Saturday, September 5, 2015

2015 TOfilmfest: Chasing the Buzz

Today Peter Howell, movie-critic for the Toronto Star, published his annual Chasing the Buzz feature — a panel of critics/programmers/film-buffs name the one film they are most looking forward to at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.  We're very happy to be part of the buzz panel once again this year — our 8th! :-)
Here's our top pick:
    “VICTORIA” (2015 feature film directed by Sebastian Schipper)
  • 2015: The hottest TIFF tickets in town
    • Victoria: “With more than 150 extras across 22 locations, this 12-page script required six assistant directors to capture the story in one genuine uninterrupted shot for 134 minutes. An astonishing cinematic feat.”
Here's a look back at the buzz, along with some of our picks from past years:
    “THE TRIBE” (2014 feature film directed by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy)
  • 2014: The buzz is for Bill Murray
    • The Tribe: “Miroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s feature debut uses only sign language (no subtitles or voice-over) to immerse us into the violently tribal underworld of a deaf boarding school.”
    “OF GOOD REPORT” (2013 feature film directed by Jahmil X.T. Qubeka)
  • 2013: 12 Years a Slave tops our annual buzz poll
    • Of Good Report: “Initially banned in South Africa, Jahmil Qubeka’s controversial feature stirred worldwide debate until it finally won approval for release, plus ‘Artistic Bravery’ prize from the Durban Film Fest.”
    “SUBMARINE” (2010 feature film directed by Richard Ayoade)
  • 2010: Ten bee-utiful years of great buzz
    • Submarine: “Richard Ayoade, music video director, talented comedy-writer and very funny actor (‘Moss’ from the U.K.’s Channel 4 The IT Crowd) helms his first feature film.”
    “ANTICHRIST” (2009 feature film directed by Lars von Trier)
  • 2009: Serious buzz
    • Antichrist: “See the film that won the first anti-award from Cannes' ecumenical jury.”
  • 2008: Must-see films
    • Medicine for Melancholy (Barry Jenkins): "Being a fan of Cameron Bailey's Planet Africa program in years past, I'd pick this feature debut, which was well received at SXSW."
“MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY” (2008 feature film directed by Barry Jenkins)
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