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Your Guide to TIFF 2013’s Hottest Films

BY CRAIG MOY

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If you’ve travelled to this city in early September, chances are you’re here for the Toronto International Film Festival, simultaneously one of the world’s most prestigious and most populist celebrations of the silver screen. Problem is, there’s far too much for one person to see and do, even if you’re here for the full duration of the festival. So put your trust in Where. Below we’ve given you glimpse of TIFF 2013’s most-anticipated movies.

Sandra Bullock stars in Alfonso Cuaron's in Gravity

Sandra Bullock stars in Alfonso Cuarón’s in Gravity

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You may have noticed: we’re a discerning bunch at Where Toronto. Our choosiness, however, doesn’t stop at shops and restaurants; we’d also like to think we have good taste when it comes to art and entertainment. Here’s what our resident film fans are looking forward to at this year’s TIFF.

Craig Moy
Strong yet nuanced storytelling is of paramount importance to Where Toronto’s senior editor, whose favourite flicks range from classics like The Third Man to such foreign fare as In the Mood for Love. “My wife complains that our DVD collection doesn’t have any comedies,” he says. “I just pull out Dr. Strangelove and Rushmore. What else could she want?”

Most Anticipated at TIFF: “I’m a huge fan of serious science-fiction, so Gravity, about a pair of astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) coming to grips with their mortality in the vastness of space, is definitely near the top of my must-see list. I’m equally interested to see if director Alfonso Cuarón can top his own Children of Men—to my mind one of the most criminally underrated films of this century.”

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her and Him

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her

Yen Tran
A self-proclaimed “girl who loves love,” the senior marketing associate for Where Canada magazines is a true sucker for romance. She doesn’t discriminate between genres as long as matters of the heart are key to the plot. Her favourite flicks include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Pride and Prejudice, (500) Days of Summer, and, sheepishly, Disney’s Enchanted.

Most Anticipated at TIFF: “The idea of using two standalone films to tell a single story is so unique and intriguing that it puts The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her (starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy) at the top of my list. And the fact that it’s a love story, well, that just really fits the bill for me!”

Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts lead August: Osage County's ensemble

Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts lead August: Osage County‘s ensemble

Matthew Fox
The executive editor of Where.ca is a lover of literary narratives: “I get excited watching great works adapted by talented directors who can handle the layering, pacing and complexity innate to that material. Turning novels and plays into successful films—the way Adam Egoyan did in The Sweet Hereafter or Spike Jones did in Adaptation—is a tricky business, especially when the source material is beloved.”

Most Anticipated at TIFF: “I’m dying to see if John Wells can rise to the challenge of adapting the Tony-winning play August: Osage County. He has plenty of experience dealing with chatty scripts from his West Wing days, but I hope he can preserve the play’s brilliant interplay of hilarity and darkness. Of course, with Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper and Sam Shepard in the cast, he probably didn’t have to try very hard.”

Idris Elba is Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Idris Elba is Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Linda Luong
“I’m not particularly discerning,” Where Toronto’s editor-in-chief says of her varied cinematic tastes. “Which really means I’ll watch almost anything other than science fiction or horror.” Among the movies she finds most memorable are Scent of a Woman, The Royal Tenenbaums, A Mighty Wind, The Departed, Crash and Memento.

Most Anticipated at TIFF: “I’m partial to biopics and docudramas. A top ticket for me is Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, based on the autobiography of one of the most extraordinary human beings, Nelson Mandela (portrayed in the film by Idris Elba), whom I had the privilege of meeting in 2001. I’m similarly intrigued by Parkland, which dramatizes the JFK assassination from multiple perspectives. No matter how many Kennedy films are made, I’m always curious to see someone else’s interpretation of those dark days in 1963.”

Scarlett Johansson plays an extraterrestrial in Under the Skin

Scarlett Johansson plays an extraterrestrial in Under the Skin

Laura Sabatini
Science fiction films are among the many interests of this Where Toronto intern, whose Jurassic Park trilogy box set is never too far from the television set. “My dad brought me up on the X-Files and Star Trek, so it’s no wonder I can still get into those movies where aliens, dinosaurs, and fast-spreading viruses take over the world.”

Most Anticipated at TIFF: “I’m intrigued by Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, an alien-comes-to-earth story that seems to be told from the alien’s perspective. I’m eager to see how that viewpoint is illustrated, and whether Scarlett Johansson can bring psychological nuance to the lead role.”

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