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Wash Westmoreland Heads Lff Jury; Polanski Added To Efa List; Tokyo Fest Competition — Global Briefs

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Colette director Wash Westmoreland will head this year’s BFI London Film Festival (Lff) main jury. He will be joined by Game Of Thrones actress Lena Headey, Egyptian writer and producer Mohamed Hefzy, I, Daniel Blake actress Hayley Squires, director Sudabeh Mortezai (whose Joy won last year’s Lff Competition) and magazine editor Jane Crowther. The Lff First Feature Competition jury will be led by Jessica Hausner, whose Little Joe screens at this year’s fest. Joining her are filmmaker Shola Amoo, whose The Last Tree was at Sundance this year, playwright Theresa Ikoko, and Lilting director Hong Khaou. The festival’s Documentary Competition will be overseen by Strong Island director Yance Ford, with outgoing DocLisboa head Cintia Gil, soon to take over at Sheffield Doc/Fest, and Skate Kitchen producer Julia Nottingham. Finally, the short film jury consists of filmmakers Amrou Al-Kadhi and Mark Jenkin, actor Alex Lawther, and actress and writer Marli Siu.
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48 feature films selected for the European Film Awards - European Film Awards 2019

The list includes recommendations from 31 European countries; the final nominees will be announced on 9 November at the Seville European Film Festival. Update (26/09/2019): Two new films have been added to the selection, About Endlessness by Roy Andersson and An Officer and a Spy by Roman Polanski. The European Film Academy and Efa Productions have announced the titles of the 46 films in this year's Efa Feature Film Selection, the list of feature-length fiction films recommended for a nomination for the 2019 European Film Awards. Once again, the diversity of cinematic production has been highlighted, since 31 European countries are represented in the list. The selection has been made by a committee consisting of the Efa board as well as invited experts Giorgio Gosetti (Italy), Kathrin Kohlstedde (Germany), Paz Lazaro (Spain), Mary Nazari (Russia), Edvinas Pukšta (Lithuania) and Agathe Valentin (France). In the coming weeks, the over 3,600 members...
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Toronto 2019: Top 10 & Coverage Roundup

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Top Picksdaniel KASMAN1. 2008 (Blake Williams)2. State Funeral (Sergei Loznitsa)3. About Endlessness (Roy Andersson)4. Seven Years in May (Affonso Uchôa)5. Uncut Gems (Josh & Benny Safdie)6. Crazy World (Nabwana I.G.G.)7. Austrian Pavilion (Philipp Fleischmann)8. Transcript (Erica Sheu)9. Collective (Alexander Nanau)10. Book of Hours (Annie MacDonell)Fernando F. CROCE1. The Traitor (Marco Bellocchio)2. The Cordillera of Dreams (Patricio Guzmán)3. Uncut Gems (Josh & Benny Safdie)4. Bacurau (Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles)5. The Wild Goose Lake (Diao Yinan)6. First Love (Takashi Miike)7. Anne at 13,000 ft (Kazik Radwanksi)8. The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão (Karim Aïnouz)9. Sound of Metal (Darius Marder)10. It Must Be Heaven (Elia Suleiman)Kelley DONG1. To the Ends of the Earth (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)2. Jordan River Anderson, the Messenger (Alanis Obomsawin)3. The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn)4. Liberté (Albert Serra)5. How to Build a Girl (Coky Gieroyc), Saint Maud (Rose Glass)Correspondences#1 Daniel Kasman
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Swedes Call for Incentives to Keep Potential Runaways at Home

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Swedes Call for Incentives to Keep Potential Runaways at Home
Horror film “Midsommar” did it last year. A new adaptation of the Swedish classic “The Emigrants” will do it next year. Prestigious productions that could have taken advantage of beautiful Swedish locations and craft expertise continue to run away to foreign locations for lower costs and tax incentives.

Despite having a strong film industry creatively – recent Swedish films include Roy Andersson’s Toronto Film Festival player “About Endlessness” and Sweden’s Oscar entry in the International Feature Film category, Levan Akin’s “And Then We Danced” – Sweden is among a forlorn group of just four countries in the European Union and the European Economic Area that still don’t have a national government-funded film and TV filming incentive.

Whereas Finland, Norway and Iceland, with their 25% incentives, are more sought after location destinations for foreign producers, Sweden and Denmark – the most prolific countries of Nordic cinema – are still waiting for their
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12 Best Movies at Toronto Film Festival 2019

12 Best Movies at Toronto Film Festival 2019
Every person who heads to the Toronto International Film Festival — especially those who hope to take the pulse of the upcoming awards-circuit season — comes with certain expectations. Maybe these notions are industry-driven (the trades and the prognosticators says A and B are the big films to beat for months now!). Maybe they’re personal (I love X and Y, and can’t wait to see their latest work!). Maybe a few things that premiered in Venice or sneak-previewed in Telluride just a week or so prior have already had tastemakers’ tongues wagging,
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The Best Films at the 2019 Toronto, Venice, Telluride, and Locarno Film Festivals

With the Toronto International Film Festival concluding this past weekend and Telluride, Venice, and Locarno in the rearview, the first phase of fall film festivals have concluded. Ahead of the New York Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, AFI Fest, and more, we’ve rounded up our favorite films seen over the past month or so, resulting in a selection of premieres to have on your radar.

Stay tuned over the next months (or years) as we bring updates on films as they make their way to screens. One can also click here for a link to all of our festival coverage, including news, trailers, reviews, and much more. As always, thanks for reading, and let us know what you’re most looking forward to in the comments below. Also, for a more substantial look at what’s coming to theaters this season, check out our fall preview,
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Venice 2019: Lions, Barbarians, and Farewells

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A few days ago, on my first dispatch from the Lido, I wrote that Venice was grappling with some sort of identity crisis. Having long been a fortunate platform for awards season hopefuls—and with Cannes and Netflix's disagreement over releasing films in French cinemas, a new favorite turf for the streaming giant—the festival needs to juggle its role as window for large studio productions, and the arguably far more important one it plays as launchpad for smaller-budget, unconventional and daring works from old and new auteurs. By the time you’ll read this, Joker’s Golden Lion will be old news. Minutes after the Joaquin Phoenix vehicle nabbed a most unexpected statuette, festival director Alberto Barbera went on to hail Todd Philipps’ triumph, claiming that the jury’s verdict spoke to the goal the festival has been working toward: “to reconcile a rigorous, research-oriented auteur cinema with
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Toby Wallace wins Venice prize for ‘Babyteeth’ performance

Toby Wallace.

Toby Wallace’s turn as a small-time drug dealer in Shannon Murphy’s debut feature Babyteeth has won him the Venice Film Festival’s Marcello Mastroianni Award for best young actor.

It is the second year in a row that the prize has been won by an Australian, with last year’s gong going to Baykali Ganambarr for his debut performance in Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale.

In Babyteeth, Wallace stars as Moses, the love interest of Eliza Scanlen’s Milla, a terminally ill teenager. Their relationship is a nightmare for Milla’s parents, played by Ben Mendelsohn and Essie Davis, but Milla teaches those in her orbit how to live like there is nothing to lose.

Produced by Alex White and based on Rita Kalnejais’ Belvoir Theatre play of the same name, the film was critically lauded after its debut in competition at Venice last week.

Variety
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Joker has last laugh in Venice by Amber Wilkinson - 2019-09-08 17:48:51

Joker won over audiences in Venice Photo: Courtesy of Nyff Todd Phillips' Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix, has won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

The film about the Batman villain, which has inspired a slew of debate online since its premiere, will be released in the UK on October.

Roman Polanski's An Officer And A Spy - which had already sparked controversy by being included due to the director's Us fugitive status after his conviction for statutory rape in 1978 - won the Grand Jury Prize.

Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner, who stars in his dramatisation of the Dreyfus affair political scandal - which also won the Fipresci award - collected the award on his behalf.

The Silver Lion went to Roy Andersson for About Endlessness, while writer/director Yonfan won the best screenplay for his Hong Kong animation No. 7 Cherry Lane.

The acting awards in the main
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Joker Takes Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, Full List of Winners Announced

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Joker Takes Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, Full List of Winners Announced
The 76th Annual Venice Film Festival winners are in, and the Joker is at the top of the list. Joining the ranks of past winners 2018's The Shape of Water and 2019's Roma, Joker is leaving Italy with the Golden Lion, the highest price awarded at the festival. Roman Polanski' An Officer and a Spy trailed closely behind, winning the Grand Jury Prize.

Joker has been capturing headlines since its world premiere on August 31st. It has received positive critical reviews and an abundance of praise for Joaquin Phoenix's transformative performance. Under Todd Phillip's direction and a script from Phillips and Scott Silver, Joker seems to surprise and delight.

The film centers around Batman's iconic arch nemesis. It is an original standalone story that explores the man who would become known as The Joker. Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, a man struggling to find his place among the divided and troubled society of Gotham.
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Tiff Review: ‘About Endlessness’ Finds Roy Andersson’s Mood of Free-Floating Pathos Exquisitely Rendered

“What should I do now that I have lost my faith?” is the question that animates About Endlessness; this being the new film by Roy Andersson, it is delivered in a doctor’s waiting room, over and over again, in a creaky voice, by a dumpy man in late middle age who continues his plaint even after the doctor and his receptionist gruntingly force him outside into the hallway, from whence they can hear him scratching at the door like a zombie.

About Endlessness is Roy Andersson’s fourth film of this century; it looks much like the previous three, and nothing like anything else ever made. Mostly unrelated blackout scenes are shot on forced-perspective studio sets stripped bare of the real world; minor-key moments of human angst, like a waiter ineffectually mopping up a red wine spill with an absolutely sodden towel, or a housewife’s half-consoling, half-embittered impatience
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Venice 2019. Awards

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JokerIn CompetitionGolden Lion – Joker (Todd Philipps) | ReviewSilver Lion (Grand Jury Prize) – An Officer and a Spy (Roman Polanski) | ReviewSilver Lion (Best Director) – Roy Andersson (About Endlessness) | ReviewCoppa Volpi for Best Actress – Ariane Ascaride (Gloria Mundi)Coppa Volpi for Best Actor – Luca Marinelli (Martin Eden) | ReviewBest Screenplay – Yonfan (No. 7 Cherry Lane)Special Jury Prize – La Mafia non è più quella di una Volta (Franco Maresco)Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress – Toby Wallace (Babyteeth) | ReviewOrizzontiAtlantisOrizzonti Award for Best Film – Atlantis (Valentyn Vasyanovych)Orizzonti Award for Best Director – Théo Court (Blanco en Blanco)Special Orizzonti Jury Prize – Verdict (Raymund Ribay Gutierrez)Orizzonti Award for Best Actress – Marta Nieto (Madre)Orizzonti Award for Best Actor — Bik Eneich (Un fils)Orizzonti Award for Best Screenplay – Jessica Palud, Philippe Lioret, Diastème (Revenir)Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film – Darling (Salim Sadiq)Lion of the Future AwardYou Will Die at 20 (Amjad Abu Alala
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Can you say controversial? ‘Joker’ takes Venice film fest’s top honor, Roman Polanski wins the Grand Jury Prize

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The 2019 Venice International Film Festival has come to a close and has announced its award winners. The coveted Golden Lion went to — egads — Todd Phillips‘ “Joker,” a comic-book-inspired origin story of Batman’s arch-nemesis as brought to twisted life by Joaquin Phoenix. But don’t guffaw. The film, partly inspired by Martin Scorsese‘s lonely outsiders in “Taxi Driver” and “The King of Comedy,” currently has a positive Rotten Tomatoes rating of 86% — with much praise aimed at its star’s performance as the Clown Prince of Crime.

However, those critics who gave the dark R-rated movie a thumbs down didn’t hold back in their grousing over this attempt to display the sociopathic instincts that take root in angry urban misfits who are determined to leave their mark. “Time” critic Stephanie Zacharek wrote these damning words: “Phillips may want us to think he’s giving us a movie all about the emptiness of our culture,
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Roy Andersson on ‘The Sorrow of Realizing That Life Is Passing’

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Roy Andersson on ‘The Sorrow of Realizing That Life Is Passing’
Director Roy Andersson, who has won Venice Film Festival’s Silver Lion for best director, delivered his latest film, “About Endlessness,” much quicker than usual. The typically deliberate Swedish filmmaker is known for taking long breaks between projects – including one 25-year stretch he spent directing commercials. Since his 2000 comeback, “Songs from the Second Floor,” he’s averaged a film every seven years. He broke that record this year, delivering his follow-up to 2014’s Golden Lion winner “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” two years faster than usual. “You are more skilled, more mature, and you know how to work better,” he explained to Variety. “But I don’t think I can work any faster than now. It will always take me at least three years to make a feature, so I think I’ll keep the same distance between works.”

How do you think “About Endlessness” differs from your previous work?
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‘Joker’ Wins Venice Film Festival Golden Lion, Roman Polanski Gets Grand Jury Prize

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The 2019 Venice International Film Festival has wrapped, and this year’s edition has announced its award winners. The Golden Lion, the festival’s top laureate, went to “Joker,” which is a strong statement from this year’s competition jury led by Lucrecia Martel. See the complete list of this year’s winners below.

In recent years, the Venice Golden Lion has gone to films that went on to have legs in the awards-season conversation stateside. Last year’s Lion went to Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” which won three Academy Awards for Netflix but lost Best Picture to “Green Book.” The year prior, the Golden Lion went to Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” which won Best Picture at the Oscars in 2018.

In a surprise upset over Joaquin Phoenix in hot competition title “Joker” (until it carried off with the Golden Lion), Best Actor went to Luca Marinelli for
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‘Joker’ Wins Golden Lion, Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer and a Spy’ Wins Grand Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival

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‘Joker’ Wins Golden Lion, Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer and a Spy’ Wins Grand Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival
Joker” from director Todd Phillips won the Golden Lion, and “J’Accuse,” or “An Officer and a Spy,” from director Roman Polanski has won the Grand Jury Prize, the festival’s runner up prize, at the 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival.

The comic book film starring Joaquin Phoenix in an origin story of the iconic Batman villain beat out a lineup that also included films such as James Gray’s “Ad Astra” and Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat” for the top prize.

“I want to thank Warner Bros. and DC for stepping out of their comfort zone and taking a big swing on me,” director Todd Phillips said as he accepted the Golden Lion.

Polanski’s “An Officer and a Spy” stars Jean Dujardin in a film about the Dreyfus Affair. His presence at the festival generated some backlash, as it’s his first film since the director
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Venice Film Festival Winners: ‘Joker’ Is Golden Lion; Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer And A Spy’ Takes Grand Jury Prize

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Venice Film Festival Winners: ‘Joker’ Is Golden Lion; Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer And A Spy’ Takes Grand Jury Prize
Refresh for latest…: The 76th Venice Film Festival draws to a close tonight with the winners about to be announced from inside the Sala Grande on the Lido. It’s been another year replete with strong movies hungry for awards season attention, as well as a fair share of controversy. And, it’s anybody’s guess which way Lucrecia Martel’s jury will swing.

Among the most contested titles, from even before the fest kicked off, is Roman Polanski’s An Officer And A Spy which nevertheless held sway with Italian critics in an annual poll. Any win tonight would certainly seem to cement the divide between U.S. and Euro perspectives in the #MeToo era.

Overall, and for Hollywood, among the biggest show-stopping moments of the past 10 days was the world premiere of Warner Bros’ Joker with a mesmerizing turn by star Joaquin Phoenix. Also highly-praised are such
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‘Joker’ wins 2019 Venice Golden Lion

‘Joker’ wins 2019 Venice Golden Lion
Roman Polanski wins the Silver Lion grand jury prize for An Officer And A Spy.

Todd Phillips’ Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the DC Comics villain, cemented its Oscar credentials after winning the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

At tonight’s award ceremony (September 7) the Silver Lion grand jury prize went to Roman Polanski’s An Officer And A Spy. Despite the controversy following the director, the film also picked up the Fipresci prize yesterday.

Swedish veteran Roy Andersson won the best director award for comedy About Endlessness.

The Lucrecia Martel-led jury awarded best screenplay to Hong Kong animation No.
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‘Joker’ Wins Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, Roman Polanski Takes Runner-Up Prize

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‘Joker’ Wins Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, Roman Polanski Takes Runner-Up Prize
Todd Phillips’ dark supervillain origin story “Joker” has come up trumps at the Venice Film Festival, taking the Golden Lion from a jury headed by Argentine auteur Lucrecia Martel. Controversial veteran Roman Polanski, meanwhile, took the runner-up Grand Jury Prize for his film “An Officer and a Spy,” capping a festival marked by debate over gender representation and the impact of #MeToo in the industry.

It’s a rarity for a major Hollywood studio production to take the top prize at Venice, and unprecedented for a superhero-adjacent property to take any such honor, but the Warner Bros. title established itself early on as the festival’s lightning rod: a film that sparked headlines and critical discussion to the very end of the festival, as many other competing titles came and went without a ripple.

Variety chief critic Owen Gleiberman was among its many champions, acclaiming it as “a neo-‘Taxi Driver
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Joker scoops the Golden Lion at Venice - Venice 2019 - Competition/Orizzonti/Awards

Venice 2019: Todd Phillips' film has bewitched the jury; the Silver Lion went to Polanski and Best Director to Roy Andersson. The Special Jury Prize was for La mafia non è più quella di una volta. The “insane talent” of Joaquin Phoenix (as described by director Todd Phillips) has triumphed over the competition. Joker has walked away with the Golden Lion at this the 76th edition of Venice International Film Festival. The incredible physical and psychological transformation of the actor, alongside the film’s mise-en-scène and screenplay, enchanted the jury presided over by Lucrecia Martel and composed of Stacy Martin, Mary Harron, Piers Handling, Rodrigo Prieto, Shinya Tsukamoto and Paolo Virzì. Phoenix appeared on stage with the director to accept the award and Phillips confirmed that without the former and his insane talent, “the film would never have existed”. Roman Polanski wasn’t there to accept the Silver Lion–Grand Jury Prize for.
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