Post by piercebrosnanhot on Jul 23, 2013 21:23:46 GMT -5
Movies and Dates: Toronto Film Festival 2013
Toronto Film Festival 2013 Dates and Movies (photo: Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson in ‘The Love Punch’)
The Toronto Film Festival 2013 dates are September 5 to 15. The Opening Night Gala film is Bill Condon’s bound-to-be-controversial The Fifth Estate, which is not a belated sequel to Serge Leroy’s The Fourth Power / Le 4ème pouvoir. Instead of the Power of the Press — which seems to have gone the way of the 20th century (unless you consider the Royal Baby an epoch-making event) — The Fifth Estate is about the Power of Technology: the Wikileaks scandal that embarrassed (and infuriated) the U.S. government and military by exposing their dirty dealings.
Written by Josh Singer, The Fifth Estate stars Star Trek Into Darkness‘ Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, in addition to Laura Linney, Daniel Brühl, Anthony Mackie, Moritz Bleibtreu, Peter Capaldi, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, Carice van Houten, Stanley Tucci, and Dan Stevens.
The Toronto Film Festival’s Closing Night Gala movie is another American production: Daniel Schechter’s Life of Crime. Adapted by Schechter himself from a book by Elmore Leonard, Life of Crime revolves around two ex-cons whose kidnapping of a real-estate developer’s wife doesn’t come off quite as planned. The Life of Crime cast includes Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, John Hawkins, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, Mos Def, and Charlie Tahan. Toronto Film Festival 2013 world premieres
As to be expected, the 2013 Toronto Film Festival’s world and North American premieres consist chiefly of English-language movies with Academy Award potential — or at least those hoping to create some sort of (North American) awards-season buzz. Those include John Wells’ August: Osage County, starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Juliette Lewis; John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg and Ben Foster as William S. Burroughs; Joel Hopkins’ romantic caper comedy The Love Punch, with Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan; and Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, another bound-to-be-controversial entry, with Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela in his freedom-fighting (and blowing up) days, and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela.
Also: Denis Villeneuve’s crime drama Prisoners, with Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Paul Dano, Terrence Howard, and Viola Davis, and Melissa Leo; Jonathan Teplitzky’s World War II-set The Railway Man, with Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, and Jeremy Irvine; Ron Howard’s racing-car drama Rush, with Chris Hemsworth (as James Hunt), The Fifth Estate‘s Daniel Brühl (as Niki Lauda), Olivia Wilde, and Alexandra Maria Lara; and Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman, with Fiennes as Charles Dickens, plus Felicity Jones and Kristin Scott Thomas.
On the non-English-language movie front, there are Bertrand Tavernier’s Quai d’Orsay, with Thierry Lhermitte and Jane Birkin; Martin Provost’s biopic Violette, with Emmanuelle Devos as controversial author Violette Leduc (lesbianism in Ravages, incest in Le Taxi), Sandrine Kiberlain as Simone de Beauvoir, and Olivier Gourmet as gay businessman (and Leduc’s object of desire) Jacques Guérin; and The Fourth Power star Nicole Garcia’s Going Away / Il est parti dimanche, featuring veteran Dominique Sanda. And notable among the Toronto Film Festival’s North American premieres are Abdellatif Kechiche’s 2013 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color, with Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, and Paolo Sorrentino’s Palme d’Or contender The Great Beauty.
A couple of movies notably absent from the 2013 Toronto Film Festival line-up (so far) are Susanne Bier’s Serena, which reunites Silver Linings Playbook‘s Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, and David Michôd’s The Rover, starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce. Maybe those movies aren’t ready yet. Or perhaps they’re headed to the Venice Film Festival? The Venice lineup will be announced on July 25.
Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan The Love Punch photo: Toronto Film Festival 2013.
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Very encouraging news that Love Punch was chosen for the TIFF. Hopefully as a more mainstream film it gets wider distribution.
A breakdown of Pierce's films in some of the top festivals over the years and only one was a critical stinker and that one (Salvation Blvd) seemed to be chosen because the director was a prior winner at the festival.
Berlinale Mister Johnson (1991) The Tailor Of Panama (2001) The Ghost Writer (2010)
Venice Love Is All You Need (2012)
New York Film Festival Married Life (2007)
TIFF Evelyn (2002) The Matador (2005) Seraphm Falls (2006) Married Life (2007) Love Is All You Need (2012) Love Punch (2013)
The Matador (2005) The Greatest (2009) Salvation Blvd (2011)
The TIFF schedule has been released and Love Punch will be screened on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 9:30pm at Roy Thompson Hall and then again on Friday, September 13th, 2013 at 11am at the Visa Screening Room (Elgin).
Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson star in this romantic comedy/heist film as a divorced duo who sets aside their differences to undertake a high-stakes jewel robbery on the Côte d'Azur.
A romantic romp spanning London, Paris, and the French Riviera, The Love Punch brings together Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson in the latest comic charmer from Joel Hopkins. The English writer-director takes his cues from classic capers like A Fish Called Wanda and Romancing the Stone, but delivers a topical new take on the genre, refreshing the formula of high-stakes adventure and barbed flirtation for our financially constrained times.
Reuniting with Hopkins for the first time since 2008's Last Chance Harvey, Academy Award-winner Thompson plays Kate, whose biting banter with ex-husband Richard (Brosnan) suggests that the embers of their former ardour haven't been fully extinguished. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for their retirement nest egg, which is well and truly wiped out when Richard's investment firm is defrauded and the employee pension fund is siphoned away. Learning that the unscrupulous French financier behind the scheme has just purchased a $10 million diamond for his bride-to-be, the divorced duo grudgingly agree to set aside their differences, and hatch a plot to crash the nuptials and nab the gargantuan rock. Complicating matters is the high-security wedding venue, a cliff-top castle on the Côte d'Azur — a challenge seemingly better suited to Brosnan's erstwhile super-spy alter ego — plus Richard's growing conviction that his split with Kate was a mistake.
It's difficult not to agree — such is the chemistry between Brosnan and Thompson. Both performers tear into Hopkins's repartee with relish, as do seasoned character actors Timothy Spall (The King's Speech) and Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), playing a pair of neighbours-turned-conspirators rooting for the estranged couple's reconciliation. Together they form a formidable comedic foursome, while Hopkins handles his graduation to the grand escapade with consummate aplomb.
“We have the strongest slate of movies for buyers that I have seen in my six years in this job,” says TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey.
By: Martin Knelman Entertainment, Published on Fri Aug 30 2013
This is a great year for industry players from abroad who come to Toronto on a mission to buy distribution rights to movies up for grabs at TIFF, according to someone who should know better than anyone.
“This year we have the strongest slate of movies for buyers to consider that I have seen in my six years in this job,” crows Cameron Bailey, the festival’s artistic director.
The action takes place in back rooms out of sight of the filmgoing public, but it’s one of the key factors that makes TIFF a global player — despite the fact that unlike certain other festivals, notably Cannes, Toronto does not have a designated film market.
But that can be an advantage for the prospective buyers, about 1,500 of them in a typical year. They can see movies at industry screenings, but what might really count is a public screening. That’s where they can check the response of a general audience.
Along with about 500 industry players who are in the business of trying to sell films, these buyers not only shell out money for TIFF industry passes but spend a lot on hotel rooms, meals and drinks, making a significant contribution to the festival’s $189-million economic impact.
There are many buyers from far-flung places where people speak different languages, but the biggest payoffs (the seven-figure sales) usually involve U.S. distribution rights for English-language movies with at least one or two big names in the cast. With few exceptions, the hot titles on offer can be found in the Gala and Special Presentations programs.
Two U.S. productions that could spark bidding wars — both with world premieres on opening weekend — are Jason Bateman’s Bad Words and John Carney’s Can a Song Save Your Life?
In the former, Bateman not only directs but stars as a school dropout who, through a loophole, wangles his way into a spelling bee meant for kids. In the latter, the writer-director of the charming 2006 hit Once returns to the musical form, with a cast headed by Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.
Two Canadian Gala comedies hoping to sell U.S. rights are The Grand Seduction, directed by Don McKellar, and The Right Kind of Wrong, directed by Jeremiah Chechik.
Several Special Presentations productions with U.S. rights for sale have Canadian directors: Paul Haggis (Third Person), Denis Villeneuve (Enemy), Michael Dowse (The F Word) and Atom Egoyan (Devil’s Knot.)
Gala titles with big-name stars and U.S. rights available include The Railway Man, with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth; The Love Punch, with Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan; Words and Pictures, with Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche, and Life of Crime, with Jennifer Aniston.
Among the for-sale titles in Special Presentations are The Double (based on a Dostoyevsky novella), Fading Gigolo (written and directed by John Turturro, who also stars), Half of a Yellow Sun (about two women in Nigeria) and Hateship Loveship (based on a story by Alice Munro.)
According to Bailey, film sales slumped in 2009 because of the global economic meltdown, but started to show signs of recovery in 2010 and 2011 and, by 2012, had picked back up. It is sometimes hard to know the details of some deals, but in a good year $30 million is the ballpark total of sales made at TIFF.
Typically at TIFF, much of the action takes place in a five-day period, from the Friday of the opening weekend to the following Tuesday. But, Bailey says, buyers and sellers are arriving earlier and staying longer, some for the full 11 days, the better to improve relationships with business partners.
Meanwhile, moviegoers who are not working in the film industry are showing more interest in deal-making than they did in TIFF’s early years, partly because you can find a lot of information online.
It’s a specialized hobby, “sort of like following what happens in the NHL draft,” as Bailey puts it.
Strange, lt shouldn't be broken but it is. It's hotlinked from my site (this board btw is the only place I've allowed hotlinking from my site). I wonder if a glitch in the new server that I had to switch over today.
Films by Matthew Weiner, Eli Roth and Jennifer Aniston are expected to find buyers at the festival
Filmmakers like Alfonso Cuaron and Spike Jonze enter the Toronto Film Festival with a simple question: Will audiences like their movie?
Filmmakers like Matthew Weiner and Eli Roth enter the festival with a follow-up question: Will audiences like it enough for someone to buy it?
Weiner and Roth are among those entering the festival with finished films — but no distributors. All are in the hunt for a deal, but only a select few can feel certain they will get one.
TheWrap spoke with buyers, sellers, agents and other interested parties to find out which films are the most likely ones to get a deal at Toronto.
Here are the choices repeated by many:
THE LOVE PUNCH Director: Joel Hopkins Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Timothy Spall, Tuppence Middleton Sales Agent: WME
Brosnan and Thompson play a divorced couple who plot to recover some stolen money. The last time Hopkins teamed with Thompson and a reputable actor (the more dour Dustin Hoffman in “Last Chance Harvey”), the movie made $32 million — a hefty sum for a Toronto title.
In general, any idea how long it takes something sold at the festival to make it's way to an actual theater?
It depends on the distributor, their existing schedule, the amount of money and plans they have for prints and advertising and where they think it fits better in the year against competition. It could be a few months, could be a year.
Seraphim Falls and Married Life were both bought for US markets at the TIFF. SeraphimFalls opened four months later the following Jan and Married Life in March. Both were distributed by Sony Classics which also released Love Is All You Need.
The Matador premiered at Sundance in Jan 2005 but wasn't released until late Dec 2005 because Weinstein had award plans in mind. The Greatest took a year and half because the distibutor that bought it first went under.