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: No Men Beyond This Point
Imagine a world where women have become asexual and are no longer giving birth to males. Now envision yourself as one of the last males on earth trying to cope with this reality. That is the premise for the new Canadian mockumentary No Men Beyond This Point which makes its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next week.
Directed by Mark Sawers, No Men Beyond This Point focuses on Andrew (Patrick Gilmore) who is now the youngest and possible last man on earth. Andrew is a fairly low-key individual but when he begins an affair with one of the women to which he works as a nanny things start to unravel and Andrew begins a ‘male-comeback’ of sorts to comedic results. Soon, the dwindling male population that are sent to sanctuaries to live out the rest of their lives, get involved and the combined antics of the gender have hysterical historical implications.
Magali Simard writes, “No Men Beyond This Point is a smart, hilarious take on gender politics, sounding a call for balance — both philosophical and biological — even as it keeps us laughing. A feminist satire with a strong handle on comic role reversals, Mark Sawers’ film is a riotous original.”
No Men Beyond This Point is part of the Vanguard Series of the Toronto International Film Festival and has three separate showings at the Scotiabank Theatre on September 16th, 18th and 19th