Following the smash success of last year’s Herditary, Writer-Director Ari Aster is in Toronto to present his latest, Psychological Thriller-Horror MIDSOMMAR. The Film follows a young couple, Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor) on the down and out, this as Dani is coping with a devastating loss. They venture to Sweden with his friends to a Pagan Festival which takes place only once every 90 years. Much to their horror, they witness some gruesome rituals and soon find themselves deeper involved than imagined.
Aster and Reynor spoke at the Q&A presented by Rue Morgue. Contrary to rumour, this isn’t Aster’s last Horror Film, he tells the audience We ask Aster about the gorgeous locations and what went into filming there. He explains the Film, which he’s described jokingly as “The Wizard of Oz for perverts”, despite being set in Sweden, was filmed in Hungary. His challenge was finding the perfect field on which the set, comprised of about ten houses, was built from scratch and on a tight budget.
Reynor tells us about his amazing Co-Star Pugh, who continues to see her star rise. “I feel as an Actress, there’s nothing that she can’t do. I’ve never had experience of doing a scene with someone like where in that scene where she’s discovered what ‘s happened to her family. She’s screaming. This guttural, animalistic response to this horrific trauma.”. He adds, “I’ve never had another Actor just give me my performance. I didn’t have to think. I just started crying instantly because of the way she’s playing her.”.
See some Clips from the Q&A:
See some Snaps from the night. Navigate the album with the right arrow.
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Follows a recently released ex-con (Jack Reynor) and his adopted younger brother (Myles Truitt) who are forced to go on the run. Chased by a vengeful criminal (James Franco), the feds and a cadre of otherworldly soldiers, their only protection is a found weapon of mysterious ancestry.
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Hot on the heels of its helping pave the way of current Oscar Best Picture Contender, WHIPLASH, the Sundance Film Festival tonight in Park City unveiled its 2015 Award Winners as the Festival approaches an end. Nabbing the coveted Audience U.S. Dramatic and U.S. Grand Jury Dramatic Awards was Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush‘s ME & EARL & THE DYING GIRL, a Film Adaptation of the Novel by Jesse Andrews starring Thomas Mann and Olivia Cooke, about a Teen Filmmaker who befriends a Classmate with Cancer. Although there is no release date yet penciled-in for the Drama, we are crossing fingers for a TIFF ’15 Premiere this September. Other Films to win the U.S. Grand Jury Dramatic Award went-on to sustain power through the following Awards Season including Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), Winter’s Bone (2010), Precious (2009) and Frozen River (2008).
Getting honoured with a Special Jury Award for Acting is Up-and-Comer Jack Reynor, who was in Toronto last Summer to promote TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION. The Actor stars in GLASSLAND, a Film about Human Trafficking and a young Man’s fight to keep his Mother from addiction. He stars next in star-studded THE SECRET SCRIPTURE and JUNGLE BOOK: ORIGINS.
Another intriguing Award Recipient is JAMES WHITE, a Drama about a New Yorker looking to take control of his self-destructive behaviour amidst some Family challenges. It stars an Ensemble of relatively-unknowns including Breakthrough Actor Christopher Abbott in the Lead Role. The Film won the Audience Award – NEXT. Perhaps we’ll be seeing this here in Toronto this Fall?
One Film also getting a considerable amount of buzz is THE STANFORD EXPERIMENT, which centers around the famed 1971 Social Experiment which saw Students take on the roles of Prisoners and Guards, which raised several ethical flags. The Film’s Writer Tim Talbott won Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award and is directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez.
Toronto is in for a huge treat as the Stars of eagerly-awaited Summer Blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction have arrived for a day of Press in the City! Lined-up Breakout Stars Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel) and Jack Reynor (Delivery Man) are appearances on some of our biggest programs like eTalk, Entertainment Tonight Canada and City‘s Breakfast Television!
The Duo had the honours of throwing first pitch at tonight’s TorontoBlue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins game at Rogers Centre. Reynor showed his spirit, modelling for me his custom-made Transformers 4 Blue Jays Jersey! Love it.
Both Actors came with their respective Entourages and were great sports stopping to snap a Photo with me! Peltz, widely regarded as one of Hollywood’s new faces to look out for, even was nice enough to remove her jacket, showing her amazing top off after what looked like an awesome dinner! “Thanks for being amazing!”, the stunning Actress – who appears in the current issue of Interview Magazine (read more here) – told me as she leaned in for what turned out to be five Snaps!