In this Hollywood Reporter article on Venice (just updated the title to include this festival), they mention Rainy Day and Little Women as possible choices, but then dismiss them for the reasons stated below. One thing that they mention is that TIFF has been acting like bullies as of late in pressuring studios to avoid Telluride and Venice in order to have top premieres in Toronto. TIFF is milking their bragging rights on last year's overrated winner, Green Book and using its success at TIFF as reason why studios should give them top premieres over the other two festivals.
Last year's Lido lineup included Oscar winners Roma, A Star is Born and The Favourite but Toronto scored a coup with the exclusive premiere to eventual best picture winner Green Book.
With Toronto reportedly putting more pressure on filmmakers to avoid Venice (and Telluride) if they want a coveted TIFF premiere, Venice might find it harder to secure some of the most talked-about films for its 76th edition.
A Rainy Day in New York
Woody Allen's latest would usually be a lock for the Lido but scandal surrounding the director, the subject of decades-old sexual abuse allegations, makes this a controversial choice. Then there is the legal dispute: Allen is in the midst of suing Amazon Studios, who bankrolled Rainy Day, for $68 million for breach of contract after Amazon pulled out of its four-picture deal with Allen. Amazon cited the 25-year-old allegations — which Allen denies — made by Allen’s daughter, Dylan Farrow, that Allen sexually abused her when she was a child. Amazon has dropped its U.S. release of Rainy Day but the film will get a theatrical bow in Europe, including via Lucky Red in Italy, which is releasing the film Oct. 3.
Greta Gerwig's follow-up to her breakout hit Lady Bird is an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic, starring Meryl Streep, Florence Pugh and Emma Watson. But it is looking likely that Little Women will bypass Venice in favor or Telluride or Toronto this year. There are even hints Sony might avoid the fall festival circuit altogether and go straight out with the film.
They are the second outlet to mention that Sony may skip festivals.
TIFF still has about 200 titles to announce over the next 4 weeks. So, maybe one of Timmy's films can still be announced. But having a Gerwig or Michod film announced in this first wave would have been great PR. So, we'll see how this plays out. Remember, it appears that Little Women and The King are still in post-production editing, and neither may be ready for Venice or TIFF. However, one may appear at NYFF since that is two weeks after Toronto and gives the films more breathing space to finish edits. Anne Thompson of IndieWire did say last week that LW wasn't going to be at the festivals since it's a Christmas release film.
If LW doesn't do the film festivals, that's ok. I've said all the long not all films need to be at a film festival. It's a wait and see game. But I do realize a lot of Timmy fans have been making plans for TIFF. Let's hope they are interested in seeing other films instead. You don't go to a film festival just to watch one film, and one celebrity, you go there to see multiple films with a cinephile audience.
No need for Greta to rush LW to a festival when it isn't finished yet. The last test screenings were only a few weeks ago, so they are still editing. Would be unwise to rush it to TIFF and not be 100% happy with it, when it doesn't open until Xmas. So that doesn't surprise me at all, I figured it wouldn't be there. And I was pretty pessimistic regarding The King also. I just don't think it is ready (I am still surprised about this, since it finished filming almost a year ago). Not worried about LW at all, helps that I have seen it!! The King, we have nothing, so hard to know if it is any good or not. I do think being in a festival would help it, but maybe it just won't be ready.
I know of multiple people who went just for BB last year. But many lived close by, so they went a couple days and left. Nothing wrong with that. But you don't make a big trip out of it for just 1 film, that is nuts. I haven't had a chance to really look over the list but see a few that I will try to get a ticket for. I have a month to make up my list.
Yep. I could honestly see LW at NYFF, if it is finished on time. But that would still be around 3 months before its opening. AFI would be a lot closer but I really don't know much abut AFI. We already know that LW is a really good movie, so it takes the stress out of worrying about it or why it isn't at a certain festival. I am soooooo happy we were able to see it at the test screening!
A lot of experienced movie people (of which I am not) are saying the TIFF lineup is fantastic. I need to read-up on the movies but there are 4 or 5 that already interest me. Trying to get tickets to them, we will see. But they won't be for the big galas/Q&A's though. Those probably sell out faster.
Post by chalametthegreat on Jul 23, 2019 17:09:42 GMT -8
I have never been to any of these film festivals yet, but I hope to one day soon. Although Venice would be more of a hike for me from America... I need to save more money to afford that amazing trip!
TIFF is definitely a more realistic goal of mine one year especially if a Timothee Chalamet film will be there. But you are right that for 2019 there seems to be such a great lineup of new films.
I want to see Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers who helped me get through childhood... "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" is stuck in my head now. As a Catholic, I am very intrigued by Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis ... I dont think that "The Two Popes" will appeal to much of the mass public but I sure would love to watch this character study of two elderly spiritual men played by legendary actors. I am not a car guy but "Ford vs Ferrari" also has two great actors Christian Bale and Matt Damon who astound me in their roles. And lets not forget "The Joker" of course.
As I write about films I want to see, I notice I did not select any with strong lead female performances. I am curious then which TIFF films will have amazing roles for women this year. Or do you think there are less films like that unfortunately based on the current list. I think Renee Zellweger will be excellent as Judy Garland. However "Little Women" would have been such a good addition to TIFF since it is filled with strong female leads. Looking forward to seeing it during the holidays then.