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Another year, another BFI London Film Festival — fifteen years since the first one I attended as a sixteen-year-old, and my ninth year of covering as press for The Playlist. And I think I may have finally cracked it. It can be hard to cover a film fest…

Some people are calling Joachim Trier‘s “Thelma” his first foray into the horror genre. It is not. “Thelma” is actually an indescribable mix of genres: drama, thriller, family, horror, mystery, comedy and, yes, even supern…

The fall film festival season is almost at a close. Audiences have heard first word from Venice, Telluride, the Toronto International Film Festival, to a lesser degree Fantastic Fest, and coming up this week is the New York Film Festival (don’t forget about AFI Fest which closes out the season in November). Not as huge on world premieres as the previous, aforementioned festivals, it still has tricks up its sleeve. Continue reading New York Film Festival: 12 Must-See Films To Watch at The Playlist.

You have to worry and wonder about the potentially troubled mind of Norwegian filmmaker Joaquim Trier and the mental illness issue that must have dogged his family. After all, every drama the helmer has crafted has featured a fragile psyche on the edge of collapse, and each one with authenticity so real it smacks of an autobiographical quality and experience you can’t fake. His arresting debut “Reprise” crackled with the ideas of youth on the verge of a nervous breakdown, “Oslo, August 31st” has been described as the coolest movie about being sad and “Louder Than Bombs” also features a central suicide that leaves a family wracked by grief and the unknowable pain of a loved one’s frayed mind. Continue reading ‘Thelma’: Joachim Trier Crafts An Arthouse Version Of ‘X-Men,’ Bergman & Stephen King [TIFF Review] at The Playlist.

Stranger Things” and “It” have shown that the supernatural stories are back in vogue, even as touched as they are by a certain kind of nostalgia. However, Joachim Trier (“Reprise,” “Oslo August 31”) tries his hand at the genre in “Thelma,” without festooning his picture in ’80s ornaments, and the results looking positively charged. Continue reading ‘Thelma’ Trailer: Sensual, Supernatural Thriller Sends An Electric Charge at The Playlist.

The Telluride Film Festival is in the rear-view mirror and the Venice Film Festival will finish up this week and that means they’ll both give way to the Toronto International Film Festival, easily the largest film festival in North America, and in terms of sheer size and volume, probably the largest film festival in the world. TIFF usually houses around 300 films or so, and it’s such a wide and varied event, you can curate it to your tastes: you could stick with glossy mainstream picks with stars, indie up-and-comers, Midnight Madness pictures, foreign films, documentaries, experimental films, and shorts if you wish. Continue reading 2017 Toronto International Film Festival: 21 Must-See Films at The Playlist.

The Telluride Film Festival is in the rear-view mirror and the Venice Film Festival will finish up this week and that means they’ll both give way to the Toronto International Film Festival, easily the largest film festival in North America, and in terms of sheer size and volume, probably the largest film festival in the world. TIFF usually houses around 300 films or so, and it’s such a wide and varied event, you can curate it to your tastes: you could stick with glossy mainstream picks with stars, indie up-and-comers, Midnight Madness pictures, foreign films, documentaries, experimental films, and shorts if you wish. Continue reading 2017 Toronto International Film Festival: 21 Must-See Films at The Playlist.

It goes without saying that we’ve been huge fans of Joachim Trier, and his intimate dramas. “Reprise,” “Oslo, August 31” and “Louder Than Bombs” all impressed us with their small scale and big impact, but we’re very excited to see the filmmaker shift gears. For his next project, Trier is going supernatural, and the Toronto International Film Festival will be the place to see the International Premiere of “Thelma.” Starring Eili Harboe, Okay Kaya, Henrik Rafaelsen, and Ellen Dorrit Petersen, the story follows a young woman who simultaneously starts experiencing seizures, being drawn to another woman, and discovering supernatural abilities. Continue reading ‘Thelma’ Exclusive: New Poster For Joachim Trier’s Supernatural Drama at The Playlist.

Greg is back home from Telluride, Jessica is still pounding the pavement in Venice, and I’m getting my bags packed for Toronto, but you better believe there is much more to come from the fall festival season. And the folks at Fantastic Fest have served up their final wave of programming and it’s impressive stuff. Organizers have nabbed the World Premiere of the Netflix action flick “Wheelman” starring Frank Grillo, as well as Don Hertzfeltd‘s “World Of Tomorrow: Episode Two — The Burden Of Other People’s Thoughts” (love that title). Continue reading Fantastic Fest Adds ‘Downsizing,’ ‘Wheelman,’ ‘World Of Tomorrow Episode Two,’ More at The Playlist.

While we have our eyeballs full with Venice, TIFF, NYFF, and Telluride (which kicks off this weekend), The BFI London Film Festival is no slouch at bringing the business. While they’re less concerned with World Premieres as their counterparts, each year their lineup represents the cream of the festival crop, and 2017 is no different. Among the highlights in the first wave of programming is Lynne Ramsay‘s “You Were Never Really Here,” which notably isn’t screening at “the big three” North American festivals. Continue reading 2017 BFI London Film Festival Lines Up ‘You Were Never Really Here,’ ‘Mudbound,’ ‘Lean On Pete,’ More at The Playlist.