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Sian Heder's »Tallulah« premieres at the Sundance Film Festival 2016 / Press reviews and Twitter reactions

2016 Sundance Film Festival

Ellen Page and director Sian Heder’s Sundance weekend kicked off on Friday afternoon with joint visits to Indiewire's Photo Studio, the Acura Studio, The Hollywood Reporter's Studio at Rock & Reilly's and TheWrap's Interview Studio at the Sundance Indiegogo Lounge for some press appointments, interviews and portrait sessions.

This gave them both the chance to speak about the challenges in making the movie, things that happened while filming and the lack of diversity in Hollywood that was highlighted by the recent Oscar nominations. Between feedings of Cheerios on the set of »Tallulah«, Ellen spontaneously penned a new song to pacify her co-star: a fifteen-month-old baby. "I am a horse, riding on a turtle," she told THR. "Of course I made it up — that was all me! ... You had no choice but to be in the present moment, because you could never anticipate what your little friend's going to do." Heder, in turn, shared that her feature directorial debut was inspired by her time working as a Los Angeles nanny for mothers who "I felt like should've never been mothers — one in particular who had never been alone with her toddler. ... I really considered stealing her baby and didn’t, but wrote a movie about it instead." In regard to the need for diverse voices in the entertainment industry the Canadian actress told Sharon Waxman, founder and CEO of TheWrap: "It's awful and I think what just happened in regards to the nominations two years in a row is a reflection of the industry itself, and the lack of diversity in all positions. It's so upsetting that we're still having this conversation. I don't know what to say other than it's so disheartening, and I feel like we all have to be doing what we can to make a change, because we're supposed to be telling stories that reflect human experience, and we can't just be showing one group of people."

Afterwards, the duo stopped by Deadline's Photo and Video Suite at The Samsung Studio to talk about »Tallulah« in a panel discussion more than 30 minutes long , which was streamed live on YouTube. Ellen also got interviewed by Michael Benjamin Latt for one of Sundance Institute's series.

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On Saturday, the rest of the team, including actress Allison Janney, actor Evan Jonigkeit, actress Tammy Blanchard, actor John Benjamin Hickey, producer Heather Rae and cinematographer Paula Huidobro arrived in Park City, Utah where they all attended the world premiere of their film held at the Eccles Theatre at noon. Our festival scout Marci was, of course, once again on the scene and took the opportunity for a face-to-face meeting with Page. Only one person was missing: artist Samantha Thomas. She stayed at home in Los Angeles because she needed to work as Ellen revealed in talks with Marc Malkin from E! Online. Instead, actress Angela Trimbur, who was at the festival with her own movie »Trash Fire«, accompanied her Canadian friend and showed some support. But the absence of her girlfriend didn't prevent Ellen from enjoying the event and having fun on the red carpet, where she got a lift from Heder and Janney which provided some funny photos.

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Gallery update: 2016 Sundance Film Festival - »Tallulah« World Premiere
Gallery update: 2016 Sundance Film Festival - »Tallulah« World Premiere (Social Media)

Following a grateful round of applause and the mandatory Q&A session after the screening (which you can watch below, courtesy of WeLiveFilm) as well as a hilarious backstage photo session, the crew was off to a cocktail after-party at Wasatch Brew Pub. There, in a relaxed atmosphere, Ellen reflected on her role in »Tallulah« during a conversation with WWD: "Lu is one of the most fascinating characters I'd ever come across. I felt immediately emotionally connected to her. What I found fascinating was how she navigated the world. So much had to do with a lot of her struggle in the past." No stranger to Sundance, the actress acknowledged she got her big break in Hollywood thanks to the festival: "Sundance is a huge part in why I'm getting to act now. »Hard Candy« was here when I was 17 and that's what allowed me to launch into lots of different things." Furthermore, she mentioned an upcoming project that she is producing with Kate Mara and apparently goes under the working title »Mercy« as we have learned earlier: "It's a love story between Kate and myself. Hopefully we'll be shooting that this summer."

The next day, the main cast headed for the Eddie Bauer Adventure House at Village at The Lift, The IMDb Studio, the Variety Shutterstock Studio as well as the portait studios of the Los Angeles Times and Vanity Fair for some further interviews and photo sessions. Allison Janney and Ellen also visited Fandango MOVIECLIPS' #Movie3Some room to play the "Whisper Game" with the hosts Tiffany Smith and Kristian Harloff before eventually flying back to Los Angeles in the afternoon.

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Judging by the Twitter reactions following the world premiere screening and the mostly rapturous response by the press with Page and Janney's chemistry and performance being praised in particular, Sian Heder and the whole »Tallulah« crew did a great job. With this in mind, there is no doubt that the comic drama will find its audience when it becomes available on Netflix and is theatrically released in the USA by a yet unnamed partner later this year!

We have already summarized some of the tweets and press reviews for you after the jump!

»Tallulah« - Press Reviews
"Tallulah admirably challenges received wisdom about maternal feelings. It also takes gutsy risks with potentially dislikable main characters, all of whom are women, played with bravura skill by the three leads. There's so much to root for here it’s painful to concede there's some hideously on-the-nose, spell-out-the-motivation-in-capital-letters writing that lowers the tone. However, that obviousness won’t hurt its crossover potential one jot, and for a low-budget indie debut, this has bags of Juno-style commercial potential." [...] Page and Janney have a pleasant, relaxed rapport with each other and are likeable enough presences to hang out with, but a lot of the business around their characters feels like padding to keep the two highest-profile actors busy" — Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

"Ellen Page lands her best starring vehicle since "Juno" in "Tallulah", a very different story of a young woman coming to terms with the idea of being a mother. The feature-length scripting-directing debut of "Orange Is the New Black" staff writer Sian Heder offers juicy roles not only to Page but also to Allison Janney and Tammy Blanchard, in a strong showcase of female talent both behind and in front of the camera. [...] Page is simply superb in a complex role that perfectly plays to her gift for balancing deadpan comedy with surprisingly deep emotional reserves." — Geoff Berkshire, Associate Editor, Variety

"It takes a village to raise a child, especially in Tallulah, an often funny and moving drama about two disparate characters: a drifter who ends up becoming the unlikely caretaker of a one-year-old child; and the middle-aged soon-to-be-divorcée she tricks into thinking is its grandmother. In her first feature, writer-director Siân Heder sometimes overdoes the gentle dramatic ironies and cutesy, feel-good tone, but Tallulah has much to say about the ways that society judges women: as mothers, as wives, as lovers. Helped enormously by deeply-felt performances from Ellen Page and Allison Janney, this film mostly overcomes its unevenness by finding rich pockets of emotion and insight." — Tim Grierson, Senior US Critic, ScreenDaily

"Comic drama "Tallulah" offers robust starring roles for Ellen Page and Allison Janney, reuniting for a far less quirky, but well-made follow-up to "Juno". Heder oversees the production with a sure sense of guidance, and provides a framework for Page, Janney, and the rest of the cast to do excellent work. [...] Heder's direction shines, shaping the film around the cast as each woman plays out their own specific nuances of loss and insecurity, and, occasionally, optimism. "Tallulah" is an impressive feature debut, and a welcome showcase for the talents of Page, Janney, and Blanchard." [B+] — Russ Fischer, The Playlist

"The plot of Tallulah gets a bit unwieldy as it unfolds. But the film features such fine performances from Allison Janney, Ellen Page, and a stunning Tammy Blanchard that any narrative messiness is easily excused. Heder has written three complex, richly realized characters for her lead actresses, who create a compelling and poignant triptych of women tangled, thwarted, and ultimately uplifted by the bonds and responsibilities of family and motherhood." — Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair

"Writer-director Sian Heder's sharp, observant script introduces three wholly original female characters, all grappling in different ways with the constraints of motherhood. Those characters are well served by Page, Janney and Blanchard, who find depths of emotion in what otherwise could have been thin stereotypes. The emotional triple-punch they deliver is genuine and gut-wrenching." (3.5 ouf 4) — Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune

"The story has the makings of a Lifetime movie; what grounds it are the terrific performances and Heder's rich direction and screenplay. [...] As Tallulah’s odd couple, Page and Janney have a strong rapport that softens as the women come to understand one another. Page is such an appealing presence that she makes Page's self-destructive tendencies easy to stomach. Janney, playing a woman unsure of how she managed to lose both of the men in her life, lends a defeated quality to Margo that is heart-rending. Together, they make a sad sort of magic." (4 out of 5) — Nigel M Smith, The Guardian

"The main problem with the movie is that Tallulah, who is meant to be roguishly charming, is instead irritating — a lying, thieving, tiresome, unwashed hippie moocher even before she turns kidnapper. [...] The movie is interminable — scene after scene after scene returns to check in on the Blanchard character’s screamy drunken hysteria — and yet leaves a subplot hanging and ends without much resolution, instead opting for a second iteration of a hokey fantasy scene." — Kyle Smith, New York Post

"Page and Janney display a considerable amount of chemistry, not to mention a decent amount of laughs mostly derived from the battle between Lu’s blunt honesty and Margot’s tense, socially-aware pretensions." [...] When forced to come to a conclusion, the film’s plotting falters thanks to overly convenient timing and a complete transformation into thriller mode. There’s honesty here and a swath of well-written, well-developed female characters, but not enough to justify laughing with a kidnapper." [C] — Dan Mecca, The Film Stage

"Tallulah is a funny and poignant look at how complicated motherhood and family can be [...] This directorial debut from Sian Heder was originally based on Heder’s 2006 short Mother. As her debut, it’s a solid effort. Sometimes its imagery and themes get a little heavy-handed, particularly when it comes to a gravity-defying scene at the end that is equal parts cheesy and cringe worthy way. Still, it’s sweet to see how Lu, Margo, and baby Maddy/Maggie help each other open up, even if it does so in a predictable, albeit engaging way." [B+] — Katie Anaya, College Movie Review

"Tallulah and Margo wonder about gravity, and if it weren't there would they let themselves float away or hold on for dear life. Then, of course, we get a lame fantasy sequence in which that actually happens because the film's message, such as it is, really needs to be made as obvious as possible. Page and Janney deserve better than what Tallulah ultimately gives them to work with. While there are no easy answers when it comes to parenting, and this film doesn't offer any, Tallulah doesn't bother asking believable questions, either." — Travis Hopson, Examiner.com

"The casting of Janney and Page can be a tiny bit loaded, considering that the two were so strong in previous Ellen Page pregnancy hit, "Juno." [...] Individually, they have great moments too—Janney has a truly emotional bit with a turtle, and throughout, Page captures a restless sense of having no one and nothing. [...] In its greatest success, it is able to translate—or feels like it, at least to this reviewer—the incomparable, intangible stresses of sacrifice within motherhood through filmmaking." — Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

"The story leans on the side of incredulousness and there are a few moments that seemed a little too overly convenient for me, but all of that can be forgiven because Page and Janney are absolutely amazing in this film. [...] Tallulah is that kind of rare film: a straightforward dramatic storyline with the well-placed laughs that also unexpectedly gets under your skin. Because you can’t help but wonder: would you take someone else’s baby if you thought you could do better?" [A-] — Siân Melton, Cinefilles

"Ellen Page and Allison Janney trade insults and life advice in Sian Heder's solid feature debut, which trades in sharp humour and dreamy imagery [...] Heder neatly plays up the two women's differences, and the best scenes see Page and Janney rubbing each other up the wrong way. Nicely observed and with some great performances, it's already got distribution, so you won't have to wait long to see it." — Josh Winning, GamesRadar

"An unflinching look at motherhood and personal responsibility, Heder’s picture presents us with no clear villains or heroes, but instead gives us an utterly captivating, morally ambiguous story. By allowing us to see the shades of grey inherent in the human experience, Heder elicits our empathy and compassion for all her characters, as they, as we so often do, struggle to do what they feel is right." [An absolute must-see] — Carrie Kahn, Spinning Platters

"Page's feral performance as a dumpster-diving loudmouth anchors Sian Heder's pragmatic comedy about women trying, and failing, to be maternal." — Amy Nicholson, Village Voice

"Ellen Page at her most Ellen Page, and it is glorious. The last movie that was this level of Ellen Page was Juno [...] The movie is about motherhood, doing the right thing, what it means to be a good person, deceit, and responsibility. All in all, it was just super good with really strong performances and an amazing first directorial turn from Sian Heder. And it’s not just Page and Janney who really sell the movie. The story of the mother whose child is stolen is also fascinating as performed by Tammy Blanchard, filled with a complexity that really elevates the movie into something special. It’s these three riveting and complex female performances really make it. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ellen Page has another Oscar nomination next year, that’s how strong this movie is." (4 out of 4) — Josh Greenberg, Josh The Blog

"The beauty of Tallulah is that it doesn’t oversimplify women’s reasoning. It sadly stalls dramatically by reiterating the same meanings and actions, but acknowledges that women torn are in varied directions as caregivers, partners, and with their careers. [...] Ellen Page’s reliably witty deliveries are pleasing, and there’s no doubt that she effortlessly emotes Lu’s aimless disposition. [...] Heder’s storytelling comes from a refined perspective that views women as many things and knows that the wills of others disrupt even the best laid plans. All three women exist as islands, overly protective of themselves because of the mental gamut they’ve been put through by others. Tallulah’s plot meanders a bit too much, but makes honorable and equitable statements on how women strive to make their way forward despite their failures and the inadequacy of others." — Lane Scarberry, PopOptiq

Twitter Reactions
Scott Mantz @MovieMantz "TALLULAH: @EllenPage & #AllisonJaney are superb! A deeply engaging drama! #TammyBlanchard is magnificent! #Sundance"

Tomris Laffly @TomiLaffly "Really liked #Tallulah. Rich story of women from different walks of life intersecting unexpectedly. Could use a trim, but honest throughout."

Shawn Ashmore Forev @4244ef71ca6043d "@EllenPage i saw you in Tallulah!!! What a stunning performances!!! I suggest everyone to grab a dvd if it will come out! Soon!! I love it"

Sharon Nehls @bldrfilmgrl "#Tallulah-morally ambiguous tale of 3 women disconnected from family seeking meaning in their lives-spot on casting! #Sundance

Amirose Eisenbach @Amirosie "Tallulah: electrifying performances from Page and Janney. Plot was pretty weak & convoluted but they have never been better #Sundance"

Marci_Dukes @MarciDukes "Btw. @TallulahMovie was spectacular! @sianheder !!!!!!! Excellent job! #Sundance2016 #Tallulah #Vote!"

Trevor K. @trevorck "May have see the best performance of the festival in #Tallulah #tammyblanchard @EllenPage @sundancefest

Liz Bird @MzLizBird "Tallulah is a triumph! Great direction, acting & wonderful script! #Sundance2016"

Russ Fischer @russfischer [2] "TALLULAH: Well-executed, with many contrivances in the script. Who cares, tho, when Allison Janney & Ellen Page are so great together. [...] Also, Tammy Blanchard really goes all-out in TALLULAH, and has a terrific scene with Janney."

Sean P. Means @moviecricket "Top-flight acting by Ellen Page and Allison Janney propel Sian Heder's mommy drama "Tallulah." @sundancefest"

MCR @mcr_michealene "#Sundance 2016_ Tallulah- a poignant movie about the shades of grey in being a mother. Blown away still"

Hollywood Elsewhere @wellshwood [2] [3] "Tallulah is one of the most unusual, emotionally complex but affecting woman-centric films I've seen in a long while. Reaches in, touches. [...] "Tallulah" may well result in acting awards for Ellen Page, Allison Janney. I never thought a drama about child kidnapping would get me. [...] Shan Heder's "Tallulah" is aces -- the first high-quality, blue-chip drama to play Sundance '16. I resisted at first, but it won me over."

Sam Adams @SamuelAAdams "Tallulah: Never really sells its premise, but lots of great detail in exploring the anxieties of being a mother, or having one. #Sundance"

Miranda Bailey @mirandambailey "Just saw the remarkable @EllenPage in Tallullah. I LOVED the movie!Excellent writing, acting, directing- & more proof women filmmakers rock!"

Jason Bailey @jasondashbailey "TALLULAH: It's a mess and it's kind of great. Inconsistent tone, impossible plotting, but undeniably moving and sensitively acted. #Sundance"

Kate Hagen @thathagengrrl "Tallulah: really solid work from Janney + Page as always, but mostly just fine, very abrupt ending."

Jonathan Lisecki @jonnynyc "#Tallulah is absolutely wonderful. Incredible performances, fantastic direction, excellent script, great baby, etc. Congrats @sianheder!"

Kate Branch @katembranch "Tallulah is a fantastic debut from @sianheder who was 6 months pregnant w a 16-month-old at the time of filming! Hell yeah! @glamourmag"

jen yamato @jenyamato "TALLULAH has the most Sundance indie plot, but Ellen Page & Allison Janney make magic onscreen. Lot of sniffles around me at the end."

Jordan Zakarin @jordanzakarin "Really liked 'Tallulah,' which features some of Ellen Page's best, most nuances work (and Allison Janney's usual excellence). #Sundance"

Kate Aurthur @KateAurthur [2] "Lovely relationship between @ellenpage's and Allison Janney's characters in (toddler kidnapping!) movie #Tallulah. #Sundance2016 [...] Also strong Tammy Blanchard as the awful, sad, complex mom. The plot spins out, but #Tallulah is likable for its performances. #Sundance2016"

Jeff Goldsmith @yogoldsmith [2] "Tallulah @sundancefest was hatched from such deeply melodramatic roots that neither the performers or ultimately the film could ever escape. [...] Earnest performances in Tallulah couldn't save some of the script's cookie-cutter characters & set ups - which dragged its good parts down."

Terrell Garrett @TerrellTGarrett "#TALLULAH has received the most applause out of the movies I've seen so far. So good. #Sundance2016"

Erin Whitney @CinemaBite "Can Ellen Page & Allison Janney reunite more often? They absolutely shine in Tallulah, touching debut from #OITNB's Sian Heder. #Sundance"

Alex Billington @firstshowing "Tallulah - Fine film, with some very conflicting emotions. Hated the ending. Ellen Page is fierce, strong performance that will stand out."

Date: 01/25/2016 - 22:22:54 Posted by Dominik
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Ellen Page visits Berlin and Paris to promote »Freeheld« / »Into the Forest« screens at the IF Istanbul Festival

On Wednesday, Ellen traveled to Berlin for a photocall and a presentation of »Freeheld« at the Hotel de Rome. She, however, didn't stay long in the German capital and soon journeyed on to France, the next stop on her promo tour. She spent the following day meeting with the press and attending the Parisian premiere at the UGC Ciné Cité Les Halles cinema. The Canadian actress also made an appearance on the nightly news and talk show "Le Grand Journal" yesterday to promote »Free Love«, as the movie is called in France, and discuss her commitment on LGBT issues.

Gallery update: »Freeheld« - Berlin Photocall
Gallery update: »Freeheld« - Paris Press Junket
Gallery update: »Freeheld« - Paris Photocall
Gallery update: »Freeheld« - Paris Premiere

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»Freeheld« - Paris Photocall»Freeheld« - Paris Premiere

If you thought the simultanous screening of »Into the Forest« in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver on the occasion of Canada's Top Ten Film Festival was a cool thing, then you will surely like the plans of Turkish film enthusiasts as well. Patricia Rozema's apocalyptic drama is in the lineup of this year's !f ² program, a pioneering film distribution project which is part of the !f istanbul International Independent Film Festival (February 18-28), and will be simultaneously screened in 33 cities and 50 different locations during the last three days of the event.

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According to the official website, !f ² is a ground-breaking alternative film distribution and sharing project which was the first of its kind in the world. Each year, !f ² takes 5 festival films, selected from the !f Istanbul line-up, to numerous cities in Turkey and the surrounding region that have limited access to alternative films. The program's partner Mediatriple provides the technical substructure that allows for high quality public viewing in these locations. This year, more than 30 partners from around Turkey as well as in Kyrenia, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Abu Dis, Gyumri and Yerevan will screen the movies simultaneously in their respective cities. Q&A sessions with directors following the screenings will also be webcast live through the festival's website with the audience being able to watch and take part in the discussions. For more information on the event, visit the website at www.ifistanbul.com.

Date: 01/16/2016 - 16:18:28 Posted by Dominik
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Netflix acquires the worldwide streaming rights to »Tallulah« / First look at the movie in "Meet the Artist '16"

While the 2016 Sundance Film Festival won't kick off until Thursday next week, Netflix didn't wait for the throngs to descend on Park City before making its first major acquisition. Variety reports that the company has purchased worldwide streaming video on-demand rights to Sian Heder's »Tallulah«, which is scheduled to premiere in the festival's US Dramatic Competition category on Saturday, January 23 at the Eccles Theatre. Financial terms of the deal were apparently not disclosed, but insiders pegged the price as being in the mid-seven figures. The theatrical rights, on the other hand, are still up for grabs.

Although it may seem too early for the streaming giant to pick up the dramatic comedy, it's actually a homecoming of sorts for both sides: Heder is also a writer and producer on »Orange Is the New Black«, one of Netflix's most-watched original series.

"Sian Heder is an exciting new voice in cinema and I am so proud to see her work continue from writing on the groundbreaking »Orange is the New Black« to writing and directing this heartfelt crowd-pleasing film »Tallulah«," said producer Russell Levine, CEO of the entertainment finance and production company Route One to Variety. "Audiences worldwide are now going to be able to see Sian’s amazing growth as an artist through the support of Netflix."

Official Synopsis

Young vagabond Lu lives in a van and is fiercely independent in her hand-to-mouth existence. This daily struggle has become tiresome for her privileged boyfriend, Nico, who unceremoniously leaves her one night. When a chance encounter incites her to impulsively “rescue” a baby from a negligent mother, Lu, at a loss for what to do, turns to the only responsible adult she knows: Nico’s unsmiling academic mother, Margo, who believes she’s the child’s grandmother. Thrown together despite differences in class and worldview, Margo and Lu make a lovable, if tense, odd couple. The two are bound to each other as they tentatively form a haphazard family, though Margo has no idea that the police are hot on Lu’s trail for absconding with a child.

In the winsome lead performances, Ellen Page plays the scrappy, free-spirited Lu while Allison Janney’s Margo is equal parts measured and bemused as their characters wrestle, and often clash, over responsibility, motherhood, and their uncertain futures. Writer/director Sian Heder combines warmth, madcap humor, and a deep understanding of human nature in this delightful dramatic comedy about the serendipitous unpredictability of life.

Source: www.sundance.org


Saturday, January 23 - 12:00 PMEccles Theatre
Sunday, January 24 - 6:00 PMSundance Mountain Resort Screening Room
Monday, January 25 - 3:30 PMRedstone Cinema 1
Thursday, January 28 - 6:00 PMTemple Theatre
Friday, January 29 - 3:00 PMLibrary Center Theatre
Saturday, January 30 - 3:15 PMThe Grand Theatre

At the same time, Sundance Institute has released a new "Meet the Artist '16" video on YouTube, including an introduction to the lovely director Sian Heder and the very first clip from »Tallulah«. Make sure to check it out below!

Date: 01/13/2016 - 22:32:33 Posted by Dominik
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Viceland featuring Ellen Page's anticipated LGBT show »Gaycation« will launch on February 29, 2016

Vice Media and A+E Networks gave TV critics an early taste of what "Viceland" has in store at the Television Critics Association press tour held at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California on Wednesday. The forthcoming channel — a project that’s more than a year in the making — will launch in 70 million homes in the former home of A+E's History spin-off H2 on February 29, with each show running between four and eight episodes.

Following a lengthy, colorful and millenial-minded clip reel to kick off the session, Oscar-winning writer and director Spike Jonze, a longtime Vice partner and creative director for the company, introduced a mix of various filmmakers on stage to showcase edgy titles like F*ck That's Delicious, Weediquette and Ellen Page's anticipated »Gaycation«.


In the show, Page and her best friend as well as co-producer, Ian Daniel, travel the world to explore LGBT communities — "the joys and triumphs, the difficulties and the sadness, and hoping to explore what it means to be LGBT all over the world," she said. In the first episode, the duo goes to Japan; in another, Ellen confronts Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz at the Iowa State Fair about gay and transgender rights. Their exchange went viral, but the actress explained there's more to it: "It was wonderful that he spoke to me. You can watch the episode when it comes out and come to your own conclusion about that situation."

One of the more risky situations while filming an episode occurred during a confrontation with a masked anti-gay cop in Brazil who proudly talks about killing homosexuals. In a promo clip from the series, Page is seen standing with the man and asking her male co-host, "I want to say I'm gay, do you think it's safe?" "Of course there’s a nervousness. There’a a nervousness driving there," the actress noted. "It was probably one of the more scary, nerve-wracking moments I've had. I feel like when we're in that mode, we probably feel, maybe in a naive way that it's all going to be okay." "A person who is standing in front of you is saying I've killed people like you, I'm going to do it again, and there are other people like me who are killing people like you ... It's scary in that it's just hard to hear," added Daniel.

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Date: 01/07/2016 - 16:46:03 Posted by Dominik
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Ellen Page and director Patricia Rozema to shoot another movie in March 2016 / Ellen on the cover of DIVA

During the 25th Courmayeur Noir in Festival in Courmayeur, Italy earlier this month, director Patricia Rozema talked to several journalists and revealed that she is going to shoot another movie with Ellen Page in March 2016. The story will take place in Paris in the twenties and will be (loosely) based on Sylvia Beach and her "Shakespeare and Company" bookstore. You can check out the whole interview below courtesy of Antonio Maria Abate !! However, please be warned that the video also contains spoilers in regard to »Into the Forest« !! The segment on the new project starts at the 18:00 mark.

Historical background

Sylvia Beach (March 14, 1887 – October 5, 1962), born Nancy Woodbridge Beach, was an American-born bookseller and publisher who lived most of her life in Paris and founded the first Shakespeare and Company in 1919.

Located in Paris at 12 rue de l’Odéon, the shop was half bookstore and half lending library. It attracted the great expat writers of the time—Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Eliot, Pound—including some of the century’s most compelling female voices: Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein, Janet Flanner, Kay Boyle, and Mina Loy.

The bookstore was also frequented by celebrated French authors, such as André Gide, Paul Valéry, and Jules Romains. Beach’s shop served as the writers’ home away from home, postal address, and—when they were desperate—a loan service. Beach also helped usher in modern literature: she published her friend James Joyce’s Ulysses in 1922 when no one else dared.

In A Moveable Feast, Hemingway wrote of Beach: “Sylvia had a lively, sharply sculptured face, brown eyes that were as alive as a small animal's and as gay as a young girl's . . . She was kind, cheerful and interested, and loved to make jokes and gossip. No one that I ever knew was nicer to me.” And French author André Chamson said that Beach “did more to link England, the United States, Ireland, and France than four great ambassadors combined.”

Beach’s bookstore was open until 1941, when the Germans occupied Paris. One day that December, a Nazi officer entered her store and demanded Beach’s last copy of Finnegans Wake. Beach declined to sell him the book. The officer said he would return in the afternoon to confiscate all of Beach’s goods and to close her bookstore. After he left, Beach immediately moved all the shop’s books and belongings to an upstairs apartment. In the end, she would spend six months in an internment camp in Vittel, and her bookshop would never reopen.

In 1959, Beach published her memoir, Shakespeare and Company, which begins with her childhood in America and ends with the liberation of Paris after the Second World War. Beach passed away in 1962 in Paris.

Source: shakespeareandcompany.com / wikipedia.org

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