First Trailer for Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto with Gael García Bernal & Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan & Gael Garcia Bernal in Desierto sliceJonás Cuarón returns behind the camera for his anticipated sophomore feature, Desierto, a timely action-suspense thriller that premiered to strong reviews at TIFF this year. STX picked it up out of the festival, and now they’ve released a tense first trailer. Continue reading

TIFF 2015 Line-Up Led by The Danish Girl, Freeheld, Spotlight, The Program, The Martian & More

TIFF-2015-Line-Up-led-by-The-Danish-Girl-The-Program-Freeheld-The-MartianWith just over a month to go before the festival kicks off, the first part of the TIFF 2015 line-up has officially been announced, cementing its status as one of the most prestigious events on the industry calendar. Continue reading

2015 Sundance Premieres Line-Up Announced Led by Digging for Fire, Mississippi Grind, Mistress America & End of the Tour

2015-Sundance-Premieres-Digging-for-Fire-Mistress-America-End-of-the-TourThe 2015 Sundance Film Festival has been teasing its line-up brilliantly, and last night, the festival shared its roster in the Premieres and Documentary Premieres categories, as well as the recently-announced first Special Events slate, a new addition that will be evolving in the years to come.

The narrative Premieres category is absolutely full of things I was hoping would bow out in Park City next month, chief among them Joe Swanberg’s Digging for Fire and James Ponsoldt’s End of the Tour.

The ever-prolific indie filmmaker, Joe Swanberg, most recently responsible for the likes of Drinking Buddies and Happy Christmas, reunited with past collaborators for one of his most anticipated films yet. Digging for Fire is co-written by Swanberg and Jake Johnson, one of the leading quartet in Drinking Buddies, and also stars Johnson alongside Brie Larson, Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Sam Rockwell, Jenny Slate, Mike Birbiglia, and Johnson’s Drinking Buddies co-star, Anna Kendrick. Continue reading

BFI London Film Festival 2014 Line-Up Led by Men, Women & Children, Whiplash, Testament of Youth, A Little Chaos & Rosewater

London Film Festival 2014 Line-Up AnnouncedWith The Imitation Game and Fury already announced as the Opening and Closing Night Galas for the 58th BFI London Film Festival, and Foxcatcher recently set as the American Express Gala, the anticipation surrounding next month’s festival has been building to see what other titles would be making an appearance here in the capital.

As has increasingly become the case, this year’s BFI London Film Festival features a significant number of European and UK premieres of films that will have bowed in Toronto and Venice by the time mid-October rolls around, which is excellent news.

Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children has its European premiere at the festival, presented by the LFF’s new Official Airline Partner, Virgin Atlantic. Reitman will himself be present at the festival alongside stars Ansel Elgort and Kaitlyn Dever, which is certainly something to look forward to, and will undoubtedly make for some interesting post-screening Q&As.

Damien Chazelle’s award-winning Whiplash has been chosen as the Accenture Gala. The film bowed at Sundance to early Oscar buzz, and will have its UK premiere next month, having had its European bow at Cannes in the spring, and will by then be coming off the back of appearances at TIFF and NYFF, in a very strong position heading towards the Oscars early next year. Continue reading

First Trailer and Teaser Poster for Jon Stewart’s Rosewater with Gael García Bernal

Gael-García-Bernal-in-Rosewater-sliceFast emerging as a possible Oscar contender in recent months, Jon Stewart’s anticipated directorial debut, Rosewater, will have its world premiere at Telluride in the coming days before continuing on the festival circuit bound for TIFF next month.

Based on a true story, the film stars Gael García Bernal (Amores Perros, No) in the lead as a journalist covering Iran’s volatile elections back in 2009, subsequently thrown into prison, tortured, and interrogated for over a hundred days. With the film on the cusp of its debut, and a theatrical release primed for the Academy Awards soon after, Open Road has launched the first trailer and poster over on Apple.

Rosewater is based on the best-selling memoir by Maziar Bahari. The film is the directorial debut of Jon Stewart, and stars Gael García Bernal. Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a journalist with Canadian citizenship. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who was the challenger to president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Mousavi’s supporters protested Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed, Bahari endured personal risk by sending footage of the street riots to the BBC. Bahari was arrested by police, led by a man identifying himself as “Rosewater,” who tortured and interrogated him over the next 118 days. With Bahari’s wife leading an international campaign to have her husband freed, and media outlets keeping the story alive, Iranian authorities released Bahari on bail and the promise he would act as a spy for the government

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