Each day at the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9-19), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from Toronto.
5:30pm: criticWIRE Hits TIFF!: The 2010 Toronto International Film Festival is winding down, culminating this Sunday with the announcement of the fest’s awards. As critics and bloggers begin to finish up their TIFF coverage, indieWIRE has asked them to submit their thoughts to our “criticWIRE poll,” which compiles grades and review links from every single film that is screening in Toronto, from Darren Aronofsky’s”Black Swan” to Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” to literally hundreds of others. Click here for links to each film’s individual page, which lists all the grades. Currently, 23 critics have submitted grades and links to reviews from TIFF. Check back over the next five days as the number of critics and number of films graded expands. [Peter Knegt]
5:00pm: Magnet Takes “The Devil” The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures announced that it has acquired North American rights to Kim Jeewoon’s “I Saw The Devil” at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“‘I Saw The Devil’ is one of the most riveting and unrelenting films I’ve ever seen. It is an undisputable masterpiece,” said Magnet SVP Tom Quinn. “Unparalleled in it’s brutality, Kim Jeewoon deftly takes the serial killer thriller to new, profoundly disturbing heights. It’s hard to imagine curating a genre label that didn’t include this remarkable achievement.”
The deal was negotiated by Magnet’s Quinn with Youngjoo Suh from Finecut. Magnet will release the film theatrically in first quarter 2011. [Peter Knegt]
1:45pm: Aronofsky and Thompson Anne Thompson chatted with director Darren Aronofsky, whose “Black Swan” is making a splash in Toronto following its world premiere in Venice. The “Requiem for a Dream” director touched upon the “nightmare” of getting his latest to the screen. “It was really hard,” he told Thompson. “Every time I think it’s going to get easier and easier, and every time, no one wants to make these movies. So once again we had no one who wanted to make the movie. I thought having Natalie Portman, you know, like a legitimate movie star, having Vincent Cassel, an international movie star and Mila Kunis, who’s a big domestic star, and my supporting cast with Barbara [Hershey] and Wynona [Ryder], I didn’t think it would be as hard and it was a nightmare.” [Nigel M. Smith]
12:00pm: Trio of Deals On Busy Market Morning It was very busy morning for the sales market at the Toronto International Film Festival, with three major deals going down. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions acquired U.S. distribution rights for Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator,” which made its world premiere at the fest; Anchor Bay Films closed a deal for “all English speaking rights” to Shawn Ku’s Maria Bello-Michael Sheen starrer “Beautiful Boy”; and The Weinstein Company – in their second major deal of the fest – grabbed rights to the very well received British comedy “Submarine.” [Peter Knegt]
10:00am: 10 Quotes From The “Black Swan” Press Conference After its world premiere in Venice and its special “sneak preview” in Telluride, Darren Aronofsky’s acclaimed “Black Swan” made its way to the Toronto International Film Festival Monday night for its official North American premiere. The film stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis). Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder and Barbara Hershey also star, and all three of them joined Portman and Aronofsky at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Toronto Tuesday morning to discuss the film for the Toronto press. Here’s ten choice quotes from the lively hour or so that followed. [Peter Knegt]
9:30am: Eric Kohn Reviews “Rabbit Hole” “The outlandish inventiveness of John Cameron Mitchell’s previous films are barely discernible in ‘Rabbit Hole,’ a relatively tame but nonetheless admirable drama sustained by convincing performances and steady direction,” Kohn writes in his review. “Compared to ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and ‘Shortbus,’ the aims of ‘Rabbit Hole’ are relatively minor. The story of a married couple coping with the death of their child, ‘Rabbit Hole’ works just well enough to never fall apart. Read more.