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Sarah Gavron on the teens behind ROCKS

“Because we wanted to make a film about young people, we wanted to make it with them.” Director Sarah Gavron reflects on finding and collaborating with the young cast of ROCKS to create an authentic depiction of friendship and an intimate coming-of-age story. Now available to rent across Canada on digital TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Riz Ahmed on identity and belonging in SOUND OF METAL

"When you find community, you find yourself as well.” Star Riz Ahmed discusses how his character in Sound of Metal embarks on a journey from self-reliance to finding community in unexpected places. Now available to rent across Canada on digital TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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A thousand years ago, in July, we launched our virtual film platform, packed with everything you love about TIFF: New Releases, TIFF Cinematheque curated classics, restorations, and exclusive talks with some of the biggest names in film. Well, unearth your password (or let us reset it), because digital TIFF Bell Lightbox is back, and it’s available across Canada. This weekend, watch stunning new restorations of Bong Joon-ho's sophomore thriller Memories of Murder and Béla Tarr's Damnation, the TIFF '19 Platform Prize-winning Martin…

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Riz Ahmed is constantly being given melodramatic options by the story but never gives into the easy choices. It’s a fantastic performance.

I don’t think I can remember a time where I didn’t hear it.

The ringing.

The noise nobody but me could seem to hear. I couldn’t stand it. I had no idea what it was at first, but it was loud, and it was getting louder. I told myself it would just go away, but even back then I don’t think I believed myself.

When I was nine it got worse, I was having hearing problems, so I told my…

Martin Eden

Martin Eden

★★★★★

Stripping London’s Martin Eden character out of his early 20th Century America setting of labor and machine rise and instead choosing to place him instead in the midst of the years after World War II Italy, Pietro Marcello allows the titular character to become a figure in the history of Italy – Eden, metaphorically, becomes the representation of Italy’s change in that time, but maintaining its thematic core of exploring Individualism and Socialism and the conflict of art and politics…

Martin Eden

Martin Eden

★★★★★

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Director Pietro Marcello has described his Martin Eden as "a child of the Mediterranean" - translating a figure of early 20th century American labor into an eternalized portrait of Italy's history. He is at once birthed and cursed by The Sea, and ceaseless in the romantic ebb and flow of the present-day. This is a grand, scattered collage of feeling, and almost certainly an instant classic. Watching it, I felt the foundation of its expansive canvas solidified by sweeping…

Damnation

Damnation

★★★★

As mesmerising and desolate as a lunar landscape, this film has no heartbeat but the distant mechanical throb of its bleak industrial setting and the strange plodding rhythms of its dialogue. Stunning and/or soporific, depending on your mood.

Haunting and beautiful arty Hungarian noir, now restored and even more stunning to look at. Filled with long takes that reveal the environment and people, it fits the definition of film noir, but the deliberate pacing and stunning black and white cinematography make it all feel otherworldly. The faces of the characters and a broken down buildings and infrastructure that are scattered throughout the film add to the feeling of timelessness. It's in an indeterminate time with a melancholy tone that runs throughout.

Damnation

Damnation

★★★★★

A supreme masterpiece of modern cinema. It distills life to its essence. The mindless repetition and tedium of our daily lives has rarely been put forth with such brutal honesty. The film is practically bursting with ideas for those who choose to explore them. And it's terrific to look at. I haven't seen a more beautiful black-and-white film other than Pale Flower.

memories of murder

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