'12 Years a Slave': Toronto Winner Now Oscar Front Runner?

'12 Years a Slave': 2013 Toronto Film Festival People's Choice Award winner (image: Chiwetel Ejiofor in '12 Years a Slave') 12 Years a Slave, already touted as a top contender for the 2014 Best Picture Academy Award, was the not unexpected People's Choice Award winner at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. Steve McQueen's biopic tells the story of Solomon Northup, a freeborn 19th-century black man […]

Toronto Film Festival Dates and Movies: 'The Love Punch'

Toronto Film Festival 2013 Dates and Movies (image: Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson in 'The Love Punch') The Toronto Film Festival 2013 dates are September 5 to 15. The Opening Night Gala film is Bill Condon's bound-to-be-controversial The Fifth Estate, which is not a belated sequel to Serge Leroy's The Fourth Power / Le 4ème pouvoir. Instead of the Power of the Press – which seems […]

'On the Road' Again: Kristen Stewart Resurfaces & New Film Clip

On the Road movie trailer UK. Aug. 22, '12: Walter Salles' On the Road, a film adaptation of Jack Kerouac's '50s novel, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2012, where it was greeted by mixed reviews. Ultimately, Salles' On the Road movie failed to win any Official Competition awards at Cannes, despite widespread praise for Eric Gautier's cinematography and for the performances of its three […]

Nadine Labaki Musical 'Where Do We Go Now?': Toronto Surprise Winner

Nadine Labaki, Where Do We Go Now? Lebanese actress-filmmaker Nadine Labaki's second feature, the musical Et maintenant, on va où? / Where Do We Go Now?, was the surprise winner of the Toronto Film Festival's Cadillac People's Choice Award. Toronto doesn't have a jury like Cannes, Berlin, or Venice; festivalgoers pick the winner each year. Apparently inspired by Aristophanes' Lysistrata – which presents women as […]

Toronto 2011 Awards: 'Were Do We Go Now?'

Nadine Labaki, Where Do We Go Now? Cadillac People's Choice Award Nadine Labaki for Where Do We Go Now? Cadillac People's Choice Midnight Madness Award Gareth Evans for The Raid Cadillac People's Choice Documentary Award Jon Shenk for The Island President   The International Federation of Film Critics Awards Prize Discovery Axel Petersén for Avalon The International Federation of Film Critics Awards Prize Special Presentation […]

Channing Tatum & Kate Mara: Toronto Film Festival Line-Up

Rosario Dawson, Channing Tatum, Ten Year. 360 – Fernando Meirelles, World Premiere – Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's classic La Ronde, in 360, director Fernando Meirelles and screenwriter Peter Morgan combine a modern and dynamic roundelay of original stories into one, linking characters: from different cities and countries in a vivid, suspenseful and deeply moving tale of love in the 21st century. Starting in Vienna, the […]

Michelle Yeoh & Jane Fonda + Madonna & Brad Pitt: Toronto Film Festival Galas

Albert Nobbs with Glenn Close Albert Nobbs Rodrigo Garcia, World Premiere – A witty Irish-set period drama about the lives of staff at Dublin's most luxurious hotel: the illegitimate child of a maid, a beautiful couple's impossible love, and Albert… a woman who pretends to be a man to survive. Nineteenth century Ireland: for a woman to be independent and single, she must deceive everyone […]

'Lula' Movie: Brazil Controversial Foreign Language Oscar Submission

Lula, The Son of Brazil: Mother Glória Pires and her seven children, including Felipe Falanga (yellow shirt) as the boy Lula Unanimity isn't what it used to be. First, Quentin Tarantino's Venice Film Festival jury unanimously decides to hand out awards to the director's friends. Now comes a unanimous decision from Brazil's Official Film Selection Committee to have Fábio Barreto's costly biopic (some would call […]

Golden Globes' Best Foreign Language Film List + Erotic Hockey & Dancing Corpse in Top Ten Canadian Films

London River with Brenda Blethyn and Sotigui Kouyaté. Following the July 2005 London bombings, a Christian Falklands War widow and a Francophone African Muslim man look for their missing children in London River, one of this year's 68 potential Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe contenders. Curiously, London River is listed as an Algerian production even though most of its financing is French, it's set […]

Toronto & San Sebastian Winners + L.A. Irish Film Festival Features Gabriel Byrne

Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe in Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire. Toronto Film Festival Winners: 'Precious' Tops The curiously titled Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, formerly known as Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire, was the Audience Award winner at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival. The Toronto win, which follows widespread critical acclaim and a couple of Sundance awards earlier […]

'The Informant' Matt Damon & 'The Messenger' Ben Foster + War & Politics in Venice & Toronto

'Lebanon': Israeli war movie was Golden Lion winner at Venice Film Festival. Golden Lion winner Samuel Maoz: 'Lebanon' dedicated to war veterans – but not for flag-waving reasons “I dedicate this award to the thousands of people all over the world who, like me, come back from war safe and sound,” said Israeli war veteran and filmmaker Samuel Maoz upon receiving the Golden Lion for […]

Toronto Film Festival Awards: Bollywood-ish Movie Tops

  The fantastic story of a teenager from the slums of Mumbai told in flashback after his arrest on suspicion of cheating at India's version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire received the People's Choice Award at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival – and is already being touted as one of the top contenders for the 2009 Oscars. Runners-up in […]

'Eastern Promises': David Cronenberg & Viggo Mortensen Thriller Tops Toronto Film Festival

Viggo Mortensen as 'Eastern Promise's Russian gangster Nikolai Luzhin. 'Eastern Promises': David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen thriller wins People's Choice Award at 2007 Toronto Film Festival The People's Choice Award at the 32nd Toronto International Film Festival, which ran September 6-15, '07, went to David Cronenberg's Anglo-Canadian thriller Eastern Promises, screenwriter Steven Knight's tale of a London-based Russian gangster (Viggo Mortensen) whose (a)moral compass goes […]

Toronto Film Festival Movies: From the Iranian Revolution to Carlos Saura 'Fados'

Global issues and character studies dominate the Real to Reel documentary sidebar of the 32nd Toronto Film Festival. And so do movie stars, among them Woody Allen, Joan Allen, Donald Sutherland, Liev Schreiber, Don Cheadle, Michael Douglas, and Liam Neeson. Global issues can be found in: Ted Braun's Darfur Now features six individuals (including a UCLA student whose grandmother was killed in a Nazi concentration camp, Academy Award-nominated actor Don Cheadle, and a refugee camp […]

Toronto Film Festival Winners + European Film Awards Best Picture Longlist

Toronto Film Festival Awards: 'Bella' The 2006 Toronto International Film Festival was held between Sept. 7–16. The winners at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival were announced on Sept. 16. “I really hope that this is not a dream and that I don't wake up at film school,” declared 29-year-old, Mexican-born director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde. “This festival is my first festival, it's my first film. […]

Toronto Film Festival Movies + Immigrant Story Tops Sarajevo Film Festival

Toronto Vanguard The list of films to be screened at this year's edition of the Toronto International Film Festival can be found here. Among the entries in the “Contemporary World Cinema” sidebar are Jens Lien's quirky drama Den brysomme mannen / The Bothersome Man (Norway), winner of the Best Director and Best Screenwriting awards at this year's Norwegian Film Institute Amanda Awards; Jeffrey Jeturian's Kubrador […]

'Hotel Rwanda' Movie Is Toronto Winner: Central Africa Genocide Drama

'Hotel Rwanda' movie with Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo. 'Hotel Rwanda' movie about 1994 genocide wins Audience Award at Toronto Film Festival Based on the real-life story of a hotel manager who reportedly saved hundreds of lives during the 1994 Rwanda genocide, Terry George's Hotel Rwanda has won the People's Choice Award at the 2004 Toronto Film Festival, which came to a close on Sept. […]

African Cinema: Movies from Sub-Saharan Africa Showcased in Toronto

African cinema: 'Moolaadé' by Ousmane Sembene at Toronto Film Festival. African Cinema at Toronto Film Festival: Movies include Ousmane Sembene's 'Moolaadé,' AIDS drama 'Yesterday' African cinema is the focus of the 2004 Toronto Film Festival's Planet Africa sidebar, which is screening five features and eight shorts. Senegalese director Ousmane Sembene's most recent film, Moolaadé, about a group of West African village women fighting to save […]

John Kerry Vietnam War Movie, 'Crash' Title Battle: Toronto Controversies

John Kerry Vietnam War movie 'Going Upriver.' John Kerry Vietnam War movie, 'Crash': Toronto Film Festival controversies Besides Charlize Theron's no-show and Kevin Spacey's “show” sporting a dyed scalp, the 2004 edition of the Toronto Film Festival, which runs until Sept. 18, has had its share of controversies thanks to a trio of entries: the John Kerry Vietnam War movie Going Upriver: The Long War […]

'The Passion of the Christ' DVD: Mel Gibson R-Rated Bestseller + Naked Men & Oscar Wilde in Toronto

'The Passion of the Christ': Jim Caviezel as Jesus. 'The Passion of the Christ' DVD: Mel Gibson movie is an R-rated hit in North America With the not inconsiderable assistance from Christian churches and organizations across the United States, The Passion of the Christ DVD – rated R – has sold 4.1 million copies after only one day in U.S. stores. That's certainly an impressive […]