The Handmade deal hands Altitude about 100 pictures. Choice titles include Oscar-nominated “Mona Lisa,” Richard E. Grant-starrer “Withnail and I” and British gangster pic “The Long Good Friday.”
Altitude will be based inside the Palais des Festivals at Mipcom. Sales managing director Mike Runagall will lead the charge at the market alongside Mark A. Kirkpatrick, a former distribution VP at ITV Studios who has been brought on as a consultant to aid the TV sales effort.
The Handmade movies will
1. The Winners: Spanish Svod Platforms
You could hear a proverbial pin drop as HBO España unveiled first footage from its first announced series in Spain: “Patria,” a multi-time-period set chronicle on the human impact of the Basque conflict. It left San Sebastian with the status of a must-see show.
latest in Swiss cinema.
Todd Phillips’ “Joker,” Rupert Goold’s “Judy” and James Mangold’s “Le Mans ’66” (aka “Ford v Ferrari”) are among the films screening in the fest’s Gala Premieres section, which offers some of the year’s most highly anticipated films.
Zurich will again welcome a slew of major stars and filmmakers. This year the fest is honoring Roland Emmerich, Cate Blanchett and Kristen Stewart.
Likewise on hand will be Oliver Stone, who heads the fest’s international feature film competition jury, as well as Donald Sutherland, Javier Bardem and Julie Delpy, all of whom will be taking part in the
Zff Masters series.
2019 marks the final outing for fest founders and co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri. They
José Luis Rebordinos, director of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, talks to Screen about the key role the Spanish event plays in both the European and Latin American industries, industry innovations for this year and the art of programming a festival at one of the busiest times of the year.
The festival opens today (September 20) with the European premiere of Roger Michell’s Blackbird and runs until September 28.
You are proud of how open the festival is to new talents. How does this work in practice?
It involves different strategies.
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
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
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,
“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,
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,
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
At the festival this year, the company — founded by producer Faye Ward in 2016 after a prolific spell at Ruby Film & TV — opens the Platform sidebar with its third film, Rocks, a coming-of-age, partly improvised tale about teenage London ...
“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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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,
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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