Editor | Peter Bowen
USA Today takes a first look at One Day
Posted September 28, 2010
One Day will be coming to theaters one day, but today we can offer you a first look. Susan Wloszczyna at USA Today catches up with Lone Scherfig’s production of One Day (adapted from David Nicholls’ best-selling novel). Wloszczyna notes “Any relationship portrait is only as good as the chemistry between its two leads, however, and the Danish filmmaker is confident she has found the right formula” with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. But also there is the chemistry between the director and actors. About Hathaway, Scherfig remarks, “"She has a vast range that is extraordinary, and I was very grateful that she wanted to do it…We had a great collaboration and both cried when we had to say goodbye." Luckily they have a great film to show for their time together.
Africa First Pumzi wins the Silver Audience Award at Toronto's After Dark Film Festial
Posted September 23, 2010
Africa First's Pumzi won the Silver Audience Award For Best International Short Film at Toronto After Dark Film Festival. This is the latest in a long string of awards for Kenyan Wanuri Kahiu’s socially conscious sci-fi film Pumzi. The project, about the disappaerance of water and natural resources in Kenya, was picked to be part of Africa First’s 2008 slate, and has gone on to show up in festivals around the world
Focus Features acquires Mike Mills’ Beginners at Toronto Film Festival
Posted September 21, 2010
In addition to premiering Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s comedy It’s Kind of a Funny Story at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, Focus Features also picked up a new feature, Mike Mill’s Beginners. After completing the acquisition, Focus’ CEO James Schamus exclaimed, ““What can I say? We simply love this movie. Mike Mills has made a life-changing testament to the power of love and the surprising ways it can enter your life when you least expect it.” In the film, Ewan McGregor has just started a new relationship with Anna (Melanie Laurent), and as he enters into what he hopes to be a happy new part of his life, he finds himself remembering the remarkable end of life of his dad (Christopher Plummer). At an age when most look forward to death, Plummer plays a man who comes out as gay, finds a new life, while dealing with a possible life-threatening illness.
IndieWIRE’s Anne Thompson notes “there’s a real possibility of a supporting actor nod for Christopher Plummer, who nails the role of an older gay man clinging to life. I had admired Mills’ Thumbsucker, so I was not surprised at the little joys to be found in this superbly directed movie."
Zach Galifianakis’s confession at Toronto premiere of It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Posted September 14, 2010
In USA Today, Claudia Puig gets the scoop on the Zach attack at Toronoto premiere of It's Kind of a Funny Story. Puig writes, “Gesturing to his ultra-slender co-star Emma Roberts, dressed in a fitted blush-colored off the shoulder dress, the bearded actor bellowed: "Emma and I would like to announce our engagement. She is six months pregnant--though you'd never know. It was at the wrap party..."” Of course, it was all a joke, but the humor seemed to be part and parcel of the Toronto premiere. As Puig concludes:
Galifianakis eagerly stepped to the front of the stage, The Hangover star took a dramatic bow and seemed about to launch into some sort of windy soliloquoy: "I got my start in theatre..." He was met with laughter and applause, which mirrored the audience's exuberant reaction to the film. After Gilchrist, Galifianakis, Roberts and their co-stars perform their rendition of "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie, the movie audience burst into applause.
Macleans's video interview with Zach Galifianakis in Toronto
Posted September 14, 2010
The Canadian Journal Macleans got some face time with It's Kind of a Funny Story Zach Galifianakis while he was up at the Toronto Film Festival for the premiere of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's comedy. Zach is, well, Zach--partially sincere, partialy off the cuff, always funny. In talking about doing research on mental facilites, he lets drop how he looks forward to getting to spend some time there for real. And that's not the crazy part.
New York Times: It’s Kind of a Funny Story’s Keir Gilchrist is one to watch
Posted September 13, 2010
In this Sunday’s New York Times (the big “what’s new this season” issue), Karen Durbin's
"Breaking out of the Mold" profiles a handful of actors whose performances in upcoming films bear critical attention and public recognition. We’re thrilled that Keir Gilchrist (the star of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s upcoming It’s Kind of a Funny Story) made the list. Of his performance, Ms. Durbin writes, “With his full lips, bumpy nose and perpetually anxious eyebrows, he has an appealingly funny face, yet without ever clowning he makes it the barometer of Craig’s emotional progress.”
Washinton Post’s Ann Hornaday tags It’s Kind of a Funny Story as the film “to see this Fall”
Posted September 13, 2010
Checking in from the Toronto Film Festival, The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday appraises Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s comedy It’s Kind of a Funny Story as a “little gem” that “could be the small movie to see this fall.” Her reasons why? “Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have exemplified a generation of young filmmakers whose spontaneous sense of narrative, intimate filming and humanistic compassion have reinvigorated American movies.” Yet––and with all due respect to Ms. Hornaday’s kind sentiments––we hope that a cast like Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Keir Gilchrist,Lauren Graham, Viola Davis, Zoë Kravitz and Aasif Mandvi will make it more than just a “little” gem.
LA Times talks Breakfast Club with It’s Kind of a Funny Story directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck
Posted September 13, 2010
The Los Angeles Times film pundit Steven Zeitchik sat down with Anna Boden and Ryan Flack, the filmmaking team behind the upcoming It’s Kind of a Funny Story With Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, and Emma Roberts).
While the directing duo is known for their tough realist work, they emphasize that this is “kind of a funny story.” Fleck tells Zeitchik, “The first thing we thought when we read the book is that this could be a modern-day John Huges film.” Boden adds:
There's something of The Breakfast Club in it, where these characters are stuck together and forced to interact….The thing about setting it in a mental hospital instead of high school is that it forces Craig to meet people he never would have met. It opens up his world.
Pssst, It’s Kind of a Funny Story Premieres at the Toronto Film Festival
Posted September 12, 2010
This weekend, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s comedy It’s Kind of a Funny Story unfurled at the Toronto Film Festival. Variety’s Justin Chang wrote, “The filmmakers fully retain their offbeat sensibility and attentiveness to character while providing perhaps the sharpest showcase yet for Zach Galifianakis’ outsized talents.”
Somewhere wins Top Prize at Venice Film Festival
Posted September 11, 2010
Sofia Coppola’s poetic drama Somewhere won the Golden Lion for best film at this year’s Venice Film Festival by a unanimous decision. Director Quentin Tarantino, who headed up this year’s jury, told the San Francisco Chronicle, “This was a film that enchanted us from our first screening…Yet from that first enchanting screening, it grew and grew and grew in both our hearts, in our analysis, in our minds, and in our affections.”
The film, which opens this December from Focus Features, follows the shifting moods of a mixed-up movie star (Stephen Dorff) whose prolonged stay at Los Angeles’ glamorous Chateau Marmont is profoundly shifted when his 11-year old daughter (Elle Fanning) comes to stay with him.
The Venice Film Festival remains a favorite for Focus filmmakers, as it awarded Ang Lee the Golden Lion in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain, and then again in 2007 for Lust, Caution. For a complete list of awards at Venice this year go here.