I've never really participated in the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) before but the past couple years I started jotting down names that I thought looked interesting at the Sundance & Cannes Film Festivals. I like independent movies and documentaries so it seemed like a natural place to peruse trailers. This year I began doing that with TIFF and wrote down a list of a few that I'm looking forward to seeing (trailers below!)
For my birthday my sister surprised me with tickets to see Arcade Fire's "The Reflektor Tapes" documentary at the Hot Docs Bloor Cinema. I hadn't seen a movie in theatres for a reaaallly long time and I love Arcade Fire so I was très excited to spend a Friday night checking out my first TIFF flick. My friend Jess came with me and overall we both really liked it. The film followed the making of their latest album, Reflektor, and gave an inside look into their creative process/musical influences. Cinematography was on the "arty" side but it was oddly soothing to let the moving imagery, vivid colours, sharp shapes and familiar music wash over me like a warm bath.
TIFF Trailers (Lou's Selections):
The Reflektor Tapes
While we always hear about those who summit Mt. Everest, I've ALWAYS been fascinated by the Sherpas who trek up and down with them, carrying most of the load, receiving none of the recognition for their MULTIPLE journeys. They're the real heroes to me!
He Named Me Malala
I'm eager to see this documentary on Malala, the youngest ever Nobel Prize winner, who survived being shot by the Taliban for championing education for girls. It's directed by David Guggenheim who won the acadamy award for An Inconvenient Truth so I have a hunch he'll do this inspiring human being justice in his portrayal.
The Danish Girl
I think Eddie Redmayne is one of the most incredible actors so I'm excited to see him play Lili Elbe, a Danish artist who was one of the first people to receive sexual reassignment surgery in the 1920s. With Caitlyn Jenner's recent media frenzy I think this one also hits on a culturally relevant note.