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Former Seville International Execs Anick Poirier & Lorne Price Launch Film Sales Outfit WaZabi Films

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Exclusive: Former Seville International execs Anick Poirier and Lorne Price are launching international sales company WaZabi Films in the wake of eOne shuttering indie films stalwart Seville.

The new Montreal-based agency will serve as a full service sales agent that licenses theatrical features to distributors worldwide. The duo will serve as co-presidents of the new venture, which is backed by Canadian production group Datsit Sphere.

The focus will be on independent films with crossover potential, and art house films with awards pedigree from Québec, Canada and around the globe. The firm has also struck a deal with Les Films Séville to exclusively distribute films from the Seville International catalogue including Cannes selections Matthias et Maxime from Xavier Dolan and Monia Chokri’s La femme De Mon Frère.

“It is important that Quebec films be distributed internationally by a local company,” explained Patrick Roy, President of Les Films Séville, about the deal with WaZabi.
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The Fall Of The American Empire – Review

Left to right: Alexandre Landry as Pierre-Paul Daoust, Maripier Morin as Aspasie/Camille Lafontaine. Photo by Jaime Eduardo Urrutia Acuna, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Despite the title, writer/director Denys Arcand’s film is actually a French Canadian satiric crime thriller/comedy about a delivery driver with a PhD in philosophy who finds himself in an ethical dilemma when a bag of stolen loot literally falls at his feet. But then again, maybe it is about the fall of the American empire, as income inequality and the fuzzy boundary between international high finance and high crimes are at the core of this social satire.

The title follows those of Arcand’s previous films, The Decline Of The American Empire and Barbarians At The Gate, but while those films focused on the same group of academics, this one starts anew with a new group of characters. At the center is
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The 18th Transilvania International Film Festival Has Kicked Off In Romania

This weekend, the Transilvania International Film Festival kicked off its 18th edition in Cluj, Romania. This year, it’s another star-studded event with both Nicolas Cage and celebrated French filmmaker Michel Gondry making appearances in the festival’s opening couple of days.

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Cage is here to receive the Transilvania Trophy for Special Contribution to World Cinema, while Gondry is having all of his feature films showcased, including The Science Of Sleep, Be Kind Rewind, and perhaps his most celebrated film work Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, all playing over the festival’s ten days. Both have also offered masterclasses in their respective arts, talking with members of the public and festival press on both Saturday and Sunday, Cage delivering 90 minutes of absorbing chatter yesterday morning. Cage also introduced his 1990s classic actioner Face/Off to Tiff audiences on a sodden Saturday night in the main square.

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Where Have All the Specialized Films Gone?

Where Have All the Specialized Films Gone?
News coming out of Cannes 2019 was upbeat for multiple acclaimed specialized titles. They are still months away from domestic view, per usual. What is different this year is the lack of summer releases to supply the theaters needed to sustain these later films. A year ago, within a week or so of this early June weekend, three notable narrative titles with strong reviews, “American Animals,” “First Reformed,” and “Hearts Beat Loud,” all played to decent business at core theaters. And then “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” burst into the mix, continuing the current wave of powerful documentary performers.

Whatever the varying quality, no limited opener this weekend is likely to amass a total gross of $250,000. That’s partly because they face serious competition from both “Booksmart” (United Artists) and “Rocketman” (Paramount), which debuted on thousands of screens after launching with splashy major festival attention. Both competed for the same pool of viewers.
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Openers Mostly Dormant While ‘Echo In the Canyon’ Croons To 2nd Weekend Expansion: Specialty Box Office

Openers Mostly Dormant While ‘Echo In the Canyon’ Croons To 2nd Weekend Expansion: Specialty Box Office
Specialties were mostly sidelined this weekend, as audiences turned to studio offerings. Some limited release holdovers, however, grabbed some attention from moviegoers looking for alternatives, including Greenwich Entertainment’s second weekend holdover, Echo In The Canyon, which took the best per theater average among the specialties in the three-day with added runs. The doc grossed an estimated $105,678 in 14 locations, averaging $7,548 bringing it cume to over $260K.

Greenwich reported “multiple sold-out shows” for the title’s second frame. The company said it added, “10 mostly mainstream locations” in the Los Angeles metro area with “stronger results in the dedicated arthouses.” Echo In the Canyon also expanded to the Angelika and Landmark 57 West in New York, buoyed by select Q&As and live performances featuring music from the documentary performed by executive producer/musician Jakob Dylan and accompanying band.

Greenwich will add over two dozen runs for the film next weekend with locations in San Francisco,
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‘The Fall Of The American Empire’, ‘Yomeddine’ Among Weekend’s Few Limited Releases – Specialty B.O. Preview

Relatively few new limited releases are launching against the likes of Rocketman and Godzilla this weekend. Sony Pictures Classics is rolling out The Fall Of The American Empire, from French-Canadian filmmaker Denys Arcand and starring Alexandre Landry, in New York and Los Angeles, and after more than a decade of very limited screenings at a few film festivals, British filmmaker Gerald Fox’s doc Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank is finally getting a regular theatrical release. Indie Rights is heading out with satirical comedy Loners in Los Angeles, and Strand Releasing is launching Cannes 2018 title Yomeddine by Abu Bakr Sawky in New York.

Among other limited release titles headed to theaters this weekend are Mouthpiece from Crucial Things and First Generation Films, and Dogwoof’s For The Birds and Vertical Entertainment’s Rich Boy, Rich Girl.

The Fall Of the American Empire

Director-writer: Denys Arcand

Cast: Alexandre Landry,
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Interview: Denys Arcand Talks The Fall of the American Empire (Exclusive)

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Interview: Denys Arcand Talks The Fall of the American Empire (Exclusive)
The over-increasing predominance of money in a society where all other values seem to have crumbled is a powerful driving force in how people interact with each other. The strong benefits that wealth can create in modern culture can at times be crippled by the increasing greed by people who don’t wish to use it […]

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‘The Fall of the American Empire’ Film Review: Denys Arcand’s Money-Laundering Caper Isn’t Always Good, Clean Fun

‘The Fall of the American Empire’ Film Review: Denys Arcand’s Money-Laundering Caper Isn’t Always Good, Clean Fun
You could be forgiven for confusing the title of Canadian filmmaker Denys Arcand’s latest, the capitalist crime lark “The Fall of the American Empire,” with his 1986 battle-of-the-sexes talkathon, “The Decline of the American Empire.” Though they’re different stories, they’re cut from the same Arcand-ian cloth of sophisticated moral handwringing, with barbed lessons about society’s ills pouring from the mouths of cynical characters.

“Fall” has a broader entertainment canvas, however, with its commentary on avarice, inequality and charity sharing space with wry caper elements straight out of an Ealing Studios comedy. The mix is, for the most part, a welcome one, save one unappealing character, a retrograde love story, and an air that’s almost too blasé for its own good.

The set-up feels a little like something Woody Allen would have given his schlemiel persona in the early ’70s: Pierre-Paul (Alexandre Landry) is a mopey delivery service driver (with a Ph.
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‘The Fall Of The American Empire’ Trailer: Oscar Winner Denys Arcand’s Latest Is A Comedic Crime Thriller

What would you do if you’re a delivery driver that is presented with a stolen bag of cash, literally dropped right in front of you? It sounds like one of those ethics questions that are presented in your low-level university philosophy classes. And in the new film, “The Fall of the American Empire,” we see what happens when a man decides the best idea is to take the cash and run.

Continue reading ‘The Fall Of The American Empire’ Trailer: Oscar Winner Denys Arcand’s Latest Is A Comedic Crime Thriller at The Playlist.
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Canada and Australia Have a Leg Up in Foreign-Language Oscar Race

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Canada and Australia Have a Leg Up in Foreign-Language Oscar Race
For countries in the English-speaking world, entries into the foreign-language Oscar race offer a chance to reflect on the complexity of their own cultures or examine their place in the wider world.

After digging into its colonial past last year in Francois Girard’s Quebec-set “Hochelaga, Land of Souls,” Canada enters the Oscar race with Sophie Dupuis’ “Family First.” Set in a gritty working-class neighborhood, Dupuis’ low-budget feature debut is about a Montreal family bound together by a life of crime. Canada, which took home the foreign-language Oscar in 2003 with Denys Arcand’s “The Barbarian Invasions,” has scored four nominations and three shortlist spots in the past 12 years.

Australia landed its first nomination in 2016 with “Tanna,” a Nauvhal-language romance about two young lovers defying local mores that was the first film ever shot on the island of Vanuatu. This year’s submission for the foreign-language race, “Jirga,” follows a former
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Denmark selects 'The Guilty', Iceland picks 'Woman At War' as foreign-language Oscar candidates

Denmark selects 'The Guilty', Iceland picks 'Woman At War' as foreign-language Oscar candidates
Screen’s regularly updated list of foreign language Oscar submissions.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards are not until Tuesday January 22, but the first submissions for best foreign-language film are now being announced.

Last year saw a record 92 submissions for the award, which were narrowed down to a shortlist of nine. This was cut to five nominees, with Sebastián Lelio’s transgender drama A Fantastic Woman ultimately taking home the gold statue.

Screen’s interview with Mark Johnson, chair of the Academy’s foreign-language film committee, explains the shortlisting process from submission to voting.

Submitted films must be released theatrically
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Denmark selects 'The Guilty' as foreign-language Oscar candidate

Denmark selects 'The Guilty' as foreign-language Oscar candidate
Screen’s regularly updated list of foreign language Oscar submissions.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards are not until Tuesday January 22, but the first submissions for best foreign-language film are now being announced.

Last year saw a record 92 submissions for the award, which were narrowed down to a shortlist of nine. This was cut to five nominees, with Sebastián Lelio’s transgender drama A Fantastic Woman ultimately taking home the gold statue.

Screen’s interview with Mark Johnson, chair of the Academy’s foreign-language film committee, explains the shortlisting process from submission to voting.

Submitted films must be released theatrically
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Canada, Macedonia choose foreign-language Oscar submissions

Canada, Macedonia choose foreign-language Oscar submissions
Screen’s regularly updated list of foreign language Oscar submissions.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards are not until Tuesday January 22, but the first submissions for best foreign-language film are now being announced.

Last year saw a record 92 submissions for the award, which were narrowed down to a shortlist of nine. This was cut to five nominees, with Sebastián Lelio’s transgender drama A Fantastic Woman ultimately taking home the gold statue.

Screen’s interview with Mark Johnson, chair of the Academy’s foreign-language film committee, explains the shortlisting process from submission to voting.

Submitted films must be released theatrically
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Canada selects 'Chien de Garde' as Oscar submission

Canada selects 'Chien de Garde' as Oscar submission
Drama earned three Iris Prizes at recent Gala Québec Cinéma.

Sophie Dupuis’ Chien de garde will represent Canada in the contest for the 2019 best foreign language film Oscar.

The Québecoise filmmaker’s narrative feature directorial debut centres on a man who tries to balance the demands of a needy family, the collections work he does with his brother, and the father figure / uncle who runs a drug cartel.

Jean-Simon Leduc, Théodore Pellerin, Claudel Laberge, Maude Guérin, and Paul Ahmarani star.

Etienne Hansez of Bravo Charlie produced Chien de Garde, which Axia Films distributed in Quebec. Telefilm Canada and others funded the feature,
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Toronto Film Festival: ‘The Fall of the American Empire’

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Toronto Film Festival: ‘The Fall of the American Empire’
Charged with alternating currents of droll wit, sardonic cynicism, and socialist-tinged idealism, writer-director Denys Arcand’s “The Fall of the American Empire” is a richly amusing rumination on the excesses and amorality of capitalism that plays like an ingeniously contrived mashup of film noir melodrama and Ealing Studios comedy. Despite the title, the new film has nothing to do with “The Decline of the American Empire,” Arcand’s classic 1986 roundelay about the lusty lives and endless conversations of eight self-regarding French Canadian intellectuals. But it does share at least a few thematic threads with that movie’s Oscar-winning sequel, “The Barbarian Invasions” (2003), which suggested that, in times of crisis, even a die-hard socialist might appreciate the value of having a great deal of money at his disposal.

Of course, you don’t have to have seen either of those earlier works to enjoy “Fall of the American Empire.” It’s very much a stand-alone work,
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Michael Moore Brings School Shooting Survivors, Flint Whistleblower To ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Premiere – Toronto

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It was opening night in Toronto Thursday, and if you think that is easy to cover, think again. There were no fewer than about 10 movies vying for attention on this first night of the 43rd annual Toronto Film Festival. Outlaw King, a Netflix movie starring Chris Pine, led the pack with screenings in the festival’s two most prestigious locations, Roy Thomson Hall and the Princess Of Wales Theatres. Thomas Vinterberg’s Kursk, Denys Arcand’s The Fall Of The American Empire, Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro, Neil Jordan’s Greta and Shane Black’s Predator reboot were a few of those flicks also vying for attention on opening night. But the one that stood out with a rollicking standing ovation was the latest from Michael Moore, Fahrenheit 11/9, which has been described as his Trump film, but is actually quite surprising and ultimately a sober warning about America’s future before it’s too late,
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Toronto Festival Touts Canadian Rookies and Auteurs in Lineup

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This year’s Canadian feature slate — 25 in all — can be seen in six Tiff sections including Discovery, Tiff Docs and Wavelengths.

Among the selected features are highly anticipated films from fest alumni including Denys Arcand, Barry Avrich and the late Rob Stewart.

Arcand’s “The Fall of the American Empire” stars Alexandre Landry as Pierre-Paul Daoust, who faces a moral dilemma after discovering two bags of money. Sony Classics bought the North American rights to the film during the Cannes Film Festival in May. The film, which will play in Tiff’s special presentations section, is a thematic cousin to Arcand’s Oscar-nominated “The Decline of the American Empire” and the Oscar-winning “The Barbarian Invasions” (2003).

Avrich returns to Tiff’s docu section with “Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz,” a portrait of the United States’ chief prosecutor during the Nuremberg trial. Stewart’s final film, “Sharkwater Extinction” will
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The 2018 IndieWire Tiff Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

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The 2018 IndieWire Tiff Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival
Lineup

Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2018 Films, Including ‘Beautiful Boy,’ ‘High Life,’ ‘First Man,’ ‘Widows,’ and Many More

Tiff 2018 Lineup: ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘First Man,’ ‘Beautiful Boy,’ and Many More

Tiff Reveals Full Canadian Lineup, Including 19 New Films and Special Premiere Event of Rob Stewart’s Final ‘Sharkwater’ Doc

Xavier Dolan’s ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’ to World Premiere at 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

Tiff 2018 Announces Platform Lineup, Including New Films From Karyn Kusama, Alex Ross Perry, and Tim Sutton

Tiff Announces Midnight Madness and Documentary Slates, Including ‘Halloween’ and ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ World Premieres

Tiff Announces Chris Pine-Starring ‘Outlaw King’ Will Open Festival and Kristen Stewart’s ‘Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy’ to Close

Tiff Adds More High-Profile Titles, Including Jonah Hill’s ‘Mid90s,’ ‘Boy Erased,’ ‘Hold the Dark,’ and Many More

TV Comes to Tiff: Julia Roberts-Starring ‘Homecoming’ and More Set for World Premiere
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‘The Fall of the American Empire’ Review: Denys Arcand’s Heist Comedy Is a Socialist Fairy Tale — Tiff

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‘The Fall of the American Empire’ Review: Denys Arcand’s Heist Comedy Is a Socialist Fairy Tale — Tiff
Completing the thematic trilogy that Denys Arcand began in 1986 with “The Decline of the American Empire,” and continued in 2002 with the Oscar-winning “The Barbarian Invasion,” “The Fall of the American Empire” is another of the Quebecois auteur’s playful and damning philosophical excoriations of societal values. Less of a sequel than it is a spiritual successor — there are no returning characters, and Arcand newcomers won’t have any trouble following the action — this thoroughly modern financial caper finds that America’s corruptive influence is still creeping up North, infecting its closest neighbor like a gangrenous rot that needs to be cut off at the knees.

What else is new? But if Arcand’s worldview hasn’t changed, his angle continues to grow more acute. Where “The Decline of the American Empire” focused on social ills, and “The Barbarian Invasions” was preoccupied with ideology, “The Fall of the American Empire” finds
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Seville Tiff sales roster includes 'The Great Darkened Days', 'Broken Mirrors' (exclusive)

Seville Tiff sales roster includes 'The Great Darkened Days', 'Broken Mirrors' (exclusive)
Other titles on slate include Firecrackers, and Toronto world premiere The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan.

Anick Poirier’s Montreal-based Seville International arrives in Toronto with a sales roster comprising the previously unannounced The Great Darkened Days and Broken Mirrors, as well as Firecrackers, and Toronto world premiere The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan.

The world premiere of Maxime Giroux’s The Great Darkened Days receives its first public screening on September 10 and hails from the director of former Canadian Oscar submission Felix And Meira. The P+I screening is set for September 8.

Martin Dubreuil, Sara Gadon,
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