This is a big year for the Toronto International Film Festival, with the former “Festival of Festivals” celebrating its 40th anniversary, and it just wouldn’t be the same without a few filmmaking luminaries and celebrities. As always, there are a lot of stars planning to visit this September for the parties, red carpets, screenings, and everything in between, and we’ve got the complete list of expected guests to help you plan your star-gazing adventures.
Today, The GATE is thrilled to announce its inaugural interview lounge, which is set to debut during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and features brand partnerships with Parrot and The Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
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.
For as long as I’ve been running The GATE, I’ve been covering the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s a highlight of my year, a struggle, a challenge, and one of the best events I have the honour of attending and covering.
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.
Catherine Keener has a passion for Canadian film that she earned while working on director Charles Binamé’s Elephant Song alongside actors Bruce Greenwood, and Xavier Dolan, and she’s proud to talk about it, especially now that she understands how hard it is to make a film in Canada.
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.