TIFF 2013 :: Day 11 :: Last Chance Films – BlackBerry® People’s Choice Award

by Shannonn Kelly
00:25AM, EST, Sunday September 15, 2013

Today is the last day the 38th Annual Toronto International Film Festival. I can barely see straight with all the long hours I put in. But all for a worthy cause. Seeing film and informing my readers about the best film picks and the fun moments at TIFF 2013.

Winners will be awarded in three main categories today: BlackBerry® People’s Choice Award; BlackBerry® Documentary Award; and BlackBerry® Midnight Madness Award. Other awards will be announced as well from Canadian Shorts and Feature Juries when announce their picks starting at 12 Noon today.

TIFF2013 Tip: Get in line at The Ryerson Theater  (44 Gerrard Street East) early because at 6:00PM, the Blackberry People’s Choice Award Winner will be screened and it is *free* to the public. Many people start lining up well before 12 Noon today at Ryerson, where tickets will be handed out to audience members waiting in line. Once the number of tickets needed to fill the house are given out, there is NO getting into the screening.

My picks for the BlackBerry® People’s Choice Award is “Gravity” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney or “12 Years a Slave” starring Chiwetel Ejiofore. Bullock and Ejiofore are among my 2 picks for Best Actress and Best Actor nods for the Academy Award® 2014

TIFF 2013 BlackBerry® People's Choice Award Winner might be "Gravity" starring Sandra Bullock or "12 Years a Slave" starring Chiwetel Ejiofor
TIFF 2013 BlackBerry® People’s Choice Award Winner might be “Gravity” starring Sandra Bullock or “12 Years a Slave” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor

Today is Day 11 and this is your last chances to see films big or small. Please try to see films that do not have distribution. Please Support Independent Film. Happy TIFF-ING! 🙂


SUN.15.SEP at 9:00am

Acclaimed director Danis Tanovic won the Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival for this unflinching exposé of the prejudices faced by Bosnian workers. Stars Senada Alimanovic, Nazif Mujic, Sandra Mujic

“IDA” (2013 feature film directed by Pawel Pawlikowski)
Ida  dir. Pawel Pawlikowski

Poland, 1962. Anna is a novice, an orphan brought up by nuns in a convent. Before she takes her vows, she learns a family secret. Stars Agata Kulesza, Dawid Ogrodnik, Agata Trzebuc.

“THE WIND RISES” (2013 feature film directed by Hayao Miyazaki)
The Wind Rises  dir. Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki brings together aircraft engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori, to create Jiro — a fictional character at the centre of of this tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world. Stars Hideaki Anno, Jun Kunimura, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Mansai Nomura, Shinobu Otake, Miori Takimoto.

“QUAI D'ORSAY” (2013 feature film directed by Bertrand Tavernier)
Quai d’Orsay  dir. Bertrand Tavernier **MUST SEE**

Master filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (The Princess of Montpensier, Life and Nothing But) directs a brilliant and hilarious political satire about a dashing, globetrotting French foreign minister whose charm and insouciance mask his utter and complete incompetence. Stars Niels Arestrupt, Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz.


“GRAVITY” (2013 3-D feature film directed by Alfonso Cuarón)
Gravity  dir. Alfonso Cuarón ** See Above**

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.

“ATTILA MARCEL” (2013 feature film directed by Sylvain Chomet)
Attila Marcel  dir. Sylvain Chomet

Paul is in his 30s. An orphan since the age of two, he lives with his aunts in a Parisian apartment and leads a reclusive existence as a pianist. By same director as “The Triplets of Belleville” and “The Illusionist“. Stars Guillaume Gouix, Anne Le Ny, Bernadette Lafont.

“ANTBOY” (2013 feature film directed by Ask Hasselbalch)
Antboy  dir. Ask Hasselbalch

Directed by a horror movie buff, a shy twelve-year-old becomes a superhero after being bitten by a very special ant.

“FADING GIGOLO” (2013 feature film directed by John Turturro)
Fading Gigolo  dir. John Turturro

Woody Allen as John Turturro’s pimp. Say no more… Also stars Vanessa Paradis.

“LE WEEK-END” (2013 feature film directed by Roger Michell)
Le Week-End  dir. Roger Michell

A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage. Stars th wonderful Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum.

“GISELLE” (2013 feature film directed by Toa Fraser)
Giselle  dir. Toa Fraser

Toa Fraser’s beautifully photographed film captures the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s staging of the classic Giselle.

“UNDER THE SKIN” (2013 feature film directed by Jonathan Glazer)
Under the Skin  Jonathan Glazer

The story of an alien in human form on a journey through Scotland. Stars Scarlett Johansson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes.

“UNBEATABLE” (2013 feature film directed by Dante Lam)
Unbeatable  dir. Dante Lam

Fleeing to Macau to escape from threatening loan sharks, a former mixed-martial arts champion becomes embroiled in the lives of a psychologically troubled single mother and a young wannabe fighter in Hong Kong. Stars Nick Cheung, Eddie Peng and Crystal Lee.

“UNFORGIVEN” (2013 feature film directed by Lee Sang-il)
Unforgiven  dir. Lee Sang-il

Lee Sang-il’s visionary remake of Clint Eastwood’s iconic Academy Award–winning film transposes the classic Western to Meiji-period Japan. Stars Akira Emoto, Koichi Sato and Ken Watanabe.


SUN.15.SEP at 6:00pm

“THE DOUBLE” (2013 feature film directed by Richard Ayoade)
The Double  dir. Richard Ayoade

As much as I’m SO tired of Jesse Eisenberg, I really liked this quirky and dark comedy about a man who is driven insane by the appearance of his doppleganger. Stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn.


“YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL” (2013 feature film directed by François Ozon)
Young & Beautiful  dir. François Ozon

A coming-of-age portrait of a 17-year-old French girl over four seasons and four songs. Stars Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Charlotte Rampling.


“MYSTERY ROAD” (2013 feature film directed by Ivan Sen)

Mystery Road  dir. Ivan Sen

I’m a huge fan of Australian films. They always seem to have an edge that I don’t find in other films. You’ll see what I mean in this film when an indigenous detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl. Stars Aaron Pedersen, Ryan Kwanten and Hugo Weaving.

“AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'” (2013 feature documentary film directed by Marcel Ophuls)
Ain’t Misbehavin’  dir. Marcel Ophuls

He launched his own career directing fiction films with the help of François Truffaut, then earned a reputation as a master of documentary. Marcel Ophüls (The Sorrow and the Pity) turns his gaze back on his own extraordinary life with this memoir. Includes Elliott Erwitt, Jeanne Moreau, Costa-Gavras,…

“A WOLF AT THE DOOR” (2013 feature film directed by Fernando Coimbra)
A Wolf at the Door  dir. Fernando Coimbra

A nerve-rattling tale of a kidnapped child and the distraught parents left behind.

“THE FINISHERS” (2013 feature film directed by Nils Tavernier)
The Finishers  dir. Nils Tavernier

This is the film that will conclude my TIFF 2013 expereince on –  Inspired by the remarkable real-life feats of Rick and Dick Hoyt, this drama from veteran documentarian Nils Tavernier (Etoiles: Dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet (2001)) is the powerful story of a father who teams with his wheelchair-bound son to conquer the grueling gauntlet of an Ironman Triathlon. Stars Alexandra Lamy, Jacques Gamblin

Watch for my blog tomorrow in which I give you my TIFF2013 wrap up.

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