Category Archives: Film Festivals

“Love and Other Drugs” To Open, “Black Swan” To Close AFI Fest 2010


Edward Zwick’s film is set to open the festival on November 4th. This could give the Jake Gyllenhaal/Anne Hathaway film Love and Other Drugs just the right kind of push to get launched into the 2010 Awards Season. I’m really excited for film. It’s set to open wide on November 24th, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller starring Natalie Portman is set to close the festival on November 11th. Portman is already the front-runner for Best Actress this year based on the buzz the film has already generated on the festival circuit. Black Swan is set for a limited release on December 1st.

Let’s not forget, as well, that AFI Fest has hired David Lynch as their first ever guest artistic director. I feel like I would LOVE to go to this festival. Hopefully one of you can go for me and revel in its awesomeness!

“The King’s Speech” Wins Audience Award at TIFF


Looks like it could mean back-to-back Best Actor nominations for Colin Firth at the Oscars, or at least that’s the buzz out of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Here’s the official synopsis:

The King’s Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI (Colin Firth), the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George (“Bertie”) reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush). Through a set of unexpected techniques (including diaphragmatic breathing), and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.

The film is set for a limited release on November 26th.

Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” wins top Venice prize


Here’s the story off of AP:

Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, a story about an actor dealing with the emptiness of his life thanks to his child, won the top Golden Lion prize at the Venice film festival Saturday.

Director Quentin Tarantino headed the jury which unanimously chose Coppola’s film as the best movie at the 11-day annual festival.

“This film enchanted us from its first screening,” Tarantino said.

Coppola has described the film as a “portrait of today’s L.A.” Somewhere tells the story of a movie star, played by Stephen Dorff, who comes to see the emptiness of his existence through the eyes of his 11-year-old daughter, played by Elle Fanning.

With Somewhere, Coppola, who herself grew up in the world of film thanks to her father, director Francis Ford Coppola, lampoons Hollywood’s star treatment.

I so cannot wait to see this film. It’s set to open on December 22nd.

54th Annual BFI London Film Festival Announces Line-up


We already knew that Never Let Me Go would open on October 13th and 127 Hours would close the festival on October 28th, but now we’ve got the whole line-up!

Notable films include:

  • Let Me In
  • Blue Valentine
  • Conviction
  • The American
  • Miral
  • Meek’s Cutoff
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story
  • Another Year
  • The King’s Speech
  • Black Swan
  • Biutiful
  • Howl
  • The Kids Are All Right

You can read more about the festival and the films that will be featured here. If any of you lovely readers gets a chance to go to the festival, please do drop us a line!

It’s The End of Summer and the Beginning of Fall Film Festivals


I’ve never been to a film festival, but boy do I long to do so. A lot of this year’s major buzz-worthy films are having their debuts and/or are being showcased at various film festivals. Here are some of the up coming film festivals and some of the noteworthy the films being showcased.

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