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Official Oscar® Entry Best Foreign Language Film from France: ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)

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Official Oscar® Entry Best Foreign Language Film from France: ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)
In this year’s foreign-language race, a number of Lgbt-oriented titles are vying for attention. France’s Bpm (Beats Per Minute), directed by Robin Campillo, could be the favorite: a rich, sensual, impassioned study of early AIDS activism and gay awakening in Paris, it took the Grand Prix at Cannes and has been winning hearts on the festival circuit and kudos from critics.

After Cannes, Bpm (Beats Per Minute) played Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival among others, winning many awards along the way.

“Impassioned and deeply absorbing. Notable for both its hot-blooded sensuality and its intricate, bittersweet play with memory.”

- Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“Broadly enlightening and piercingly intimate. A vital contribution to queer and political cinema. Campillo has given his movie the breath of true life. It grieves and triumphs and haunts with abounding grace and understanding, its heartbeat thumping with genuine, undeniable resonance.
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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Workshop’

Cannes Film Review: ‘The Workshop’
For how long can a film level-headedly discuss the rules and mechanics of a thriller before becoming something of a thriller itself? That’s the teasing hook, but not even the most loaded question, dangled by “The Workshop,” a sly, supple and repeatedly surprising collision of literary, moral and political lines of debate that marks an enthralling return to form for writer-director Laurent Cantet. Gathering a diverse group of teens to intellectually tussle in a structured educational environment — in this case, a summer creative writing workshop moderated by an acclaimed novelist — the film initially recalls the lively docu-fiction form of Cantet’s 2008 Palme d’Or winner “The Class.” Yet Cantet isn’t out to make the same film twice, deftly wrongfooting viewers as focus is pulled by the group’s most reactionary, volatile member, brilliantly played by newcomer Matthieu Lucci. The tense, excitingly topical result is entirely its own animal,
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Sarah Gadon, Rosanna Arquette to Star in Ghost Story ‘Octavio Is Dead’ (Exclusive)

Sarah Gadon, Rosanna Arquette to Star in Ghost Story ‘Octavio Is Dead’ (Exclusive)
Sarah Gadon, Raoul Trujillo and Rosanna Arquette are starring in Sook-Yin Lee’s ghost story “Octavio Is Dead!” Variety has learned exclusively.

“Octavio” will shoot in and around Toronto between Jan. 22 and Feb. 13. Written and directed by Lee, the film is produced by the Film Farm’s Jennifer Weiss, Simone Urdl and Jamie Manning.

Gadon is also acting as an exec producer on the project. She portrays the daughter of her overbearing mother (Arquette) and enters the rich and strange world of her deceased father (played by Trujillo) — a man she never knew. Sexual identity, the occult, and the power of will versus imagination confront her on the journey. Dimitris Kitsos also stars as Octavio’s student Apostolis.

The film is produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. It’s represented internationally by sales agent WTFilms.

Gadon will be seen in the title role
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Toronto’s The Film Farm Bets on Huculiak’s “Bad Person” (Exclusive)

Toronto’s The Film Farm Bets on Huculiak’s “Bad Person” (Exclusive)
The Film Farm, the Toronto-based indie producer behind films by Atom Egoyan, Brian De Palma and Sarah Polley, will exec produce drama “I’m Not a Bad Person,” the sophomore pic by Canadian director Andrew Huculiak (“Violent”).

The deal was struck at Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival, where “I’m Not a Bad Person” was selected for the second edition of Cabos Discovery, the competitive forum for projects in development, made in or co-produced by Mexico, U.S. or Canada.

Media Darling’s Amy Darling and Welker House’s Nicole Irene Dyck negotiated the partnership on behalf of the filmmakers, with The Film Factory’s co-founders Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss signing on to preside over development and production.

Darling and Dyck are set to co-produce “I’m Not a Bad Person” with Josh Huculiak at Vancouver-based Amazing Factory.

The parties first met at Los Cabos last year, where brothers
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Toronto 2014: 'Return to Ithaca' review

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★★★☆☆One of two films at Toronto 2014 that take in a group of friends over the course of one balmy Cuban evening, Return to Ithaca (2014) is the new film from French director Laurent Cantet. After the Palme d'Or-winning The Class (2008) and 2012's somewhat clunky Foxfire, this is another dialogue heavy character piece. Though more intentionally languid affair than both of those two films, it retains a political edge, exploring the country's recent history through the diverging lives of these five comrades. It is slow going for the majority of its runtime, but with such a fine ensemble cast, patience does pay dividends as rifts and secrets surface amidst pensive self-reflection and regret, both national and personal.
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Venice Film Review: ‘Return to Ithaca’

Venice Film Review: ‘Return to Ithaca’
“Old farts’ gatherings don’t interest the young,” muses one of five reunited friends in Laurent Cantet’s tragicomic character study “Return to Ithaca.” It’s debatable, however, whether more seasoned viewers will be much more compelled by this thoughtful but rather lethargic examination of dreams deferred and relationships interrupted in politically fragile Cuba. Taking place over one balmy Havana evening and barely leaving the city-center roof terrace where the bittersweet, middle-aged get-together is being held, whose personal histories take the film’s entire duration to assemble. A letdown from the Frenchman following the imperfect daring of 2012’s English-language debut “Foxfire,” “Ithaca” should nonetheless secure select arthouse distribution.

While superficially appropriate to a story of a long-delayed homecoming, the Homeric symbolism of the title might strike some as a tad grandiose for a film that trades principally in intimate personal grievances. Inspired chiefly by one character’s arc in Cuban
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French Specialty Players: Lost in Translation?

Paris — The downfall of U.S. specialty divisions in 2008 opened up a whole new range of opportunities for ambitious French producers and helmers to step up to the plate, gaining access to American talent, tapping into wider financing resources, with the hope of reaching worldwide audiences with smart, auteur-driven indie pics.

But five years or so later, while the American independent market has bounced back, driven by resourceful and deep-pocketed players like FilmNation, Exclusive, an amped-up Lionsgate, the Weinstein Co. and Voltage, a wave of disappointing French-helmed English-language feature debuts has left many French producers and filmmakers with a hangover.

Recent examples of cold showers inflicted in France include Guillaume Canet’s 1970s-set drama “Blood Ties,” with Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard and Mila Kunis (Wild Bunch, budget: $25 million, French B.O.: €1.5 million); Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s adventure tale “The Young and Prodigious Spivet” with Helena Bonham Carter (Gaumont, budget: $33 million,
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Competition: Win 'Foxfire' on DVD *closed*

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The English-language debut feature from Laurent Cantet, the award-winning French director of 2008 arthouse hit The Class, the 1950s-set Foxfire (2012) is a gripping character-led coming-of-age tale following in the footsteps of intense, engrossing dramas like Stand By Me and The Outsiders. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Foxfire, we've kindly been provided with Three brand new DVD copies of Cantet's teenage drama to give away to our fantastic readers, courtesy of leading UK distributors Artificial Eye. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

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DVD Review: 'Foxfire'

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★★☆☆☆The second adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' cult 1993 novel Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang (the first starred a young Angelina Jolie), this time from Palme d'Or winner Laurent Cantet (The Class), returns the tale of a proto-feminist girl's club which goes horribly awry, back to its original fifties setting. It's convincingly-acted and admirably restrained, yet suffers from a hurried first act, before giving way to a long-winded, dramatically-sluggish remainder. A group of working-class teenagers in upstate New York come together in an attempt to wreak havoc upon the various males in their lives who have wronged them.
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Close up: Bruce Willis 'almost certainly off Stallone's Christmas card list'

Catch up with the last seven days in the world of film

The big story

There's nothing like a good spat between Hollywood A-listers – so imagine our delight when Sylvester Stallone unveiled some high-level beef with Bruce Willis this week.

Sly appeared to label his erstwhile Expendables co-star "greedy and lazy" on Twitter, after negotiations broke down over Willis's role in the third installment in the 80s throwback action series.

The reason? According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bruce walked away from Expendables 3 after Stallone refused his demands for a $1m a day wage. He had been offered $3m for four days work, but wanted another million on top, according to a "source with knowledge of the situation".

Shortly after that news broke, it was announced that none other than Harrison Ford would be taking Willis's place. As Ben Child observed, the signing seems like a major step up for the action series,
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Global Showbiz Briefs: Hat Trick, Keo Extend Deal, ‘Dans La Maison’ Top Prize-Winner At San Sebastian

  • Deadline TV
Hat Trick, Keo Extend Distribution Deal Hat Trick International and Keo Films have extended their distribution deal on a long term basis. The deal was originally struck in March this year to include around 50 hours of programming. It will now include more than 100 hours of new and back catalog content. This year, Hat Trick sold Keo’s Living With The Amish to more than 100 territories including Sbs Australia, Tvnz New Zealand, TV Norge Norway and Svt Sweden. The company will launch Keo shows including Exploring China, Welcome To India, Welcome To Bradford and Yotam Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feast at Mipcom next week. ‘Dans La Maison’ Takes Top Prize At San Sebastian Film Festival François Ozon’s Dans La Maison scooped the top prize, the Golden Shell, at the San Sebastian Film Festival awards over the weekend. Ozon also picked up Best Screenplay for the film. Another double award winner, Snow
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In The House wins Golden Shell at San Sebastian

Francois Ozon's In the House (Dans La Maison), a playful examination of fact and fiction as seen through the prism of a student/teacher relationship, took away the top prize at San Sebastian Film Festival last night.

The director, whose film recently scooped the Fipresci award at Toronto, was awarded both the Golden Shell and the jury prize for best screenplay.

The Silver Shell for best director went to Fernando Trueba for his black and white study of a sculptor's reinvigorated lust for his work in The Artist And The Model (El Artista y la Modelo). The ceremony at the Kursaal auditorium marked a good night for black and white film, as Pablo Berger's silent film Snow White (Blancanieves) (about which, more here) took home the special jury prize, and saw it's young star Macarena Garcia share the Silver Shell actress honours with Foxfire's Katie Coseni.

The Silver.
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Toronto International Film Festival 2012 Lineup

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Above: Ernie Gehr's Auto-Collider Xv.

The vast bulk of Tiff's 2012 has been announced and listed here, below. We'll be updating the lineup with the previous films announced, as well as updating links to specific films for more information on them in the coming days. Of particular note is that the Wavelengths and Visions programs have been combined to create what is undoubtedly the most interesting section of the festival. Stay tuned, too, for our own on the ground coverage of Tiff.

Galas

A Royal Affair (Nikolai Arcel, Demark/Sweden/Czech Republic/Germany)

Argo (Ben Affleck, USA)

The Company You Keep (Robert Redford, USA)

Dangerous Liaisons (Hur Jin-ho, China)

Emperor (Peter Webber, Japan/USA)

English Vinglish (Gauri Shinde, India)

Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (Shola Lynch)

Great Expectations (Mike Newell, UK)

Hyde Park on Hudson (Roger Michell, UK)

Inescapable (Ruba Nadda, Canada)

Jayne Mansfield's Car (Billy Bob Thorton, USA/Russia)

Looper (Rian Johnson,
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2012 Toronto Film Festival Adds De Palma's 'Passion', Bier, 'Yellow,' 'Spring Breakers' and 'Smashed'

I now have to accept the fact there will be several films showing at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival that I simply won't be able to see. I have gone to Cannes three straight years and this will be my third year in Toronto and of the six festivals I've never seen a line-up packed with so many highly anticipated films and today the fest added even more. Sending out the complete line-up today the fest has added three films to their Galas selection and 18 Special Presentations along with several Contemporary World Cinema selections, the latter of which includes James Ponsoldt's Smashed which is said to feature a performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead that may be up for Oscar consideration. The announcement confirmed Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master will be part of the Special Presentations selection as will Brian De Palma's Passion, a remake of Love Crime
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Tiff announces typically stacked first wave of features

Terrence Malick. Mateo Garrone. Rian Johnson. Noah Baumbach. Joss Whedon. Neil Jordan. Francois Ozon. Joe Wright. Thomas Vinterbeg. Derek Cianfrance. All of these filmmakers, plus loads more, will be among those presenting new feature films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 6th to 16th. Of the 61 films announced this morning, Rian Johnson’s sci-fi actioner Looper will open the fest (a clear upgrade from Score! A Hockey Musical, to be sure), while the others are divvied up between Gala and Special Presentation screenings. Of note: rumors of Terrence Malick’s swift return to the big screen have turned out to be well-founded (barring some last-minute delay); his To the Wonder has been confirmed, along with a raft of well-received Cannes exports like Pablo Lorrain’s No and Mateo Garrone’s Reality. The most insane part of today’s already-stellar announcement is that there’s loads more to come,
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Toronto film festival 2012: the full programme

The films screened at this year's Toronto film festival – as the programme release is staggered, this will be updated as more information comes in

The 37th Toronto Film Festival runs September 6 - 16 2012. This article will be updated as official announcements detailing the full line-up are released.

Opening night film

Looper, Dir: Rian Johnson

World premieres

Argo, Dir: Ben Affleck

Byzantium, Dir: Neil Jordan

Capital, Dir: Costa-Gavras

Cloud Atlas, Dir: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski

The Deep (Djúpið), Dir: Baltasar Kormákur

Dreams for Sale, Dir: Nishikawa Miwa

End Of Watch, Dir: David Ayer

English Vinglish, Dir: Gauri Shinde

Foxfire, Dir: Laurent Cantet

Frances Ha, Dir: Noah Baumbach

Free Angela & All Political Prisoners, Dir: Shola Lynch

Ginger and Rosa, Dir: Sally Potter

Great Expectations, Dir: Mike Newell

Hannah Arendt, Dir: Margarethe von Trotta

Hyde Park on Hudson, Dir: Roger Michell

Imogene, Dir: Robert Pulcini

The Impossible, Dir: J.A. Bayona

In the House,
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Toronto International Film Festival 2012 – The Films

This years line-up for the Toronto Internation Film festival has been announced and yet again the festival is full of heavy-hitters, none moreso than Rian Johnson’s Looper starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt. A total of 61 Gala’s & Special Presentations have been confirmed to screen at the festival and we have the full organised list courtesy of Movie Knight.

Opening Night Film

Rian Johnson’s Looper

Gala’s

Ben Affleck’s Argo Billy Bob Thorton’s Jayne Mansfield’s Car Liz Garbus’ Love Marilyn Shola Lynch’s Free Angela and All Political Prisoners David O. Russell’s Silver Lining Playbook Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines Deepa Mehta’s Midnight Children Roger Mitchell’s Hyde Park on Hudson Mike Newell’s Great Expectations Rubba Nadda’s Inescapable Sergio Castelitto’s Twice Born Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist Robert Redford
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Toronto Film Festival Announces 62 Films Including New Work From Malick, Russell, Affleck, Cianfrance and Baumbach

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Toronto Film Festival Announces 62 Films Including New Work From Malick, Russell, Affleck, Cianfrance and Baumbach
The Toronto International Film Festival has made the first of many announcements regarding its 2012 lineup, and it's a juicy one. New films from Ben Affleck ("Argo"), Deepa Mehta ("Midnight's Children"), Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski ("Cloud Atlas"), David O. Russell "(Silver Linings Playbook"), Joe Wright ("Anna Karenina"), Ramin Bahrani ("At Any Price"), Neil Jordan ("Byzantium"), Mira Nair ("The Reluctant Fundamentalist"), Robert Redford ("The Company You Keep"), Cate Shortland ("Lore"), Francois Ozon ("In The House"), Roger Michell ("Hyde Park on Hudson"), Joss Whedon ("Much Ado About Nothing"), Robert Pilcini and Shari Springer Berman ("Imogene"), Derek Cianfrance ("The Place Behind The Pines"), Laurent Cantet ("Foxfire"), Noah Baumbach ("Frances Ha"), Sally Potter ("Ginger and...
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Amazing Lineup Announced for 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

The fact this is only the start of the films announced for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival is staggering. I don't even think someone's wishlist could have matched what we're looking at and there is still more to be announced. But we'll worry about what's to come soon enough, let's have a look at what will be arriving. First taking a look at the World Premieres we see the opening night film, Rian Johnson's time travel feature Looper starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt followed by the highly anticipated Wachowski sibling feature Cloud Atlas; Ben Affleck will bring Argo to the fest just as he did The Town; David O. Russell's The Silver Linings Playbook will have its premiere; Blue Valentine helmer Derek Cianfrance will premiere The Place Beyond the Pines starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes; Mike Newell's Great Expectations will also
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Key Players in the 2012 Cannes Film Market: Memento Films Int.

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We Laurent Cantet’s Foxfire pegged for Tiff, Jim Mickle’s We Are What We Are slotted for Sundance 2013 and Under the Rainbow being an obvious choice for Cannes, one might overlook the fact that this year Emilie Georges’ Memento Films Int. are repping the Critics’ Week selected Los Salvajes and Un Certain Regard chosen The Pirogue. Breaking news for today is that the company will back Asghar Farhadi’s next project to star Marion Cotillard. Filming beings this fall in Paris.

Compliance by Craig Zobel

The Pirogue by Moussa TOURÉ

We Are What We Are by Jim Mickle

Bad Seeds (Comme Un Homme) by Safy Nebbou

For Ellen by So Yong Kim

Foxfire (Foxfire: Confessions D’Un Gang De Filles) by Laurent Cantet

Headshot (Fon Tok Kuen Fah) by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang

Kids Of Today (Des Jeunes Gens MÖDERNES 2.0) by Jérôme De Missolz

Lore by Cate Shortland

Los Salvajes
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