Monday, July 24, 2017

Randon Fuzzy

-  The Breadwinner is having its World Premiere at TIFF but FTKMF is only having its Canadian Premiere at the festival.  That means it will be having its North American premiere earlier -- at Telluride.   FTKMF and The Breadwinner are only Special Presentations at TIFF so they will not be getting the full gala, big red carpet treatment. There will still be a red carpet, but it will be smaller.

TIFF runs from Sept. 7 to 17

Telluride Film Festival runs from Sept. 1 to 4 (slate is not announced before hand)

Venice Film Festival runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 9  (announcement on Thursday, July 27)

- She will be going to two, maybe three festivals.  Telluride is a much more intimate affair and may be her preferred choice if she intends for the family to tag along with her to at least one.

-- Fussy


The Breadwinner | Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg
World Premiere

First They Killed My Father | Angelina Jolie, Cambodia
Canadian Premiere

Also of note: It appears that, unlike the Cannes controversy its inclusion ignited in May, Netflix is welcome at all the fall festivals. Mudbound, the streaming service’s Sundance pickup and awards hopeful from Dee Rees, is heading to TIFF, as is Angelina Jolie’s drama First They Killed My Father, which had its world premiere several months ago in Cambodia, where it was filmed. That film, by the way, is listed as a Canadian premiere, which means it likely will turn up first in Telluride (could a Jolie tribute also be in order there?). Of course, Venice has already announced the Jane Fonda-Robert Redford Our Souls at Night, another Netflix product.
Whether inclusion in these prestigious fall festivals helps ease Oscar voter prejudice against Netflix movies (other than docus) is an open question, but it certainly can’t hurt the streamer’s efforts to crack the Oscar race in a much bigger way than before. I was a little surprised not to see Netflix’s acclaimed Cannes competition entry The Meyerowitz Stories from Noah Baumbach not make today’s announcement for TIFF, but perhaps that one makes more sense for the New York Film Festival, where it would seem a certainty.

Brent Lang, Senior Film and Media Editor

Films by Joe Wright, Angelina Jolie, Darren Aronofsky, George Clooney, and Alexander Payne will hit the Toronto International Film Festival, hoping to build buzz as they head into a crowded awards season.
Jolie will be on hand with "First They Killed My Father,” a drama about the Cambodian genocide that she made for Netflix. Aronofsky will present “mother!,” a horror film he made with Jennifer Lawrence; Clooney will offer up “Suburbicon,” a Coen brothers’ scripted crime comedy; and Payne is presenting “Downsizing,” a satire in which Matt Damon will shrink to the size of a saltine cracker.
None of those films will get gala presentations, however. That’s either because they have previously stated that they will premiere at other film festivals“Downsizing” will bow at Venice, for instance — or they’re in line for a Telluride or Venice berth.
The gala section boasts Wright’s “Darkest Hour,” a biopic with a heavily padded Gary Oldman playing Winston Churchill; Andy Serkis’ “Breathe,” a romantic drama with Andrew Garfield as disability rights advocate Robin Cavendish; and “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” a drama about Gloria Grahame’s last years with Annette Bening as the Oscar winner. Other films premiering at Toronto include “Kings,” a film about the L.A. riots with Daniel Craig, and “Stronger,” a Jake Gyllenhaal drama about a man who loses his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing.
“Mudbound,” a historical drama about a black and white family living in an impoverished section of the Deep South, debuted to raves and standing ovations at the Sundance Film Festival. Despite already having a world premiere, it will be screened as part of the gala events.
The Canadian festival takes place between Sept. 7 to Sept. 17. It is seen as an essential stop for films hoping to score with Academy Awards voters, because it has a long track record of highlighting films that go on to awards glory. Previous Best Picture winners such as “Spotlight” and “Moonlight” have boosted their Oscar campaigns after enjoying a warm reception from Toronto crowds. Not every film benefits from a trip North, however. Last year, films such as “American Pastoral” and “Bleed For This” faded quickly after receiving middling reviews at the festival.
With summer winding down, only Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” has emerged as a surefire awards candidate. That means that Oscar-ologists will be dissecting Tuesday’s Toronto announcement as they try to game out what films have what it takes to pick up the big trophies this season.


  1. Hi Fussy, here is the trailer for The Breadwinner - with a very nice articl. Post if you wish to. Thank you.

    Aoife Kelly
    May 17 2017 7:53 AM

    The stunning trailer for The Breadwinner, executive produced by Angelina Jolie, has landed.
    The animated film comes from Oscar-nominated Kilkenny company Cartoon Saloon, who previously brought us The Secret of Kells and song of the Sea.
    Based on the popular children's novel by Deborah Ellis, it tells the story of Parvana, a girl growing up in Afghanistan in 2001.

    Jolie said she was delighted to be working with such a talented and creative production team.
    "I know they will do justice to the richness, creativity and strength of Afghan culture and to little girls like Parvana," she said.

    "Millions of young girls like Parvana are growing up today under oppression or conflict and helping their families to survive in those conditions. This story is a reminder of the immense value of their contribution."
    'The Breadwinner' is directed by Nora Twomey.

  2. Hi Fussy,

    More Royals are appreciating another movie produced by Angelina Jolie:

    Nora Twomey Retweeted
    The Breadwinner‏ @BreadwinnerThe May 11
    Our director @nora877 presenting a gift of a Ltd edition print from the breadwinner to TRH today #RoyalVisitIreland

    Nora Twomey, Aircraft Pictures, guru studio and 2 others
    2 replies22 retweets63 likes
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    Nora Twomey‏ @nora877 May 11
    Nora Twomey Retweeted Cartoon Saloon
    A nice little @BreadwinnerThe scene playing on @markmullery 's monitor to :)
    @aircraftpix @CartoonSaloon @gurustudio
    Nora Twomey added,

    Cartoon Saloon @CartoonSaloon
    Our own @tommmoore talks to Their Royal Highnesses about the traditional animation process #RoyalVisitIreland
    0 replies2 retweets26 likes
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    Nora Twomey Retweeted
    Cartoon Saloon‏ @CartoonSaloon May 11
    Showing the teaser trailer @BreadwinnerThe to Their Royal Highnesses #RoyalVisitIreland

    4 replies42 retweets171 likes
    Reply 4 Retweet 42 Like 171

  3. Hi Fussy,

    Looks like a new(?) Interview by Angelina? Take a look.

    Angelina Jolie On Divorce: "It’s Very Important To Cry In The Shower"
    The actress opens up in a new interview.
    by Marianne Garvey July 26, 2017 • 11:23 AM ET Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email More

    Angelina Jolie is opening up about her bitter divorce from Brad Pitt nearly a year after the two split.

    The actress tells Vanity Fair about life after Brad and about taking care of her six children.

    “I was very worried about my mother, growing up—a lot. I do not want my children to be worried about me,” she tells the magazine.

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    Angie’s parents, the late Marcheline Bertrand, and Jon Voight, split when she was young after her father cheated.

    “I think it’s very important to cry in the shower and not in front of them. They need to know that everything’s going to be all right even when you’re not sure it is,” she adds.

    Angelina also gets into why she and Brad split, and says it had nothing to do with their globe-trotting lifestyle.

    “Our lifestyle was not in any way a negative,” she says. “That was not the problem. That is and will remain one of the wonderful opportunities we are able to give our children . . . They’re six very strong-minded, thoughtful, worldly individuals. I’m very proud of them.”

    After last summer, when “things got bad,” says Angelina, the two are now “both working towards the same goal.”

    “I didn’t want to use that word . . . Things became ‘difficult,’” she says.

    Angie and her brood are now living in a $25 million estate, an “11,000-square-foot Beax Arts mansion,” with “fountains, a pool, “and a kitchen worthy of a Nancy Meyers movie,” says the mag.

    “It’s just been the hardest time, and we’re just kind of coming up for air. [This house] is a big jump forward for us, and we’re all trying to do our best to heal our family,” she says. “The kids have been very brave. They were very brave. We’re all just healing from the events that led to the filing . . . They’re not healing from divorce. They’re healing from some . . . from life, from things in life.”

    Angelina, long estranged from her father, is now speaking to him.

    “He’s been very good at understanding they needed their grandfather at this time. I had to do a therapy meeting last night and he was just around,” she says. “He knows kind of the rule: Don’t make them play with you. Just be a cool grandpa who’s creative, and hang out and tell stories and read a book in the library.”

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