Summer Camp Island / Twisted / Gods Acre / Tmg_103 (rough Cut) / 5 Films About Technology / Mr. Sugar Daddy / Standby / Anna
Summer Camp Island - For anyone who’s ever dreamed of owning talking pyjamas, no other selection at TIFF 2016 will elicit more giddy joy than the first episode of Julia Pott’s forthcoming Cartoon Network series. Glitter glue, singing marshmallows, and dance contests figure prominently in Pott’s gloriously askew take on adolescence at its most awkward.
Twisted - In Thorold, Ontario in the summer of 1996, a movie legend was made when a real-life tornado hit a drive-in theatre during a screening of Twister. But how much truth really lies inside this tale of life (or weather) imitating art?
Gods Acre - Frank lives alone on his family’s ancestral Cree lands, but water levels are rising due to climate change, and evacuation seems more necessary every day. Lorne Cardinal is brilliant as a taciturn man wrestling with a decision: whether to abandon his home or adapt to his changing environment.
TMG_103 (rough cut) - In this insightful behind-the-scenes examination of sexual politics on set, a director pressures an actress into full nudity on the morning of her first sex scene.
5 Films About Technology - The characters in Peter Huang’s razor-sharp satire are as dependent as the rest of us on the devices that are supposed to make us smarter, better, and faster. But, as this hilarious series of scenarios reveals, all that tech may be making us the exact opposite of what we’ve been promised.
Mr. Sugar Daddy - In the wake of a breakup, Hans decides to take the plunge and become a sugar daddy after spotting "toyboy" Andrej on the nightclub dance floor. Money can’t buy love, but it can buy pleasure, and Hans is desperate to regain any kind of control he can.
Standby - Gary and Jenny share the same cramped "office space" as all beat cops: the front seat of a patrol car. Their evolving relationship is an emotional rollercoaster ride that stands in often-comedic contrast to the procession of thugs and criminals filling the back seat.
Anna - On a hot, sticky day in the desert, Anna goes looking for a man. This Cannes Cinéfondation First Prize winner spins a deeply sensual tale of lust and love, and of a woman who discovers the difference between the two.