TFS continues our series on what our writers are most looking forward to seeing at this year’s TIFF. Here’s Brandy Dean’s list:
1. Bestiaire – I told several people if I couldn’t see this I would die. Fortunately, I get to see it, so I’ll live. What can I say? Animals are funny, especially giraffes, which is the funny animal in the featured production still in the TIFF programme.
2. Men At Lunch – You can’t swing a dead rat in NYC without seeing the iconic photo Lunch atop a Skyscraper. It seems like a no-brainer that there should be a documentary about this photo, and now there is. The moment I saw the description in the programme, I knew I had to see it.
3. Paradise: Love – A film about a chubby middle aged Austrian woman loving it up with hot bodies in Kenya? This sounds like an appealing inversion of sexual status quo. Sign me up!
4. The We and the I - Ever since I saw The Science of Sleep, I’ll watch anything Michel Gondry does at the absolute earliest possible moment that I can. Granted he sometimes disappoints, but that’s only because he set such a high bar for himself. I am super eager to see what kind of story he tells about teenagers in the Bronx.
5. Passion – For the most part, I try to avoid festival selections that I’m pretty sure will make it to wider theatrical release. However, this is Brian De Palma, and I have an unreasonable, irrational, and unrelenting passion (ha!) for De Palma. I realize saying this might disqualified me from the High Minded Movie Club, but there it is. If we can’t reanimate the corpse of Hitchcock and force zombie Hitch to make more movies, De Palma’s the next best thing.
6. Thale - Thale had me at the production still of a comely lass with a long, fur capped tail. There’s something very mysterious and arresting about that image. You can’t fill a thimble with what I know about Norwegian mythology, so this will be a voyage of discovery.
7. The Central Park Five - I’m kind of loathe to sign up for another Ken Burns experience, but the whole Central Park jogger debacle is both fascinating and tragic. This story tore New York City apart, twice – first when it happened and second when the five men were proven innocent. I’m glad someone has given those five men a chance to speak and I’m interested to hear what they have to say.
Latest posts by Brandy Dean (see all)
- Review: The We and the I – May 17, 2013
- Media Impact: the Ken Burns effect (or why Ken Burns deserves a swift kick in the balls) – April 16, 2013
- Cinema Revisited: Who is Lina Wertmüller? – March 12, 2013