TIFF 2013 :: Day 5 :: What To See at TIFF Today –

by Shannonn Kelly
01:27 AM, EST, September 09, 2013

Sunday was a big Canadian film day at the Toronto International Film Festival – Snapped this picture of director Bruce McDonald for fun as we were crossing the street together.

Canadian filmmaker Bruce McDonald
Canadian filmmaker Bruce McDonald

I watched the premieres of 3 Canadian films on Sunday starting very early in the morning: Peter Stebbings “empire of Dirt”, documentary Burt’s Buzz and Don McKellar’s stellar debut of the English-speaking version of ‘Seducing Dr. Lewis called, “The Grand Seduction” starring Brendan Gleeson and Gordon Pinset.

My favorite films of the day were “Empire of Dirt”, where I tweeted: “Peter Stebbings gracefully directs a superbly realistic cast in @EODthemovie, proving again #FirstNations talent is sadly underused in #film“, “The Grand Seduction” for different reason’s maybe than critics might say, “Parkland” by Peter Landesman about the people behind the scenes of the day JFK was shot (superb cast) and the raw and under-doggish “FAT”, by Mark Phinney.

Today for Day 5, here are my picks for what to see. Happy TIFF-ing 🙂

Although not on my Top 100 TIFF list, I say see Devil’s Knot if only for the great Colin Firth.

Devil’s Knot dir. Atom Egoyan

The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual. Stars Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth


“THE LUNCHBOX” (2013 feature film directed by Ritesh Batra)

Ritesh Batra

Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking, she mistakenly sends a homemade lunchbox to someone other than her husband.
“PHILOMENA” (2013 feature film directed by Stephen Frears)

Stephen Frears

A woman searches for her adult son, who taken away from her decades ago when she was forced to live in a convent. Stars Judi Dench, Steve Coogan,
“THE DOUBLE” (2013 feature film directed by Richard Ayoade)
Reviews ~

Richard Ayoade

A comedy centered on a man who is driven insane by the appearance of his doppleganger. Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn.
“DOM HEMINGWAY” (2013 feature film directed by Richard Shepard)

Richard Shepard

Dark comedy about a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous. Stars Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir.
“GRAVITY” (2013 3-D feature film directed by Alfonso Cuarón)

Alfonso Cuarón

Astronauts attempt to return to Earth after debris crashes into their space shuttle, leaving them drifting alone in orbit. Stars Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Eric Michels
“MYSTERY ROAD” (2013 feature film directed by Ivan Sen)

Ivan Sen

An indigenous detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl. Stars Aaron Pedersen, Ryan Kwanten and Hugo Weaving.
“TRIPTYCH” (2013 feature film directed by Robert Lepage, Pedro Pires)

Robert Lepage, Pedro Pires

Triptych is a contemporary urban saga that tells the story of Michelle, a schizophrenic bookseller; Marie, a singer and actress; and Thomas, a surgeon who no longer has control over his life or his drinking. See it for the cinematography alone by co-director Pedro Pires.
“FINDING VIVIAN MAIER” (2013 feature documentary film directed by John Maloof, Charlie Siskel)

John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

This intriguing documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny.
“QUAI D'ORSAY” (2013 feature film directed by Bertrand Tavernier)

Bertrand Tavernier

Master filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (The Princess of Montpensier, Life and Nothing But) directs this gleeful political satire about a dashing, globetrotting but possibly inept politician. Stars Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz,
“SUNSHINE ON LEITH” (2013 feature film directed by Dexter Fletcher)

Dexter Fletcher

Sunshine on Leith is based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. everubody in the cast does their own signing including Peter Mullan, Jane Horrocks.

MON.09.SEP at 6:15pm

“FILTHY GORGEOUS” (2013 feature documentary film directed by Barry Avrich)

Barry Avrich

Account of the life of this most unlikely revolutionary of the 1960s counterculture Bob Guccione.
A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to their Oklahoma beginnings. Stars Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis.
“JOE” (2013 feature film directed by David Gordon Green)

David Gordon Green

An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin. Stars Nicolas Cage.
“MISS VIOLENCE” (2013 feature film directed by Alexandros Avranas)
Reviews ~

Alexandros Avranas

Greek director Alexandros Avranas’ chilling and incisive drama recounts an 11-year-old girl’s inexplicable suicide.
“WE ARE THE BEST!” (2013 feature film directed by Lukas Moodysson)

Lukas Moodysson

Three 12 and 13-year-old girls decide to form a punk band in 1982 Stockholm. Stars, Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoyne
“FOR NO GOOD REASON” (2013 feature film directed by Charlie Paul)

Charlie Paul

For No Good Reason explores the connection between life and art, seen through the eyes of seminal British artist Ralph Steadman. Stars Ralph Steadman, Johnny Depp, Terry Gilliam
“MCCANICK” (2013 feature film directed by Josh C. Waller)

Josh C. Waller

The other Cory Monteith film at TIFF 2013
“THE HUSBAND” (2013 feature film directed by Bruce McDonald)

Bruce McDonald

Henry is married, has a son, and a decent job in advertising. Trouble is his wife is in jail for sleeping with a 14-year-old boy.
Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the Pines) stars as a Metallica roadie dispatched to hell and back in this mind-blowing mash-up of concert film and narrative.

“STARRED UP” (2013 feature film directed by David Mackenzie)

David Mackenzie

The prison movie genre gets a fresh shot of youthful grit in this hard-hitting but big-hearted drama about a teenaged inmate transferred to the same jail his father is in.
“BLOOD TIES” (2013 feature film directed by Guillaume Canet)

Guillaume Canet

Two brothers, on either side of the law, face off over organized crime in Brooklyn during the 1970s. Remake of French film, Rivals (2008). Stars Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard and the amazing Matthias Schoenaarts.
“THE DINNER” (2013 feature film directed by Menno Meyjes)

Menno Meyjes

In The Dinner two couples go out to dinner in a restaurant. They talk about ordinary things: work, the latest movies, holiday plans.Stars Jacob Derwig, Thekla Reuten, Daan Schuurmans
“THE GREAT BEAUTY” (2013 feature film directed by Paolo Sorrentino)

Paolo Sorrentino

The story of an aging writer who bitterly recollects his passionate, lost youth.  Stars Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone.
“UNDER THE SKIN” (2013 feature film directed by Jonathan Glazer)

Jonathan Glazer

The story of an alien in human form on a journey through Scotland. Part road movie, part science fiction, part real. Stars Scarlett Johansson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes.


“AFFLICTED” (2013 feature film directed by Clif Prowse, Derek Lee)

Clif Prowse, Derek Lee

Best friends Derek and Clif set out on a trip of a lifetime. ut this trip may end their life…

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