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Václav Marhoul‘s latest film, The Painted Bird, has created a lot of buzz since its premiere in Venice and Toronto last year.
Based on the acclaimed and controversial Jerzy Kosiński novel, The Painted Bird, is set in Eastern Europe towards the close of World War II. The film follows the journey of The Boy (Petr Kotlár), entrusted by his parents to an elderly aunt in the hopes the war will not reach him.
Comments Off on TIFF 2019: Short Film Spotlight
TIFF always offers a good selection of short films. Realistically, I cannot watch all of them but herein I do share my thoughts on three shorts that truly captured my attention — It’s Nothing, The Physics Of Sorrow, and Now It’s The Time.
Comments Off on TIFF 2019: Hye’s Final Tally
TIFF 2019 may officially be over. For me, however, the fun part of watching many films and speaking with some filmmakers, actors, and some composers too.
To give you a glimpse of the variety of films I watched, here is my full list with you. My hope is that you discover some new fun and favourites like I have.
Inspired by a very real and transformative moment in co-director Elle-Máijá Tailfeather‘s life, The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open threads a delicately complex story of a chance encounter between two Indigenous women with drastically different lived experience, navigating the aftermath of domestic abuse.
Comments Off on TIFF 2019 Review: Thomas Heise’s ‘Heimat Is A Space In Time’
Director Thomas Heise was born in East Berlin, and his first films were banned from release until the fall of the German Democratic Republic in 1990. Over the past thirty years, Heise has worked as a director of both theatre and documentary films, exploring the cultural and political changes through this tumultuous period in Germany.
In Heimat Is A Space In Time, Heise examines his family home and homeland, through the many ups and down of 19th-20th century Germany. Through the use of family letters, photographs and government records, Heise attempts to piece together what remains of his family.
Comments Off on TIFF 2019 SPOTLIGHT: María Paz González’S ‘LINA FROM LIMA’
Stories about migrant workers are common these days; for better or worse. In María Paz González‘s LINA FROM LIMA, we see a different perspective on this theme. She introduces us to Lina (Magaly Solier), a Peruvian woman working for a higher class family in Santiago, Chile. Lina is a strong woman, who is on the verge of reinventing herself in a new world.
Comments Off on Canadian Documentary ‘Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band’ set to Open TIFF 2019
Daniel Roher’s deeply personal story of the Canada’s Robbie Robertson, a Crave Original Documentary, will open the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Thursday, September 5th.