One of the big films on the festival circuit that is garnering a huge amount of buzz is Deepa Mehta‘s Midnight Children. Based on the book by Salman Rushdie (who also helped a bit with the screenplay), it was supposed to have its World Premiere at TIFF12 next week until Telluride scooped another film from them.
First reactions on the social spaces are out and they are very good. We will be catching it soon and obviously have a review for you. Stay tuned to Xavierpop for the most comprehensive coverage in Canada of not only TIFF12 but all the fests including Venice and Telluride.
I think I am really beginning to like Telluride. Not only is their movie line-up really stacked, I am rather enjoying this focus on good movies thing they have. Unlike the Toronto International Film Festival which has plenty of questionable choices, it seems that if it plays in Telluride, it will be a great watch.
The festival opened a few hours ago with a surprise announcement being Ben Affleck’s highly anticipated Argo and word is that it’s really, really good. Check it out the reaction on the social spaces below and stay tuned to Xavierpop as the Canadian Site to bring you the best and most in-depth coverage of the fest.
Historically speaking, when a film gets tapped by the Telluride Film Festival in the mountains of Colorado, it’s among the cream of the crop. Founded in 1974, Telluride has become the first North American venue to exhibit some of the early front-runners in the fall awards season–albeit geared more towards press and industry types. Over the years, they’ve broken the news and offered first impressions of films like Roger & Me, El Mariachi, The Crying Game, Brokeback Mountain, and The Wrestler.
The stipulation for their main program–titled “The Show”–is that the film must be a North American premiere. Every year, the intimate festival and its two or three programmers take on a guest programmer. Some years it’s a personality like Salman Rushdie, other years it’s movie industry people like documentarian Errol Morris. This year, Telluride has chosen English writer-journalist Geoff Dyer. His latest book is titled Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room (About Tarkovsky‘s Stalker, which he has programmed in a sidebar at the fest that annually shows older classics).
For TIFF fans, the fests in Venice and particularly Telluride offer us clues in our never-ending adventure in tinkering with our schedules in order to ensure we program a strong lineup of films for our own individual sake. And because Telluride only picks a couple dozen films to play over Labor Day weekend, that these selections were chosen gives movie lovers a little more certainty–as well as direction–in selecting from the vastness of the TIFF lineup, which leaves everyone dizzy with 300 films before us.
Looking over the 39th Telluride picks, it is heartening that TIFF is playing most of them. Films without asterisks will be skipping Toronto, and this year that number is only four. The rest of them will arrive here next week. They are:
*THE ACT OF KILLING (Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark, 2012)
*AMOUR (Michael Haneke, Austria, 2012)
*AT ANY PRICE (Ramin Bahrani, U.S., 2012)
*THE ATTACK (Ziad Doueiri, Lebanon-France, 2012)
*BARBARA (Christian Petzold, Germany, 2012)
*THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon, U.S., 2012)
*EVERYDAY (Michael Winterbottom, U.K., 2012)
*FRANCES HA (Noah Baumbach, U.S., 2012)
*THE GATEKEEPERS (Dror Moreh, Israel, 2012)
*GINGER AND ROSA (Sally Potter, England, 2012)
*THE HUNT (Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark, 2012)
*HYDE PARK ON HUDSON (Roger Michell, U.S., 2012)
*THE ICEMAN (Ariel Vromen, U.S., 2012)
*LOVE, MARILYN (Liz Garbus, U.S., 2012)
*MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN (Deepa Mehta, Canada-Sri Lanka, 2012)
*NO (Pablo Larraín, Chile, 2012)
*PARADISE: LOVE (Ulrich Seidl, Austria, 2012)
PIAZZA FONTANA (Marco Tullio Giordana, Italy, 2012)
*A ROYAL AFFAIR (Nikolaj Arcel, Denmark, 2012)
*RUST & BONE (Jacques Audiard, France, 2012)
*THE SAPPHIRES (Wayne Blair, Australia, 2012)
*STORIES WE TELL (Sarah Polley, Canada, 2012)
SUPERSTAR (Xavier Giannoli, France, 2012)
WADJDA (Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia, 2012)
WHAT IS THIS FILM CALLED LOVE? (Mark Cousins, Ireland-Mexico, 2012)
Now, Telluride will often show a couple or more secret screenings that pop up out of the blue, and word has it that they’ll show a sneak of Ben Affleck‘s new political-thriller Argo, which bodes well for him in his third outing as director.
Some big titles appear in “The Show” this year, but what’s remarkable so far is that the gossip apparently must be true about Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained not being ready yet, since it has skipped Venice, Telluride and Toronto. If New York doesn’t announce it in their lineup, that means he’ll be polishing it up until its holiday release. Same goes for the 60′s music drama Inside Llewyn Davis, the new Coen Bros. pic. And yet other absentees would have to include Sofia Coppola‘s celebrity-obsessed crime-caper The Bling Ring as well as Kar Wai Wong‘s The Grandmasters, the film that details Ip Man, better known as Bruce Lee‘s trainer.
Among the films present here, TIFF auds should put little stars next to more overlooked titles such as The Act of Killing, the new doc–exec produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog–that shows former death squad leaders re-enacting some of their brutality; The Attack, which follows an Israeli-Palestinian surgeon who goes on a quest to understand how his wife was implicated in a suicide bombing; Barbara, which is set in 80′s East Germany about a physician banished to the country who is pulled between two tough personal choices; and Ginger & Rosa, the new one by Sally Potter (Yes) set in 60′s London, following a pair of teen girls.
In the hours after I will have written this article, first impressions will come out from the screening of Midnight’s Children, one of TIFF’s most anticipated films, from Deepa Mehta and based off the Salman Rushdie bestseller, which he also wrote the screenplay for.
It has little to no bearing on whether they are actually any good, but huge TIFF releases like Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master as well as the co-production by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis in Cloud Atlas not appearing at Telluride does have me somewhat concerned, since I thought they were a good bet to show there. By Monday, however, it might just be that they do show as secret screenings. Stay tuned.
The Venice Film Festival is in full swing and the latest big film to have its World Premiere is the highly anticipated Spike Lee doc on the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s iconic album Bad. The doc, which promises a great look at the making of the album and the influence the album has had since. This one is on the top of my list for TIFF, however it has also been announced that ABC will be airing it on TV later this Fall so I might just skip at the fest and catch it on TV.
At any rate, the first reactions have dropped and we have compiled them for you below.
I was only kind of feeling this film when it was announced. After it got picked up in the esteemed Midnight Madness Lineup for #TIFF12, it really started to grab my attention. Then the first trailer and some character posters dropped and I begin to think we might be on to something. Now we have ourselves a very bad-ass Red-Band Trailer and you know what? I am ALL THE WAY in with this film. It looks like a fun ride powered by some pretty damn awesome performances.
Check out the trailer and see you there.
About the Film Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) wrote and directed Seven Psychopaths which reunites him with actor Colin Farrell who plays a screenwriter struggling for inspiration for his script, which just so happens to be called Seven Psychopaths, who gets drawn into the dog kidnapping schemes of his oddball friends (played by Sam Rockwell & Christopher Walken). But things take a turn for the worse when a gangster’s (Woody Harrelson) mutt goes missing. CBS Films will release Seven Psychopaths in theaters this fall on October 12th.
It’s easy to get up on the craziness of TIFF12, however what I find really makes this city a great film town is the ‘smaller’ festivals that bring us the truly independent programming that really bring us the great films we crave for. One of the top film festivals in Toronto that definitely fit that bill is the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Catering to those genre lovers that devour (hehe) horror/zombie/etc , the festival has done an absolutely fantastic job of building and programming a festival that we should be truly proud of.
This year festival the 7th Edition runs from October 18-26th, 2012. Like last year’s (and year-round) in-depth, unmatched and fun coverage brought to you by our resident horror lover Louis, Xavierpop will be there giving you the lowdown on as many films as possible.
To get us in the mood, the Festival just announced the first ten films playing as well as dropping a teaser trailer for the fest. Check them out and keep it locked here for all of your Toronto After Film Festival news and reviews.
REC 3: GENESIS (Spain) Canadian Premiere! An official selection of the SXSW Film Festival, the latest instalment of the hit Spanish zombie movie series relocates the action to a lavish wedding where the guests – including the bride wielding a chainsaw – try to survive a terrifying outbreak of the undead!
EXCISION (USA) A disturbed teenager (AnnaLynne McCord) deals with the stresses of her home and school life by escaping into a world of bloody fantasies where she performs surgeries on herself and and those around her. A major hit at Sundance, the film co-stars cult icons John Waters, Traci Lords and Malcolm McDowell.
GRABBERS (Ireland) In this Sundance audience crowd-pleaser in the mould of TREMORS, when a small Irish town is invaded by bloodsucking tentacled aliens, the locals discover that getting drunk may be their only way to survive as it gives them some resistance to the creatures!
A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING (UK) A dark and quirky comedy about a very nervous writer played by fan favourite Simon Pegg (SHUAN OF THE DEAD, HOT FUZZ, STAR TREK, SPACED) struggling with a slew of mental demons while working on a new novel about Victorian serial killers.
DEAD SUSHI (Japan) A vacation resort faces an attack of killer sushi in this outrageous horror comedy from the same deliciously deranged Japanese filmmakers who brought you MACHINE GIRL and TOKYO GORE POLICE!
LLOYD THE CONQUEROR (Canada) A crowd-pleasing fantasy comedy about three male college students who are roped into battle with Derek the Unholy, a dark wizard who is determined to hold onto his title as champion of the Larpers. Co-stars Mike Smith (aka “Bubbles” from TRAILER PARK BOYS), Harland Williams (DUMB & DUMBER) and Brian Posehn (SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM).
DOOMSDAY BOOK (Korea) Winner of Fantasia Film Festival’s Best Film Award, this trio of apocalyptic tales features the rise of sentient robots, a zombie virus outbreak and an asteroid on a fatal collision course with earth. Co-directed by acclaimed Korean filmmaker Jee-woon Kim (I SAW THE DEVIL, THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE WEIRD, A TALE OF TWO SISTERS).
SUSHI GIRL (USA) A reunion dinner for a gang of vicious criminals reopens old wounds with deadly consequences. This stylish, ultraviolent crime film in the mould of Tarantino’s RESERVOIR DOGS features a genre cast to die for including Tony Todd (CANDYMAN), Michael Biehn (TERMINATOR), Danny Trejo (MACHETE), Sonny Chiba (KILL BILL) and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill!
WRONG (USA) A hit at Sundance, fans of David Lynch and the Coen Brothers will delight in this latest cinematic oddity from the deranged mind of Quentin Dupieux (RUBBER): an absurd crime thriller about a man and the very strange things that happen to him as he tries to track down his kidnapped dog.
UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING (USA) Canadian Premiere! Action legends Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme reunite in the latest bone-crunching chapter of the popular Universal Soldier sci-fi action movie series. Joining them is Scott Adkins (EXPENDABLES 2). This time to survive, the Unisols must battle anarchy amongst their order, weeding out the weak, and testing their strongest warriors in brutal, life-or-death combat!