Fall Festivals Kick off Oscar® SeasonAugust 27th, 2013 | Posted by in Film Festivals
Top 7 Festival Picks from Telluride and Toronto
Every year, two major North American film festivals kick off the fall—and, unofficially, Oscar® season.
The Telluride Film Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Running from August 29th-September 2nd, the 2013 festival lineup has been kept top-secret (as they always are), but rumors are circulating. Several of the most recent Academy Award winners for Best Picture showed at Telluride (Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, and Argo among them). The LA Times has called TFF a strong predictor of Oscar® favorites.
Following closely on Telluride’s footsteps is the renowned Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Running September 5th-15th, 2013, the festival presents the best of international and Canadian content to film lovers. Toronto is recognized as the foremost international film festival after Cannes.
To celebrate the eve of these festivals, here are 7 of our favorite Telluride/Toronto films:
1) La Ronde (23 min) Ages 13+
In this Toronto film, Ariane’s journey to the airport soon turns into a nocturnal quest filled with unusual encounters. Set as a dream-like suburban tale, Sophie Goyette’s La Ronde tells the story of two young adults’ courageous attempt to free themselves from their family’s legacy.
2) Losing the Elephants (23 min) All ages
This documentary sheds light on the playful side of the highly endangered Asian elephant. They are one of only a handful of species on earth that are self-aware, but by some estimates these amazing animals will be extinct by 2050. Actor Martin Sheen narrates Peck Euwer’s film. Losing the Elephants screened at TFF affiliate Telluride Mountainfilm Festival.
3) C Blok (Block C) (93 min) Ages 13+
Enigmatic encounters and steamy scenes between between a woman, a neighbor, and a maid in a modern apartment complex blur the lines between fantasy and reality in Turkish director Zeki Demirkubuz’s Toronto debut.
4) Spider (10 min) Ages 13+
It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. This little thriller from Telluride is gonna getcha!
5) Scenes from the Suburbs (30 minutes) Ages 13+
Director Spike Jonze teams up with band Arcade Fire to create a thirty-minute short film inspired by their critically acclaimed album, “The Suburbs,” and its themes of war and coming of age in suburbia. The film screened in Toronto in 2011.
6) Bunny Boy (5 min) Ages 13+
In this dark, creepy comedy from Telluride. a young child walks home from school and encounters a strange-looking man in a full bunny costume laying in his back yard.
7) When Life was Good (88 min) Ages 17+
In this 2008 flick from Toronto, the characters struggle with conflicting emotions, unexpected intimacy and the demands of the real world. What emerges feels like an updated J.D. Salinger text.
Can’t wait for the fall fests to start? Which one is your favorite?
Watch the trailer for the beautiful film Museum Hours, by Jem Cohen. The film is a painterly study of the influence of art on a museum security guard and a woman he meets. Museum Hours is an official selection at Toronto.