Monday, September 18, 2017

TIFF 2017: Round-Up


Best-of-the-Fest:

Western (Valeska Grisebach, Germany)
Faces Places (Agnès Varda, France)
Zama (Lucretia Martel, Argentina)
The Rider (Chloe Zhao, USA)
The Other Side of Hope (Aki Kaurismäki, Finland)

Strong:

The Day After (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)
The Girlfriend Experience, Season 2 (Amy Seimetz & Lodge Kerrigan, USA)
Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig, USA)
Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont, France)
PROTOTYPE (Blake Williams, Canada)
3/4 (Ilian Metev, Bulgaria)

Good+Interesting+Worth Seeing:

Le Fort des Fous (Narimane Mari, France/Algeria)
The Nothing Factory (Pedro Pinho, Portugal)
The Future Ahead (Constanza Novick, Argentina)
Onward Lossless Follows (Michael Robinson, USA)
Strangely Ordinary this Devotion (Dani Leventhal & Sheilah Wilson, USA)

Discovery Of The Fest:

3/4 (Ilian Metev, Bulgaria)

Others Appreciated These Films More Than I Did:

Cocote (Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias, Dominican Republic)
The Florida Project (Sean Baker, USA)
Good Luck (Ben Russell, USA)
I am not a Witch (Rungano Nyoni, Zambia/UK)

Best Q&A:

Blake Williams, PROTOTYPE

Films That Will Most Demand Multiple Viewings:

Zama (Lucretia Martel, Argentina)
PROTOTYPE (Blake Williams, Canada)
3/4 (Ilian Metev, Bulgaria)

Best Soundtrack Music:

Igorr, for Jeannette (Bruno Dumont, France)

Films I Most Regret Not Seeing:

First Reformed (Paul Schrader, USA)
Bodied (Joseph Kahn, USA)
Ex Libris (Frederick Wiseman, USA)
(Hate-watching) mother! (Darren Aronofsky, USA)

Fuck All Films that Fetishize Killing and/or Cutting of Animals:

Cocote (Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias, Dominican Republic)
The Nothing Factory (Pedro Pinho, Portugal)
I am not a Witch (Rungano Nyoni, Zambia/UK)

Surprise Appearance at the Festival:

Lisandro Alonso, as producer of The Future Ahead (Constanza Novick, Argentina)

Films I Wish TIFF Had Screened:

Bright Sunshine In (Claire Denis, France)
Milla (Valérie Massadian, France)
The Apple of My Eye (Axelle Ropert, France)