Those with an interest in expanding their cinematic horizons and watching films on the cutting edge will feel right at home in Short Cuts Programme 02, the closest thing TIFF 2020 has to a Wavelengths short subject compilation.
Toronto International Film Festival 2020
A captivating blend of razor sharp and perceptive wit and nail biting suspense, writer-director Emma Seligman’s debut feature Shiva Baby understands something that most comedies don’t: being embarrassed and overwhelmed in a situation one can’t escape from is equal parts hilarious and terrifying.
The gonzo Taiwanese horror-comedy Get the Hell Out – a satirical parable about a different sort of pandemic – has so much madness it could fuel a decade’s worth of midnight screenings.
David Byrne’s American Utopia is one of the most memorable and enjoyable opening night films in recent memory.
The Disciple, Indian writer-director Chaitanya Tamhane’s follow-up to his subtly flooring debut feature Court, is another exceptional slow burning character study that builds tension so carefully, one barely realizes the emotional journey they’re being taken on.
A rousing lesson in the many reasons why the news and the history it seeks to cover should be handled objectively and without bias, Dawn Porter’s documentary The Way I See It follows a photojournalist who once worked on both sides of the American political divide.