VARIETY – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced the lineup for its upcoming 32nd edition, including its international gala event and opening and closing films.
Running from Feb. 1-11, the festival will open with the world premiere of the documentary “Charged,” and will close on a period note with Lone Scherfig’s comedy-drama “Their Finest,” which stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy.
This year’s festival will offer a wide array of films from over 50 countries, and will feature 51 world premieres and 64 US premieres, along with tributes to the year’s top talent, and panel discussions.
The festival will kick off the festival on Wednesday, Feb. 1, with a screening of “Charged,” a documentary directed by Phillip Baribeau, which chronicles the journey of chef and outdoorsman, Eduardo Garcia and his recovery after being electrocuted by 2,400 volts of electricity, miles from help in the Montana backcountry. Garcia had his hand amputated, lost ribs, muscle mass and nearly his life as a result of the incident.
The documentary is produced by Dennis Aig and Phillip Baribeau along with executive producers Teri Weinberg, Scott Ballew, Doug Ellin, Peter Hochfelder, Constance Schwartz-Morini and Michael Strahan.
Another of the festival’s segments will be an international gala, the centerpiece of which will be the French-Belgian drama “Heal the Living,” directed by Katell Quillévéré and starring Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, and Anne Dorval.
“Their Finest,” a British comedy scheduled for a March 24 release, will close the festival. The movie is set in Britain in 1940 and stars Gemma Arterton as a scriptwriter working on propaganda films who realizes the government sponsored work could use a “woman’s touch.” Together with another writer Buckley (Claflin), the pair set out to make an epic feature film based on the Battle of Dunkirk, starring fading movie star Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy).
The first ever trailer for Gemma’s new movie Their Finest is finally here, and it looks so great! Be sure to visit our partner site on Gemma’s co-star Sam Claflin – The Claflin Place!
1940, London, the Blitz; with the country’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew, work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits; and inspire America to join the war. Partnered alongside fellow screenwriter, Buckley (Sam Claflin) and eccentric actor Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy), the trio set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American population.
Additional portraits of Gemma and the cast of Their Finest taken during this year’s Toronto International Film Festival – while they were there promoting it – have now been added to the gallery. Gemma looks super gorgeous so be sure to check them! Enjoy :)
– Photoshoots & Portraits > 2016 Toronto International Film Festival – “Their Finest” Variety Portraits (2016)
– Photoshoots & Portraits > 2016 Toronto International Film Festival – “Their Finest” EW Portraits (2016)
– Photoshoots & Portraits > 2016 Toronto International Film Festival – “Their Finest” Portraits (2016)
Interview of some time ago, taken during this year’s TIFF! That Gemma and the cast of Their Finest attended to promote the movie. Enjoy!
VARIETY – “Their Finest,” which screened at the Toronto Film Festival this year, follows a British film crew attempting to boost morale during World War II with a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg. Director Lone Scherfig and stars Bill Nighy, Sam Claflin, and Gemma Arterton stopped at the Variety Studio presented by airbnb at the Toronto Film Festival to talk the comedy drama, chemistry between Claflin and Arterton and more. (source)
On Tuesday evening – October 13th – Gemma attended the premiere for “Their Finest” – Mayor’s Centrepiece Gala during the 60th BFI London Film Festival.
She looked great in an Alice Temperley jumpsuit, with Paul Andrew shoes and Venyx moon earrings. Several photos from the event have now been added to the gallery, with big thanks to Emily for her help with some!
As always, remember to follow the site twitter @GArtertonOnline in case of more additions!
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Gemma looked splendid and really solar during the photocall and press conference for her new movie Their Finest during the 60th BFI London Film Festival on Tuesday, October 13th.
She was stunning in an Alberta Ferretti Resort 2017 red sleeveless midi v-neck, with an cut-out bow detail shoulder and a crossover skirt.
Several photos from the events have now been added to the gallery (thanks to Emily for her help with some! Be sure to visit her Sam Clafin site!) and remember to follow the site twitter @GArtertonOnline in case of additions!
– Public Events > 60th BFI London Film Festival – “Their Finest” Photocall
– Public Events > 60th BFI London Film Festival – “Their Finest” Press Conference
DEADLINE – Danish director Lone Scherfig continues her path to British citizenship with Their Finest, which took its world premiere bow at the Toronto Film Festival this past weekend. It’s her fourth British film in a row, after An Education, One Day and The Riot Club, and follows a group of characters in wartime London as they mount an heroic film production for the British government’s propaganda machine. When Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is seconded to pen a screenplay, she is immersed in an hilarious and warm theatrical world that includes characters like prima donna ham actor Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy, on masterful form) and her handsome co-writer Tom Buckley (Sam Claflin).
Based on Lissa Evans’ novel and scripted by Gaby Chiappe, Scherfig’s film paints a rich and nuanced picture of life for those in London who weren’t off fighting, but who still made enormous contributions to the war effort as they dealt with nightly bombings during The Blitz. And it has something meaningful to say about the work of women, especially, in keeping the country running.
Its moviemaking backdrop was what attracted Scherfig, she told me, as she and her cast descended on the Deadline Toronto studio. “It’s a little window in film history where films have never been more important,” she noted.
Arterton shines in the lead, bringing truth and depth of emotion to the film as its parody of the world of 1940s film production keeps the tone light. “There’s broad strokes in this film,” she said, “but everything’s done with such detail that it makes it not-brash. That’s down to Lone’s attention to detail. Little tiny things that you might not even catch, really, but she sees and thinks about.”
Nighy gets the plummiest of plum parts as the monstrously egotistical Hilliard, and he was on typically riotous form at the Deadline studio. “They were looking for someone to play a chronically self-absorbed, pompous actor in his declining years, and they thought of me,” he quipped. “Which is tricky to process on occasion, but I suppose I should be just grateful for the work.”
The great skill of the film, though, is that even Hilliard’s arch character gets to demonstrate a softer side. Says Scherfig: “Ambrose Hilliard changes over the course of the film, as much as someone as vain and ignorant of what goes on around him can change.” (source)