DAILY NEWS: Venice Winners, In Toronto Film Festival, and Remembering Katrin Cartlidge
by Eugene Hernandez and Wendy Mitchell/indieWIRE
>> Mullan's "Sisters" Win Golden Lion; "Far From Heaven" and "Oasis" Win Two Prizes
(indieWIRE: 09.09.02) -- Peter Mullan's "The Magdalene Sisters" won the
Golden Lion at the 59th Venice Film Festival last night (Sunday) in Italy.
The film, chosen by a jury lead by president Gong Li, has received notices
in part because of its strong criticism of the Catholic Church. Todd Haynes'
"Far From Heaven" won two awards, honoring Julianne Moore as best actress and Ed Lachman for his cinematography.
Julianne Moore, who was in Toronto for last night's gala screening of "Far
From Heaven," sent a message via Lachman, who accepted the award on her
behalf. "As an American actor, to receive this award from such an esteemed
international festival is an incredible honor," she said. "I'm so thrilled."
Among other award winners, the jury grand prize went to Andrej Konchalovsky
for "Dom Durakov," a special director's award went to Lee Chang-Dong for
"Oasis," and the best actor award went to Michele Placido for "Un Viaggio Chamato Amore." The best young acting prize was presented to Moon Soo-ri for "Oasis."
The Winner in the Upstream competition was Tjan Zhuangzhuang's "Xiacheng zhi chun" (Springtime in a Small Town), while "Roger Dodger," the American film from director Dylan Kidd, and Spiro Scimone and Francesco Sframeli's "Due Amici" won the award for first film. [Eugene Hernandez in Toronto]
>> ON THE SCENE TORONTO 2002: Miramax Gets "Jet Lag," Cowboy Unveils "Callar" and More from Canada
(indieWIRE: 09.09.02) -- Unusually warm weather greeted festival-goers on
the first weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival. Temperatures
of around 86 degrees (30 centigrade) made for more summery-than-usual
celebrations here in Toronto.
Miramax has "Jet Lag"; "Callar" deal; other films eyed:
As industry screenings kicked into high gear this weekend, the French film
from Daniele Thompson, "Jet Lag," emerged as a hot prospect. Word at the
festival yesterday was that Miramax had nabbed the film for what was said to
be a seven-figure deal. Neither Miramax nor a PR rep for the movie could
confirm the pact yesterday. A jammed Friday showing left some buyers stuck
in the hallway and resulted in immediate biz buzz about the movie.
Thompson's new film connects a man (Jean Reno) and woman (Juliette Binoche) waiting out a delay in a Paris airport. It was produced by leading French
producer Allain Sarde ("All or Nothing," "The Pianist," "Mulholland Drive," and "The Piano Teacher," among many more).
Cowboy Pictures confirmed its acquisition of Lynne Ramsay's well-received
"Morvern Callar." The film, which premiered in Cannes this year, stars
Samantha Morton. In France, the picture won the Prix CICAE for Best Film of
the Directors' Fortnight, along with the Prix de Jeunesse for Best
(non-French) Film of the Cannes Film Festival. "Callar," the story of a
store clerk dealing with the death of her boyfriend, also screened in
Telluride and opened the 2002 Edinburgh Film Festival. It is set to open
later this fall.
Strand Releasing is in Toronto with a new acquisition, the Italian film by
first-time narrative feature director Monica Stambrini, "Gasoline." It is
described as a the story of "two young women whose love affair leads them
into a dark odyssey on the road."
One-year-old ContentFilm has announced the creation of an international
sales dvision, to be headed by former Icon Entertainment executive Jamie
Carmichael. As Managing Director, Carmichael will handle overseas sales as
well as developing strategic alliances and co-productions, according to the
company. "The foreign marketplace is experiencing a bit of turmoil right
now, but in a contrarian sense we feel it is the perfect time to launch a
foreign sales company that we believe will grow into one of the leaders in
this area," Content's John Schmidt said in a prepared statement.
ContentFilm, which launched here in Toronto last year, will unveil its
9/11-themed film, "The Guys" on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks,
while its other films include Wayne Kramer's "The Cooler," Robert Parigi's "Love Object," Jonathan Kesselman's "The Hebrew Hammer," and Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's "Party Monster."
Celebrating in Canada
Fire-eaters and a porn star were among the highlights at the outrageous
after-party for "Spun," the first feature from star video director, Jonas
Akerlund. Celebrating the film's Toronto debut at the Bovine Sex Club on
Queen Street West were financiers Newmarket, along with new distribution
division chief Bob Berney. The picture, which features Jason Schwartzman,
John Leguizamo, Mena Suvari, Brittany Murphy and Mickey Roarke, seems like a sure bet as a release via Newmarket's new releasing arm. (Photos from a number of parties are available on indieWIRE.com).
Over at Amber on Yorkville, Killer Films and producer John Wells toasted
Todd Haynes' new film, "Far From Heaven." Audiences were consistently raving about the picture's first screening earlier that day. Haynes, with his
parents in tow, graciously accepted congratulations, attending the party
with cast members Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, and Dennis Haysbert. Earlier that evening, at the same venue, IFC Entertainment celebrated its Toronto slate, which includes Keith Fulton and Luis Pepe's "Lost in La Mancha," Kristian Levring's "The Intended," Catherine Breillat's "Sex is Comedy," and Isaac Julien's "BaadAsssss Cinema."
Among the parties last night, Sony Pictures Classics' celebrated its
12 festival films with a hopping gathering at Gus (pix from the event
will be in indieWIRE later this week), while sales agents Fortissimo
partied in honor of their 7 fest movies, with a celebration
at SKYBAR. [Eugene Hernandez in Toronto]
>> Katrin Cartlidge Dies at Age 42
(indieWIRE: 09.09.02) -- Festival attendees were stunned Saturday night
to learn of the death of Katrin Cartlidge. Born in 1961 in England, the
actress is best known for her work with Mike Leigh on such films as
"Topsy Turvy," "Career Girls," and "Naked."
Cartlidge's death was sudden. While autopsy results are still pending,
word yesterday from a public relations source and another festival
attendee who was close to Cartlidge, was that she died as a result of
an sudden infection.
Katrin Cartlidge's filmography includes: "Searching for Debra Winger,"
"From Hell," "No Man's Land," "The Weight of the Water," "The Lost Son," "Claire Dolan," and "Breaking the Waves."
A memorial service is likely next week, according to a close friend.