Friday, 4 September 2015

My TIFF Film Picks


TIFF - The Toronto International Film Festival is just about to begin a milestone year with it's 40th Film Festival starting next week.  Now is the time when people are quickly planning their 10 or 11 days at the festival.  Every year the festival gets bigger and bigger and it gets tougher to try and see all the films you want to see in such a limited time span.   With a couple hundred films at a dozen different theatres it's tricky to figure out where to be and when and what to see.  So planning has been the key for many successful longtime film goers.  Some of my friends create Excel spreadsheets to map out where there films are.   This year I used the spreadsheet that created by Tiff and whittled it down to the picks of films I want to see.

Art is very subjective and this list is the films I want to see.  Your list may be very different.  I choose my films based on subject matter, sometimes an actor that I think will be very good, sometimes it's a director and sometimes it's just something I think would be just a lot of fun.

One thing I have learned in my 15 years doing TIFF is that it's hard to get everyone to agree on the same film.  With my 30 odd Tiff teammates we can all see the same movie and there will be a few in the bunch that weren't fans of the film while it hit home to others.  A dozen of us saw a film last night and a few cried while it didn't touch others the same way.  So you never know what films you will connect with.

Here is my list of films I hope to see either at Tiff or the near future and I hope a lot of them end up being Academy Award Nominated films this year.

I won't go into detail now about the films or why I chose them but I write about the ones I do get to see later.

I hope you get to see a few goods films and look out for some of these at screens in the future.


Programme
Director(s)
45 Years
Special Presentations
Andrew Haigh
About Ray
Special Presentations
Gaby Dellal
Amazing Grace
TIFF Docs
Sydney Pollack
An
Contemporary World Cinema
Naomi Kawase
Beeba Boys
Gala Presentations
Deepa Mehta
Being Charlie
Special Presentations
Rob Reiner
Black Mass
Special Presentations
Scott Cooper
Born to be Blue
Special Presentations
Robert Budreau
Brooklyn
Special Presentations
John Crowley
Casual
Primetime
Zander Lehmann
Demolition
Gala Presentations
Jean-Marc Vallée
Desierto
Special Presentations
Jonás Cuarón
Every Thing Will Be Fine
Masters
Wim Wenders
Eye in the Sky
Gala Presentations
Gavin Hood
Five Nights in Maine
Discovery
Maris Curran
Freeheld
Gala Presentations
Peter Sollett
Guilty
Special Presentations
Meghna Gulzar
He Named Me Malala
TIFF Docs
Davis Guggenheim
Hyena Road
Gala Presentations
Paul Gross
Into the Forest
Special Presentations
Patricia Rozema
Janis: Little Girl Blue
TIFF Docs
Amy Berg
Keith Richards: Under the Influence
Primetime
Morgan Neville
LEGEND
Gala Presentations
Brian Helgeland
Len and Company
Special Presentations
Tim Godsall
London Fields
Special Presentations
Mathew Cullen
Miss You Already
Gala Presentations
Catherine Hardwicke
Mississippi Grind
Gala Presentations
Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
Mr. Right
Gala Presentations
Paco Cabezas
Our Brand Is Crisis
Special Presentations
David Gordon Green
Remember
Gala Presentations
Atom Egoyan
Spotlight
Special Presentations
Tom McCarthy
The Danish Girl
Special Presentations
Tom Hooper
The Dressmaker
Gala Presentations
Jocelyn Moorhouse
The Family Fang
Special Presentations
Jason Bateman
The Lady in the Van
Special Presentations
Nicholas Hytner
The Lobster
Special Presentations
Yorgos Lanthimos
The Man Who Knew Infinity
Gala Presentations
Matthew Brown
The Martian
Gala Presentations
Ridley Scott
The Meddler
Special Presentations
Lorene Scafaria
The Steps
Contemporary World Cinema
Andrew Currie
The Witch
Special Presentations
Robert Eggers
This Changes Everything
TIFF Docs
Avi Lewis
Trumbo
Special Presentations
Jay Roach
Truth
Special Presentations
James Vanderbilt
Women He's Undressed
TIFF Docs
Gillian Armstrong
Youth
Special Presentations
Paolo Sorrentino