Jordan’s Toronto Diary Day Two

One of the joys of being in Toronto is bumping into people you really admire so much. Seeing Chiwetel Ejiofor sneaking into a quick afternoon screening and of course bumping into Harvey Weinstein, hiding his nerves, right before the first press screening of “August:Osage...
Posted On 11 Sep 2013

Jordan’s Toronto Diary – Day One

The first day of any major film fest will be a resoundingly exhausting experience. So much to see with so very little time. Albeit there are more than 10 days to The Toronto Film Festival but the sheer amount of quality directors to choose from is limitless. Trying to focus on...
Posted On 10 Sep 2013

2 awards for Fruitvale Station at Deauville festival

(Thanks to Arnaud Trouvé) -Grand Prix « Night moves » de Kelly Reichardt -Prix du public « Fruitvale station » de Ryan Coogler -Prix révélation Cartier (jury présidé par Valérie Donzelli) « Fruitvale station » de Ryan Coogler (Un film qui est autant un geste qu’un cri) -Prix de...
Posted On 07 Sep 2013

Tweet Raves for Dallas Buyers Club’s McConaughey and Leto

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB: McConaughey gives Ejiofor a run for his money as AIDS patient battling medical establishment. #oscars #TIFF13 — Lou Lumenick (@LouLumenick) September 7, 2013   DALLAS BUYERS CLUB: Fascinating portrait of AIDS epidemic from different POV. McConaughey is...
Posted On 07 Sep 2013

Sacro GRA wins Golden Lion in Venice

Thanks to Guy Lodge the awards announcements are trickling in. So far: Golden Lion: Sacro GRA, Gianfranco Rosi Grand Jury Prize: Stray Dogs, Tsai Ming-liang Silver Lion, for Best Director: Miss Violence, Alexandros Avranas Best Actor: Themis Payou, Miss Violence Screenplay:...
Posted On 07 Sep 2013

How Toronto Might Shift the Oscar Race

Telluride has gotten the jump on Toronto, Oscar-wise, lately. But that doesn’t mean the same thing will repeat itself this year. Some movies that did well at Telluride this week might not have the same kind of impact in Toronto, where there are many more viewers.  It will...
Posted On 05 Sep 2013

57th BFI London Film Festival slate announced

(thanks again to Paddy at ScreenOnScreen) Official Competition The sophomore Official Competition line-up, recognising inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking, includes the following: Catherine Breillat’s Abuse of Weakness Richard Ayoade’s The Double Pawel Pawlikowski’s...
Posted On 04 Sep 2013

Saving Mr. Banks and Foxcatcher to open AFI Fest

It’s beginning to look a lot like Oscar. AFI Fest just announced that Saving Mr. Banks and Foxcatcher will open the AFI Fest.  Inside Llewyn Davis will close the fest. Your move, New York. Press release after the cut.
Posted On 04 Sep 2013

Telluride Diary Last Day: The Middle Distance

I had the best night’s sleep of my adult life at a Travel Lodge in Williams, Arizona, which is on East Route 66, exactly half-way from Telluride to Los Angeles. Or so said my good friend Glenn Zoller whose family has a place in Telluride. He told me this while we were watching...
Posted On 03 Sep 2013