Aseem Chhabra lists the top 10 films at the recently-held Toronto International Film Festival.
There are so many reasons to like the Toronto International Film Festival.
Toronto is a great, vibrant city and the fall weather is beautiful.
The festival attracts press from around the world and most of them are friendly, polite and patient despite having to stand in long lines, sometimes for hours.
And then there is the joy of watching the films, catching the awards potential buzz, discovering new films and filmmakers one had not heard of.
TIFF is well known (along with the other two fall festivals held in Venice and Telluride) to be launching pads for many films that end up winning the Oscar race, like Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years A Slave, La La Land and Moonlight).
This year is no different.
In the eight days I spent in Toronto, I watched 28 films — some exceptional, some shocking, others that made me cry and/ or laugh.
I also walked out of two film screenings. But that happens when one is watching back-to-back films and it is hard to have patience if a film is not working out.
Here is my list of top 10 favorite films from this year’s TIFF.
The list only includes new films that have emerged in the fall season.
It does not include some of the celebrated films from the Cannes Film Festival that I watched for the first time, like Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless, Ruben Östlund’s The Square, Agnes Varda and JR’s Faces and Places…Read More