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Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Enemy,' Xavier Dolan's 'Tom At The Farm' & More Make TIFF's Top 10 Canadian Films Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 3:23 PM
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And the lists keep on coming... We're just a few weeks away from 2014 (crazy, right?) which means lots of lists are being made, and not just for Santa Claus. Critics, pundits, everyday folks and your next door neighbor are drafting their tally of the year's finest achievement in cinema, and this latest rundown comes from north of the border, with a little twist.

BFI London Film Festival Diary Day 3: 'Nebraska,' 'Starred Up,' 'A Touch Of Sin' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 12, 2013 10:59 AM
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Nebraska
The big gala on the first Friday of the BFI London Film Festival was for Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" [D+], which heads up the LFF's Journey strand (last year's major innovation saw the festival split into multiple themed sections, mostly named after verbs for some reason—Laugh, Dare, Debate, Thrill etc.) Warmly received when it premiered at Cannes, the film's been a longtime passion project for the helmer, who directs for the first time from a script that he didn't write. He's certainly found a like mind in screenwriter Bob Nelson, as many of the director's favorite subjects—the Midwest, the American Dream, thick lashings of social satire—are touched on in this story of a father (Bruce Dern) and son (Will Forte) who head on a reluctant road trip together to pick up the million dollars that the dad believes he's won. Also present and correct, unfortunately, is the sneering attitude that Payne all too often takes to his characters.

Watch: Xavier Dolan Goes To The Country In Eerie Trailer For 'Tom At The Farm'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 8:05 AM
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After a trio of stylish, deeply emotional films in "I Killed My Mother," "Heartbeats" and the epic "Laurence Anyways," Xavier Dolan has somewhat shifted gears for his fourth feature "Tom At The Farm." The eye for visuals are still there it seems, but an eerier tone and colder atmosphere pervades this thriller, and the first trailer has arrived to provide a tantalizing look at the picture.

Watch: Aspect Ratio Shifting Clip From Xavier Dolan's 'Tom At The Farm'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 13, 2013 4:32 PM
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When you think of Xavier Dolan, I assume you think, “Oh yeah, the guy who did the voice of Ron Weasley in the French dubs of the 'Harry Potter' films.” I know I do. But seriously, Dolan is also a director of some note, who at the age of 24 is about to release his fourth film, following on from the well-regarded pieces “I Killed My Mother,” “Heartbeats” and “Laurence Anyways.”

Venice Review: Xavier Dolan's 'Tom A La Ferme'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 1, 2013 8:20 PM
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Few filmmakers in modern times have had such a meteoric rise at such an early age as Xavier Dolan. The French-Canadian wunderkind, a former child-star (and still occasionally a voiceover actor for local dubs, with roles including Ron Weasley in the 'Harry Potter' films) premiered his first film at Cannes aged only 20, and has returned to the festival twice more, rising up through the sidebars with "Heartbeats" and "Laurence Anyways."

The 10 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2013 Venice Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 26, 2013 1:01 PM
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If you look at the release schedule for the next couple of weeks, it's clear that we're entering the late August/early September slow season. Half-formed young adult adaptations, thrillers that star Ethan Hawke because Nicolas Cage was unavailable, 3D boyband concert movies and a Riddick sequel, with only "The World's End" and "You're Next" to save the day.

TIFF 2013 Adds 'Enemy' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, 'The F Word' With Daniel Radcliffe, Xavier Dolan's Latest & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2013 3:00 PM
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The Toronto International Film Festival continues to pad out its already stellar lineup. This afternoon, word's come of the Canadian produced titles ready to walk the red carpet, and includes more notable flicks that festival-goers will want to add to their schedule.

Venice 2013: Poster, First Look & Official Synopsis For Xavier Dolan's 'Tom At The Farm'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2013 11:05 AM
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We're coming out of the fog, storm and noise of the summer movie season, heading into the the promising months of fall festivals, and it's a good time to be a cinephile. With TIFF unveiling their first wave of titles earlier this week, Venice followed suit this morning giving folks headed to the Lido plenty to get excited about. As always, we'll start getting a peek at those films very soon.

Predicting The 2013 Cannes Film Festival Lineup: Who Will Join 'The Great Gatsby' On The Croisette?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 14, 2013 12:03 PM
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On Tuesday, it was announced that Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" would open this year's Cannes Film Festival, still the most prestigious, and arguably most important event on the cinematic calendar. And today, March 14th, marks the last day on which films can be seen by the selection panel for the festival, which kicks off May 15th.

Xavier Dolan Talks ‘Laurence Anyways,’ His Prolific Career & His Upcoming Psychological Thriller ‘Tom a la Ferme’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 26, 2012 1:23 PM
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Three service elevators, two stairwells, and one cautious yet friendly hotel employee later, Xavier Dolan locates what he and his “Laurence Anyways” actress and friend Suzanne Clément discovered the previous afternoon: A barren hotel floor halted mid-renovation, drenched in sunlight amidst stripped columns and walls, and a cloud of dust lifted with every step through it. “This floor technically doesn’t exist, if you just use the main elevators,” notes the 23-year-old director of “J'ai Tué Ma Mere (I Killed My Mother)” and “Heartbeats” as we wander around the space.

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