This year’s TIFF was for me a resounding success: More quality Q&A’s and post-film interviews, assigned seating at more venues, easier than ever to get last minute tickets. It felt like a return to the days of appreciating audiences after several years of the audiences getting lost amid the rush to court industry.
I will be getting to reviews of the movies over the next week or so, here are the ones that I saw. Overall no outright turkeys so that’s lucky!
Call Me By Your Name Thursday Sep 7 7:15 PM
Italian-set story of gay sexual awakening featuring Armie Hammer with a script by James Ivory.
I, Tonya Friday Sep 8 9:30 PM
The Tonya Harding / Nancy Kerrigan story brought to life with Margot Robbie, Sebastien Stan, Bobby Cannavale and Allison Janney? So there! If the self-important title is any indication, it’s gonna be over the top!
The Current War Sunday Sep 10 11 AM
The race to provide North America with home electricity, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison.
Victoria and Abdul Sunday Sep 10 2:30 PM
Stephen Frears’ movie about the lesser known story of Queen Victoria’s relationship in her later years with her much younger Indian clerk Abdul Karim. With Judi Dench as the Queen, naturally.
The Brawler Sunday Sep 10 9:30 PM
Hindi movie about an Indian boxer’s struggle to advance up the competition ladder after and impulsive punching of his upper-caste, abusive coach lands him in hot water.
Euphoria Monday Sep 11 8:15 PM
Alicia Vikander and Eva Green as two estranged sisters attempting a difficult and ominous reconciliation. A competitor for TIFF’s new juried Platform prize.
Brawl in Cell Block 99 Tuesday Sep 12 10:45 PM
I can’t resist the lure of Midnight Madness, so I picked this prison exploitation flick with Vince Vaughn as a hulking baddie.
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Wednesday Sep 13 9:30 AM
Annette Bening plays film star Gloria Grahame in her later years with Jamie Bell as her lover Peter Turner, based on his memoir.
Short Cuts Programme 01 Thursday Sep 14 6:30 PM
Always keep to take in some short film at the festival! If it sucks, it’s over soon!
The Motive Friday Sep 15 9:15 PM
Set in Seville, an author with writer’s block insinuates himself into his neighbours’ business to cause drama and stimulate his writing juices.
Darkest Hour Saturday Sep 16th 12:00 PM
Gary Oldman takes a crack at Winston Churchill in this biopic set in the early years of World War II.
North of Superior Sep 17th 4:00 PM
This 1971 film, one of the first filmed in IMAX will be a nostalgic trip to the forests, mines and lakes of Northern Ontario.
Disappearance Sep 17th 9:00 PM
Two lovers tread the late night streets of an Iranian city looking for medical help for the girl’s special problem. A brave exploration of a taboo subject.