With TIFF just around the corner (Sept 4 – 18), we’re already planning our trip around this year’s festival circuit. We’ve compiled our list of must-see art flicks here.
Directed by Dash Shaw, with the voices of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Maya Rudolph, Susan Sarandon and Reggie Watts
Movies about high school never get old, and with a roster of voices we love hearing, this animated feature from acclaimed graphic novelist Dash Shaw, promises a new spin on an old theme. It’s said to be action packed, nostalgic and aesthetically entrancing.
Directed by Errol Morris
This documentary profiles legendary photographer Elsa Dorfman, who shot famous portraits of her famous friends, including Bob Dylan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg and Jonathan Richman.
Directed by Matt Tyrnauer
Jane Jacobs, who proclaimed, “New ideas must use old buildings!” is our favourite Toronto urbanist and a constant source of inspiration here at the Gladstone Hotel. It’s no wonder we can’t wait to see this timely and inspirational documentary about writer and activist Jane Jacobs, and her fight to save historic NYC neighbourhoods from ruthless redevelopment plans in the 1960s.
Directed by Damien Chazelle, with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone
From the director of “Whiplash,” this highly anticipated film features a couple with proven on screen chemistry (see Gosling and Stone in “Gangster Squad” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love” for evidence!). A nostalgic throwback to the quintessential old-timey musical, with a sinister twist, “La La Land” is the story of a budding actress and jazz pianist who fall in love while trying to make it in Hollywood, melting hearts and dazzling viewers with dramatic cinematography in the process. And, I mean, a musical with Ryan Gosling? Sold.
Directed by Aisling Walsh, with Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke
The true story of celebrated Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis, who overcame illness to create her oeuvre, performed by two Academy Award nominees.
Directed and starring Nick Cannon
Love Justin Bieber like we do? What many don’t know, is that the epic routine in his “Sorry” music video emerged out of a cultural dance tradition originating in Jamaica. Nick Cannon directs and stars in this high energy film about Kingston’s vibrant dancehall music scene.
Directed by Richie Mehta, with Executive Producer Ridley Scott
A video poem powered by Google, India In a Day is made up of footage shot by millions of people all over India, combined to create an inventive portrait of contemporary India in all its diversity, struggle, and beauty.
Directed by Garth Jennings, with the voice of Matthew McConaughey
At the Gladstone, we have a longstanding love affair with karaoke. Good singers, bad singers, anyone with the guts to step on stage, bring it on! So it’s a no brainer that we’re pumped about this musical animated comedy from the creators of “Despicable Me.” It’s the story of a koala, and also a show-biz impresario, who holds a singing contest for a rag-tag crew of musical hopefuls, in order to save his theatre from closing.
Directed by María José Cuevas
This doc captures vibrant burlesque culture in the hey day of Mexico’s disco era. A fascinating portrait of the lives and work of iconic Mexican showgirls, then, and now.
Directed by Ann Marie Fleming, with Sandra Oh, Ellen Page and Don McKellar
This big-hearted feature tells the story of Canadian poet who’s life changes when she attends a poetry festival in Iran.
Stay tuned for the official festival schedule, which will be released on August 23rd.