Roundup: Jennifer Beals and Cinemanovels at TIFF 13

Cinemanovels, the film starring Lauren Lee Smith and Jennifer Beals and directed by Terry Miles, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 6th.
Jennifer, Lauren, Terry along with actors Ben Cotton, Kett Turton and producer Kristine Cofsky attended the premiere at the Scotiabank theatre in Toronto. Jennifer and Lauren kept their fans updated  by tweeting during the weekend. Jennifer recommend two films she saw at the festival, Words and Pictures (with Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen) and Little Feet (directed by Jennifer’s first husband Alexandre Rockwell).
Jennifer, Terry and the cast attended different photoshoots and events such as the Guess Portrait Studio, the Swarovski suite, ET Canada TIFF Lounge, the Tastemakers Lounge where Jennifer mentioned to that she used to do a treasure hunt game with her daughter when she was young and thought that uKloo was a great idea. She also mentioned that she’s a big fan of Seventh Generation products and already uses them at home.

After the film there was a discussion with the audience. Terry said that the film took about a year to be made and cost about $1.5 million, he also pointed out that everyone helped each other and Lauren looked after the crew. He stated the film was originally 3 hours long and he had to cut a lot. The final version is 1 hour and 89 minutes. He also mentioned he had to cut quite a few scenes with Jennifer in it because it didn’t focus on the storyline as much.

Kristine Cofsky, Kett Turton, Jennifer Beals, Ben Cotton, Lauren Lee Smith and Terry Miles during the film discussion
Kristine Cofsky, Kett Turton, Jennifer Beals, Ben Cotton, Lauren Lee Smith and Terry Miles during the film discussion

Here’s a review from our reader  Lillian Blunden who was lucky to attend the screening on Friday and Saturday:

“The concept of the movie is the estranged daughter Grace (played by Lauren Lee Smith) of a famous, recently deceased filmmaker undertakes a mission to mount a retrospective of her father’s work. Grace didn’t expect to take the death of her father so hard. Her character throughout the movie seeks answers to why her father left her and her mother. She hopes his work may give her clarity to this.  At the end of the movie she is able to have closure. Ms. Smith did an amazing job playing Grace and  stayed in character the entire movie. Grace’s husband Ben (played by Ben Cotton) focus was on making a baby with Grace.  This leads to their sex life with no edge. When this happens, Grace seeks a lover, a neighbour Adam (played by Kett Turton) just for sex  and nothing more. She hopes to get the fulfilment she needs at this particular time in her life. Grace’s loyal, confidant, neurotic best friend Clementine is played by Jennifer Beals. Ms. Beals’ performance is magnum opus (outstanding). Being a fan of Ms. Beals, it would have been nice to see more of her character. So happy that Terry Miles (Canadian) directed, wrote, produced and everything else needed to be done to bring this movie about, except I’m sure he didn’t make the coffee for the cast and crew; I think Lauren did that. All in all, an adult film not to be missed by anyone.  It is not a complicated movie, you take what you want from it and this is what I took.”


If you missed both screenings on Friday and Saturday, you can still catch the last screening at the festival on September 15th. Or head to Vancouver where Cinemanovels will be shown at the festival on October/02 and October/10 Watch the trailer here

Here is an article Terry wrote on the Huffington Post and an interview Lauren gave to Blouin Artinfo Canada

Video of Jennifer signing autographs:

Pictures during this event can be found in our gallery and below some interviews the cast gave to (click on the images to access the interviews)
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Jennifer and Lauren interview for Beyond Cinema Magazine

Interview on the Independent Magazine