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Film News Roundup: San Francisco Film Society Honors Kate Winslet, Kathryn Bigelow, ‘Big Sick’ Writers

In today’s film news roundup, Kate Winslet and Kathryn Bigelow are set for a San Francisco honor, Sarah Gadon is receiving an award at AFI Fest, and Freestyle buys “The Banksy Job.”

AWARDS

The San Francisco Film Society is honoring Kate Winslet, Kathryn Bigelow, and the screenwriting team of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon at its Dec. 5 awards show.

The 60th anniversary edition of the dinner and awards presentation has been newly positioned to take place in the fall after decades as part of April’s San Francisco International Film Festival. The event will take place at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts Exhibition Center.

Bigelow will receive the Irving M. Levin Award for Film Direction; Winslet will receive the Peter J. Owens Award for Acting; and Gordon and Nanjiani, who teamed on “The Big Sick” screenplay, will receive the Kanbar Award for Storytelling.

“We are thrilled that Awards Night’s move to December has inspired such exceptional talent to join us,” said executive director Noah Cowan.

“These artists were selected because their work embodies the values of the Bay Area — in particular their role in championing innovative cinema, making the industry more diverse and inclusive, and actively participating in the social dialogue that is so desperately needed today,” he added. “We hope that, by championing these artists and these values, SF Film can have a positive effect on the awards conversations that dominate media this time of year.”

Bigelow’s credits include “Detroit,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” and “The Hurt Locker,” for which she won an Academy Award. Winslet has been nominated for seven Oscars and won for “The Reader.”

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Sarah Gadon, star of Netflix’s “Alias Grace” will be honored by Luce Cinecittà with the inaugural Cinecittà Key at a black carpet event at Hollywood’s AFI Fest on Nov. 15  as part of the launch of the Cinema Italian Style program.

The event is part of Cinecittà’s 80th anniversary and is produced by Cinecittà under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles, the Italian Trade Agency, and the Italian Cultural Institute.

Gadon has dual citizenship as a Canadian and Italian. She starred in Hulu’s “11.22.63” opposite James Franco, Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy,” David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis,” “A Dangerous Method,” and “Maps to the Stars”; Amma Asante’s “Belle”; and James Schamus’ “Indignation.”

ACQUISITION

Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, has acquired the North American rights to the documentary “The Banksy Job.”

Freestyle will debut the film on VOD across cable, internet, and satellite platforms on Nov. 28. Freestyle’s Dan Fisher negotiated the deal with Natalie Brenner from Metro International Entertainment.

Produced by Christine Alderson and Alex Hurle, and written and directed by Ian Roderick Gray and Dylan Harvey, “The Banksy Job” tells the story of self-described “art terrorist” Andy Link who stole Banksy’s sculpture, “The Drinker.”

“‘The Banksy Job’ is a documentary for people who like action films and an action film for people who like documentaries,” said Harvey and Gray. “Part heist film, part gangster movie, part comedy, this is a true story that has it all.”

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