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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.