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A curated festival is defined as much by what it turns down as by what it lets in.
LIFT's Salon des Réfusés presents a randomly selected sample of the works that fill up the negative space outside the TIFF's borders. The fun here (aside from the cocktails and silent auction) lies in trying to deduce the TIFF's selection criteria.
In some cases it's obvious: comic Magie Matulic's ill-advised and tasteless Mittens For Inmates pokes fun at prisoners; she might as well lampoon the homeless. In others it's harder to figure out. Maybe Anamnesis, Brendon Foster-Algoo's rhythmic, formally intriguing look at the psychology of boxing, is a little too long and laboured? Was Jill Riley's chic The Hard Facts Of A Rock 'N' Roll Crush too specific in its appeal? Maybe, but not more than a lot of TIFF entries. Finally, there's Michael Caines's queer dance drama Sunflower, which was obviously just too cool and fun for the fusty ol' mainstream. (September 8, Latvian House)