Director Fred Schepisi Talks WORDS AND PICTURES, Impacts of Modern Technology, Casting Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche, and Future Projects

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Love and war over the power of literature versus painting take center stage in Fred Schepisi’s witty romantic drama, Words and Pictures, opening in theaters May 23rd.  Battle lines are drawn when a prep school English teacher and one-time literary star Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) challenges a new teacher and once celebrated abstract painter Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche) to disprove his conviction that the art of the written word trumps the visual arts in its ability to convey meaning, ideas, and emotion.  The declaration of war galvanizes their students, but as Marcus and Delsanto square off, they suddenly realize they may have met their match.

In an exclusive interview, Schepisi talked about the appeal of Gerald DiPego’s complex screenplay, the ways it touches on the impact of today’s technology and our obsession with social media, how he landed Owen and Binoche in the lead roles, the emotional depth they brought to the story, his thoughts on the importance of words versus pictures as a filmmaker who works in a medium that relies on the power of both, and his upcoming projects including The Olive Sisters starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Anthony LaPaglia, Josh Lucas and Melissa George, Drowsy Chaperone, Burnt Piano and Last Man.  Hit the jump to read the interview.

First Trailer for WORDS AND PICTURES Staring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche

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The first trailer for director Fred Schepisi’s romantic dramedy Words and Pictures is now available.  The film stars Clive Owen as Jack Marcus, an English teacher struggling to keep his students’ attention.  When an acclaimed artist (Juliette Binoche) starts teaching at the school, Jack declares a war between Words and Pictures, pitting his students against hers in a bid to show which medium can show greater meaning.  In addition to energizing the students’ creativity, the two teachers find new purpose in their professions and new possibilities in each other.

Words and Pictures opens May 23rd.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Roadside Picks up WORDS AND PICTURES with Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche; Open Road & Xlerator Take ALL IS BY MY SIDE; Magolia Secures THE SACRAMENT

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Domestic rights have been acquired for the following films:

  • Words and Pictures – Roadside Attractions has snapped up U.S. rights for Fred Schepisi’s romantic dramedy starring Clive Owen (Sin City) and Juliette Binoche (Chocolat).
  • All Is by My Side – Open Road Films and Xlerator Media land domestic distribution rights for writer-director John Ridley’s Jimi Hendix biopic starring André Benjamin (The Great Gatsby), Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later).
  • The Sacrament – Magnolia Pictures is finalizing a reported seven-figure deal for Ti West’s found-footage horror-thriller starring Joe Swanberg (V/H/S), Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color) and AJ Bowen (You’re Next).

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Exclusive Image from TIFF World Premiere Film WORDS AND PICTURES Starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche

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As director Fred Schepisi (Roxanne) is readying his new film Words and Pictures for its Toronto International Film Festival world premiere, we’re bringing you an exclusive image from the romantic comedy.  In a film that asks whether or not a picture really is worth a thousand words, Words and Pictures pits a has-been writer (Oscar-nominee Clive Owen) against a struggling artist (Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche).  Don’t let the image fool you; these two clash at the school where they teach, a conflict that leads to an unlikely romance and a school-wide contest to see whether words or pictures are more powerful.  Hit the jump to see the full image and to read more on the film.

TIFF 2013 Adds BASTARDS, METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER, Preview of Spike Jonze’s HER, and More

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The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival has made the final touches on its line-up, and made some nice additions.  For the first time, TIFF will have movies in IMAX.  The films that will be going big are Gravity, Man of Tai Chi, Metallica Through the Never, and The Wizard of Oz.  All of these movies except Man of Tai Chi will also be in 3D.  Other additions include Claire DenisBastards, a conversation with Spike Jonze and a preview of his new film Her (the full film is scheduled to debut as the closer at the New York Film Festival), Ron Howard‘s Jay-Z documentary Made in America, and more.

Hit the jump for the new additions.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

First Images from WORDS AND PICTURES, A PROMISE, CHILD OF GOD, and THE WIND RISES

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Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs.  Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • Words and Pictures (Directed by Fred Schepisi) Starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche.
  • A Promise (Directed by Patrice Leconte) Starring Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, and Richard Madden.
  • Child of God (Directed by James Franco) Starring James Franco, Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson, and Jim Parrack.
  • The Wind Rises (Directed by Hayao Miyazaki) Featuring the voices of Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Jun Kunimura, Shinobu Otake, and Mansai Nomura.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

TIFF 2013 Adds THE WIND RISES, HOW I LIVE NOW, FADING GIGOLO, SOUTHCLIFFE, James Franco’s CHILD OF GOD, and More

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The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival has added 22 more films to its already-impressive Galas and Special Presentations line-up.  Among the notable additions are Hayao Miyazaki‘s The Wind Rises, Kevin Macdonald‘s How I Live Now, Guillaume Canet‘s Blood Ties, James Franco‘s Child of God, John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo starring Woody Allen, Sean Durkin‘s (Martha Marcy May Marlene) Southcliffe, and Lee Sang-il‘s Japanese remake of Unforgiven.  This is the point where TIFF attendees’ schedules fall apart.  I love the festival, but it’s incredibly front-loaded, which is unfortunate because that means some very hard choices.  But among these films, The Wind Rises is the one on my can’t-miss list.

Hit the jump for the full list of additions.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

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