Monday, 9 September 2013

TIFF13: Canadian Filmmakers Rock!

As the host country, and with Toronto being the location for an "A" list festival such as TIFF, lets show our filmmakers that we acknowledge and respect their work. What impression are we giving if our guests are going to our films, but we choose to skip them? To get you started here are a few feature film selections from some of my favourite Canadian filmmakers. (Note, I've already posted about Alanis Obomsawin's  Hi-Ho Mistahey and the Short Cuts Canada programe.)



THE ANIMAL PROJECT. I've been following Ingrid Veninger's work for a while now both as producer (NURSE. FIGHTER.BOY) and director (MODRA, i am a good person/i am a bad person). I adore her independent spirit in making films that she is passionate about.

TIFF Description: A Toronto theatre director endures a series of creative and personal travails in this affecting and typically inventive new film from Festival favourite Ingrid Veninger. 


Wednesday September 11
Isabel Bader Theatre
7:30 PM
Thursday September 12
Scotiabank 13
5:00 PM
Saturday September 14
TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
7:45 PM



SIDDARTH. I fell in love with Richie Mehta's first feature, Amal, and can't wait to see how he has matured in his sophomore film.

TIFF Description: A powerful and heart-rending tale about a poor Delhi street merchant desperately searching for his missing young son.


Tuesday September 10

Winter Garden Theatre
5:00 PM

Thursday September 12

TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
12:00 PM

THE HUSBAND. That's right the guy you see around town in the cowboy hat!

TIFF Description: Saddled with an infant son, and a wife doing jail time for sleeping with a 14-year-old, a disgruntled Toronto ad-agency copywriter struggles to deal with his impotent rage, in this gutsy black comedy from beloved Canadian maverick Bruce McDonald.


Wednesday September 11
Ryerson Theatre
9:00 PM
Saturday September 14
Scotiabank 14
12:00 PM

WHEN JEWS WERE FUNNY. I have never been disappointed by Alan's work!

TIFF Description: Insightful and often hilarious, the latest from documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig surveys the history of Jewish comedy, from the early days of Borsht belt to the present, ultimately exploring not just ethnicity in the entertainment industry, but also the entire unruly question of what it means to be Jewish.


Tuesday September 10
Scotiabank 13
9:15 PM
Thursday September 12
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
9:15 PM
Sunday September 15
Scotiabank 9
4:45 PM


TIFF Descriptions by Senior Programmer, Steve Gravestock.
For more Canadian Films CLICK HERE
For all this TIFF13 visit http://tiff.net/thefestival
416-599-TIFF (8433) or 1-888-599-8433

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