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‘Capernaum’ Director On The High Price Children Are Paying For Society’s Mistakes — Awardsline Screening Series

Watching Capernaum, Lebanon’s entry in 2018 for Best Foreign Language Film, one point becomes immediately clear: Only a truly dedicated, humanistic director could make such a film, experiencing first-hand so many sorrows so that others around the world might understand. In the case of the Cannes title, which won the fest’s Jury Prize, that director is Nadine Labaki, an esteemed Lebanese filmmaker who had already made her way down the Croisette a number of times before… Read

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Filmmaker Teemu Nikki’s Inspiration For Finland’s Oscar Entry ‘Euthanizer’: “I Wanted To Make ‘Dirty Harry’ With Animals”

Finland’s Oscar entry this year, Teemu Nikki’s Euthanizersets up some intriguing paradoxes about the way humans treat animals, and the way humans treat each other. Local Finnish character actor Matt Onnismaa stars as Veijo, a mechanic who on the side euthanizes sick animals. Though twisted, he’s not some cold-hearted killer who just eliminates animals at a rate that’s cheaper than the vets. His supposed talent lies in assessing whether a pet should go down, or whether… Read

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Before Trump Entered Presidential Race, ‘Tito And The Birds’ Director Cast Him As His Villain, Teaching Kids About The Weaponization Of Fear

With Tito and the Birds, his first animated feature, Gustavo Steinberg took on the most timely and complex of themes, striving to make them accessible to children. Based in a dystopian city that looks a lot like São Paulo—but could really be any metropolis—Shout! Factory’s Brazilian Oscar entry watches as the world is overcome by a disease of fear. Seeking a cure for the contagion in birds—creatures of mythological weight, which have quietly observed human life since the… Read

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How Director Javier Fesser Built His ‘Champions’ Team Into Spain’s Foreign Film Oscar Entry

While submitting an Asghar Farhadi feature to the Oscar’s foreign film category might be considered a no-brainer, Spain chose differently, passing over two-time Oscar winner’s Cannes Film Festival opener Everybody Knows, which was produced with the country’s money and starred two Oscar-winning national treasures Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, and selected filmmaker Javier Fesser’s heart-warming comedy-drama and local box office hit ChampionsTo date in Spain this… Read

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‘Rafiki’ Ban Temporarily Lifted By Kenyan Government; Film Held Out Of Cannes Now Eligible As Oscar Submission

Kenya’s High Court has temporarily lifted the ban of Wanuri Kahiu's celebrated film Rafiki for a period of seven days, beginning Sunday, September 23rd. The film explores LGBTQ issues in a country where such activity is illegal. In her ruling, High Court Judge Wilfrida Okwany said, ''I am not convinced that Kenya is such a weak society that its moral foundation will be shaken by seeing such a film.'' Earlier this year, Rafiki was banned in Kenya a few days before its… Read

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Director Olivier Assayas On The Long Road To ‘Non-Fiction’ – Toronto Studio

Many directors start a project and never get round to finishing it, but Olivier Assayas found, once he'd started writing his new film Non-Fiction, which received its Canadian premiere at TIFF, he could never get round to giving it up—even when he wanted to. Starring Guillaume Canet and Juliette Binoche, Non-Fiction concerns a book publisher whose star novelist seems to have lost the plot after handing in an unpublishable manuscript. Though light on plot, the film deals… Read

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‘Climax’ Star Sofia Boutella Defends Controversial Auteur & “True Artist” Gaspar Noé – Toronto Studio

Most people run for the hills when French provocateur Gaspar Noé comes calling, but French-Algerian dancer, model and actress Sofia Boutella welcomed his advances. "I have a lot of respect for Gaspar," she said when she stopped by the Deadline studio. "He's a true artist—he has a vision and he goes for it." Boutella revealed that Noé didn't go through the usual channels to cast her in his freeform Midnight Madness entry, in which a group of street-dancers accidentally… Read

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Paul Greengrass On ‘22 July’ And The Dangerous Re-Emergence Of Hard-Right Politics: “I’m Troubled” – Toronto Studio

Paul Greengrass first came to prominence as a director with 2002's Bloody Sunday, a forensically factual account of the shooting of unarmed Irish citizens by British soldiers in 1972. Since then, the pursuit of truth and reality has become Greengrass's calling card, even in his fiction films, and his latest, the Netflix funded drama 22 July, is no exception. Based on the book One of Us by …sne Seierstad, it recounts the events of 22 July 2011, when far-right activist… Read

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Sebastián Lelio On ‘Gloria Bell’, His English-Language Remake Of His 2013 Breakout Hit ‘Gloria’ – Toronto Studio

Acclaimed foreign movies usually go on from TIFF to be remade by American studios—they rarely arrive as English-language indie remakes. Yet in the case of Gloria Bell, an intimate study of a middle-aged divorcee, not only is the film a Los Angeles-set retelling of a 2013 arthouse hit—Berlin Jury Prize winner Gloria—it was directed by the same helmer, Chile's Sebastián Lelio. Making a quick return to TIFF after last year's Disobedience, Lelio brought his stars Julianne Moor… Read

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Asghar Farhadi On Working with Spanish Royalty Javier Bardem And Penélope Cruz For Kidnap Thriller ‘Everybody Knows’ – Toronto Studio

Like its director, Asghar Farhadi's new film made its Toronto debut after racking up quite a few air miles, having premiered as the opening attraction at this year's Cannes Film Festival. His second film, after 2013's The Past, to be filmed in a foreign land, Everybody Knows sees the Iranian director teaming up with Spanish cinema legends Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz—who accompanied him to the Deadline studio—to tell the story of a kidnapping in a small village in… Read

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Oscar-Winning Director Alfonso Cuarón Reveals Why He Kept His Passion Project ‘Roma’ A Secret From His Cast – Toronto Studio

While Alfonso Cuarón was getting ready to unveil his latest movie, Roma, to Toronto audiences, the not-so-surprising news quickly spread that the director had already secured a slot in this year's Oscar race after snagging the Golden Lion for Best Film at the previous week's Venice Film Festival. Cuarón was obviously on top of the world, then, when he dropped by the Deadline studio to discuss his rapturously received black-and-white follow-up to Gravity, which tells the… Read

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‘Museo’ Director Parses “The Relationship Between History And Stories” – Toronto Studio

Marking the second feature collaboration between director Alonso Ruizpalacios and Gael García Bernal—and the first in which Bernal stars—Museo is based on one of the strangest, most high-profile crimes in the history of Mexican art. The crime: A 1985 heist in which 150 pieces of pre-Hispanic art were extracted from Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology, on Christmas Eve. Even stranger than the crime were the culprits behind it, two 30-something men still finishing… Read