TIFF40: What’s playing at the Ryerson Theatre

For 10 days in September, you may notice a line of excited moviegoers sprawling from the entrance of the Ryerson Theatre to Gould Street. The Toronto International Film Festival runs  from Sept. 10 to 24, and the Ryerson Theatre will be screening movies each day. For your convenience, here are some of the TIFF highlights happening right on campus.


Mustang, Sept. 10, 9 p.m.
Mustang is an award-winning directorial debut from Turkish director, Deniz Gamze Ergüven. The film centres on five young sisters growing up under the harsh rule of their grandmother and uncle after the death of their parents. If you’re a fan of Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, this movie is for you.

Len and Company, Sept. 11, 9:15 p.m.
As Canadian director, Tim Godsall’s, feature-film debut, Len and Company follows a middle-aged music producer (Rhys Ifans) whose reclusive lifestyle is interrupted by the arrival of his college-dropout son (Jack Kilmer) and the pop sensation (Juno Temple) whose career he helped nurture.

Our Brand is Crisis, Sept. 12, 11 a.m.
Inspired by a true story, Our Brand is Crisis stars Academy Award winners, Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton, as American political strategists working against each other to fix a Bolivian presidential election.

He Named Me Malala, Sept. 12, 2:15 p.m.
The director of An Inconvenient Truth, Davis Guggenheim, turns the lens on Malala Yousafzai in his new documentary. Using a medley of archival footage and animation, Guggenheim follows the 17-year-old and her father on their travels around the world in support of projects empowering young women.

Closet Monster, Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m.
If you want to support some homegrown talent, check out Closet Monster starring Torontonian actor, Connor Jessup. Jessup plays Oscar, a teenager and aspiring special effects makeup artist, who wants to break free from his small, restrictive East Coast town and home.

Freeheld, Sept. 14, Noon
Freeheld is based on the true story of Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), a New Jersey police officer who discovers she is terminally ill, and fights to have her pension benefits passed on to her domestic partner (Ellen Page).

The Family Fang, Sept. 15, Noon
Starring Jason Bateman, The Family Fang is also the actor’s second turn as a feature director. Nicole Kidman and Bateman play siblings, Annie and Baxter Fang, whose parents are famous for public interventions. They’ve spent their whole lives ashamed of their parents’ work, but when Baxter is injured and ends up in his parents’ care, Annie comes to rescue him from their madness. But when their parents disappear, the siblings question whether foul play is involved or if this is just another elaborate prank.  

Man Down, Sept. 16, 3 p.m.
In post-apocalyptic America, an ex-marine (Shia LaBeouf) searches for his son and wife (Kate Mara). Joined by his best friend (Jai Courtney), the two men struggle to survive in the face of danger and terrible memories.

A Tale of Three Cities, Sept. 17, 8:30 p.m.
A Tale of Three Cities is based on the true story of Jackie Chan’s parents. A young widow (Tang Wei) forced to smuggle opium across China crosses paths with an an officer (Sean Lau) at a river checkpoint. This becomes the start of a courageous love story filled with danger and determination.

Yakuza Apocalypse, Sept. 18, 11:59 p.m.
If you’ve never seen a Japanese horror movie, this is your chance. Seasoned director Takashi Miike is back with a film involving vampires, gangsters, earthquakes, volcanoes, monsters, martial arts, and a knitting circle. But if you have a sensitive stomach, maybe skip this one because it’s sure to be gory.

Equals, Sept. 19, 3 p.m.
Equals is set in a world where human emotion has been genetically eliminated. Suddenly, rumours of an emotion-causing disease breaks out in the utopian society, with the infected sent to permanent exile. Suspected of having the disease, Silas (Nicholas Hoult) becomes an outcast until he finds out that co-worker Nia (Kristen Stewart) is infected too. They must decide whether to stay and hide or run for their lives.

Where to Invade Next, Sept. 20, 6 p.m.
Michael Moore’s first film since 2009’s Capitalism: A Love Story, Where to Invade Next was filmed abroad as he studied what America could do to be better at invading other countries. 


Photo by Phil Caruso, courtesy of Lionsgate