Film News Roundup: Gotham Awards Set Date for 2019 Ceremonies

Variety | 8/1/2019 | Dave McNary
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In today’s film news roundup, the Gotham Awards have been set for Dec. 2, “The Twentieth Century” and “Feast of the Seven Fishes” are acquired and The Writers Lab selects a dozen participants.

The Independent Filmmaker Project announced that the 29th IFP Gotham Awards will take place this year at Cipriani in New York City on Dec. 2.

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The Gotham Awards are one of the first major shows during awards season. Submissions for the competitive categories opened Thursday and close on Sept. 19. Categories include Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Breakthrough Actor, the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award and two television categories – Breakthrough Series (over 40 minutes) and Breakthrough Series (under 40 minutes).

Last year, Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider” won the Best Feature Award, following previous winners “Call Me By Your Name,” “Moonlight,” “Spotlight” and “Birdman.”

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Nominees will be announced Oct. 24.

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to filmmaker Matthew Rankin’s debut feature, “The Twentieth Century.”

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The film will have its world premiere in the Midnight Madness section at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Oscilloscope will release the film in theaters before a rollout to digital platforms.

“The Twentieth Century” is set in Toronto in 1899 where an aspiring young politician dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada. But his romantic hesitations between a British soldier, a French-Canadian nurse, and a furtive, fetishistic obsession may bring about his downfall....
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