TIFF Is Here!!!
One of the world’s largest international film festivals is back with some awesome must-see films! Scroll down to find Jem’s picks this year:
1. 12 Years a Slave: British artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen takes on the Civil War era with 12 Years a Slave. Based on the biography of Solomon Northup, a free-born black man sold into slavery, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Alfre Woodard and Brad Pitt, who is also a producer.
2. Prisoners and Enemy: One of several celebrated Canadian filmmakers now on Hollywood’s radar (after his searing, French-language films Polytechnique and the Oscar-nominated Incendies), Quebec’s Denis Villeneuve offers an intense one-two punch for his big-budget and English-language debuts. Incidentally, both highlight noted Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal. In Enemy, he adapts author Jose Saramago’s thriller about a man who discovers he has a doppelganger and sets out to find him, while Prisoners (also headlined by Hugh Jackman, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis and Maria Bello) revolves around the desperate search for a pair of missing children.
3. Gravity: Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron known for his film Children of Men is back with this film, starring Oscar winners George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.
4. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom there are two Mandela films coming out but this one is the one Mandela’s family is behind. Idris Elba is turning heads for what some are touting as the standout, seminal interpretation of Mandela.
5. All is By My Side: A portrait of Jimi Hendrix as a young man, and stars Andre Benjamin from Outkast as the icon. Benjamin shines in this one.