Waiting for (2014)

I’m back! With more films to add to my list after Back Half Package selection day. I’m going to jump right into it:

SCARLET INNOCENCE (Yim Pil-Sung – South Korea) – September 4 – Ryerson Theatre – 6:00PM 

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This actually wasn’t part of the package, as it is premiering on the first day of the festival! This is my second year only, and to have a film at the first day is a big deal. To have a featured City to City film selection makes it even better! (Loosely) Based on the Korean fairytale The Story of Simcheong, which has always been a father-daughter story, the director changed it to a story between two strangers, who fall in love and then later become adversaries. I’m excited for this.

GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE (Jean-Luc Godard – France) – September 10 – Ryerson Theatre – 6:00PM

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Godard. 3-D. Winner of the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. My interest in Godard stems from quite late introduction to his work during my graduate studies, specifically his work in the 60s. My desire to see this film definitely stems from that, and the fact that I am just curious to see exactly why it won the Jury Prize. 

SHELTER (Paul Bettany – USA) – September 12 – Elgin Theatre – 6:00PM

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Two homeless people, one a drug addict, another with a dark, secretive paths. Even though they’re both living in the streets, they occupy two different worlds. This is Paul Bettany’s directorial debut, and it’s also his screenplay. It sounds rather cliche, but I’d like to give it a shot. There’s something quite human in this whole thing, and I want I’m definitely curious to see where it takes it all. 

99 HOMES (Ramin Bahrani – USA) – September 13 – Princess of Wales – 10:00PM

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All about the foreclosure of houses in Florida. An unemployed construction worker has recently lost his family’s home and is forced to work with the very man that was the cause of it all to get it back. Desperate and rooted in reality, I cannot wait to see this film. So far, it’s my closing film of the festival.

So yes, so far, I have this 8 films on the docket, plus one more voucher to claim. I will use it to Rush films between the 9th to the 14th, and hopefully get something going for me. We’ll definitely see, as 8 films in the bag before the festival even started is definitely a big rise from last year. 

I’m going to try my luck on rushing PRIDE, THE IMITATION GAME and THE DROP. HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS is coming out at the end of the month in regular theatres, and the film NOBLE that I’ve been waiting to be part of this festival gets a release this month as well (I hope it gets released in Canada). So after the festival, I’m back in regular theatres! 

I cannot wait for the festival to start! It’s been great already and I just got my tickets. I had to call for help twice, and both times the phone agents were fantastic. And the ones right at the box office were very pleasant as well when I picked up my tickets. It was fantastic customer service and I was very impress!


Woah, it has been a while. 

My last review was for the second film that I saw at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE, which has already been re-released worldwide as BEGIN AGAIN. Needless to say, it has been a year since I last did a review (for this site, at least). 

This year the idea is to use the 2014 Festival as a jumping point to start reviewing films again. I just got off the queue online and got 4 tickets, which is hey, 3 more tickets than my original plan last year. So far, on the docket:

THE DEAD LANDS (Tao Fraser – New Zealand) – September 5 – Bloor Hot Docs – 12:00PM

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I’m very excited for this film. It’s about pre-colonial New Zeland about a Maori tribe where the son of a murdered chieftain is seeking revenge by learning ancient Maori martial arts, known as Mau rakau. This film is the very first one to ever feature this martial art. 

THE FACE OF AN ANGEL (Michael Winterbottom – United Kingdom) – September 6 – Elgin – 8:00PM

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A film about the Amanda Knox murder trial. Except not really. Director Michael Winterbottom used the event as a jumping point for this film, and it’s fictional events. It’s definitely going to be interesting, because it’s a movie about a man wanting to make a movie about the event, and is conversing with a woman who has written a book about the event. It’s very meta, and It’s going to be an interesting ride.

AMERICAN HEIST (Sarik Andreasyan – USA) – September 11 – Princess of Wales – 7:00PM

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Two brothers. Bank heist. Indie film. I am a sucker for films that have a brotherly bond. And to be honest, Adrien Brody. A combination of the two is always a good thing (see: The Brothers Bloom). I’m wondering if they can take the whole, two brothers with a dark past trope and give it a good spin that’ll keep me wanting more. 

BEFORE WE GO (Chris Evans – USA) – September 13 – Bloor Hot Docs – 12:15PM

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NYC. Boston girl misses train home and means NY busker. Two strangers spending a night in the city that never sleeps, realizing that they may have just met the right one. One problem: the next train to Boston is coming, and there’s a husband waiting for the girl on the other end. This is Chris Evans directorial debut, and as someone who knows a lot of his work and how versatile he can be as an actor, I am definitely excited to see how he is as a director.

So yes, these are the first four films that I got my hands on, and I’ll be back soon after my selection window tomorrow for the Back Half Pack. I have six tickets, I hope there’s still some screenings left!

I’ll do my best to commit this time around, as this time around I have a full time job with a more fixed schedule. It’s time to discipline myself, watch all the films and write about them. It shouldn’t be so hard as I love films, and writing. We’ll see!