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 2015 edition looks to build upon 2014’s Fest which included 5,084 delegates, 287 speakers, 2,004 buyers which ate up 65 films that were showcased in the city.
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: The Rainbow Kid
One of the many things we love about the Toronto International Film Festival is the showcasing of Canadian talent on both sides of the camera. 2015’s Festival might be the best yet with films from Jean-Marc Valle, Atom Egoyan and Deepa Mehta all receiving gala presentations through the fest’s 10-day schedule.
Showcased as part of the Discovery selections of the Fest which brings us directors that the programmers believe are the future of world cinema is The Rainbow Kid. Directed by Kire Paputts who was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the SXSW Festival for his short Animal Control, The Rainbow Kid is Paputts’ feature film debut and follows a young man with Down Syndrome who is in search of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Actor Dylan Harman plays Eugene who encounters odd and unconventional characters on his odyssey which is inspired by his favorite children’s book. The Rainbow Kid sounds like a road movie with a heart and a character study of a young boy’s attempt to rise above his limitations to fulfill a fantasy.
Steve Gravestock writes, “Sensitively written and directed by Paputts and propelled by Harman’s fearless and endearing lead performance, The Rainbow Kid movingly attests to the balance that needs to be struck between the desire for independence and self-assertion and the necessity of companionship and self-awareness.”
Starring Dylan Harman, Krystal Nausbaum, Nicholas Campbell and Julian Richings, The Rainbow Kid gets three screenings at the Festival including the world premiere on September 12th at the Scotiabank Theatre with additional showings on September 14th and September 19th.