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Filmfest 919 (2019)

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I had been feeling strung out at TIFF in recent years, but last year was the first year I didn't go at all. If I'm honest, Filmfest 919 (in Chapel Hill) was a tipping point, since I get to see a number of the films I wanted to from the festival circuit in a theatrical environment. Anyhow, here's the list of films for this year:

 

 

And Then We Danced | Levan Akin, Sweden/Russia
Starring Levan Ghelbakhiani, Ana Javakishvili

Bacurau | Kleber Medonca Filho and Juliano Dornelles, Brazil
Starring Sonia Braga, Udo Kier, Barbara Colen, Thomas Aquino

Beanpole | Kantemir Balagov, Russia
Starring Konstantin Balakirev, Andrey Bykov, Olga Dragunova
Cannes, Telluride, Toronto International Film Festival 2019

Britt-Marie Was Here | Tuva Novotny, Sweden
Starring Pernilla August, Peter Haber, Anders Mossling, Lancelot Ncube

By The Grace of God | Francois Ozon, France/Belgium
Starring Melvil Poupaud, Denis Menochet, Swann Arlaud
Winner of the Silver Bear, Berlin Film Festival

The Chambermaid | Lila Avilés, Mexico – OFFICIAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM SUBMISSION
Starring Gabriela Cartol, Agustina Quinci, Teresa Sánchez

Clemency | Chinonye Chukwu, USA
Starring: Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Danielle Brooks
Winner Grand Jury Prize at Sundance; screened at Toronto International Film Festival 2019

Collisions | Richard Levien, USA
Starring Jesse Garcia, Ana de la Reguera, Izabella Alvarez

Dolemite is My Name | Craig Brewer, USA
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Rock
Toronto International Film Festival 2019; 

Frankie | Ira Sachs, France/Portugal/Belgium
Starring: Marisa Tomei, Brendan Gleeson, Isabelle Huppert, Greg Kinnear
Toronto International Film Festival 2019

Greener Grass | Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe, USA
Starring: Jocelyn DeBoer, Dawn Luebbe, Beck Bennett, Neil Casey, Mary Holland, D’Arcy Carden

In Fabric | Peter Strickland, UK
Starring Gwendoline Christie, Marianne Jean-Baptiste,

Jojo Rabbit | Taika Waititi, Germany/USA 
Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Thomasin McKenzie, Rebel Wilson
Based on Christine Leunens’s novel; Winner of Audience Choice Award at Toronto International Film Festival 2019

Just Mercy | Destin Daniel Cretton, USA
Starring: Brie Larson, Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan, Tim Blake Nelson
Toronto International Film Festival 2019

The Kill Team | Dan Krauss, USA/Spain
Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Nat Wolff, Rob Morrow

The King | David Michod, USA
Starring Robert Pattinson, Ben Mendelsohn, Timothee Chalamet, Lily-Rose Depp
Premiered Venice Film Festival

Marriage Story | Noah Baumbach, USA
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Lauren Dern, Adam Driver, Ray Liotta, Julie Hagerty, Alan Alda
World Premiere at Venice, screened at Telluride, TIFF 2019

MEET JOE LETTERI, WETA DIGITAL – THE EVOLUTION OF VISUAL EFFECTS
Special presentation by four-time Academy Award-winning Visual Effects artist Joe Letteri.

Motherless Brooklyn | Edward Norton, USA
Starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Leslie Mann, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Willem Dafoe
Telluride, Toronto International Film Festival 2019

Pain & Glory | Pedro Almodovar, Spain
Starring: Penelope Cruz, Antonio Banderas
Winner Best Actor for Banderas at Cannes; screened at Telluride, Toronto International Film Festival 2019

Parasite | Joon-ho Bong, South Korea
Starring: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo
Winner Palm d’or Cannes; screened at Telluride, Toronto International Film Festival 2019

Portrait of a Lady on Fire | Celine Sciamma, France
Starring: Adele Haenel, Noémie Merlant
Winner of Best Screenplay, Queer Palm, Cannes 2019; screened Telluride, Toronto International Film Festival 2019

Premature | Rashaad Ernesto Green, USA
Starring: Zora Howard, Joshua Boone
Premiered at Sundance 2019

Rocketman | Dexter Fletcher, USA
Starring: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden
Encore screening, featuring an appearance by Ray Williamson, credited for discovery of Elton John.

Shepherd: the Story of a Jewish Dog | Lynn Roth, USA
Starring: Ayelet Zurer
Won Audience Award at LA Jewish Film Festival
Director/writer Lynn Roth will attend.

Sink or Swim | Gilles Lellouche
Starring Mathieu Amalric, Guillaume Canet, Benoît Poelvoorde

Sorry We Missed You | Ken Loach, UK | France | Belgium
Starring; Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone
Toronto International Film Festival 2019

The Traitor | Marco Bellocchio, Italy, France, Brazil, Germany
Starring: Pierfrancesco Favino, Luigi Lo Cascio, Fausto Russo Alesi
Cannes 2019

The Truth | Hirokazu Koreeda, France
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke
Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival 2019

The Two Popes | Fernando Meirelles, UK | Italy | Argentina | USA
Written by Anthony McCarten – HONORED WITH DISTINGUISHED SCREENWRITER AWARD
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce
London Film Festival, Telluride, Toronto International Film Festival 2019
Screenwriter Anthony McCarten will attend

Waves | Trey Edward Shults, USA
Starring: Sterling K. Brown, Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Taylor Russell, Lucas Hedges, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Clifton Collins, Jr.
Telluride, Toronto International Film Festival 2019

Windows on the World | Michael D. Olmos, USA
Starring Edward James Olmos, Rene Auberjonois, Ryan Guzman, Julie Carmen

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That's quite a lineup, Ken, and it gives me a better read on what might be coming to the two regional fests I've attended in recent years - the Middleburg and Virginia Film Festivals. Conflicts will keep me from Middleburg this year, but I'm hoping to have more than 1 or 2 days in Charlottesville for the Virginia Film Festival. I've already booked one night there - even though the schedule of films won't release until this coming weekend.

EDIT: And just like that, early VA Film Fest announcements start rolling out! https://mobile.twitter.com/VaFilmFest

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That's a very appealing list - a couple of my TIFF faves (Pain and Glory, Beanpole), plus a few I would've liked to make time for (Bacurau, Waves, Portrait of a Lady on Fire).

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4 hours ago, Christian said:

That's quite a lineup, Ken, and it gives me a better read on what might be coming to the two regional fests I've attended in recent years - the Middleburg and Virginia Film Festivals. Conflicts will keep me from Middleburg this year, but I'm hoping to have more than 1 or 2 days in Charlottesville for the Virginia Film Festival. I've already booked one night there - even though the schedule of films won't release until this coming weekend.

EDIT: And just like that, early VA Film Fest announcements start rolling out! https://mobile.twitter.com/VaFilmFest

I had heard that they might screen Marcus Mizelle's new film. (I think they showed Actor For Hire when it came out.) It's been a couple years since I've done VFF, but I have pleasant memories of opening the cafe door for Hal Holbrook. 

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I was surprised this morning to find the new Kore-eda a bit of a slog. 

I put that here rather than in its own thread because I wonder if it is just a function of it being 10 am on a Saturday morning, having just seen Frankie (a similarly themed French talkie with an international audience), or some sort of festival burnout like D. talked about in TIFF thread. I do feel my age more and more, and I have a hard time doing 3 movies in a day, much less four.

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Yeah, my limit, even at shorter festivals like Full Frame, is 3 films per day.  Though in the case of Kore-eda, the response to his newest has been tepid.

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So Parasite won festival favorite, which made me wonder (not for the first time) about how much these things are on up-and-up. Given the variety of screening times and venue sizes, I'm sure there is a formula that is...malleable. 

I mean, everyone I've heard that has seen it,loves it, but it's also a bit of a self-selector, isn't it? 

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