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Before TIFF, there comes MIFF

MISSISSAUGA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL: Downtown Toronto may have a higher concentration of film-fest activity than anywhere else in the country but it’s not the only movie destination in the GTA. Now in its fifth year, the MIFF brings quality indie fare to viewers who may be reluctant to travel beyond the end of the QEW. One of several recent Canadian movies that get some well-deserved exposure this weekend, Cold Blooded is an admirably ruthless thriller that stars Lost Girl’s Zoie Palmer as a cop who gets trapped with some very bad dudes in a deserted hospital ward. Jason Lapeyre’s film plays July 27 at 8 p.m. The program also includes Ecstasy (July 28 at 9 p.m.), Rob Heydon’s adaptation of a novella by Irvine Welsh, and The Lady of Names (July 29 at 5 p.m.), a stop-motion animated feature by Toronto’s Adam Ciolfi that was 10 years in the making. Assorted talents on the rise also get their due in the trio of shorts programs. The MIFF runs to July 29 at the former AMC 24 multiplex (now owned by Cineplex Odeon) at the QEW and Winston Churchill.

BAD POSTURE: TV viewers know all about the seedy underbelly of Albuquerque, N.M., thanks to Breaking Bad. Even so, there’s something fresh about director Malcolm Murray’s low-key take on the city and the lifestyles of some not-so-law-abiding young people in Bad Posture, a smart and appealing American indie feature that makes its Canadian premiere in the Refocus series this week. Murray’s film stars Florian Brozek (who also wrote the script) as Flo, a taciturn graffiti artist who develops a romantic fixation on a college student. The fact that his buddy steals her car while Flo is chatting her up is just one of the obstacles in his quest for love. A laconic, refreshingly unjudgmental character study that evokes Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise, Bad Posture plays for free on Aug. 1 at 9 p.m. at Double Double Land (209 Augusta Ave.).

ELI ROTH: Long before Eli Roth upped the ante for screen savagery with his 2005 hit Hostel, exploitation filmmakers in Italy made a specialty of lurid sadism. Roth acknowledges his stylistic debt to these dishonorable forebears by visiting TIFF Bell Lightbox to introduce Cannibal Ferox, one of the most notorious shockers of the early ’80s. Gorehounds will be pleased to know that Umberto Lenzi’s oft-banned thriller about murder and depravity in the rainforests of Paraguay will be screened uncut when it plays July 30 at 6 p.m.

UNITED STATES OF AFRICA: A lively music doc by Montreal’s Yanick Létourneau that makes its Toronto premiere at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema this weekend, United States of Africa invites viewers to accompany Senegalese rapper Didier Awadi as he realizes his ambition to create a pan-continental celebration of African nationalism. Awadi’s partners in rhyme include South African sensation Zuluboy, the charismatic Smockey from Burkina Faso and M-1 of the American duo Dead Prez. It runs July 27-30 with Létourneau on hand for Q&As at the evening screenings on July 27 and 28.

OUTDOOR MOVIES (AND A PICNIC, TOO!): You really have no excuse not to get outside and see a movie, do you? This week’s slate includes a special event by LIFT and the Images Festival on Ward’s Island on July 28: after a daytime picnic at the Ward’s Island Clubhouse, there will be a 16mm screening of works by Milada Kovacova and past winners of the festival’s annual Tom Berner Award. Of course, there are plenty more outdoor screenings from which to choose. On July 27, Downsview Park presents A Dolphin Tale. Then on July 29, the film series at Christie Pits continues with Cinema Paradiso. Yonge-Dundas Square asks you to Do the Right Thing on July 31. On Aug. 1, Harbourfront Centre’s WestJet Stage logs you into The Social Network while TIFF in the Park treats viewers in David Pecaut Square to Mr. and Mrs. Smith (the terrific Alfred Hitchcock comedy rather than the Brangelina shoot-‘em-up). The Open Roof Festival at Amsterdam Brewery continues with Hysteria and a musical set by Eucalyptus on Aug. 2. All movies start around 9 p.m. and are free except for the Open Roof Festival. (The Images picnic just costs you a ferry ticket.)

PRIMORDIAL TIES + A BIRTHDAY DEAL: Back in 2005, Windsor-based filmmaker Otto Buj gained some attention with The Eternal Present, one of the most mesmerizingly odd Canadian indie features of the last decade. He returns with Primordial Ties, the story of a young woman who’s about to discover the strange secrets of her origins. It plays July 27-29 at the Projection Booth. The east-end theatre also celebrates its first birthday by offering patrons a deal on tickets all week long. Regular screenings will set you back a mere $5.

STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN: Both the best of the Star Trek big-screen spinoffs and the only one to star Ricardo Montalban (surely that’s not a coincidence), this 1982 outing for the Kirk’s original Starfleet crew is this month’s entry in Cineplex’s Most Wanted Mondays program. Trekkies can catch it July 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Scotiabank Theatre, the Colossus in Vaughan and the Coliseum in Mississauga.

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Before TIFF, there comes MIFF

MISSISSAUGA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL: Downtown Toronto may have a higher concentration of film-fest activity than anywhere else in the country but it’s not the only movie destination in the GTA. Now in its fifth year, the MIFF brings quality indie fare to viewers who may be reluctant to travel beyond the end of the QEW. One of several recent Canadian movies that get some well-deserved exposure this weekend, Cold Blooded is an admirably ruthless thriller that stars Lost Girl’s Zoie Palmer as a cop who gets trapped with some very bad dudes in a deserted hospital ward. Jason Lapeyre’s film plays July 27 at 8 p.m. The program also includes Ecstasy (July 28 at 9 p.m.), Rob Heydon’s adaptation of a novella by Irvine Welsh, and The Lady of Names (July 29 at 5 p.m.), a stop-motion animated feature by Toronto’s Adam Ciolfi that was 10 years in the making. Assorted talents on the rise also get their due in the trio of shorts programs. The MIFF runs to July 29 at the former AMC 24 multiplex (now owned by Cineplex Odeon) at the QEW and Winston Churchill.

BAD POSTURE: TV viewers know all about the seedy underbelly of Albuquerque, N.M., thanks to Breaking Bad. Even so, there’s something fresh about director Malcolm Murray’s low-key take on the city and the lifestyles of some not-so-law-abiding young people in Bad Posture, a smart and appealing American indie feature that makes its Canadian premiere in the Refocus series this week. Murray’s film stars Florian Brozek (who also wrote the script) as Flo, a taciturn graffiti artist who develops a romantic fixation on a college student. The fact that his buddy steals her car while Flo is chatting her up is just one of the obstacles in his quest for love. A laconic, refreshingly unjudgmental character study that evokes Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise, Bad Posture plays for free on Aug. 1 at 9 p.m. at Double Double Land (209 Augusta Ave.).

ELI ROTH: Long before Eli Roth upped the ante for screen savagery with his 2005 hit Hostel, exploitation filmmakers in Italy made a specialty of lurid sadism. Roth acknowledges his stylistic debt to these dishonorable forebears by visiting TIFF Bell Lightbox to introduce Cannibal Ferox, one of the most notorious shockers of the early ’80s. Gorehounds will be pleased to know that Umberto Lenzi’s oft-banned thriller about murder and depravity in the rainforests of Paraguay will be screened uncut when it plays July 30 at 6 p.m.

UNITED STATES OF AFRICA: A lively music doc by Montreal’s Yanick Létourneau that makes its Toronto premiere at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema this weekend, United States of Africa invites viewers to accompany Senegalese rapper Didier Awadi as he realizes his ambition to create a pan-continental celebration of African nationalism. Awadi’s partners in rhyme include South African sensation Zuluboy, the charismatic Smockey from Burkina Faso and M-1 of the American duo Dead Prez. It runs July 27-30 with Létourneau on hand for Q&As at the evening screenings on July 27 and 28.

OUTDOOR MOVIES (AND A PICNIC, TOO!): You really have no excuse not to get outside and see a movie, do you? This week’s slate includes a special event by LIFT and the Images Festival on Ward’s Island on July 28: after a daytime picnic at the Ward’s Island Clubhouse, there will be a 16mm screening of works by Milada Kovacova and past winners of the festival’s annual Tom Berner Award. Of course, there are plenty more outdoor screenings from which to choose. On July 27, Downsview Park presents A Dolphin Tale. Then on July 29, the film series at Christie Pits continues with Cinema Paradiso. Yonge-Dundas Square asks you to Do the Right Thing on July 31. On Aug. 1, Harbourfront Centre’s WestJet Stage logs you into The Social Network while TIFF in the Park treats viewers in David Pecaut Square to Mr. and Mrs. Smith (the terrific Alfred Hitchcock comedy rather than the Brangelina shoot-‘em-up). The Open Roof Festival at Amsterdam Brewery continues with Hysteria and a musical set by Eucalyptus on Aug. 2. All movies start around 9 p.m. and are free except for the Open Roof Festival. (The Images picnic just costs you a ferry ticket.)

PRIMORDIAL TIES + A BIRTHDAY DEAL: Back in 2005, Windsor-based filmmaker Otto Buj gained some attention with The Eternal Present, one of the most mesmerizingly odd Canadian indie features of the last decade. He returns with Primordial Ties, the story of a young woman who’s about to discover the strange secrets of her origins. It plays July 27-29 at the Projection Booth. The east-end theatre also celebrates its first birthday by offering patrons a deal on tickets all week long. Regular screenings will set you back a mere $5.

STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN: Both the best of the Star Trek big-screen spinoffs and the only one to star Ricardo Montalban (surely that’s not a coincidence), this 1982 outing for the Kirk’s original Starfleet crew is this month’s entry in Cineplex’s Most Wanted Mondays program. Trekkies can catch it July 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Scotiabank Theatre, the Colossus in Vaughan and the Coliseum in Mississauga.

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Front Page, Industry News

Before TIFF, there comes MIFF

MISSISSAUGA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL: Downtown Toronto may have a higher concentration of film-fest activity than anywhere else in the country but it’s not the only movie destination in the GTA. Now in its fifth year, the MIFF brings quality indie fare to viewers who may be reluctant to travel beyond the end of the QEW. One of several recent Canadian movies that get some well-deserved exposure this weekend, Cold Blooded is an admirably ruthless thriller that stars Lost Girl’s Zoie Palmer as a cop who gets trapped with some very bad dudes in a deserted hospital ward. Jason Lapeyre’s film plays July 27 at 8 p.m. The program also includes Ecstasy (July 28 at 9 p.m.), Rob Heydon’s adaptation of a novella by Irvine Welsh, and The Lady of Names (July 29 at 5 p.m.), a stop-motion animated feature by Toronto’s Adam Ciolfi that was 10 years in the making. Assorted talents on the rise also get their due in the trio of shorts programs. The MIFF runs to July 29 at the former AMC 24 multiplex (now owned by Cineplex Odeon) at the QEW and Winston Churchill.

BAD POSTURE: TV viewers know all about the seedy underbelly of Albuquerque, N.M., thanks to Breaking Bad. Even so, there’s something fresh about director Malcolm Murray’s low-key take on the city and the lifestyles of some not-so-law-abiding young people in Bad Posture, a smart and appealing American indie feature that makes its Canadian premiere in the Refocus series this week. Murray’s film stars Florian Brozek (who also wrote the script) as Flo, a taciturn graffiti artist who develops a romantic fixation on a college student. The fact that his buddy steals her car while Flo is chatting her up is just one of the obstacles in his quest for love. A laconic, refreshingly unjudgmental character study that evokes Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise, Bad Posture plays for free on Aug. 1 at 9 p.m. at Double Double Land (209 Augusta Ave.).

ELI ROTH: Long before Eli Roth upped the ante for screen savagery with his 2005 hit Hostel, exploitation filmmakers in Italy made a specialty of lurid sadism. Roth acknowledges his stylistic debt to these dishonorable forebears by visiting TIFF Bell Lightbox to introduce Cannibal Ferox, one of the most notorious shockers of the early ’80s. Gorehounds will be pleased to know that Umberto Lenzi’s oft-banned thriller about murder and depravity in the rainforests of Paraguay will be screened uncut when it plays July 30 at 6 p.m.

UNITED STATES OF AFRICA: A lively music doc by Montreal’s Yanick Létourneau that makes its Toronto premiere at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema this weekend, United States of Africa invites viewers to accompany Senegalese rapper Didier Awadi as he realizes his ambition to create a pan-continental celebration of African nationalism. Awadi’s partners in rhyme include South African sensation Zuluboy, the charismatic Smockey from Burkina Faso and M-1 of the American duo Dead Prez. It runs July 27-30 with Létourneau on hand for Q&As at the evening screenings on July 27 and 28.

OUTDOOR MOVIES (AND A PICNIC, TOO!): You really have no excuse not to get outside and see a movie, do you? This week’s slate includes a special event by LIFT and the Images Festival on Ward’s Island on July 28: after a daytime picnic at the Ward’s Island Clubhouse, there will be a 16mm screening of works by Milada Kovacova and past winners of the festival’s annual Tom Berner Award. Of course, there are plenty more outdoor screenings from which to choose. On July 27, Downsview Park presents A Dolphin Tale. Then on July 29, the film series at Christie Pits continues with Cinema Paradiso. Yonge-Dundas Square asks you to Do the Right Thing on July 31. On Aug. 1, Harbourfront Centre’s WestJet Stage logs you into The Social Network while TIFF in the Park treats viewers in David Pecaut Square to Mr. and Mrs. Smith (the terrific Alfred Hitchcock comedy rather than the Brangelina shoot-‘em-up). The Open Roof Festival at Amsterdam Brewery continues with Hysteria and a musical set by Eucalyptus on Aug. 2. All movies start around 9 p.m. and are free except for the Open Roof Festival. (The Images picnic just costs you a ferry ticket.)

PRIMORDIAL TIES + A BIRTHDAY DEAL: Back in 2005, Windsor-based filmmaker Otto Buj gained some attention with The Eternal Present, one of the most mesmerizingly odd Canadian indie features of the last decade. He returns with Primordial Ties, the story of a young woman who’s about to discover the strange secrets of her origins. It plays July 27-29 at the Projection Booth. The east-end theatre also celebrates its first birthday by offering patrons a deal on tickets all week long. Regular screenings will set you back a mere $5.

STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN: Both the best of the Star Trek big-screen spinoffs and the only one to star Ricardo Montalban (surely that’s not a coincidence), this 1982 outing for the Kirk’s original Starfleet crew is this month’s entry in Cineplex’s Most Wanted Mondays program. Trekkies can catch it July 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Scotiabank Theatre, the Colossus in Vaughan and the Coliseum in Mississauga.

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