The Canadian Crew talks with TIFF programmer Steve Gravestock about trends in Canadian cinema, how festival hopefuls can improve their chances and the most interesting voices currently at work in the country. Would you like to know more?
Synergy can be a wonderful thing: Guillermo del Toro has made Toronto his base of operations and has a new movie coming (The Shape of Water) awash in critical and commercial buzz. The Art Gallery of Ontario is consistently looking for ways to bring first-timers in and is open to non-traditional exhibitions. Put Del Toro and AGO together and you have “At Home with Monsters”. Would you like to know more?
Part of the Canadian Sport Film Festival, The Surrounding Game is a documentary about the oldest board game in the world. In theory very simple (the goal is to surround and eliminate your rival’s stones), Go allows by far more variations than chess. Would you like to know more?
THE PLOT: William Bowman, a happy-go-lucky kind of guy, realizes that to make it in today’s world, he has to go along with less than reputable characters. Much like Forrest Gump, William lands himself in recognizable scenarios (corporate boardrooms, reality TV, the gun control debate), which unveil the pervasive soullessness of modern America. Would you like to know more?
The Canadian Crew talks with HotDocs Canadian programmer Aisha Jamal about this year's selection and best practices for documentary filmmakers hoping to make it into the festival. Would you like to know more?
THE PLOT: Katherine (Linda Thorson, The Avengers’ Tara King!) is a vivacious, music-loving septuagenarian who -following an accident at the opera- lands at a seniors’ home. Despite assurances from her daughter that it’s a temporary arrangement, Katherine couldn’t possibly be unhappier. Would you like to know more?