The Toronto International Film Festival has become the launching pad for the best of international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema, and is recognized as the most important film festival after Cannes. The unofficial kick-off to the fall festival season (and award season pre-cursor), TIFF 20145once again brings an eclectic program of International cinema to one of the world’s most artistic and beautiful cities.
The following list is a highly subjective look at 10films that have caught our eye at this year’s festival. Representing a slew of ideas, locales and subjects, the films on this list are sure to have a long life into the next year with many soon-to-be classics included. Sit back and keep an eye out for these, and all, the film’s playing this one of a kind event which takes place at various Toronto venues between September 10-20, 2015.
Tom Hardy gives a bravura double performance as Reggie and Ronnie Kray, the identical twin brothers who became the rulers of the London underworld at the height of the swinging ’60s.
After a wild night out, a Berlin party girl finds herself haunted by a twisted, repellent little creature that no one else can see. Jarring, disturbing, and thoroughly disorienting, Der Nachtmahr is a psychophantasmagoric coming-of-age story about a teenage girl thrust into an unnaturally symbiotic relationship.
CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR
A young medium and a middle-aged hospital volunteer investigate a case of mass sleeping sickness that may have supernatural roots, in the gorgeous, mysterious, and gently humorous new film from Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives).
Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, James Gray, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and others discuss the importance of the epochal book that transcribed the week-long 1962 interview between Alfred Hitchcock and French New Wave luminary François Truffaut.
Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons star in the new film by cult British director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field in England), an ambitious adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel about a London apartment tower that becomes a battlefield in a literal class war.
HOENG GONG SAAM BOU KUK
Renowned cinematographer and artist Christopher Doyle celebrates Hong Kong and its people with his latest film Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous, a semi-fictional documentary divided into three parts that focus on Hong Kong residents in their childhood, youth, and old age.
In this dreamlike fusion of documentary and fable, two young, impoverished Mayan lovers escape from their servitude on a remote Guatemalan coffee plantation and attempt to make their way to the United States.
THE PARADISE SUITE
This dexterous tale of survival from director Joost van Ginkel traces the intersecting stories of six immigrants from very different backgrounds in Amsterdam.
Two old friends (Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel) reflect on their past, present, and the beauty and absurdity of the world during a vacation in the Swiss Alps, in the lovely and heart-warming new film from Academy Award winner Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty).
HISTOIRE DE JUDAS
The biblical character of Judas Iscariot has been a focus of anti-Semitic prejudice throughout history. Compelled by an urgent desire to reimagine this contentious figure, director Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche offers a brave retelling of the story in which Judas is no traitor; rather, it is his very fidelity that ultimately condemns him to centuries of vilification.