It’s time again, as Deadline moves to New York City to bring you the latest installment of the Contenders Film series, with inside info on some of our favorite Oscar season prospects.
Today’s batch, live and in person at The Times Center in Manhattan, features some great talent (see the full lineup and table of panels below).
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One of the season’s most awaited thrillers is Universal Pictures’ She saidMaria Schrader’s novel directed to the investigation behind The New York Times2017 exhibition of Harvey Weinstein who launched the #MeToo movement in Hollywood. Based on a 2019 book by journalists Judy Kantor and Megan Toohy, Zoe Kazan will be here to talk about her role as Cantor, starring opposite Carey Mulligan as Toohy.
as with She saidStories based on truth tend to rank highly among the Oscar contenders, and this year is no exception. In Chinoye Chukwu’s until, we take a devastating close-up look at the real-life 1955 lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till, and his mother’s path to life as a civil rights activist. Chukwu will talk about her work on the film from Orion Pictures and United Artists Releasing, who has joined a panel with Danielle Didweiler, who plays Mamie, and co-star John Douglas Thompson.
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Netflix is also moving to the stage of contenders in the real-life division The good nurse. Starring Jessica Chastain as nurse Amy Lugren and Eddie Redmayne as fellow serial killer Charlie Cullen, the film, coined 1917 Academy Award winner Kristi Wilson-Kearns explores how Lugren came to expose Coleen’s crimes. This is also based on a newspaper book – The True Crime Story of Charles Graeber. Director Tobias Lindholm and producer Scott Franklin join the discussion.
Also from Netflix – though fictional this time around, based on the 1985 novel by Don DeLillo – comes Noah Baumbach’s latest work, white noise. The marriage story Writer and director will be here to research this story of environmental disaster starring his frequent co-helper – and life partner – Greta Gerwig, along with Adam Driver and producer David Heyman.
From our fellow Apple Original Films, we have bridge, starring Jennifer Lawrence as a veterinarian in Afghanistan struggling to adjust to civilian life after a traumatic brain injury. Producer Justin Sciarucci will join in discussing the film. Also from Apple, Reginald Hudlin will be joining in on his Sidney Poitier documentary. Sydney.
As usual we have a variety of themes and genres on offer including $$$$from director and co-writer SS Rajamouli, who will discuss his fictional story in Hindi Telugu that focuses on a clash between historical leaders following the kidnapping of a young girl in India.
In addition, we will take a look at the Italian gangster drama nostalgia From director and co-writer Mario Marton, who will be on stage with co-writer Ipulia di Mago to discuss the story of a long-running friendship divided by organized crime.
Follow our coverage of the day on social media deadline at #DeadlineContenders, and check back on Monday when we launch the streaming site featuring a video of all eight panels.
Here’s today’s lineup (all times are Eastern Time and approximate):
9-10: 20 AM – Breakfast
10:30 a.m. – Opening Notes
Orion Pictures / United Artists Editing
10:35-10:50 a.m. – until
Chinoni Choco (Writer/Director)
Daniel Didweiler (actor)
John Douglas Thompson (actor)
Apple original movies
10:53-11:08 AM – Bridge
Justin Ciarucci (Producer)
11:09-11:24 am – Sydney
Reginald Hadlin (Director)
11:30-11:45 AM – $$$$
SS Rajamouli (Co-writer/Director)
11:51 AM – 12:06 PM – Happy
Zoe Kazan (actor)
broken glass pictures
12:9-12:24 pm – Nostalgia
Mario Marton (co-writer/director)
Ippolita de Mago (co-author)
12:30-12:45pm – The Good Nurse
Tobias Lindholm (Director) Writer:
Scott Franklin (Producer)
12:46-1:01 p.m. – white noise
Noah Baumbach (Director/Writer/Producer)
Greta Gerwig (actor)
Adam Driver (actor)
David Heyman (Producer)