The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (February 15-17) is an essential stop for movie goers who indulge in worldwide animation.
By: Trevor Chartrand Director Mani Nasry has made a very personal film with We, and it’s certainly commendable, brave even, to see how transparent this young director has been in making the film – I suspect we’re getting a deep look into his mind, his personal philosophies and hardships. Nasry and his crew deserve a lot of respect for what their film is trying to do – however the finished product is far from flawless.
The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Nov. 8 -16) has ended yet another successful run, continuing to offer filmmakers and storytellers an integral platform to connect with audiences. I was fortunate enough to catch a couple of the feature films programmed at this year’s Reel Asian Film Festival but, unfortunately, I was left feeling underwhelmed by my selections.
The primary of objective of Goethe Films is to bring German cinema and television to Canadian audiences. Though the series is known for showcasing contemporary art house film, the selection this October is of a slightly different flavour. On October 4th, Goethe Films will host the exclusive Canadian premiere of Bad Banks, a co-produced German-Luxembourgish mini-series. I had to opportunity to chat with Jutta Brendemühl, curator of the Goethe Films series, about Bad Banks, and…
By: Jessica Goddard Unfortunately, just calling itself Another Kind of Wedding isn’t enough; this film isn’t any different from all the other wedding comedies out there. After all, no one makes a movie about a perfect wedding where everything goes right and everybody gets along.
Selected by members of WIFT-T (Women in Film and Television Toronto) from nominated films that best represent the filmmaking community, WIFT-T’s Spring showcase is known for its diverse work. That same consistency is maintained this year.
All of us should occasionally stop and consider how lucky we are to have the TIFF Bell Lightbox. On top of the populist arthouse fare that populates the majority of their schedule, the Lightbox occasionally introduces a brand-new audience to underrated, underappreciated, or simply underseen filmmakers. The latest addition to this tradition is the Goethe Institute-curated mini-retrospective, Ulrike Ottinger in Asia; a program of four features, three of which are Ottinger’s celebrations of various Asian cultures (the…
Focused on Toronto’s Regent Park, My Piece of the City follows a few local kids as they prepare for their community-inspired stage production, The Journey.
By: Nick van Dinther Some films can be accused of lazy storytelling and a lack of risk. Well, neither apply to Peter Lynch’s Birdland. Unfortunately, Lynch’s convoluted ambition makes Birdland a very difficult film to follow.
This year, immersive and transmedia theatre group The Secret Sessions is throwing a Shaun of the Dead party/immersive theatre experience just in time for Halloween.