Born to be Blue

Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Chet Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly reimagined with wit, verve, and style to burn. In the 1950s, Baker was one of the most famous trumpeters in the world. By the 1960s, he was all but washed up, his career and personal life in shambles due to years of heroin addiction. In his innovative anti-biopic, director Robert Budreau zeroes in on Baker’s life at a key moment in the 1960s, just as the musician stages a hard-fought comeback. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW]

Guidance

A closeted former child actor, out of work and alcoholic, fakes his résumé and gets a job as a high-school guidance counsellor, where he thrives while giving bad advice. [Synopsis courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival]