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COMEBACK The lowdown on this year’s London Contenders line-up as we return to the stage at last BY M I K E F L E M I N G

AFTER A PANDEMIC-HOBBLED

George Clooney directing Ben Affleck

2020 AWARDS SEASON that was

in the touching The Tender Bar, the

fittingly capped off by a numbingly

Cannes Grand Prix winner A Hero

Sing 2, the second installment of the

dull Oscarcast, it really is wonderful

by Oscar-winning director Asghar

Illumination Entertainment animated

to be back with an in-person London

Farhadi and the Pablo Larraín-

hit, and Cyrano, a musical version

Contenders event that for many of us

directed Spencer, with Kristen

of the 1897 Edmond Rostand play,

portends a much-hoped-for return to

Stewart playing Princess Diana as

Cyrano de Bergerac. Peter Dinklage

normalcy. Or, at least, normalcy in a

she is forced to realise that fitting

stars (and sings) as the lovelorn lead.

world where streaming service entries

the glass slipper and becoming

continue to grow at warp speed, and

princess isn’t the happy ending of

Western—The Harder They Fall, with

it really seems only a matter of time

childhood fairytales. Then there is

Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba and

before one of them ends up winning

Denis Villenueve’s Dune—a master

Regina King in a gunslinging revenge

Best Picture.

filmmaker has realized the full

tale. And speaking of old-fashioned,

ambition of creating a large-canvas

the legendary 007 is back this season

in this year’s event gives a sense of

world in an adaptation of the Frank

as James Bond finally makes his long-

escalating creative ambitions as

Herbert sci-fi novel that leaves you

awaited return in No Time to Die—the

audiences slowly return to theaters,

wanting to follow Timothée Chalamet

film that the entire film industry is

even as windows continue to shrink

and Zendaya wherever they may go.

counting on to bring the masses back

A look at the films participating

and more of us consume quality content from home.

Other fall festival standouts

Director at Venice. From a musical standpoint, there’s

We’ve got a good old fashioned

to the cinema. Following pandemic

represented at London Contenders

delays and with a script polish from

include Belfast, the Kenneth Branagh-

Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, it has

the films that electrified the Telluride,

directed coming-of-age tale set

become a hot ticket.

Venice, Toronto and London Film

during The Troubles, and Last Night

Festivals. And let’s not forget the

in Soho, in which Edgar Wright mixes

London Contenders program panels

last (virtual) Sundance, where the

his love of the London locale with a

we have on offer. And while masks,

Sian Heder-directed CODA swept the

haunting thriller storyline.

vaccinations and hand sanitiser

This year, we’ve got almost all of

Of course, this is just a taste of the

awards and sold in a deal to Apple for

Maggie Gyllenhaal unveils her

a festival record-breaking $25 million.

directorial debut The Lost Daughter,

endeavouring to come back from,

And where Rebecca Hall made her

which won her the Best Screenplay

what better way to warm to this

feature directorial debut with Passing,

prize at Venice. And Benedict

season than to hear these artists talk

another hot button success story

Cumberbatch-starring drama The

about how they have turned life’s

from the festival.

Power of the Dog returns The Piano

challenges into triumphs, battling

director Jane Campion to the awards

through the pandemic to bring their

scene, having already won her Best

creative vision to the world? ★

There are plenty of films from awards season fixtures, including

will be reminders of what we are all


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Diana has been working in global film journal-

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for international film and television, she was

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Chief Film Critic, having previously reviewed

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films for MovieLine, Boxoffice magazine,

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was a contributing editor. Pete is also host of

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KCET television series, Must See Movies. He

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for the Cannes Film Festival and serves as

previously held producing positions at Enter-

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the emcee for its Contenders events. He has

tainment Tonight, Extra, Access Hollywood,

Anna is a British film critic and broadcaster

been aboard since 2012. Prior to joining, his

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and former President of the UK Critics’ Circle.

work regularly appeared in his native UK—for

and AMC Networks, and is the recipient of five

She is a regular film expert on radio and TV,

outlets including The Sunday Times and The

Emmy nominations for writing. Pete is only the

presenting the BBC News Film Review, appear-

Guardian—and around the world. He has also

second journalist to have received the Publi-

ing on the official UK Academy Awards broad-

worked extensively in film and television,

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cast, and contributing to The Guardian, Sight

producing EPK and production notes and

1996 and 2013.

& Sound and Time Out London. She hosts the

The Deadline team who’ll be guiding you through this Contenders event.

working as a unit publicist. He is a member of

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BAFTA and has sat on multiple juries for the

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BAFTA Film Awards.

SENIOR AWARDS EDITOR

freelance film critic in 2020.

Antonia has contributed to Deadline and

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AwardsLine’s print magazines since 2014. A

TELEVISION EDITOR

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native Brit based in LA, prior to joining the

Peter, who joined Deadline in 2017, is a

CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, FILM

team she covered West Coast entertainment

veteran TV journalist who previously worked

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at UK-based Broadcast, where he started in

at Variety for 20 years as a reporter, writer

in The Guardian, UK Marie Claire and InStyle.

2013, and rose to News Editor, responsible for

and columnist. He was not only nationally

She has written a New York Times bestsell-

putting together the weekly magazine as well

recognized as Variety’s premiere film reporter

ing non-fiction book and regularly appears on

as breaking daily news. Before that, he was

but also for his “Dish” and “The Buzz” columns.

French television network TF1 as an entertain-

deputy editor of Television Business Inter-

Mike is known for his industry relationships

ment expert.

national magazine. He covers the television

and his ability to break news wherever it

industry from Deadline’s Los Angeles bureau.

happens, including on the ground at festivals

TOM GRATER

like Sundance, Cannes and Toronto. He also

INTERNATIONAL FILM REPORTER

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is an author: Doubleday published his book

Tom joined Deadline in 2019, covering the film

FILM EDITOR, AWARDS

about The Three Stooges, From Amalgamated

(and TV) business from London. He is a regular

Damon has contributed to Deadline since

Morons to American Icons, which ABC turned

at film markets and festivals around the

2017. His film features, interviews and reviews

into a telepic executive produced by Mel

world, including Cannes, Berlin, AFM, Toronto

have been published in publications such as

Gibson. One of Mike’s early jobs in journalism

and Venice. Tom was previously at Screen

Empire, Total Film, The Guardian, The Times

was editor of the well-known Media Industry

International, spending five years there rising

and The Financial Times. As well as covering

Newsletter (MIN). He then joined New York

to Senior Reporter across the UK trade’s print

set visits and junkets, he is a regular attendee

Newsday as a columnist, reviewer and enter-

and online operations. He has also worked in

at key international film festivals. In 1998, he

tainment writer. During his career, he has writ-

events and as a freelance journalist for UK

published Come By Sunday, a biography of

ten for numerous magazines including Playboy,

national newspapers, and regularly appears on

British film star Diana Dors, and is currrently an

Details, TV Guide and Esquire.

radio as a pundit on a variety of film topics.

advisor to the London Film Festival.


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FILMS ALTITUDE

ALI & AVA Writer and director Clio Bernard tells a story about the emotional complexity of grief and love in Ali & Ava. The film follows Ali (Adeel Akhtar), a British Pakistani landlord, and Ava (Claire Rushbrook), an Irish teacher and single mother, as they navigate

ALI & AVA

a mutual desire for connection despite their own personal dilemmas. The film also stars Ellora Torchia, Shaun Thomas and Natalie Gavin. Titane Winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Titane, directed by Julia Ducournau,

merges the world of horror and the erotic symbolism of automobiles. After a series of crimes, Alexia (Agathe Rousselle) flees and assumes the identity of a young boy who disappeared 10 years prior. Living with Vincent (Vincent Lindon), the father of the boy, becomes increasingly difficult as Alexia’s


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ENCOUNTER

pregnancy has some strange side effects. AMAZON STUDIOS

Encounter Directed by Michael Pearce from a script co-authored by Joe Barton and Pearce, the story follows a Marine who sets out on a mission to rescue his two young sons from a mysterious threat. When the family’s journey puts them in the path of yet more harrowing difficulty and danger, the boys are abruptly forced to grow up. Starring Riz Ahmed, Octavia Spencer and

Rory Cochrane, the film also features young newcomers Lucian-River Chauhan and Aditya Geddada. A Hero This drama set in Iran had its North American premiere at the Telluride Film Festival after winning the Grand Prix at Cannes. Written, directed and produced by Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi (A Separation), it follows Rahim (Amir Jadidi) who is in jail for an unpaid debt. When he tries to convince his creditor to make a deal in exchange for

his release, Rahim is faced with a series of horrifying setbacks. The film also stars Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy (When the Moon Was Full), Mohsen Tanabandeh and Sarina Farhadi. The Tender Bar George Clooney directs this coming-of-age tale based on J.R. Moehringer’s 2005 bestselling memoir of the same name, about his experience looking for a father figure in the patrons of his uncle’s Long Island bar. Scripted by Oscarwinner William Monahan (The


A HERO

THE TENDER BAR


Departed, The Gambler) and shot in Massachusetts, the film stars Tye Sheridan as J.R., Ben Affleck as quirky bartender Uncle Charlie, Lily Rabe as J.R.’s mother, and Christopher Lloyd as his grandfather, with newcomer Daniel Ranieri as the young version of J.R. APPLE ORIGINAL FILMS CODA

CODA Following its Sundance premiere, Apple snapped this up for a record $25 million-plus. Adapted by writer and director Sian Heder from a 2014 French film, it follows teenager Ruby (Emilia Jones), the only hearing member in her deaf family—a CODA, or child of deaf adults. Busy translating for her parents (Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur) and working on the family’s fishing boat, Emilia finds herself torn between her own dreams and her obligations. FOCUS FEATURES

LAST NIGHT IN SOHO

BELFAST

Belfast In his most personal film to date, Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast tells the story of a fictional nine-year-old version of himself growing up during The Troubles in late ’60s Northern Ireland. Shot in black and white, the film stars Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds and Judi Dench, with Jude Hill as young protagonist Buddy. Last Night In Soho Director Edgar Wright’s psychological horror Last Night in Soho follows Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie), a young woman with a mysterious supernatural


sense, as she moves to London and finds herself transported back in time every night to the body of Sandie (Anya TaylorJoy), a young singer in the ’60’s. Though it seems incredible at the beginning, Eloise soon finds that Sandie’s life was not as glamorous as it first seemed. METRO GOLDWYN MAYER PICTURES/UNITED ARTISTS RELEASING

Cyrano Based on the 1897 Edmond Rostand play, Cyrano de Bergerac, director Joe Wright’s Cyrano is a musical retelling of the story. Cyrano de Bergerac (Peter Dinklage), a verbose wordsmith, is in love with Roxanne (Haley Bennett) but is too self-conscious to pursue her. After discovering that she has feelings for Christian (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), Cyrano aids him by writing effusive love letters for him to send to Roxanne. No Time to Die Daniel Craig returns for his fifth and final James Bond film in No Time to Die, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. After retiring from active service to Jamaica, Bond receives a letter from an old friend at the CIA requesting his help finding a missing person. A simple search mission turns into the most dangerous mission Bond has ever faced, with a mysterious new villain. Costars include Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux and Lashana Lynch. Respect From a screenplay by Tracey Scott Wilson (The Americans,

Fosse/Verdon), Leisl Tommy’s feature directorial debut stars Jennifer Hudson as legendary singer Aretha Franklin. The first two decades of Franklin’s life take us through her upbringing as a musical prodigy, through the loss of her mother, to a rise to stardom that defied the constraints of an abusive marriage and a patriarchal system. Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess and Mary J. Blige co-star. NEON

Spencer This Pablo Larraín-directed reimagining of a Royal Christmas at Sandringham takes us into the mind of a lonely and disturbed Princess Diana as she navigates the ‘house rules’ during the breakdown of her marriage to Prince Charles. Written by Steven Knight (Locke) and starring Kristen Stewart as Diana, the action is punctuated by Diana’s anxiety attacks and imaginings of ill-fated queens past. The film also stars Jack Farthing, Sally Hawkins, Timothy Spall and Sean Harris.

RESPECT

NETFLIX

The Hand of God Returning to his hometown of Naples, writer-director Paolo Sorrentino tells a personal story of his youth in Netflix’s Italian drama, The Hand of God. Taking place in Naples during the ’80s, the film tells the story of Fabietto Schisa (Filippo Scotti) whose tumultuous life is filled with unexpected highs and lows.

NO TIME TO DIE


SPENCER

CYRANO


THE HAND OF GOD

DUNE

THE LOST DAUGHTER

THE HARDER THEY FALL


PASSING

The Harder They Fall Directed by Jeymes Samuel, The Harder They Fall is an American Western produced by Jay-Z, who also wrote original music for the film. When outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) discovers that an old enemy is out of prison, he reunites his gang to seek revenge on the man who killed his parents. Idris Elba, Regina King and Zazie Beetz and LaKeith Stanfield also star. The Lost Daughter Based on the novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante, The Lost Daughter is a psychological drama directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Olivia Colman plays Leda, a middle-aged divorcée on holiday whose chance encounter with another woman and daughter causes her holiday to take a dark turn as she is forced to confront her past. Dakota Johnson and Peter Sarsgaard are joined by Normal People breakout Paul Mescal.

THE POWER OF THE DOG

Passing Based on Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel of the same name, director Rebecca Hall’s Passing explores the lives of two mixed-race childhood friends, Irene (Tessa Thompson) and Clare (Ruth Negga), who reunite as adults. They become involved in one another’s lives and explore how they diverged due to Irene identifying as African-American while Clare ‘passes’ as white. The Power of the Dog Benedict Cumberbatch stars as wealthy Montana rancher

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Phil Burbank in Jane Campion’s adaptation of the Thomas Savage novel of the same name. Phil runs a ranch with his brother George (Jesse Plemons), whose decision to marry Rose (Kirsten Dunst) and raise her son Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee) causes terrible turmoil between the brothers as Phil torments the mother and son. UNIVERSAL PICTURES

Sing 2 Directed by Garth Jennings, Sing 2 follows on from the events of the first movie as Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) plans to debut a new show in glamorous Redshore City. After making some ridiculous promises to secure the venue, Buster goes on a quest to find reclusive rock legend Clay Calloway (Bono) and convince him to join the show. WARNER BROS. PICTURES AND LEGENDARY PICTURES

Dune Director Denis Villeneuve takes on the epic science fiction story of Dune in the latest adaptation of the 1965 Frank Herbert novel. Taking place in the distant future, the Atreides family accepts the stewardship of the desert planet Arrakis, commonly referred to as “Dune”, where the desert is mined for a valuable resource known as spice. A betrayal leads Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) and his mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), on a treacherous journey to find the native people of Arrakis, the Fremen, for safety.


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