The screening of Canada’s Top Ten continues this week at the TIFF Bell Lightbox with MarÃ©cages, the feature debut of QuÃ©bÃ©cois filmmaker Guy Ã‰doin, whose shorts have already inspired much rumination and critical acclaim. MarÃ©cages 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 VallÃ©e’s Caf Ã© 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.)
Original artwork by Bennett O’Brian.