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5 Fall Festival Films That Still Need Distribution

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 18, 2012 11:00 AM
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TIFF remains one of the biggest distribution markets in the world, and with the festival now over, some distributors are walking away with some big prizes. Focus Features took "The Place Beyond The Pines," Lionsgate and/or Roadside Attractions bought a wealth of pictures, including "Imogene," "Thanks For Sharing" and "Stories We Tell," Anchor Bay landed Rob Zombie's "The Lords Of Salem," IFC Films grabbed "Frances Ha" Magnolia won "The Brass Teapot" Dimension picked up "Aftershock," and Sony Pictures Classics took "Wadjda," and these are just a few of the deals that went down at the festival.

'Argo,' 'Rust And Bone,' 'Amour' & More Head To BFI London Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 5, 2012 7:58 AM
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Telluride is wrapped, Venice heads into its final days and TIFF is just about to gear up, but the festival season is far from over. The BFI London Film Festival has dropped their slate this morning and not only is it pulling titles from all those fests, it has nabbed the best of Sundance and Cannes as well for what is a greatest hits package of sorts for cinephiles.

Watch: New French Trailer For Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2012 12:56 PM
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Just as we did earlier today with "Take This Waltz," here's another Canadian film we continue to trumpet, although this one is still without U.S. distribution. Xavier Dolan's bold and beautiful "Laurence Anyways" is now starting to roll out overseas after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in May and opening in Canada not long after. And a new trailer has arrived, with new footage to tantalize those who still have yet to experience the picture.

New Images For Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways,' Is Someone Going To Pick Up This Movie?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 5, 2012 4:03 PM
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With the Cannes Film Festival now come and gone, and most of the major/buzzworthy movies acquiring some kind of stateside distribution (including Leos Carax's difficult and genuinely WTF "Holy Motors"), what's the deal with Xavier Dolan's "Laurence Anyways"?

'Después de Lucía' Takes Top Prize In Un Certain Regard At Cannes; 'Laurence Anyways,' 'Djeca' & More Also Earn Honors

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2012 2:32 PM
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The Nice airport is getting a bit less busy, and the cafés and hotels on the Croisette are quieter as the Cannes Film Festival wraps up today. Awards are starting to be handed out and first up are the prizes for the festival's Un Certain Regard category, which tends to feature newer, lesser-known directors and slightly edgier fare than the main competition lineup.

Cannes Review: Xavier Dolan's Messy 'Laurence Anyways' Is Both Ambitious & Admirable

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 18, 2012 5:22 PM
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"The sky's the limit," Fred (Suzanne Clement) says when she's asked about what people will say when her boyfriend Laurence (Melvin Poupad) decides to become a woman. It's 1989 and she believes that her generation is ready to handle transsexuality -- and perhaps they are -- but as both Fred and Laurence soon find out, their intellectual capacity to deal with the transition may not survive the rigors of the heart. The young director Xavier Dolan has proven he's anything if not divisive, and his latest, "Laurence Anyways," will do nothing to change that. But as messy as it is, as much as the film overreaches and overplays its hand, "Laurence Anyways" is also exciting for the very ambition and narrative daring that it contains.

The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Films Of The Cannes Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 9, 2012 1:13 PM
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A week from today, the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival will be getting underway on the south coast of France, opening with Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," and as ever, it's possibly the biggest date in the cinephile calendar, with a host of hotly-anticipated films set to premiere over the ten days that follow. A jury headed up by Nanni Moretti, and also including Andrea Arnold, Ewan McGregor, Alexander Payne, Diane Kruger and Jean-Paul Gaultier will have to decide which of over twenty films to award the Palme d'Or to, but while the competition will be typically fierce in competition, there's plenty of gems to find in the Directors' Fortnight, Un Certain Regard and Critics' Week sidebars too.

Canadians At Cannes: New Looks At Brandon Cronenberg's 'Antiviral' & Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2012 6:03 PM
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The Cannes Film Festival is just two weeks away and excitement continues to grow, and as filmmakers, producers, directors, actors and sales agents pack their bags, more peeks of the films hitting the Croisette are landing online. The latest comes from two Canadian filmmakers who will both be competing in the Un Certain Regard section.

Director Xavier Dolan Says He's Disappointed 'Laurence Anyways' Won't Be In Competition, But Still Happy To Be Headed To Cannes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 20, 2012 2:05 PM
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While yesterday brought good news to directors, actors, productions and distributors with the Cannes Film Festival unveiling their slate, there is one filmmaker who was a bit prickled at first. Montreal's Xavier Dolan. The 23-year-old is no stranger to the south of France, winning acclaim for his debut film "J’ai tué ma mère" which premiered at the Director's Fortnight sidebar. Then in 2010 he graduated to the festival proper, screening "Heartbeats" in the Un Certain Regard category. Many expected his latest effort, "Laurence Anyways," to finally land him a slot In Competition, but alas, he's been relegated to Un Certain Regard again, and he admits, it wasn't the news he was hoping for.

Watch: Stylish & Beautiful English Subtitled 3 Minute Trailer For Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2012 5:29 PM
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Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan is back this year with "Laurence Anyways," and while some have criticized his films for putting style over substance (this writer disagrees), there is no denying it is tremendously exciting to see such a young director go balls out, with carefully crafted, deeply evocative images. And this lengthy, three-minute trailer for his new film (French only, sorry) shows that once again, he's going to be putting some utterly gorgeous imagery up on screen.

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