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“99 Homes” Takes Top Prize at Deauville Film Festival

Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes” was number one Saturday night, taking the grand prize at the Deauville Film Festival.

The eviction drama stars Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon.

It’s the second film with star Shannon to take the top prize at the festival, following 2011’s “Take Shelter”. Shannon was in Deauville earlier in the week to present the film to festival audiences.

The jury was headed by French director Benoit Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen), with director Pascal Bonitzer (Made in Paris), actresses Louise Bourgoin(The Love Punch), Marie Gillain (Valentin Valentin) and Marthe Keller (The Witness), actor Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (Marseille), novelist Marc Dugain, director Sophie Filieres (If You Don’t, I Will) and Cesar-winning cinematographer Julien Hirsch (Lady Chatterly) joining him.

The second place jury prize went to Sean Baker’s “Tangerine”. The transgender drama has also been honored at Palm Springs and Karlovy Vary.


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Andrew Garfield Talks “The Pressure To Get It Right”

Juggernaut status in full effect, Marvel has wasted no time in looking after Spider-Man. Lead actor and director locked down (well after the release date announcement, of course), Kevin Feige and co. are more than keen to show audiences their vision of Spidey after Sony’s not so well received “The Amazing Spider-Man” films. But as with the previous reboot, that leaves a creative team reeling after a half-decade or more of effort, and recently we learned the inner workings of that shift from one of the films’ key players.

Talking to us recently in Los Angeles while promoting Ramin Bahrani’s new film, “99 Homes” — his first (incredibly played) role away from Spider-Man since 2010’s “The Social Network” – actor Andrew Garfield spoke on his intense time in the comic book movie realm.

“With a film like [‘The Amazing Spider-Man’] there’s so much projection and expectation that is inherent in taking on a story and character like that,” he said. “I was well up for the challenge, and I still am. I’m not going to shy away from something that a lot of people are going to see. Fuck it, bring it on, life’s short.”

However, Garfield claimed that he does feel freer now in certain ways than he did doing the “Amazing Spider-Man” films. “The pressure to get it right, to please everyone — it’s not going to happen…You end up pleasing no one, or everyone just a little bit. Like, ‘Eh, that was good.’ [The films are] mass-marketed, ‘We want 50-year-old white men to love it, gay teenagers to love it, bigot homophobes in Middle America to love it, 11-year-old girls to love it.’ That’s canning Coke.”

He continued, “So that aspect of it was a bummer, sure. Especially for the group of us trying to infuse it with soul, trying to make it unique, something that was worth the price of entry. It was about authenticity, flavor, and truth, but at the same time, I understand people want to make a lot of money, and they’re going to spend a lot of money so the playpen can be as big as it was. I can’t live that way; it sounds like a prison, to be honest, living within those expectations.”

You can see Garfield next in “99 Homes” when it’s released September 25th, but keep an eye out for our full, wide-ranging conversation with the actor soon.


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“99 Homes” Headed to Venice Film Festival

Directors David Gordon Green, Abel Ferrara, Peter Bogdanovich and Joe Dante are bringing films to the late-August festival

David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn,” Andrew Niccol’s “Good Kill,” Abel Ferrara’s “Pasolini” and Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence” will join Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” in the competition lineup of the 71st Venice International Film Festival (the Venice Biennale), Venice organizers announced at a press conference in Rome on Thursday.

“The Cut,” Fatih Akin (Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Canada, Poland, Turkey)
“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” Roy Andersson (Sweden, Germany, Norway, France)
“99 Homes,” Ramin Bahrani (U.S.)
“Tales,” Rakhshan Bani E’temad (Iran)
“La rancon de la gloire,” Xavier Beauvois (France)
“Hungry Hearts,” Saverio Costanzo (Italy)
“Le fernier coup de marteau,” Alix Delaporte (France)
“Manglehorn,” David Gordon Green (U.S.)
“Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance,” Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu (U.S.)
“Three Hearts,” Benoit Jacquot (France)
“The Postman’s White Nights,” Andrei Konchalovsky (Russia)
“Il Giovane Favoloso,” Mario Martone (Italy)
“Sivas,” Kaan Mujdeci (Turkey)
“Anime Nere,” Francesco Munzi (Italy, France)
“Good Kill,” Andrew Niccol (U.S.)
“Loin des Hommes,” David Oelhoffen (France)
“The Look of Silence,” Joshua Oppenheimer (Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Norway, U.K.)
“Nobi,” Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)
“Red Amnesia,” Wang Xiaoshuai (China)

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Paramount in talks to acquire Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

Paramount Pictures is in negotiations to buy the US distribution rights to Martin Scorsese’s historical drama ‘Silence’. Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Ken Watanabe and Adam Driver are starring with production expected to start in Taiwan later this year. ‘Silence’ is financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis.

Garfield will star as Father Rodrigues, a 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit who travels to Japan with a fellow priest amid rumors that Rodrigues’ mentor has abandoned the Church. When they arrive, they find the local Christian population driven underground by religious persecution.

Neeson will play a priest who landed in Japan over a decade ago and has gone missing.
Variety reported last year that Garfield had signed to star in Scorsese’s long-gestating adaptation of Japanese novelist Shusaku Endo’s book, regarded as his masterpiece.

The film is produced by Irwin Winkler, Randall Emmett and George Furla and Emma Tillinger Koskoff.
Jay Cocks has written the adaptation of ‘Silence’, first published in 1966.

Paramount released Scorsese’s three most recent films — ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, ‘Hugo’ and ‘Shutter Island’. It has not set a release date for ‘Silence’.

News about the Paramount talks was first reported by


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Andrew Garfield: ‘I can’t do the Twitter thing’

Andrew Garfield has admitted he refuses to use Twitter as he isn’t a fan of “self promotion”.

The Amazing Spider Man 2 star told the Observer that he steers clear of social media as he doesn’t feel comfortable telling the world about his life.

He explained: “There is something crass about self-promotion. I can’t do the Twitter thing either. Maybe there is something wrong with me.

“Maybe I need to be better at saying ‘Check me the f**k out, motherf**kers.’

“I should do that. ‘Yeah, so go see the f**king movie, because it’s the best f**king thing that you will ever see!'”

The fiercely private 30-year-old recently jokingly told a reporter to ‘f**k off’ after asking him about his relationship with girlfriend Emma Stone.


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Andrew Garfield “I always felt in the shadow of my perfect older brother”

Andrew Garfield might be a big movie star but he doesn’t feel that he matches up to his brother.

The actor, who stars in the Amazing Spider-Man films, can relate to the superhero’s quieter alter ego Peter Parker due to his own insecurities.

‘Peter is like Spider-Man’s little brother,’ says Andrew, 30.

‘He’s in the shadow of Spider-Man, who gets all the power and attention, and gets to live out his fantasy life.

‘I can identify with Peter Parker because I always felt in the shadow of my older brother.

‘I’m a mess. I’m oversensitive. I’m stupid. I make mistakes all the time. My older brother is perfect and it irritates the hell out of me.’

Andrew doesn’t think that what he does for a living can compare to his brother’s serious job.

‘I wouldn’t say he is superhuman, he can’t climb walls and swing through New York City,’ Emma Stone’s man tells Notebook.

‘But he can save lives because he is a doctor. So I am screwed.’


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Andrew Garfield Didn’t Think He Was Worth It And Here’s Why

Andrew Garfield doesn’t just play an orphan in his Amazing Spider-Man movies — he acts as a real-life ambassador for Worldwide Orphans, a cause that’s close to his heart. “We all have something extraordinary to give, some superpower,” he told Vulture at Salon De Lafayette on Sunday, where he was previewing some behind-the-scenes footage of a WWO-themed PSA he made in partnership with the Ghetto Film School. “[But] to find out who we are supposed to be and what we are supposed to do, the game is set against us for that. The minute we go to school and do standardized testing, the way we are being educated is kind of a generic, mass-minded thing. I was conditioned to believe that unless I was going to be a lawyer, a doctor, or a businessman, I wasn’t worth it.”
That struggle to find one’s path is something that Garfield hopes that the Spider-Man audience — and the kids he visits in orphanages all over the world — can relate to. “If they can get that from a movie, from this movie, even on a subconscious level, I think that would be wonderful,” he said. “I think what we’re doing in the films is this simple idea that if you’re not seen, if you’re not heard, if you’re not given validation, if you’re not given a place in your society, if you’re not appreciated for who you are and all the gifts you possess, if you’re not even given the opportunity to find out the gifts you do possess, it creates an unhealthy response. It creates a sickness in the psyche, a sickness in the soul.”

In real-life orphans, this manifests in a number of ways, including attachment disorder. “The injustice that these infants that can’t yet talk and can’t yet walk, and they already have difficulty!” he said. “There is a numbness behind their eyes and an inability to engage in life with joy. There’s something so profoundly wrong about that.”

Fiction is filled with orphans who become either heroic (such as Spider-Man, Harry Potter, or Batman) or an arch-nemesis (Harry Osborn, Voldemort, the Penguin), and “it’s obviously a metaphor for the orphan’s exiled heart, in all of us,” Garfield said. “There is a part of us, in every single one of us, where we have been exiled or cut off or disowned, and it does speak to where that can lead you. Sometimes you do have a choice, and sometimes you get driven to things, and I think it’s really important to show people — in terms of valuing themselves and each other — what the fallout could be.”

Which is why he’s particularly keen on seeing what happens when the Spider-Man saga turns more toward its villains for the upcoming, baddie-loaded spinoff Sinister Six. “The shadow is as vital to acknowledge as the light, the shadow in all of us!” Garfield said, without quite confirming whether Spidey will swing on by to fight all those villains one more time. “Hopefully we can shed some light on the shadow. We’ll see how it goes! I’m interested!”