Pick: Kill Your Darlings
Directed by: John Krokidas
Showtimes: Today at 6:30 p.m. at Roy Thompson Hall and September 11, 2013, 2:30 p.m. at Visa Screening Room (Elgin Theatre).
Kill Your Darlings is based around 1944 murder of literary icon, David Kammerer, by Lucien Carr. Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) arrives at Columbia University as a young writer. There he meets Carr (Dane DeHaan) and the two hit it off. They take to the New York City streets partying at jazz clubs and at the apartment of Kammerer (Michael C. Hall), where they meet William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston). Along the way, Carr and Kammerer grow an unsettling relationship, resulting in Kammerer’s death that would redefine an artistic movement.
Why we chose Kill Your Darlings: This is just one of the three films British actor and Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe, appears in at TIFF. Kill Your Darlings is also director John Krokidas’ feature debut. Krokidas presents a film that will keep you at the edge of your seat, while visually interested due to its cinematic style. The story is significant to the Beat Generation movement, with each cast member portraying an iconic character. You get to listen to Radcliffe put on his American accent, too.