Coverage of feature film, Benediction. “BAFTA-winning filmmaker, Terence Davies (The House of Mirth) was only three days from start of shoot on passion project Benediction when the film was shut down due to the coronavirus. Writer-director Davies had been in development on the movie for five years since the success of his 2016 Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion.”
Coverage of feature film, Benediction. “Bankside Films has taken worldwide sales rights to Terence Davies’ upcoming biopic Benediction, which will see Jack Lowden star as First World War poet Siegfried Sassoon.”
Announcement of feature film, The World To Come. “Academy Award winner, Casey Affleck, has unveiled its new feature film project The World To Come, a mid-19th-century American frontier story starring BAFTA winner, Vanessa Kirby, Katherine Waterston and Christopher Abbott. Norwegian filmmaker, Mona Fastvold, is to direct. French sales and production company Charades has come on board to handle international rights, launching the project at this year’s EFM. Endeavor Content, ICM Partners and UTA Independent are handling domestic rights.”
Announcement of feature film, Welcome to the Tempest Hotel. “Academy Award nominee, Robin Swicord (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button), will write and direct a modern Bermuda-set adaptation of William Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest.”
Interview with Margarethe Baillou about violence on screen and how she wants their own projects to challenge how brutality is portrayed. “’We’ve grown so accustomed to onscreen gruesomeness that we’ve become immune to it,’ [Baillou] says. “The indifference to violence as entertainment is dangerously toxic.’”
Coverage of feature film, Change in the Air. “Screen Media has picked up worldwide rights to Change In The Air, a drama from first-time director Dianne Dreyer and starring recent Golden Globe-winning actress Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Mary Beth Hurt, Aidan Quinn, Macy Gray, M. Emmet Walsh, Seth Gilliam, and Olympia Dukakis. After finalizing the deal during EFM in Berlin, Screen Media will release the pic in theaters sometime this year.”
Coverage of feature film, Call Me By Your Name. “First optioned 10 years ago, André Aciman’s romantic novel Call Me By Your Name had a bumpy journey to the screen before being triumphantly realised by filmmaker Luca Guadagnino.”
Review of feature film Drawing Home. “Drawing Home somewhat behaves like it’s some kind of postcard for Canada… If Canada’s government wants to increase tourism, showing Drawing Home movie to potential visitors would be a perfect way to go about it. Plus the music is equally inviting.”
Review of feature film Drawing Home. “Director Markus Rupprecht and his co-writer Donna Logan were not about to give us a static biopic of the sort that’s shown in high school auditoriums on a snowy day, so out with museum lore and in with a picture of Catharine, who wanted more than the affluence of her parents and the even increased wealth that would fall into her lap with J. D. Rockefeller III. She was a free spirit as shown here by the German director in his freshman, full-length feature... The picture is acted by a sprightly Julie Lynn Mortensen, a Danish-Canadian who grew up in Alberta […] For his part, Juan Riedinger is Banff-born and –bred […]”
Review of feature film, Call Me By Your Name. “It’s also a story of queer love that isn’t tinged with horror or tragedy, a gay romance about a genuine attachment. At the same time, Call Me by Your Name doesn’t attempt to sanitize itself as a bland, ‘universal’ film in hopes of appealing to a wider audience. It’s both intensely erotic and intensely contained, acknowledging the very private lives gay men were forced to lead in the early 1980s, when the film is set. As a result, in Call Me by Your Name, virtually every bit of physical contact is crucial and electrifying.”
Review of feature film Drawing Home. “Inspired by a true story from the 1920s, this wonderful movie can be a perfect entertainer for the holidays... Drawing Home is a flawless blend of love, family, creativity, feelings and passion. It addresses the classic question of whether one should settle for a perfect ‘settled’ life or take risks to follow his/her passion... The movie is truly worth watching. Exchange of dialogues between Catharine and her mother or with her love interest Peter present the reality that many of us experience in our plot too. Talented cast, wonderful landscape, scenic beauty and charm of the golden era mark the highlights of the movie. Watch this feel-good slice of history for its passion, artistic approach and skillful pieces of arts. Drawing Home will definitely draw great doses of happiness, joy, pleasure and entertainment- truly perfect for the holidays!”
Review of feature film, Call Me By Your Name. "To describe this as one of the year’s most pleasurable movies, in short, may be less a matter of critical insight than of simple observation. Pleasure isn’t just Guadagnino’s intended effect; it is one of his defining obsessions and guiding artistic principles. He has become one of world cinema’s great sensualists, a filmmaker whose sun-kissed surfaces and woozy rhythms produce an atmosphere of sweet, heady intoxication.”
Review of feature film, Call Me By Your Name. “The lyricism seduces as does fragile, ecstatic Elio. Call Me by Your Name is less a coming-of-age story, a tale of innocence and loss, than one about coming into sensibility.”
Interview with Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer about feature film, Call Me By Your Name. “What also makes the story quietly remarkable, especially for a film that has traction in the awards race, is that it is simply about two young men who fall for each other, without menacing rednecks wanting to pulverize them or a ravaging disease lurking in wait. ‘It’s just a love story, and it’s really humanizing,’ Mr. Hammer said. ‘No one gets beat up, no one gets sick, no one has to pay for being gay.’”
Review of feature film, Call Me By Your Name. “As numerous are the ways in which Luca Guadagnino’s latest (and most personal) film, Call Me by Your Name, advances the canon of gay cinema, none impresses more than the fact that it’s not necessarily a gay movie at all — at least, not in the sense of being limited to LGBT festivals and audiences. Rather, the I Am Love director’s ravishingly sensual new film, adapted from André Aciman’s equally vivid coming-out/coming-of-age novel, is above all a story of first love — one that transcends the same-sex dynamic of its central couple, much as Moonlight has.”
Review of feature film, Call Me By Your Name. “Call Me By Your Name wears its intellectual credentials on its sleeve; it’s a film which sucks in references to art, literature, poetry, linguistics, Jewish identity, and exhales lengthy al-fresco lunches, meticulous production design and dripping over-ripe fruit, a luscious metaphor for the forbidden romance at its core. Adapted from André Aciman’s memoirs, this hot summer flush of first love in a milieu vacated by Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty stakes its place in film history with Chalamet’s Elio, buffeted by the all-too-real confusion, pain and ecstasy of falling in love.
Coverage of feature film, Call Me By Your Name. "In advance of the Sundance Film Festival, Sony Pictures Classics has swooped in and scooped up worldwide rights to Call Me by Your Name, a gay love story directed by Italy’s Luca Guadagnino, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.”
Interview with Margarethe Baillou, writer-director of live action short, Le Pardon. “[C]ollecting stories is a passion, and some stories are simply shorter than others. [This is] a short story, an audio-visual poem, a moving picture and a love letter to New Orleans which I visited in 2007, not long after Hurricane Katrina when the city was still hurting. At that point, the story had already been written, but I was still looking for the right setting. Experiencing how warmly New Orleans welcomed artists even after the nightmare it had been through was very touching, and I decided to shoot there. So, the location became a major motivator for telling the story.”
TV coverage of feature film Drawing Home.
Interview with Rutger Hauer who plays the late German wildlife artist, Carl Rungius in the feature film, Drawing Home, and who wrote a poem for the film. “I had been looking for a poem by an American Indian. I found a good one and tried to connect with the writer of this poem, but could never get a response from him. I decided to write a poem myself that expressed some of the same things. After I filmed, I went to the set to say goodbye to everyone, and I mentioned to the producers that I had written this poem. They asked if they could film me reciting it, so that’s what they did. It made sense being in the film and it was nice that it ended up in the final version.”
Interview with Margarethe Baillou and Allan Neuwirth about their feature film, Drawing Home, and their conscious decision to cast Canadian newcomers to play the leads. “Juan Riedinger who played Peter not only was […] Canadian, but he was born and grew up just blocks from where Peter Whyte lived. Julie [Lynn Mortensen] is from Calgary but she had spent an enormous amount of time in the Rockies. So they are both from there which is one of the main reasons why we connected with them aside from their acting abilities. We needed actors who shared the mentality of those people. These were fictional characters we were trying to bring to life. They were real and we wanted to honor them and we wanted to be respectful of their legacy. We wanted newcomers because it is a true story and we wanted that element of authenticity.”
Behind-the-scenes coverage of feature film Drawing Home. “In the winter of 2011, two very different film productions were underway in the Canadian Rockies. One was a unit shoot for Hollywood blockbuster, The Bourne Legacy. The other was Drawing Home, a low-budget biopic about Banff wildlife artists Peter and Catharine Whyte. The team producing Drawing Home was hoping for snow and plenty of it since there was no budget to produce it artificially. The folks behind Bourne Legacy? Not so much. So when a blizzard descended on the mountains, the two teams had very different reactions.”
Interview with Margarethe Baillou about feature film, Drawing Home. “When I learned of the real-life story of the late Peter and Catharine Whyte of Banff, I instantly saw a movie and I became determined to tell the story authentically, using factual Alberta locations and Canadian talent to portray the tale on screen to honor the cultural origin of the story.”
Coverage of animated short, Telling a You, by Margarethe Baillou. "[Baillou] chose the 1960s as time period for Telling A You because of her admiration of its fashion: feminine, elegant dresses and handbags for the ladies and handsome suits (‘or, in our case, suit jacket and Bermuda shorts’), ties and hats for men. Even the scooter and scooter helmet designs are based on 1960s originals… The Bermudian voices and setting make this project a true celebration of Bermuda, its people and its warm beauty. To make history on a project that is sure to welcome warm accolades and an enthusiastic audience is an extraordinary opportunity for the participants and the island as a whole.”
Coverage of feature film, Drawing Home. "The story of Peter and Catharine Whyte is the quintessential Banff story and an integral part of the community’s fabric and legacy. And when it comes to Drawing Home, a feature-length film about Peter and Catharine that is currently in production in the Banff-Bow Valley region, who better to play Peter, who was born in Banff in 1905 into the prominent Whyte family, than Banff-born actor Juan Riedinger?"
Coverage of video art installation, One After, by Margarethe Baillou, staged on October 10 in observance of the World Day Against the Death Penalty. “We set aside all textual and verbal narration for this work," says Ms. Baillou, a German filmmaker based in New York. "This leaves any opinions, personal interpretations and moral responses directly with the viewer, whom we recognize as a witness."
Review of documentary short, Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy, by Academy Award nominee Alice Elliott. “Watching Kathy and Diana live their lives often seems like an I-Ching guide to gratitude and appreciation for the gifts most of us receive simply by being in good health. When film can actually encourage and stimulate transformation, the art form transcends itself.”