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TIFF 2020 DAY FOUR – PART ONE: AMMONITE

By John H. Foote (?) Another film I have heard much about by reading the reviews from other festivals but again Elevation has bullied the festival into. No press and industry screenings, meaning the studio controls who sees the film, banning (yes, I said that) those they are withholding the film from. So I cannot…

TIFF 2020 DAY 3 – PART I: FALLING

By John H. Foote (***) Three-time Academy Award nominated actor Viggo Mortensen both acts and directs in this strong film, his directorial debut. The actor is among the greatest of his generation, nominated for Academy Awards as Best Actor for Eastern Promises (2007), Captain Fantastic (2016) and most recently in Green Book (2018). Mortensen was deserving of further nominations…

TIFF 2020: FESTIVAL UPDATE

By John H. Foote Sadly I will not be able to review either Ammonite or The Father, two of the most anticipated titles of TIFF this year. The studio, Elevation Pictures, has chosen NOT to hold press screenings for accredited media, incredibly shocking considering the festival is to celebrate film, and build awareness and buzz. I understand Elevation…

TIFF 2020 DAY 2: NOMADLAND

By John H. Foote (****) There is a striking familiarity between this film and Sean Penn’s magnificent Into the Wild (2007), in that both characters drop out of society for a life in the wild. In Penn’s film the character does so because he needs too, he wishes too, and his arrogance tells him he can.…

TIFF CHOICES

By John H. Foote Normally I screen 30 or more films at TIFF, depending on how well my poor legs hold out. My record is 52, but that included festival pre-screenings and was well before my legs were shattered, suffice to say those days are gone. TIFF usually screens more than 300 films per festival…

TIFF 2020: THE GREAT UNKNOWN

By John H. Foote For several months I worried TIFF might not even happen, but the brilliant minds that run the festival found a way. Thank God. I cannot imagine my life without TIFF, that festival has become such an integral part of my existence. Beyond the memories of great films I have experienced, there…

Mel’s TIFF ’19 Wrap-up

By Melissa Houghton First, a huge shout out to the editor, John, for his amazing coverage of this year’s TIFF daily screenings, and to Nick, for keeping you all up to date on the goings on at the 44th year celebration of all things film. You may not know because I’m a TIFF volunteer I’m…