TIFF 2018 Day 7: What To See, What To Skip

Our critics' picks (and pans) for Wednesday (September 12)


Highly recommended

Border

If you want to see something you’ve never seen before, try Ali Abbasi’s film about an odd-looking Swedish border officer (Eva Melander) who has the ability to smell people’s feelings – especially fear. That’s all we’re going to tell you. See review.

Sep 12, 3:15 pm, TBLB 2.

Sibel

This beautiful film set in rural Turkey follows a mute woman (the charismatic Damla Sönmez) whose encounter with a wounded fugitive changes her life. See review.

Sep 12, 6 pm, TBLB 3 Sep 13, 3 pm, Scotiabank 13 Sep 15, 3:15 pm, Scotiabank 9.

Rojo

Benjamin Naishtat’s wickedly confident noir thriller – set in Dirty War-era Argentina – is apparently a strong contender for this year’s Platform Prize. See review.

Sep 12, 1:45 pm, TBLB 4 Sep 15, 3 pm, TBLB 2.

Persona

If you haven’t seen Ingmar Bergman’s psychologically complex masterpiece about a codependent relationship between an actress (Liv Ullman) and her young nurse (Bibi Andersson), don’t miss this free screening of a new 35mm print. Then watch the SCTV parody.

Sep 12, 5:15 pm, TBLB 4.

Not recommended

Peterloo

Writer/director Mike Leigh’s drama about a key event in British history is his most ambitious film yet. Alas, his approach is ill-suited to the material. See review.

Sep 12, 9:15 pm, TBLB 3 Sep 15, 3 pm, Scotiabank 4.

Woman At War

This co-production from Iceland, France and the Ukraine follows the life of a choir director/ecological activist who learns that she’s been approved to adopt a girl. The execution of the film borders on insufferable. See review.

Sep 12, 9:45 pm, Scotiabank 4.

Wild cards

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema

In the year of Share Her Journey, how appropriate that TIFF audiences get to see the first four hours of Mark Cousins’s projected 16-hour film essay featuring only the work of female filmmakers.

Sep 12, 7 pm, Scotiabank 10.

The Wild Pear Tree

Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s work is polarizing. Either you love his slow-moving, beautifully filmed epics like Once Upon A Time In Anatolia and Winter Sleep, or you would rather watch paint dry in an Istanbul hovel. His new film, which clocks in at a typical three hours, follows an aspiring writer as he returns from college to a difficult family situation.

Sep 12, 8:30 pm, Scotiabank 3 Sep 14, 12:15 pm, Scotiabank 3.

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