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TIFF 2009The second installment of my film picks for happy viewing at Toronto International Film Festival 2009. Hurry and get tickets now, these shows are all this week of Sept. 14th, 2009!

Videocracy

Director: Erik Gandini
Country: Sweden
Year: 2009
Language: English, Italian
Runtime: 85 minutes
Format: Color/35mm

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Disinformationist and cultural watchdog director Erik Gandini, whose previous films include Surplus: Terrorized into Being Consumers (2003) and Gitmo – The New Rules of War (2005) that won the best documentary award at the Seattle International Film Festival, (sounds like my kind of guy) now brings us a film that explores the strange and astonishing world and influence of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi – owner of the country’s television empire. The following synopsis explains:

“In a late evening of 1976, a local Italian television broadcasts a quiz where viewers at home have to answer questions. For each correct answer, a housewife takes off a garment and does a brief dance. The format is simple and very successful.

Unaware viewers did not know that the show was the beginning of a complete change on the way of doing television. A revolution that would forever change the entire Italian political system, changing the values and becoming a powerful instrument of government for the nation.”

As if that isn’t enough to get any reader of the CulturePin.com to make a date for this screening, here is a trailer:

PUBLIC SCREENINGS
Tuesday September 15
10:00PM
VARSITY 3

Thursday September 17
8:00PM
VARSITY 1

Saturday September 19
2:30PM
VARSITY 4

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Valhalla Rising

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Country: Denmark/United Kingdom
Year: 2009
Language: English
Runtime: 90 minutes
Format: Color/35mm

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European director Nicolas Winding Refn is probably best known for the Pusher trilogy that migrated the gangster film genre to Copenhagen on an epic scale. His latest film Valhalla Rising tackles the Viking genre – typically heavy with mutton eating and battle axes gleaming in the reflection of the moon off of glaciers, he raises the roof high and takes us deeper inside the world of these powerful warriors who preceded Christopher Columbus arrival to North America by several hundred years.

From the programme:
“The film’s landscapes look so foreign and desolate that Valhalla Rising might as well have been shot on the moon.”

Looks like a lot of visual eye candy and excitement to me.

PUBLIC SCREENINGS
Tuesday September 15
4:00PM
WINTER GARDEN THEATRE

Saturday September 19
12:15PM
SCOTIABANK THEATRE 3

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Midnight Madness Programme 2009 – Pt. II

Solomon Kane

Director: Michael J. Bassett
Country: France/Czech Republic/United Kingdom
Year: 2009
Language: English
Runtime: 104 minutes
Format: Color/D-Cinema
Rating: 14A

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Continuing with our list of gory epic sagas started with Valhalla Rising, director Michael J. Bassett, whose previous films including Deathwatch (2002) and Wilderness (2006) – films that in hindsight appear to have prepared him for undertaking the famous pulp-fiction story of 16th century Puritan Solomon Kane, is shot in a gritty and irreverent manner invoking a return to high-spirited action and adventure. Interestingly enough it is part of the Midnight Madness programme which can only mean that the action and adventure quotient is high indeed.

PUBLIC SCREENINGS
Wednesday September 16
11:59PM
RYERSON

Thursday September 17
3:15PM
SCOTIABANK THEATRE 1

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Bitch Slap

Director: Rick Jacobson
Country: USA
Year: 2009
Language: English
Runtime: 104 minutes
Format: Color/35mm
Rating: 14A

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Bitch Slap director Rick Jacobson has directed over 100 episodes of television including the series Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Baywatch. The movie is called Bitch Slap. If you are a fan of Russ Meyer’s big-boobie-desert-romps or Tarantino’s instatiable lust for grindhouse fare mixed with really really bad bluescreen, then what are you waiting for? It’s Midnight Madness, it’s happening now, get a ticket and get there. If any of the above sound offensive or abhorrent to you, then for goodness’ sake stay home and watch reruns of Friends.

PUBLIC SCREENINGS
Monday September 14
11:59PM
RYERSON

Wednesday September 16
3:15PM
SCOTIABANK THEATRE 3

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If you get a chance to see any of these films, please let me know what you thought of it. Also I would love to hear any other film recommendations you may have by posting a comment on this article. Have a great TIFF 2009!






TIFF 2009Faithful readers of the CulturePin know how much I delight in the annual cinematic circus that is the Toronto International Film Festival, better known as TIFF to its devotees.  Beyond the mega-hyped buzz films (the premiere of Jennifer’s Body starring Megan Fox and written by Diablo Cody) and shoe-in Oscar contenders I wanted to share a list of movie picks for this year that I think stand out among the incredible selection.

Karaoke

Director: Chris Chong Chan Fui
Country: Malaysia
Year: 2009
Language: Malay
Runtime: 75 minutes
Format: Color/35mm
Rating: 14A

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Karaoke juxtaposes a young man’s idealism with the reality of a changing Malaysia through karaoke videos, humorous, poetic and filled with fascinating imagery from the country.

PUBLIC SCREENINGS
Monday September 14
5:30PM
AMC 6

Wednesday September 16
03:00PM
AMC 5

Saturday September 19
6:30PM
JACKMAN HALL – AGO

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Down For Life

Director: Alan Jacobs
Country: USA
Year: 2009
Language: English
Runtime: 92 minutes
Format: Colour/HDCAM
Rating: 14A

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Director Alan Jacobs, whose last film at TIFF was the buzzworthy Nina Takes a Lover (1994) directs this adaptation of a New York Times article, revolving around a single day in the life of a 15-year-old Latina gang leader. When she decides to get out of the gang life, she discovers, that leaving is more difficult than joining. The film stars local youths from the neighborhoods of South-Central Los Angeles where it was shot.

PUBLIC SCREENINGS
Saturday September 12
9:30PM
AMC 7

Monday September 14
3:30PM
AMC 7

Friday September 18
6:15PM
AMC 7

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Midnight Madness Programme at TIFF 2009

One of the highlights at TIFF every year is the amazingly diverse and bizarre Midnight Madness series held at the Ryerson University theater.  The crowd that packs the house every night at midnight is like hardcore Deadheads repainted for a Rocky Horror Picture Show birthday party screening.  Typically horror and gross-out oriented, here are some of this year’s more unusual Midnight Madness picks:

A Town Called Panic (Panique au village)

Directors: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar
Country: Belgium/France/Luxembourg
Year: 2009
Language: French
Runtime: 75 minutes
Format: Color/35mm
Rating: G

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Playfully charged with Belgian surrealism and a rock ‘n’ roll sensibility, A Town Called Panic, based on the warped Belgian television series (think something along the lines of Robot Chicken) feels as Monty Python’s Flying Circus hijacked the world of Pingu. Sounds too good to be true. And note the “G” Rating.

PUBLIC SCREENINGS
Friday September 18
11:59PM
RYERSON

Saturday September 19
3:45PM
AMC 3

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Symbol (Shinboru)

Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto
Country: Japan
Year: 2009
Language: Japanese
Runtime: 93 minutes
Format: Color/35mm
Rating: PG

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Hitoshi Matsumoto’s made a huge spalsh at Midnight Madness 2007 with his superhero-versus-giant-monsters comedy DAINIPPONJIN. He returns to TIFF 2009 with his second film, Symbol – Shinboru in Japanese – a surreal journey into the imagination. It will be interesting to see Mr. Matsumoto’s take on the subject as compared to Terry Gilliam’s Dr. Parnassus.

PUBLIC SCREENINGS
Thursday September 17
11:59PM
RYERSON

Saturday September 19
12:00PM
CUMBERLAND 1

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