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NETFLIX 10:11am – 11:05am

NEON & PARTICIPANT 11:08am - 11:18am

Respect

Liesl Tommy (Director/EP) Tracey Scott Wilson (Writer) Kramer Morgenthau (Cinematographer) Ina Mayhew (Production Designer)

No Time to Die

Barbara Broccoli (Producer) Michael G. Wilson (Producer) Chris Corbould (Special Effects Producer) Barbara Broccoli (Production Designer)

Cyrano

Joe Wright (Director) Haley Bennett (Actor) Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Actor)

The Hand of God

Paolo Sorrentino (Writer/Director/Producer) Filippo Scotti (Actor) Daria D'Antonio (Cinematographer)

The Power of the Dog

Jane Campion (Writer/Director/Producer) Tanya Seghatchian (Producer) Ari Wegner (Cinematographer)

Passing

Rebecca Hall (Writer/Director/Producer) Ruth Negga (EP/Actor) André Holland (Actor) Tessa Thompson (EP/Actor)

The Lost Daughter

Maggie Gyllenhaal (Writer/Director/Producer) Dakota Johnson (Actor) Peter Sarsgaard (Actor) Affonso Gonçalves (Editor)

Don't Look Up

Adam McKay (Writer/Director/Producer) Nicholas Britell (Composer) Hank Corwin (Editor)

Flee

Jonas Poher Rasmussen (Co-Writer/Director)

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Pablo Larraín (Producer/Director) Steven Knight (Writer/EP)

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King Richard

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In The Heights

Olga Merediz (Actor)

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Maid

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Benjamin Cleary (Writer/Director) Mahershala Ali (Producer/Actor)

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Siân Heder (Writer/Director) Diane Lederman (Production Designer)

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Zola

Janicza Bravo (Co-writer/Director) Jeremy O. Harris (Co-writer)

The Humans

Stephen Karam (Writer/Director/Producer) Richard Jenkins (Actor) Amy Schumer (Actor) Jayne Houdyshell (Actor)

Stillwater

Tom McCarthy (Co-Writer/Director/Producer) Matt Damon (Actor)

The Card Counter

Oscar Isaac (Actor)

Many Saints of Newark

David Chase (Co-Writer/Producer) Alessandro Nivola (Actor) Ray Liotta (Actor)

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ROLL, SOUND, ACTION Deadline Contenders Film goes live in New York with a powerful lineup in a historic locale BY A N T H O N Y D ’A L E S SA N D RO


Welcome back New York, it’s been

Campion (The Power of the Dog),

too long.

Benjamin Cleary (Swan Song), Asghar

Deadline Contenders returns to the

(The Lost Daughter), Rebecca Hall

22 films, showcasing the best motion

(Passing), Siân Heder (CODA), Stephen

pictures this awards season has to

Karam (The Humans), Pablo Larraín

offer, from A24, Amazon, Apple Original

(Spencer), Tom McCarthy (Stillwater),

Films, Focus Features, MGM/United

Adam McKay (Don’t Look Up), Jonas

Artists, Netflix, NEON and Warner Bros.

Poher Rasmussen (Flee), Aaron Sorkin

And, while last year’s supply of movies

(Being the Ricardos), Paolo Sorrentino

during a Covid-embattled awards

(The Hand of God), Liesl Tommy

season may have slimmed down, this

(Respect) and Joe Wright (Cyrano).

year, the studios aren’t holding back. On top of that, we’re back in person. As the entire entertainment

...

Farhadi (A Hero), Maggie Gyllenhaal

Big Apple with a lineup of no fewer than

We’ve relocated as you can see from the DGA Theatre on West 57th Street in Manhattan to the Museum of

industry looks to safely thrive beyond

the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens,

the pandemic, we’ve come back

which is built on sacred cinematic

together, away from the confines of

ground, the Kaufman Astoria Studios

home where we’ve been for most

campus, which was originally part of

of 2020. We're back in front of the

the Famous Players-Lasky East Coast

big screen to bask in the shared

production lot in 1920. The studio

experiences of love, triumph, suspense,

became the home to Paramount after

history and all that the cinema has to

1927. This is the home to hundreds

offer. It’s that escapism that lifts us

of silent and early sound era film

up and propels us daily. It’s no wonder

productions, including the first Sherlock

cinemas have survived and thrived for

Holmes sound movie, The Return of

more than 120 years.

Sherlock Holmes (1929), the Marx

Movie theaters, particularly those

Brothers movies The Cocoanuts (1929)

in New York and Los Angeles, were

and Animal Crackers (1930), and later

closed down for a year, but they've

such classics as Goodfellas, Carlito’s

now reopened, and as the global box

Way, The Wiz and Hair.

office booms back, it’s a testament to

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the Teflon nature of movies, a medium

series spans the globe, including

which refuses to be overwhelmed by

editions in Los Angeles and London,

the likes of a pandemic.

as well as those focusing on

Cinematic art provides lessons

documentaries and international

in life, takes us inside new cultures,

films, and with a season highlighting

changes our attitudes for the better

Primetime Emmy Contenders during

and shapes our environment.

the summer.

Citizen Kane Oscar winner Orson

So, settle in, enjoy a breakfast this

Welles once said, “A film is never really

morning from United Artists Releasing,

good unless the camera is an eye in the

a lunch sponsored by Netflix, and

head of a poet.”

introductions from our charming host

Among those filmmaker poets here with us at Contenders today,

Awardsline Editor Joe Utichi. Now, as Ethel Merman once sang in

transporting us into their lens on the

Annie Get Your Gun, “Let’s go on with

world, are Janicza Bravo (Zola), Jane

the show.”


Meet the

moderators The Deadline staffers who’ll be guiding you through this year’s Contenders YOUR EMCEE JOE UTICHI EXECUTIVE AWARDS EDITOR Joe oversees Deadline’s awards coverage, including its dedicated print magazine for the Oscar and Emmy seasons, AwardsLine. He also edits Deadline’s special “Disruptors” edition for the Cannes Film Festival and serves as the emcee for its Contenders events. He has been aboard since 2012. Prior to joining, his work regularly appeared in his native UK—for outlets including The Sunday Times and The Guardian—and around the world. He has also worked extensively in film and television, producing EPK and production notes and working as a unit publicist. He is a member of BAFTA and has sat on multiple juries for the BAFTA Film Awards.


YOUR MO DERATO RS MIKE FLEMING CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, FILM

Nast, Harper’s Bazaar and many

York-based contributor in 2017.

others. A writer of graphic novels and

He leads business and Wall Street

Mike joined Deadline in 2010 after

screenplays and a lover of all things

coverage as well as writing about

working at Variety for 20 years as a

film, she is part of Deadline's reviews

film, TV, regulation, advertising and

reporter, writer and columnist. He

team and is co-host of Deadline's

other East Coast happenings. Dade

was not only nationally recognized

New Hollywood podcast, where she

has spent two decades tracking the

as Variety's premiere film reporter

will continue to amplify voices from

entertainment industry as a writer

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

marginalized communities. She is based

and editor for Variety, Entertainment

columns. Mike is known for his industry

in New York.

Weekly and Broadcasting & Cable. His freelance work has appeared in

relationships and his ability to break ANTHONY D’ALESSANDRO EDITORIAL DIRECTOR/ BOX OFFICE EDITOR

the New York Times and Los Angeles

author: Doubleday published his

Anthony covers box office, breaking

Wondery podcast Business Wars.

book about The Three Stooges, From

film news, awards-season features

Amalgamated Morons to American

and festival news. His first job in the

Icons, which ABC turned into a telepic

film industry was at Savoy Pictures'

executive produced by Mel Gibson.

headquarters in New York where he

Jill joined Deadline in June 2019

One of Mike’s early jobs in journalism

worked in film distribution. In the

after working as a New York-based

was editor of the well-known Media

summer of 1999, he was hired by

contributor. She follows corporate

Industry Newsletter (MIN). He then

Variety and moved to Los Angeles, and

finance, deals and publicly traded

joined New York Newsday as a

remained in the newsroom covering

companies in media and entertainment,

columnist, reviewer and entertainment

numerous parts of the industry,

film financing, and New York film and

writer. During his career, he has written

including box office, for about a decade.

TV production. She was previously

for numerous magazines including

Prior to arriving at Deadline in the

contributing editor at Current covering

Playboy, Details, TV Guide and Esquire.

fall of 2011, where he co-edited the

public media, and has worked at Variety,

site's sister publication AwardsLine,

The Hollywood Reporter and Dow Jones.

ANTONIA BLYTH SENIOR AWARDS EDITOR, AWARDSLINE

Anthony covered the box office beat for

She’s reported from New York and

Indiewire's Thompson on Hollywood. He

Europe and her stories have appeared

Antonia has contributed to Deadline

also co-produced Matt Walsh's film A

in publications such as the New York

and AwardsLine’s print magazines

Better You.

Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes,

news wherever it happens, including on the ground at festivals like Sundance, Cannes and Toronto. He also is an

Times, and he is the author of two books and an installment of the

JILL GOLDSMITH CO-BUSINESS EDITOR

Broadcasting & Cable, Adweek, Slate,

since 2014. A native Brit based in LA, RYAN FLEMING ASSISTANT EDITOR, AWARDS

Reuters and The Art Newspaper.

work has been featured in The Guardian,

Ryan joined Deadline in March 2021

UK Marie Claire and InStyle. She has

as Assistant Editor for Awardsline. He

DOMINIC PATTEN SENIOR EDITOR, LEGAL & TV CRITIC

written a New York Times bestselling

received his MFA in Studio Art at The

Dominic covers litigious Hollywood’s

non-fiction book and regularly appears

City College of New York in 2019. He

major lawsuits and weighs in on the

on French television network TF1 as an

contributes to the awards coverage of

current Golden Age of television with

entertainment expert.

animation and the craft side of film and

his video reviews and more. Before

television. In his role as Assistant Editor,

joining Deadline in 2012, he wrote for

VALERIE COMPLEX ASSOCIATE EDITOR/FILM WRITER

Ryan also contributes to the editing of

the New York Times, Los Angeles Times,

Deadline's AwardsLine magazines and

Washington Times, and the Toronto

Valerie joined Deadline in September

interviews Oscar and Emmy contenders.

Globe and Mail. A frequent guest on NPR,

prior to joining she covered West Coast entertainment for ELLE.com, and her

Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC and

2021 from Gizmodo's genre news site io9 and a freelance writing career that includes bylines at Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Collider, Conde

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Dade joined Deadline as a New

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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. No Time to Die Daniel Craig returns for his fifth and final James Bond film in No Time to Die. 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. 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


NO TIME TO DIE

CYRANO

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 love letters for him to send Roxanne. NETFLIX

The Hand of God Returning to his hometown of Naples, writer-director Paolo Sorrentino tells a personal story

PASSING

of his youth in Netflix’s Italian drama, The Hand of God. Taking place in Naples during ’80s, the film tells the story of Fabietto Schisa (Filippo Scotti) whose tumultuous life is filled with unexpected highs and lows. The Power of the Dog Benedict Cumberbatch stars as wealthy Montana rancher 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 turmoil between the brothers as Phil torments both the mother and son. Passing Based on Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel of the same name, director Rebecca Hall’s Passing explores the lives of two mixed-race


THE HAND OF GOD

THE POWER OF THE DOG

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 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

SPENCER

divorcée on holiday whose chance encounter with another woman and daughter causes her vacation to take a dark turn as she is forced to confront her troubled past. Don’t Look Up Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence star in this science fiction black comedy written, produced, and directed by Adam McKay. Dr. Randall Mindy (DiCaprio) and Dr. Kate Dibiasky (Lawrence) are two low-level astronomers tasked

THE LOST DAUGHTER

with warning the world of an approaching comet that will destroy the earth. The film features an all-star ensemble cast including Jonah Hill, Timothée Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep. NEON & PARTICIPANT

Flee Jonas Poher Rasmussen directed and co-wrote this documentary with Amin, the subject of the film. As Amin is about to marry his husband, he


DON'T LOOK UP

THE TENDER BAR

FLEE

decides to share a traumatic story about his hidden past. Recreated in animation, Amin tells the traumatic tale of his perilous escape from his home country as a refugee. NEON & TOPIC

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. AMAZON STUDIOS

The Tender Bar George Clooney directs this coming-of-age tale based on J.R. Moehringer’s 2005 bestselling

memoir of the same name. The story follows J.R. as he searches for a father figure among the patrons of his uncle’s Long Island bar. Scripted by Oscarwinner William Monahan (The 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 curmudgeonly grandfather, with newcomer Daniel Ranieri playing the young version of J.R.


A HERO

THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH

SWAN SONG

BEING THE RICARDOS

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.

Being the Ricardos This biographical drama, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, explores the relationship between Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) during their time as the stars of I Love Lucy. The story takes place over one week of the production as they encounter difficulties in both their personal and professional lives. WARNER BROS. PICTURES

King Richard Will Smith stars as Richard Williams, the father and coach of Venus and Serena Williams,

in this biographical film written by Zach Baylin and directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. Based on the true story of Richard Williams, King Richard tells the story of a driven father who, along with his wife Oracene (Aunjanue Ellis), raised two of the most gifted tennis players of all time. In the Heights Based on the stage musical of the same name by Quiara Alegría Hudes and Lin-Manuel Miranda, this musical drama is directed by Jon M. Chu and stars Anthony Ramos as Usnavi


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de la Vega, a bodega owner in Washington Heights. Usnavi tells children the story of Washington Heights, which takes place 10 years earlier as he saves his money and dreams about a better life. APPLE ORIGINAL FILMS

Swan Song Mahershala Ali stars as Cameron, a terminally ill man in the near future, in this drama by writer-director Benjamin Cleary. As Cameron comes to terms with his illness, his doctor (Glenn Close) presents him with an alternative solution to shield his

family from grieving his death by replacing himself with a clone.

between her own dreams and her obligations.

CODA Following its Sundance premiere, Apple snapped this film 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, The young Emilia finds herself torn

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The Tragedy of Macbeth Directed and written for screen by Joel Coen, this black-andwhite retelling of the story of Macbeth stars Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as Lord and Lady Macbeth. Adapted from the William Shakespeare play of the same name, the story follows the Scottish lord on a quest to become the next King of Scotland, aided by his overly ambitious wife.


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Zola Janicza Bravo directs this black comedy crime film based on a viral Twitter thread posted in 2015 by Aziah “Zola” King. Zola, played in the film by Taylour Paige, is a waitress and parttime stripper whose road trip to Tampa, Florida with her new friend Stefani (Riley Keough) quickly becomes much more trouble than she had ever previously anticipated. The Humans Written and directed by Stephen Karam and based on his oneact play of the same name, the film takes place in downtown Manhattan, where a family

gathers for their Thanksgiving dinner. As the night goes on, hidden family tensions reach their absolute breaking point. The film stars Beanie Feldstein, Richard Jenkins, Jayne Houdyshell, Amy Schumer, Steven Yeun and June Squibb. FOCUS FEATURES

Stillwater Tom McCarthy co-wrote and directed this film starring Matt Damon as Bill Baker, an oil-rig worker from Stillwater, Oklahoma. Baker travels to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter Allison (Abigail Breslin), who is in prison for murdering her roommate, though she claims she is innocent. With

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the help of a French woman named Virginie (Camille Cottin), Bill tries to prove his daughter’s innocence, searching the city to find the real killer. The Card Counter Oscar Isaac stars as William Tell in this crime drama by writerdirector Paul Schrader. Tell is an ex-military interrogator turned gambler after serving an eightyear sentence in military prison, where he learned the art of counting cards. As he gambles for modest amounts of money, so as to not raise suspicions, a chance encounter leads him down a path of redemption as he revisits the ghosts that haunt his past.





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