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Israeli Drama ‘Foxtrot’ Acquired By Sony Pictures Classics As Pic Wins 8 Ophir Awards

EXCLUSIVE: Foxtrot, the Samuel Maoz-directed Israeli film that won Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and was one of the most buzzed about films in Toronto, has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. SPC bought North American rights, just before the film today won eight Ophir Awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Maoz. That launches the film as Israel’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Feature. The film by the Lebanon director covers… Read

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‘Victoria & Abdul’ Director Stephen Frears On Turning Shrabani Basu’s Book Into An Unlikely Buddy Movie – Toronto Studio

The little-known story of Queen Victoria and her beloved Indian servant Abdul Karim was once so little-known that Shrabani Basu, author of the 2010 non-fiction biography Victoria & Abdul, spent three days searching the graveyards of Agra in Utter Pradesh in order to find Karim’s final resting place. Happily, thanks to the lightly comic film adaptation of Basu's book – penned by Lee Hall, directed by Stephen Frears and starring the indefatigable Judi Dench as the monarch… Read

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Haifaa Al-Mansour On Casting Elle Fanning As Feminist Pioneer In Period Biopic ‘Mary Shelley’ – Toronto Studio

After her 2012 breakout hit Wadjda, the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, director Haifaa Al-Mansour surprised everyone with her follow-up, a British-set costume drama, which premiered last week at the Toronto Film Festival. Titled Mary Shelley, it stars Elle Fanning as the 19th century author who penned horror classic Frankenstein at the tender age of 18. When she came to the Deadline studio, however, Al-Mansour claimed that the material really wasn't so… Read

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Andrew Haigh Talks Exploring Backwoods America In His Coming-Of-Age Drama ‘Lean On Pete’ — Toronto Studio

With his fourth feature, Andrew Haigh proved to audiences at the Toronto Film Festival that, after the triple whammy of Greek Pete, Weekend and 45 Years, he had more in him than just British stories. Set in America's backwater fairs and racing tracks, Lean on Pete tells the story of a young drifter named Charley (Charlie Plummer), who finds a sense of purpose when he is employed by a seasoned horse trainer (Steve Buscemi) and his jockey (Chloë Sevigny). When he came to… Read

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How Lodge Kerrigan And Amy Seimetz Rewrote The Rulebook For ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ Season Two – Toronto Studio

When Steven Soderbergh originally approached filmmakers Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz for the cable TV version of his film The Girlfriend Experience, it was, in itself, an experiment – neither filmmaker knew or had worked with each other before. Luckily, the gamble paid off, and when the chance to collaborate came again, the pair not only took it, they also – as they explained during a visit to the Deadline studio – used it as a chance to switch things up again. "We… Read

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‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’s Annette Bening On Falling In Love With Gloria Grahame – Toronto Studio

"Gloria Grahame has the face that you remember," said director Paul McGuigan, "but she doesn't necessarily have the name that you remember." This is likely to change after the release of his Toronto Film Festival hit Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool, which details what happened when the iconic star of Hollywood classics such as It's A Wonderful Life, In A Lonely Place and The Big Heat found herself performing onstage in shabby British repertory theatres during the 1970s… Read

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Ruben Östlund Explains Why His Cannes Palme D’Or Winner ‘The Square’ Is “A Humanistic Traffic Sign” – Toronto Studio

Ruben –stlund arrived at the Toronto Film Festival still warm with the glow of winning the prestigious Palme D'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The follow-up to his festival favourite Force Majeure – in which a cowardly father abandons his family during an avalanche, causing them to look at him with suspicious new eyes – The Square is another wryly funny film about the gulf between a man's actual deeds and his lofty ideals. "The main character is played by Claes… Read

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Michael Pearce And Jessie Buckley On British Thriller ‘Beast’ And “The Dark Shadows In Our Self” – Toronto Studio

British director Michael Pearce's debut Beast was one of the indie success stories of this year's Toronto film festival, selling to 30WEST for a seven-figure sum. Starring newcomer Jessie Buckley in her first film lead, Beast is a psychological thriller in which a young girl with a tortured past meets a dangerous stranger (Johnny Flynn) who may or may not be a killer. Dropping by the Deadline studio, Pearce revealed that, although the story is entirely fictional, certain… Read

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Simon Baker On Making His Feature Directing Debut With Surf Drama ‘Breath’ – Toronto Studio

A 20-year movie career aside, Simon Baker is perhaps most familiar to American audiences from CBS's The Mentalist as Patrick Jane, consultant to the California Bureau of Investigation crime-fighting unit. His directing debut, however, takes him back to his roots as a kid in New South Wales. An adaptation of Australian novelist Tim Winton's 1970s-set 2008 novel of the same name, Breath stars newcomers Samson Coulter and Ben Spence as Pikelet and Loonie, two… Read

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“I Was Awful Lucky To Live”: ‘The Rider’ Star Brady Jandreau On Docudrama Study Of Cowboy Lifestyle – Toronto Studio

Amid a parade of A-listers, one of the most memorable visitors to the Deadline studio was Brady Jandreau, who stars in Chloé Zhao's hybrid docu-drama The Rider, in which a professional rodeo rider finds his life thrown into disarray after a life-threatening accident. The film came about after Zhao began researching life in Jandreau's homeland. "Chloé filmed her first movie, Songs My Brothers Taught Me, at a ranch in South Dakota on the Pine Ridge reservation," said… Read

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Deniz Gamze Ergüven On Recreating The LA Riots For Her Sophomore Film ‘Kings’ – Toronto Studio

Two years ago, Deniz Gamze Ergüven was the toast of Cannes, winning the festival's Camera D'Or prize for first feature with her Directors' Fortnight entry Mustang, which went on to become France's foreign-language Oscar entry. Moving quickly on, Ergüven snapped up Bond star Daniel Craig to star opposite Halle Berry in her follow-up, Kings, which is set—surprisingly—in early-'90s Los Angeles and had its world premiere midway through the Toronto Film Festival. "Kings was… Read

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Lili Fini Zanuck On Documenting Icon’s Highs & Lows In ‘Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars’ – Toronto Studio

Lili Fini Zanuck hasn't made a feature since 1991’s Rush, a '70s-set thriller in which Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jason Patric play undercover cops getting in over their heads in the Texas drug scene. That film features original music by British blues veteran Eric Clapton, whose call to Zanuck kickstarted the Toronto Film Festival entry Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars. A candid look at the musician's public and private life, it covers his early days with '60s legends The… Read