TIFF 2013 :: Day 10 :: What To See at TIFF Today

by Shannonn Kelly
05:33AM, EST, Saturday September 14, 2013

Today is the big closing night Gala at the 38th Annual Toronto International Film Festival. Look for complete pandemonium at the 6PM Gala Premiere for “Life of Crime” directed by  starring , , , , , and , in the Elmore Leonard adapted screenplay about a kidnapping that goes horribly wrong.

"Life of Crime" closes the 38th Annual Toronto International Film Festival
“Life of Crime” closes the 38th Annual Toronto International Film Festival


Today is Day 10 and these are some of your last chances to see the smaller independent films that still do not have distribution. Please support independent film. Happy TIFF-ING! 🙂

SAT.14.SEP at 9:00am

“BASTARDO” (2013 feature film directed by Nejib Belkadhi)
BastardoNejib Belkadhi

Larger-than-life characters populate director Nejib Belkadhi’s spellbinding combination of film noir and magic realism.

“THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY” (2013 feature film directed by Ned Benson)

James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Viola Davis star in this innovative two-part film that relates a love story from two different perspectives.


A China/Ireland co-production about Gary who goes to Beijing to make it big. After failing to impress his Chinese investors he soon takes up teaching English.

“AMERICAN DREAMS IN CHINA” (2013 feature film directed by Peter Chan)

Shot by superstar cinematographer Christopher Doyle and dubbed “the Chinese Social Network”.


“A PROMISE” (2013 feature film directed by Patrice Leconte)
A Promise  dir. Patrice Leconte

A romantic drama set in Germany just before WWI and centered on a married woman who falls in love with her husband’s teacher. Stars Richard Madden, Rebecca Hall and Alan Rickman.

“ALL ABOUT THE FEATHERS” (2013 feature film directed by Neto Villalobos)
All About the Feathers  dir. Neto Villalobos

A security guard who wants to get into the cockfighting game buys, befriends, and becomes inseparable from his rooster protégé Rocky.

“CLUB SANDWICH” (2013 feature film directed by Fernando Eimbcke)
Club Sandwich  dir. Fernando Eimbcke

While vacationing at a beachside resort, a single mother faces inevitable separation anxiety when her 15-year-old son who is also her best friend falls for a girl his age.

“DOM HEMINGWAY” (2013 feature film directed by Richard Shepard)

Dom Hemingway  dir. Richard Shepard

Dom Hemingway is a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous. Stars Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, and Demian Bichir (A Better Life).

A dejected music business executive forms a bond with a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan. Stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfield.

“THE HUSBAND” (2013 feature film directed by Bruce McDonald)
The Husband  dir. 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. Stars Maxwell McCabe-Lokos (who wrote the screenplay), August Diehl.

“BLIND DETECTIVE” (2013 feature film directed by Johnnie To)
Blind Detective  dir. Johnnie To

Forced to leave service after he was afflicted with blindness, a former detective ekes out his living by solving cold cases for police rewards. Stars Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Yuanyuan Gao.

“WE ARE THE BEST!” (2013 feature film directed by Lukas Moodysson)
Reviews ~

We are the Best!  dir. Lukas Moodysson

Three 12 and 13-year-old girls decide to form a punk band in 1982 Stockholm.  Stars Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoy.

“JOE” (2013 feature film directed by David Gordon Green)
Joe  dir. 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, Tye Sheridan.

“ALL IS BY MY SIDE” (2013 feature film directed by John Ridley)
Reviews ~

All Is By My Side  dir. John Ridley

OutKast’s André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this biopic of the rock legend. Jimmy James, an unknown backup guitarist, left New York City. This is a **MUST SEE**

“AMAZONIA” (2012 3-D animated feature film directed by Luc Marescot, Thierry Ragobert)
Amazonia [2012]  dir. Thierry Ragobert

From Brazil, Amazonia, is a 3D odyssey into the world’s biggest rainforest : the Amazon Forest.

“COLD EYES” (2013 feature film directed by Ui-seok Jo, Byung-seo Kim)
Cold Eyes  dir. Ui-seok Jo, Byung-seo Kim

A veteran leader of the Special Crime Department Surveillance Team, and a rookie female detective with gifted powers of reasoning, take down a gang of ruthless bank robbers. Stars Seol Kyung-gu, Jung Woo-sung and Han Hyo-joo.


“HOW STRANGE TO BE NAMED FEDERICO: SCOLA NARRATES FELLINI” (2013 feature film directed by Ettore Scola)

Loved this film! On the 20th anniversary of Federico Fellini’s death, Ettore Scola, a devoted admirer of the incomparable maestro tells the story of their friendship through dramatic re-enactment and archival footage. A cinematic love letter to the Maverick of Italian film.

“LIFE OF CRIME” (2013 feature film directed by Daniel Schechter)
Life of Crime  dir. Daniel Schechter

See Above. two Gala Screenings tonight.

“STARRED UP” (2013 feature film directed by David Mackenzie)
Starred Up  dir. 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 prison his dad is in. Stars Rupert Friend, Ben Mendelsohn and Jack O’Connell.

“LUCKY THEM” (2013 feature film directed by Megan Griffiths)
Lucky Them  dir. Megan Griffiths

A rock journalist is assigned to track down her ex-boyfriend. Stars Toni Collette, Thomas Hayden-Church, Oliver Platt.

“FELONY” (2013 feature film directed by Matthew Saville)
Felony  Matthew Saville

Life changes in an instant for a decorated police officer on his way home after having a few drinks when he kills a bicyclist. Stars Tom Wilkinson, Joel Edgerton (who wrote the screenplay) and Jai Courtney.


“BAD WORDS” (2013 feature film directed by Jason Bateman)
Bad Words  dir. Jason Bateman

A spelling bee loser sets out to exact revenge by finding a loophole and attempting to win as an adult. Stars Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, Phillip Baker Hall, Kathryn Hahn.

“A FIELD IN ENGLAND” (2013 presentation)
A Field in England  dir. Ben Wheatley

A psychedelic trip into magic and madness from Ben Wheatley, award-winning director of Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers.

“R100” (2013 feature film directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto)

An ordinary man with an ordinary life joins a mysterious club where the membership lasts for one year only and there is no cancellation.

“SUNSHINE ON LEITH” (2013 feature film directed by Dexter Fletcher)

Sunshine on Leith is based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. Stars Peter Mullan and Jane Horrocks.

“WITCHING & BITCHING” (2013 feature film directed by Álex de la Iglesia)
Witching & Bitching  Álex de la Iglesia

MIDNIGHT MADNESS: Fleeing through the impenetrable forests of the Basque countryside after a jewel heist, a hapless band of robbers runs afoul of a coven of witches.Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Pepon Nieto.


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