The Blood in the Snow (BITS) Film Festival returns to Toronto with six nights of the best horror fare in Canada. BITS has quickly become one of the best genre-featuring film festivals in the city. This year, the lineup includes feature films, shorts, web-series, and the newly added podcast category.
To start my coverage, I give you thoughts on festival opener Puppet Killer.
The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Reel Asian), Canada’s premier pan-Asian festival, begins its 2019 edition next week. As always, Reel Asian will offer festival goers the opportunity to experience the evolution of Asian representation in cinema.
Reel Asian has been a favourite festival of mine for many years. I always enjoy curating a list of films and events for you to partake at the fest each year.
Paradise has announced that the stylishly restored venue will officially reopen its doors to the public on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The Art Deco and Art Moderne heritage-designated landmark offers the ultimate in comfort and state-of-the-art technology, along with a full-service restaurant and cocktail bar opening soon. Catering to cultural aficionados, Paradise Theatre will feature a curated mix of classic and contemporary films, in addition to an eclectic range of multi-art events including live music performances, talk series, and comedy.
Fresh from the festival circuit and in time for Hallowe’en, Rob Grant‘s Harpoon is now available on Video on Demand (VOD).
This dark comedy is a post-modern adaptation of a story by Edgar Allan Poe in which three shipwrecked sailors draw lots to see who must sacrifice himself as a cannibalistic snack. In Grant’s version, three friends are stranded on a yacht in the middle of the ocean desperate for survival.
The 20th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival– the world’s largest Indigenous Festival will feature film and various media works by Indigenous screen-content creators, running until October 27 in Toronto.
imagineNATIVE is one of my favourite festivals in Toronto because it encompasses and showcases the richness of Indigenous arts and culture.
Below you will find with my personal suggestions of some must-sees at the festival over the next week. Lots to experience at imagineNATIVE on its 20th anniversary!
Rendezvous with Madness (RWM) celebrates its 27th edition from October 10 – 20, 2019. This year, RWM will showcase 14 feature film and short programs from around the globe, 4 live performance pieces, a visual arts exhibition, plus a new event, Laughter vs. The Universe – a one night only comedy showcase designed to remind us that sometimes laughter truly is the best medicine.
To get you organized, I list some of my top picks for this year’s festival. So go on, #GetMad: Join the Conversation.
The Goethe-Institut Toronto is presenting its October film series, Stronger Than Blood, featuring three outstanding and complex German gangster films over the last two decades. DEALER (1999) by Thomas Asan, CHIKO (2008) by Ozgur Yildirim, and STRONGER THAN BLOOD (2009) by Oliver Kienle.
Jutta Brendemühl, Goethe-Institut Toronto’s Program Curator, met with me to talk about current German cinema, selecting the films in this latest series, and much more.