A unique work of DIY brilliance, trippy visuals, and thoughtful, culturally minded subtext, Nigerian filmmaker Abba Makama’s The Lost Okoroshi gets off to a blazing start before settling into a slower, duller groove.
Clifton Hill, the third directorial feature from Canadian filmmaker Albert Shin, is a chilly, twisty mystery that makes his hometown of Niagara Falls look like a lesser version of Las Vegas or Atlantic City.
If you’re ever in the mood to seek out an independent film written or directed by some of the best filmmakers of this new generation, be sure to look for Canadian actress Deragh Campbell’s name in the credits.
Canadian writer, actor, and producer Aaron Poole has finally found the time to think big, and it will be surprising to many that have followed his career that the short film Oracle is the first thing he’s ever directed.
Writer and director Nicole Delaney’s latest short film, Thirsty, is a classical sort of romance with a modern twist and told from a perspective you’ve never seen and will likely never see again.
A limp, poorly executed excuse to share the teachings of one of the world’s most famous spiritual teachers and guides, the documentary Becoming Nobody is one of those films aimed squarely at superfans who’re already staunch followers, but it’s doubtful that they’ll find any further enlightenment from this heavily recycled material than they’ve already received.
Stunning, rigorous, and heart rending, Heimat is a Space in Time, the latest from veteran German filmmaker Thomas Heise, examines the director’s family across four generations, and uses that shared past as context for various themes and images that can best describe his homeland’s fraught and violent history.
For her latest short film, I Am in the World as Free and Slender as a Deer on a Plain (which makes its premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival as part of Short Cuts Programme 3), writer and director Sofia Banzhaf wanted to look at dating, love, desire, and the pitfalls of being a young woman in the modern era from a perspective she hadn’t seen on screen before, and with it, she has yet another visually stunning and emotionally moving credit to add to her increasingly fascinating and well rounded young resume.
For her first outing as a director, Volcano (premiering at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival in Short Cuts), veteran television writer Karen Moore wanted to keep things as personal and simple as possible every step of the way, from the actors she cast to setting her short in a location she knew very well.
Although Israeli-born filmmaker Nadav Lapid hasn’t made a ton of movies across his sixteen year career, his latest, Synonyms, should’ve been placed into the Masters section at TIFF this year.