Good Monday and I hope it was a pleasant weekend for all.
TFF #43 DIRECTORS TALKING THEIR FILMS
As the major fall film fests have come to a conclusion and with a number of the films that played there now beginning to open, you're seeing the full court press of interviews and profiles of the key personnel for those that are getting a serious awards push.
That gives us Telluriders another opportunity to connect with the films and film makers that we fell in love with over Labor Day weekend. It also allows those of us that become Oscar watchers to keep an eye on the films that are being positioned for those and other awards.
I have linked interviews and profiles for:
Barry Jenkins (and others) talking about Moonlight from the Toronto International Film Festival via YouTube. The presentation runs a bit over 25 minutes.
Additionally, The Toronto Sun's Peter Howell also talked to Jenkins prior to Moonlight's Toronto opening.
Entertainment Weekly posted a piece this week from La La Land writer and director Damien Chazelle about the casting process that led to Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as the leads.
The Playlist offers a retrospective on the career of Kenneth Lonergan who wrote and directed Manchester by the Sea.
Indiewire published both an article a small video featurette from Arrival director Denis Villeneuve. That can be found here.
And the New York Film Festival posted a "Director's Dialogue" with Toni Erdmann writer/director Maren Ade.
OSCAR BIZ BUZZ
Variety/In Contention's Kristopher Tapley posted his list of the "20 Top Contenders in the Oscar Best Picture Race" over the weekend. Films are listed with a still and a brief description. Included on the alphabetical listing are : Arrival, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight and Sully from TFF #43. You can catch the complete list here.
Also, Awards Daily's Sasha Stone posted a lengthy piece on the correlation this year between Best Picture front runners and the potential nominees for Best Original Screenplay with particular focus on three films that played at Telluride: Moonlight, La La Land and Manchester by the Sea. Sasha's insights are found here.
There's your Monday post from MTFB/FAC. More to come on Thursday.
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