‘The Souvenir’ Trailer: Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner Stars Honor Swinton Byrne & Mom Tilda Swinton

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‘The Souvenir’ Film Review: Sundance Award-Winner Weaves a Dreamy but Honest Memory Piece

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In British auteur Joanna Hogg’s exquisitely composed fourth feature “The Souvenir” — winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic competition — a beguiling layer of innocence surrounds its central character, Julie. It’s a sweet, translucent shell actor Honor Swinton-Byrne (Tilda Swinton’s daughter, terrific) almost can’t help but wear on behalf of the 20-something Londoner she plays, while she teeters on the brink of breaking out of it.

Seen from the other side of one’s mid-40s, it’s a recognizable shield of youthfulness, one that rips open and vanishes when you least expect it to. In Julie’s case, immense, life-defining endeavors have already been chipping away at it. She has been feeling her way through film school with ambition, searching for her creative voice in the 1980s and trying humbly to reconcile her socioeconomic privilege with her lefty worldview and artistic interests.

But it’s the kind of tragic, life-altering romance she’s about to launch into that will eventually dissolve it. The kind of romance that brings home the clichéd but painfully true phrase, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Almost everyone has a deeply private secret about that one affair you wish you hadn’t embarked upon, but made you who you are today all the same.

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This is all a long-winded way of saying: “The Souvenir,” among other things, is a coming-of-age tale for grownups who still keep the essence of their formative years in a cigar box somewhere. And this long, drawn-out sketch isn’t entirely out of step with Hogg’s approach to bringing Julie to life, as “The Souvenir” is all in the patient, repetitive details.

Writer-director Hogg incrementally trickles them into her story at such a leisurely pace that you might get thrown off at first, especially if you are not familiar with her previous works like “Exhibition” and “Archipelago,” which crack open mundane domestic rhythms with a similar unhurriedness. But rest assured, Hogg is several steps ahead of the audience here, just like she was in the two aforementioned films; she makes sure that Julie’s world materializes and clicks into place in the eyes of the audience at a time she dictates.

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In that, when Julie is deep into her dysfunctional, increasingly toxic relationship with heroin addict Anthony (Tom Burke, nailing the arrogance that coats his character’s irreparable vulnerability), we are there with her, too, in every sense of the word. So much that it actually feels like we’ve always been residing within Julie’s susceptible soul, inside her vertically narrow (and typically English) two-story Knightsbridge apartment and sitting around her dining table, awkwardly placed bang in the middle of a cozy living room, lit by a small window. It’s a smallish but posh space, undoubtedly financed by her wealthy parents who reside in the country.

The ever-elegant Tilda Swinton plays her own daughter’s screen mother with grace (it clearly runs in the family), portraying a helpful parent who occasionally drops in to offer a hand with random tasks and lend the money Julie needs for film equipment in support of her documentary project that focuses on the working-class city of Sunderland.

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We learn more and more about Julie through hazy, boozy evenings where art and politics are discussed among free-spirited youngsters, in a collection of scenes that call to mind a non-satirical, more bohemian “Metropolitan.” It gradually becomes easier for us to see why our wide-eyed, motivated film student falls for the pompous, outspoken and admittedly seductive Anthony when no one else is looking. Grandly dressed in preppy suits and military-style overcoats and holding a position at the Foreign Office, Anthony comes loaded with opinions on Powell & Pressburger and art, and majestic romantic gestures that involve buying her expensive lingerie, taking her to museums and whisking her to extravagant trips to Venice.

The duo’s unlikely union makes sense to no one — in one uncomfortably hilarious, interventional scene, a friend throws Julie off by flat-out questioning her relationship with an addict. But the blinded Julie keeps at it, ignoring the signs and worse, forgiving various unforgivable missteps along the way until the inevitable happens.

Julie is a fictionalized version of Hogg. “The Souvenir” isn’t exactly autobiographical, but it shares a DNA with the filmmaker’s own past as a film student. It is a precise yet dreamy memory piece, in an opposite but equally masterful manner to Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” also a cinematic reenactment of recollections. If “Roma” feels like encountering someone’s crisp and objective remembrances as an invisible, respectably distant ghost, “The Souvenir” — with its soft pastels, grainy textures and cloudy aftertaste — feels like getting liquefied within them.

Through soft lighting, enviable costumes (by Grace Snell) and meticulous furniture choices, Hogg sculpts her memories with remarkable exactness throughout. David Raedeker’s cinematography stylishly caresses her vision frame by frame, both when Hogg places bodies and items in objective, painterly shots and chooses to zero in on the details; like the train of an elegant gown sweeping a stately staircase. The result is the best kind of fine art: heartbreaking, sophisticated and deeply cinematic all at once.

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Sundance 2019: Every Movie Sold So Far, From ‘Late Night’ to ‘Ask Dr. Ruth’ (Updating)

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This year’s Sundance Film Festival is already shaping up to be a stronger acquisition market than last year’s, with several films already having been sold, including Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night” for a whopping $13 million.

The buzzy Richard Wright adaptation “Native Son” was sold to HBO films before it even premiered on Thursday night. Several movies were sold ahead of the festival as well, including Tilda Swinton’s “The Souvenir” and Ryan White’s documentary “Ask Dr. Ruth.”

Several sales agents and buyers predicted a healthy and stable marketplace this year after last year’s somewhat slower festival.

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Several buzzy films are still up for sale, including Awkwafina’s “The Farewell,” Shia LaBeouf’s “Honey Boy” and Julianne Moore’s “After the Wedding.”

Bidding wars have been scarce so far this year. “Buyers are savvy and generally are paying what they think is necessary to make a deal happen while also fitting their individual business model,” one insider said. “I don’t expect there will be more than one or two legitimate bidding wars but I do expect it will be an active market given the number of players in the space looking for content.”

Here are the Sundance entries that have signed new distribution deals so far in Park City:

“Late Night”

The first big festival acquisition was Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night,” which sold to Amazon Studios for $13 million just shortly after its premiere on Friday night. The film received loud claps and laughs, and many audience members had called it the first commercial hit of this year’s festival.

Nisha Ganatra directed the film that also stars Emma Thompson and John Lithgow. Kaling wrote, produced and starred in the film that follows a legendary late night talk show host (Thompson).

“Native Son”

Ahead of the Thursday night premiere of “Native Son,” HBO Films bought the rights to Rashid Johnson’s modern re-imagining of Richard Wright’s seminal novel, about a young African-American man named Bigger Thomas (Ashton Sanders) who takes a job working for a highly influential Chicago family, a decision that will change the course of his life forever.

Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, KiKi Layne, Elizabeth Marvel, David Alan Grier, Sanaa Lathan and Bill Camp also star.

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“Ask Dr. Ruth”

Hulu picked up the rights to the “Ask Dr. Ruth” documentary well ahead of the festival.

Directed by Ryan White (“The Keepers,” “The Case Against 8”), “Ask Dr. Ruth” chronicles the life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America’s most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality. As she approaches her 90th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, the documentary follows Dr. Ruth as she revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.

“The Tomorrow Man”

Bleecker Street acquired the North American rights to Noble Jones’ debut feature “The Tomorrow Man” a week before the festival.

John Lithgow and Blythe Danner star in the romantic film, which is slated for release on May 19 after its Sundance premiere on Jan. 30.

The film follows Ed (Lithgow), who spends his life preparing for a disaster that might never come, while Ronnie (Danner) shops for things she might not need. The two try to find love while trying not to get lost.

“The Nightingale”

In January, IFC Films acquired the U.S. rights to “The Nightingale,” the latest film from Jennifer Kent, the Australian director of “The Babadook.”

IFC Films is re-teaming with Kent after distributing “The Babadook” in 2014. That horror film made $10.3 million worldwide. IFC is planning a summer release for “The Nightingale,” which first premiered at the 2018 Venice International Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize, as well as the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Performer for Baykali Ganambarr.

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“The Souvenir”

In December, Tilda Swinton’s “The Souvenir” was picked up by A24. Martin Scorsese executive produces the film that also stars Honor Swinton-Byrne and Tom Burke. A24 will release the film theatrically in 2019 and acquired it from Protagonist Pictures and 30WEST.

“The Souvenir” follows a quiet film student (Swinton Byrne) who begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Burke). She defies her protective mother (Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship that comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.

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Tilda Swinton Led ‘The Souvenir’ Picked up by A24 Ahead of Sundance

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A24 has acquired the North American rights to the Sundance-bound “The Souvenir,” starring Tilda Swinton and directed by British writer and director Joanna Hogg.

Martin Scorsese executive produces the film also starring Honor Swinton-Byrne and Tom Burke. A24 will release the film theatrically in 2019.

A24 acquired “The Souvenir” from Protagonist Pictures and 30WEST. “The Souvenir” follows a quiet film student (Swinton Byrne) who begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man (Burke). She defies her protective mother (Swinton) and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship that comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.

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Scorsese came on as an executive producer after seeing Hogg’s second film “Archipelago,” and then cold-called Hogg to set a meeting. This is her fourth film.

“Each of Joanna’s films has a mesmerizing power and uncommon intimacy, and ‘The Souvenir’ shows a filmmaker at the height of her craft. The film brilliantly captures the heady, formative days of first love and a young woman’s efforts to give shape to her art, and we could not be more excited to bring ‘The Souvenir’ to a wide audience,” A24 said in a statement.

“‘I am beyond thrilled to be collaborating with A24 on ‘The Souvenir.’ With impeccable taste they represent the best of contemporary cinema and have always been number one on my wish list to work with in the US,” Hogg said in a statement.

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“The Souvenir” is produced by Hogg and Luke Schiller, who previously worked with Hogg on “Archipelago,” and is executive produced by Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Lizzie Francke, Rose Garnett, Andy Starke, and Dave Bishop. The film has been supported in development and production by the BFI Film Fund (using National Lottery funds), BBC Films, and Protagonist Pictures. 30WEST negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

Honor Swinton Byrne is represented by Hamilton Hodell, Tom Burke by Troika and Management 360, and Tilda Swinton by Hamilton Hodell, UTA, and Peikoff-Mahan. Joanna Hogg is represented by 42.

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Tilda Swinton plays three roles in Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming “Suspiria,” including, as she confirmed to the New York Times after much speculation, the part of Dr. Josef Klemperer, an 82-year-old, male psychoanalyst.

But if you ask her — and the New York Times did — she’s really only playing two people in the film. Because when a photo emerged of Swinton in extensive makeup back in February, “Suspiria” director Luca Guadagnino denied it.

“That’s a complete fake news,” the director told Yahoo Movies UK. “They made a picture of my actor Lutz Ebersdorf and they claimed it was Tilda in make-up.

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But as The New York Times cleared up, while Swinton “isn’t” playing Dr. Josef Klemperer, she is portraying the actor “Lutz Ebersdorf.”

It was a semantic trick by the actress, who is known for her gender nonconforming image and physical transformations in her roles. She even issued a statement for Ebersdorf after “he” was unable to attend the film’s premiere at the Venice Film Festival. But when the question was put to her a different way, she issued “an unequivocal yes” that it was her under all the old man makeup.

“Undeniably, I would have to say, for the sheer sake of fun above all,” Swinton told The New York Times for why she wanted to take the role of “Lutz.” “As my grandmother would have it — a motto to live and die by — ‘Dull Not To.’”

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Swinton endured four hours of makeup a day from makeup artist Mark Coulier, and she even requested that they fashion her a prosthetic set of genitalia so that she could feel what it was like to have the appendages dangling between her legs and how to adjust her performance accordingly. She even preferred to be addressed on set as “Lutz” and fooled several extras in the process.

Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” opens on October 26. Read the full story about Swinton’s transformation via the New York Times.

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