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9.20.05: Toronto, Jake Gyllenhall, Ang Lee

[General Articles: Toronto]

-[Nuggets Glint of Oscar Gold] (USAToday) (9.16.05)
The overall tone of the festival is that the disappointing movie year will not be salvaged by the fare found here.

-[Brokeback Mountain, the Corpse Bride, and Mrs. Henderson Presents Revive Lackluster Movie Year] (Mercury News) (9.12.05)
The first weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival provided endings that were both happy and heartbreaking, but most of all it marked the start of a new season that should set hearts galloping among film lovers.

[Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal]
-[Right Place, Wrong Time] (Cincinnati CityBeat) (9.14.05)
Actor Jake Gyllenhaal insists he's speaking from experience when he leans forward from his hotel room chair at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and sums up his philosophy of love.

[Director: Ang Lee]
-[Ang Lee on Brokeback Mountain] (Emanuel Levy)
Working on this film, I was relearning my love and enjoyment for filmmaking and learning something about myself and my own relationships.
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9.13.05: Toronto, Venice, Telluride, Actors, General Information

[General Movie Information]

[Zap2It]: General Information

[Rotton Tomatoes]: General Information, early reviews.


[Brokeback Mountain (and others)](Ruthless Reviews) 9.7.05
"Obvious truths aside, Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain shocked the hell out of me."

[Brokeback Mountain] ( 9.?.05.
"Both leads give strong performances, especially Ledger, normally cast in handsome, heroic roles. Taking this part was daring and he pulls off his best work since Monsters Ball."

[All the TIFF that fits] ( 9.10.05 (very short)
"Though both leads carry off the difficult task of keeping the characters plausible as they age from vigorous youths to middle-aged men who feel burdened by their compromises, it's Ledger's taciturn top who belongs in the director's pantheon of inarticulate lovers."

[Articles: General]

[Oscar 2005: Art Films and Indies Vying for Oscars] (Emanuel Levy) 9.?.05


[At the Toronto Film Festival: Love, Real and Pretend on 'Brokeback' Set] (San Francisco Chronicle) 9.13.05
"So I had to settle for just talking to Heath Ledger, who gives an Oscar-caliber performance as an itinerant cowboy in love with a fellow ranch hand."


[Who Are You Calling Butch?(Commentary)] (RedNova News) 9.13.05
"Of course, the great thing about this news from Venice is not just that Lee has rediscovered his touch, or even the firm reminder that we all ought to read Proulx, or even the chance to see a few rodeos next year done with a little flair."

[Lee's "Mountain," Clooney's Murrow Top Venice] (e!online) 9.12.05
"'I'm so glad it prevailed here and was received so warmly here,' Lee said upon receiving the prestigious Golden Lion trophy at Saturday's ceremony."

[More Than Just a Gay Cowboy Flick]( 9.12.05
"You can call Brokeback Mountain what you want, but please, urge the film's stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, don't call it a gay western. It's a love story, they insist. Plain and simple."


[Heath Moving Up] (The Age) 9.13.05
"Heath Ledger's decision to play a gay cowboy in director Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain may elevate the Aussie actor to a new level of stardom."

[Oscar 2005: Best Actors: A Year of New Faces?] (Emanuel Levy) 9.?.05
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09.12.05: Toronto, Venice, Telluride


Trailer @ Yahoo! Movies


-[Brokeback Mountain] (Reuters) 9.3.05
"Anne Proulx's 1997 short story in the New Yorker has been masterfully expanded by screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana to provide director Lee with his best movie since "Sense and Sensibility" in 1995."

[Articles: Toronto International Film Festival]
-[Critics Diary: The 'O Word', 'Brokeback Mountain' and 'The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada'] (indieWIRE) 9.12.05
"It's an epically heartbreaking achievement, grand in the way "Giant" was, in which issues of tolerance echo against the great wide open."

['Gay Cowboy Movie' Shatters Stereotypes] (CNN) 9.12.05
"'When two people love each other, they love each other. And people should hold on to it as hard as they can, whether it's homosexual or heterosexual.'"

[Toronto #4: Festival Notes (Heath Ledger)] Roger Ebert. (Chicago Sun Times) 9.12.05
"He’s fighting against his genetic structure, and the traditions and fears passed down to him."

[Fest Dispatch: Toronto Comes Out, with Gays, Terrorists and Historical Injustice] (indieWIRE) 9.12.05
"Drawing far more unanimous praise was Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain", which continued it's subtle gallop of accolades ever since premiering in Venice and Telluride last week, winning the top prize in Venice over the weekend."

[Toronto Dispatch: L'Enfer and Brokeback Mountain] (cinematical) 9.12.05
"So for me the film doesn’t break ground in my world. Though the impact it is likely to have on American audiences could be substantial and as such I can see it hyped to the point of Oscar award contention."

[Toronto Festival Aims High] (USA Today) 9.11.05
"Not a discouraging word was heard as wine and mojitos were consumed, while many were taken by the power of Ledger's aching portrait of a tight-lipped loner who struggles with his attraction to Gyllenhaal's outgoing rodeo rider."

[Gyllenhaal, Ledger Up Close and Personal] Andrea Baillie. (JAM! Movies) 9.11.05
"'I think the chemistry was on the page, in the words. We just had to portray it.'"


[Lee Hopes to Break Taboos After Gay Cowboy Story Wins Venice's Top Prize] (Sunday Herald) 9.11.05
"'My biggest enemy was the more conventional western,' he said. 'The genre was invented. As a foreigner, we go for real things and some things run into trouble with the convention.'"

[Ang Lee's Gay Cowboy Film Wins Venice Golden Lion] (AP) 9.10.05
"Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," a tale of homosexual love in the wilds of Wyoming, won Venice's Golden Lion on Saturday, beating film festival favorite George Clooney in the race to take the top prize."

[Ang Lee Movie Wins at Venice] (AP) 9.10.05
"Ang Lee's tale of the homosexual love between two cowboys set in the conservative West of the 1960s won the Venice Film Festival's top award yesterday."

[Articles: TELLURIDE]

[Back From Telluride: Re-Viewing Brokeback Mountain] (indieWIRE blog) 9.6.05
"Putting aside whatever it is that people want, or don’t want, "Brokeback Mountain" to be, its more important to simply take the story for what it is, a story."

[Dispatch From Telluride] (indieWIRE) 9.6.05
"Despite being branded "the gay cowboy movie", audiences here seemed to take the film's graphic sexual moments between two men in stride, in particular connecting with the beautiful and sad love story at the heart of the film."

[In Telluride: "Brokeback Mountain" and "Bob Dylan"] (indieWIRE) 9.4.05
"Some may be turned off by the nature of the relationship depicted in "Brokeback Mountain," but its important to note that many people (gay, straight, male, female) seem so moved by this poignant love story."