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: Re(Assignment)
The Warriors. 48 Hrs. Red Heat. Streets of Fire. Last Man Standing. If you are over the age of 30 and love action films, these titles have been viewed time and time again. Their connection is director Walter Hill. Hill has been either directing or producing some of the best and iconic films of our generation and is back behind the camera for Re(Assignment) that he brings to the Toronto International Film Festival this September.
Re(Assignment) would appear to be his most daring film yet. Sigourney Weaver plays Dr. Rachel Kay. Rachel has had tragedy in her life. Her brother was the victim of killer Frank Kitchen and Rachel takes matters into her own precision cutting hands to reap revenge. Rachel captures Kitchen and preforms a full gender reassignment surgery. Ouch. When Frank awakes, he is still Frank but now he is forced to live out the rest of his years as a woman. Now Kitchen is out for his/her own vengeance.
Michelle Rodriguez sounds like the perfect casting choice for Frank. She always had that tomboy tough look and now she gets to expand her acting chops as the confused and angry Frank. Frank will eventually get to confront Dr. Kay but the journey leading to the eventual face-to-face is what will make Re(Assignment) the most controversial film in Hill’s history.
Re(Assignment) is making its World Premiere at TIFF so word has not yet leaked as to how graphic, detailed or violent the movie may evolve. However, Hill has a penchant for violence in his films and you can expect plenty of gunplay before the end credits appear on screen.
Re(Assignment) plays Wednesday, September 14th at 6PM at the Ryerson Theatre then has repeat showings on Friday, September 16th and Saturday, September 17th at the Hot Docs Cinema on Bloor Street.