×

Watch: Ethan Hawke Plays Chet Baker in Toronto Film Festival’s ‘Born to Be Blue’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety has been given exclusive access to a clip from “Born to Be Blue,” which stars Ethan Hawke as jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur’s K5 International will be selling the movie at the Toronto Film Festival, where it has its world premiere in Special Presentations on Sept. 13.

The film, which was written and directed by Robert Budreau, picks up Baker’s story late in his career at the end of the 1960s, when — after years of heroin abuse, financial loss, and public disgrace — he attempts to stage a comeback. After a brutal beating in a parking lot after a gig, Baker is left with injuries that threaten the revival of his fortunes.

Hawke, who was Oscar nominated earlier this year for “Boyhood,” stars alongside Carmen Ejogo, who plays his lover Jane, and Callum Keith Rennie, who is Chet’s manager and producer, Dick Bock.

The film was produced by Jennifer Jonas, Leonard Farlinger, Budreau and Jake Seal, and the production companies are New Real Films, Lumanity and ​Black Hangar Studios. The cinematographer is Steve Cosens. The Canadian distributor is Entertainment One, and Creative Artists Agency and Cinetic Media are handling U.S. rights.

Following the premiere on Sept. 13 at Toronto’s Elgin/​Winter Garden Theatres, there will be a further public screening on Sept. 14 at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Press and industry screenings are on Sept. 14 and 16 at Scotiabank Theatre.

More Film

  • Durban Film Festival 2019 / Copyright

    South African Creatives Grapple Over Copyright Amendment Bill

    DURBAN–The South African government is planning to update its four-decade-old copyright legislation, but what that means for filmmakers was up for debate during a contentious and often heated session at the Durban FilmMart this week. While the Copyright Amendment Bill awaits the signature of President Cyril Ramaphosa, industry stakeholders remain divided over how the proposed [...]

  • 'The Lion King' Ruling Box Office

    'The Lion King' Ruling Box Office With Dazzling Debut at $180 Million

    Disney’s “The Lion King” has jolted the North American box office back to life with an opening weekend in the $180 million range, estimates showed Saturday. “The Lion King” will record the second-best opening of 2019 — and could replace “Incredibles 2,” which launched last year with $182.7 million, as the ninth biggest North American [...]

  • 'Tomb Raider' Star Simon Yam in

    'Tomb Raider' Star Simon Yam in Hospital After Stabbing

    Hugely popular Hong Kong actor, Simon Yam was stabbed while on stage Saturday at a presentation in Zhongshan, Guangdong province in southern China. He is in hospital recovering. The incident happened at the opening of a branch of the Beijing Easyhome building materials company, where Yam was a guest. A man was seen rushing on [...]

  • Brazilian President Jair Bolosnaro attends the

    Bolsonaro Threatens Brazil’s Central Film Fund with Censorship or Closure

    In typical shoot-from-the-hip remarks, Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has declared that Ancine, Brazil’s powerful state-backed federal film agency, should accept “filters”or face closure. “If it can’t have a filter, we’ll close Ancine, or privatize it,” Bolsonaro added, attacking Ancine, which plows some $300 million a year into Brazil’s film and TV industries, for supporting [...]

  • TSOM-MASK

    Director Sara Gouveia on ‘Looking At Resilience Through Art’

    DURBAN–The Mapiko dance of Mozambique’s indigenous Makonde people was long used as a tool for social commentary. But during the colonial era it became an act of political resistance, prompting the Portuguese to stamp it out during Mozambique’s 10-year war for independence. Decades later, the art has been revived as a celebration of freedom. For [...]

  • Don Edkins

    Documentary Filmmaker Don Edkins on ‘Creating an African Voice’ 

    DURBAN–For the 10th Durban FilmMart (DFM), the industry program of the Durban Intl. Film Festival, a new strand was created to look at the unique challenges and opportunities facing documentary filmmakers in Africa. The two-day program, Durban Does Docs, offers a series of conversations, seminars and workshops with an intensive focus on the aesthetics, funding, distribution [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content