Friday, 10 April 2009

Film Fan Fridays for Friday April 10, 2009!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday April 10, 2009! Well it's a long weekend here in Toronto and if you aren't busy you could easily fill up your weekend watching film with a selection of the eleven new releases this week. We have a fair share of romantic films, award winners, festival favourites and even a little comedy. Is that isn't enough, the Genie winning Ce qu'il faut pour vivre / The Necessities of Life has returned to the Carlton. See it while you can. For all of this years Genie Winners, click here.

In limited release this week we have Hunger, a multiple award winning biopic on Irish republican hunger striker Bobby Sands which has won tons of awards including Golden Camera at Cannes, Discovery Award at TIFF, Gucci Prize at Venice Film Festival. More festival favourites continue with the German thriller Jerichow, the Cannes winner for the Un Certain Regard Award, Tulpan and Award winning Netherlands/Russia/Ukraine film Duska. For the romantics we have quite a few options with the French romantic comedy Shall We Kiss? or Joaquim Phoenix's latest (and last?) Two Lovers also starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Vinessa Shaw. Skirting the edges we also have The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, which looks a little darker. Last up for limited releases is the French political commentary documentary It's Hard Being Loved by Jerks.

In wide release this week we have just three films starting with Dragonball: Evolution an action/SciFi film that looks fun and has martial arts, a quest and mostly surely a destiny. We also have Hannah Montana: The Movie, which feels like an odd title but hey a little clarity never hurt no one! Last up is the new Seth Rogen and Anna Faris mall cop comedy Observe and Report.

Have a great long weekend!

Shannon

Festival Watch

Images Festival
Festival of independent film, video and other time-based media
Continues until April 11, 2009 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Reelworld Film Festival
9th annual festival celebrating diversity in film, video, and new media
April 15 - 19, 2009 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Special Screening

Living in Emergency
Wednesday April 15, 2009 at 6:30 and 9:15PM at The Bloor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
This screening is a part of Doc Soup by Hot Docs

Hellraiser
Thursday April 16, 9:30pm at The Bloor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
This screening is presented by Rue Morgue as a part of their Cinemacabre Movie Nights

Friday April 10, 2009 Releases

Dragonball Evolution
Dir: James Wong (Final Destination, The One)
Cast: Justin Chatwin, Chow Yun Fat, Emmy Rossum, James Marsters, Joon Park
USA/Hong Kong
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Duska
Dir: Joe Stelling (The Flying Dutchman, No Trains No Plains)
Cast: Gene Bervoets, Sylvia Hoeks, Sergei Makovetsky, Ruslana Pysanka
The Netherlands/Russia/Ukraine
Limited Release
No official website found, IMDb Page, Trailer

Hannah Montana: The Movie
Dir: Peter Chelsom (Serendipity, The Mighty)
Cast: Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Emily Osment, Mitchel Musso, Vanessa Williams
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Hunger
Dir: Steve McQueen - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham, Brian Milligan, Liam McMahon
UK/Ireland
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

It's Hard Being Loved by Jerks / C'est dur d'être aimé par des cons
Dir: Daniel Leconte - feature film directorial debut
Documentary
France
Limited Release
No Official Film Site found, IMDb Page, French Trailer

Jerichow
Writer/Dir: Christian Petzold (Wolgburg, Yella)
Cast: Nina Hoss, Benno Fürmann, Hilmi Sözer
Germany
Limited Release
IMDb Page, No Official Film Site or English Trailer found

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
Writer/Dir: Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story)
Cast: Sienna Miller, Mena Suvari, Peter Sarsgaard, Nick Nolte
USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Observe and Report
Dir: Jody Hill (The Foot Fist Way)
Cast: Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Ray Liotta, Michael Peña
USA
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Shall We Kiss / Un baiser s'il vous plaît
Writer/Dir: Emmanuel Mouret (Changement d'adresse, Vénus et Fleur)
Cast: Julie Gayet, Michaël Cohen, Emmanuel Mouret, Frédérique Bel
France
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Tulpan
Dir: Sergei Dvortsevoy - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Ondas Besikbasov, Samal Esljamova, Askhat Kuchencherekov, Tolepbergen Baisakalov
Germany/Kazakhstan/Poland/Russia/Switzerland
Limited Release
Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Two Lovers
Dir: James Grey (We Own the Night, The Yards)
Cast: Joaquim Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw, Isabella Rossellini, Elias Koteas, Moni Moshonov, John Ortiz
USA
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of April 10, 2009**

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