TIFF 2013

TIFF 2013: iNumber Number Review

iNumber Number Contemporary World Cinema Director: Donovan Marsh A satisfying and suspenseful DIY action drama from the dark, dingy, and dangerous slums of Soweto, this crooked cops and honourable thieves heist flick is clearly a labour of love for all involved, which normally spells doom, but it’s so well acted and written that the spirit […]

TIFF 2013: The Husband Review

The Husband Special Presentation Director: Bruce McDonald Canadian filmmaking icon McDonald continues the dark streak he’s been on lately, but this time taking a long hard look at analyzing what makes a real life monster and the affect personal demons can have on loved ones. It’s as poignant and emotional as it is funny and […]

Interview: Danis Goulet

We talk to Danis Goulet, director of the Cree inspired science-fiction short Wakening, filmed at the Winter Garden Theatre and screening prior of the TIFF opening night gala of The Fifth Estate on Thursday night to help honour the theatre's 100th anniversary. We talk about transforming the Winter Garden and the surrounding area into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, her film’s role in the resurgence of aboriginal cinema, and getting the cops accidentally called on the production for being too realistic.

Interview: Alan Zweig

We talk to When Jews Were Funny documentarian Alan Zweig (whose latest film debuts at TIFF this week) about the challenges of getting a comic to open up on camera about real topics, the generation gap he noticed, how Mel Brooks making his father laugh opened up his eyes to Jewish humour, how to deal with a difficult interview, and what he hopes his daughter can take from him after he’s gone.

TIFF 2013: Parkland Review

Parkland Gala Director: Peter Landesman As a depiction of the events on the day of American President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22nd 1963 – as well as the three days in the wake of the killing – Parkland doesn’t cover any historical or narrative ground that hasn’t been touched on before, nor does […]

Interview: Richie Mehta

We talk to Siddharth director Richie Mehta (whose new film debuts in Venice before coming to the Toronto International Film Festival next week) about how a failed project led to him finding this story, writing characters that don’t necessarily align with his own beliefs or logic, returning to shoot in India, the goodness in people, and how he thinks the film will be perceived in India.

The Dork Shelf Guide to TIFF 2013

Here it is! Your one-stop guide to all of our reviews, interviews, and features for anything and everything involving the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Keep checking back throughout the day as new reviews, interviews, and features are being added all the time!

Interview: Don McKellar

Dork Shelf talks to director and actor Don McKellar about his return to feature film directing with The Grand Seduction (debuting Sunday September 8th at TIFF) and about how people perceived his time away from filmmaking, the script that tempted him to come back, shooting on location in Trinity Bay, the different stresses between city filming and country filming, and what Gleeson brought to his role and to the set.

Interview: TIFF Cinematheque Programmer Brad Deane

We talk to TIFF Cinematheque programmer Brad Deane about the classic films playing for free at this year's Toronto International Film festival, how the Cinematheque sources their prints, why he feels strange watching things on his computer, which film he’s most excited to share this year, a bit about this year’s line-up, a few tidbits about TIFF’s upcoming David Cronenberg retrospective, and what films he would love to see restored so he can share them in the future with festival audiences.

TIFF 2013: Focus On: Short Cuts Canada

We turn the TIFF 2013 spotlight on the Short Cuts Canada program, looking at all but one of the shorts showing across all six programs designed to bring the best in Canadian short form filmmaking to festival audiences.

TIFF 2013: Like Father, Like Son Review

Like Father, Like Son Special Presentation Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama) and Midori Nonomiya (Machiko Ono) are a hard working professional couple who live with their only child, Keita, in a modern Tokyo high-rise. After the hospital delivers the shocking truth about their son being switched at birth, the Nonomiyas suddenly find their lives […]

TIFF 2013: Only Lovers Left Alive Review

Only Lovers Left Alive Special Presentation Director: Jim Jarmusch It’s easy to get lost in a song, which explains why it’s so easy to immerse yourself in Jim Jarmusch’s wandering snow globes. From the Memphis ghosts of Mystery Train to the street bred samurai of Ghost Dog, Jarmusch embraces musical influence in a very literal […]

TIFF 2013: The Great Beauty Review

The Great Beauty Special Presentation  Director: Paolo Sorrentino We all get something different out of art. Some escape their regular lives for intervals of drifting into the others’ work, some have cocooned themselves with it, and some couldn’t give a shit. In Sorrentino’s newest, Jep Gambardella (Gomorra and Il Divo’s Toni Servillo), an acclaimed writer […]

TIFF 2013: Burt’s Buzz Review

Burt’s Buzz TIFF Docs Director: Jody Shapiro You’ve likely had that moment. Crawling through the Shoppers Drug Mart aisle, scanning the shelves for where the toothpaste begins. Eventually your eyes cross the rack of Burt’s Bees products, the massive yellow skin-care care brand, marked with the face of a hirsute woodsman. Maybe not each time, […]