Over 50 movie re­views! Drive, Pina, Take Shel­ter and This Is Not A Film are among the fest’s hottest tick­ets


do you sneak- peek that big stu­dio ilm a month or two be­fore its wide re­lease, fol­low a favourite di­rec­tor or star, or try to ind some hid­den gem that, apart from a few fes­ti­vals, might dis­ap­pear from big screens for­ever? Ba­si­cally it’s all of the above, plus a bit of luck.

We Need To Talk About Kevin (1)

One of my all-time favourite TIFF mem­o­ries was in­ter­view­ing Tilda Swin­ton with bold new di­rec­tor Luca Guadagnino for their then-un­bought ilm I Am Love. Now comes another juicy role that will no doubt leave us need­ing to talk about Swin­ton. In Lynne Ram­say’s adap­ta­tion of Lionel Shriver’s ac­claimed novel, she plays a mother who 4 won­ders about her com­plic­ity in her child’s so­cio­pathic be­hav­iour. Septem­ber 9, Win­ter Gar­den, 8 pm; Septem­ber 11, Light­box 2, 9:15 am

The De­scen­dants (2)

It’s been seven years since Side­ways, Alexan­der Payne’s bit­ter­sweet ode to mid­dle-aged ro­mance, although he also di­rected the best seg­ment of 2006’s om­nibus Paris, Je T’Aime. Now the master iro­nist de­liv­ers another ilm about a man at a cross­roads. This time it’s a Hawai­ian fa­ther played by Ge­orge Clooney (com­plete with lashy nov­elty shirts) whose life is com­ing apart. The trail­ers ac­tu­ally make it seem like Clooney can pass for an or­di­nary guy. We’ll see about that. Septem­ber 10, Visa Screen­ing Room, 6 pm; Septem­ber 11, Win­ter Gar­den, 12: 30 pm; Septem­ber 17, Visa Screen­ing Room, 11 am

Wuther­ing Heights (3)

On the big and small screen, there have been many, many adap­ta­tions of Emily Brontë’s novel about the doomed re­la­tion­ship be­tween Cather­ine and Heath­cli f. But this one prom­ises to be di fer­ent. An­drea Arnold (Red Road, Fish Tank) is grad­u­ally emerg­ing as the most in­ter­est­ing and as­sured fe­male di­rec­tor since Jane Cam­pion. And her take on sex­u­al­ity is star­tling and fresh. Love that she’s work­ing with a cast of un­knowns, too. Septem­ber 9, Light­box 2, 7 pm; Septem­ber 10, Light­box 1, noon; Septem­ber 16, Visa Screen­ing Room, 9 pm

Billy Bishop Goes To War (4)

Soulpep­per re­cently re­vived Eric Peter­son and John Gray’s clas­sic Cana­dian mu­si­cal about the WWI ly­ing ace from Owen Sound, On­tario, and it’s this as­ton­ish­ing pro­duc­tion – both ac­tors are now around the age Bishop was when he died – that forms the ba­sis of this ilm ver­sion. I know the ac­tors (Peter­son play­ing var­i­ous parts, Gray on pi­ano and singing) will be su­perb, but I’m cu­ri­ous to see how di­rec­tor Bar­bara Wil­lis-Sweete opens up the show, which evoked so much with so lit­tle on­stage. Septem­ber 15, AMC 7, 7: 30 pm; Septem­ber 18, Light­box 5, 9: 45 am

Damsels In Dis­tress (5)

Fi­nally an an­swer to the ques­tion “What­ever hap­pened to Whit Still­man?” The di­rec­tor of a trio of as­sured and mem­o­rable ilms (Metropoli­tan, Barcelona, The Last Days Of Disco, all re­leased in the 90s) is back af­ter a 13-year-ab­sence. In­die queen Greta Ger­wig stars as one of a clique of stu­dents at an East Coast univer­sity that has just be­gun to ad­mit women. A cam­pus com­edy of man­ners? Can’t wait. Septem­ber 13, Visa Screen­ing Room, 6 pm; Septem­ber 14, Sco­tia­bank 4, 9:15 am

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