Toronto Film Festival: No Taika, fewer films, but NZ still has strong presence

“I think it’s an out-of-the-box movie,” Liang told The Spinoff’s Michelle Langstone in July. “If there’s one thing that can be said for it, it’s that I don’t think anyone can predict what it is. It’s not a superhero movie, even though it’s got a superhero-type character in it, it’s not a period drama because […]

Radiant Boards U.S. & Int’l Sales Rights To Toronto Pic ‘No Ordinary Man’ About Trans Icon Billy Tipton

“We are thrilled to come on board No Ordinary Man on the cusp of its world premiere at TIFF, one of the most prestigious festivals in the world,” said Steinbauer, president and CEO of Radiant Films International. “Billy Tipton’s life is an incredible legacy for the trans community and the film’s message is more important than […]

Toronto Film Fest is going hybrid as show must go on during pandemic

“We began this year planning for a festival much like our previous editions, but along the way we had to rethink just about everything. This year’s line-up reflects that tumult,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s artistic director and co-head.

West Indian Day Celebrations Kick Off With Back-To-School Drive, Virtual Music Festival

The association says it understands that people may want to go out to celebrate this weekend ahead of Monday’s carnival by going to outdoor parties and restaurants. But it says if you are going to do so, please respect social distancing rules and always wear a mask.

A suitable film festival in Toronto

Set in 1951, the story of A Suitable Boy happens in the backdrop of independent India’s first general elections. “You will marry a boy I will choose,” Lata Mehra’s mother Rupa Mehra (Mahira Kakkar) tells her younger daughter as a wedding ceremony opens the first episode. As the episode winds up, Rupa Mehra hears of Lata’s new friend (Kabir […]

TIFF 2020: Drive-in screenings, online platform and more for hybrid film festival

This year’s line-up of TIFF documentaries includes “I Am Greta”, in which Swedish filmmaker Nathan Grossman follows teenage climate change activist through an eventful year that saw the shy 15-year-old schoolgirl with Asperger’s evolve from a puny protester in a sit-in outside her country’s Parliament to Time magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year.

Monday review – hedonistic romance drama is a party worth avoiding

For me, this tense conversation between Chloe and Mickey’s ex-partner Aspa (played by Elli Tringou, who was the bewitchingly unattainable woman in Suntan) is the one moment in the film which truly comes to life. It is the one speck of grit in the oyster, the one scene where something seems to be really at […]

Q&A: David Byrne on his festival hit ‘American Utopia’

Byrne: The film is going to be in the New York Film Festival and at drive-in screenings. That’s like a little baby step towards getting us back together. We’re actually, like, in eyesight of one another. We’ll be in cars. Instead of applauding, people will honk their horns. It’s a step. We’ll at least feel […]

Film Review: Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan In ‘Ammonite’

James Ivory might be proud and even jealous of the way writer-director Francis Lee takes the Anglo art house tradition of quality to an uncustomary level of sexual frankness, an aspect that will remind many viewers of last year’s similarly themed French favorite Portrait of a Lady on Fire. In all events, the prospect of […]

Chaitanya Tamhane bags Best Screenplay award for The Disciple at Venice Film Festival, loses Golden Lion to Nomadland

Vivek added, “To win a Best Screenplay award amongst such stalwarts is just an incredible feat. I am really grateful to the jury and very proud of Chaitanya. It’s the hardest and the loneliest job, but the final script was also what convinced me to back the film.”