The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival announced it’s official schedule today. As we previously reported, “Disobedience” is part of their special presentations line-up. The festival runs from September 7 to 17, 2017 and the first screening will be held on Sunday, September 10th. Rachel is expected to attend the festival. Other guests expected to attend include Rachel’s costars Rachel Weisz and Alessandro Nivola and director Sebastián Lelio according to the official press release. For more information about the tickets and festival be sure to head over to the official website.
Disobedience | World Premiere | Special Presentations
Sunday September 10 – 06:00PM Princess of Wales
Monday September 11 – 4:45PM Scotia 2 (Industry & Press) & 06:00PM TBLB 1
Thursday September 14 – 4:45PM Scotia 3 (Industry & Press) & 03:00AM Ryerson
Saturday September 16 – 11:30PM Elgin
Furthermore, the programmers note has also been released for the movie, which you can find below and after the jump.
Disobedience | By Diana Sanchez
United Kingdom | 114 minutes | 2017 | 18A | Colour | English | World Premiere
Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman, Gloria) directs Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams in this adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel about a woman who returns home to her orthodox Jewish community in London and rekindles a romance with her cousin’s wife.
Love and faith are placed in dramatic opposition in this new film from Gloria writer-director Sebastián Lelio — whose equally stirring A Fantastic Woman also screens at this year’s Festival. Loosely based on British author Naomi Alderman’s novel and co-scripted with playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Lelio’s first film set outside of his native Chilé stars Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams as two passionate women caught on either side of the line that divides the devout from the secular.
While we are eagerly anticipating the world premiere of “Disobedience” at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival in September, which was announced earlier this week, we will round-up the latest news on the movie in this post.
• IMDB and Launching Films are reporting Curzon Artificial Eye is expected to release the movie on May 4, 2018 in the UK. It was previously set for March 30. No release date has been set for the USA. Film4 production site confirms the 2018 release for the UK. Earlier this year it was reported that the movie was acquired internationally during the Cannes market but the movie is still without a distributor in the USA. Hopefully it will get picked up during the upcoming fall festival season.
• Film Music Reporter is reporting that Matthew Herbert is set as composter of the movie. Herbert previously worked with director Lelio on “A Fantastic Woman“. Furthermore, Nathan Nugent (Room, Frank) has been set as editor. Additionally, Benuts has announced they finished VFX (visual effects) on the movie.
Matthew Herbert has recently composed the music for the upcoming romantic drama Disobedience. The film is directed by Sebastian Lelio (Gloria, Christmas) and stars Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola. The movie is based on the novel of the same title by Naomi Alderman. Lelio also wrote the screenplay with Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Ida). Frida Torresblanco (Pan’s Labyrinth, Magic Magic) is producing the project for Braven Films, alongside Weisz for HGS Productions and Ed Guiney (Room, The Lobster, Frank) for Element Pictures. Disobedience will premiere in September at the Toronto Film Festival.
• Director Sebastián Lelio has been promoting his other film (“A Fantastic Woman”) and briefly mentioned “Disobedience” in various interviews. Firs up, he described the movie to Paris Match as “a melodrama like Douglas Sirk that tends towards noir.” Secondly, he called Rachel and costar Rachel Weisz “powerful actresses”. Finally, he revealed to Cinespagne.com earlier this month that the movie was in the final stages of post-production and that they had to work relatively fast, presumably in order to finish the movie in time for it’s world premiere at TIFF.
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The Toronto International Film Festival just announced it’s first wave of movies (special presentations and galas) and it has been announced that “Disobedience” is part of their line-up as part of their special presentations program. According to their official website the screening will be a world premiere and the running time is 114 minutes. The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7 to 17, 2017. To see the full lineup, be sure to head over to the official website.
Disobedience | Directed by Sebastián Lelio
United Kingdom | 114 minutes | 2017 | Colour | English | World Premiere
Sebastián Lelio directs Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams in this adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel about a woman who returns home to her orthodox Jewish community in London and rekindles a romance with her cousin’s wife.
The schedule will be released on August 22nd. Film4 and FilmNation also just revealed the first look of the movie featuring Rachel and costar Rachel Weisz, which you can find after the jump, and we have added the still in our gallery as well.
Variety is reporting that “Disobedience” was acquired for international territories, including in the UK and the Australia. It has not yet been reported if the movie found a distributor in the United States, but it was previously reported that the movie is expected to be released in 2017. The movie is currently in post-production and being sold at the Cannes buyers market.
Continuing to work with world-class directors from across the globe, Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment has sold most of the world on its double bill of upcoming English-language movies from Sebastian Lelio: Romantic drama “Disobedience,” currently in post-production, starring Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz, Academy Award nominee Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola; and Lelio’s untitled film with Academy Award winner Julianne Moore, in a reimagining of his critically-acclaimed Berlinale 2015 smash hit “Gloria,” which is currently in pre-production.
”We feel very fortunate to work with Sebastian [Lelio] and some amazing producers on two truly special films. This is proof positive that excellence and boldness in film can still guarantee a filmmaker world class distribution,” said Glen Basner, FilmNation CEO.
As proof, “Disobedience” has been acquired by Curzon Artificial Eye for the U.K., Roadshow for Australia, Mars for France, Cinema SRL for Italy, Lev for Israel, and Pathe for Switzerland.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) has acquired multiple territories including Germany, Spain, Japan, CIS, South Korea, Benelux, Latin America, Greece, Portugal, Portugal, Turkey, all of Asia and South Africa.
News is going slowly with “Disobedience” recently wrapping up filming and “Game Night” being in pre-production. We will round-up the latest news on both project in this post.
• Variety is reporting that Lamorne Morris is in negotiations to join “Game Night“. Morris joins Rachel, Jason Bateman, Jesse Plemons and Kylie Bunbury. Bunbury and Morris will play one of the couples. Production is expected to start within the next few months.
• According to Project Casting “Game Night” is having an open casting calls for the movie with the production expected to start in early April and filming taking place in Atlanta, Georgia.
• According to an interview with Alan Corduner, “Disobedience” that the movie is expected to be released in the fall. Corduner is also set to co-star in the movie, which he describes as a low-budget movie set in North London’s Orthodox Jewish community. The movie is currently in post-production with no exact date has been announced.
According to several reports filming for “Disobedience” has wrapped. Screen Daily is reporting that director Sebastián Lelio flew to Berlin to attend the 67th Berlinale International Film Festival yesterday after wrapping up production on “Disobedience“. Last weekend the cast and crew attended a wrap party for the movie in London and according to a local report by the German newspaper Morning Post the director was expected to fly to New York last Sunday to continue production on the movie. Before the New York shoot, the cast and crew mainly filmed in (North) London, including in the Cricklewood area. Furthermore, local reports were also reporting Rachel visited the Hasmonean School to do research for her role. As we reported on twitter earlier this week the director of photography/cinematographer is Danny Cohen (The King’s Speech, Room, The Danish Girl). While an official release date has not yet been announced, Cohen’s agency is reporting a 2017 release for the movie. Furthermore, IMDB is also reporting the 2017 release date and recently added several (supporting) cast members to the cast list.
The movie is based on Naomi Alderman’s best selling novel with the same title and her father, who is also a consultant of the movie and has a small role, wrote an article on the movie for a local newspaper which you can find after the jump. He is praising both Rachel and her co-star Rachel Weisz: “Ronit is played by the incomparable Rachel Weisz and her lover Esti by the equally unrivalled Rachel McAdams”. He also confirms Rachel is wearing a sheitel (wig worn by married Jewish women) for her role.
News is going slowly this past few weeks. Deadline reported earlier this month that actor Alessandro Nivola joined the cast of “Disobedience“. Nivola will play Rachel’s husband and seem to confirm the news by retweeting it on his official twitter account. As previously reported filming is expected to start after the holidays, on January 3.
Alessandro Nivola is in talks to join the cast of Disobedience, the Sebastian Lelio-directed drama starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams and based on Naomi Alderman’s 2006 novel.
Nivola will play McAdams’ husband, an orthodox rabbi in North London whose marriage is threatened by his wife’s forbidden romance with a lapsed Jewish woman (Weisz) returning to the community after years of self-imposed exile. The pic is being produced by Weisz, Element Pictures’ Ed Guiney, Film4 and Braven Pictures’ Frida Torresblanco. Lelio (Gloria) co-wrote the script with Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
FilmNation Entertainment is co-financing with Film4 and handling international sales.
Fun fact: Rachel was spotted in the audience of Othello at New York Theater Workshop New York earlier this week. This adaptation of Othello stars Rachel Weisz’s husband Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo.
Screendaily is reporting that Filmnation has boarded “Disobedience“. Rachel confirmed she joined this project earlier this week, after Screendaily broke her signing onto the movie earlier this month. Rachel previously worked with FilmNation on “A Most Wanted Man” and “To The Wonder“. “Disobedience” will start filming on January 3 in London and will be part of FilmNation’s slate at the upcoming AFM buyers market.
US sales outfit FilmNation has boarded writer-director Sebastian Lelio’s (Gloria) prestige drama Disobedience, which it will co-finance with Carol backer Film4.
Spotlight star Rachel McAdams and Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) will star in the romantic-drama based on Naomi Alderman’s novel about the estranged daughter of a rabbi who returns from New York to the Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood she grew up in North London, following her father’s death. However, her arrival causes significant upheaval in the quiet community.
Lelio has co-written the script with British dramatist and screenwriter Rebecca Lenkiewicz, who collaborated with Polish film-maker Pawel Pawlikowski on the screenplay of Oscar-winner Ida.
Weisz is set to produce through HGS Productions alongside Room producer Ed Guiney of Dublin-based Element Pictures and Spanish producer Frida Torresblanco (Pan’s Labyrinth) of New York-based Braven Films.
Principal photography begins January 3, 2017. UK broadcaster Film4, who have been involved in the film’s development from its early stages, are co-financing with FilmNation, and FilmNation will kick off international sales at the upcoming AFM.
Additional casting is underway.