Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Upcoming Summer Film Events - Toronto

Julie & Julia
The TIFF Bell Lightbox is screening summer fare that’s also meant to delight your palette.  If you’re a serious foodie, the Food on Film series highlights films that will stay with you not only because of the sumptuous meals prepared on screen, (who can forget the way Julia Child appreciates the “butter” in Paris, in Julie and Julia) but also because they delve into the sensuous side of food and the role that sharing a meal plays in relationships and ideologies.

In Babette's Feast, a chef transforms a stoic Danish town through her decadent cooking.  Bring plenty of tissue! You’ll also be inspired to prepare quails for your next dinner party.  Presented in partnership with Oliver and Bonacini and the Food Network, a guest chef will examine each film beforehand. 
His Girl Friday
TIFF in The Park: Screwball Comedies showcases some of American Cinemas most sophisticated and strong female comedic roles. It’s a raucous battle of the sexes that never tires.

His Girl Friday stars Rosalind Russell as a tough female journalist whose banter with Cary Grant keeps him on his toes as they confront the flaws of the legal system.

Carole Lombard was the Goldie Hawn of Classic American Film - her comedic timing was legendary. In My Man Godfrey, she seems to lack the intelligence of her sister Cornelia 'the brunette' (Gail Patrick), but blended with childlike simplicity, there’s an undercurrent of rebelliousness that gives her role more complexity. The film is about a socialite who falls in love with the butler much to her sister’s dismay.

The Philadelphia Story also pokes fun at the elite, through the story of Tracy Lord (Katherine Hepburn) as a socialite who realizes she doesn’t wish to be idolized as a  'Goddess' through the chaos caused by her impending wedding.  

Take This Waltz
As well, Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz will be in select theatres, including the Projection Booth (June 29) starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen. In the film, a freelance writer in Toronto falls in love with an artist and complications ensue.  
On the documentary front, the NFB is showing the series Free Favourites at Four. It includes films on the increasing popularity of the Nigerian Film industry, Nollywood Babylon, as well as films such as The Chocolate Farmer that is also about celebrating and preserving a culture’s values.

At The Regent Theatre, Director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) explores Burma’s democracy through a love story starring Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) and David Thewlis (Harry Potter Films).

Photo Credit: Joseph Michael

The Open Roof Festival is kicking off its third year. Tonight you can catch Charles Bradley: Soul of America, a film that takes us through his experiences in overcoming poverty, homelessness and other struggles to achieve his dreams as a musician.  

Next week, Teen Obesity is being addressed by the film Fat Kid Rules The World.  The festival will continue to explore more crucial issues throughout July and August. What makes it unique is that well-known restaurants are preparing foods that are paired with each film, and a different bands can be seen each Thursday until August 23. 

Hope you catch some appetizing movies!  --- Leticia Cambre

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