Posts tagged with "EUFF13"

EUFF13 Review: Superclasico (2011)

Posted by Jennifer Reynolds November 22, 2013 0 Comment 3121 views

In Superclasico, Christian (Anders W. Berthelsen) is a depressed Danish wine seller facing bankruptcy and divorce after his wife, Anna (Paprika Steen) runs off to Buenos Aires, where she works as a sports agent, and shacks up with one of Argentina’s top footballers, Juan Diaz (Sebastián Estevanez). When Christian can’t bring himself to sign the divorce […]

EUFF13 Review: Bullhead (2011)

Posted by Wade Sheeler November 21, 2013 0 Comment 3149 views

Belgian director Michael R. Roskam’s blistering debut feature Bullhead is a surprising and powerful story of two men involved in the black market hormone trade. It starts off as a rural Flemish crime story, but soon reveals a shocking tragedy from the past that colors everything that motivates the characters in present day towards a […]

EUFF13 Review: Reflections in the Emerald Isle (2013)

Posted by Lesley Coffin November 20, 2013 0 Comment 3325 views

James L. Brooks one stated (I paraphrase) that specificity is key to identification.  To connect personally with people, in documentary or narrative films, a film doesn’t have to reflect your own situation exactly; only present something intimate and specific enough that you feel empathy for the subjects or characters.  Recently we’ve seen films which have […]

EUFF13 Review: Jackie (2012)

Posted by Claire Dunderman November 19, 2013 0 Comment 3256 views

More than just a sister travel flick, Jackie delves into the human question of finding where we come from. The film does a good job with representing a diverse female cast, but unfortunately falls into the trap of cliches. A particularly notable performance from Carice Van Houten as the ever-complaining Sofie injects the film with […]

EUFF13 Review: God Loves Caviar (2013)

Posted by Claire Dunderman November 18, 2013 0 Comment 3493 views

When one thinks “pirate,” Johnny Depp and swashbuckling come to mind, not Catherine the Great. But with the Greek film God Loves Caviar, she becomes just as much entangled with the devious actions of a pirate as any other skull and bones flick. The film does a good job at flashiness but lacks a bit […]

EUFF13 Review: Dream Team 1935

Posted by Lesley Coffin November 17, 2013 0 Comment 4011 views

The “inspired by true events” sports film is nothing new.  We’ve seen it in Miracle (about US Hockey’s victory), Cool Runnings (about Jamaican bobsledding) and Chariots of Fire (about UK track and field).  Now we have the Toronto premiere of Aigars Grauba’s Dream Team 1935 about the Latvian basketball team which won the first European […]

EUFF13 Review: Bajari: Gypsy Barcelona (2013)

Posted by John Munshour November 16, 2013 0 Comment 4125 views

It is a commonplace to think of traditions purely in the terms of things that are threatened or in crisis. In Bajari (2013), Eva Vila’s film about Flamenco and its closely knit community of performers, no such threat is visible. The music here is an active, vibrant, vitalizing force, and Bajari provides engaging access to […]

EUFF13 Review: Dinner with My Sisters (2011)

Posted by John Munshour November 13, 2013 0 Comment 4440 views

If you’re a big fan of having your movies explained to you very, very carefully, be sure to check out the North American debut of Michael Hapeshis’ 2011 film, Dinner with My Sisters. Set in Cyprus, a land filled with sunshine and expository dialogue, this movie follows Dr. Michael Kolovos (Andreas Karras) as he returns […]

EUFF13 Review: Oh Boy (2012)

Posted by Wade Sheeler November 13, 2013 0 Comment 3708 views

Take Woody Allen’s ode to Manhattan, shake it up with Martin Scorsese’s satirical After Hours, season with a dash of sauerkraut and you’ve got Oh Boy, a delightful German dramedy from Director Jan Ole Gerster, enjoying its Toronto Premiere at the European Union Film Festival. This funny yet tender story of a “slacker” having the […]

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