This Week at TIFF Bell Lightbox: January 11 – 17

TIFF Bell Lightbox

The screening of Canada’s Top Ten continues this week at the TIFF Bell Lightbox   with Marécages, the feature debut of  Québécois filmmaker Guy Édoin, whose shorts have already inspired much rumination and critical acclaim. Marécages is a rural-set family melodrama about the attempt to keep a family farm afloat.

Other Canada’s Top Ten films screening this week include David Cronenberg’s hotly anticipated A Dangerous Method , which our own Trista de Vries reviewed at TIFF, and which I personally quite liked. The Top Ten also includes sperm bank comedy Starbuck , Jean-Marc Vallée’s Caf é de Flore , and Le Vendeur , a drama about a widowed small-town car salesman undergoing a massive life change.

A fascinating series, “Design for Living: Gary Hustwit’s Design Trilogy” also screens this week. Hustwit’s three design documentaries, Objectified , Helvetica , and Urbanized all take a close look at the sometimes underestimated and certainly influential role that design plays in our everyday life experiences. Helvetica , which I saw a few years ago and enjoyed quite a lot, is an at times maddening look at the pervasiveness of that ridiculously clean and effective font. The font itself is literally everywhere , and this documentary exposes the way it has crept into our lives without us even noticing. It seems over-the-top to use the following phrase to describe a documentary about a font, but: you have to see it to believe it.

Of course, the big event this week is “In Conversation With… Juliette Lewis”, in which the Oscar-nominated actress discusses her past projects with some of the biggest names in filmmaking (Scorsese, Stone, etc.)

Finally, Carnage , Young Adult , and Pina are all continuing their run from last week into this week. See Pina while you can; it’s excellent.

Original artwork by Bennett O’Brian.


Jovana is a critic, cultural worker, and student of media aesthetics. Her writing has appeared in Afterimage, C Magazine, and the Canadian Journal of Film Studies, among other publications. In addition to cinema, her interests include cheese, wine, etymology, tennis, celebrity gossip, and the politics of representation.

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