Toronto International Film Festival

Jonas Govaerts on Debuting ‘Cub’ at TIFF & Casting Kids for Horror Interview

Jonas Govaerts on Debuting ‘Cub’ at TIFF & Casting Kids for Horror

“The traps were like Goonies gone horror,” explained Belgian director Jonas Govaerts. Only blocks away from the theater where his debut feature Cub would soon premiere, Govaerts was easy-going but likely ready for his movie to finally screen for audiences. “It’s daunting,” he said of being at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival with his Read More
Tu Dors Nicole (TIFF Review) Movie

Tu Dors Nicole (TIFF Review)

Stephane Lafleur’s Tu Dors Nicole (literally translated to “You’re sleeping, Nicole”) takes place over one languid, youthful summer, shot gorgeously on black and white 35mm film. The 22-year-old title character (Julianne Côté), does nothing but aimlessly wander the neighborhood when not working at a thrift store, looking forward to summertime. With her parents away on Read More
TIFF 2014: Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Film Festival

TIFF 2014: Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

In Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, the title character (played by co-director Ronit Elkabetz) spends 5 years trying to divorce her husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian). In Israel, divorce cases are only handled by the Rabbinical Court, and religious laws state the husband must approve the divorce in order for it to be final. Elisha Read More
TIFF 2014: The Look of Silence Film Festival

TIFF 2014: The Look of Silence

After making The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer goes back to the same subject matter for his follow-up The Look of Silence. A brief background: In The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer followed several people responsible for slaughtering hundreds, if not thousands, of suspected communists in the 1960s military coup of Indonesia. Oppenheimer was shocked Read More
TIFF 2014: While We’re Young Film Festival

TIFF 2014: While We’re Young

Two years ago Noah Baumbach charmed Toronto audiences with Frances Ha, although fans of the whimsical free-form narrative in his last film might be disappointed with the concise structure and fastened script found in his latest film While We’re Young. Forty-something married couple Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) begin to notice the signs Read More
Viggo Mortenson Shows Off His Linguistic Skills in Venice/TIFF Film ‘Far From Men’ News

Viggo Mortenson Shows Off His Linguistic Skills in Venice/TIFF Film ‘Far From Men’

At the precipice of the Algerian War between France and Algerian independence fighters, a reserve soldier for the French military, living in Algeria as a schoolteacher (Viggo Mortensen), is enlisted to escort a prisoner (Reda Kateb) on a two-day trek to Tanguit to stand trial. Shot in expansive rocky deserts of Morocco, writer/director David Oelhoffen’s second feature Read More
TIFF 2014: Whiplash Film Festival

TIFF 2014: Whiplash

Whiplash has been one of the biggest hits on the festival circuit so far this year, getting rave reviews from Sundance, Cannes, and from many audiences here in Toronto as well. And it’s pretty easy to see why: An impressive cast makes for an entertaining watch. But the film ultimately keeps its focus too shallow Read More
TIFF 2014: Cub Film Festival

TIFF 2014: Cub

Jonas Govaerts’ Cub feels all too familiar, a significant problem given its promising concept and imagery. On a Cub Scout trip to the woods, young scout Sam (Maurice Luijten) sees a feral child with a bizarre mask running around in the forest. He repeatedly warns his fellow campers, only to get made fun of. The Read More
TIFF 2014: Goodnight Mommy Film Festival

TIFF 2014: Goodnight Mommy

Austrian filmmakers Veronika Franz (wife of auteur Ulrich Seidl) and Severin Fiala first present Goodnight Mommy as a mystery with a horror film premise–two nine-year-old twin brothers question their mother’s identity after a facial surgery leaves most of her face covered with bandages. The boys notice their mother acting out of the ordinary, she never Read More