And with the third day of TIFF 2012 Toronto Film Scene continues our coverage of the fantastic film shenanigans. So here’s what’s happening Today on the Scene for Saturday, September 8 2012.
Why not start your day with one of what is sure to be one of the biggest pictures at TIFF this year? Argo plays at 11:00am at the Visa Screening Room in the Elgin Theatre. In case you missed the preview, Argo follows the attempt to rescue six Americans from Tehran while they seek refuge in the house of the Canadian Ambassador during the 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis. It’s the third feature directed by Ben Affleck, following The Town and Gone Baby Gone and stars Affleck along with John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Bryan Cranston.
Dredd 3D‘s final TIFF screening takes place at 12:30pm today at the Cineplex Yonge and Dundas 7. Starring the omnipresent Karl Urban as the titular judge, Dredd 3D brings the British comic antihero back to the screen in a much more fan pleasing way. This time around the director, Pete Travis understood that a) Dredd never takes off his mask, and b) Rob Schneider has no place on screen. While this may be the last chance to catch the flick at TIFF, never fear! It will be back in major theatres on September 21, 2012.
David Ayers made his name writing for police dramas with Training Day and continues to go further down the rabbit hole with End of Watch starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael PeÃ±a as two officers hiding out from a drug cartel. End of Watch premieres at 9:45pm at the Princess of Wales theatre.
The Girl from the South has its TIFF 2012 premiere tonight at 7:00pm. The Jackman Hall of the AGO will be home to the documentary for the first screenings (check back Monday!) Director JosÃ© Luis GarcÃa’s search for the activist Lim Su-kyung picks up twenty years after her met her at a North Korean festival in 1989. The documentary is an account of how one woman, who pledged to walk across the North/South Korean boarder on foot (arguing for reunification), was changed after years of tragedy.
TIFF Bell Lightbox is screening the first two selections of the Short Cuts Canada programmes. First, at 1:15pm is the final screening of the Short Cuts Canada Programme #1 at TIFF Bell Lightbox 4. Our own Katarina Gligorijevic named the selection “Essential TIFF Viewing” for the attention given to beautifully crafted shorts (something many of us wouldn’t be able to see outside of TIFF) and features Connor Gaston’s Bardo Light in which a television legitimately murders a person. Also of note is Bahar Noorizadeh’s Lingo, a short about the barriers of language and race in Canada. The second, Short Cuts Canada Programme #2 opens at 6:15pm, also at TIFF Bell Lighbox 4. It features the Nostradamos, a collaborative work by filmmakers Maxence Bradley, Elisabeth Olga Tremblay, and Alexandre Lampron set in the small town of Amos, Quebec as the citizens prepare to benefit from the coming influx of tourists… hoping to survive an oncoming apocalypse. Jeff Wong’s H’mong Sisters shows the threats of ecological development and colonialism faced by a small Vietnamese village.
Also named essential viewing is Kate Melville’s debut feature film Picture Day, a realistic and heartfelt coming-of-age portrait of a young women who’s forced to repeat her final year of high school. Don’t miss what may be your only chance to see what Katarina Gligorijevic called “one of the best teen films this country’s ever produced” on the big screen. It screens at the Isabel Bader Theatre at 9:45pm.
As TIFF continues we will remain here, vigilantly letting you know what’s happening in our city. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the latest On the Scene update.