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Spike Jonze Previews 'Her' Before its New York Film Festival Unveiling

Spike Jonze did not have a completed film to show at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, even though he'd been working on his fourth feature "Her" for three years, and editing the film for 14 months. It was "a relentless process" he said at the TIFF Q & A. "I don't know what I'm making, I find it along the way." But he did provide a tantalizing preview of "Her," which was financed by Megan Ellison's Annapurna, via clips and a talk with his friend, filmmaker Kelly Reichardt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 5, 2013 12:53 PM
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Ramping Up to the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival

While perusing the program for the upcoming 36th Mill Valley Film Festival (October 3 through 13) I was pleased to see that I could indeed see a number of the titles that I'd missed in Toronto and Telluride, including "The Past" by Asghar Farhadi, Roger Michell's "Le Week-End," Stephen Frears' "Philomena," and "The Missing Picture," by Rithy Pan.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • October 2, 2013 6:35 PM
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Music Box Takes Stateside Rights to Pawel Pawlikowski's 'Ida' (TRAILER)

UPDATE: Following its French acquisition by Memento, Pawel Pawlikowski's "Ida," which impressed at both Telluride and Toronto, has found US and Canadian distribution with Music Box Films. A release in the late second quarter of 2014 is planned.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 26, 2013 12:50 PM
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'Out in the Dark': The Love that Dare Not Speak Its Name Dares to Challenge Borders

Michael Mayer came to the topic of "Out in the Dark," his debut feature which had its world premiere earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, through a combination of chance and unexpected passion. The Israeli-born filmmaker was eating dinner in Los Angeles with a friend from Tel Aviv who mentioned his work with gay Palestinians living in Israel and told Mayer about their legal, political and emotional uncertainties. "It kind of blew me away," he told me in a phone interview last week. "It was the first time since film school when I was like, 'oh shit, I want to tell that story.'"
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • September 24, 2013 3:17 PM
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Jessica Chastain & Ned Benson Talk the Long Road to TIFF Hit 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby'

One of the unforeseen but delightful surprises at this year's Toronto International Film Festival was "The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby." I must confess that, stumbling bleary-eyed into its first 9 am press screening, I did feel slightly concerned about the 190-minute running time of writer-director Ned Benson's debut.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 23, 2013 6:04 AM
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Rebellion, Corruption and Rejection: Norway Under the Radar at TIFF

Life just isn’t that easy in the three Norwegian films that premiered at TIFF this year, all of which played under the critics’ radar.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • September 21, 2013 4:02 PM
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Sackler Talks Astonishing TIFF Doc 'Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus'

I learned a lot of things I did not know in Madeleine Sackler's astonishing documentary "Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus," which HBO Documentary Films scooped up before its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. (HBO will air the film in 2014.) The weird title starts to make sense when you see the movie, which chronicles the many hurdles placed in front of an underground theater troupe, the Belarus Free Theatre.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 20, 2013 2:25 PM
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Telluride and Toronto Winners and Losers: Who Came Out Ahead?

The fall film festivals are a crucible that send winners out into the award fracas and losers to lick their wounds.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 16, 2013 6:19 AM
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TIFF Interview: How Alex Gibney Changed Gears on Biker-Doping Doc 'The Armstrong Lie' (CLIP)

Alex Gibney talks his new doc "The Armstrong Lie," which recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 14, 2013 3:07 PM
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WATCH: TIFF Press Conferences for '12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity,' 'Prisoners,' 'Labor Day,' 'Enough Said' and More

Check out TIFF press conferences for "12 Years a Slave," "Prisoners," "Labor Day," "Gravity," "The Fifth Estate," "Enough Said," "The F Word," "The Railway Man," "Blood Ties," "Mandela," "August: Osage County" and "The Invisible Woman."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 11, 2013 12:57 PM
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