Hollywood Heavyweights and Hopefuls Gather at Toronto Film Festival

Published on website: September 06, 2013
Categories: Film Festivals , The StoryBoard Blog

The 38th Annual Toronto International Film Festival kicks off the first week of September, giving moviegoers their first peek at films on the horizon. Over the course of 11 days, 366 films will be shown from 70 different countries. We are proud to say many of these movies were made on Kodak film.

TIFF in known for often revealing early Oscar® favorites, as well as discovering new and innovative talent. Let’s take a look at a few of the productions that are already generating some buzz:

The central character in Felony is a detective, who after a few celebratory beers with friends hits a boy with his car on the way home. He impulsively lies to officers about the incident. A friend tries to help him cover his tracks, but another detective isn’t quite buying their story. A psychological struggle unfolds over the course of three intense days. The film is directed by Matthew Saville and photographed by Mark Wareham, ACS. “Shooting on film is so solid,” Wareham notes. “With our budget and schedule (on Felony), we had to be efficient. Shooting film restores autonomy to the cinematographer.”

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, from director Justin Chadwick and DP Lol Crawley, BSC, is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, which chronicles his life from early childhood to his passionate work to bring together his country’s once-segregated society. Chadwick and Crawley chose Kodak 35mm to chronicle this history-making leader’s extraordinary story.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom  

John Wells tapped Adriano Goldman, ABC to shoot the funny and poignant August: Osage County on Kodak 35mm. “The kind of precision that we were doing with the dialogue, the movements, and the way in which we were setting the shots for this movie, I didn’t feel digital would be an advantage,” notes Wells. Based on Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning 2007 play of the same name, the movie follows the Weston family who have gone their separate ways until a family calamity brings them all back together. The film stars include Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Chris Cooper.

August: Osage County  

The comedy The Double follows non-extraordinary Simon who is living a fairly dull life, until a new co-worker, James, arrive. James is Simon’s exact physical double, but is also his opposite with a charming and outgoing personality. Slowly, James begins to take over Simon’s life. Director Richard Ayoade and DP Erik Wilson captured all the laughs on Kodak 35mm.

The Double

12 Years a Slave tells the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841 and finally freed in 1853. The all-star cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard, Sarah Paulson, Paul Dano and Paul Giamatti, among others. Director Steve McQueen collaborated with Sean Bobbitt, BSC to detail this moving struggle.

12 Years a Slave

The festival will also showcase Kill Your Darlings, Atilla Marcel, Don Jon, The Great Beauty, Little Feet, The Invisible Woman, Walesa, We Are the Best, and Like Father, Like Son, among others.

Kodak is proud to have film be the storytelling medium of so many extraordinary movies premiering at TIFF. We salute the filmmakers’ accomplishments, and celebrate the unforgettable images they have created.

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