Writer Bruce Wagner's script for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars is of a piece with his other work. It blends a cynical vision of people with an even darker examination of the worship of the superficial that is Hollywood life.
When movies do "talk to each other," says Kent Jones, "that's always great." Certainly it's fair to say that noir films, from Maps to the Stars, to Gone Girl, to Foxcatcher, dominate much of the conversation in the fest's 52nd edition.
You're familiar with Emilia McCarthy's work as fraternal twin Alyssa Sworn on Season 1's Netflix's Hemlock Grove. This Ontario native started in show business at 8 years old as Cate Blanchett's daughter in the film Babel.