Adapted from "Whale Rider" author Witi Ihimaera's novel "Nights in the Gardens of Spain," writer/director Katie Wolfe's "Kawa" centers on Kawariki (Calvin Tuteao), a successful businessman in New Zealand, who's forced to become the leader of his family after his father passes away. A husband and a father, Kawariki comes to realize that in order to lead with the right amount of integrity, it's high time he be honest with those closest with him and come out of the closet. Wolfe's feature debut offers great insight into Maori traditions, while telling a touching tale of a man finally coming into his own.
#4. "Bobcat Goldthwait: You Don't Look the Same Either"
Before you check out the latest film helmed by comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, "God Bless America," this weekend (and you really should), get a feel for his standup routine by checking out his gut-busting long-awaited return to the form that made him famous -- documented live and uncensored in "Bobcat Goldthwait: You Don't Look the Same Either." Over the course of his hour long set, Goldthwait recounts his 30-year career, riffing on politics, divorce and his directorial output.
Below watch Indiewire's chat with Goldthwait at TIFF 2011:
#5. "Mother's Day"
What better way to spend Mother's Day than by watching this demented thriller that stars Rebecca De Mornay (in top manic form) as the sadistic head to a villainous bunch of bank robbers. Based on the 1980 slasher flick of the same name, this "Mother's Day" is directed by "Saw" sequel helmer Darren Lynn Bousman, so you know what the means -- plenty of blood and guts. It's probabaly best that your mother sits this one out.
Extras: Lots of stuff here. Included is a making-of featurette; audio commentary from director Bousman; some fun deleted scenes; a special effects featurette; a visual effects montage; and the film's scary/hilarious trailer.