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Articles from September 2014

A Second Chance
Dir: Susanne Bier. Denmark. 2014. 105minsIf the original premise, that of switching a dead baby for a live one to appease a grieving mother, is acceptable, then Susanne Bier's new film might have a chance. But since only few will go along with this notion...
Big Game
Dir: Jalmari Helander. Finland-Germany. 2014. 90minsThe legacy of America's first black president needs saving, especially when Air Force One is blown out of the sky over Finland's wilderness. Who could have imagined that the saving force would be a...
Black and White
Dir/scr: Mike Binder. US. 2014. 121minsFor most of its running time, Black And White is a flawed but sensitive and unassuming effort to examine race through the prism of a white, well-to-do lawyer fighting for the custody of his black granddaughter over...
Boo Ji-Young, Cart
Boo Ji-young's sophomore feature Cart is a topical tale of workers at a big-box retail store.A graduate of the Korean Film Academy of Arts, she was a director's assistant to Hong Sang-soo on Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors and a script supervisor...
Burying the Ex
Dir: Joe Dante. US. 2014. 99minsIt comes to something when The Hole 3D stands as your late-career benchmark. Alas, veteran US commercial genre director Joe Dante fails to match up even to the eminently attainable standard of that inoffensive 2009 outing...
Industry Awaits TIFF Deals
UPDATED: A torpid start to the market coupled with concerns over the desirability of acquisition titles has left buyers looking expectantly towards a possible $10m-plus deal for Top Five.By Sunday evening a growing number of buyers were circling Chris...
Jalmari Helander & Onni Tommila, Big Game
Daniel Horowitz talks to the Finnish director and lead star of Midnight Madness premiere Big Game.Finnish director Jalmari Helander follows his hit genre film Rare Exports with action thriller Big Game, starring Samuel L Jackson as a US president who...
Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, Spring
The directing duo talk about their second feature, which premiered in the Vanguard section at Toronto.Spring centres on Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) who, when his mother dies, decides to head to Italy where he meets Louise (Nadia Hilker), a beautiful young...
Lucy Rules Int'l BO on $23.3M
Lucy stayed on top of the international chart thanks to an estimated $23.3m weekend haul that boosted the tally to $143.7m through Universal and $192.2m including EuropaCorp markets.UNIVERSAL PICTURES INTERNATIONALThe Scarlet Johansson thriller arrived...
Nimbus Scares Up Ghost Story
EXCLUSIVE: Producer Lars Bredo Rahbek of Copenhagen's Nimbus Film, whose Itsi Bitsi screened premiered at TIFF last night, is now developing a big-screen adaptation of In Search of a Distant Voice by author Taichi Yamada.The film's setting will be transplanted...
Ning Hao Talks Breakup Buddies
Toronto: The Chinese director says he loves absurdity more than black humour.Chinese director Ning Hao loves absurdity. Just don't call his newest film a black comedy. Breakup Buddies, which plays at TIFF 2014 in the Special Presentations programme (and...
Pawn Sacrifice
Dir: Edward Zwick. US. 2013. 114minsPawn Sacrifice, Edward Zwick's portrait of Bobby Fischer at the height of his fame, won't put the film audience behind chessboards, but it takes us back to one of the oddest prodigies of the 1970s. The gripping period...
Stampfer and Vogelbacher Launch IFP
IFP will advise international film and TV productions "in the areas of film financing and the provision of technical services with a special focus on Germany".Former Deutsche Bank executive Bernie Stampfer and outgoing Bavaria Film Partners (BFP) managing...
The Cobbler
Dir: Thomas McCarthy. US. 2014. 99minsThe Cobbler is a film of at least two distressingly different parts. Writer/director Thomas McCarthy begins by taking an ingenious, once-in-a-generation, Groundhog Day-style premise and embroidering it into a sweet...
The Equalizer
Dir: Antoine Fuqua. US. 2014. 131minsIf there is anyone out there you might want to hep you out when you are in a pickle with Russian mobsters, it might be Denzel Washington's everyman hero with a secret and rather violent past. Antoine Fuqua's violent...
The Face of an Angel
Dir: Michael Winterbottom. UK. 2014. 100minsThe grim fascination surrounding the notorious and much-reported killing of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia in 2007 and subsequent court cases involving Amanda Knox will help provoke interest in...
The New Girlfriend
Dir/scr: Francois Ozon. France. 2014. 105minsFrancois Ozon is never less than smooth, elegant and fashionable and his new film confirms it once again. He is also known for exploring various sexual diversions in a risqué but decorous manner, never exceeding...
Unifrance Eyes Growth
Boom in French films at Toronto complements the expansion plans of French promotion agency Unifrance.French cinema is enjoying a boom at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, which hosts a record 41 French films.French features make up around...
Venice Market Finds Niche with Gap Financing Market
Several projects in Venice's inaugural European Gap-Financing Co-Production Market are on the verge of completing their financing.Venice industry head Pascal Diot expressed satisfaction at the progress achieved at this year's third edition of the Venice...
Viggo Mortensen, Far from Men
In David Oelhoffen's Far From Men, Viggo Mortensen plays a reclusive teacher who helps a villager accused of commiting a murder escape into the mountains during the Algerian war. The film premiered in Venice and plays in Toronto starting Tuesday.Even...
Weaving in Talks for Gandhi's Bird Eclipse
EXCLUSIVE: Hugo Weaving is in talks to star in fantasy period drama Bird Eclipse, the next project from Ship Of Theseus director Anand Gandhi.Ship Of Theseus star Sohum Shah will also star in Bird Eclipse, which has been selected for Ontario Media Development...
While We're Young
Dir/scr: Noah Baumbach. US. 2014. 94minsYouth is more intoxicating and dangerously alluring the second time around in While We're Young, a cautionary comedy that touches upon the regrets and anxieties that come with growing older. Writer/director Noah...
X + Y
Dir: Morgan Matthews. UK. 2014. 111minsBAFTA-winning documentary director Morgan Matthews proves to just as adept with drama in X + Y. His assured fiction feature debut delicately brings out all the emotions in a heartwarming story that celebrates the...
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