2017 Toronto International Film Festival: Masters, World Cinema, Wavelengths, and more Gala and Special Presentations announced

August 15, 2017

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The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) runs from September 7 to September 17, 2017. Festival ticket packages can be purchased online, by phone (416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433), or in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Here are the latest movies and programming to be announced for TIFF 2017:

Gala Presentations

55 Steps | Bille August, Germany/Belgium
World Premiere

Chappaquiddick | John Curran, USA
World Premiere

Hochelaga, Terre des âmes | François Girard, Canada
World Premiere

My Days of Mercy | Tali Shalom-Ezer, USA
World Premiere

The Leisure Seeker | Paolo Virzì, Italy
International Premiere

Three Christs | Jon Avnet, USA
World Premiere

Special Presentations

The Captain (Der Hauptmann) | Robert Schwentke, Germany/France/Poland
World Premiere

The Conformist (冰之下) | Cai Shangjun, China
North American Premiere

The Cured | David Freyne, Ireland/United Kingdom/France
World Premiere

The Escape | Dominic Savage, United Kingdom
World Premiere

The Florida Project | Sean Baker, USA
North America Premiere

Foxtrot | Samuel Maoz, Israel/Germany/France/Switzerland
Canadian Premiere

I Love You, Daddy | Louis C.K., USA
World Premiere

In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) | Fatih Akin, Germany/France
North American Premiere

Journey’s End | Saul Dibb, United Kingdom
World Premiere

The Killing of a Sacred Deer | Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/United Kingdom
North American Premiere

Kodachrome | Mark Raso, Canada/USA
World Premiere

Lean On Pete | Andrew Haigh, USA/United Kingdom
Canadian Premiere

Loving Pablo | Fernando León de Aranoa, Spain
North American Premiere

Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D | John Landis, USA
North American Premiere

Preceded By
Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller | Jerry Kramer, USA
North American Premiere

Manhunt | John Woo, Hong Kong/China
North American Premiere

Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House | Peter Landesman, USA
World Premiere

Marrowbone | Sergio G. Sánchez, Spain
World Premiere

Motorrad | Vicente Amorim, Brazil
World Premiere

Molly’s Game | Aaron Sorkin, USA
World Premiere

The Motive (El Autor) | Manuel Martín Cuenca, Spain
World Premiere

Samui Song (Mai Mee Samui Samrab Ter) | Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thailand/Germany/Norway
North American Premiere

Number One (Numéro Une) | Tonie Marshall, France
World Premiere

On Chesil Beach | Dominic Cooke, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Outside In | Lynn Shelton, USA
World Premiere

Papillon | Michael Noer, Serbia/Montenegro/Malta
World Premiere

Racer and the Jailbird | Michaël R. Roskam, Belgium/France
North American Premiere

Radiance (Hikari) | Naomi Kawase, Japan/France
North America Premiere

Redoubtable | Michel Hazanavicius, France
North America Premiere

Three Peaks (Drei Zinnen) | Jan Zabeil, Germany/Italy
North American Premiere

Unicorn Store | Brie Larson, USA
World Premiere

Who We Are Now | Matthew Newton, USA
World Premiere

You Disappear (Du Forsvinder) | Peter Schønau Fog, Denmark/Sweden
International Premiere

Youth (Fāng Huá) | Feng Xiaogang, China
World Premiere


Dark | Germany, 2 episodes | Showrunners: Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese
Director: Baran bo Odar
World Premiere

The Deuce | USA, 2 episodes | Showrunners: David Simon, George Pelecanos
Directors: Michelle MacLaren, Ernest Dickerson
Episode 1, Canadian Premiere
Episode 2, World Premiere

The Girlfriend Experience | Season 2, USA, 4 episodes | Showrunners and directors: Amy Seimetz, Lodge Kerrigan
World Premiere

Under Pressure | Brazil, 2 episodes | Showrunners: Andrucha Waddington, Jorge Furtado
Directors: Andrucha Waddington, Mini Kerti
International Premiere

Alias Grace | Canada/USA, 2 episodes | Showrunner: Sarah Polley
Director: Mary Harron
World Premiere
*Previously announced with the Canadian lineup


The Day After (Geu-hu) | Hong Sangsoo, South Korea
North American Premiere

Faces Places (Visages Villages) | Agnès Varda, JR, France
Canadian Premiere

First Reformed | Paul Schrader, USA
Canadian Premiere

Happy End | Michael Haneke, France/Austria/Germany
North American Premiere

The House by the Sea (La Villa) | Robert Guédiguian, France
North American Premiere

Loveless (Nelyubov) | Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia/France/Belgium/Germany
Canadian Premiere

The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) | Aki Kaurismäki, Finland/Germany
Canadian Premiere

Our People Will Be Healed | Alanis Obomsawin, Canada
World Premiere
*Previously announced with the Canadian feature lineup

Rainbow – A Private Affair (Una questione privata) | Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani, Italy/France
World Premiere

The Third Murder (Sandome no Satsujin) | Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan
North American Premiere

Zama | Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain/France/Netherlands/Mexico/Portugal/USA
North American Premiere

Contemporary World Cinema

A Ciambra | Jonas Carpignano, Italy/France/USA/Germany
International Premiere

A Sort of Family (Una Especie de Familia) | Diego Lerman, Argentina/Brazil/France/Poland
World Premiere

Alanis | Anahí Berneri, Argentina
World Premiere

Ana, mon amour | Călin Peter Netzer, Romania/Germany/France
North American Premiere

Angels Wear White (Jia Nian Hua) | Vivian Qu, China/France
North American Premiere

April’s Daughter (Las Hijas de Abril) | Michel Franco, Mexico
North American Premiere

Arrhythmia | Boris Khlebnikov, Russia/Finland/Germany
North American Premiere

Beyond Words | Urszula Antoniak, Netherlands/Poland
World Premiere

Birds Without Names (Kanojo ga Sono Na wo Shiranai Toritachi) | Kazuya Shiraishi, Japan
World Premiere

Breath | Simon Baker, Australia
World Premiere

Dark is the Night (Madilim ang Gabi) | Adolfo Alix Jr., Philippines
World Premiere

Directions (Posoki) | Stephan Komandarev, Bulgaria/Germany/Macedonia
North American Premiere

Disappearance (Verdwijnen) | Boudewijn Koole, Netherlands/Norway
International Premiere

Euthanizer (Armomurhaaja) | Teemu Nikki, Finland
World Premiere

Félicité | Alain Gomis, France/Senegal/Belgium/Germany/Lebanon
North American Premiere

Good Favour | Rebecca Daly, Ireland/Belgium/Denmark/Netherlands
World Premiere

Hannah | Andrea Pallaoro, Italy/Belgium/France
North American Premiere

Insyriated | Philippe Van Leeuw, Belgium/France/Lebanon
Canadian Premiere

Life and nothing more | Antonio Méndez Esparza, Spain/USA
World Premiere

Longing (Gaagua) | Savi Gabizon, Israel
North American Premiere

Looking for Oum Kulthum | Shirin Neshat, Germany/Austria/Italy/Lebanon/Qatar
North American Premiere

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak) | Mouly Surya, Indonesia/France/Malaysia/Thailand
North American Premiere

Miami | Zaida Bergroth, Finland
International Premiere

Motorrad | Vicente Amorim, Brazil
World Premiere

Nina | Juraj Lehotský, Slovakia/Czech Republic
North American Premiere

On Body and Soul | Ildikó Enyedi, Hungary
North American Premiere

Samui Song (Mai Mee Samui Samrab Ter) | Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thailand/Germany/Norway
North American Premiere

Sergio & Sergei (Sergio & Serguéi) | Ernesto Daranas Serrano, Spain/Cuba
World Premiere

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (Le Grand Méchant Renard et autres contes) | Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert, France
North American Premiere

The Insult (L’Insulte) | Ziad Doueiri, France/Lebanon
Canadian Premiere

The Journey (Al Rahal) | Mohamed Jabarah Al-daradji, Iraq/United Kingdom/France/Qatar/Netherlands
World Premiere

The Lodgers | Brian O’Malley, Ireland
World Premiere

The Number | Khalo Matabane, South Africa
World Premiere

The Royal Hibiscus Hotel | Ishaya Bako, Nigeria
World Premiere

The Summit (La Cordillera) | Santiago Mitre, Argentina/Spain/France
North American Premiere

Tulipani, Love, Honour and a Bicycle | Mike van Diem, Netherlands/Italy/Canada
World Premiere

Under the Tree (Undir Trénu) | Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, Iceland/Denmark/Poland/Germany
International Premiere

Veronica (Verónica) | Paco Plaza, Spain
International Premiere

Wajib | Annemarie Jacir, Palestine/France/Germany/Colombia/Norway/Qatar/United Arab Emirates
North American Premiere

Western | Valeska Grisebach, Germany/Bulgaria/Austria
North American Premiere

2017 New York Film Festival: main slate announced

August 8, 2017

New York Film Festival 2017

The following is a press release from the New York Film Festival:

The 55th New York Film Festival’s Main Slate has been announced, featuring a selection of 25 films from around the globe.

NYFF Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said, “Every year, I’m asked about the themes in our Main Slate line-up, and every year I say the same thing: we choose the best films we see, and the common themes and preoccupations arise only after the fact. As I look at this slate of beautiful work, I could just make a series of simple observations: that these films come from all over the globe; that there is a nice balance of filmmakers known and unknown to many here in New York; that the overall balance between frankness and artistry holds me in awe; that there are two gala selections with the word ‘wonder’ in their titles; and that eight of the 25 films were directed by women.”

This year’s Main Slate showcases films honored at Cannes including Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or–winner “The Square”; Robin Campillo’s “BPM,” awarded the Cannes Critics’ Prize; and Agnès Varda & JR’s “Faces Places,” which took home the Golden Eye. From Berlin, Aki Kaurismäki’s Silver Bear–winner “The Other Side of Hope” and Agnieszka Holland’s Alfred Bauer Prize–winner “Spoor” mark the returns of two New York Film Festival veterans, while Luca Guadagnino’s acclaimed “Call Me by Your Name” will be his NYFF debut. Also returning are Arnaud Desplechin, Noah Baumbach, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Claire Denis, Philippe Garrel, Lucrecia Martel, and Hong Sang-soo, who has two features in the lineup this year, while filmmakers new to the festival include Sean Baker, Greta Gerwig, Serge Bozon, Dee Rees, Chloé Zhao, Joachim Trier, Alain Gomis, and Valeska Grisebach.

As previously announced, the NYFF55 Opening Night is Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying,” Todd Haynes’s “Wonderstruck” is Centerpiece, and Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” will close the festival.

The 55th New York Film Festival Main Slate

Opening Night
Last Flag Flying
Dir. Richard Linklater

Dir. Todd Haynes

Closing Night
Wonder Wheel
Dir. Woody Allen

Before We Vanish
Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa

BPM (Beats Per Minute)/120 battements par minute
Dir. Robin Campillo

Bright Sunshine In/Un beau soleil intérieur
Dir. Claire Denis

Call Me by Your Name
Dir. Luca Guadagnino

The Day After
Dir. Hong Sang-soo

Faces Places/Visages villages
Dir. Agnès Varda & JR

Dir. Alain Gomis

The Florida Project
Dir. Sean Baker

Ismael’s Ghosts/Les fantômes d’Ismaël
Dir. Arnaud Desplechin

Lady Bird
Dir. Greta Gerwig

Lover for a Day/L’Amant d’un jour
Dir. Philippe Garrel

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Dir. Noah Baumbach

Mrs. Hyde/Madame Hyde
Dir. Serge Bozon

Dir. Dee Rees

On the Beach at Night Alone
Dir. Hong Sang-soo

The Other Side of Hope/Toivon tuolla puolen
Dir. Aki Kaurismäki

The Rider
Dir. Chloé Zhao

Dir. Agnieszka Holland, in cooperation with Kasia Adamik

The Square
Dir. Ruben Östlund

Dir. Joachim Trier

Dir. Valeska Grisebach

Dir. Lucrecia Martel

NYFF Special Events, Spotlight on Documentary, Revivals, Convergence, and Projections sections, as well as filmmaker conversations and panels, will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 18-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring works from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The selection committee, chaired by Jones, also includes Dennis Lim, FSLC Director of Programming; Florence Almozini, FSLC Associate Director of Programming; and Amy Taubin, Contributing Editor, Film Comment and Sight & Sound.

Tickets for the 55th New York Film Festival will go on sale September 10. Become a member by August 16 to get discounts and early ticket access at NYFF. VIP passes and packages are on sale now and offer one of the earliest opportunities to purchase tickets and secure seats at some of the festival’s biggest events. Learn more here.

2017 Fantastic Fest: first wave of films announced

August 8, 2017

Fantastic Fest 2017 LOGO

The following is a press release from Fantastic Fest:

Fantastic Fest, Alamo Drafthouse’s annual descent into chaos and carnage, returns for its 13th year, screaming “Yalla!” at full throttle. Loosely translated as “Let’s go,” this year’s rally cry is informed by the Arabic theme that will permeate the festival as it once again delves deep into the corners of the world’s best cinema.
“I’m proud to say that this is truly lucky thirteen for us,” said Tim League, festival founder and Alamo Drafthouse CEO. “We have another ferocious slate celebrating new and returning filmmakers from all over the world. It’s again an honor and privilege to welcome them and their brilliant, brave work.”
Kicking off proceedings with this year’s opening night film is Martin McDonagh in attendance to present the US premiere of his beautifully comic and delightfully dark tale of loss and redemption, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI. S. Craig Zahler makes his triumphant return with the US premiere of 2018’s most hyper-violent slice of brute force, BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99. Not to be outmuscled, Zahler’s bringing backup in the form of the thunderous trifecta of Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson and Udo Kier. And Barry Keoghan marks his first Fantastic Fest, sharing Yorgos Lanthimos’ savage horror epic THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER for the first time in the US.
Embracing cinema spanning from Egypt to Lebanon to Iraq to Afghanistan, the festival turns an eye to celebrate the best of the region. Highlights include Egypt’s rarely seen Rocky Horror Picture Show adaptation ANYAB and the International Premiere of the box office smash AL ASLEYEEN (aka THE ORIGINALS) directed by Marwan Hamed. “It’s truly a joy to be able to showcase a variety of Arabic genre films never before seen in the US to shatter preconceptions.” said Fantastic Fest Creative Director Evrim Ersoy. “Cinema from this region is as exciting, inventive and as wild as anything we’ve ever seen and we’re here to prove it. It’s going to be a wild ride! Yalla, Habibi!”
Fantastic Fest’s global reach isn’t relegated exclusively to Arabic nations, as it has once again scoured the corners of the globe to bring the best cinema to Austin, TX. Sweden is well represented with Ruben Ostlund’s brilliantly sardonic THE SQUARE; Japan’s master of malevolence, Takashi Miike, hits a bloody century with his 100th feature, BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL; Scotland flies its flesh-eating flag with John McPhail’s zombie musical, ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE; and Austrian Oscar winner Stefan Ruzowitsky delivers a brutal and relentless ride with COLD HELL.
Maine’s finest son, Stephen King, is gorgeously represented with two standouts from Netflix’s burgeoning genre slate. GERALD’S GAME receives its US premiere along with the welcome return of Fantastic Fest alumni Mike Flanagan, who delivers a chilling adaptation of one of King’s most beloved bedside tales starring Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood. And Fantastic Fest first-timer Zak Hilditch will be in attendance to share his perfectly precise vision of King’s uber-creepy novella, 1922, for its world premiere.
Sticking with the theme of world premieres, this year’s program features a selective set of titles from first-time feature filmmakers whose wildly impressive debuts belie the depth of their filmographies. Spanish short master Yayo Herrero excels with his fantasy horror, MAUS; Bradley Buecker explores wasted youth and packs a visceral punch from the wrong side of the tracks with JUVENILE; and Lukas Feigelfeld shocks with his atmospheric exploration of a medieval hell in HAGAZUSSA – A HEATHEN’S CURSE.
Fantastic Fest alumni are well represented this year as DAN DREAM reunites KLOWN’s dynamic duo of Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam for an electric road trip back to the ’80s; GENERATION B sees WASTE LAND director Pieter Van Hees return with a mad comedy; and RON GOOSSENS: LOW-BUDGET STUNTMAN delivers the warm embrace of directors Steffen Haars and Flip van der Kuil, whose previous NEW KIDS features and BROs BEFORE HOs crushed at previous editions of Fantastic Fest.
For those unable to make the pilgrimage to Austin this September, there’s still reason to rejoice as we’ll be realizing a long-brewing strategy of bringing Fantastic Fest and its finely curated programming to three Alamo Drafthouse flagship theaters over the weekend of September 29th. Fans of the best in genre films in San Francisco, Brooklyn and Denver will all feature an exclusive slate of Fantastic Fest titles. Tickets and badges are scheduled to go on sale in the coming weeks. For more information go to fantasticfest.com
USA, 2017
World Premiere, 101 mins
Director – Zak Hilditch
1922 is based on Stephen King’s 131-page story telling of a man’s confession of his wife’s murder. The tale is told from from the perspective of Wilfred James, the story’s unreliable narrator who admits to killing his wife, Arlette, in Nebraska. But after he buries her body, he finds himself terrorized by rats and, as his life begins to unravel, he becomes convinced his wife is haunting him.
USA, 2017
Regional Premiere, 91 min
Director – Alexandre O. Philippe
This masterful documentary focuses on a single aspect of Hitchcock’s PSYCHO to demonstrate the master’s technical ability in storytelling. With expert interviews and rollicking analysis, 78/52 sets a new bar in how to examine film overall.
Scotland, 2017
World Premiere, 107 min
Director – John McPhail
Anna’s life is dominated by the typical concerns of her youthful peers until the Christmas season in her small town brings not Santa, but an outbreak of the undead in this genre-mashing holiday horror musical. Yep. Musical.
Egypt, 1981
Repertory, 100 min
Director – Mohammed Shebl
ANYAB (FANGS) is an oddity worth rediscovering! An Egyptian take on THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, this eye-popping musical of madness manages to cram horror, science fiction and even social commentary together while charming with its outrageous costumes and action.
Japan, 2017
US Premiere, 141 min
Director – Takashi Miike
Takashi Miike’s 100th journey is an adaptation of the BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL manga. Manji, a samurai who cannot die, crosses paths with Rin Asano, a young girl whose parents were killed. Manji swears to help Rin Asano avenge her parents’ deaths.
USA, 2017
US Premiere, 132 min
Director – S. Craig Zahler
S. Craig Zahler (BONE TOMAHAWK) returns with his sophomore feature, BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99. An exhilarating exercise in analog violence, CELL BLOCK follows the brutal exploits of a former boxer who finds himself incarcerated after a drug deal goes wrong. Trapped in a maximum security facility, he must fight to stay alive and to protect those he loves.
Germany, 2017
US Premiere, 91 min
Director – Stefan Ruzowitzsky
A young Turkish woman living in Vienna feels increasingly lonely after she witnesses a murder and finds herself next on the killer’s agenda in this smart and gritty thriller from the director of ANATOMY and the Oscar-winning THE COUNTERFEITERS.
Denmark, 2017
US Premiere, 97 min
Director – Jesper Rofelt
KLOWN duo Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam reunite for a true-life tale of epic failure. Witness the non-arrival of the Danish electric car!
USA, 2017
Texas Premiere, 111 min
Directors – Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead
When brothers Justin and Aaron return to the cult that they escaped from ten years ago, they encounter a web of secrets and mysteries that threatens to tear them apart.
Belgium, 2017
ep. 1-4 = North American Premiere; ep. 5-6 = World Premiere, 210 min
Director – Pieter Van Hees
The generation gap has never been wider than it is in Pieter Van Hees’ deliriously absurd satire, pitting old generation money against Millennial apathy – and the occasional naked anarchist – following Belgium’s economic collapse.
USA, 2017
US Premiere, 103 mins
Director – Mike Flanagan
Flanagan unites with master of the macabre Stephen King for his cinematic interpretation of King’s beloved GERALD’S GAME. Starring Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood, GERALD’S GAME delivers pitch-perfect performances in a faithful adaptation where the horrors of the mind are much worse than what’s in front of you.
Germany, 2017
World Premiere, 102 min
Director – Lukas Feigelfeld
Set in the 15th Century in the Austrian Alps, Lukas Feigelfeld’s HAGAZUSSA takes us back to a dark period in which even the remotest parts of Europe suffered from the paranoia and superstition of the time.
Cambodia, 2017
US Premiere, 92 min
Director – Jimmy Henderson
Cambodia’s traditional martial art of bokator is unleashed in all its bone crunching fury in this action-packed tale of police trapped in the midst of a raging prison riot.
USA, 2017
World Premiere, 87 min
Director – Bradley Buecker
The emotionally powerful story of Billy, an angry youth who spends his evenings stealing cars with best friend Mikey while attempting to cultivate a stable relationship with his girlfriend Jules.
Ireland / United Kingdom, 2017
US Premiere, 120 min
Director – Yorgos Lanthimos
The life of a brilliant surgeon is thrown into disarray when his friendship with a bizarre teenager threatens the lives of his entire family. Faced with a frightening choice, the man will be forced to assess all that he’s ever done.
USA, 2017
US Premiere, 104 min
Director – Steve Mitchell
Featuring interviews from some of the biggest names in genre cinema including Joe Dante, Robert Forster and Fred Williamson, this documentary tells the story of one of the best and hardest working exploitation filmmakers.
Spain, 2017
World Premiere, 90 min
Director – Yayo Herrero
Yayo Herrero’s directorial debut is a couple’s nightmare journey into the heart of darkness. A superlative horror parable, this shocking film is an indictment of modern history, war and the difficulties of reconciliation. It is a story for our times.
USA, 2017
Texas Premiere, 107 min
Director – Marc Meyers
This is the story of Jeffrey Dahmer, a high school loner whose life would shape up to be something far more frightening than anyone could have imagined.
Egypt, 2017
International Premiere, 125 mins
Director – Marwan Hamed
Samir works for a bank, provides for his ever-demanding family and dreams of being in an Egyptian talent show. When he’s unexpectedly fired, Samir finds himself recruited to be part of a secret society and finds a darker side to life in Egypt.
The Netherlands, 2017
North American Premiere, 78 min
Directors – Steffen Haars & Flip van der Kuil
The latest from the comedic team behind the NEW KIDS films and BROs BEFORE HOs. Ron Goossens is totally shitfaced. Only by working as a movie stuntman and bedding the hottest actress in the Netherlands can Ron save his marriage.
Sweden, 2017
US Premiere, 150 min
Director – Ruben Östlund
An art museum director’s life becomes a comedy of errors when trying to put together his latest exhibit in FORCE MAJEURE director Ruben Ostlund’s latest, which won the Palme D’Or at this year’s Cannes.
USA, 2017
Regional Premiere, 102 min
Director – Kevin Phillips
A split-second act of violence forever changes the lives of two ’90s kids. Now they must cope with both the fallout of that moment and the pressures of high school in this clever and bloody coming-of-age thriller.
USA, 2017
US PREMIERE, 110 min
Director – Martin McDonagh
A grieving mother takes drastic measures in an attempt to catch her daughter’s killer. Challenging the police to solve the case, she posts a series of billboards that threaten the fabric of rural, Missouri.
Germany, 2017
US Premiere, 90 min
Director – Jakob Lass
Failing to crack the ranks as a would-be cop, Maggie begrudgingly settles for a security guard job until she encounters Tiger, a fierce young woman whose rebellious antics leave Maggie questioning which side of the law she truly belongs on.
Australia, 2016
North American Premiere, 87 min
Directors – Aaron McCann & Dominic Pearce
Aliens! Ninjas! Robots! Enormous egos! Get ready to enter the world of TOP KNOT DETECTIVE! Possibly the greatest cult TV series you’ve never heard of, TOP KNOT DETECTIVE and its creator Takashi Tawagoto come to life in this gonzo documentary.
2ND HALF Badges for Fantastic Fest 2017 are available for purchase here.

2017 Sundance Next Fest: Ava Duvernay, America Ferrera among the guest speakers

July 27, 2017

Sundance NEXT Fest
Sundance NEXT Fest at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles ( Photo by Ryan Kobane/Sundance Institute)

The following is a press release from Sundance NEXT Fest:

World premiere music videos, conversations between film legends and up-and-coming creatives and three female comedians have been added to the lineup for Sundance NEXT FEST, August 10 to August 13, 2017, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. They join music acts like Lizzo, Electric Guest and Sleigh Bells, the Los Angeles premieres of some of the Sundance Film Festival’s most talked-about films and NEXT FEST After Dark, Presented by Acura, featuring a 25th anniversary screening of Reservoir Dogs on restored 35mm and ceremony honoring Quentin Tarantino. More info, tickets ($15-35) and ticket packages are at sundance.org/next.


Ava DuVernay (“13th,” “Selma”) will join a conversation, presented by FilmL.A., Inc., with director Justin Chon after Saturday’s 4:00 p.m. screening of Gook. Also on Saturday, Gente-fied executive producer America Ferrera, director/creator/co-writer Marvin Lemus, co-writer Linda Yvette Chavez and producer Aaliyah Williams will be in conversation following the noon screening of all seven episodes of the series.

On Sunday, Emmy Award winner Larry Wilmore will join directors Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles and the subject of Dina for a conversation following the afternoon screening. Peter Bogdanovich (“The Last Picture Show”) will be in conversation with filmmaker Alex Ross Perry following Sunday’s 4:00 p.m. screening of “Golden Exits.”


Highlighting the connection between music and movies, three brand-new music videos have been added to the lineup and will screen before films.

“Temptation” — Joey Bada$$

Directed by Nathan R. Smith. A little girl journeys through Brooklyn as an omniscient Joey Bada$$ protects her from the alluring temptations she encounters. The track is featured on Joey Bada$$’ latest album, All-Amerikkkan Bada$$. The music video will premiere Saturday, August 12 with the 4:00 p.m. screening of “Gook.”

“Do It, Try It” — M83

Written and directed by David Wilson. A family outing to a burger joint sparks an argument between the parents whilst two children draw pictures to entertain themselves, taking the viewer into their imaginations. This four-minute adventure of mixed media film, fusing live action and hand-drawn animation, premieres Sunday, August 13 with the noon screening of “Dina.”

“Fingers” — Hundred Waters

Directed by Allie Avital. Fingers is an eerie meditation on the dissolution of a relationship featuring 10,000 live insects.The music video will make its world premiere on Sunday, August 13 with the 4:00 p.m. screening of G”olden Exits.”


Kate Berlant will host the screening of “Lemon” and performance by Lizzo on Friday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m. Berlant has been described by The New York Times as a “magnetic improvisational comic” and named by Time Out New York as one of New York City’s “Top Three Comics to Watch.” She is also one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch.”

Kate Micucci will host Saturday‘s 8:00 p.m. screening of “Bitch” and performance by Sleigh Bells. Micucci can be seen in “The Little Hours” with Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Dave Franco, Molly Shannon and John C. Reilly. Kate is co-creator and co-star of the group Garfunkel and Oates, with Riki Lindhome. They were one of Variety’s comics to watch in 2010 and their two-woman show regularly sold out Largo and UCB.

Natasha Leggero will host Sunday’s 8:00 p.m. screening of “L.A. Times” and performance by Electric Guest. Leggero has built her body of work with numerous roles on prominent television series including NBC’s “Community,” FX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Arrested Development,” Comedy Central’s “Reno 911” and “Drunk History,” ABC’s “Suburgatory,” the sketch comedy “Key and Peele,” “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” “Chelsea Lately” and “The Tonight Show,” among many others.


NEXT DOOR, an outdoor social hub next to the Theatre, returns to Sundance NEXT FEST. Attendees can access with their tickets before or after screenings to mingle and enjoy drinks from Hochstadter’s, Stella Artois and wineries from the Santa Ynez Valley, samples from Califia Farms, experience an Acura NSX Virtual Reality test drive, participate in games from Allbirds and get your questions answered at the Los Angeles Times Ask a Reporter booth.


The weekend also includes a free panel on editing a film using Premiere Pro sponsored by Adobe. More info at sundance.org/next

Sundance NEXT FEST supporters include: Principal Sponsors – Acura and Adobe; Major Sponsors – Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye, and Stella Artois®; Supporting Sponsors – Allbirds, Beachside, Califia Farms, Dolby Laboratories, Inc., FilmL.A., Inc., The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Utah Office of Tourism and Film, and Visit the Santa Ynez Valley; and Media Sponsors – LA WEEKLY, Los Angeles Times, Mashable and Time Out.

2017 Toronto International Film Festival: first wave of programming announced

July 25, 2017

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The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) runs from September 7 to September 17, 2017. Festival ticket packages can be purchased online, by phone (416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433), or in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Here are the first movies and programming to be announced for TIFF 2017:


Breathe | Andy Serkis, United Kingdom
World Premiere

C’est la vie! | Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, France
World Premiere

Darkest Hour | Joe Wright, United Kingdom
Canadian Premiere

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool | Paul McGuigan, United Kingdom
Canadian Premiere

Kings | Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France/Belgium
World Premiere

Long Time Running | Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Canada
World Premiere

Mary Shelley | Haifaa Al Mansour, Ireland/United Kingdom/Luxembourg/USA
World Premiere

The Mountain Between Us | Hany Abu-Assad, USA
World Premiere

Mudbound | Dee Rees, USA
International Premiere

Stronger | David Gordon Green, USA
World Premiere

Untitled Bryan Cranston/Kevin Hart Film | Neil Burger, USA
World Premiere

The Wife | Björn Runge, United Kingdom/Sweden
World Premiere

Woman Walks Ahead | Susanna White, USA
World Premiere

Special Presentations

Battle of the Sexes | Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, USA
International Premiere

BPM (Beats Per Minute) | Robin Campillo, France
North American Premiere

The Brawler | Anurag Kashyap, India
World Premiere

The Breadwinner | Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg
World Premiere

Call Me By Your Name | Luca Guadagnino, Italy/France
Canadian Premiere

Catch the Wind | Gaël Morel, France
International Premiere

The Children Act | Richard Eyre, United Kingdom
World Premiere

The Current War | Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, USA
World Premiere

Disobedience | Sebastián Lelio, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Downsizing | Alexander Payne, USA
Canadian Premiere

A Fantastic Woman | Sebastián Lelio, Chile
Canadian Premiere

First They Killed My Father | Angelina Jolie, Cambodia
Canadian Premiere

The Guardians | Xavier Beauvois, France
World Premiere

Hostiles | Scott Cooper, USA
International Premiere

The Hungry | Bornila Chatterjee, India
World Premiere

I, Tonya | Craig Gillespie, USA
World Premiere

Special Presentations Opening Film
Lady Bird | Greta Gerwig, USA
International Premiere

mother! | Darren Aronofsky, USA
North American Premiere

Novitiate | Maggie Betts, USA
International Premiere

Omerta | Hansal Mehta, India
World Premiere

Plonger | Mélanie Laurent, France
World Premiere

The Price of Success | Teddy Lussi-Modeste, France
International Premiere

Professor Marston & the Wonder Woman | Angela Robinson, USA
World Premiere

The Rider | Chloé Zhao, USA
Canadian Premiere

A Season in France | Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, France
World Premiere

The Shape of Water | Guillermo del Toro, USA
Canadian Premiere

Special Presentations Closing Film
Sheikh Jackson | Amr Salama, Egypt
World Premiere

The Square | Ruben Östlund, Sweden
North American Premiere

Submergence | Wim Wenders, France/Germany/Spain
World Premiere

Suburbicon | George Clooney, USA
North American Premiere

Thelma | Joachim Trier, Norway/Sweden/France/Denmark
International Premiere

2017 Sundance Next Fest: programming lineup announced

June 7, 2017

Marquee at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel (Photo by Ryan Kobane)

The following is a press release from Sundance Next Fest:

Sundance Next Fest takes it to the Next level with the announcement of seven films direct from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, paired with three energizing musical performances. The fest lights up Los Angeles August 10-13 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, and this year will include presentation of the Institute’s Vanguard Awards to Quentin Tarantino and Dee Rees. This marks the fifth annual Sundance Next Fest and fourth consecutive year that The Theatre at Ace Hotel has hosted the festival. Tickets ($15-$35), as well as day and weekend passes and tickets to Thursday night’s opening event, NEXT FEST After Dark, are now available at sundance.org/next. Proceeds benefit Sundance Institute’s year-round programs for independent artists.

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “This year’s weekend festival offers everything from a Sundance throwback to our first-ever Next Fest episodic screening; the perfect blend to give Angelenos a taste of our Park City Festival. A majority of these movies, filmmakers and musicians are from Los Angeles, so it’s a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate hometown talent.”

The festival reaches new heists on Thursday, August 10 with Next Fest After Dark, presented by Acura, featuring a 25th anniversary screening of Reservoir Dogs on restored 35mm and presentation of the Institute’s Vanguard Leadership Award to Quentin Tarantino. The screening is supported by Cinespia and followed by an outdoor opening night party. Reservoir Dogs debuted at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival following Tarantino’s participation in the Institute’s Directors Lab and returned to its roots with a From the Collection screening at this year’s Festival. The party will include food, drinks, games, music and more, and all proceeds benefit the nonprofit Institute’s year-round programs for independent film and theatre artists. Tarantino is the fifth recipient of this award celebrating creativity and leadership in independent film, joining the likes of journalist and film critic Roger Ebert and actress and arts advocate Glenn Close.

Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “’Reservoir Dogs’ debuted as the Festival’s most talked-about film in 1992 and 25 years later, it’s still a fresh, high-caliber thrillride, and more iconic than ever. I can’t think of a better way to kick off Sundance Next Fest than to showcase our history and what we’re all about.”

Sundance Next Fest continues on Friday with the LA premiere of absurd comedy “Lemon,” directed by Janicza Bravo, with a performance by powerhouse vocalist Lizzo. Saturday’s lineup includes: Sundance NEXT FEST’s first-ever episodic selection — a special screening of seven episodes of the comedic drama “Gente-fied,” created by Marvin Lemus; the 2017 Sundance Film Festival’s Audience Award: NEXT-winner “Gook’; and “Bitch,” starring Jason Ritter and Jaime King, paired with a performance by Sleigh Bells who just released their fourth LP, Jessica Rabbit. Sunday’s events include: the Los Angeles premieres of “Dina”, a documentary about an unconventional love story that took home the Grand Jury Prize in Park City; Alex Ross Perry’s latest film “Golden Exits”; and Michelle Morgan’s witty love letter to the city of angels, “LA Times,” accompanied by a live performance by LA-based duo Electric Guest, the band behind the hit “Dear to Me.” Additional program elements for the daytime screenings, including live Q&As with movie icons, will be announced.

Sundance alum Dee Rees, writer and director of “Pariah,” “Bessie” and “Mudbound,” will receive the Vanguard Award at Sundance Next Fest, celebrating an emerging artist with creative independence. Rees is an alumna of Sundance Screenwriters, Creative Producing and Directors Labs. She has been the recipient of Sundance Institute’s Time Warner Fellowship and Annenberg Film Fellowship and premiered two feature films at the Sundance Film Festival, Pariah in 2011 and Mudbound in 2017. The Vanguard Award includes a cash grant and mentorship from industry professionals and Institute staff. Rees will be the sixth recipient of this award; past recipients include Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”), Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) and Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”). The Vanguard Award was founded in 2011 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program and its founding director, Michelle Satter.

Next Door will be open during the festival for guests to continue the party between screenings. Adjacent to The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Next Door is an outdoor space with food, drinks, games and more. Sundance Next Fest is an extension of the popular Next section at the Sundance Film Festival.

Sundance Next Fest After Dark ticket packages, Weekender ticket packages and individual movie tickets are on sale now at sundance.org/next.

Sundance Next Fest supporters include: Principal Sponsors – Acura and Adobe; Media Sponsors – LA WEEKLY, Los Angeles Times, Mashable; and Supporting Sponsors – Allbirds, Beachside, Dolby Laboratories, Inc., FilmL.A., Inc., Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye, Stella Artois®, The Theatre at Ace Hotel, and Utah Office of Tourism and Film.

Here is the schedule for the 2017 Sundance Next Fest

Thursday, August 10

7:30 p.m. – “Reservoir Dogs”

A film still from “Reservoir Dogs” (Photo courtesy of Sundance Institute)

Reservoir Dogs / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Quentin Tarantino) — They were perfect strangers, assembled to pull off the perfect crime. Then their simple robbery explodes into a bloody ambush and the ruthless killers realize one of them is a police informant. But which one? This 25th anniversary screening will be presented on a 35mm print. Cast: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen. 25th ANNIVERSARY

Friday, August 11

8:00 p.m. – “Lemon” + Lizzo

Brett Gelman in “Lemon” (Photo by Jason McCormick, courtesy of Sundance Institute)

Lemon / U.S.A. (Director: Janicza Bravo, Screenwriters: Janicza Bravo, Brett Gelman) — Lemon: a person or thing that proves defective, imperfect, or unsatisfactory. A man whose blind girlfriend is leaving him, whose career is going nowhere and whose family is disappointed in him—Isaac Lachmann is 40. He doesn’t know how he got there. Things were supposed to work out differently. Cast: Brett Gelman, Judy Greer, Michael Cera, Nia Long, Shiri Appleby, Fred Melamed. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE

Lizzo (Photo by Jabari Jacobs)

Lizzo wields the kind of voice that’s right at home in soul, pop, hip-hop, R&B, rock and gospel. The vivacious and versatile vocalist’s impassioned delivery and dynamic range bonds the six tracks on her major label debut EP, Coconut Oil (Nice Life Recording Company/Atlantic Records). Lauded by Noisey, Entertainment Weekly, Paste, Rolling Stone, Spin, Idolator, and more, the EP boasted the hit “Good As Hell,” which was featured on the Original Soundtrack to Barbershop: The Next Cut and churned out over 7.3 million Spotify streams and 1.3 million YouTube views in less than six months.

Saturday, August 12

12:00 p.m. – “Gente-fied”

America Ferrera in “Gente-fied” (Photo courtesy of Sundance Institute)

“Gente-fied” / U.S.A. (Director, creator and co-writer: Marvin Lemus, Co-writer: Linda Yvette Chavez, Executive Producers: Charles D. King, Aaliyah Williams, America Ferrera) — Seven characters deal with the effects of change in L.A.’s Boyle Heights. Bicultural millennials and old-school business owners hustle to create spaces that celebrate their Latino identities—even while faced with rent hikes, a housing crisis, and a steady stream of outsiders threatening to gentrify their barrio. NEXT FEST will screen all seven episodes of this short-form episodic series. Cast: Edsson Morales, Alicia Sixtos, Victoria Ortiz, Yareli Arizmendi, Salvador Velez Jr, Rafael Sigler, Art Bonilla. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE

4:00 p.m. – “Gook”

Justin Chon in “Gook” (Photo by Ante Cheng, courtesy of Sundance Institute)

“Gook” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Justin Chon) — Eli and Daniel—Korean American brothers who run a shoe store in Paramount, California—form an unlikely friendship with Kamilla, an 11-year-old African American girl. As Daniel dreams of becoming a recording artist and Eli struggles to keep the store afloat, LA’s racial tensions erupt during the infamous 1992 riots. Cast: Justin Chon, Simone Baker, David So, Curtiss Cook Jr., Sang Chon, Ben Munoz. Winner of the Audience Award: NEXT at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

8:00 p.m. – “Bitch” + Sleigh Bells

Marianna Palka in “Bitch” (Photo by Armando Salas, courtesy of Sundance Institute)

“Bitch”/ U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Marianna Palka) — A woman snaps under crushing life pressures and assumes the psyche of a vicious dog. Her philandering, absentee husband is forced to become reacquainted with his four children and sister-in-law as they attempt to keep the family together during this bizarre crisis. Cast: Jason Ritter, Jaime King, Marianna Palka, Brighton Sharbino, Rio Mangini, Kingston Foster. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE

Sleigh Bells (Photo courtesy of Sleigh Bells)

Sleigh Bells wasted no time after getting off the ground in 2009, releasing three blistering records in four years. Ready for a break from the road, they took their time on their fourth LP, “Jessica Rabbit,” writing and finishing the record several times only to realize that they wanted to push themselves and the music further. The result is an intense and vulnerable record that’s highly evolved and completely uncategorizable, a major statement from a band wholly committed to advancing their dynamic, uncompromising vision. Jessica Rabbit is the first release on the band’s own record label, Torn Clean.

Sunday, August 13

12:00 p.m. – “Dina”

Dina Buno and Scott Levin in “Dina” (Photo courtesy of Sundance Institute)

“Dina” / U.S.A. (Directors: Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini) — An eccentric suburban woman and a Walmart door-greeter navigate their evolving relationship in this unconventional love story. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE. Winner of the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

4:00 p.m. – “Golden Exits” 

Emily Browning and Adam Horovitz in “Golden Exits” (Photo by Sean Price Williams, courtesy of Sundance Film Institute)

“Golden Exits” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Alex Ross Perry) — The arrival of a young foreign girl disrupts the lives and emotional balances of two Brooklyn families. Cast: Emily Browning, Adam Horovitz, Mary-Louise Parker, Lily Rabe, Jason Schwartzman, Chloë Sevigny. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE

8:00 p.m. – “L.A. Times” + Electric Guest

Dree Hemingway and Michelle Morgan in “L.A. Times” (Photo courtesy of Sundance Institute)

“L.A. Times” / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Michelle Morgan) — In this classically styled comedy of manners set in Los Angeles, sophisticated thirtysomethings try to determine whether ideal happiness exists in coupledom or if the perfectly suited couple is actually just an urban myth. Cast: Michelle Morgan, Dree Hemingway, Jorma Taccone, Kentucker Audley, Margarita Levieva, Adam Shapiro. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE

Electric Guest (Photo courtesy of Electric Guest)

Electric Guest – L.A.-based duo Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton recently released Plural on Downtown/Interscope Records. The record finds the duo at the absolute top of their game, infusing their version of electronic r&b with an even more confident, adventurous spirit than their 2012 debut album, Mondo, displayed, which Rolling Stone called “a Beck-ian journey into L.A. slacker soul, full of hooky neon jams.” MTV named Electric Guest an Artist To Watch, NME tagged them as a Band Of The Week, and they made the rounds at festivals in addition to taking late night TV by storm with performances on Letterman, Fallon, Conan and more.

2017 Cannes Film Festival: ‘The Square’ wins Palme d’Or; complete list of winners

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May 28, 2017

The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival took place from May 17 to May 28, 2017. Here is the complete list of of the event’s winners, voted for by appointed juries, and awarded at Grand Théâtre Lumière in Cannes, France, on May 28, 2017.


PALME D’OR (Best Picture)

“THE SQUARE” directed by Ruben ÖSTLUND

The Palme d’or was awarded by Juliette Binoche and Pedro Almodóvar.


Nicole Kidman

The 70th Anniversary Award was awarded by Will Smith.



“120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE (BPM – Beats Per Minute)” directed by Robin CAMPILLO

The Grand Prix was awarded by Costa-Gavras and Agnès Jaoui.


Sofia Coppola for “THE BEGUILED”

The Best Director Prize was awarded by Fan BingBing and Gabriel Yared.


Joaquin Phoenix in “YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE” directed by Lynne Ramsay

The Best Performance by an Actor Prize was awarded by Jessica Chastain.


Diane Kruger in “AUS DEM NICHTS (In The Fade)” directed by Fatih Akin

The Best Performance by an Actress Prize was awarded by Irène Jacob and Paolo Sorrentino


“NELYUBOV (Loveless)” directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

The Jury Prize was awarded by Maren Ade and Guillaume Gallienne.


Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou for “THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER”


The Best Screenplay Prize was awarded by Marisa Paredes and Park Chan-wook.



“XIAO CHENG ER YUE (A Gentle Night)” directed by Qiu Yang


“KATTO (The Ceiling)” directed by Teppo Airaksinen

The Palme d’or and the Jury Special Mention for Shorts Films were awarded by Uma Thurman and Cristian Mungiu.



“LERD (A Man of Integrity)” directed by Mohammad Rasoulof


Jasmine Trinca for “FORTUNATA” directed by Sergio Castellitto


“BARBARA” directed by Mathieu Amalric


Taylor Sheridan for “WIND RIVER”


“LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL (April’s Daughter)” directed by Michel Franco


“JEUNE FEMME (Montparnasse Bienvenüe)” directed by Léonor Serraille presented as part of UN CERTAIN REGARD

The Caméra d’or Prize was awarded by Sandrine Kiberlain, President of the Caméra d’or Jury.



“PAUL EST LÀ (Paul Is Here)” directed by Valentina Maurel
INSAS, Belgium


“HEYVAN (AniMal)” directed by Bahram & Bahman Ark
Iranian National School of Cinema, Iran


“DEUX ÉGARÉS SONT MORTS (Two Youths Died)” directed by Tommaso Usberti
La Fémis, France

The CST Jury decided to award the VULCAIN PRIZE FOR ARTIST-TECHNICIAN to: Josefin Asberh for her remarkable artistic contribution to match the inventiveness of the film THE SQUARE.

2017 Cannes Film Festival: Event Photos and Videos

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The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival takes place from May 17 to May 28, 2017. Here are some photos and videos from the event.


“Wind River”

“The Square”

“The Meyerowitz Stories”

The Wrap’s Cannes Influencer Dinner

“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”

“Top of the Lake: China Girl”

de Grisogono “Love on the Rocks” High Jewellery Collection and Eden Roc Party

Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson search for a mythical culture in ‘The Lost City of Z’

April 14, 2017

by Carla Hay

Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland at the 2016 New York Film Festival press conference for "The Lost City of Z"
Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland at the 2016 New York Film Festival press conference for “The Lost City of Z” (Photo by Carla Hay)

Based on author David Grann’s non-fiction bestseller, “The Lost City of Z” tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (played by Charlie Hunnam), who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett—supported by his devoted wife Nina (played by Sienna Miller), son Jack (played by Tom Holland) and aide-de-camp Corporal Henry Costin (played by Robert Pattinson)—returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. An epically scaled tale of courage and passion, told in writer/director James Gray’s classic filmmaking style, “The Lost City of Z” is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and a conflicted adventurer driven to the verge of obsession. “The Lost City of Z” had its world premiere at the 2016 New York Film Festival, where Gray, Pattinson, Miller, Holland and co-star Angus Macfadyen gathered for a Q&A after a press screening.


2017 Cannes Film Festival: lineup of films, jury presidents announced

April 13, 2017

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The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival has announced its lineup of films for the event, which takes place in Cannes, France, from May 17 to May 28, 2017. In addition, several of the event’s jury presidents, including overall jury president Pedro Almodóvar, have been announced.

This year’s festival will have 49 films from 29 countries, with 12 of the films directed by women.

Here are some of the more high-profile film at the event:

“The Beguiled”

Directed by Sofia Coppola

Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

Genre; Drama

Plotline: At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.

“You Were Never Really Here”

Directed by Lynn Ramsay

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Alessandro Nivola

Genre: Drama

Plotline: A war veteran’s attempt to save a young girl from a sex trafficking ring goes horribly wrong.

“The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”

Directed by Noah Baumbach

Starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson

Genre: Comedy

Plotline: An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.


Directed by Todd Haynes

Starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams

Genre: Drama

Plotline: The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.

“Good Time”

Directed by Benny and Josh Safdie

Starring Robert Pattinson, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Genre: Drama

Plotline: A bank robber finds himself unable to evade those who are looking for him.

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

Starring Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone

Genre:  Drama

Plotline: A teenager’s attempts to bring a brilliant surgeon into his dysfunctional family takes an unexpected turn.

As is the case with many film festivals that have expanded their programming to visual media other than movies, there will also be TV shows and virtual-reality projects showing at the festival.  Footage from the second season of “Top of the Lake” and the revival of “Twin Peaks” will be screened. Meanwhile, “Carne y Arena,” is a VR project from Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

These are the announced jury presidents:

Cristian Mungiu will preside the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury.

Sandrine Kiberlain will preside the Jury for this year’s Caméra d’or

April 17, 2017 UPDATE: Uma Thurman will preside the Un Certain Regard Jury

April 20, 2017 UPDATE: Monica Bellucci will be mistress of the opening and closing ceremonies


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