, which has also seen submissions from the Netherlands and Japan.Georgia, the Netherlands and Japan are the latest countries to submit entries for the Best Foreign-Language...
DFI CEO Talks Transition
Acting CEO Fatma Al-Remaihi admits the Doha Film Institute is facing financial challenges.The Doha Film Institute is "in transition" admits acting CEO Fatma Al-Remaihi who is in Toronto to support six films backed by the DFI, including Kahlil Gibran's...
Felony Director's New Film Secures Funding
A week after his film Felony launched into Australian cinemas, Screen Australia has revealed that it is investing production funding in director Matt Saville's third feature.Comedy A Month of Sundays will be the next film from the production arm of distributor...
Gemma Bovery
Dir: Anne Fontaine. France-UK. 2014. 99minsAn engagingly lush Gallic romantic-drama that updates Gustave Flaubert's famous novel Madame Bovary to good effect and pitches a glowing Gemma Arterton as a young married Englishwoman finding adulterous love...
Good Kill
Dir/scr: Andrew Niccol. US. 2014. 102minsThe guilty conscience of America gets a Hollywood workout in this worthy but plodding Andrew Niccol drama about a stressed-out US air force pilot turned military video-gamer - his job now being to carry out remote...
Goodnight Mommy
Dir/scr: Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala. Austria. 2014. 99minsRarely has auteur horror been done so atmospherically and with such deft control of tension as in the chilly, creepy, beautifully shot identical twin yarn Goodnight Mommy (Ich Seh, Ich Seh)....
Haemoo
Dir/scr: Shim Sung-bo. South Korea. 2014. 111minsProduced and co-written by one of Korea's most prolific filmmakers Bong Joon Ho, Haemoo is a bleak but superbly orchestrated character-driven feature based on a true story that was made into a stage play...
Hologram Sells for Lotus
EXCLUSIVE: Lotus Entertainment has reported a strong response from buyers to Tom Tykwer's A Hologram For The King starring Tom Hanks.Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel and the sales team have closed deals in Scandinavia (Mis.Label); Latin America excluding Mexico...
Jean-Baptiste Léonetti, the Reach
Three years after his feature directorial debut Carré blanc played at the festival in 2011, the French director who made his name in commercials returns to Toronto with thriller The Reach.Paris-born Léonetti talks to Jeremy Kay about working with Michael...
Joshua & Benny Safdie, Heaven Knows What
The filmmaking brothers talk about their Venice and Toronto selection, including how they were inspired by addict-turned-writer/actress Arielle Holmes.Heaven Knows What, the Safdie brothers' new film, premiered in Venice Orizzonti and offers a part fiction,...
Lone Scherfig, the Riot Club
Danish director and Toronto regular Lone Scherfig (An Education) tackles the badly behaved British aristocracy in Laura Wade's adaptation of her play Posh, about an infamous Oxford University dining club. The film premieres Saturday; HanWay handles international...
Madame Bovary
Dir: Sophie Barthes. UK-Belgium. 2014. 118minsGustave Flaubert's once scandalous 1856 novel has defeated many an experienced director from Vincente Minnelli to Claude Chabrol. In only her second feature, Cold Souls director Sophie Barthes wrestles a...
Michael Winterbottom, the Face of an Angel
Michael Winterbottom talks about his genre-bending new film inspired loosely by the Amanda Knox-Meredith Kercher case.Michael Winterbottom looks at the media frenzy surrounding the Amanda Knox-Meredith Kercher case as a very loose jumping off point for...
Mirage
Dir: Szabolcs Hajdu. Hungary-Slovakia. 2014. 90minsIf Miklos Jancso had made western classic Shane, it might have looked something like Mirage (Delibab). As beautiful as it mysterious, the film unfolds in the vast prairie landscapes of Hungary. The land...
Mongrel Int'l Boards History's Future
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International has added a late addition to its Toronto slate in the form of History's Future from installations artist Fiona Tan.The Family Affair Films and Rohfilm project is a part-fiction, part-documentary essay about the world...
Pantelion, Eugenio Derbez Strike Pact
Instructions Not Included director Eugenio Derbez has struck an exclusive first-look deal with that film's distributor Pantelion Films.Derbez and his new 3Pas Studios, the partnership he formed with former Pantelion president of production Benjamin Odell,...
Soda, Thunderbird Kick off Merger with Riot Club Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Soda brand continues to exist as the company expands to include Canadian distribution, starting with The Riot Club.Canadian production company Thunderbird has acquired UK indie distributor Soda Pictures in a deal that will see Soda grow its...
Sunshine Superman
Dir/scr: Marah Strauch. US-Norway-UK. 2014. 102minsA portrait of Carl Boenish, a California man who in the 1970s and '80s popularised skydiving and founded the BASE jumping movement, Sunshine Superman captures both the awe and terror of the sport he...
The Dead Lands
Dir: Toa Fraser. New Zealand-UK. 2014. 108minsAn energetic, glossy and exciting New Zealand Maori action-adventure, Toa Fraser's The Dead Lands (Hautoa) is a fast-paced tale of honour and revenge that doesn't shirk when it comes to offering up bone-crunching...
The Dinner Wins Europa Cinemas Venice Label
Ivano de Matteo's Italian film to receive promotional support from Europa Cinemas.Italian film The Dinner (i Nostri Ragazzi), directed by Ivano de Matteo has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Venice Days section of the Venice...
The Grump
Dir: Dome Karukoski. Finland. 2014. 104minsAudiences who savoured the comic odyssey of The One Hundred Year Old Man are equally likely to embrace the journey of another elderly rascal in The Grump (Mielensapahoittaja), a sweetly sentimental adaptation...
The Judge
Dir: David Dobkin. US. 2014. 141minsA nicely intense family drama with a dash of courtroom action thrown in for good measure, Toronto Film Festival opener The Judge is given gravitas and emotional heft by suitably driven performances by Robert Downey...
Tokyo Tribe
Dir: Sion Sono. Japan. 2014. 116minsTokyo Tribe is a shot of adrenaline that only offers a sporadic boost of energy. Ambitiously trying to mix the hip-hop musical with the gangland action epic, the latest from gonzo filmmaker Sion Sono seems destined...
Versatile Adds la Patota to TIFF Slate
EXCLUSIVE: Other new additions include Jerome Bonnell's A Trois, On Y Va.Paris-based sales agent Versatile has picked up Argentine Santiago Mitre's social thriller La Patota about an idealistic lawyer who is attacked by a gang while doing charity work...
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