Despite happening in September, a multitude of films this year were set during and around Christmas at the Toronto International Film Festival. After all, many can relate to the high pressure that comes with the holidays, especially holidays you celebrate with your family. That sense of frustration and love is key to Paprika Steen’s new…
At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics was awarded to Carmel Winters for Float Like a Butterfly, who attended the festival with her stars, Hazel Doupe (Francis) and Dara Devaney (Michael).
Back to her indie-roots, with her husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson (the star of her first feature Nowhere Boy) alongside her once again to star and co-writer, they adapted James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces into a new film which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
This understanding of the direct connection is part of the reason director Carol Morley was compelled to make her own version of Martin Amis' 1997 novel "Mystery Train." Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Out of the Blue stars Patricia Clarkson as Detective Mike Hoolihan.
The only human beings for miles, the two women develop a close but contentious relationship, made all the worse by the fear that something supernatural is among them. I spoke with the film’s writer, director, and leading actress Gerald about creating historical accuracy in genre and joining what has traditionally been a boys club.
Adapting Ted Thompson’s novel The Land of Steady Habits, Holofcener focused her dramatic-comedy on a male protagonist.The film stars character-actor Ben Mendelsohn, taking a break from villainous roles, as newly retired Anders Hill,
Exploited and imprisoned for life, Nyoni was particularly interested in the practice in Zambia, a traditionally matriarchal society. While dealing with a heavy human rights issue, Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch using aspects of fairytales and satire to tell the story of a child accused and brought into one of these communities.
Simply titled Hal, Scott uses clips from his films and interviews with those who knew him well (along with directors of today who consider him an influence) to explore the brief life and career. Like Ashby himself, Scott’s career as an editor turned director, making Hal an ideal fit of director and subject.
Based on a pulp novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette, the two tell the story of three thieves who hide out after a robbery with an artist and her boyfriend. As more and more people crash the villa (including ex-lovers and cops), things turn into a massive, shoot-out.
In Laura Nix’s new documentary, focusing on four students’ competing in the annual event, she shares the sad image of environmental crisis they face with joyful and hopeful moments of seeing young people inspired by what change science can bring about.
With the increasing number of newly released documentaries, it’s rare to stand out from the pack. Alongside City of Ghosts, Jane and Strong Island, Paige Tolmach’s What Haunts Us is nominated for the Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking at this year’s Emmy awards.
That rare chance to appreciate the beauty of the night sky lead documentarian Allison McAlpine to make her new film Cielo. Filmed in multiple locations where the night sky of Chile can be appreciated, including scientific institutions and personal residences, McAlpine has created an impressionist documentary which combines a once in a lifetime experience to…
As the community of Taiji claimed their hunting practice was part of their way of life and activists argued it was a brutal practice of animal abuse, leading to an outright culture war. Japanese born, US resident Megumi Sasaki (director of Herb & Dorothy) saw the growing debate as an opportunity to see the multiple…
While we’ve seen a rise in the number of directing partnerships in the past decade, the three-person team is still a rarity. But for the team of RKSS (Roadkill Superstar) made up of Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard and Yoann-Karl Whisse, three heads are better than one.
The connection between nature and narrative can be a beautiful and powerful way of expressing a character’s inner thoughts and emotions. Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir shows this beautifully in her new film The Swan, based on the classic Icelandic coming of age novel by Guðbergur Bergsson.
As popular as the biopic genre may be, overcoming the roadblocks to making an effective film are hard for some filmmakers to avoid. This especially true when telling the story of a celebrity whose life audiences have seen play out already. Italian director Susanna Nicchiarelli was well aware of these difficulties when making her new…
Dutra and Rojas also created a stunning piece of cinema which fully embraces the genre traditions the film comes from. We spoke with Juliana about taking a modern approach to the werewolf story, incorporating current social issues, and her filmmaking partnership.
In her sophomore film, Larger Than Life: The Kevin Aucoin Story she’s once again tell the story of an artist gone too soon, but this time focuses on the personal and professional life of make-up artist legend Kevin Aucoin, using rare footage and stills and intimate interviews with those who knew him best.
For more than two decades, Rachel Dretzin has been focusing her camera of American culture with her documentary films at Frontline. From her debut film Hillary’s Class, she’s won a Peabody (The Lost Children of Rockdale County) the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Prize (Failure to Protect) and Emmy (Growing Up Online). But now Rachel is…
In Clio Barnard’s third feature film, following The Arbor and The Selfish Giant, she continues her study on the impact of poverty in the U.K. with her new film Dark River. Like her previous film The Selfish Giant, the focus is squarely on the aspects of life the public tries to overlook.
Eight years after her award-winning Winter’s Bone emerged as a sleeper hit, Debra Granik (Academy Award-nominee for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay) once again is poised to hit it big on the indie circuit with her new film, Leave No Trace.