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Why Joe Wright’s ‘Darkest Hour’ Might Be Gary Oldman’s Brightest Moment

By Sophia Harvey

Could 2018 finally be the year for Oldman’s Oscar win?

The Toronto Film Festival continued this week with the North American premiere of Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour; a drama about the earliest days of Winston Churchill’s prime ministry, when the freshly anointed politician was forced to navigate the waters of a peace treaty with Hitler. The Oscar buzz is out and it looks like this could be the role that finally strips Gary Oldman of the title, “Best Actor To Have Never Won An Oscar.” If Leo can do it, why not Gary?

The panel was moderated by Eric Cohanic and featured director Joe Wright, Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas (for her role as Clementine Churchill), Ben Mendelsohn (who played King George VI), and the film’s screenwriter Anthony McCartan.

They discussed why no one wanted to make this movie, the hours of prosthetics it took to pull it off, and the vape-sesh that made it all possible. Check out the best moments below.

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“The Line Between Industry and Filmmakers is So Blurry Here”: Previewing the 2017 Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum

By Scott Macaulay

An opening night world premiere, more North American film premieres, an expanded Storyforms VR section, and the return of its popular Points North Forum are all notable elements of the 2017 Camden Film Festival, which runs today through September 17 across Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine. Hot on the heels of Toronto, CIFF is a growing festival that is luring more and more filmmakers as well as funders to take part in discussions about non-fiction in an enviably bucolic environment. “The line between industry and filmmakers is so blurry here,” says Ben Fowlie, Executive Director of the Points North Institute, […] → continue…

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Everything We Know About Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’ Right Now

By Sophia Harvey

Finally, we can talk about mother!

After months of secrecy—and some intriguing marketing campaigns—we’re finally learning more about Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, mother! The movie made its North American premiere at Toronto Film Festival this past weekend, surrounded by much buzz and confusion. And the following press conference did little to clarify. The running adage seems to be: it’s just an experience you have to have for yourself.

Well, since the rest of us can’t see mother! until its theatrical release September 15th, here’s as much as we could learn from the TIFF conference with Aronofsky, the film’s star Jennifer Lawrence, and its two producers Ari Handel and Scott Franklin. The panel was moderated by Indiewire’s Eric Kohn. Below are the key takeaways we could glean about mother! from the reticent filmmaker and his accomplices. You can view the entire press conference here.

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25 Films We’re Looking Forward to at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival

By Scott Macaulay

The Toronto International Film Festival got underway today with Janus Metz’s Borg/McEnroe as Opening Night and a number of heavily anticipated Fall titles — including mother!, Battle of the Sexes, Downsizing, I, Tonya — making either their world or North American premieres. Vadim Rizov will be on the ground filing his critics dispatches for Filmmaker, and we’ll have select interviews and other editorial as the fest goes on. But before diving into our preview of 25 films we’re especially excited about, I want to comment on what may be TIFF’s biggest news this year, which arrived a week before the […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine