8 TIFF 2015 Film Favourites
All photos courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival
Some of our favourite flicks from TIFF’s 40th anniversary.
With the Toronto International Film Festival wrapping its 40th anniversary festivities this weekend, our film reviewer Mike Crisolago takes a look at some of his favourite TIFF flicks from the past week.
Starring: Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon, Linda Emond, Tate Donovan, Sam Trammell
Starring: Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi, Aaron Paul
Synopsis: After tracing a noted terrorist cell to a home in Nairobi following a multi-year search, Col. Katherine Powell’s (Mirren) plans for a drone strike are inadvertently thwarted by a young girl who sets up a stand to sell bread in the adjacent marketplace. As Powell and the Lieutenant General (Rickman) appeal to higher governmental powers for the go-ahead, drone pilot Steve Watts (Paul) waits anxiously with his finger on the button.
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland, Demi Moore, Brian Cox, Michael Wincott
Synopsis: A Wild West tale about ruthless land-grabbers forcing residents of a small rural community to sell their homes to the ruthless James McCurdy (Cox). Meanwhile, John Henry Clayton (Kiefer Sutherland) returns home to repair the strained relations between he and his father Reverend Clayton (Donald Sutherland). The younger Clayton, however, is forced to revisit his lethal gun-slinging past when McCurdy and his men set their sights on him.
Starring: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell, Michael Shannon, Luke Grimes
Synopsis: Based on the real-life tale of New Jersey police officer Laurel Hester, who fought for the right for her same-sex partner, Stacie, to receive her pension once she passed away from terminal cancer in 2005.
Starring: Tadanobu Asano, Eri Fukatsu
Synopsis: This quiet, tender Japanese film, ironically from horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, blends reality and mysticism in a story about Yusuke (Asano), who returns home to his wife Mizuki (Fukatsu) after his death three years earlier. He attempts to explain the paranormal nature of his existence before the couple travels together to a number of smaller towns and villages from Yusuke’s past, encountering both the living and those, like Yusuke, who are caught somewhere between life and death.
Starring: Michael Caton, Mark Coles Smith, Ningali Lawford, Jacki Weaver, Emma Hamilton
Synopsis: Based on a stage play that was itself based on a true story, this Australian dramedy tackles the right-to-die issue through Rex (Caton), a small town cab driver diagnosed with terminal cancer. When he learns of a new voluntary euthanasia law in the Northern Territory and a doctor (Weaver) in the town of Darwin who performs the procedure, Rex packs up his things and makes what seems like an impossibly long drive across the outback to Darwin to die. However, the relationships he makes along the way, and the ones he realizes he left behind, threaten to detour him from his ultimate destination.
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Dean Norris, Bruno Ganz
Synopsis: Directed by Atom Egoyan, this Canuck drama/thriller follows Zev (Plummer), a dementia-stricken widower who sets out to hunt down the Nazi prison guard who killed his family during the Second World War. Guided by instructions from his friend Max (Landau), Zev travels across country and borders to exact the justice that history has not provided.
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Louis C.K., John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Elle Fanning
Synopsis: A biopic about Dalton Trumbo, famed Hollywood screenwriter who found himself blacklisted in the 1940s for supposed communist leanings, jailed, abandoned by friends and forced to join together with other affected writers to fuel their own personal and career comebacks.