TIFF 2020: “The Poesies of a Woman” is at the forefront of buyers’ attention.
Idris Elba is a ‘beast’as he is set to appear in a survival thriller from director Baltasar Kormákur of the “Everest” that is being set up in Universal Studios.
The plot details for the film are kept under wraps, but the film is based on an original idea of the writer Jaime Primak-Sullivan. Ryan Engle wrote the script for the movie.
Will Packer and James Lopez will produce ‘Beast’ through their Will Packer productions. Cormákur will produce through his RVK Studios. Primak-Sullivan will create executive production. Prior to 2018 Packer, Lopez, Primak-Sullivan and Engle worked together on the thriller ‘Breaking In’
Matt Reilly, GM and creative director Tony Ducret will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.
Idris Elba was last seen in ‘Concrete Cowboy’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in this fall. Elba will also be seen in “The Suicide Squad” by James Gunn and “The Harder They Fall”.
Icelandic director Kormákur is working on “Katla,” a Netflix series that was among the first to return to filming in Iceland during the pandemic.
Elba is represented by the artist partnership, WME, M88 and Ziffren Brittenham LLP. Kormakur is represented by WME, Range & Nelson Davis LLP.
The thening Speak RTP first reported the news of the project.
10 of Toronto’s hottest movies for sale, from Idris Elba’s ‘Concrete Cowboy’ to Mark Wahlberg’s’Good Joe Bell’
What the Cannes virtual marketplace showed earlier this year is that even without the in-person meetings, the red carpet galas and all the press hype, there is still room for a lucrative sales market around these virtual events. While that’s true for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the hybrid physical and virtual festival operates on a smaller, shorter lineup of films. And with Oscar eligibility for 2020 pushed back, there isn’t the same need for all these movies to hit the market. That said, we are looking forward to a lot more of TIFF this year, and the buyers are also.
Halle Berry takes a beating as a washed-up MMA fighter trying to make her Remedy Fighting in “Bruised,” which is also Berry’s Directorial debut. The film is set in New Jersey and explores her struggle to get back into shape and return her child to her care. She also plays Adan Canto and Sheila Atim.
Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin play father and son in Ricky Staub’s family drama based on the history of Black cowboys in adaptation of a novel by Greg Neri. McLaughlin is a troubled teenager who is sent to live with his quiet absent father and is trained to work in his father’s stables. Co-stars also include Clifford (Method Man) Smith, Jharrel Jerome, Byron Bowers, Lorraine Toussaint and Jharrel Jerome.
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Mark Wahlberg gets early hype for his performance based on a true story of a father who takes a cross country trip to honor his son and educate people on the dangers of bullying. The movie flashes back to show Wahlberg’s conflicted and grudging relationship with homosexuality of his son and how he grows despite becoming too late. Directed by the writer of “Brokeback Mountain” is Reinaldo Marcus Green of “Monsters and Men”
I care a lot
In this thriller about two women who exploit legal system loopholes to defraud elderly retirees of their family fortunes only for them to end up an offender with their latest mark. The film was written and directed by J Blakeson.
This film by Oscar nominee Sam Pollard is based on recent unclassified FBI documents and examines the surveillance and harassment FBI used over years against Martin Luther King Jr. including how J. Edgar Hoover hoped to discredit him and break his spirit. The film includes a discussion of how filmmakers and historians should use official documents from the FBI and other sources and how these sources should shape history.
First produced in Venice, the film is the Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco and is set amid a violent protest in Mexico City. The film draws on sociopolitical topics and class division to show how the wealthy unwittingly power an encroaching military rule in their attempt to keep power.
The Penguin Bloom is
Naomi Watts is said to make a stellar performance in this true story based on the life of Sam Bloom, a woman who was traumaticly injured and finds a inspiring road to recovery after befriending a magpie bird as companion. Glendyn Ivin also produces the film starring Andrew Lincoln, Jacki Weaver and Rachel House.
“Typdias of a Woman”
Hungarian filmmaker Kornél Mundruczó stars in this film by 70s character dramas about a couple expecting a child who eventually grieves in two different ways over a tragedy. Kirby steals the show, but the film also features a standout moment from Ellen Burstyn as Kirby’s mother.
The Shadow in the Cloud
In ‘Shadow in the Cloud’ Chloe Grace Moretz is like an alien on a WWII bomber as part of the Midnight Madness section. Moretz is a fighter pilot on a mission to find a piece of classified information. She is hidden from her sexist male counterparts but soon discovers a mysterious presence that threatens the safety of all aboard. Director is Roseanne Liang.
The Water Man is
Another actor making his directorial debut is David Oyelowo’s “The Water Man” – a mythical family movie with an homage to the 1980 family films of the ’80s. It is the story of a man who searches for a magical creature with the secret to eternal life in an effort to rescue his ailing mother. The film produced by Oprah Winfrey is directed by Oyelowo along with Rosario Dawson, Lonnie Chavis, Amiah Miller, Alfred Molina and Maria Bello.
TIFF 2020: “The Poesies of a Woman,” “The Water Man”, “I Care A Lot” and many more are at the forefront of buyers attention.
What the virtual marketplace in Cannes has proven this year is that even without in-person meetings, the red carpet galas and all the press buzz there is still room for a lucrative sales market surrounding these virtual events. While that’s true of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the hybrid physical and virtual festival operates on a smaller list of films. And with Oscar eligibility requirements pushed back to 2021, there is not the same need for all these films to make a splash. That said, we are quite looking forward to some of the TIFFs this year and so are our buyers.