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Quentin Tarantino Docu ‘QT8’ To Open Dtla Film Festival; Hamptons Finalizes Slate – Fest Briefs

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Quentin Tarantino Docu ‘QT8’ To Open Dtla Film Festival; Hamptons Finalizes Slate – Fest Briefs
The Dtla Film Festival has selected QT8: Quentin Tarantino The First Eight, the documentary feature by Tara Wood, as the opening-night film for its 11th edition next month. The docu, which is having its world premiere the week before as a one-night-only screening via Fathom, will open Dtla on October 23 at Regal L.A. Live. The festival unveiled the news Tuesday along with its full slate of 38 feature-length movies.

QT8 focuses on the first 21 years of Tarantino’s career and includes interviews with frequent collaborators including Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Diane Kruger, Lucy Liu, Michael Madsen, Eli Roth, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Christoph Waltz.

Also on the Dtla docket is a special presentation of Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story, coinciding with the Griffin being honored with the festival’s Independent Film Pioneer Award.

The fest, which runs through October 27, will close with the
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‘Martin Eden’ tops Screen’s final Tiff Platform jury grid

Italian drama recorded an average of 3.4 stars from the six critics.

Pietro Marcello‘s Martin Eden has taken the top position of Screen’s complete 2019 Toronto Platform jury grid.

The Italian drama secured an average of 3.4 stars out of four across the six international critics. A score of three stars on the grid represents ‘good’.

Martin Eden won this year’s Toronto Platform Prize worth Cad $20,000 and stars Luca Marinelli as a sailor who struggles to reinvent himself as a writer and escape privation.

In close second with 3.2 was Rocks, the UK drama from Sarah Gavron which opened Platform. Rocks
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Rocks’

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Rocks’
East London teen Shola Omotoso (Bukky Bakray) earned the nickname “Rocks” by protecting her childhood best friend Sumaya (Kosar Ali) from bullies. Now, the 16-year-olds run with an all-girl crew — Khadijah (Tawheda Begum), Yawa (Afi Okaidja), Sabina (Anastasia Dymitrow) and Agnes (Ruby Stokes) — that always has their backs. Yet, while Rocks looks mellow as the gang screws around after school, her home life has trained her to never soften. Her father is gone, and her mother (Layo-Christina Akinlude) is a depressive who, as Rock’s grandmother sighs over long-distance from Nigeria, is one of those women who isn’t “cut out for motherhood.”

Rocks disagrees and hangs up the phone. But the truth is, her mom is capable of abandoning her daughter and 7-year-old son Emmanuel (D’angelou Osei Kissiedu). At the start of this heartfelt drama from director Sarah Gavron (“Suffragette”), Rock’s mom disappears, leaving behind just a
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Rocks review – high school drama is an energetic five-star triumph

The East London-set drama boasts wit, a dynamic cast and a piercing sadness as it follows a Nigerian British girl and her younger brother

With its energy, its creativity, its raw passion and its fun, this film and its newcomer cast are the best thing I’ve seen at this year’s Toronto film festival.

It’s a social-realist adventure written by Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson and directed by Sarah Gavron about a multi-ethnic community in East London - in the spirit of Ken Loach’s Kes or Céline Sciamma’s Bande Des Filles. It’s tough, but it’s the opposite of miserablist. At the story’s centre is a group of year 11 girls and the star is Bukky Bakray, playing a Nigerian British girl nicknamed “Rocks”, who is maybe no great academic high-flier but really talented at cosmetics. Her dad is dead and she lives with her troubled mum,
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Film4 Uses Toronto as Springboard to Launch Standout Titles

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The U.K.’s Film4 backs 10 to 12 features a year, meaning that its eight-strong lineup of world premieres at Toronto Intl. Film Festival see the curtain raised on a hefty chunk of its slate.

That’s fine by Film4 boss Daniel Battsek. “Toronto was elevated for me during my American experience; it was only once I was living there and working at Miramax that for me it became this legendary launching pad,” he says.

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” had its world premiere at Toronto and that picture marked a change of tack by Film4, the film arm of British pubcaster Channel 4, whereby it took a larger stake in a select number of bigger-budget movies. These sit along more modestly-budgeted fare and films from first-timers, which Film4 is also mandated to support.

“What we are trying to do all the time is support diverse filmmakers, women filmmakers, and to encourage debut filmmakers,
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IndieWire Celebrates Female Filmmakers at Tiff Dinner With Canada Goose

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IndieWire Celebrates Female Filmmakers at Tiff Dinner With Canada Goose
Everyone wanted to hug Marielle Heller and tell her how much her “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” made them cry. Sarah Gavron was eager to share the spotlight with her “Rocks” writer Theresa Ikoko, reminding everyone it was their film, not just Gavron’s.

American Woman” filmmaker Semi Chellas and “Abominable” director Jill Culton made fast friends, bonding during cocktail hour and happily moving their conversation to the dinner table. The same went for punctual arrivers Unjoo Moon (whose “I Am Woman” served as the opening night pick for the special presentations section) and “The Perfect Candidate” filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour, who started talking to each other upon arrival and didn’t stop until the night concluded.

After all that, time to toast the end to a whirlwind first weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival. But then there’s the next hot ticket to try to snag: Kasi Lemmons’ “Harriet,
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Oscar race hots up in Toronto after Venice win for ‘Joker’

Oscar race hots up in Toronto after Venice win for ‘Joker’
Titles generting early buzz include Just Mercy, The Personal History Of David Copperfield andProxima.

Joker’s Venice Golden Lion win confirms the film as a heavyweight contender in the best picture Oscar race

While Warner Bros’ dark drama will likely prove divisive, Joaquin Phoenix is the one to beat as lead actor based on raves from the Lido. Also generating early awards heat is Michael B Jordan for Tiff premiere Just Mercy, anotherWarner Bros title, and Adam Driver for Netflix’s Marriage Story, even though the film left Venice empty-handed.

Although Fox Searchlight swooped on Gala title The Personal History Of David Copperfield before Tiff,
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Sarah Gavron’s ‘Rocks’ takes early lead on Screen’s Toronto Platform jury grid

Sarah Gavron’s ‘Rocks’ takes early lead on Screen’s Toronto Platform jury grid
Other titles reviewed are Paula Hernandez’ ’The Sleepwalkers’ and Alice Winocour’s ’Proxima’.

UK filmmaker Sarah Gavron’s Rocks is the early frontrunner on Screen’s Toronto 2019 Platform jury grid.

The film opened the Platform section - for strong and distinctive directorial voices – and is on 3.2 out of 4 with all the reviews in.

The London-set Rocks is Gavron’s third feature after Suffragette and Brick Lane, and follows a teenager who fears she and her little brother will be forced apart if anyone finds out they are living alone. Fable Pictures produced.

It received top marks from Sarah-Tai Black from
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Tiff 2019: How the Festival Spread Black Voices Across This Year’s Lineup

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Tiff 2019: How the Festival Spread Black Voices Across This Year’s Lineup
Three years after the festival’s final installment of its City to City program, which focused on Lagos, Nigeria, the Toronto International Film Festival remains committed to bringing cinema from underrepresented of regions around the world to its audience of international tastemakers. This year, that effort is especially noticeable for the volume of films made by filmmakers from the African diaspora.

“Making a film is hard, but it’s especially difficult if you’re working without infrastructure or the required resources, in places where film is not necessarily part of the culture,” said Cameron Bailey, the festival’s co-head and artistic director. “And those are the films that we spend the most effort trying to bring to the festival. It’s so easy to get sucked into a bubble of what’s familiar, and I feel that our job is to continue opening audience perspectives.”

The City to City program,
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First Look at Sarah Gavron’s Toronto-Bound ‘Rocks’ (Exclusive)

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First Look at Sarah Gavron’s Toronto-Bound ‘Rocks’ (Exclusive)
The first clip of hotly-anticipated British picture “Rocks” has dropped ahead its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The coming-of-age London-set movie comes from filmmaker Sarah Gavron (“Suffragette”) and writers Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson. It was developed through workshops and improvisation and stars a host of newcomers.

The film follows a London teenager, Rocks, who fears her and her younger brother will be separated if it is discovered they are living alone. She sets out to evade the clutches of the authorities with the help of a group of friends, navigating her way through the most defining days of her life.

As a tube train rolls by, the first clip shows Rocks and her brother as he meets her friends. Urban east London provides the backdrop as they hang out on a sunny rooftop.

Faye Ward and Ameenah Ayub Allen produced the film, which will be released next year.
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14 Buzziest Movies for Sale at This Year’s Toronto Film Festival (Photos)

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14 Buzziest Movies for Sale at This Year’s Toronto Film Festival (Photos)
“Bad Education”

Perhaps one of the biggest titles for sale, “Bad Education” stars Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Ray Romano and Alex Wolff and is based on the real-life events that took place at writer Mike Makowsky’s high school.

Citizen K

Following his critically lauded “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley,” Alex Gibney is back with “Citizen K,” a documentary about Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who went from communist to political prisoner in a 20-year battle with Putin.

The Friend

Based on the award-winning Esquire article of the same name, the film follows a man (Jason Segel) who puts his life on hold to help his friends though a terminal cancer diagnosis. Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck also star in the Gabriela Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”) film.

How to Build a Girl

Everyone is obsessed with Beanie Feldstein following her performance in “Booksmart,” so naturally, this film has become a buzzy title for Tiff buyers.
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Endeavor Content Hires Former Curzon Head Of Development As An Associate In UK

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Endeavor Content has hired former Curzon head of development Harriet Harper Jones as an associate based in the UK, we can reveal.

She will focus on film financing and sales of feature films. She previously worked at UK distributor and exhibitor Curzon, where she was acquisitions manager, before becoming head of development.

At Curzon, she acquired titles including The Souvenir, Vox Lux and Portrait Of A Lady On Fire. Prior to Curzon, Harper Jones worked at international sales company Protagonist Pictures and in various production roles.

Endeavor Content’s film sales slate includes Mosul produced by the Russo Brothers, Bad Education starring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, The Friend starring Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck, How to Build a Girl starring Beanie Feldstein, Chris O’Dowd and Emma Thompson, Sarah Gavron’s Rocks and Guns Akimbo starring Daniel Radcliffe and Samara Weaving.
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‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘The Aeronauts,’ Netflix Titles Feature in London Film Festival Lineup

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‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘The Aeronauts,’ Netflix Titles Feature in London Film Festival Lineup
Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit,” Marielle Heller’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” and Tom Harper’s “The Aeronauts” will receive gala presentations at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival. Announcing the full program lineup Thursday, festival director Tricia Tuttle also revealed that new films from veteran filmmaker Michael Caton-Jones and “Still Alice” director Wash Westmoreland will world-premiere at the festival.

Westmoreland’s noir thriller “Earthquake Bird,” starring Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander, will make its debut in London, one of several Netflix titles at the festival. As well as Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” which had previously been announced as the closing film, David Michod’s Shakespearean adaptation “The King” with Timothee Chalamet, Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” with Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, and Fernando Meirelles’ “The Two Popes” with Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, will all receive gala screenings in the lineup.

Netflix’s presence at other festivals has caused controversy,
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BFI London Film Festival unveils 2019 lineup

BFI London Film Festival unveils 2019 lineup
Gala screenings include ‘The Lighthouse’ and ‘The King’.

Robert EggersThe Lighthouse, Pablo Larrain’s Ema, Tom Harper’s The Aeronauts and David Michod’s The King will all be showcased as gala screenings at this year’s BFI London Film Festival (October 2-13).

The full programme has been announced today. Scroll down for the list.

Lff artistic director Tricia Tuttle talks new festival hub, ticket prices and venue challenges

Further galas include Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Mirrah Foulkes’ Judy And Punch, Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano DornellesBacurau, and Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood,
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San Sebastian adds six competition titles including Sarah Gavron’s ‘Rocks’, Alice Winocour’s ‘Proxima’

San Sebastian adds six competition titles including Sarah Gavron’s ‘Rocks’, Alice Winocour’s ‘Proxima’
The other new titles are directed by Malgorzata Szumowska, Paxton Winters, Sonthar Gyal and Gonçalo Waddington.

The San Sebastian Film Festival (September 20-28) has added six new titles that will compete for its 2019 Golden Shell award.

Among the additions are Sarah Gavron’s Rocks, which has its world premiere at Toronto. The film marks Gavron’s third feature after Suffragette and Brick Lane, and follows a teenager who fears she and her little brother will be forced apart if anyone finds out they are living alone.

Other new titles include astronaut drama Proxima from Mustang director Alice Winocour, starring Eva Green
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San Sebastian Adds Alice Winocour, Malgorzata Szumowska, Sarah Gavron to Main Comp

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San Sebastian Adds Alice Winocour, Malgorzata Szumowska, Sarah Gavron to Main Comp
The Darren Aronofsky-produced Brazilian title “Pacified,” by American director Paxton Winters, Alice Winocour’s French-German astronaut drama “Proxima” and Polish film director Małgorzata Szumowska’s religious thriller “The Other Lamb” are among the six final competition selections for September’s 67th San Sebastian Film Festival.

Also vying for San Sebastian’s Golden Shell will be U.K. drama “Rocks,” from “Suffragette” director Sarah Gavron, Sonthar Gyal’s Chinese production “Lhamo And Skalbe” and Gonçalo Waddington’s Portuguese-German kidnap mystery “Patrick.”

Adding three works from female filmmakers, San Sebastian has brought the number of competition contenders directed by women to six, just over one-third of the section.

“Pacified,” starring Bukassa Kabengele, Cassia Nascimento and José Loreto, centers on the friendship between a street-smart 13-year-old girl and an ex-trafficker who live in a Rio favela.

In “Proxima,” Eva Green stars as an astronaut and single mother who signs up for a year-long space mission,
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Six titles join San Sebastian competition by Amber Wilkinson - 2019-08-22 11:13:46

Sarah Gavron's Rocks will compete for the Golden Shell Photo: Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival British director Sarah Gavron's latest film Rocks is one of six additional titles that has been announced in the San Sebastian competition line-up.

The film, written by Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson, tells the story of a young girl who is determined to keep the fact that there mother has left her and her younger brother alone from the authorities, through fear of being separated from him.

Also joining the line-up is the second feature by Brazilian filmmaker Paxton Winters. Pacified, set in the favelas of Rio and produced by Darren Aronofsky, tells the story of a friendship that develops between a girl trying to get her mum out of trouble and an ex-convict trying to stick to the straight and narrow.

More established filmmakers include Alice Wincour, who brings her third film Proxima,
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Three European female directors added to San Sebastián’s Official Section - San Sebastián 2019 – Competition

The latest offerings from Sarah Gavron, Malgorzata Szumowska and Alice Winocour round off the main strand of the Basque gathering, together with a further three titles announced earlier today. The full line-up of the Official Section of the 67th San Sebastián International Film Festival, which is set to to unspool in the city perched on the shores of the Cantabrian Sea from 20-28 September 2019, has finally been made public. The six new titles unveiled earlier today – when added to those announced previously (see the news) – make a total of 17 productions, hailing from a wide and varied range of national film industries, and standing out on account of the sheer strength of their auteurs. Proof of this can be found in the inclusion of the latest works by three highly distinctive European female directors: Sarah Gavron, who will be competing for the Golden Shell with Rocks, a...
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San Sebastian Festival Adds Six Films to Competition

San Sebastian Festival Adds Six Films to Competition
Six more films have been added to the official competition of this year's 67th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

The festival also announced that Olivier Assayas' Wasp Network will get a special screening on Sept. 27 following the gala in which co-star Penelope Cruz is given one of the event's lifetime achievement Donostia Awards.

Among the newly announced films vying for the top Golden Shell award is Mustang director Alice Winocour's new story about a female astronaut living alone with her 7-year-old daughter, Proxima, starring Matt Dillon and Eva Green.

U.K. director Sarah Gavron will premiere ...
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Best Friend Forever acquires Tiff Midnight Madness title ‘The Twentieth Century’ (exclusive)

The film is Matthew Rankin’s English-language debut.

Belgian sales company Best Friend Forever (Bff) has acquired worldwide rights excluding the Us and Canada on The Twentieth Century, the feature debut of Canadian filmmaker Matthew Rankin.

The film has its world premiere in Midnight Madness next month at Toronto International Film Festival.

Oscilloscope Laboratories will distribute the film in the Us, with Maison 4:3 handling the Canadian release.

Described by Bff as a ‘historical fantasia’, it is based on the youth of W.L. Mackenzie King, Canada’s longest-serving prime minister.

Set in Toronto in 1899, it centres on aspiring politician Mackenzie King,
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