Throughout the forty years of the Toronto International Film Festival, the developing and fostering and incubating of Canadian films and Canadian cinematic talent has always been an important priority, and because of that this year's terrific line-up of Canadian films can be seen as a direct pay off of all those past efforts and the need to keep TIFF a Canadian film festival--one that celebrates international films and film culture probably better than just about any other festival in the world, while remaining still a Canadian film festival.
The lineup for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival will be announced over the next few weeks, leading up to the launch on September 10, and behind those selections for this year's 40th anniversary festival are the programmers. The 22 programmers are the people who make the real hard choices, picking the best films submitted to the festival.
Do you love film? The Toronto International Film Festival celebrates 40 years in 2015, and they're looking for passionate film lovers to volunteer and help make this another spectacular year at the festival.
This September, when the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival starts rolling, a new programme called Primetime is going to bring some of the best in international television to the big screen.
Alan Turing is one of the geniuses who helped bring an end to the Second World War, thanks to his efforts with early computer science that were used to decrypt Nazi communication, but his life was a mix of troubles and triumphs, to say the least. During an era when society was fanatically homophobic almost universally around the world, as a gay man--even one serving great science--Turing was ultimately given radical treatment as a punishment for his sexuality just a few short years after he helped serve his country.
Laura Dern is refreshing in almost every way--on screen and off. In her latest film, Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée's Wild starring Reese Witherspoon, Dern plays a role that is tough and beautiful, with layers that add meaning throughout the story. Maybe best of all, the narrative is refreshingly different, with an ending that is happy, but not what you might expect.
Rooth Tang was glowing with quiet nerves and calm smiles when I met him at the Japan Film Night Party during the Toronto International Film Festival. At the time, it was just a couple of hours to go before his film would premiere at the festival, and before we left for his big debut, we chatted outside the party about his career, and what it was like coming to TIFF with his first feature-length film, Sway.
Actor Bill Nighy is a legend, and this photo from the after-party for his latest film, Pride, at the Toronto International Film Festival proves it. Not many actors can pull off that calm, cool, and charming look that Nighy seems to have trademarked.
Tastemakers Lounge knows how to celebrate the Toronto International Film Festival in style, and that's hardly surprising since they've been doing it right for 10 years now.
Actress Priyanka Chopra and first-time director Omung Kumar were in Toronto yesterday for the premiere of their film Mary Kom, based on the life of the legendary Indian boxer, whose real name is Mangte Chungneijang. After rushing from the airport to get to her press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival, the two sat down for interviews at the InterContinental Toronto to discuss why they made the film, and how they came to admire the Olympic medallist and five-time World Amateur Boxing champion.