TIFF: Free Screenings September 12 2009

TIFF 2009
TIFF 2009

Continuing on with our coverage of the free screenings during the 34th annual Toronto International Film Festival 2009, we present you the schedule for the free screenings taking place at Yonge-Dundas Square for Saturday September 12 2009.  Although there are many premieres and film events happening as well on the same day, there’s nothing better than to be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the city while taking in a visual masterpiece in the heart of Toronto…

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174141~The-Harder-They-Come-PostersThe Harder They Come by Perry Henzell

“Ivanhoe Martin comes to the city to make it big singing Reggae. However, he finds life in the city to be harder than he thought, and is taken advantage of by both the record producer and the marijuana boss he later starts dealing for. When he kills a police officer, events start escalating that make him the Jamaica’s most wanted man, and a momentary hero to all the oppressed Jamaicans. This is based on a true story”


Precious: Showcase Featuring Sapphire

“Raw, vibrant and resoundingly hopeful, Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire will stand in years to come as one of the strongest American films of 2009. Although the details of its plot may shock, it is at heart the story of a young woman determined to better herself despite overwhelming obstacles set against her.

Harlem, 1987: Claireece “Precious” Jones is a teenager in a living hell. She is pregnant, for the second time, by her own father. Her mother, played in a searing performance by Mo’Nique, is emotionally abusive and physically brutal. Precious has been mistreated and undervalued her whole life; her obesity appears to be both a result of and a shield against the hateful acts committed by those who should love her most.

But she can dream. Sullen and suspicious to most casual observers, Precious has a rich inner world full of colourful fantasies of celebrity and adoration. As in the original novel by Sapphire, Precious narrates her interior life with sometimes hilarious wit. Director Lee Daniels keeps the sparkle and insight of Sapphire’s language, even as he shows a girl keeping her head down in the face of shocking abuse and neglect.

Already in grade nine, Precious can neither read nor write. Faced with expulsion, she accepts an alternative programme, Each One/Teach One, without fully knowing what “alternative” means. Here, she finds opportunity for the first time. The teacher, Ms. Rain (Paula Patton), glimpses the Precious beneath her fierce exterior and begins to draw her out.

The hardship is real in Precious, which is based on Sapphire’s experiences teaching in Harlem. But the effect of the film is an electric encounter with the highs and lows of life. Daniels inspires his actors to reach deep into themselves to communicate the truth of this story. Patton is consistently strong, Mo’Nique is a revelation, Mariah Carey utterly transforms herself and Lenny Kravitz is pure charm playing a nurse. But all respect must go to newcomer Gabourey Sidibe as Precious. She is simply unforgettable.

Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire Spotlight.  Noted poet and autor Sapphire reads from her body of work in an event hosted by director Lee Daniels.


Survival of the Dead: Toronto Zombie Walk

“On September 12, 2009, join us for a special Zombie Walk, a “Special Director’s Cut Edition”, to mark the North American premiere of George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead in the Midnight Madness selection of the Toronto International Film Festival. Aside from paying a fitting tribute to George Romero on the event of his newest film, we will also be celebrating Romero’s recent status as a bona fide Canadian citizen and Toronto resident!”


For more info on premieres, films & TIFF: http://www.tiff.net/

related links

TIFF: Free Screenings September 11 2009

Toronto International Film Festival

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