September 16, 2019

After circulating through Venice and Toronto to great, albeit controversial buzz, Todd Phillips’ The Joker is finally set for wide release next month. There’s a lot to dissect here, and anyone who has seen the film will know that classifying The Joker as a superhero movie would be a complete joke (!) of a statement. No, this is far from a superhero film, and the marketing team has been quite open about this too. In fact, there wasn’t even a DC Comics logo during the film's opening credits. But w...

September 13, 2019

The prospects of seeing an Israelian rock musical with references to both La La Land and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg should be exciting to any fan of the genre. And it was with these pretences that I walked into Red Fields, with little more information than the paltry synopsis written in the TIFF program book and the single still image that accompanied it. It’s honestly the best way to walk into any film, and one of the perks of attending any film festival. In an ideal world, the mystery and exci...

September 12, 2019

It’s been six years since Anthony Chen made his award-winning feature film debut, Ilo Ilo, and he finally returns to the cinematic stage with a new endeavouring effort. Wet Season is a welcome return to cinema from one of Asia’s most talented young filmmakers.

Set in the midst of Singapore’s rainy season, the film centers on an elementary school teacher (Yeo Yann Yann) who forms a seemingly innocent relationship with one of her students (Koh Jia Ler). As their relationship grows in complexity, so...

September 11, 2019

Anna Maguire (director) and Julia Lederer (writer) are both at TIFF to promote their short film It's Nothing, which is screening as part of the Short Cuts Programme. The film is a powerful representation of the mental struggles afflicting individuals with eating disorders, and takes a unique approach in depicting the disorder on screen. It's Nothing will also be screening at the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival on September 18, 2019.

throwdown815: Can you talk about how the inspiration an...

September 11, 2019

Capturing the mundane nuances of urban/suburban life doesn’t always make for the most compelling cinema. But when it’s done right, these types of cinematic narratives can become exhilarating experiences that tug right into our humanistic tendencies by threading the line between reality and fiction. Kazik Radwanski does exactly that with Anne at 13,000 ft. It’s not the most exciting of films, but it’s certainly a striking effort worthy of thoughtful consideration.

Set in the beautiful urban neighb...

September 11, 2019

With an already established career producing music videos and directing short films, Oualid Mouaness presents his first full length feature at TIFF this year. 1982 is a notable debut from Mouaness, who has surely set himself on a long and successful career path as a filmmaker. A full review of 1982 can be found here.

throwdown815: Going through your profile, I see you did an MFA degree in film at Florida State University, but you ended up doing a lot of work in the music video business. Was that...

September 9, 2019

Films about war and separation have almost become a quiet subgenre of cinema. Whether it’s the pain of separating from one’s family, lover or even country, filmmakers have a tendency of effectively conveying this unfortunate byproduct of war. In 1982, Oualid Mouaness crafts a beautiful tale of impending separation primarily through the innocent lens of children. It’s an impressive feature film debut that certainly cements his status as a talent to watch for.

Set in war-torn Beirut on the last day...

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