Kirk here, as the Toronto International Film Festival begins I’m here to spotlight my top picks for the fest and perhaps fill those leftover vouchers or last minute gaps in the schedule with some films that have definitely caught my eye. I will be brief in detail to avoid spoiler type material, but for further info on all titles go to the TIFF website by clicking on the titles below.
Painless – Dir. Juan Carlos Medina
Spanish Horror Thriller about a man who slowly unravels the truth about his origins, and a series of experiments conducted on children at the dawn of the Spanish Civil War.
Screening Sat Sept 8th, Sun Sept 9th and Sat Sept 15th
Berberian Sound Studio – Dir. Peter Strickland
A British sound engineer (Toby Jones) starts a descent into madness when he starts to work for a flamboyant Italian Horror director.
Screening Mon Sept 10th and Tues Sept 11th
Fin (The End) – Dir. Jorge Torregrossa
A post-apocalyptic thriller set in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains in which a group of survivors set out to survive nature and their own demons after an all-encompassing blackout and the apparent disappearance of everybody else on the planet.
Screening Sat Sept 8th, Mon Sept 10th and Sun Sept 16th.
Tai Chi 0 – Dir. Stephen Fung
Martial Arts meets Steampunk in Director Fung’s hyper-stylized account of the founder of the Yang school of Tai Chi set during the Qing Dynasty. Crazy, delirious fight scenes ensue.
Screening Sat Sept 8th, Tues Sept 11th and Sat Sept 15th.
Thale – Dir. Aleksander L. Nordaas
While cleaning a cabin in the Norwegian wilderness, two forensic clean-up crew members stumble upon a deadly mythical siren known as a ‘Huldra’, known for luring men away to their demise.
Screening Wed Sept 12th, Thurs Sept 13th and Sat Sept 15th
No One Lives – Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura
Midnight Madness vet Kitamura returns after 10 years since “Versus” to deliver a tale of a gory home invasion that goes wrong when the ‘helpless’ victims turn out to be anything but helpless.
Screening Sat Sept 8th, Mon Sept 10th and Fri Sept 14th
Looper – Dir Rian Johnson
The mind-bending futuristic tale of a mob hit man whose job is to exterminate people from the future. The job becomes less appealing when he is assigned the task of killing his future self.
Screening twice on Thurs Sept 6th (Opening Night Gala)
Much Ado about Nothing Dir – Joss Whedon
After his mega hit The Avengers, Whedon strips down to deliver a faithful retelling of Shakespeare’s play set in a contemporary world and populated by many of the actors from his television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly.
Screening Sat Sept 8th, Sun Sept 9th and Fri Sept 14th.
Hellbenders Dir – JT Petty
The Hellbound Saints of Brooklyn Parrish are the most foul-mouthed, ill-tempered, beer-swilling, raucous group of priests you’re likely to meet. But you’ll want them on your side if you need an exorcism performed in this town.
Screening Sun Sept 9th, Tues Sept 11th and Sat Sept 15th.
The Hunt – Dir. Thomas Vinterberg
Mads Mikkelsen won the Best Actor prize at Cannes for his performance as an innocent man accused of child molestation in this ferociously powerful new film that is sure to be controversial.
Screening Mon Sept 10th and Wed Sept 12th.
And a bonus Pick!….
Come out and Play – Dir – Juego de Ninos
In a Children of the Corn inspired Mexican thriller a vacationing couple must unravel the blood soaked mystery of why a mysterious island is apparently only populated by children.
Screening Thurs Sept 13th, Fri Sept 14th and Sat Sept 15th.
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Till Next Time,
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