Festival Circuit 2019

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Festival Circuit 2019

#1 Post by DarkImbecile » Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:37 pm

Sundance continues to add to its list of premieres, as does Berlinale (the Berlin festival also announced their 2019 poster series, which seems to be catering primarily to furry fans), which means it must be time for a new Festival Circuit thread...

I'll try to update this post with program, jury, awards, and other relevant information on the major film festivals compiled in this post as the year in fests continues to develop. If you're lucky enough to be able to attend one of these or another local or specialty festival, let the rest of us know which films to keep an eye on!

Compilation of Critic Ratings for Sundance, Berlin, and Cannes

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2019 Sundance Film Festival (Jan. 24 - Feb. 4): Program / Awards
Notable premieres: Velvet Buzzsaw - Dan Gilroy; Native Son - Rashid Johnson; The Souvenir - Joanna Hogg; The Report - Scott Z. Burns; The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - Chiwetel Ejiofor; Late Night - Nisha Ganatra; I Am Mother - Grant Sputore; Official Secrets - Gavin Hood; Cold Case Hammerskjöld - Mads Brügger; Clemency - Chinonye Chukwu; Luce - Julius Onah; The Farewell - Lulu Wang; The Last Black Man in San Francisco - Joe Talbot; Wounds - Babak Anvari

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69th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb. 7 - Feb. 17): Program / Jury (President: Juliette Binoche) / Awards
Notable premieres: Grâce à Dieu (By the Grace of God) - François Ozon; Der Goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove) - Fatih Akin; The Kindness of Strangers - Lone Scherfig; Mr. Jones - Agnieszka Holland; Varda par Agnès - Agnès Varda; The Operative - Yuval Adler; Light of My Life - Casey Affleck; Monos - Alejandro Landes; Monsters. - Marius Olteanu; Synonymes - Nadav Lapid

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72nd Cannes Film Festival (May 14 - May 25):
Notable premieres:

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76th Venice International Film Festival (Aug. 28 - Sep. 7):
Notable premieres:

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46th Telluride Film Festival (Aug. 30 - Sep. 2):
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2019 Toronto International Film Festival (Sep. 5 - Sep. 15):
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57th New York Film festival (Sep. 28 - Oct. 14):
Notable premieres:

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Re: Festival Circuit 2019

#2 Post by DarkImbecile » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:43 pm

Final list of Berinale restorations announced, including Ung Flukt (The Wayward Girl), a 1959 Norwegian film featuring Liv Ullman's first lead performance, and Destry Rides Again restored with consultation by Scorsese and Spielberg.

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Re: Festival Circuit 2019

#4 Post by DarkImbecile » Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:05 pm

As Sundance winds down, here's an overview of the major acquisitions, as well as festival diaries from Justin Chang at the LA Times, Manohla Dargis at The New York Times, and AA Dowd at The A.V. Club.

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Re: Festival Circuit 2019

#5 Post by DarkImbecile » Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:05 pm

Sundance Awards announced:

U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
Clemency, Chinonye Chukwu

U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
One Child Nation, Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
The Souvenir, Joanna Hogg

World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
Honeyland, Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov

Audience Award: U.S. Dramatic
Knock Down the House, Rachel Lears

Audience Award: U.S. Documentary
Brittany Runs A Marathon, Paul Downs Colaizzo

Audience Award: World Cinema Dramatic
Queen of Hearts, May el-Toukhy

Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary
Sea of Shadows, Richard Ladkani

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Re: Festival Circuit 2019

#6 Post by DarkImbecile » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:31 pm

Never Cursed wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:28 pm
Really hoping this isn't the exact type of movie that The House That Jack Built taught us we didn't need. Not optimistic based on the trailer
This was in reference to a different serial killer movie premiering at a major festival, but from the sound of early reviews Fatih Akin's The Golden Glove from Berlin might be an even bigger test of the post-Jack viability of the subgenre:

David Ehrlich in IndieWire:
‘The Golden Glove’ Review: One of the Most Vile Serial Killer Movies Ever Made — Berlinale

It’s relentlessly pungent; the cinematic equivalent of an overflowing porta potty. The sets reek of shit and decaying flesh, while even the living characters appear to rot before our eyes. Maggots fall through the ceiling and rain into a young girl’s soup. A jar of pickled sausages grows enough white fur to make a winter coat. There’s no reprieve from all this rancidness. It opens with a long, unblinking take of its sociopathic protagonist stripping the body of a bloated old prostitute and (after the help of some liquid courage) sawing her head off with the wild-eyed clumsiness of a chronic drinker. It’s hard to fathom at the time, but this will be the most pleasant sequence of this godforsaken story...

It’s a film about the depravity that can infect a country in the wake of a lost war, told with the clarity of a clogged toilet; a film informed by the radicality of Rainer Werner Fassbinder and the artfulness of Uwe Boll; a film that contrasts the visceral grotesquery of “Se7en” with the psychological depth of Kevin Spacey’s “Let Me Be Frank” video. Most of all, it’s an act of karmic revenge against those who bemoaned the supposed banality of “The House that Jack Built.” 20 minutes into this and you’ll find yourself begging the movie gods for another trip through the abattoir of Lars von Trier’s anxieties.
Guy Lodge in Variety:
A recurring controversy flared up again at last month’s Sundance festival, this time with the Zac Efron-starring Ted Bundy biopic “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” as its lit match: Where is the line drawn between representation and celebration in films about appalling figures, particularly with a swoon-worthy sex symbol in the lead? That’s an issue less likely to be raised with “The Golden Glove,” Fatih Akin’s hyper-grisly true-crime study of another notorious 1970s serial killer, Fritz Honka: No one could accuse the German filmmaker of glamorizing anyone or anything in a film so strenuously dedicated to its own seaminess, you can practically smell the human flesh rotting on screen...

That’s all very well, but it’s not a compelling reason for a film this oppressively repellent to exist: Though based on a well-received nonfiction bestseller by Heinz Strunk, it’s not psychologically insightful as a study of violently toxic masculinity, nor even particularly informative as a cold account of a corrupt life. Instead, Akin’s vacant provocation functions purely as a cruel terror exercise, teasing viewers with uncertainty over which hapless woman on screen will be carved up next, and pressing half-heartedly for empathy with a real-life psychopath who, as written and presented here, hardly seems worth such a complex investment.
Deborah Young in The Hollywood Reporter:
The Bottom Line: Beyond sordid

Watching old alcoholic prostitutes being lured to their deaths has the morbid fascination of all true crime tales, but the unremitting bleakness of Akin’s vision, atmospherically visualized by production designer Tamo Kunz and a host of grungy actors, is likely to be too much for most viewers to take...

...it remains to be seen how much gruesome slumming audiences are willing to pay to do. On some level Fritz’s story is compulsive viewing, only you wish you weren’t there. Located uncertainly between a seriously repulsive horror film and Germanic black humor, this particular vision of hell owes a visible debt to Rainer W. Fassbinder. All that is missing is the camp note of a true Fassbinder film and compassion for suffering humanity.
I loved Akin's last film — In the Fade, which won Diane Kruger Best Actress recognition at Cannes — so I'll see this regardless, but with considerably more reluctance than I was feeling yesterday.


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Re: Festival Circuit 2019

#8 Post by FrauBlucher » Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:11 am

BERLINALE FILM FESTIVAL 2019 WINNERS
Golden Bear for Best Film
Synonyms, dir. Nadav Lapid

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
By the Grace of God, dir. François Ozon

Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize
System Crasher, dir. Nora Fingscheidt

Silver Bear for Best Director
Angela Shanelec, I Was at Home, But

Silver Bear for Best Actress
Yong Mei, So Long, My Son

Silver Bear for Best Actor
Wang Jingchun, So Long, My Son

Silver Bear Best Screenplay
Mauricio Barucci, Claudio Giovannesi and Roberto Saviano, Piranhas

Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution
Rasmus Videbæk
Cinematographer, Out Stealing Horses

Glashutte Original Documentary
Talking About Trees, dir: Suhaib Gasmelbari

GWFF Best First Feature Award
Oray, dir: Mehmet Akif Büyükatalay

Golden Bear Best Short Film
Umbra, dir: Florian Fischer, Johannes Krell

Silver Bear Jury Prize Short Film
Blue Boy, dir: Manuel Abramovich

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