Sneak Peak – The Magnificent Seven

Sony has a lot of confidence in Antoine Fuqua’s western The Magnificent Seven. they are pushing it into awards contention by debuting it on closing night of the Venice Film Festival. That will be two days after its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 film with the same name. Seven gun men in the old west gradually come together to help a poor village against savage thieves. 

It stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio. It is scheduled to be released in regular theaters and IMAX on September 23rd.

2016 Venice Film Festival Lineup

The 2016 Venice Film Festival runs August 31st-September 10th.

In Competition 
The Bad Batch – dir. Ana Lily AmirpourUne Vie – dir. Stephane Brize

La La Land – dir. Damien Chazelle

The Light Between Oceans – dir. Derek Cianfrance, 

El Ciudadono Ilustre – dir. Mariano Cohn, Gaston Duprat

Spira Mirabilis – dir. Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina ParentiThe Women Who Left – dir. Lav Diaz

La Region Salvaje – dir. Amat Escalante

Nocturnal Animals – dir. Tom Ford

Piuma – dir. Roan Johnson

Paradise – dir. Andrei Konchalovsky 

Brimstone – dir. Martin Koolhoven, 

On the Milky Road – dir. Emir Kusturica

Jackie – dir. Pablo Larrain

Voyage of Time – dir. Terrence Malick

El Cristo Ciego – dir. Christopher Murray

Frantz – dir. Francois Ozon

Questi Giorni – dir. Giuseppe Piccioni

Arrival – dir. Denis Villeneuve

Les Beaux Jours – dir. Wim Wenders

Out of competition
The Young Pope Episodes 1 & 2 – dir. Paulo Sorrentino

The Bleeder – dir. Philippe Falardeau

The Magnificent Seven – dir. Antoine Fuqua,

Hacksaw Ridge – Mel Gibson

The Journey – dir. Nick Hamm

A Jamais – dir. Benoit Jacquot

Gantz:O – dir. Yasushi Kawamuya

 The Age of Shadows – Jee Woon Kim

Monte – dir. Amir Naderi

Tommaso – dir. Kim Rossi Stuart

Our War – dir. Bruno Chiaravalloti, Claudio Jampaglia, Benedette Argentieri, 

I Called Him Morgan – dir. Kasper Collin

One More Time With Feeling (3D) – dir. Andrew Dominik

Austerlitz – dir. Sergei Loznitsa

Assalto al Cielo – dir. Francesco Munzi

Safari – dir. Ulrich Seidl

American Anarchist – dir. Charlie Siskel  

2016 Toronto Film Festival Lineup


The lineup for the 2016 Toronto Film Festival has been announced. The full list is below with possible Oscar contenders highlighted. Of course, more contenders will rise up (or fall) once they are screened in Toronto.


Opening Night Film
“The Magnificent Seven,” Antoine Fuqua, USA, World Premiere

Closing Night Film
“The Edge of Seventeen,” Kelly Fremon Craig, USA, World Premiere

“Arrival,” Denis Villeneuve, USA, Canadian Premiere
“Deepwater Horizon,” Peter Berg, USA, World Premiere
“The Headhunter’s Calling,” Mark Williams, Canada, World Premiere
“The Journey is the Destination,” Bronwen Hughes, United Kingdom/South Africa, World Premiere
“JT + The Tennessee Kids,” Jonathan Demme, USA, World Premiere
LBJ,” Rob Reiner, USA, World Premiere
“Lion,” Garth Davis, Australia, World Premiere
“Loving,” Jeff Nichols, USA, North American Premiere
“A Monster Calls,” J.A. Bayona, USA/Spain, World Premiere
“Planetarium,” Rebecca Zlotowski, France/Belgium, North American Premiere
“Queen of Katwe,” Mira Nair, South Africa/Uganda, World Premiere
“The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé! : A Trip Across Latin America,” Paul Dugdale,
“The Secret Scripture,” Jim Sheridan, Ireland, World Premiere
“Snowden,” Oliver Stone, Germany/USA, World Premiere
“Strange Weather,” Katherine Dieckmann, USA, World Premiere
“Their Finest,” Lone Scherfig, United Kingdom, World Premiere
A United Kingdom,” Amma Asante, United Kingdom, World Premiere

Special Presentations
“The Age of Shadows” (Miljeong), Kim Jee woon, South Korea, North American Premiere
“All I See Is You,” Marc Forster, Thailand, World Premiere
“American Honey,” Andrea Arnold, USA, North American Premiere
“American Pastoral,” Ewan McGregor, USA, World Premiere
“Asura: The City of Madness,” Kim Sung-soo, South Korea, World Premiere
“Barakah Meets Barakah” Mahmoud Sabbagh, Saudi Arabia, North American Premiere
“Barry,” Vikram Gandhi, USA, World Premiere
“Birth of the Dragon,” George Nolfi, USA/China/Canada, World Premiere
“The Birth of a Nation,” Nate Parker, USA, International Premiere
“Bleed for This,” Ben Younger, USA, Canadian Premiere
“Blue Jay,” Alex Lehmann USA, World Premiere
“Brimstone,” Martin Koolhoven, American Premiere
“BrOTHERHOOD,” Noel Clarke, United Kingdom, International Premiere
“Carrie Pilby,” Susan Johnson, USA, World Premiere
“Catfight,” Onur Tukel, USA, World Premiere
“City of Tiny Lights,” Pete Travis, United Kingdom, World Premiere
“The Commune” (Kollektivet),  North American Premiere
“Daguerrotype” (Le Secret de la chambre noire), Kiyoshi Kurosawa,World Premiere
“A Death in the Gunj,” Konkona Sensharma, India, World Premiere
“Denial,” Mick Jackson, USA/United Kingdom, World Premiere
“Elle,” Paul Verhoeven, France, North American Premiere
“Foreign Body” (Jassad Gharib, Corps Etranger) World Premiere
“Frantz,” François Ozon, France/Germany, Canadian Premiere
“The Handmaiden” (Agassi), Park Chan-wook, South Korea, North American Premiere
“Harmonium” (Fuchi ni tatsu), Kôji Fukada, Japan/France, North American Premiere
“I Am Not Madame Bovary,” Feng Xiaogang, China, World Premiere
“The Journey,” Nick Hamm, United Kingdom, North American Premiere
“King of the Dancehall,” Nick Cannon, USA/Jamaica, World Premiere
“La La Land,” Damien Chazelle, USA, Canadian Premiere
“The Limehouse Golem,” Juan Carlos Medina, United Kingdom, World Premiere
“Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan, USA, Canadian Premiere
“Mascots,” Christopher Guest, USA, World Premiere
“Maudie,” Aisling Walsh, Canada/Ireland, Canadian Premiere
“Neruda,” Pablo Larraín, Chile/Argentina/Spain/France, Canadian Premiere
“Nocturnal Animals,” Tom Ford, USA/United Kingdom, North American Premiere
“The Oath,” Baltasar Kormákur, Iceland, World Premiere
“Orphan” (Orpheline), Arnaud des Pallières, France, World Premiere
“Paris Can Wait,” Eleanor Coppola, USA, World Premiere
“Paterson,” Jim Jarmusch, USA, North American Premiere
“The Salesman,” Asghar Farhadi, North American Premiere
“Salt and Fire,” Werner Herzog, Germany/USA/France/Mexico, North American Premiere
“Sing,” Garth Jennings, USA/France, World Premiere
“Souvenir,” Bavo Defurne, Belgium/Luxembourg/France, North American Premiere
“Things to Come” (L’Avenir), Mia Hansen-Løve, France/Germany, Canadian Premiere
“Toni Erdmann,” Maren Ade, Germany, Canadian Premiere
“Trespass Against Us,” Adam Smith, United Kingdom, World Premiere
“Una,” Benedict Andrews, United Kingdom, Canadian Premiere
“Unless,” Alan Gilsenan, Canada/Ireland, World Premiere
“The Wasted Times” (Luo Man Di Ke Xiao Wang Shi) Cheng Er, China, World Premiere

Ava DuVernay’s The 13th Opens New York Film Festival


Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th is the Opening Night selection of the 54th annual New York Film Festival. The festival take place September 30 – October 16 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The 13th is the first documentary to open the NYFF. It will then debut on Netflix and open in a limited theatrical run on October 7th.

Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, The 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass incarceration and the prison industry in the U.S. is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity.

Sneak Peak – HHhH

HHhH is based on the WWII French novel by Laurent Binet. 

The Weinstein Company picked up the U.S. distribution rights and the movie version is scheduled to be released later this year. It will be interesting to see if they stay with the HHhH title or change it  to something more marketable, which in turn could turn away the book fans. 

HHhH is the real life story of Reinhard Heydrich, one of Hitler’s most lethal cabinet members who was assassinated by exiled operatives. The film follows the operatives from their escape from Czechoslovakia through their assassination of Heydrich.
HHhH stands for Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich (Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich). Variety strategically placed the letters to form a swastika.

The movie version is directed by Cedric Jimenez and stars Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell, Mia Wasikowska and Jack Reynor. 

Loving Trailer

Jeff Nichol’s Loving came out of this years Cannes Film Festival as a major Oscar contender. Especially for actress Ruth Negga for her portrayal as the wife of an interracial couple in 1967.
Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since. 
Loving is set to be released November 2nd. Just in time for an Oscar campaign.