TIFF 2013: Amrita Acharia dazzles, Jay Baruchel tweaks, and where's Gosling?
Day six and seven of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) both began the same way: with unbearably hot weather. I mean, this is supposed to be Ontario, isn't it? Not Brazil. I guess I'd been away from the east coast long enough to forget that humidity is to weather as pop-up ads are to the Internet. Luckily I spent a majority of these days in movie theatres. I love you, air conditioning.
- Amrita Acharia (from TV's Game of Thrones) is outstanding as a troubled single mom in I Am Yours. She leaves nothing on the table in this Norwegian film. Directed by Iram Haq, I Am Yours isn't afraid to cross some traditional boundaries, and we don't see many female characters this detailed and complete.
- Toni Collette is irresistible as a rock journalist on the brink of unemployment in Lucky Them. Thomas Haden Church shows impeccable comic timing as her billionaire friend/financier and although the script feels a little too convenient and unbelievable at times, the characters feel real and the ending is very satisfying.
- Keeping on the "impressive woman characters" train, Annette Bening is fantastic as a widower who meets her dead husband's doppelganger in The Face of Love. Ed Harris plays both roles very effectively, with the pair doing enough to overcome the film's tonal problems.
- If I was casting my life, I'd want Jay Baruchel to play my ne'er-do-well older brother.
- Doing interviews through translators is a difficult, albeit rewarding experience, something I realized after sitting down with legendary German director Edgar Reitz and Jia Zhangke, the best screenplay winner at this year at Cannes for A Touch of Sin. Both men gave incredibly thoughtful answers to each and every question.
Heard around the festival
"But where's Ryan Gosling!?"—Every young female, ever.
"I find that if I run out of questions I just ask them who they're wearing. It's a little harder with the guys."—A veteran journalist on the red carpet.
"I was working for Eastwood, man. And on the very first day, after every take, I'd say, 'Is that okay?' And he would be like, 'Ya, it's fine.' I'd go, 'Oh shit.' I'd picture him being, like, 'Who the fuck is this kid?' Then Morgan Freeman fucking saw me freaking out, and he said, 'If he doesn't say anything, it means he likes it.' And that saved me, man. Because you can tweak forever. That was when the penny dropped and I realized that I'm a cog in the machine and to never forget that."—Jay Baruchel
"Even sometimes when you say to yourself, 'Okay, I want to really be open here,' there's something in the psyche that says, 'Well, maybe you shouldn't.'"—Annette Bening
"There were many Indian actresses who just said, 'Oh, she's swearing, I can't do this.'"—Iram Haq on casting I Am Yours.