The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is just days away from rolling out the red carpet on over 350 movies from around the world while welcoming a horde of over 200 celebrities to the city including Johnny Depp, Julianne Moore, Tom Hardy, Matt Damon, Eddie Redmayne, Susan Sarandon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Idris Elba. The fun kicks off on Thursday, September 10th with Jake Gyllenhaal’s film Demolition hosting the opening night film.
Over the next few days we will take time to spotlight some of the films on the Festival’s schedule further whetting the appetite for screenings big and small. Intestinal Fortitude will be on hand for no less than 20 of the films featured so be sure to check back daily to see our reviews and thoughts on the Festival as it progresses.
Today’s Spotlight: Beasts of No Nation
Netflix enters the feature film world with Beasts of No Nation, a film by Cary Fukunga (True Detective: Season 1) based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala.
With a setting in an unnamed African nation, Beasts of No Nation introduces us to Agu (Abraham Attah), a young boy who finds himself in the middle of his country’s civil war. After Agu witnesses his parents being murdered by a military force that has overthrown the government, Agu flees his village until he is captured by a leader of the Native Defence Forces (Idris Elba) and Agu is soon forced to fight and commit acts of violence outside of his comfort zone.
Cameron Bailey of the Toronto International Film Festival writes, “By fusing the bloody violence that has consumed Abu’s life with the natural beauty that surrounds him, Fukunaga creates a complex world that’s both dreamlike and all too real. Bests of No Nation captures the warmth, the humour and the flickering innocence that Agu struggles to preserve even as the horror he witnesses shocks us.”
Beasts of No Nation gets its Canadian Premiere on September 13th at the Ryerson Theatre with repeat viewings September 14th at Roy Thompson Hall and September 19th at the Visa Screening Room (Elgin)