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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

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‘The Quietude’ Director Pablo Trapero Discusses His Intimate Portrait Of Reunited Argentine Sisters – Toronto Studio

After bringing his international sensation The Clan to TIFF in 2015, Argentine auteur Pablo Trapero is back at the festival this week with his latest family drama, The QuietudeMarking his fifth collaboration with spouse Martina Gusman, the film examines the complicated, intimate relationship between two sisters (portrayed by Gusman and Oscar nominee Bérénice Bejo), living on separate continents, who are reunited when their father suffers a stroke. While the visually… Read

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‘Roma’ Director Alfonso Cuarón On How His Most Personal Film Became His Biggest Career Challenge – Venice Q&A

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Alfonso Cuarón's Roma isn't just his most personal film; it may be his masterpiece. An ode to his own childhood, growing up in Mexico City at a time of huge upheaval, the film marks his first on-screen return to his native country since 2001's Y Tu Mamá También. And after last night's rapturous world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, the film is firmly in the Golden Lion mix. Off the back of his triumphant Best Director win for 2013's Gravity — his last feature… Read

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‘Three Identical Strangers’ Makes 3 Doc Stars for 2018; ‘Leave No Trace’ Solid; ’Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ in Top 10: Specialty Box Office

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Docs are trailblazing the alternative content sphere. The debut of Neon/CNN Films' Three Identical Strangers this weekend has given non-fiction another star.  The Sundance debut by Tim Wardle snagged bragging rights to the highest opening weekend per theater average for a doc this year. The title grossed $163,023, averaging $32,605. Fellow Sundance box office stars RBG and Won't You Be My Neighbor? opened comparatively wider and have continued to bank audiences… Read

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Pongalo Launches MOOVIMEX, Mexican Narco, Action And Comedy Films For Men

Pongalo, a marketplace of Latin media brands, has launched MOOVIMEX, an ad-supported, on-demand OTT service featuring Mexican action, narco and comedy movies for men. The service will begin offering a linear MOOVIMEX channel as well in the coming weeks. MOOVIMEX is initially available through Roku, Xumo, Vewd, OperaTV, YouTube and TubiTV. Its Spanish-language Mexican movies are drawn from Pongalo's library of over 13,000 hours of original and licensed film and TV… Read