Tag: toronto international film festival

Critical Focus TIFF2021 Rushes: Hadžihalilović’s Earwig, Vigas’ The Box, and Goulet’s Night Raiders

by Jacqueline Valencia Earwig Directed by Lucile Hadžihalilović Sometime in the 1940s, a silent little girl named Mia lives in an dark apartment with a man called Aalbert who takes care to install teeth of ice in her mouth every day. This little ritual translates into other odd routines throughout

On Stanley Nelson’s Attica (2021) – TIFF2021

by Jacqueline Valencia Part of Critical Focus’ ongoing coverage of the 2021 Toronto Film Festival. Festival schedule can be found here: https://www.tiff.net/films?schedule On September 9, 1971, the largest prison rebellion in U.S. history took place at the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Director Stanley Nelson takes his audience

On Tea Lindeburg’s As In Heaven (2021) – TIFF 2021

by Jacqueline Valencia *As part of our ongoing coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival 2021 Tea Lindeburg‘s debut feature As In Heaven, is an adaption of the Marie Bregendahl’s 1914 Danish novel A Night of Death (En dødsnat). The novel focuses on three generations of women trying to bend

On Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You (2014) TIFF

by Jennifer Valencia Shawn Levy brings together a vibrant and brilliant ensemble cast in This Is Where I Leave You, which screened at TIFF this year. I don’t know what it is about family dramas or comedies, but I have a soft spot for them. Family dynamics of all kinds

On Peter Chelsom’s Hector And The Search For Happiness (2014) TIFF

by Jennifer Valencia Happiness. Don’t we all need more happiness in our lives?  If so, where do we find it? Hector and the Search For Happiness is a film that wants us to find out. Hector is a psychiatrist who finds that his humdrum unchanging life is missing something. This has made

On Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild (2014) TIFF

      by Jennifer Valencia I was very excited to see Jean-Marc Vallée‘s Wild. My excitement turned to sheer gratitude to Vallée for making exactly the movie I was hoping Wild would be. The film stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in her real-life journey hiking the Pacific Crest Trial, all 1,100 miles

On Debbie Tucker Greene’s Second Coming (2014) TIFF

  by Jennifer Valencia I wasn’t sure what to make of Debbie Tucker Green‘s, Second Coming. The film is cryptic, fearful of committing to the concepts it puts forward, leaving the audience with more questions than answers by the end of it. It is the story of Jackie, wife of

On Martti Helde’s In The Crosswind (2014) #TIFF14

by Jennifer Valencia In The Crosswind is the real life story of a family separated from each other during the Russian occupation of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in 1941 where thousands of people were relocated to remote outposts in Siberia. Over 390,000 people were casualties of what some call the

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