‘Bright Star,’ ‘Precious,’ ‘Informant’ and 19 more to play TIFF

Posted by · 9:09 am · July 14th, 2009

The Co-Directors of the Toronto International Film Festival took to the stage this morning at the first of three summer press conferences to begin announcing the slate of films that will comprise this, the 34th annual Toronto International Film Festival. This morning’s announcement of 22 titles brought some pleasant surprises, as well as some expected […]

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Cracks show in Cannes lineup

Posted by · 7:12 am · May 17th, 2009

After surveying the reviews of Johnnie To’s “Vengeance” and Brillante Mendoza’s “Kinatay,” it seems safe to assume that neither film is a contender for the Palme d’Or — in the latter, we may even have our first real critical punchbag of the Competition. ScreenDaily dismisses “Vengeance,” an action effort teaming Hong Kong genre lord To […]

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Cannes: sizing up the Competition, part two

Posted by · 5:54 am · May 12th, 2009

Continuing yesterday’s survey of the runners and riders in the race for the Palme d’Or… “ANTICHRIST” (Lars Von Trier) The pitch: You’ve seen the trailer. Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe star as bereaved parents who retreat to a remote woodland cottage to nurse their grief, only to be terrorised by unnamed forces of evil. (English […]

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