Willie is a good man living rough on the dangerous streets of Los Angeles’ Skid Row, who finds himself coerced by two rich teenagers into fighting other homeless men for cash. Stuck in a violent world he doesn’t fully understand, Willie finds solace when he discovers the discarded diary of a troubled young girl.
The film is composed of multiple comedy shorts presented through an overarching segment titled “The Pitch”, in which Charlie Wessler, a mad screenwriter, is attempting to pitch a script to film executive Griffin Schraeder. After revealing several of the stories in his script, Wessler becomes agitated when Schraeder dismisses his outrageous ideas, and he pulls a gun on him and forces him to listen to multiple other stories before making Schraeder consult his manager, Bob Mone, to purchase the film.
This film reveals the enigma that is Winnie Mandela. A sensitive depiction, Winnie portrays her life’s journey amidst the unwavering love between her and Nelson Mandela, and their unfaltering commitment to the struggle for democracy in South Africa. Winnie takes the audience on an epic voyage of understanding – painting a vivid portrait of one of the world’s most remarkable women. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]
New York City – April 1995 Tracklist: 1. Murder Incorporated 2. This Hard Land 3. Secret Garden 4. Streets Of Philadelphia 5. Two Hearts 6. Thunder Road 7. Murder Incorporated 1 8. Cadillac Ranch 9. Murder Incorporated 2 10. Murder Incorporated (Black & White) 11. Badlands 12. Ramrod 13. Thunder Road 14. Backstreets 15. Little Latin Lupe Loop
Everyone wants Nick (Vince Vaughn) dead. A desperate man, Nick takes out a life insurance policy on himself, payable to his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). But the policy doesn’t take effect for 21 days and he might not live that long.
Maggie, a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year-old son, Oliver. Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbour, Vincent, a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair. Together with a pregnant stripper named Daka, Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine — the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart. [Synopsis courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival]