TIFF audiences loved new films from Kenneth Branagh, Julia Ducournau and the directors of Free Solo.
Belfast won the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend. A nice shot for Kenneth Branagh (Thor, Murder on the Orient Express), because in recent years, almost all films that have had this honor have been nominated for the Oscars afterwards (Room, La La Land, 3 Billboards, Jojo Rabbit…). 12 Years a Slave and Green Book even won the main statuette a few months after being the big winners at TIFF.
While waiting for the release of Death on the Nile, reported several times by Disney following the rape accusations hanging over one of his stars, Armie Hammer, Kenneth Branagh will release this more personal film in December. Belfast chronicles the daily life of a little Irish boy during the riots of the late 1960s. Incarnated by the revelation Jude Hill, this historical film and partly in black and white is carried by Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Jamie Dornan and Ciaran Hinds Here is his trailer, punctuated by the tube “Everlasting Love” :
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Two other awards were presented by the audience at the Toronto Festival. The one in the Midnight Madness section goes to Titanium, by Julia Ducournau. The big winner of the Palme d’Or at the last Cannes festival, with Agathe Rousselle and Vincent Lindon, was released this summer in France. Here is his synopsis: “After a series of unexplained crimes, a father finds his son who has been missing for 10 years. Titanium: Metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, giving very hard alloys.”
Finally, the prize for the best documentary goes to The Rescue, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, who won the Oscar in 2019 for Free Solo. He looks back on the highly publicized rescue of a team of young footballers and their coach, trapped in a cave in Thailand following a flood.
The trailer for Titanium :
Julia Ducournau looks back on the Palme d’Or de Titane: “I was in a state of absolute confusion”