Each day at the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9-19), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from Toronto.
6:10pm: Out of Toronto, Fortissimo Films has acquired international rights outside of India to Ribhu Das Gupta’s psychological drama “Michael.” More here.
3:20pm: “Shame,” one of the hottest tickets at the festival (it was bought by Fox Searchlight on day 2), got a B+ from Eric Kohn. Critics seem to uniformly agree that star Michael Fassbender gives a tremendous performance as a troubled sex addict. Kohn agreed. “Fassbender’s revealing and compelling performance doesn’t just dominate “Shame;” he defines it,” he wrote in his review. Go here for more.
12:45pm: Writer-director Lynn Shelton was all smiles last night at the world premiere of her follow-up to “Humpday,” “Your Sister’s Sister.” Two of the film’s stars, Emily Blunt and Mark Duplass, were on hand for the event, along with a slew of other talent including Gael Garcia Bernal, Stephanie Sigman (“Miss Bala”) and Hugh Darcy. Go here to check out photos from the night.
12:00pm: indieWIRE @ The TIFF Filmmakers Lounge, continues today at the TIFF Filmmakers Lounge in the downtown Hyatt Hotel next the TIFF Bell Lightbox (mezzanine level). Today’s guests include Gael Garcia Bernal and Guy Maddin. For more information go here.
11:45am: criticWIRE is accumulating grades and reviews from Toronto… Some have trickled in already and are available at the film page links listed on our TIFF guide.
10:30am: Toronto FUTURES: “The Descendants”’ Shailene Woodley on Clooney, Payne and Dealing With the Hype: You’ve heard it a million times before. An up-and-comer is cast in a big project, touted as the next best thing and then he/she fails to leave a lasting impression. We’re happy to report relative unknown Shailene Woodley doesn’t fit that bill. In Alexander Payne’s alternately heartbreaking and hilarious “The Descendants,” Woodley shares the screen with George Clooney as a wayward daughter, forced to deal with the sudden passing of her mom in Hawaii. This is undeniably Clooney’s film, but Woodley more than holds her own, delivering a comic, wrenching and amazingly vivid performance, sure to make her a hot commodity once it hits theaters on November 18. Check out iW‘s profile on Woodley here.
9:30am: Writer-director Whit Stillman (“Metropolitan”) is finally back after over a dozen years with “Damsels in Distress.” So what’s the verdict? “Stillman’s lengthy filmmaking absence puts an unfair amount of pressure to deliver something transformative, but he hasn’t risen to the bait,” wrote Eric Kohn in his review. Go here to read the reasons why.
9:15am: In his review for Lynn Shelton’s follow-up to “Humpday,” Eric Kohn wrote: “While not an unbridled crowdpleaser on par with “Humpday,” this smaller achievement is endearing for other reasons. The excessive chatter flows nicely thanks to fine-tuned performances and the chemistry to sustain them.” Go here for full review.