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A film by Douglas Kass
Based on a magazine essay written by noted best-selling novelist Jonathan Franzen for The New Yorker and widely republished around the world, Emptying the Skies chronicles the rampant poaching of migratory songbirds in southern Europe. Songbird populations have been drastically declining for several decades, and a number of species face extinction imminently. The film explores the wonder of these tiny globe-flying marvels, millions of which are unlawfully slaughtered each year for large sums on the black market, and follows an intrepid squad of pan-European bird-lovers who risk their lives waging a secret war against poachers, disrupting illegal trapping and freeing as many birds as possible.
Emptying the Skies is Jonathan Franzen’s first foray into motion picture production.THE OVERNIGHTERS
A film by Jesse Moss
2013/ USA/ English/ 100 Minutes/ Colour
In the tiny town of Williston, North Dakota, tens of thousands of unemployed hopefuls show up with dreams of honest work and a big paycheck under the lure of the oil boom. However, busloads of newcomers chasing a broken American Dream step into the stark reality of slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep. The town lacks the infrastructure to house the overflow of migrants, even for those who do find gainful employment.FORCE MAJEURE
Sweden – 2014 – 118 min – Colour - Feature - In Swedish with English Subtitles
A film by Ruben Ostlund
A Swedish family travels to the French Alps to enjoy a few days of skiing and spend some precious time with each other. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls for her husband Tomas as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life... Reality returns to embarrassed laughter, the anticipated disaster having failed to occur, and yet the family’s world has been shaken to its core. Tomas’ unexpected ac- tion leads them to evaluate their roles and assumptions, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. With the end of the holiday approaching, Tomas and Ebba’s marriage hangs in the bal- ance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch. FORCE MAJEURE is an observational comedy about the role of the male in modern family life.
Facebook Event Invite for TIFF Bell Lightbox screenings.WATCHERS OF THE SKY
A film by Edet Belzberg
2014/ USA/ English/ 120 Minutes
WATCHERS OF THE SKY interweaves four stories of remarkable courage, compassion, and determination, while setting out to uncover the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin - the man who created the word "genocide," and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities. Inspired by Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem From Hell, WATCHERS OF THE SKY takes you on a provocative journey from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice, and from apathy to action.GOD HELP THE GIRL
A film by Stuart Murdoch
2013/ DCP/ 111 Minutes/ UK/ Subtitled
God Help The Girl is a musical feature film, written and directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian. It was produced by Barry Mendel and stars Emily Browning, Olly Alexander and Hannah Murray.
Stuart aspired to tell the story of “a better summer, or at least a summer when something happened. It happened to a boy and a girl and a girl in a city roughly the same size and population of Glasgow. Perhaps the canals were a bit grimier, the high-rise buildings taller, the streets emptier when you needed them to be, and the beat clubs busier than the ones around here. But on the whole the city was this one.”
According to Barry Mendel, “It’s a simple story – about the brief moment after you’ve realised what you want to do with your life, before your dream settles into becoming your job, when you’re filled with enthusiasm, meeting like-minded friends and the possibilities are endless.”
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH
A film by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
2014/ United Kingdom/ English/ 95 Minutes
Feature Nick Cave
20,000 Days on Earth weaves drama and reality in a fictionalized 24 hours in the life of internationally acclaimed musician, author and screenwriter Nick Cave.
Cave’s story is both extraordinary and strikingly universal. It takes us deep into the heart of how myth, memory, love and loss, shape each and every one of our lives, every single day.
The film explores the creative process, encounters collaborators from Cave’s past and bears witness to startlingly frank insights from this icon of modern culture. It reveals what makes us who we are and what influences who we want to become – ultimately, it is a love letter to the transformative power of the human spirit.ALTMAN
A film by Ron Mann
2014/ DCP/ Canada/ 95 Minutes
Ron Mann's new documentary "ALTMAN" is an in-depth look at the life and times of filmmaker Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Nashville, The Player, Gosford Park and many more).
While refusing to bow down to Hollywood's conventions, or its executives, Altman's unique style of filmmaking won him friends and enemies, earned him world-wide praise, and occasionally scathing criticism, and proved that it IS possible to make truly independent films.
ALTMAN - Selected for 71st VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
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Intro and Q&A with director RON MANN, Friday September 19, 7pm - TIFF Bell Lightbox
A film by Ari Folman
Based on the novel "The Futurological Congress" by Stanislaw Lem
2013/ DCP/ 1:1.85 / Dolby Atmos/ 120 Minutes
Robin Wright, playing the role of herself, gets an offer from a major studio to sell her cinematic identity: she'll be numerically scanned and sampled so that her alias can be used with no restrictions in all kinds of Hollywood films - even the most commercial ones that she previously refused. In exchange she receives loads of money, but more importantly, the studio agrees to keep her digitalized character forever young - for all eternity - in all of their films. The contract is valid for 20 years.
The Congress follows Robin as she makes her comeback after the contract expires, straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.
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THEATRICAL: DECEMBER, 2014
WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL?
A film by Sion Sono
2013/ Japan/ 126 Minutes
Ten years ago, the Kitagawa yakuza clan attacked the Muto yakuza clan at Muto’s own home, only to have Muto’s wife fight back. This unexpectedly left the Kitagawa clan in shambles, with their top hitman Ikegmai wounded and Muto’s wife in prison. Despite the carnage, the most unfortunate fallout from this attack is when Muto’s beloved daughter, Mitsuko, has her adorable toothpaste commercial taken off the air. Now, Ikegami seeks revenge, while Muto only has one desire: to have his wife return from prison to see Mitsuko star in her first movie. Enter The Fuck Bombers, an eager but untalented group of wannabe filmmakers whose dreams of making movies have come crashing down after ten years. Circumstances have brought them to this fateful moment where they’ll be able to film the climactic battle between yakuzas in an epic, over-the-top ending for the ages.
THEATRICAL: DECEMBER 2014
A film by Talya Lavie
DCP 2K / 24fps / 1:1.85 / Dolby SRD 5.1/ 100 min/ Hebrew with English Subtitles
Zohar and Daffi are best friends; serving in an administration office at an artillery base in the south of Israel. They share a bunk bed and since both of them don't get along with others, they practically spend all their time together, sharing their secrets, their meals, and their passion for computer games.
As storm clouds gather over the south, Daffi does all she can to be transferred away from the hated remote base, trying to obtain her dream of being relocated to Tel Aviv. Zohar, on the other hand, doesn't seem to care so much about where she's stationed. Her main concern is to lose her virginity. She is secretly in love with an officer but never dares walking up to him. Terrified by the possibility of being left alone in the desolated base without her best friend - Zohar will try to prevent Daffi from leaving.
THEATRICAL: JANUARY 2014R100
A film by Hitoshi Matsumoto
2013/ 100 Minutes/ Japan/ English Subtitles
A mild-mannered family man with a secret taste for S&M finds himself pursued by a gang of ruthless dominatrices — each with a unique talent — in this hilarious and bizarre take on the sex comedy from Japanese comedy giant Hitoshi Matsumoto (Big Man Japan, Symbol).
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India/ 2014/ 116 Minutes/ Marathi, Hindi, English, Gujarati with English Subtitles
A film by Chaitanya Tamhane
The corpse of a sewage system worker is found under a manhole in Mumbai. An old storyteller is accused and indicted of instigation to suicide. As the trial moves forward, the private lives of the people involved in the case are examined.KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER
USA/ 2014/ 105 Minutes
A film by David Zellner
Principal Cast: Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Shirley Venard
A lonely Japanese woman abandons her structured life in Tokyo to seek a satchel of money rumored to be hidden in the Minnesota wilderness.FORT TILDEN
USA/ 2014/ 95 Minutes
Written and directed by: Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers
Principal Cast: Bridey Elliott, Clare McNulty, Alysia Reiner, Neil Casey, Peter Vack, Griffin Newman, Jeffrey Scaperrotta, Reggie Watts
A comedy about Allie and Harper and their needlessly difficult journey to the beach.
Fort Tilden: New York City’s secluded seaside nirvana where, like flies to honey, Brooklyn’s hip millennial set flocks on sweltering weekend afternoons for unbridled summertime indulgence. Amidst the vexing stagnation of quarter-life crises, Allie (Clare McNulty) struggles to prepare for the Peace Corps, while Harper (Bridey Elliott) awaits checks from her father to fund her artistic dreams. But the two friends quickly shun responsibilities for the day when a pair of good-looking guys invites them along for a carefree Fort Tilden afternoon. As the two young women board their fixed-gear bicycles and embark on a lengthy journey to the beach, they quickly realize that, akin to their confusing, transitioning lives, they neither know where they’re going nor how they plan to get there.
The debut feature film of directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers – and showcasing the comedic versatility of Clare McNulty and Bridey Elliott as Allie and Harper – “Fort Tilden” is a hilariously insightful and recognizable look at the consequences of extended adolescence.
USA/ 2014/ 95 Minutes
A film by: Greg Barker
We Are The Giant follows the inspirational stories of three ordinary young people whose struggle for freedom during the Arab Spring was both fuelled and empowered by social media.
In We Are The Giant ordinary citizens face the same moral questions that have defined revolutionary leaders across the ages, from Jefferson to Che Guevara to Mandela.
Filmed largely in secret and sometimes at great risk, Emmy award-winning director Greg Barker delivers remarkable access as he documents six people from very different walks of life. Grappling with the agonizing dilemma at the heart of all struggles for justice and freedom, they must advocate change through peace and non-violence.
Each faces a brutal regime determined to crush them into submission, and each makes very different, painful choices that come to define themselves - and their struggles.
Powerful, tragic and ultiamtely inspirational, We Are The Giant follows the everyday decisions that transform not just individual lives but the fate of nations. As their stories echo across history, the characters in We Are The Giant speak directly to our own lives, reminding us that we are all products of revolutions, and offering hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.THE WONDERS (LE MERAVIGLIE)
DCP / 1:1.85 / Color / 5.1
Original language: Italian, French, German
A film by Alice Rohrwacher
Principal Cast: Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyck, Alba Rohrwacher, Sabine Timoteo, Agnese Graziani, Monica Bellucci
Nothing will be the same at the end of this summer for Gelsomina and her three younger sisters. She is the designated heir of the strange, secluded kingdom that her father constructed around them to protect his family from "the end of the world". An extraordinary summer, when the strict rules that hold the family together, are beginning to break: in part due to the arrival of Martin, a German boy on a youth rehabilitation program, and in part the local community's participation in a TV competition for big prizes "Village Wonders", presented by the mysterious Milly Catena.PHOENIX
Germany – 2014 – 98 min – Colour - Feature - In German with English Subtitles
A film by Christian Petzold
Principal Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld
Nelly Lenz is a concentration camp survivor who has been left severely injured with a disfigured face. Lene Winter, who works for the Jewish Agency, takes her to Berlin. Following facial reconstruction surgery, Nelly begins the search for her husband Johnny.
When she finally does find him, Johnny does not recognise her. Nevertheless he approaches her with a proposal. Since she resembles his wife, whom he believes to be dead, he asks her to help him claim his wife’s considerable inheritance.
Nelly agrees, and becomes her own doppelganger – she needs to know if Johnny ever loved her, or if he betrayed her. Nelly wants her life back. The more similarities to her dead counterpart she reveals, the more desperate and confusing their relationship becomes.
Will Johnny confess his love? Or his guilt?AMOUR FOU
Austria / Luxembourg / Germany – 2014 – 90 Min – Colour – In German with English Subtitles
A film by Jessica Hausner
Berlin, the Romantic Era. Young poet Heinrich wishes to conquer the inevitability of death through love, yet is unable to convince his sceptical cousin Marie to join him in a suicide pact. It is whilst coming to terms with this refusal, ineffably distressed by his cousin’s insensitivity to the depth of his feelings, that Heinrich meets Henriette, the wife of a business acquaintance.
Heinrich’s subsequent offer to the beguiling young woman at first holds scant appeal, that is until Henriette discovers she is suffering from a terminal illness. AMOUR FOU is a “romantic comedy” based loosely on the suicide of the poet Henrich von Kleist in 1811.THE TRIBE
A film by Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
Set at a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf, the film’s narrative unfolds purely through sign language without a need for employing subtitles or voiceover, resulting in a unique, never-before-seen cinematic experience that engages the audience on a new level.
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A Jonathan Demme Picture.
USA/ 2014/ 127 MINS
Created for the stage by Andre Gregory
With Jeff Biehl, Andre Gregory, Julia Hagerty, Lisa Joyce. Emily Cass McDonnell, Larry Pine, Wallace ShawnSTORM SURFERS 3D
A film by Christopher Nelius and Justin McMillan
2012 / Australia / 95 Minutes/ In EnglishCASTING BY
A film by Tom Donahue
2012/ 89 Minutes/ USA/ English
Featuring: Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Jeff Bridges, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Diane Lane, Jon Voight, Bette Midler and John TravoltaL!FE, HAPPENS
A film by Kat Coiro
Cast: Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson, Justin Kirk
2011 / USA / Canada
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A film by Raya Martin and Mark Peranson
2013/ 88 Minutes / English and Spanish with English Subtitles
Starring: Alex Ross Perry, Gabino Rodríguez, Iazua Larios with the amicable participation of René RedzepiTHE SHAPE OF REX
A film by Layne Coleman and William Hominuke
2014/ 107 Minutes/ Canada/ Colour/ English
With: Vivien Endicott-Douglas, Brett Donahue, Monica Dottor, Ryan Hollyman, Aviva Armour-Ostroff Lorne Cardinal , JD Nicholsen
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A film by Cate Shortland
2012/ Australia, Germany/ In German with English Subtitles/ 108 Minutes
Featuring: Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina, Nele Trebs, Ursina LardiGRANDMA LO-FI
A film by Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jonsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir
2012 • Iceland/ Denmark • 62 Mins