Each day at the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9-19), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from Toronto.
9:00pm: “Meek’s” Pick-Up Oscilloscope Laboratories announced that it has acquired North American distribution rights to Kelly Reichardt’s western drama, “Meek’s Cutoff.” The film reunites the filmmakers and the distributor, who previously worked together distributing Reichardt’s 2008 acclaimed “Wendy and Lucy.” Recently screening at Venice and Toronto to much acclaim, “Cutoff” will release the film in the first half of 2011. More here. [Peter Knegt]
3:00pm: Inarritu Sits Down with Thompson Anne Thompson’s been busy chatting up some of TIFF’s biggest names including James Franco, Danny Boyle, Darren Aronofsky and Ben Affleck. Her latest? “Babel” director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Inarritu is in Toronto to promote his latest film “Biutiful,” which premiered in Cannes earlier this year to a divisive response. Writes Thompson: “While I consider ‘Biutiful’ to be a must-see, some critics resist this out-and-out tragedy. He set out to “create catharsis” in people, he says, and expected the film to “provoke extreme reactions.” Audiences should “go with the flow, see it, take it.”” To view her video interview click here.
2:30pm: “Speech” Voters Fave To Win Toronto Award What do you think might win Toronto’s audience award this weekend? So far, over 100 indieWIRE readers have suggested the following from a dozen favorites listed:
1. The Kings Speech – 21.7%
2. 127 Hours – 17.7%
3. Black Swan – 13.6%
4. Rabbit Hole – 8.8
4. Submarine – 8.8%
1:00pm: TIFF Calls Fest’s Sales “Strong” The Toronto International Film Festival sent out a press release announcing that more than 20 films have been sold to territories in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, with more sales expected to be announced in the coming days. Key acquisitions include “Rabbit Hole,” “Barney’s Version,” “Incendies,” “Super,” “Dirty Girl,” “Submarine,” “Beautiful Boy,” “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” and “Insidious.” More than 3,400 industry delegates attended the Festival this year.
“We are very pleased to see Toronto playing a role in the turnaround in the sales climate,” said Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, in a statement. “As a result, audiences in North America and around the world will see some of the outstanding films that premiered here.” [Peter Knegt]
11:00am: Eric Kohn Reviews “Beautiful Boy” Says Kohn: “‘Beautiful Boy’ tests the extent to which one can wallow in another person’s grief before it becomes unbearable. The focused story of two parents dealing with their son’s decision to kill several students and then off himself during his freshman year of college, the movie dwells in discomfort. Peeking behind the curtain of a national tragedy, it functions as the cinematic corollary to Gus Van Sant’s ‘Elephant,’ exploring the ripple effect rather than the cause. Unlike ‘Elephant,’ ‘Beautiful Boy’ lingers in familiar dramatic territory, with a limited perspective that borders on the theatrical. The situation is extraordinary, but the fallout tugs the usual heartstrings with ease.” Read the full review here.
10:30am: Mitchell Talks “Rabbit Hole” “It’s like a cozy, Hollywood movie from a different era,” John Cameron Mitchell said of his latest film “Rabbit Hole” earlier this week. “When you didn’t need huge orchestras and backlighting when someone’s taking a dump.” Check out Peter Knegt’s full interview with the director here.
9:00am: 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, 26 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]