Friday, 7 November 2008

Film Fan Fridays for Friday November 7, 2008

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday November 7, 2008! Quite recently I was thinking it felt like it was going to be a thin rest of the year for films to fill up the awards season. But this week we have three releases that have been getting rave reviews and becoming festival favourites. Those films are Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire (opens Wed Nov 12/08) and the French film I've Loved You So Long. It looks like it's shaping up to be a good two months after all!

In limited release this week we have along with the captivating Synecdoche, New York we have films that all look a little melancholy but also very interesting. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas set in and beside a concentration camp, I've Loved You So Long with dark secrets and The World Unseen with the pursuit of love in a changing world. We also have the documentary Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma which shows the real pursuit for change.

In wide release this week we have escapism with the animated Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa but most of the films are dealing with reality. Be that of debt collection with Real Time, or paying for your crimes with Role Models and finally with revisiting the past with Soul Men.

As one week turns to the next, the previously mentioned critically acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire will open in limited release next Wednesday November 12/08.

November festival fever continues this week with nine festivals graces us over the next 7 days. I'll be covering the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival from November 12 - 16, 2008 so be sure to check here at Movie Moxie for daily reviews & pictures.

Have a great weekend!

Shannon

Festival Watch


Brazilian Film Festival of Toronto
November 6 - 9, 200
8 at the Bloor Cinema, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

International Diaspora Film Festival
Selections from a wide spectrum of diverse ethnicities and cultures from Eastern Europe, North Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Continues until November 9, 2008 at Innis Town Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Moving Image Film Festival
This is the festivals first year and the focus of the festival is to welcome fusion and clash of different genres and the experimentation of moving images
Continues until November 9, 2008 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Reel Awareness
Human Rights Film Festival
November 13 -16, 2008 at the NFB Cinema , Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Regent Park Film Festival
Continues until November 9, 2008 at the Nelson Mandela Public School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival
Films focusing on mental health and addiction
Continues until November 15, 2008 at Workman Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto International Latin Film Festival
Continues until November 8, 2008 at The Royal in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

November 12 - 16, 2008
at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Voices Forward
Film & Culture about people from Israel & Palestine
November 12 - 16, 2008 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Friday November 7, 2008 Releases

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Dir: Mark Herman (Hope Springs, Little Voice)
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Zac Mattoon O'Brien, Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis
UK/USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site (autoplays trailer), IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

I've Loved You So Long / Il y a longtemps que je t'aime
Writer/Dir: Philippe Claudel - directorial debut
Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius, Laurent Grévill, Frédéric Pierrot
France/Germany
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer feels spoiler free

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Dirs: Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath (Madagascar)
Animated
Voices: Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sascha Baron Cohen, Chris Rock
USA
Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

Real Time
Writer/Dir: Randall Cole (19 Months)
Cast: Randy Quaid, Jay Baruchel
Canada
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page
Trailer is spoiler free until 3/4 through

Role Models
Dir: David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer)
Cast: Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
USA/Germany
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free until 3/4 through

Soul Men
Dir: Malcolm D. Lee (Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins, Roll Bounce)
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Bernie Mac, Sharon Leal
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Spoilers start at 1/2 way point

Synecdoche, New York
Writer/Dir: Charlie Kaufman - directorial debut
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Michelle Williams, Samantha Morton, Hope Davis, Dianne Wiest, Tom Noonan
USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Wow, looks good! I only watched 1/2 half of the trailer which was spoiler free

Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma
Dir: Patrick Reed - directorial debut
Documentary
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

The World Unseen
Writer/Dir: Shamim Sarif - directorial debut
Cast: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Parvin Dabas, Nandana Sen
South Africa/UK
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer spoiler free until 2/3rds through

Wednesday November 12, 2008 Releases

Slumdog Millionaire
Dir: Danny Boyle (Sunshine, 28 Days Later)
Cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Madhur Mittal, Anil Kapoor, Irfan Kahn
UK/USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer unseen for spoilers as I know I'll see this one - watch at own risk!

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of November 12, 2008**

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