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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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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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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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Best of the Week: Buyers Hit Fall Fests, Gandolfini's Farewell Performance, TIFF Reviews and Interviews, and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • September 14, 2013 10:13 AM
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TIFF, Day Five: Villeneuve's 'Enemy,' Reichardt's 'Night Moves' and the Overstuffed 'August: Osage County'

Sometimes you shouldn't listen to people you're standing next to in line, no matter how charming you find them.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 13, 2013 12:10 PM
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TIFF Buy: Open Road Acquires John Ridley's Must-See Hendrix Biopic 'All Is By My Side' (TIFF VIDEO)

John Ridley is having a good Toronto. Not only did "12 Years a Slave" leap to the top of the Oscar pack, for which he could well earn an adapted screenplay nomination, but his directorial feature film debut "All Is By My Side," a smart slice-of-life from the London launch of Jimi Hendrix's career, has been acquired by Open Road. Ridley has succeeded where many have failed over the years, to make a Hendrix biopic by steering clear from the shoals of cooperating with the Hendrix estate. He skips his most famous music and relies on early covers like "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 12, 2013 10:23 PM
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Review and Roundup: Weinstein Acquisition 'The Railway Man,' Starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman

The Weinstein Company recently closed a deal for US rights to "The Railway Man," starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. The film is directed by Aussie Jonathan Teplitzsky, and centers on a World War II veteran who tracks down the wartime men who tortured him. Per THR, it's a $2 million buy.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 12, 2013 3:38 PM
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TIFF Review: Pirjo Honkasalo's 'Concrete Night' One of the Most Gorgeous Films at Toronto (TRAILER)

Included in the Toronto Film Festival’s “Masters” selection -- and for very good reason -- “Concrete Night” marks the return of the Finnish filmmaker Pirjo Honkasalo (“The Three Rooms of Melancholia”) to the realm of fiction for the first time since 1998, with a story that explores the poverty of the soul; the poverty of the pocketbook; life, death, Helsinki and the cosmos.
  • By John Anderson
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  • September 12, 2013 12:05 PM
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