The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival ended on Sunday with “12 Years a Slave” winning
the Blackberry People’s Choice Award. Indiewire
was on the scene for the 37th edition to report on the latest
acquisitions, review the anticipated titles, and interview many of the
artists. Below find all of Indiewire’s coverage.
Toronto: How ‘Philomena’ and ‘A Field in England’ Represent Two Tendencies In British Cinema
British films, “A Field in England” and “Philomena” (both playing at
the Toronto Film Festival), use comedy to depict real historical events.
While they couldn’t be more different from each other, together they
demonstrate the great and many traditions of British comedy.
Que(e)ries: The Trouble With Representing HIV/AIDS In The Very Troublesome ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
“Dallas Buyers Club,” the most powerful demographic in America is being
used to portray a story about a devastating disease that has
historically had very little to do with them, except when it came to the
people ignoring, stigmatizing and inadvertently killing people with
PHOTO GALLERY: Jason Bateman, Scarlett Johansson and More Toronto Film Festival Stars, In Their Own Words
has covered the Toronto Film Festival for nearly two decades, but TIFF
2013 was a first for us: We teamed with Movies on Demand and
photographer Daniel Bergeron to create original portraits and video
interviews from some of the festival’s best actors, filmmakers and other
What The Experimental Films at TIFF Tell Us About the Future of Film
Wavelengths, the expanding home for experimental film at the Toronto International Film Festival, is not just a sampling of new films. It’s an attempt to take the temperature, on the extremes, of cinema — or moving pictures, as we should call them. Film, except for rare holdouts in Wavelengths and elsewhere, is something you should look for in an antique store, or a museum.
Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2013 Toronto International Film Festival Titles
With hundreds of films screening over the course of the 10-day event, some of the more interesting titles tend to slip through the cracks.
A History of Toronto’s Peoples Choice Award, and a Guess at What Film Could Win It This Year
Tomorrow afternoon the Toronto International Film Festival will announce — among other awards — the winner of its 2013 People’s Choice Award. Whatever film wins will likely get a significant boost to its awards season campaign.
Daniel Radcliffe Talks Dating and ‘Harry Potter’ at Raucous TIFF ‘F Word’ Press Conference
Daniel Radcliffe was accompanied by co-stars Adam Driver, Zoe Kazan, and Meagan Park as well as writer, Elan Mastai, and director, Michael Dowse (“Goon,” “Take me Home Tonight”) at the Toronto International Film Festival where the group held a rather eccentric press conference.
Toronto: Alex Gibney On How Being Lied To By Lance Armstrong Led to ‘The Armstrong Lie’
Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney is known for going after big fish such as the Catholic Church (“Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God”), Enron (“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”) and the United States Military (“Taxi to the Dark Side”), but when he was tapped to make a film on Lance Armstong, it wasn’t supposed to be like the exposés he’s known for.
10 Highlights From Sandra Bullock and Alfonso Cuarón at the ‘Gravity’ Press Conference In Toronto
At the TIFF press conference, Cuarón, his son and co-writer, Jonás, Sandra Bullock and producer David Heyman sat down to field questions on both the technical aspects and emotional core of what some are calling the modern heir to “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
How to Manage The Relationship Between Film Producer and Investor
Venal. Manipulative. Short-sighted. Just downright pathetic. There are no better words to describe the dominant strain in the relationship between film producer and investor throughout the sorry history of filmmaking. Both sides are to blame for this state of affairs.
10 Great Julia Roberts Quotes From The Lively ‘August: Osage County’ Press Conference in Toronto
Meryl Streep wasn’t in attendance at this morning’s packed press conference for “August: Osage County” at the Toronto International Film Festival. But Julia Roberts (who joked that Streep’s absence was simply due to her “sleeping”) helped make up for it with nearly an hour of lively Julia-isms.
Twelve Things We Learned about Spike Jonze at His TIFF Talk
Though we have to wait until October for the World Premiere of his film “Her” when it premieres as the Closing Night film of the New York Film Festival, Spike Jonze was in town for a conversation with his friend Kelly Reichardt, who was in Toronto to premiere her new film “Night Moves.”
Why Pat Robertson Is So Pissed about TIFF Documentary ‘Mission Congo’
This weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival, filmmakers Lara Zizic and David Turner debuted their film “Misison Congo,” an indictment of American televangelist and Christian Coalition mastermind Pat Robertson.
Watch Julia Louis-Dreyfus Tearfully Remember Working With James Gandolfini At the World Premiere of ‘Enough Said’
Nicole Holofcener’s “Enough Said” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this afternoon, and the absence of one of its stars was clear in the emotional Q&A that followed the film.
Watch Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt Get a Standing Ovation In Toronto For ’12 Years a Slave’
Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” got an epic reception at the Toronto International Film Festival last night, which was perhaps somewhat expected after the unanimous praise it got out at Telluride last week.
Here are the 5 Most Stark Places Where ‘The Fifth Estate’ Blurs the Facts about Wikileaks
Talking to an industry audience, Snider fixed on the way the film used fictionalization to do the work of balancing out perspectives on the film’s lead characters.
Does Benedict Cumberbatch Do Justice to Julian Assange? Here’s What the Critics Are Saying
While most critics were underwhelmed by the Toronto International Film Festival’s opening night selection, Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks thriller “The Firth Estate,” they all sang praises of the film’s lead star Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the DreamWorks release.
13 Films We’re Excited For At TIFF
The 38th Toronto International Film Festival gout underway today in Canada’s largest city, and is there ever a lot to choose from. Over 11 days, the festival is offering up a whopping 288 feature films, a huge chunk of them world and international premieres.
Ever Wanted to Live Inside a David Cronenberg Film? Now You Can With His New Project at TIFF
David Cronenberg’s films are dark, twisted, and absolutely riveting, but would you want to live inside one? With an ambitious new project, TIFF and the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) have co-produced Body/Mind/Change, an elaborate multi-media production with creative direction by Lance Weiler and starring David Cronenberg.
Eating, Drinking, and Shopping in Toronto: A 2013 Indiewire Insider’s Guide
Indiewire surveyed a group of Toronto locals and insiders about their favorites places to eat, drink, shop and chill, including some of our own tips from Indiewire staffer (and on again, off again Torontonian) Peter Knegt.
The TIFF 2013 Criticwire Cheat Sheet
As a quick resource for those who might not be able to keep up with all of the feedback for every one of the films playing as part of the Toronto International Film Festival this year, we’ll be keeping track of grade averages for you in this space.
The 2013 TIFF Springboard: 10 Actors to Watch Out for In Toronto
While the Toronto International Film Festival is mostly known for its star wattage and Oscar-bait fare, the event also serves as a springboard for up-and-coming actors to make their marks
Trailer of the Week: Scarlett Johansson is One Sexy Alien in Jonathan Glazer’s Creepy Sci-Fi ‘Under the Skin’
Before We Saw the Trailer, We Thought: It’s been a decade since iconic music video helmer Jonathan Glazer’s entrancing sophomore feature “Birth,” starring Nicole Kidman in one of her most mesmerizing turns, so anticipation is high on his long delayed followup “Under the Skin” to deliver.
TIFF Exclusive: Watch a Scene From Penn & Teller’s Spirited Art Doc ‘Tim’s Vermeer’
Premiering to rave notices in Telluride over the weekend, the art documentary “Tim’s Vermeer,” directed by Teller, the famed magician of Penn & Teller fame, next plays at the Toronto International Film Festival. Indiewire is pleased to premiere an exclusive scene from the film.
Exclusive: Real Life Inspiration For ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ Exposed in Poster for TIFF Doc ‘The Dog’
Documentary subjects don’t come more wild than the one at the heart of “The Dog,” a portrait of the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover’s sex-reassignment surgery was the inspiration for the classic Al Pacino film “Dog Day Afternoon.” The film world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7th, and Indiewire has an exclusive first look at the doc’s poster.
Watch: ‘To Wong Foo’ Director Explores Our Digital Life in Exclusive Clip for TIFF Doc ‘InRealLife’
“InRealLife,” a reference to the popular phrase, sometimes shortened to “IRL,” that signifies offline life, explores the impact of online communication on the world’s
teenagers, so-called digital natives.
Jason Reitman Will Direct a Live Read of ‘Boogie Nights’ at the Toronto Film Festival
With just under a week until the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival kicks off and all of the premieres and screening in place, another very special and high-profile event has just been announced: that of Jason Reitman’s Live Read. After dazzling audiences at the festival last year with a live reading of “American Beauty,” it has just been announced that “Boogie Nights” will be the subject of this year’s installment.
Michael C. Hall, “Kill Your Darlings”
For eight seasons Michael C. Hall has killed well over 100 people on “Dexter.” In a nice change of pace John Krokidas’ acclaimed debut “Kill Your Darlings” has Hall playing the victim at the other end of the blade.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Twelve Years A Slave”
Chiwetel Ejiofor is hardly a newcomer, but none of his previous performances garnered the acclaim being heaped on to his top role in Steve McQueen’s “Twelve Years A Slave.”Ejiofor sat down with Indiewire to discuss why he hesitated before accepting the role and then eventually prepared himself for it.
Bruce LaBruce, “Gerontophilia”
Hometown bad boy Bruce LaBruce is back at the Toronto International Film Festival with what could be described as a sort of gay “Harold and Maude” (though LaBruce prefers “a reverse ‘Lolita'”).
Jason Bateman, “Bad Words”
Jason Bateman has come a long way from the punchy little kid watched in living rooms all over America in the 80s. Indiewire spoke to Bateman about coming back from near obscurity and his directorial debut, “Bad Words.”
Denis Villeneuve, “Enemy” / “Prisoners”
After doing Canada proud by garnering a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination in 2010 for “Incendies,” Villeneuve returns to Toronto with not one but two features, both starring his muse and bud, Jake Gyllenhaal.
Matthew Weiner, “You Are Here”
“Mad Men” creator and scribe Matthew Weiner comes to TIFF this year with his feature directorial debut, “You Are Here.” Thompson on Hollywood’s Anne Thompson sat down with Weiner to discuss his foray into filmmaking and the beginning of the end for “Mad Men.”
Josh Brolin, “Labor Day”
Jason Reitman puts Josh Brolin’s ruggedly handsome features and deep well of vulnerability to powerful use in “Labor Day,” where he plays a convicted murderer who woos a bored housewife played by Kate Winslet. Indiewire sat down with Brolin to discuss the film, working with Winslet, and why he found the role so challenging
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Enough Said”
Writer/Director Nicole Holofcener (“Please Give”) was joined by her cast, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener and Toni Collete, for her new film “Enough Said” at the Toronto International Film Festival which wrapped yesterday. The film centers Louis-Dreyfus as a recently divorced mother in pursuit of a new lover.
John Maloof and Charlie Siskel Talk Researching the Life of the Nanny Street Photographer Vivian Maier
Indiewire spoke to Siskel and Maloof about the making of the film in Toronto.
Jessica Chastain and Director Ned Benson, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”
Indiewire sat down with Chastain and first-time feature filmmaker Benson to discuss the film’s 10-year journey to the screen, and the Toronto reaction to the film.
Burt’s Buzz’ Introduces the Face — and Original Owner — of Burt’s Bees
In his documentary “Burt’s Buzz,” Jody Shapiro tells the story of the man behind the Burt’s Bees label, Burt Shavitz.
Mia Wasikowska On Having Three Films at TIFF
Ever since falling down the rabbit hole for Tim Burton in “Alice in Wonderland,” Australian actress Mia Wasikowska has kept busy working for other singular filmmakers in films that couldn’t be more dissimilar.
Scoot McNairy, “12 Years a Slave”
The 35-year-old actor, who can soon be seen opposite Rosemarie DeWitt in Lynn Shelton’s “Touchy Feely” (opening in select theaters this Friday), keeps a home with his wife, actress Whitney Able, in a rural town of about 15 people in his home state of Texas.
Toronto: David Cronenberg Talks To Indiewire About His Ambitious (and Ultra Mysterious) Multi-Media Production
a bevy of details announced about TIFF’s David Cronenberg Project at
Thursday’s press conference, the most fascinating element remains
shrouded in mystery.