Do you ever dream of attending film festival while sitting at home enjoying your cup of tea or coffee? Or maybe, you’re on business trip or somewhere on vacation, but still desperately want to see something that will make you feel a part of the Toronto International Film Festival? This kind of idea may sound unrealistic, but what I have written next is something that will certainly make you excited. On Wednesday, September 16, and for only 24 hours, TIFF is conducting an experiment: TIFF’s first ever online-only screening. You, as a festival lover, can attend this festival from any part of the world by simply buying a ticket for $10 CDN on Vimeo! Log in and be a part of the festival from wherever you are.
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SEPTEMBER 10 – 15
Tickets are available for sale on Vimeo. ($10 CDN)
The 24-hour viewing window opens. You get to experience a Festival screening – and an exclusive Q&A with the films’ directors – from the comfort of wherever you are.
Here are the films that will playing:
Directed by Grayson Moore, Aidan Shipley
Returning to boxing class after a life-changing accident, Sheila has a tough time coping with a classmate’s far-from-selfless efforts to express her concern. An extraordinary cast makes sure all the punches land in this skilfully directed tension-and-release exercise.
THE BALLAD OF IMMORTAL JOE
Directed by Hector Herrera
A two-fisted tale of ill-fated romance and six-gun justice gets a supernatural twist in this animated homage to the cowboy poetry of Robert W. Service. Kenneth Welsh’s lusty narration and The Sadies’ dead-cool score lend extra colour to the vivid vistas of lonesome prairies and desperate men.
Directed by Malina Maria Mackiewicz
Every time Magda goes to see her lover, Jedrzej, in prison, neither of them knows when his execution will take place. For two years, they have had to accept that either each visit will be the end, and with the end will come a new beginning, or… not.
Directed by Kevin Papatie
In this resonant tribute to his grandmother, Kevin Papatie presents the history of the Anicinape people as a cyclical journey that begins and ends with resilience.
DREAM THE OTHER
Directed by Abril Schmucler Iñiguez
In his sleep each night, Diego, a lonely man with a humdrum life in Mexico City, dreams of the (far more invigorating) life of a man named Alejandro Valle. As his friend Fabian looks on in disbelief, Diego’s shifting realities begin to take on new forms and new meaning.
BACON & GOD’S WRATH
Directed by Sol Friedman
In this endearing and playful mixed-media docu-collage, ninety-year-old Razie’s discovery of “the Google” leads her to a reckoning with her lifelong Jewish faith.
Directed by Clara Roquet
A Bolivian maid who’s long served a wealthy Spanish family, Rosana is too busy with funeral preparations to grieve the newly departed matriarch. But amid all the events of the day are subtler suggestions of Rosana’s possible liberation. Clara Roquet directs this beautifully realized story of one household’s class divide.
Directed by Zamo Mkhwanazi
This arresting urban drama from Johannesburg’s Zamo Mkhwanazi focuses on a key moment in the relationship between a taxi driver and a prostitute. When Sibongiseni finds out that Purity is pregnant, he begins to question his own place in the world.
Directed by Nick Thorburn
In this wickedly acerbic spin on a quintessential LA story, three people in an apartment complex raise social awkwardness and crass insensitivity to the level of art form. Musician-turned-filmmaker Nick Thorburn makes the most of a cast that includes alt-comedy heroes Michael Cera and Tim Heidecker.