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
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! 🙂
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Directed by a horror movie buff, a shy twelve-year-old becomes a superhero after being bitten by a very special ant.
Woody Allen as John Turturro’s pimp. Say no more… Also stars Vanessa Paradis.
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.
Toa Fraser’s beautifully photographed film captures the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s staging of the classic Giselle.
The story of an alien in human form on a journey through Scotland. Stars Scarlett Johansson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes.
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.
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.
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.
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 nerve-rattling tale of a kidnapped child and the distraught parents left behind.
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.