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Festival Hopes

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The Playlist looks at 50 films that might be in contention for appearances during the fall festival circuit. Natalie has three films that get a mention. I think I’d be happy enough if just one of these pans out.


Given that Pablo Larrain is one of the best directors we have right now, that we have three movies from him this year can only be a good thing. And after “The Club” and “Neruda,” his English-language debut on “Jackie” couldn’t be more eagerly awaited. Following Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) in the days following the assassination of her husband, it should be a very different kind of biopic, and with filming having begun last December, we can’t imagine this not getting an awards push, though it’s currently without distributor. Larrain has some history at Venice — he was on the jury there three years ago and “Post Mortem” screened there — so there, TIFF or NYFF are all viable.


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Jackie Stunner

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  Wow, this photo of Natalie as Jackie is quite stunning. It was posted by director Pablo Larrain on his Instagram account. A photo posted by Pablo Larrain (@pablofabula) on…

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Natalie Joins Next Xavier Dolan Film

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Natalie’s busy schedule shows no signs of slowing down as it has been announced that she will be in Xavier Dolan’s next film, alongside Jessica Chastain, Kit Harrington, Susan Sarandon, Taylor Kitsch, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton and Nicholas Hoult. Xavier is a bit of a prodigy, having been recognized at Cannes as a 19 year old filmmaker. He has been prolific and this film, titled The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, will be his first English language film.

You might remember Natalie was spotted with Xavier at Cannes last year.


I have always wanted to catch up with his work but haven’t found the time. Now I have a good excuse. Oh, but almost everyone has seen him direct as he filmed Adele’s music video for Hello.

This is further evidence of a new strategy to work with some of the most talented and exciting young directors around.

Planetarium sees Natalie working with Rebecca Zlotowski, fresh off her highly acclaimed second film, Grand Central.
Annihilation will have Natalie working with Alex Garland, whose first film Ex Machina is considered one of the best sci-fi films in years.
Jackie has Natalie working with Pablo Larrain, who is the most experienced although his string of critical successes have come outside the Hollywood system. His new film The Club was nominated for a Golden Globe and already has 14 awards to its name.
And On The Basis of Sex was due to be directed by Marielle Heller, who has one brilliant film to her name, Diary of a Teenage Girl.

Xavier Dolan makes that five different nationalities but here is the really interesting part – all five are writer-directors.

View the synopsis after the jump.

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Here’s Jackie

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  Hot on the heels of Planetarium, Natalie is jumping straight into Jackie, the biopic about Jackie Kennedy that is being produced by Black Swan helmer, Darren Aronofsky, and directed…

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