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)

3 Comments:

Anonymous Paul said...

Thanks for your list Girish, this year as in other years, each time it's given me an idea of films to look out for. I'll have a chance to see 3/4 soon and am looking forward. Maybe after a first viewing I can comment on it.

At any rate, just wanted to say welcome back, your viewpoint is always appreciated.

September 21, 2017 5:51 PM  
Blogger girish said...

Thanks, Paul!

Let me know what you think of 3/4.

(There's a good interview with the director at MUBI.)

September 24, 2017 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Girish, I very much enjoyed 3/4, and appreciated the interview link. I can see how you thought it would repay a second viewing, I managed to see the second half of it again and noticed different things.

The pressure Mila was under was clear, and although Niki seemed looser, the scene for instance with him on the roof suggested his own difficulties in a subtle way.

I especially liked the final minutes of the film, and the way that light was used there. If you have the chance to see it again later, I feel it'd be well worth it.

November 08, 2017 5:30 PM  

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