Review: A Man of Integrity

Iranian writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof’s wrenching, poignant, and politically loaded drama A Man of Integrity might involve a culturally specific set of circumstances ruining the life of a family in Northern Iran, but at the heart of it all is a story about capitalism, poverty, and bureaucracy run amok that could play out anywhere in the world at any given moment.

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Mina Shum talks Meditation Park

Canadian writer and director Mina Shum is back doing what she does best, giving us movies that are uniquely personal and hit from the heart. Her latest film, Meditation Park, had Shum digging into her Chinese roots. It’s a bittersweet dramedy about 60-year-old Maria (played by legendary actress Cheng Pei Pei) who has devoted decades to her husband (Tzi Ma, whose performance in the film has garnered him a 2018 Canadian Screen Awards nomination for Actor in a Leading Role).

Catching the TIFF Next Wave

Every February, TIFF hands the programming reigns and keys to the TIFF Bell Lightbox over to a team of film loving teenagers for the annual Next Wave Festival, a weekend of events, screenings, and talks geared towards the 14-25 set. Although the programming selections often feature themes, subject matter, and stars that would appeal to teenagers, increasingly Next Wave has become something even more intriguing to local film culture: a place where overlooked independent films from around the world get a chance to screen in a local cinema.