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'Remember': Some things can never be forgotten

Oct 26, 2016

'Remember': Some things can never be forgotten

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The 2000s have not been kind to filmmaker Atom Egoyan, once hailed as a visionary who could do no wrong (particularly at the Cannes Film Festivals of the mid-1990s). Egoyan’s career took an unexpected downward turn once the millennium kicked it, and from there ...

| Oct 26, 2016

Staring into the 'Black Mirror'

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After two short seasons on British broadcaster Channel 4, the near-future techno-dystopian sci-fi series “Black Mirror” moves to Netflix, with a bigger budget and more episodes. For those who have yet to go through the looking glass, a short description would be ” ‘The ...

TIFF takes viewers beyond the comfort zone

Oct 19, 2016

TIFF takes viewers beyond the comfort zone

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While sifting through the movies submitted for this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), competition programming director Yoshihiko Yatabe says he noticed a recurring theme. “I was struck by the number of films involving immigrants and refugees,” he says. “It’s become such a big ...

Japan's eclectic collection of choice

Oct 19, 2016

Japan's eclectic collection of choice

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The Tokyo International Film Festival offers a great once-in-a-year opportunity to see new and classic Japanese films with English subtitles. The sheer quantity on offer — more than 50 titles in the main sections alone — can be overwhelming, though. Here are samples from ...

There's always drama at home

Oct 19, 2016

There's always drama at home

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The most intriguing titles at this year’s TIFF celebrate geographical diversity while homing in on social issues of modern life. Whether the characters are in Brazil or Croatia or Japan, or the filmmakers are from Romania, India or China, their stories feature the struggles ...

A cinematic view from overseas

Oct 19, 2016

A cinematic view from overseas

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The 29th edition of the TIFF, like every other festival, has suffered from content bloat over the years, but scanning the schedule carefully is worth the effort. A good place to start is usually the World Focus section; this category doesn’t require that films ...