The importance of mental health awareness has been a focus for Workman Arts for years. This year is no different, especially with their linup for the 29th edition of the Rendezvous With Madness Festival (RWM). This is one of the largest and longest-running arts festival in the world dedicated to the intersection of mental health and artistic expression.
Since many of us are still feeling the emotional effects of months of isolation, income precarity, and anxiety over what the future holds, the Rendezvous With Madness Festival offers a unique opportunity to come together in reflection and discussion.
I have attended RWF for many years, and highly recommend you join in this year if you are able to. The list here includes my personal recommendations for films and other events that have piqued my interest.
Filmed on location in Canada’s Northwest Territories (Yellowknife and Dettah) and the desert interior region of British Columbia (the Ashcroft Band Lands, Cache Creek and Kamloops), Red Snow is the story of Dylan, a Gwich’in soldier from the Canadian Arctic, who is caught in an ambush in Panjwayi, Afghanistan. His capture and interrogation by a Taliban Commander release a cache of memories connected to the love and death of his Inuit cousin, Asana, and binds him closer to a Pashtun family as they escape across treacherous landscapes and through a blizzard that becomes their key to survival.
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.
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.