Posts Tagged ‘Toronto International Film Festival’

The Human Resources Manager director Eran RiklisThe Human Resources Manager is essentially a road movie, but the characters are mismatched and very unconventional for the genre. Director Eran Riklis agreed, summing it up with, “It’s an asymmetrical road movie.” He notes that there must be two aspects to it: it must be a good physical trip, but an equally good emotional trip.

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Cool It's Bjorn LomborgIndependent documentary director Ondi Timoner was approached by producers to direct a film about “The Skeptical Environmentalist” Bjorn Lomborg. Not an issue-driven filmmaker, Timoner wasn’t sure why they’d selected her. So she did her research, read the book and met with Lomborg at the Cosmic Diner in New York. After a five-hour conversation, Timoner accepted the project with the intention of producing a follow-up to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and calling Lomborg out on everything to avoid making a fluff piece.

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Buried's Ryan Reynolds and director Rodrigo Cortés**SPOILER ALERT**

To say Buried was a challenging shoot sounds like an understatement. The limits placed on director Rodrigo Cortés and actor Ryan Reynolds were severe; particularly since writer Chris Sparling had confined them to a narrow coffin.

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Made in Dagenham's Rosamund PikeDirector Nigel Cole has been fortunate enough to tell many great stories, most of which are ensemble-driven. But he says, “It doesn’t feel like I choose films at all. It feels like they choose me.” (more…)

Modra director Ingrid Veninger between Alexander Gammal and Hallie SwitzerDirector Ingrid Veninger’s previous film, Only, starred her son Jacob Switzer, but she insists casting her daughter, Hallie Switzer, in the lead role of her next feature, Modra, was not a matter of being fair. (more…)

Isabelle Blais and Zach Braff in The High Cost of LivingThere are certain hardships people are compelled to deal with in life that are so devastating you would not even wish them on your worst enemy. To be the cause of such excruciating pain would be similarly unbearable, but without a time machine there’s little that can be done about it. In The High Cost of Living, a woman is forced into a horrible position, while the man that put her there is so guilt-ridden he rapidly and anonymously shifts from repulsive stranger to miraculous saviour.

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Leon Lai in Fire of ConscienceHong Kong action cinema is certainly past its heyday, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead. Talented young filmmakers are breathing new life into the genre via hard-hitting, fast-paced dramas. Alongside Johnnie To and Wilson Yip, director Dante Lam is carrying the torch with his latest picture, Fire of Conscience. It’s loud, the fight sequences are mesmerizing and the narrative is strong enough to keep your attention between punches.

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