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.
With an atmosphere that evokes The Handmaid’s Tale and Orwell, Danishka Esterhazy’s Level 16 has attracted major attention at genre showcases throughout North America and Europe. It is a dark tale of teens discovering that their world is something very different than what they thought. The film opens in Toronto on March 15, 2019.
Starting this week, Goethe-Institut Toronto presents Africa Now, a six-film series highlighting a selection of feature films produced by One Fine Day Films over the last decade. The series highlights 6 Kenyan-German features that have emerged from One Fine Day’s collaborations with Nairobi-based Ginger Ink Films and earned awards from TIFF to Rotterdam to Los Angeles. Here, I share my top 3 film screening at the Africa Now series.
The Blood in the Snow (BITS) Canadian Film Festival takes over The Royal Cinema from November 22-27. A personal festival highlight is the BITS Shorts Showcase – two special feature length programs of some of the hottest new Canadian short genre films. Below, I give you my thoughts on some of the short films in these programs. READ MORE
The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) has returned to Toronto with a wide variety of films – currently screening at the Royal Cinema until November 22nd. Award winning films will make their debut at the festival, representing a rare opportunity to see these movies on the big screen. With genres spanning drama, comedy, romance and more, there is something for everyone at the EUFF. READ MORE
Toronto’s Open Roof Festival (ORF) has moved to the city’s newest cultural hotspot – Lower Junction in Toronto’s Junction Triangle neighborhood. The festival will once again offer filmgoers an eclectic mix of Hollywood and indie flicks paired with emerging musicians or bands in a variety of genres. As with previous years, I have curated my Top 5 Picks for this year’s ORF. READ MORE