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: Green Room
Many of us sat up and took notice of writer/director Jeremy Saulnier with 2013’s Blue Ruin. The film about an outsiders turn to amateur assassin is considered an indie hidden-gem as it went on to win awards at Cannes and with the National Board of Review.
Saulnier returns in 2015 with Green Room, a film that is being featured as part of TIFF’s Midnight Madness series that brings the best of the horror/thriller genre to the festival.
Green Room stars Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation) in a film about a travelling punk band who are besieged by neo-Nazi skinheads while performing in a rural Oregon club. This poses a small problem for the group when the lead with a cover of the Dead Kennedy’s “Nazi Punks Fuck Off”. Wrong place. Wrong time. The events that unfold next will leave the group in a life and death struggle with some unsavory white supremacists and things get U-G-L-Y.
Colin Geddes writes, “Spattered throughout with sharp dialogue, toggling between wry humour and sledgehammer bombast, Green Room elevates a deceptively simple cat-and-mouse premise into a terrifying and beautifully constructed odyssey.”
Co-starring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner and Imogen Poots, Green Room gets its premiere Saturday, September 12th at the Hot Docs Bloor Cinema.