The 41st Annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is set for September 8th through the 18th and will showcase nearly 300 films from around the world. From documentaries to horror films, TIFF will be the center of the entertainment universe and Intestinal Fortitude will be there to soak in the adventures and stories that unfold on the big screens in Canada’s largest metropolis.
But before the red carpets are vacuumed, the celebrities arrive with their entourages and the city transforms into a star-gazing mecca we will take time to focus on a new film every day that will be showcased at the festival.
Today’s Spotlight: Snowden
We know the name. We think we know the person. But do we really know what lead Edward Snowden to (at one time) be one of the most hated men in America by government officials who had been illegally monitoring all American’s activities by compromising our privacy?
Oliver Stone attempts to tell the story about the man who is still living in fear for his life. And who better? Stone is an opinionated filmmaker. His films Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Nixon and Natural Born Killers have overt messages regarding his wavering faith in the American dream. A film surrounding the NSA’s surveillance program is tailor made for his venom.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Snowden. Considered both a patriot and a traitor, Snowden became the most famous whistleblower in history when he leaked classified information exposing the breadth of the American surveillance programs around the world.
The film is based on Luke Hardings’ Guardian book and the Anatoly Kucherena’s Time of the Octopus and attempts to stick to the facts while both educating and entertaining audiences with an espionage thriller.
Levitt looks and talks exactly like Snowden and can very well be on award’s ballots by years end for his leading performance. Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto and Tom Wilkinson round out the top end cast in “a film about a new brave world we’ve come to inhabit – a world many of us did not know existed until Edward Snowden had the courage to tell us.”
Snowden is getting the Gala Presentation treatment at TIFF where it will have its World Premiere. It screens Friday, September 9th at 9:30PM at the Roy Thompson Hall Theatre and then again on Saturday, September 10 at noon.