Still time to get into a TIFF

Many of the A-list talents have abandoned.

Many of the A-list talents have abandoned the city, leaving behind messy hotel rooms and dozens of juicy sound bites, not to mention some gorgeous photos.[rssbreak]

But even though the fest wraps up this weekend, there’s still time to catch some of the biggest pics as well as a few smaller ones that shouldn’t be overlooked. See here for continuous coverage.

Thursday, September 17

PASSENGER SIDE (Matthew Bissonnette) Solid performances, great naturalistic dialogue and a suggestive subtext make this look at two brothers (Joel Bissonnette, Adam Scott) driving around Los Angeles into a winning vehicle. (5:15 pm, AMC 2)

THE UNLOVED (Samantha Morton) Best known as an Oscar-nominated actor (In America, Sweet And Lowdown), Morton makes her directing debut with this Ken Loach-like drama about a splintered Nottingham family. (9:15 pm, Scotiabank 1)

Friday, September 18

REEL INJUN (Neil Diamond) Cree filmmaker Diamond mixes interviews and archival footage to analyze the Hollywood Indian stereotype and bounce it off the reality. Interviewees include actors Graham Greene and Wes Studi and activists Sacheen Littlefeather, Russell Means and John Trudell. Not to be missed if you’re a film lover who’s into identity politics. (1 pm, Jackman Hall)

LEAVING (PARTIR) (Catherine Corsini) Last year, Kristin Scott Thomas wowed TIFF audiences as a woman who suppresses all her emotions in I’ve Loved You So Long. This year she swings in the opposite direction in a passionate, sensual and thrilling performance as a wife and mother who discovers passion. (1:45 pm, Varsity 8)

Saturday, September 19

PRESUMED GUILTY (Roberto Hernández, Geoffrey Smith) Co-directed by Smith, who helmed the fine Hot Docs award winner The English Surgeon, this riveting film takes a ground-level look at the crumbling, corrupt Mexican justice system. There’s lots at stake for José Antonio Zúñiga Rodríguez, who’s convicted of a murder he almost certainly didn’t commit. (4 pm, Jackman Hall)

THE YOUNG VICTORIA (Jean-Marc Vallée) For once the festival’s closing on a high note. Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) and Rupert Friend don period costumes to play Queen Victoria and Albert. An impressive follow-up to Vallée’s C.R.A.Z.Y. (6 pm, VISA Screening Room, Elgin 8 pm, Roy Thomson Hall)


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