- News & Features
- Real Estate
- MOST RECENT: The King’s Speech takes TIFF’s top honour (and becomes Oscar bait) (10 minutes ago)
A critical guide to TV, movies, theatre and music, with daily event roundups to max out your social calendar
As with any film festival, TIFF 2010 had its share of disappointments (Miral, Hereafter) and outright disasters (Passion Play, What’s Wrong With Virginia), but the general consensus is that this was a pretty good year. Critics and audiences found more than a few gems, and an astounding 18 films that arrived here without North American distribution have already found buyers. By our reckoning, however, eight films stood out as the biggest winners of the festival.
The King’s Speech
After winning the People’s Choice Award on Sunday, Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech has officially been crowned the film to beat in next year’s Oscar race. Stars Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter are all tapped for acting noms, and a best picture slot is pretty much guaranteed. The only question now is, Can it survive another five months of hype?
Practically everybody who saw Darren Aronofsky’s latest described it as a love-it-or-hate-it experience, but if that’s the case, where are all the haters? Critics were nearly unanimous in their praise, Oscar buzz for star Natalie Portman is through the roof, and the gala screening was easily the hottest ticket of the fest. Looks like love to us.
(Natalie Portman thumbnail: Stefania Yarhi)
Going into the fall festival season, no one really knew what to expect from Danny Boyle’s odd Slumdog Millionaire follow-up. Would his take on the true story of trapped hiker Aron Ralston be awards bait or a boon for the gore hounds? According to those who saw it, it somehow manages to be both.
Mike Mills’s sophomore effort, about a man (Ewan McGregor) coming to terms with his 75-year-old dad’s latent homosexuality, was an out-of-nowhere festival surprise and an across-the-board charmer. Though the film hasn’t found a distributor yet, Focus Features is rumored to be circling it for a fall release. Expect lots of kudos for Christopher Plummer as the dad.
In a year with several strong Canadian titles, Quebec director Denis Villeneuve’s big-screen adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad’s play Scorched earned rapturous reviews, the Best Canadian Feature Film award, and a big-time U.S. distribution deal with Sony Pictures Classics. If the company decides to release the film before year’s end (a Canadian release is scheduled for October), it has a real shot at becoming a surprise Oscar contender à la The Sweet Hereafter.
Let Me In
In the wake of its world premiere here, all of the haters have officially been put on notice to lay off this American remake of the 2007 Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In. Not only were critics and audiences generally smitten, but some even claim it’s (gasp!) an improvement on the original.
This disquieting little period drama by American indie director Kelly Reichardt was one of the best reviewed films of the fest, but it’s probably too low-key, too unhurried to reach a mass audience. No matter: it’ll find an appreciative cult following once it’s released on the art-house circuit next year.
Director John Cameron Mitchell rushed to finish his film in time for its world debut here, but the effort paid off. Nicole Kidman’s work as a grieving mom received lots of acclaim (as did Diane Wiest’s supporting turn), and distributor Lionsgate is now planning to give the film a late fall awards season push.
by Scott MacDonald September 20, 2010 at 12:51 pm
Black Swan, Christopher Plummer, Colin Firth, Danny Boyle, Denis Villeneuve, Ewan McGregor, Geoffrey Rush, Incendies, John Cameron Mitchell, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Passion Play, Rabbit Hole, TIFF, TIFF 2010, Tom Hooper
- TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Natalie Portman and the cast of Black Swan at the premiere
- TIFF Oscar buzz begins: Natalie Portman wins critics’ support in Black Swan
- Looking back at TIFF 2010: an Alliance Films VP gives her run down of this year’s fest
- Coming soon to a theatre near you: 13 films that got distribution deals during TIFF
- TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban and Aaron Eckhart at Rabbit Hole premiere
- Michael Bryant’s very bad year: his life on bail, how he got off, and his surprise comeback 41
- Worst-dressed couple at TIFF? Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban 20
- Five things we learned about Tim Hortons from the recent Maclean’s exposé 16
- Score: A Hockey Musical wins over some locals, but virtually no one else 16
- Toronto the boring? Fashion at TIFF duller than at Venice film fest 15
Comment on this post
Neither the author nor Toronto Life necessarily agrees with the comments posted below. Editors will not correct spelling or grammar. Toronto Life reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely. Read our full policy
- The King’s Speech takes TIFF’s top honour (and becomes Oscar bait) (10 minutes ago)
- TIFF PHOTO GALLERY: Harvey Keitel and company walk out on producer’s speech at gala for A Beginner’s Guide to Endings (41 minutes ago)
- Looking back at TIFF 2010: Eight films to watch (42 minutes ago)
- See all
Get the latest TIFF news and gossip
Sign up for our daily e-mail newsletter:
Links and Offers
- DHgate is a leading online marketplace for the world’s small and medium size businesses and the largest China wholesale products trading platform.
- Find thousands of cottage rentals, resorts, B&B’s chalets and accommodations in cottage regions across Canada and the Northern States here.
- Drug and Alcohol Treatment
- UNIQUE PROPERTIES FOR SALE
- ALLERGIES? Want a healthier indoor environment? Window and Door Screen that STOPS POLLENS.
- Toronto Real Estate. Toronto’s largest agent website. New listings everyday!
Most-Read Stories This Week
- Best New Restaurants 2010
- Best 10 wines under $10
- Bubble Trouble
- Glazed and Enthused: 13 of Toronto’s best doughnuts
- Risk Assessment: a neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood guide to the safest places to buy real estate in Toronto
- The Dundas West Guide: our 21 favourite places between Ossington and Lansdowne
- Editorial Internships
- Marketplace classifieds
© 2010. All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part strictly prohibited. Toronto Life is a registered trademark of Toronto Life Publishing Company Limited
Looking back at TIFF 2010: Eight films to watch | TIFF TalkIn Canada on September 20, 2010 at 13:34