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    TIFF 2014: ‘Force Majeure’ is a searing and knotty satire of masculinity

    The folly and arrogance of masculinity is harshly scrutinized in Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure, an intense and intelligent domestic drama that asks some cutting questions about modern gender roles. High up in the French Alps, a family of four slowly crumbles after an instant of cowardice manifests itself and continues to marinate over the course of five days. That the act takes places in just the first 10 minutes and slowly festers up until the last few scenes speaks volumes about Östlund as a stylist. More

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    TIFF: Bill Murray to be honored before ‘St. Vincent’

    The Toronto Film Festival has the world premiere of Theodore Melfi’s film St. Vincent, a dramedy starring Bill Murray as a surly war veteran playing mentor to a boy next door (watch the trailer here). And as part of the festivities, TIFF is now throwing a full Bill Murray day, complete with three free screenings […] More

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    TIFF: ‘Mommy’ leads lineup of Canadian films

      The Toronto International Film Festival may just be getting too big with the absurd number of films it has each year, but it still makes room for some hometown heroes. TIFF has just announced its lineup of Canadian Films that will screen at this year’s festival. Leading the group is first time filmmaker Xavier […] More

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    TIFF: Watch the trailer for Norwegian drama ‘1001 Grams’

    Making its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Norwegian filmmaker Bent Hamer’s (Kitchen Stories, O’Horten) latest deadpan dramedy is 1001 Grams, a story of a woman responsible for the care and study of the official international kilogram, the universal measurement for how much a kilo weighs. TIFF just released the film’s trailer, […] More

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    TIFF Cinematheque Coverage: Objects of Desire – The Cinema of Claire Denis

    Nenette et Boni Written by Claire Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau Directed by Claire Denis France, 1996 A more urban escapade for Denis, Nenette et Boni looks at two conflicted siblings searching for normality in one another. Boni, an over-sexualized and underachieving pizza maker lives a remarkably uneventful life, lusting over the local baker-lady and chronically masturbating. It’s only […] More

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    TIFF 2013: ‘The Strange Little Cat’ is an amazing feature debut from a promising artist.

    A minimalist gem that first premiered to the world at the Berlinale film festival in February of this year and coming to the Wavelengths programme at TIFF is Ramon Zürcher’s debut feature, The Strange Little Cat. A terrific chamber piece of cinema illustrating one crisp fall Saturday afternoon in the life of a family is a sumptuous journey of visual storytelling that fills its claustrophobic spaces with the animated pace of modern life and its quiet revelatory moments. Loosely inspired by Kafka’s novella, Metamorphosis, and with comparisons made to Chantal Ackerman’s Jeanne Dielman and the raucous hubbub of Thomas Vinterberg’s Festen, The Strange Little Cat is a hypnotic film that places its focus on the comings and goings of a family preparing a dinner for an ailing matriarch. More

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