You Had to Be There

Film is always late. The sheer cost, technical expertise and logistical coordination needed to make a film, at least along the lines of the North American industrial model, are prohibitive to the

TIFF Review: ‘State Funeral’

State Funeral (Netherlands/Lithuania, 135 min.) Programme: Wavelengths According to a survey done earlier this year by the Russian polling firm Levada, 70% of Russians are of the opinion that Josef Stalin’s rule

TIFF Review: ‘Cunningham’

Cunningham (US/France/Germany, 93 min) Dir. Alla Kovgan Programme: TIFF Docs (World Premiere) Two-thirds of Cunningham consists of exquisite dancing choreographed by the iconic American choreographer Merce Cunningham, taking place on sets by the likes of Robert

TIFF Review: ‘Citizen K’

Citizen K (USA, 125 min) Dir. Alex Gibney Programme: TIFF Docs (World Premiere) Alex Gibney is a master of the well-made doc. It’s hard to find fault in his films. Everything is in its

TIFF Review: ‘Incitement’

Incitement (Israel, 123 min) Dir. Yaron Zilberman Programme: Contemporary World Cinema (World Premiere) The 1995 assassination of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin by far-right Jewish law student Yigal Amir derailed the Israel–Palestine

Populism

“Given my job,” writes MSNBC’s Chris Hayes in a review of Michiko Kakutani’s new book about the Trump era, The Death of Truth, “I am forced to ask myself every day: Is it possible to

TIFF Review: ‘American Dharma’

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American Dharma (UK/US, 100 min.) Dir. Errol Morris Programme: TIFF Docs (North American premiere) “Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.” That’s what newly elected president Obama told Eric

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