Canadian director Jason Reitman’s Labor Day starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, British writer/director Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant and award-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’sThe Past, the follow-up to the Oscar-winning success A Separation are among the titles chosen to unspool in the Dubai International Film Festival’s Cinema of the World sidebar in December.
Joining the trio in the high profile international section will be filmmaker Ivan Sen’s contemporary thriller Mystery Road, which he directed, wrote, shot, edited and scored, and which stars Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving and Ryan Kwanten.
Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty and Belgium’s Marion Hansel’s Tenderness will also play in the section.
DIFF artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali said: “The Cinema of the World section is a rich and diverse program ranging from international art-house to Hollywood films from both established and upcoming talent that will captivate audiences this year at DIFF. We look forward to announcing more films that promise to connect DIFF audiences to the widest choice of world cinema this December.”
DIFF will celebrate its 10th year when it runs Dec. 6-14.
Thanks to Jennifer I have added a portrait session of Kate to the gallery from the Toronto International Film Festival in high quality!
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Kate Winslet was busily texting as she walked down the hotel corridor to the suite where our interview was due to take place. “It’s my son Joe,” she explains. “He has an earache and he’s back in the UK right now so I was texting about a doctor’s appointment for him.”
Joe, nine, from her marriage to Sam Mendes and her daughter Mia, 12, from her marriage to Jim Threapleton, will soon have a sibling, as the 38-year-old actress is heavily pregnant expecting her third child, this one from her union with Richard Branson’s nephew, Ned Rocknroll, whom she married in December 2012.
The marriage shocked her friends but, she says: “I just feel really happy in general – happy with work and happy with life. Things are wonderful. In terms of what will change when we have the baby, I just don’t know. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
One thing that won’t change is her name. “I was never going to change my name to Rocknroll,” she says firmly. “I’ve never changed my name to anything so I didn’t see a reason to start now. I quite like Kate Winslet; in fact I think it’s very flashy. I’m proud of my name because I’m one of three girls and we have one boy in our family so essentially the only person who is going to carry the name along is my brother and he doesn’t have any children at the moment.”
Motherhood and children feature prominently in our conversation, not just because of her pregnancy but because she is playing a single mother abandoned by her husband in her new film Labor Day, which was directed by Canadian Jason Reitman, one of Toronto’s favourite sons, and had its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
And here are more pictures of Kate yesterday at ‘Labor Day’ premiere. She was beautiful wearing a Jenny Peckham dress and Ana Kouri earrings. Check it:
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The first pictures of Kate at the ‘Labor Day’ press conference at Toronto Festival are now up, but you can check back later for tons more:
The escaped convict drama Labor Day has released its first clip, one day before playing at the Toronto International Film Festival tomorrow night.
Kate Winslet stars as a shut-in, emotionally fragile single mother who encounters Josh Brolin’s wounded fugitive while on a rare shopping trip with her young son (Gattlin Griffith.) The man needs a place to lay low, and she agrees — mostly out of fear, but also from a buried, hidden attraction.
My immediate takeaway from Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day,” which kicks off the Telluride Film Festival this afternoon at the annual patrons screening, was that it was an unexpected mature step for the filmmaker who has offered up such self-aware films as “Thank You For Smoking,” “Juno,” “Up in the Air” and “Young Adult.” There isn’t a whiff of that tone here whatsoever. The edge that has defined Reitman’s work has been set aside while a more refined, lived-in aesthetic has taken hold.
Those other films had a very distinct voice, and they were all great movies. This one is told in a completely different voice, however, and I guess that’s what I mean when I say the results are unexpected; it’s unusual to see a filmmaker tap another perspective on narrative so confidently this early in a career. Reitman is still under a decade in features, after all.
The work I was most reminded of was Clint Eastwood’s from the early-90s. Indeed, “Labor Day,” which is based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, feels like it was baked in the same oven as “A Perfect World” or “The Bridges of Madison County.” It sits with its characters, measured, patient with them.
The drama centers on Kate Winslet as Adele, the mildly reclusive mother of 16-year-old Henry (Gattlin Griffith). The two are taken captive by escaped convict Frank (Josh Brolin) in their New Hampshire home over a Labor Day weekend in 1987 (making the film’s debut this particular weekend all the more apt). But Frank isn’t what he seems to be and as we learn his story, the reason for Adele’s emotional neurosis and the impact the weekend has on Henry, the film becomes a story of family and, more profoundly, the burden of responsibility a young person has to the emotional well-being of a parent.