“Parasite” Wins Screen Actors Guild Awards, Makes History

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Still from “Parasite”
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Bong Joon-ho’s comedy thriller “Parasite” made history on Sunday night, becoming the first foreign language film to win Screen Actor Guild Awards’ Best Ensemble.

The film’s cast Song Kang-ho, Park So-dam, Choi Woo-shik, Lee Jung-eun and Lee Sun-kyun took the stage to accept the award. “Although the title is Parasite, I think the story is about coexistence and how we can all live together.” Song said via translator Sharon Choi. “But to be honored with the best ensemble award, it occurs to me maybe we haven’t created such a bad movie.”

Parasite’s surprise win puts the film in serious contention for Best Picture at next month’s Academy Awards, where the film is nominated for six categories including Best Director for Joon-ho. Earlier this month, the film won best foreign language film at the 2020 Golden Globes.

In the acting categories, “Joker” star Joaquin Phoenix won best actor, Renee Zellweger won best actress for “Judy,” Brad Pitt took supporting actor for “Once Upon a Hollywood”, and Laura Dern took home supporting actress for “Marriage Story.”

The 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were broadcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday in Los Angeles.

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
“Parasite” (winner)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture
Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” (winner)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture
Renée Zellweger, “Judy” (winner)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (winner)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story” (winner)
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“Parasite” Black and White Version To Be Released

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Still from “Parasite”
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“Parasite”, one of the awards seasons major contenders, is set to be released in a black and white version at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Film Stage reports.

Winner of Cannes’ coveted Palme d’Or, director Bong Joon-ho’s comedy thriller film has so far grossed $127 million worldwide, including more than $20 million in the US, an impressive haul for a foreign-language film.

Attention to the film has intensified over the last few weeks as film the award seasons come into full swing. Up next is this weekend’s 77th Golden Globe Awards, where it is nominated for three awards including Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Foreign Language

The decision to convert the film in black and white follows previously acclaimed films that received the same treatment. In early 2016, it director George Miller announced the release of the black and white version of his acclaimed action epic “Mad Max: Fury Road”. A year later, James Mangold did the same with “Logan Noir,” the black-and-white version of Logan, the final installment in the Wolverine trilogy.

Bong himself released a black-and-white version of his acclaimed drama drama “Mother” at the Mar Del Plata International Film Festival.

There’s no word yet on whether the version will be available on the film’s Blu-Ray release, which is set on January 28th.


KWFF 2019 Announces Opening and Closing Night Films

The Key West Film Festival announced today that its Opening Night film will be Martin Scorcese’s critically acclaimed “The Irishman” (Netflix) and that it will close with Trey Edward Shults “Waves” (A24), which takes place in nearby Hollywood, FL. Orlando-based director Shults will appear for a Q&A.

As part of its ongoing tradition – now in its 5th year – of having Opening and Closing Night films curated by top critics, the films were selected by K. Austin Collins of Vanity Fair and Jen Yamato of The Los Angeles Times. Collins will be joined by Yamato for a pre-screening discussion about “The Irishman” on Wednesday, November 20, and both critics will conduct a Q&A with Mr. Shults following the screening of “Waves” on Saturday night, November 23.

KWFF began its Critic’s Choice program in 2015, in which two of the nations top critics curate the opening and closing night films. Past curating critics have included Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times, Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post, Eric Kohn of indiewire, Emily Yoshida of New York Magazine, David Fear of Rolling Stone, Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out New York and Amy Nicholson of MTV News.
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Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” Wins Top Prize At Toronto Film Festival

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The 44th Toronto International Film Festival has recently wrapped up, with writer-director-actor Taika Waititi’s black comedy “Jojo Rabbit” taking home the top prize, winning the festival’s Grolsch People’s Choice Award on Sunday.

Set during the Second World War, the movie follows a German boy who finds out that his mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. The movie is based on the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens.

Jojo Rabbit triumphed over early awards favorites such A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood featuring Tom Hanks and Todd Phillips’ Joaquin Phoenix-starrer Joker among others. Noah Baumbach’s comedy-drama Marriage Story took second place, while Bong Joon-ho’s comedy thriller Parasite won third place.

Other winners at TIFF 2019 awards include The Twentieth Century for Best Canadian First Feature Film, Antigone for Best Canadian Feature Film, and The Platform for People’s Choice Midnight Madness award.

The award has historically been a strong harbinger for awards season success, leading up to the Academy Awards. As recently as last year People’s Choice winner “Green Book” went on to win Academy Award for Best Picture. Six years prior, 12 Years a Slave also won the People’s Choice Award before it eventually won the Oscar best picture.

Starring the film’s writer-director Taika Waititi, “Jojo Rabbit” also stars Scarlett Johansson, Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, and Sam Rockwell. The film is set for limited release on October 18, 2019.


Telluride Film Fest Reveals 2019 Lineup

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Judy – BBC Films, Pathé

Colorado’s Telluride Film Festival has announced its slate of films, and it features some of the most Oscar-buzzed films of the year and Hollywood’s biggest names.

The event will see the premiere of Rupert Goold’s Judy, the biographical film about singer and actress Judy Garland starring Renée Zellweger. The actress is also set to accept the Silver Medallion award for significant contribution to the world of cinema, along with actor Adam Driver and filmmaker Philip Kaufman.

Speaking of Driver, the actor is set to receive double billing this year, appearing in the docudrama The Report, written and directed by Scott Z. Burns, and Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story co-starring Scarlett Johansson.

Among those also premiering will be Tom Harper’s The Aeronauts, with Felicity Jones Eddie Redmayne re-teaming for the biographical adventure, Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow, Kitty Green’s The Assistant, and James Mangold’s Ford V Ferrari starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale.

Telluride Film Festival officially kicks off on Friday Aug. 30 and ends Monday Sept. 2.

See the full list of the festival’s feature films below:

A Hidden Life (Terrence Malick, U.S.-Germany, 2019)
Beanpole (Kantemir Balagov, Russia, 2019)
Coup 53 (Taghi Amirani, U.K., 2019)
Diego Maradona (Asif Kapadia, U.K., 2019)
Judy (Rupert Goold, U.K.-U.S, 2019)
Family Romance (Werner Herzog, U.S.-Japan, 2019)
First Cow (Kelly Reichardt, U.S., 2019)
Ford v. Ferrari (James Mangold, U.S., 2019)
The Kingmaker (Lauren Greenfield, U.S., 2019)
Lyrebird (Dan Friedkin, U.S., 2019)
Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, U.S., 2019)
Motherless Brooklyn (Edward Norton, U.S., 2019)
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