Six to look out for at TIFF 2016 Knelman

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment With TIFF’s opening night just weeks away, I’m already sifting through the avalanche of titles announced so far to come up with a short list of the essential ones likely to become contenders in awards season.I haven’t seen any of them yet, so what follows are hunches, hopes and questions, not reviews.The Secret Scripture Ireland’s Jim Sheridan is a filmmaker with a spectacular track record, so the world premiere of any movie directed by him is automatically a major occasion. This is the man who gave us such winners as My Left Foot (1989), In the Name of the Father (1993) and In America (2002). Discerning festival veterans are sure to have great expectations for Sheridan’s latest.The Secret Scripture belongs to a specialized and intriguing category of film history. Among the memorable movies about psychiatric patients we’ve had in the past are The Three Faces of Eve (1957) with Joanne Woodward and Lee J. Cobb; Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound (1945), with Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck; and Equus (1977) with Richard Burton and Peter Firth. Advertisement Either way, the subject matter is a natural for Stone, who won Oscars for directing two movies about U.S. soldiers who fought in Vietnam: Platoon (1986) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989).Snowden is likely to be the last word in Stone’s career as Hollywood’s leading naysayer to his country’s tragic Vietnam folly. Advertisement This one stars Vanessa Redgrave, arguably the greatest actress of our era, in what sounds like a perfect role for her. Roseanne McNulty has spent most of her life in a mental institution. Indeed, she has been there longer than most of the people who work there. Her fascinating personal history is revealed when a new chief psychiatrist finds a hidden memoir she has written over decades. In flashbacks, the role of young Roseanne is played by Rooney Mara.SnowdenThe audience is likely to be divided between those who consider Edward Snowden a hero for leaking secret surveillance activities by the NSA and those who consider him a traitor. But it’s not hard to guess which side director Oliver Stone is on. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img

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