Kate Winslet is the first honoree to be announced by Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, co-heads of the Toronto Film Festival, as recipient of this year’s TIFF Tribute Actor Award. It will be presented September 15 during a “virtual ceremony” as part of the 45th edition of the slimmed-down fest, which like everything else has been deeply impacted by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
Winslet’s film Ammonite was previously announced as a TIFF official selection where, after Telluride’s cancellation Tuesday, it is likely to be the first fest where the Neon Oscar-season hopeful will be seen. Last month, the Cannes Film Festival revealed the movie was a main competition selection for that fest, which of course did not take place. Nevertheless, the Cannes logo will appear on the film anyway.
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“Kate’s brilliant and compelling onscreen presence continues to captivate, entertain, and inspire audiences and actors alike,” said Vicente. “From her earliest work in
Heavenly Creatures, Sense and Sensibility and Titanic, to Revolutionary Road, The Reader, Mildred Piece and Steve Jobs, to name a few, her onscreen presence is as powerful and courageous as the women she chooses to portray. Kate’s most recent performance as Mary in Francis Lee’s Ammonite affirms her position as one of the best and most respected actresses of her generation, and we are delighted to honour her extraordinary talents at this year’s Festival.”
Winslet is a five-time Oscar nominee and won the Academy Award for The Reader. Three of last year’s honorees at the TIFF awards gala went on to also win Oscars: Joaquin Phoenix, Taika Waititi and cinematographer Roger Deakins. Meryl Streep was among the other honorees.
The fest says it will be announcing more names in the coming weeks and will also provide info on how audiences will be able to “experience the awards virtually.” A unique hybrid is being planned for TIFF this year that will mix virtual offerings and a live presence. TIFF says it continues to work closely with the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto and public health officials on the safe execution of the festival, with its No. 1 priority being the health and well-being of both festival attendees and residents of the community.
Meanwhile, we are in the middle of July and Cannes is still revealing its lineup with the announcement Wednesday of the selections for Cannes Classics. The program consists of 25 feature films and seven documentaries (including several restorations among them). Since the Festival de Cannes did not take place, Cannes Classics 2020 will be hosted, in whole or in part, by the festival Lumière in Lyon (October 10-18, 2020) and by the Rencontres Cinématographiques de Cannes (November, 23-26, 2020).
Here is the official lineup for the 2020 Cannes Classics:
Friendship’s Death (1987, 1h12, United Kingdom) by Peter WollenPresented by the British Film Institute (BFI). The 4K remastering by the BFI National Archive was from the original Standard 16mm colour negative. The soundtrack was digitised directly from the original 35mm final mix magnetic master track. The remastering was undertaken in collaboration with the film’s producer, Rebecca O’Brien and cinematographer, Witold Stok.
Ko to tamo peva ? (Who’s Singing Over There? / Qui chante là-bas ?) (1980, 1h26, Serbia) by Slobodan ŠijanPresented by Malavida Films. Restoration from the picture and sound negative. Scanning: Arriscan. Supervision: Slobodan Šijan with Milorad Glusica. Sound restored by Aleksandar Stojsin. French theatrical distribution: Malavida Films, date of release: October 21, 2020.
Prae dum (Black Silk) (1961, 1h58, Thailand) by R.D. Pestonji
Presented by Film Archive Thailand (Public Organization). 4K Scan and 4K Restoration from the original 35mm negative (preserved by Film Archive Thailand). Restoration made and financed by Film Archive Thailand and Thai Ministry of Culture. Mastered in 4K for Digital Projection.
Zhu Fu (New Year Sacrifice) (1956, 1h40, China) by Hu Sang
Presented by Shanghai International Film Festival and China Film Archive. 4K Scan and 4K Digital Restoration from the original 35mm image negative and sound negative (preserved by China Film Archive). Restoration made by China Film Archive. Co-financed by Shanghai International Film Festival and Jaeger-LeCoultre. Mastered in 4K for Digital Projection.
Feldobott kő (Upthrown Stone / La Pierre lancée) (1968, 1h25, Hungary) by Sándor Sára
Presented by National Film Institute – Film Archive – Hongrie. The 4K digital restoration was carried out as part of ‘The long-term restoration program of Hungarian film heritage” of the National Film Institute – Film Archive. The restoration was made using the original image and sound negatives by the National Film Institute – Filmlab. The Digital grading was supervised by Sándor Sára. Collaborating partner: Hungarian Society of Cinematographers.
Neige (1981, 1h30, France) by Juliet Berto and Jean-Henri Roger
Presented by JHR Films. First 4k digital restoration submitted by JHR Films with the support of the CNC et de l’image animée. The restoration was carried out at L’Image Retrouvée laboratory in Bologna and in Paris. French theatrical distribution: JHR Films, date of release: spring 2021.
Bambaru Avith (The Wasps Are Here) (1978, 2h, Sri Lanka) by Dharmasena Pathiraja
Presented by Asian Film Archive. 4K film and sound restoration was carried out by L’Immagine Ritrovata using the sole-surviving 35mm film positive. The raw and restored 4K scans, a new 35mm picture and sound negatives, and a new positive print of the restored version of the film have been produced and are preserved by the Asian Film Archive.
Bayanko: Kapit sa patalim (Bayan Ko) (1984, 1h48, Philippines / France) by Lino Brocka
Presented by Le Chat qui fume. First 4k digital restoration submitted by Le Chat qui fume. Scanning made at VDM laboratory and restoration carried out by Le Chat qui fume in Paris. French theatrical distribution and Blu-ray / UHD release: Le Chat qui fume, date of release: February 2021.
La Poupée (1962, 1h34, France) by Jacques Baratier
Presented by the CNC. Sound and image digital work of restoration executed by the CNC and carried out by Hiventy. Follow-up by the CNC and supervised by Diane Baratier. Digital restoration made from 4K scans of the original negative. A 35mm print from the digital restoration was released. French distribution: Tamasa Distribution.
Sanatorium pod klepsydra (The Hourglass Sanatory / La Clepsydre) (1973, 2h04, Poland) by Wojciech J. Has
Presented by Polish Film Classics. 4k Scan and 2K restoration carried out by DI Factory and the reKino team by keeping the guidelines of DOP Witold Sobociński (this restoration is dedicated to him) who could eventually achieve the image he wished to obtain in 1973. Artistic supervision: cinematographer Piotr Sobociński Jr. Right-owners: WFDiF. French Blu-ray release: Malavida Films, date of release: May 2021.
L’Amérique insolite (America as Seen by a Frenchman) (1959, 1h30, France) by François Reichenbach
Presented by Les Films du jeudi. Restoration carried out at Hiventy: 4K scan – 2K restoration from the original negatives.
Deveti krug (The Ninth Circle / Neuvième cercle) (1960, 1h37, Croatia) by France Štiglic
Digital restoration in 2K presented by Croatian Cinematheque – Croatian State Archives with the support of Croatian Audiovisual Centre. Restoration performed by Ater and Klik Film studios in Zagreb, Croatia.
Muhammad Ali the Greatest (1974, 2h03, France) by William Klein
Presented by Films Paris New York and ARTE. First digital 2K restoration from the original 16mm negative scanned in 4K carried out with the support of the CNC. Image works were carried out by ECLAIR Classics and by L.E.DIAPASON for the sound.
Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation celebrates its 30th birthday
Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation has strived to preserve the world’s cinematographic heritage and has offered us masterpieces, rare films and has supported the preservation and restoration of cinema, ensuring its survival for future generations with passion and fervor since 1990. This year, Pier Paolo Pasolini will be honored and a legendary believed to be lost Iranian film will be presented by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project.
Accattone (Accatone) (1961, 1h57, Italy) by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Presented by The Film Foundation. Restored by the Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory and The Film Foundation. Funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.
Shatranje bad (The Game Chess of the Wind) (1976, 1h33, Iran) by Mohammad Reza Aslani
Presented by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project. Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project. Funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.
From the filmmaker who stepped away from the Competition at the Festival de Cannes after his Palme d’Or in 1960, here is the all newly restored for the occasion film which enabled him to win the Oscar for best foreign film in 1954, along with his first film in a stunning restoration and a furiously original documentary. Federico Fellini will be celebrated in his favorite and a festival close to his heart.
La strada (1956, 1h48, Italy) by Federico Fellini
Presented by The Criterion Collection and The Film Foundation. Restored in 4K resolution by the Criterion Collection and The Film Foundation at Cineteca di Bologna’s L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory from a 35mm dupe negative preserved by Beta Film GmbH. Restoration funding provided by Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Luci del varietà (Les feux du music-hall) (1950, 1h37, Italie) by Alberto Lattuada and Federico Fellini
Presented by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna. Restored in 4K by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, with funding provided by Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali e per il turismo. Restoration carried out within the “Fellini 100 Project”, promoted by Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, CSC-Cineteca Nazionale and Istituto Luce-Cinecittà.
Fellini degli Spiriti (Fellini of the Spirits) by Anselma dell’Olio (1h40, Italy / Belgium)
Presented by Mad Entertainment, Rai Cinema and Walking the Dog with Rai Com and Arte. Powerful, close to the reverie dear to director Federico Fellini’s heart, this surprising and original documentary takes us into the whirlwind of the work of this genius through the prism of dreams and minds.
À Bout de souffle and L’Avventura turn 60
À Bout de souffle (Breathless) (1960, 1h29, France) by Jean-Luc Godard
Presented by Studiocanal. 4K scan and restoration by Studiocanal with the help of the CNC from the original cut picture negative and the interpositive from that period. An approved-print by DOP Raoul Coutard produced in 2009 when the previous analog restoration was carried out was used for color grading reference. Sound restoration from the original sound negative. Laboratory: L’Image Retrouvée. French theatrical distribution: Carlotta Films, date of release: October-November 2020. Video release: collector edition UHD+Blu-ray on November 4, 2020.
L’Avventura (1960, 2h20, Italy / France) by Michelangelo Antonioni
Presented by Cinématographique Lyre and Théâtre du temple. 4K Restoration in its uncut version Cinématographique Lyre company, original coproducer of the film, with the support of the CNC and the Cinémathèque française. Works carried out by the teams of the L’Immagine Ritrovata (Bologna) and Hiventy (Boulogne-Billancourt) laboratories. French theatrical distribution: Théâtre du temple, date of release: November 2020.
Wim Wenders, Desperado by Eric Friedler and Andreas Frege (2h, Germany)
About Wim Wenders: a rich and captivating journey in a large-scale documentary where many artists (Ry Cooder, Patti Smith, Dennis Hopper) express themselves. Presented by Studio Hamburg Enterprises.
Alida: In Her Own Words (Alida) by Mimmo Verdesca (1h45, Italy)
Director Mimmo Verdesca paints with great subtlety and great affection the portrait of an Italian actress with an extraordinary destiny and talent: Alida Valli. Presented by Venicefilm, Kublai Film, Istituto Luce-Cinecittà, Rai Cinema.
Charlie Chaplin, le génie de la liberté (Charlie Chaplin, The Genius of Liberty) by François Aymé and Yves Jeuland, directed by Yves Jeuland (2h25, two parts: 1h05 and 1h20, France)
A definitive documentary with Mathieu’s Amalric narration voice over. Presented by Kuiv productions in association with Lobster films and France télévisions.
Be Water by Bao Nguyen (1h44, USA)
Bruce Lee: the legend, the martial artist, the actor, the Asian man who conquered the world. Always present in our hearts of moviegoers, the fighter as you have never seen him with archives from his family’s personal collection. Presented by ESPN and Dogwoof. The film was presented as a world premiere at Sundance Film Festival in January 2020.
BELUSHI by R.J. Cutler (1h48, USA)
The Blues Brothers star whose name evokes the American comedy of the late 70s. Without any onscreen speaker, a real inventory of everything that can exist and that we had never seen on John Belushi, an unequaled exploration of the career of this great actor with such crazy energy. Presented by Passion Pictures Films and Showtime Documentary Films.
Antena da raça by Paloma Rocha and Luís Abramo (1h20, Brazil)
Presented by Paloma Rocha Produções Artísticas e Cinematográficas (Paloma Cinematográfica) and Luba Filmes. In 1979 Glauber Rocha hosts a television program where he begins a real political street fight, going out to be close to the people. The Brazil of yesterday dialogues with the Brazil of today in this remarkable documentary about film history and contemporary Brazil.
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