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Film

10 things to see at the Images Festival

Posted by Blake Williams / April 8, 2014

images festival torontoThe Toronto Images Festival, North America's most expansive film and media art event, returns for its 27th year this Thursday. Featuring 10 days of installations, performances, gallery exhibitions, and screenings of experimental shorts and features, it's a reminder that cinema is first and foremost an art, and serves as a perfect palate cleanser before we're bombarded with another summer of big-budget blockbusters.

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The top 10 film events in Toronto for spring 2014

Posted by Blake Williams / April 3, 2014

toronto film eventsSpring feels so close, you've probably already made room at the back of your closet where you can retire your parka for the next six months - so why on earth would you be looking to spend time in a dark theatre with strangers? Yet the next few months are so jam-packed with must-see special screenings, retrospectives, and film festivals that it might be hard to stay outdoors. In any case, that impending warmth will provide some convenient comfort as you trek from venue to venue.

Here are 10 screenings, speaker series, director retrospectives, and film festivals to keep you air-conditioned as the temperatures rise.

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Innis Town Hall movie screen to go silent

Posted by Blake Williams / March 30, 2014

toronto silent film festivalSilent film aficionados, rejoice once again. The Toronto Silent Film Festival is back with a line-up against with we can measure all future and former silent film festival line-ups. I say this purely on the inclusion of Victor Sjöström's 1928 Lilian gish vehicle, The Wind (Thursday, April 3 at 8PM; Innis Town Hall), arguably the greatest of all silent films, influencing filmmakers up to and including Béla Tarr.

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10 films getting the biggest advance-buzz at Hot Docs

Posted by Blake Williams / March 25, 2014

Hot Docs 2014The 2014 Hot Docs Festival line-up was just unveiled last week, and Toronto documentary enthusiasts have doubtless been poring over the packed catalogue and building their schedules ever since. There are 139 feature-length documentaries to choose from this year, so it's about that time to start thinking seriously about some of titles you want to see before they start selling out.

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See Canada's rising stars at 8th Canadian Film Fest

Posted by Blake Williams / March 17, 2014

Canadian film festThe Canadian Film Festival kicks off its 8th edition this Thursday, March 20th at the Royal Cinema. This year's line-up includes six features and over a dozen short films - all, as advertised, made by Canucks. Running the full gamut of genre fare to fictional dramas to documentaries, the festival offers Torontonians a glimpse of Canada's rising stars who were passed over by TIFF and Canada's Top Ten selection committees, for whatever reason.

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Italian master Pasolini gets the TIFF treatment

Posted by Blake Williams / March 8, 2014

Pasolini tiffTwo years ago, TIFF's senior programmer James Quandt mounted a complete retrospective of French master Robert Bresson, titling the series The Poetry of Precision. Now comes a likewise complete retrospective of Bresson's contemporary, the equally masterful Italian director and theorist, Pier Paolo Pasolini - the Poet of Contamination. If you've seen Pasolini's late work (his Trilogy of Life, Salò), you'll have a sense of the sort of abject contaminants being referred to. But his work wasn't always basking in carnality and provocation.

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