Fox Searchlight + Mr. Will are thrilled to give Readers a chance to win Advance Passes to see TIFF ’16 selection, THE BIRTH OF A NATION. Screenings take place Vancouver and Toronto on Thursday, October 6, 2016.
Set against the antebellum South and based on a true story, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself, his wife Cherry (Aja Naomi King), and fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
Sweeping both the Audience Award – U.S. Dramatic and Grand Jury Prize – U.S. at Sundance, Nate Parker takes his tour-de-forceThe Birth of a Nation north en route to what should be a major player this coming awards season.
The story centers on Nat Turner (Parker), the trusted slave of Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), who is intent on helping his family regain its former strength after losing his father. Able to read, Nat is enlisted to help preach obedience from the bible to other slaves, but as he and his master embark on their journeys together, he witnesses the inhumane treatment of his fellow black men and women. This drives him to question his own beliefs and his world unravels after he is impacted personally by the inhumanities of slavery. In the name of justice and honour, Nat leads his comrades in a very violent rebellion against their enslavers.
Make no mistake, The Birth of a Nation in addition to educating us about this not well-known-enough moment in American history, very much is a starmaking vehicle for Parker who quietly has treaded away in the trenches, now ready to unleash what should be a profitable venture for Fox Searchlight with its record-setting investment made after Sundance. Parker is mesmerizing start to finish as we see Nat‘s story progress and his world crumble. Supporting turns from Colman Domingo as fellow slave Hark Turner and Armie Hammer, in a role unlike anything we’ve seen him in thus far, are noteworthy. Aja Naomi King from How To Get Away With Murder is barely-recognizable in a subdued performance as Nat‘s wife, Cherry.
Despite being a period piece, a thoughtfully-conceptualized soundtrack intensifies the experience and makes the experience fresh. This admittedly also disconnects the audience from the moment also, while dialogue at moments fails to capture the period in which the story is set.
The Birth of a Nation will be seen and not forgotten, although whether or not it shakes its audience like recent predecessor, the phenomenal 12 Years a Slave, remains to be seen.
It screens at TIFFFriday, September 9, 2016 at 8:00 PMWinter Garden Theatre and 9:00 PMVISA Screening Room, Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 12:00 PMRoy Thomson Hall and Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 3:00 PMPrincess of Wales Theatre.
After some major raves at Sundance including wins for the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, we get a first official look at Nate Parker’s THE BIRTH OF A NATION, which could well be a force this coming Awards Season.
Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Gabrielle Union, Colman Domigo, Aunjanue Ellis, Aja Naomi King, Penelope Ann Miller and Jackie Earle Healey star.
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TIFF ’16, anyone?
Fox Searchlight release THEBIRTH OF A NATIONFriday, October 7, 2016.
VVS Films, Touchwood PR and Mr. Will Wong want to give Readers a chance to see Arbitrage next week – Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at Varisty Cinemas. Richard Gere is featured here in easily his best performance in years, while a solid Support Cast also are garnering tons of Awards buzz including Susan Sarandon, Nate Parker and Brit Marling.
Nicholas Jarecki’s directorial debut is a taut and alluring suspense thriller about love, loyalty, and high finance. When we first meet New York hedge-fund magnate Robert Miller (Richard Gere) on the eve of his 60th birthday, he appears the very portrait of success in American business and family life. But behind the gilded walls of his mansion, Miller is in over his head, desperately trying to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before the depths of his fraud are revealed. Struggling to conceal his duplicity from loyal wife Ellen (Susan Sarandon) and brilliant daughter and heir-apparent Brooke (Brit Marling), Miller‘s also balancing an affair with French art-dealer Julie Côte (Laetitia Casta). Just as he’s about to unload his troubled empire, an unexpected bloody error forces him to juggle family, business, and crime with the aid of Jimmy Grant (Nate Parker), a face from Miller’s past. One wrong turn ignites the suspicions of NYPD Detective Michael Bryer (Tim Roth), who will stop at nothing in his pursuits. Running on borrowed time, Miller is forced to confront the limits of even his own moral duplicity. Will he make it out before the bubble bursts?
To enter to win a Double Pass, simply click “like” on this Post at Mr. Will Wong on Facebook before Sunday, September 23, 2012. Good luck! It’s definitely a good one.
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VVS Films release Arbitrage on Friday, September 28, 2012