Films2013

2013 Film Guide


A Lady in ParisA Lady in Paris

SFF 2013 – Narrative – Feature
Release Year: 2012
Runtime: 94 minutes
Directed by: Ilmar Raag
Country/Language: France-Estonia/French-Estonian (English Sub)
Premiere: Ontario
Program: In-Competition, Opening Night

 

Anne leaves Estonia to come to Paris as a caretaker for Frida, an elderly Estonian lady who emigrated to France long ago. Anne soon realizes that she is not wanted. All Frida wants from life is the attention of Stéphane, her younger former lover. Stéphane, however, is desperate for Anne to stay and look after Frida, even against the old lady’s will. In this conflict of strangers, Anne will find her own way…

SCREENING TIMES
Tuesday June 4th, 2013 – 7pm – Fox Theatre 2236 Queen Street East

Ilmar Raag: is an Estonian media executive, screenwriter and film director, best known for his socio-critical film The Class. He has served as CEO of Estonian National Television from 2002 to 2005. He is well known columnist in many prestigious Estonian newspapers (Postimees, Eesti Päevaleht). In recent years he has written many scripts and directed critically acclaimed films, notably August 1991 and The Class.

A Lady in Paris – Official Selection
Locarno International Film Festival 2012 (Nominated - Golden Leopard)
Brisbane International Film Festival

Screening Supported by Consulate General of France in Toronto
Co-Presented with Cinefranco


The RepentantThe Repentant

SFF 2013 - Narrative – Feature
Release Year: 2012
Runtime: 87 minutes
Directed by: Merzak Allouche
Country/Language: Algeria-France/Arabic (English sub)
Premiere: Ontario
Program: In-Competition

Algeria region of the high flatland. As Islamist groups continue to spread terror, Rashid, a young Jihadist, leaves the mountains to return to his village. In keeping with the law “of pardon and national harmony”, he has to surrender to the police and give up his weapon. He thus receives amnesty and becomes a “repenti”. But the law cannont erase his crimes and for Rashid it is the beginning of a one-way journey of violence, secrets and manipulation.

SCREENING TIMES
Wednesday June 5th, 2013 – 7pm – Fox Theatre 2236 Queen Street East

Merzak Allouache is an Algerian film director and screenwriter. He has directed 18 films since 1976. His 1976 film Omar Gatlato was entered into the 10th Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Silver Prize. His 1996 Salut cousin! was submitted to the 69th Academy Awards in the category for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Repentant – Official Selection
Cannes Film Festival 2012 (Won – Label Europa Cinemas)
Chicago International Film Festival (Won – Silver Hugo)

Screening Co-Presented with Cinefranco


Tasher DeshTasher Desh (The Land of Cards)

SFF 2013 – Narrative – Feature
Release Year: 2012
Runtime: 114 minutes
Directed by: Q
Country/Language: India/Bengali (English Sub)
Premiere: North American
Program: In-Competition

 

Once upon a time, there was a storyteller. In a lonely railway station in Kolkata, where he spoke to trains. He wanted to tell a story. Inside the darkness of his mind, his story unfolds a kaleidoscope of fantasy. Once upon a time, there was a prince who was banished with his mother to a dark and distant prison palace. Here he grows up, without hope, without a future, with his mother drowning herself in alcohol. Realizing the extent of the prince’s despair, a friend invokes the Oracle. A mysterious figure, the Oracle passes on a message of liberation. The prince realizes that he is indeed a prisoner of his mind. He makes a decision, to leave in search for an adventure.

SCREENING TIMES
Thursday June 6th, 2013 – 7pm – Fox Theatre 2236 Queen Street East

Q is an Indian film director known for his cult film Gandu. Mukherjee grew up in Kolkata and did his schooling from South Point High School. He is the founder and CEO of film production company, Overdose Joint.

Tasher Desh – Official Selection
Rome Film Festival 2012 (Nominated – Cinema XXI Award)


Alì Blue EyesAli Blue Eyes

SFF 2013 – Narrative – Feature
Release Year: 2012
Runtime: 100 minutes
Directed by: Claudio Giovannesi
Country/Language: Italy/Italian (English Sub)
Premiere: Canadian
Program: In-Competition

 

Nader and Stefano: one is Egyptian but was born in Rome, the other is Italian and is his best friend. Nader’s girlfriend Brigitte is Italian too, but that’s exactly why the boy’s parents oppose their love. Alì Blue Eyes tells of a week in the life of an adolescent boy who tries to disobey the values of his family. Precariously balanced between being Arab or Italian, Nader, courageous and in love, will have to endure solitude, the streets, cold, hunger, fear and the loss of friendship, in the attempt to regain his own identity.

SCREENING TIMES
Friday June 7th, 2013 – 7pm – Fox Theatre 2236 Queen Street East

Claudio Giovannesi, born in Rome in 1978, obtained a degree in directing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. LA CASA SULLE NUVOLE (2009), his first feature-length film, won numerous awards, such as the Special Jury Prize at the 2009 Brussels Film Festival; the Amilcar du Jury Jeune at the 2009 Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt; and the Italia nel Cinema Award at the 2009 MedFilm Festival. In 2009 he also made the documentary FRATELLI D’ITALIA, which received a special mention at the Rome Film Festival/Extra section in 2009.

Ali Blue Eyes – Official Selection
Rome Film Festival 2012 (Won – Special Jury Prize and Best Debut and Second Film)
Tribeca Film Festival 2013

Screening Supported by Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto
Co-Presented with Italian Contemporary Film Festival


Celluloid ManCelluloid Man

SFF 2013 - Documentary - Feature
Release Year: 2012
Runtime: 155 minutes
Directed by: Shivendra Dungarpur
Country/Language: India/English
Premiere: Canadian

 

As Mr. Nair speaks, we see the history of Indian cinema unfold. What emerges is a portrait of a man so in love with cinema that even his family had to take a backseat to his obsession. Mr. Nair is not just the founder of the National Film Archive, but a living breathing museum of cinema. Even in retirement, he chooses to stay across the road from the Archive watching over his legacy. The fact that India has a cinematic heritage at all is the singlehanded achievement of this man. There will be no one like him again.

SCREENING TIMES
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 1pm – University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) 1265 Military Trail

Shivendra Singh Dungarpur is an Indian filmmaker and producer. He is the proprietor of Dungarpur Films, under whose banner he has directed over 400 commercials and produced television serials, corporate films, documentaries and short films. His latest project, which also happens to be his first feature length film, is the 2012 documentary Celluloid Man.

Celluloid Man – Official Selection
39th Telluride Film Festival
50th New York Film Festival
42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam

Screening Co-Presented with Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
Screening Co-Presented with HotDocs International Film Festival


WTPH_still_1Welcome To Pine Hill

SFF 2013 – Documentary – Feature
Release Year: 2012
Runtime: 81 minutes
Directed by: Keith Miller
Country/Language: United States/English
Premiere: Canadian

 

WELCOME TO PINE HILL is an extension of Miller’s earlier short film PRINCE/WILLIAM about an unexpected encounter surrounding a lost dog. Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, PINE HILL follows that short’s protagonist Shannon, a reformed drug dealer who is now an insurance claims adjuster, in the days following a grim medical diagnosis. Shannon, portrayed in an extraordinarily intimate performance by first time actor Shannon Harper, sets out to make peace with those around him and in turn find his own peace beyond the cacophony of New York City.

SCREENING TIMES
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 4:15pm – University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) 1265 Military Trail

Keith Miller is a filmmaker and painter. A member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, he made his first short film in 2004. WELCOME TO PINE HILL is his first feature. Living and working primarily in Brooklyn, his paintings and photographs have shown in galleries around the world. As a professor at New York University’s Gallatin School, he teaches at the intersection of social thought, visual culture, art theory, and practice. He is also the Curator of the Gallatin Galleries, encouraging work that engages the personal with the political. Keith is currently in production on FiveStar, a new blend of urban reality and fiction featuring Primo, the leader of the Bloods. He has a dog named (Prince) William.

Welcome to Pine Hill – Official Selection
Slamdance Film Festival 2012 (Winner – Grand Jury Prize)
Atlanta Film Festival 2012 (Winner – Grand Jury Prize)

Screening Co-Presented with HotDocs International Film Festival


PONDYANIMATIONPANDI

SFF 2013 – Documentary – Feature
Release Year: 2013
Runtime:  75 minutes
Directed by: Maria-Saroja Ponnambalam
Country/Language: Canada/English
Premiere: World
Program: In-Competition

After many years of family silence, director Maria-Saroja Ponnambalam investigates the mysteries behind her uncle Pandi’s death. Pandi, an aspiring film director began experiencing symptoms of mental illness after migrating from Chennai to Toronto. Animated scenes from Pandi’s last script “PONDY” reveal his shifting ideologies and his struggle with bipolar disorder.

SCREENING TIMES
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 7pm – University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) 1265 Military Trail

Maria-Saroja Ponnambalam’s documentaries THE CONSEQUENCE OF RAIN (Venezuela, 2008), and PRETTY LITTLE BITS (Toronto, 2009) have screened at various international festivals. She holds a BFA in Film Production from York University. She has also been an integral part of the National Film Board’s Emmy-winning interactive documentary HIGHRISE and a recipient of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s National Apprentice Trainee Award in directing. Her latest film PANDI was made with the support of Canada Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and the National Film Board of Canada.

Screening Co-Presented with HotDocs International Film Festival


Tim for Scarborough-001Placebo

SFF 2013 – Narrative – Feature
Release Year: 2012
Runtime: 110 minutes
Directed by: Justin Ho
Country/Language: United States/English
Premiere: Ontario

A thoughtful look at the lives of a group of New Yorkers whose struggles bring them together in unexpected ways, the film weaves together six stories of love and heartbreak into an emotionally complex experience. Greg (Robert Pivec) lives in the shadow of his wife’s death, drinking his way through his listless days at work while his oldest daughter, Natalie (Victoria Maria), plays surrogate mother to her brother, Justin (Kyle Donnery). Jason (Steve Sherman), meanwhile, is a directionless twenty-something who plays the sadsack foil to his more optimistic roommate, Tim (Ryan O’Callaghan) and his girlfriend, Sarah (Samantha Streilitz). When a chance encounter brings Natalie and Jason together, their lives begin to follow a different path.

SCREENING TIMES
Sunday June 9th, 2013 – 4pm – Fox Theatre 2236 Queen Street East

Justin Ho, as an undergraduate at SVA, wrote and directed eleven short films: Tuning, Silence, I Remember, Impediment, When I Dance, Blue Monday, Sincere, Blind Spot, Seattle, Enamour and Inconclusive.  At the age of 19, Justin became the youngest filmmaker to have a film (Enamour) officially selected to the Internationales Filmfest Oldenburg. Justin’s next film, Inconclusive, was officially selected the following year at the Soho International Film Festival in New York City. Silence, Enamour and Inconclusive also screened at the Princeton Film Festival in New Jersey, and Silence played at the Garden State Film Festival where Justin Won Best College Student Film. Justin was the Director of Photography, Editor, and Co-Producer on John Gallagher’s I Love You which was invited to Internationales Filmfest Oldenburg, Orlando Film Festival, Soho International Film Festival and Atlantic City International Film Festival.

Placebo – Official Selection:
Calgary International Film Festival 2012
Houston International Film Festival 2012 (Gold Remi Award Winner)


A Respectable FamilyA Respectable Family

SFF 2013 – Narrative – Feature
Release Year: 2012
Runtime: 90 minutes
Directed by: Massoud Bakhshi
Country/Language: Iran-France/Farsi (English Sub)
Premiere: Ontario
Program: In-Competition, Closing Night

 

Arash is an Iranian academic who lives in the West. He returns to Iran to teach in Shiraz, a city far from Tehran where his mother lives. Drawn into a series of domestic and financial dramas, he faces a country that is now alien to him. Following the death of his father and the discovery of what his “respectable family” has become, he is forced to make choices.

SCREENING TIMES
Sunday June 9th, 2013 – 7pm – Fox Theatre 2236 Queen Street East

Massoud Bakhshi was born in Tehran, Iran, earned his high school diploma in photography and cinema (1990) and his BS in Agriculture Engineering (1995). He later studied filmmaking in Italy (1999) and Cultural Financement Formation in France (2005). He has worked as a film critic, screenwriter and producer.

A Respectable Family – Official Selection:
Cannes Film Festival 2012 – Directors’ Fortnight (Nominated for Camera d’or Best First Film Prize)
Melbourne International Film Festival 2012
Vancouver International Film Festival 2012

Screening Supported by Consulate General of France in Toronto
Co-Presented with Cinefranco


ChanceChance

SFF 2013 – Narrative – Short
Release Year: 2012
Runtime: 9 minutes
Directed by: Kuru Selvarajah
Country/Language: Canada/English
Premiere: Toronto

Andre is having an existential moment, a moment in which his thoughts, dreams and destiny are at a crossroads.

SCREENING TIMES
Tuesday June 4th, 2013 – 7pm – Fox Theatre 2236 Queen Street East


MermaidMermaid

SFF 2013 – Experimental – Short
Release Year: 2012
Runtime: 2 minutes
Directed by: Joanne Doughty
Country/Language: Canada

 

 

 

 

One girl’s surreal experience as she discovers a mermaid beneath the surface. An underwater, experimental short film.

SCREENING TIMES
Sunday June 9th, 2013 – 4pm – Fox Theatre 2236 Queen Street East


LOLLaughing Out Loud

SFF 2013 – Narrative – Short
Release Year: 2012
Runtime: 8 minutes
Directed by: Daniel Clements
Country/Language: Canada/English
Premiere: Canadian

 

A woman, completely immersed in all forms of electronic social networking, is thrown into a situation where she only gets one last chance to send one last text message to one last person.

SCREENING TIMES
Friday June 7th, 2013 – 7pm – Fox Theatre 2236 Queen Street East


The CaptainThe Captain

SFF 2013 – Narrative – Short
Release Year: 2012
Runtime: 6 minutes
Directed by: Nash Edgerton
Country/Language: USA-Australia/English
Premiere: Canadian

 

A man wakes up with a hangover, only to discover the consequences of his actions.

SCREENING TIMES
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 7pm – University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) 1265 Military Trail


Student BodiesStudent Bodies

SFF 2013 – Narrative – Short
Release Year: 2012
Runtime: 6 minutes
Directed by: Geoff Anhorn
Country/Language: Canada/English
Premiere: World

Three college students struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic Scarborough where small decisions have major consequences.

SCREENING TIMES
Saturday June 8th, 2013 – 4:15pm – University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) 1265 Military Trail


Little Miss JihadLittle Miss Jihad

SFF 2013 – Narrative – Short
Release Year: 2012
Runtime: 13 minutes
Directed by: Stephanie Law and Jessica Wu
Country/Language: Canada/English

 

 

The film is a dark comedy, yes, comedy, about faith, tolerance, and a young girl’s imagination running away with her.

SCREENING TIMES
Wednesday June 5th, 2013 – 7pm – Fox Theatre 2236 Queen Street East

Screening Co-Presented with Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival


1-001Magic Lantern

SFF 2013 – Narrative – Short
Release Year: 2013
Runtime: 4 minutes
Directed by: Valia Korabelnikova
Country/Language: Russia/Russian
Premiere: World

 

Two young people in the middle of the frozen Gulf of Finland, try hard to launch a Chinese lantern into the cold winter sky.

SCREENING TIMES
Sunday June 9th, 2013 – 7pm – Fox Theatre 2236 Queen Street East


 Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 1.27.25 AMLonesome Town

SFF 2013 – Essay Film – Short
Release Year: 2013
Runtime: 3 minutes
Directed by: Grace Wang
Country/Language: Canada/English
Premiere: World

 

A faded postcard of nostalgia, isolation, crowds, personal memory, and universal notions of fun.

SCREENING TIMES
Sunday June 9th, 2013 – 7pm – Fox Theatre 2236 Queen Street East


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