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WATCH: Astonishing 'Winter Sleep' Trailer Ahead of Fall Fests

North American festivalgoers will at last get a taste of what made Cannes go crazy for Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Palme d'Or winner "Winter Sleep" when it hits Telluride this weekend, and Toronto in September. Watch the new trailer below.
  • By Elaina Patton
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  • August 29, 2014 5:28 PM
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Telluride Lands a Rich Program and Key World Premieres Ahead of Toronto

The Telluride Film Festival program unspooling over Labor Day weekend (August 29 - September 1) is choice, with 25 new features out of 85 feature films, short films and revivals from 28 countries. (Full program below.) Clearly, the festival did not lose the battle with the Toronto Film Festival. Venice got first dibs on the rapturously received "Birdman," "The Price of Fame," "The Look of Silence" and "99 Homes." And Open Road advance-screened its Telluride world premiere, Jon Stewart's debut film "Rosewater," for some critics (reviews here) which may not have been their best move.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 28, 2014 2:38 PM
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TIFF WATCH: Jean Dujardin Is the French Popeye Doyle in Terrific 'The Connection' Trailer

A first trailer has dropped for Toronto entry "The Connection," starring French screen icon Jean Dujardin as a magistrate working to take down the organized drug trade in Marseille.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 27, 2014 1:53 PM
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Participant Media, Changing Its Stripes, Sells Thriller 'Out of the Dark' to Vertical Entertainment

As Participant Media prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary at Toronto with the world premiere of animated “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” the company led by eBay co-founder Jeff Skoll has been broadening its narrowly defined social action niche to include commercial feature fare. The message is still there--but it's more hidden.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 25, 2014 5:41 PM
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TIFF Thriller 'Cut Bank' Picked Up by A24, DIRECTV

A24 and DIRECTV have picked up U.S. rights to Matt Shakman's feature directorial debut, thriller "Cut Bank," which premiered at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival and will show before international audiences later this year in Toronto.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 22, 2014 3:10 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Watch the Trailer for Chinese Kidnapping Drama 'Dearest,' Bound for Toronto & Venice

Director/producer Peter Ho-Sun Chan is a leading figure in the Asian film industry. His new feature "Dearest," the intense followup to 2013's "American Dreams in China," centers on the true story of a divorced couple whose three-year-old goes suddenly missing. Watch the trailer, exclusive to TOH!, here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 22, 2014 2:03 PM
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Screen Talk: Telluride Film Festival Predictions and Preview

The Thursday before Labor Day weekend, Indiewire critic Eric Kohn and I will arrive in Telluride, a little mining town in the Colorado Rockies, when we'll finally learn what's actually on the Telluride Film Festival schedule. On this week's podcast, we suss out our best guesses on the program. What impact will the new rules of engagement--no Telluride premieres on Toronto's first weekend--have on the two festivals?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2014 12:41 PM
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Toronto Preview: Mavericks and Doc Speakers, and a New Studio Ghibli Doc

More and more, film festivals are relying on more than film programming to lure audiences. The expansive Toronto International Film Festival is no exception. This year's Mavericks lineup of eight speakers in a Q & A format is high profile indeed. Perhaps to make up for world premiering "Wild" at Telluride, producer-star Reese Witherspoon will do a conversation about that dilm and "The Good Lie."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 19, 2014 2:25 PM
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Jason Reitman's 'Men, Women & Children' Will Follow Toronto Premiere with October Release

Paramount is pushing Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" into the early awards season corridor. This adaptation of the Chad Kultgen novel about modern American sexual frustration will open in limited release on October 3 before going wider October 17, following its September TIFF premiere.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 18, 2014 6:13 PM
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TIFF Brings International Trailblazers Into the Spotlight with Asian Film Summit, Doc Talks & More

As the lineup shakes out, the 39th Toronto Film Festival is making way for what looks to be its most global program yet.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 14, 2014 2:43 PM
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