Youth, the new film from Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino, is a Film about nostalgia and the fear of an uncertain future. Fred (Michael Caine), a former composer who wants nothing to do with his past glory, and Mick (Harvey Keitel), a director trying desperately to put together his next picture, are vacationing together at a Swiss resort. They are in the twilight of their lives, people watching at the hotel and dealing with the fallout of their children’s divorce.
There is not much to Youth on the on-set (and surely not when describing it), but the film is both hilarious and moving. It is a bit slower paced in the second half, but Sorrentino seems to care more for its exquisite visuals – which will go down as some of the best of the year. This truly is a film to marvel at for its details.
Caine is terrific and I do not remember the last time Keitel put in a performance this great. I could watch them banter for hours. Supporting turns from Paul Dano as a hotel guest and Rachel Weisz as Caine’s daughter Lena are both well done, but Jane Fonda steals the show as Mick’s lead actress Brenda. She has an extremely limited amount of screen-time, but she arrives like a bat out of hell and chews up every piece of scenery the Film has. She is like a jolt of electricity, giving the Film a shot to the heart and the true reality that shows just how fragile nostalgia can be. Expect Oscar to be calling a number of names this January.
Fox Searchlight Pictures release Youth and has one last screening at TIFF’15 on Friday, September 18 at 3:00 pm at Princess of Wales.
It’s that time of the year again and we couldn’t be more thrilled with this initial batch of Films announced as part of the TIFF ’15 (aka #TIFF40, now in its 40th year) Lineup. The annual unveiling took place at TIFF Bell Lightbox as Filmlovers and Industry types awaited eagerly as titles were announced at 10:00 AM.
Although the Celebrity and Filmmaker Guest List is still to come, thus far we can expect A-Listers like Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Helen Mirren, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Sandra Bullock, Kristen Stewart, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, Julianne Moore, Jessica Chastain and several, several, more.
In addition, there will be several exciting Documentaries including Davis Guggenheim‘s latest, He Called Me Malala and two about Horse Racing, Being Ap and Dark Horse.
DEMOLITION has been announced as the Opening Night Gala, from Canadian Director Jean–Marc Vallée, who has brought us delights WILD and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB in recent years. And it would appear once again we have eclectic mix of Films from all around the World, ranging from The Danish Girl from Oscar-winning Director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) which sees Oscar Winner Eddie Redmayne in a transgender role, to gritty Dramas like BLACK MASS starring Johnny Depp as Gangster Whitey Bulger and highly-buzzed SICARIO from Canadian Director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) about an FBI Agent caught in a dangerous Mexican cross-border sting. Emily Blunt is getting tons of Oscar buzz for her performance in this and this will mark a pivotal moment in her campaign trail at the TIFF.
Closing Night Gala looks to end on a light-hearted note with Paco Gazeba‘s MR. RIGHT starring Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell.
London also has been chosen as the city of focus in this year’s City to City Programme with Films starring Nicholas Hoult and Tom Hardy being featured.
Also just announced is an opening night Charity Soirée with Academy Award Winner Natalie Portman where she talks about her successful career and upcoming work. Tickets range from $350 to $650. Details here.
As part of TIFF‘s new Primetime Programme, showcasing Television for the first time, we learned that NBC‘s Toronto-filmed HEROES: REBORN will be premiering its first episode in its two-hour entirety at the Festival.
Whether it be part of Documentaries, Special Presentations or Gala Presentations, here are some of the highlights to rock the City this September.
45 YEARS (Andrew Haigh)
ABOUT RAY (Gaby Dellal)
BEASTS OF NO NATION (Cary Fukunaga)
BEEBA BOYS (Deepa Mehta)
BEING AP (Anthony Wonke)
BEING CHARLIE (Rob Reiner)
BLACK MASS (Scott Cooper)
BORN TO BE BLUE (Robert Budreau)
BOXING (Grayson Moore, Aidan Shipley)
BROOKLYN (John Crowley)
COLONIA (Florian Gallenberger)
THE DANISH GIRL (Tom Hooper)
DARK HORSE (Louise Osmond)
THE DAUGHTER (Simon Stone)
DISORDER (Alice Winocour)
DEMOLITION (Jean-Marc Vallée)
THE DRESSMAKER (Jocelyn Moorhose)
EQUALS (Drake Doremus)
EYE IN THE SKY (Gavin Hood)
THE FINAL GIRLS (Todd Strauss-Schulson)
FREEHELD (Peter Sollett)
THE FAMILY FANG (Jason Bateman)
FORSAKEN (Jon Cassar)
THE GIRL IN PHOTOGRAPHS (Nick Simon)
GREEN ROOM (Nick Saulnier)
HE NAMED ME MALALA (Davis Guggenheim)
HIGH-RISE (Ben Wheatley)
HYENA ROAD (Paul Gross)
I SAW THE LIGHT (Marc Abraham)
I SMILE BACK (Adam Salky)
IT’S NOT YOU (Don McKellar)
JANIS: BLUE LITTLE GIRL (Amy Berg)
JE SUIS CHARLIE (Daniel Leconte, Emmanuel Leconte)
KILL YOUR FRIENDS (Owen Harris)
KILO TWO BRAVO (Paul Katis)
THE LADY IN THE VAN (Nicolas Hynter)
LEGEND (Brian Helgeland)
LEN AND COMPANY (Tim Godsall)
THE LOBSTER (Yorgos Lanthimos)
LOLO (Julie Delpy)
LONDON FIELDS (Matthew Cullen)
LONDON ROAD (Rufus Norris)
LOUDER THAN BOMBS (Joachim Trier)
MAGGIE’S PLAN (Rebecca Miller)
MAN DOWN (Dito Montiel)
THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY (Matthew Brown)
THE MARTIAN (Ridley Scott)
THE MEDDLER (Lorraine Scafaria)
MISS SHARON JONES! (Barbara Kopple)
MISSISSIPPI GRIND (Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden)
MISS YOU ALREADY (Catherine Hardwicke)
MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART (Jia Zhang-ke)
MR. RIGHT (Paco Gazeba) – Closing Night Gala
OFFICE (Johnnie To)
THE ONES BELOW (David Farr)
OUR BRAND IS CRISIS (David Gordon Green)
THE PROGRAM (Stephen Frears)
THE REFLEKTOR TAPES (Kahlil Joseph)
REMEMBER (Atom Egoyan)
ROOM (Lenny Abrahamson)
SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ (Wayne Blair)
SICARIO (Denis Villeneuve)
SPOTLIGHT (Tom McCarthy) – didn’t Rachel McAdams hint at us first it would be at TIFF?
STONEWALL (Roland Emmerich)
A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS (Natalie Portman)
A TALE OF THREE CITIES (Mabel Cheung)
TRUMBO (Jay Roach)
TRUTH (James Vanderbilt)
UN PLUS UNE (Claude Lelouch)
WHERE TO INVADE NEXT (Michael Moore)
THE WITCH (Robert Eggers)
WOMEN HE’S DRESSED (Gillian Armstrong)
YOUTH (Paolo Sorrentino) – NSFW Trailer
Complete list of Titles complete Synopses announced thus far here.
Just 14 more days to go! Final titles to be announced in a week.
(Photo credit: eOne Films/Warner Bros./Studio Canal/Majestic Filmproduktion/20th Century Fox)