The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival has been dominating movie news left and right for the past several days, which can be quite the aggravation and/or letdown for cinephiles unable to attend the 10-day festival. Fortunately, Netflix currently has a handful of films that have won TIFF’s highest honor: the People’s Choice Award. For those not in Toronto, don’t worry, you can still stream a part of TIFF history this week from the comfort of your own home.
The 9 TIFF People’s Choice Award winners now streaming on Netflix are below. Synopsis provided by Netflix.
When impish Amélie finds a long-hidden trove of toys behind a baseboard in her apartment, she’s inspired to return the items to their original owner. This playful comedy received five Oscar nominations along with an array of international awards. Audrey Tautou and Mathieu Kassovitz star.
In Cold War-era Vienna, a doctor becomes consumed by an affair with a mercurial woman. Soon, the lovers’ passion takes a life-threatening turn. Art Garfunkel, Theresa Russell and Harvey Keitel star in this psychological thriller from director Nicolas Roeg, which was given an X rating in the United States.
Zatoichi rises again! This time, he’s a kind, blind traveling masseur who conceals his prodigious skills as a swordsman. Legendary writer-director-actor Takeshi Kitano brings his many skills to this riveting action-drama.
Nina, a pregnant, unwed waitress, and Jose, an introspective cook, find solace in each other as their lives become linked during the course of a day. Eduardo Verastegui and Tammy Blanchard star in this debut feature from Alejandro Gomez Monteverde.
Father Greg Pilkington is a devout Catholic priest who struggles between a love for his church and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover. Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson and Robert Carlyle star in this controversial drama.
After a stint in a mental hospital, Pat moves in with his parents and tries to win back his wife, until he meets a woman who’s as unstable as he is. David O. Russell’s dramedy was nominated for eight Academy Awards, with a win for Best Actress going to Jennifer Lawrence. Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jackie Weaver also star.
Sharon, a Dublin family’s daughter, becomes pregnant. But by not revealing the identity of the father, Sharon becomes the target of rampant gossip. The film is based on an Irish novel by Roddy Doyle and is directed by Stephen Frears (“The Queen,” “Philomena”). Colm Meaney, Tina Kellegher and Ruth McCabe star.
Dumped by his partner just before a major dance competition, gifted hoofer Scott Hastings is forced to take a graceless neophyte as his new partner. Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice are front and center in this debut film from Baz Luhrmann, which also kicks off his The Red Curtain Trilogy (concluded by “Romeo + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge”).
After shooting a woman and driving off in her car, a ruthless thug is surprised to discover a crying infant in the back seat. The film gained international recognition for director Gavin Hood and won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Presley Chweneyagae and Terry Pheto star.