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What I'm Watching at TIFF '18: cléo

The film journal edits it down to five choices

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Sep 5, 2018

What I’m Watching asks the friends of the Toronto International Film Festival, both old and new, what films they’re most excited to watch at this year’s Festival.

Today: Kiva Reardon, Mallory Andrews, Lydia Ogwang, Kathleen Kampeas-Rittenhouse, Chelsea Phillips-Carr, Michelle Kay, of film and film culture journal cléo.


Editorial Board of cléo.


Number of years attending TIFF:
Two to seven.

Favourite past TIFF movie:
Too hard to say! We’re six people!

The most movies you’ve ever seen at one Festival:
Between all of us combined, we’ve totally cracked triple digits...

cléo, what are you watching at TIFF this year?

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Edge of the Knife
dir. Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown

The latest film by the renowned Inuit production and distribution company Isuma goes to the West Coast and reimagines a classic Haida story. It’s the first-ever feature to be filmed fully in the Haida language, which only 24 people in the world speak.

Edge of the Knife plays TIFF on September 7, 10, and 13 as part of the Discovery programme.

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The Grand Bizarre preceded by Those Who Desire
dir. Jodie Mack

No TIFF Festival is complete without seeing the Wavelengths programme. Not to be missed this year is Jodie Mack’s The Grand Bizarre, which garnered rave reviews out of Locarno and is playing with Those Who Desire.

The Grand Bizarre preceded by Those Who Desire plays TIFF on September 8 and 10 as part of the Wavelengths programme.

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The Day I Lost My Shadow
dir. Soudade Kaadan

Soudade Kaadan makes an assured shift to fiction with this sorrowful, lyrical story about a mother trying to preserve a sense of normalcy for her son in the middle of the Syrian conflict.

The Day I Lost My Shadow plays TIFF on September 11, 13, and 14 as part of the Discovery programme.

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Bulbul Can Sing
dir. Rima Das

Following up Festival favourite Village Rockstars, Rima Das returns with another female-centric story about life in rural India. Here, Das looks at longing, desire, and why these natural inclinations that feel so right have been deemed so wrong for generations.

Bulbul Can Sing plays TIFF on September 9, 11, and 15 as part of the Contemporary World Cinema programme.


dir. Claire Denis

If you can’t make the latest by Claire Denis, High Life, be sure to catch the 35mm print that's showing of her debut as part of Cinematheque's programme.

Chocolat plays TIFF on September 9 as a free TIFF Cinematheque screening.

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