TORONTO: Toronto Film Fest Proves a Boon for "Death of a President," "Rescue Dawn," and "The Prisoner"

by | September 13, 2006 | Comments

Maybe it’s the elections coming up south of the border (the Canadian border, that is), but buyers at the Toronto Film Festival seem to be veering towards the red diaper crowd — and leaving some traditional festival fare cold (with notable exceptions like "Exiled"). With the festival entering its final days, the biggest fuss seems to be around movies that take a shot at the political.

"Bush Assassinated!" So goes the "what if" future world of the British film "Death of a President," guaranteed to raise heck in this country as it has already in the UK where the movie will air October 9 on BBC 4. It has been picked up by Netflix and a TBA distributor, and will see theatrical release in the States in coming months. Set in a period of near future unrest and "documenting" the untimely end of President Bush, the film details the violent possibilities of continuing real-world political turbulence, among a slew of films that aim at similar targets. Click here to read the full story from Yahoo News.

From "The Prisoner, or: How I Tried to Kill Tony Blair" a documentary about the Abu Ghraib prison, to "Rescue Dawn," Werner Herzog‘s new film about Vietnam, Toronto has seen an unusual flurry of interest in its more political movies. To the disappointment perhaps of some more star-studded events (though "Rescue Dawn" stars Christian Bale), distributors have been eager to look for that elusive "something different," and maybe playing to a market amid growing political concerns. Click here to read the full story from Variety.

In other news, genre films have also seemed to do well at Toronto. Perhaps a key player in this crowd is the Hong Kong gangster effort, "Exiled." Set on the ever-deadly mean streets of Hong Kong, the action film, directed by Johnny To, is based on To’s own 1999 "The Mission." Media Asia Entertainment Group acquired the English-language rights to distribute the film. Apparently, the film will bring a little je ne sais quoi to the Hong Kong gangster field. Click here to read the Hollywood Reporter story.

Author: Michael Campos-Quinn

Tag Cloud

Avengers disaster Amazon reboot NBC hispanic christmas movies nfl crime drama medical drama spy thriller cartoon Chernobyl Valentine's Day Film cancelled TV shows book Cartoon Network NYCC History Photos IFC ID BET Awards Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Fall TV franchise mutant USA travel Heroines 45 versus Mindy Kaling robots ViacomCBS discovery Adult Swim aliens spanish OneApp slashers 2019 Musical SundanceTV trailers Pop crossover monster movies Oscars diversity sequels Paramount Network blaxploitation Rock child's play Sundance TV cancelled television theme song 2018 DC Universe TruTV TBS series Mystery GIFs casting Legendary Fox Searchlight toronto docudrama facebook sag awards festivals comic doctor who comedies Reality Amazon Prime Video nature screen actors guild CNN FX spanish language 007 women Mary poppins mission: impossible 2017 Film Festival Comics on TV Television Critics Association harry potter Fantasy video classics Turner Classic Movies Grammys The Walt Disney Company Sundance Now Pride Month halloween tv Apple TV+ A24 stand-up comedy ESPN Rom-Com FX on Hulu Masterpiece comic books 72 Emmy Awards Peacock social media canceled TV shows The Academy movies police drama die hard 99% Election superman Red Carpet ghosts BBC America TCA Set visit animated Comedy Central political drama Hear Us Out TCA Winter 2020 reviews Year in Review BET based on movie Exclusive Video critics Elton John anime E! RT History Interview Freeform Acorn TV VICE Syfy Pirates APB binge WarnerMedia blockbusters PBS supernatural Spring TV zombies Pixar Rocketman Emmy Nominations biography Spectrum Originals IFC Films toy story Teen Captain marvel Warner Bros. worst Disney+ Disney Plus Comic Book Hallmark psycho dc science fiction romance Winners Calendar scary movies stoner films PaleyFest Character Guide worst movies Thanksgiving talk show Best and Worst Sundance Crackle universal monsters unscripted Lucasfilm Walt Disney Pictures Netflix technology Martial Arts President Bravo Extras TV renewals Lifetime a nightmare on elm street game show comiccon Mudbound Travel Channel Nickelodeon OWN Academy Awards Creative Arts Emmys historical drama period drama RT21 DGA black Stephen King jurassic park Schedule Biopics sequel Alien First Reviews batman ABC Signature Fox News Star Trek french Country japanese Writers Guild of America award winner Women's History Month Britbox HBO Go YouTube Red San Diego Comic-Con Funimation Tumblr Disney Channel Comedy Sony Pictures telelvision blockbuster nbcuniversal pirates of the caribbean Hulu cancelled TV series ratings hidden camera CW Seed PlayStation game of thrones HBO Max Certified Fresh Universal spain Paramount Plus LGBT 21st Century Fox Baby Yoda prank Esquire fresh Hallmark Christmas movies king kong CBS Mary Tyler Moore Awards American Society of Cinematographers justice league Showtime HBO psychological thriller Opinion Countdown rotten obituary Vudu werewolf laika rom-coms Marathons all-time Logo composers parents Dark Horse Comics Rocky New York Comic Con 20th Century Fox Black History Month Disney Plus south america Shudder teaser adaptation Song of Ice and Fire cops Cannes Paramount Food Network WGN ITV finale anthology AMC what to watch SDCC Crunchyroll docuseries A&E TNT archives The Walking Dead fast and furious BBC GLAAD Lifetime Christmas movies National Geographic Apple dark TV elevated horror Podcast golden globe awards Watching Series serial killer stop motion Tarantino quibi LGBTQ Discovery Channel documentaries comics 2020 Amazon Prime 2016 best X-Men Arrowverse TV One Disney streaming service TV Land USA Network 4/20 YouTube Premium Horror 24 frames Trailer 2015 Reality Competition singing competition dceu YouTube TLC Lionsgate Quiz chucky Cosplay festival BAFTA cancelled cats Chilling Adventures of Sabrina adventure Holidays CMT dragons The Witch Endgame renewed TV shows Kids & Family Pop TV Musicals kong children's TV romantic comedy hollywood Shondaland crime superhero MCU Apple TV Plus Ellie Kemper movie green book Columbia Pictures zombie indie Marvel Television Epix rt archives dogs news emmy awards Trivia The Purge Western foreign Binge Guide 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards boxoffice Marvel Studios Netflix Christmas movies Sneak Peek breaking bad popular VOD Winter TV ABC Family cinemax See It Skip It mockumentary war deadpool CBS All Access strong female leads cooking Drama twilight DC Comics remakes concert BBC One Marvel TCA 2017 cars streaming italian Tomatazos Disney Brie Larson richard e. Grant Nat Geo spinoff Superheroes joker El Rey Holiday Amazon Studios indiana jones Infographic Video Games space Pet Sematary FXX Star Wars TCM halloween golden globes video on demand Music cults DirecTV football Broadway crime thriller DC streaming service natural history Classic Film The CW Super Bowl Family Television Academy jamie lee curtis sitcom GoT thriller Black Mirror Superheroe witnail revenge Ovation Box Office SXSW documentary hist Anna Paquin Tubi Animation spider-man sports rotten movies we love Mary Poppins Returns kaiju zero dark thirty FOX Action politics kids ABC Christmas dramedy screenings godzilla canceled satire Toys Turner true crime TIFF Polls and Games directors VH1 Summer free movies transformers venice criterion name the review vampires MSNBC independent E3 TCA Awards james bond australia Spike Starz MTV The Arrangement Awards Tour boxing television tv talk Emmys razzies miniseries Nominations scorecard latino Sci-Fi YA Ghostbusters 2021 71st Emmy Awards Premiere Dates asian-american First Look Trophy Talk