The 38th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival was already shaping up to be a banner year for music films, and today's final round of announcements just turned TIFF up to eleven. In addition to the biopics and rock odysseys already confirmed for the festival, TIFF will be hosting the world premiers of "12.12.12" and "Metallica Through The Never," two of the year's biggest and most anticipated concert films.
"12.12.12," which will screen as part of the Mavericks program, documents the massive benefit concert that raised over 30 million dollars for victims of Hurricane Sandy and features performances by Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West and Paul McCartney. Concert co-organizer and industry heavyweight Harvey Weinstein will be on hand for a live discussion of the event after the world premiere.
"Metallica Through The Never,' the long-promised IMAX 3D epic that combines concert footage from the metal icons and a Dante-esque adventure story, will also have its world premiere at the festival. Metallica themselves will be appearing at the festival in support of their film.
They'll be joined by another legendary metal star who also confirmed his attendance at the festival: Alice Cooper will be in town for the previously announced world premiere of "Supermench The Legend of Shep Gordon," a documentary about his manager directed by not-worthy comedian Mike Meyers.
"12.12.12," "Metallica Through The Never," and Alice Cooper's participation cap off an already music-heavy lineup for TIFF 2013, which also includes biopics about Jimi Hendrix ("All Is By My Side," starring Andre 3000) and Paul Potts ("One Chance"), flicks about punk in Sweden ("We Are The Best!") and metal in Iceland ("Metalhead") and Norway ("A Spell To Ward The Darkness"), and a musical based on the work of the Proclaimers ("Sunshine On Leith"). Musicians Adam Levine ("Can A Song Save Your Life?") and yasiin bey, aka Mos Def ("A Life Of Crime") also have roles in films at the festival.
The 38th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5-15. For more information click here.
Midnight Madness Highlights
Midnight Madness Highlights
All Cheerleaders Die
A high-school outsider’s plot to revenge herself on the captain of the football team turns bloody when some phantasmagorical hijinks get tossed into the mix, in this refreshingly smart horror comedy from directors Lucky McKee (<em>May</em>, <em>The Woods</em>) and Chris Sivertson (<em>I Know Who Killed Me</em>). (TIFF website, 2013)
A quiet rural town in Maine becomes a raging inferno of axe murders and alien abduction in this lean, mean and grisly indie horror flick. (TIFF website, 2013)
The Green Inferno
Horror maestro Eli Roth (<em>Hostel</em>) returns to the director’s chair for this gruesome homage to the notorious Italian cannibal movies of the late seventies and early eighties. (TIFF website, 2013)
Years after the mysterious deaths of their parents, a traumatized brother and sister find the cause of their family tragedy: a cursed mirror whose 300-year history has left a bloody trail of destruction in its wake. (TIFF website, 2013)
A public-housing tenement is plunged into a dark storm of supernatural chaos, in this loving tribute to the cult classic Hong Kong horror-comedy series <em>Mr. Vampire</em>. (TIFF website, 2013)
Why Don't You Play in Hell?
A renegade film crew becomes embroiled with a yakuza clan feud in this wild, perverse and blood-soaked orgy of outrageousness from cult director Sion Sono (<em>Suicide Club</em>). (TIFF website, 2013)
Direct cinema pioneer Frederick Wiseman takes an in-depth look at the preeminent American university during a fall semester that saw a vigorous debate taking place over tuition hikes, budget cuts, and the future of higher education in the United States. (TIFF website 2013)
Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story
Barry Avrich’s account of the life of this most unlikely revolutionary of the 1960s counterculture is energetic, iconoclastic and well researched, examining Guccione’s long and audacious career, most notably as publisher of the hugely influential pornographic magazine <em>Penthouse</em> and producer of the porn epic <em>Caligula</em>. (TIFF website 2013)
A Story of Children and Film
Director Mark Cousins follows his epic documentary <em>The Story of Film</em> with this globe-spanning rumination on children in the cinema, surveying such classics as <em>The 400 Blows</em>, <em>E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial</em>, <em>Fanny and Alexander</em>,<em> Los Olvidados</em>, and <em>The White Balloon</em>. (TIFF website 2013)
The Uknown Known
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris (<em>The Fog of War</em>, <em>Standard Operating Procedure</em>) continues his exploration of post-9/11 American imperialism with this riveting, feature-length interview with notorious former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. (TIFF website 2013)
When Jews Were Funny
Insightful and often hilarious, the latest from documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig surveys the history of Jewish comedy, from the early days of Borsht belt to the present, ultimately exploring not just ethnicity in the entertainment industry, but also the entire unruly question of what it means to be Jewish. (TIFF website 2013)
Canadian Film Highlights
Canadian Film Highlights
The Animal Project
A Toronto theatre director endures a series of creative and personal travails in this affecting and typically inventive new film from Festival favourite Ingrid Veninger (<em>MODRA</em>,<em> i am a good person/i am a bad person</em>). (TIFF website, 2013)
This hilarious, grotesque, and unique adult animated feature chronicles visual artists Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman’s trans-Canadian road trip as they encounter dull violence, rampant consumerism and unbridled eccentricity in small towns all over this wide, weird country. (TIFF website, 2013)
Empire of Dirt
Three generations of First Nations women struggle to deal with the demons of their past, in this powerful and affecting drama from actor-turned-director Peter Stebbings (<em>Defendor</em>). (TIFF website, 2013)
Denis Villenueve (<em>Incendies</em>) will be doing double duty at this year’s festival, since this announcement follows the previous announcement of Prisoners. Enemy sees Jake Gyllenhaal playing a University professor, who encounters his exact double. That’s all the information I need to be interested in this thriller. - Sean Kelly
The F Word
<em>FUBAR</em> and <em>Goon</em> director Michael Dowse makes a surprising swerve into sweetness with this winning romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. (TIFF website, 2013)
Saddled with a lousy job, an infant son, and a wife doing jail time for sleeping with a 14-year-old, a disgruntled Toronto ad-agency employee struggles to deal with his impotent rage, in this gutsy black comedy from beloved Canadian maverick Bruce McDonald. (TIFF website, 2013)
Tom at the Farm
This latest work from Canada’s endlessly inventive and provocative Xavier Dolan (<em>J'ai tué ma mere</em>, <em>Laurence Anyways</em>) follows a grief-stricken man who visits his dead lover’s parents — only to discover that they were unaware of their son’s sexual orientation. (TIFF website, 2013)