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throughout the afternoon. Hello and welcome to the Toronto


International Film Festival. In today's programme we look back


at some of the highlights of this The government knows that we have


these documents now! Movies based on real


stories and real people - plenty of those at Toronto this


year. As well as pictures touching on


racism and the havoc it can reach. Plus a report on Nigerian cinema


that is quite different And a personal documentary looking


back at the eavesdropping days And an animation from Canada


in which a young girl travels to Iran to uncover


much about her father. Plus, the pictures coming out


of Toronto that have the potential All that and more in this Toronto


edition of Talking Movies. Nearly 400 films are shown


at Toronto and the general view was that there were indeed some


quite fine movies to be seen. But, alas, there wasn't active


love for the festival's opening-night feature -


a remake of the classic 1950 western We will let that picture kick


off our overview of the festival. The Magnificent Seven premiere


brought out the stars eager to promote their new film inspired


by the 1950 John Sturgess to promote their new film inspired


by the 1960 John Sturgess western of the same name,


which was itself a remake Directed by Antoine Fuqua,


the cast of the new film includes Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke,


Chris Pratt and Peter Saarsgaard - the villain in the story who plays


a greedy industrialist, I actually see my character more


as the idea of fear. How people will fall


in line behind fear, how people will just


abandon their own world beliefs The only reason he has got any kind


of people following him Some critics liked The Magnificent


Seven, others found it uninspired and questioned


the need for a remake. A lot of factors govern


the choice of any festival's It is not always to showcase


fresh, innovative cinema. Often it is a picture that will just


put stars on the red carpet I think you're looking for something


that is going to appeal to a mass audience, something that is big,


something that is going to fill the screen, something


that is entertainment but also smart at the same time and I think that


all of those qualities It has taken the original


and twisted it a little way in terms of its casting,


but at the end of the day, it is one of my favourite


genres, the western. And I think it says a lot


about America, that genre, and here is someone reworking it,


an African-American Whether it was a film retelling


the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico,


or a sympathetic portrayal of the former NSA intelligence


leaker Edward Snowden, films based on real stories


were in plentiful supply in Toronto. Snowdon was directed


by Oliver Stone, who co-wrote the screenplay


inspired by two books. Joseph Gorgon-Levitt gives an expert


depiction of Snowdon. He maintains the film brings


audiences an impression of Snowdon more complete


than existing media accounts. One thing a lot of people don't know


about Edward Snowden is that in 2004 He wanted to go fight


in the Iraq war. To see a man change from that,


"I want to go fight He broke both of his legs in basic


training so he couldn't go fight so, he was always good computers,


so he joined the CIA and the NSA and the things that he


saw changed his mind. You say it is a drama,


but is it a balanced drama? Because there are a lot of people


who do view Edward Snowden as being a traitor, but not much


weight is given to that viewpoint I am not sure there is a lot


of weight to that point of view I actually have not really heard any


specific ways in which something The government knows that we have


these documents now. That is Joseph Gordon-Levitt's point


of view, one no doubt endorsed He thinks this Toronto launch film


could help his client I don't think the government's


claims about harm to national So one of these days


we are going to see Edward Snowden return home and be broadly accepted


as the whistle-blower that he is. I do think that this film


will help hasten that day. Snowdon had definite fans


in Toronto, but many would agree it just didn't match any of Stone's


more celebrated films like Platoon or Born On The Fourth


Of July from years ago. I say to you quite tastelessly that


more women died on the back-seat of Senator Edward Kennedy's car


at Chappaquiddick than ever died Another Toronto film based


on real events was Denial. It was inspired by the trial that


emerged after author David Irving sued an American academic


Deborah Lipstadt for libel on the grounds that she had referred


to him as a Holocaust denier. A formidable portrait came


from Britain's Timothy Spall, David Irving is an incredibly


polarising figure and I wonder to what extent you having your own


views about him affected your No, in the end, your job when you're


playing someone is not to play the consequences of their actions


or take your objective view of it. Your job is just to jettison


all that and try and That is your job as an actor,


for good or bad, whatever I have got $1000 to give anyone


who can show me a document that Do you think the film does touch


on something that is quite prevalent in the culture,


that these people making assertions We made it because it is a fully


democratic idea to say that everybody's opinion


is equally valid. Obviously, that is


the internet's idea. But not everybody's opinion


is equally valid. You have the right to say anything


but you have to produce facts We have come to thank


you for your word and your will. Another Toronto film


rooted in the real world was the Birth Of A Nation,


which was greeted with a standing It was inspired by a slave uprising


in 1831 lead by a man Nate Parker, the film maker


who co-wrote and did an stars in the picture about the find


the story personally This thing, this snap Turner journey


is so important. Just seeing the separation, I think this country is


more segregated than it has been in moments in the past. To see a film


speaking to that and progressing the conversation, it is inspiring and


encouraging. Hey, the owner, how used your life.


Then there were pictures trying to portray real African stories without


resorting to stereotypes. Queen of Katwe was one of these. Do you see


the film representing progress in the sense that it is American backed


but it was made in Africa without white but agonists and relying on


African people? Absolutely. There is such a paucity. You never see the


Africa that I live in, the everyday dignity and power and joy of life in


act come Palace Street, or any street, forget about the Hollywood


screen. I immediately loved making Queen of Katwe because it is not


about a White saviour coming in and teaching us how to build a well or


have water in our taps. It is about real people who have real issues.


Toronto was much more than reality -based mass audience cinema. Part of


the festival was far from the mainstream. Our flourishing section


of the programme is wavelengths, focusing on experimental cinema with


a broad range of offerings. We have four short grams and a selection of


feature films, including documentaries. Those documentaries


that really push boundaries, are very as a stick. We are looking for


films with personal subjectivity, that take risks, narratively, that


challenge, are provocative. Toronto was full of films that held great


promise for the forthcoming Oscars race. The festival has long been


seen as a starting point in the mad scramble. The leader of the pack was


Lala land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. It is seen as a tribute


to the golden age of the US physical, set in present-day Los


Angeles. Moonlight, a coming-of-age tale of a young African-American


from Miami, has a story that smashed stereotypes and demonstrated the


importance of intimacy in people's lives. Then there was a rifle, an


alien invasion movie starring Amy Adams -- Amy Adams, which many


thought and masterpiece and a strong awards contender, especially with


the performance of Amy Adams. What happens now? They arrive.


This year, Toronto but the focus on one of the world's most prolific


movie hubs, temp one in Nigeria. Lagos was a subject of the


festival's city programme. If you are looking for hidden gems


at the Toronto International film Festival, one of the best ways is to


bind them is in the city to city programme. Every year the festival


highlights a different global city with a thriving film industry. This


year it focuses on Lagos, Nigeria. We need to make a movie. Green white


green tells a funny high-energy story about a group of young artists


trying to make a film about the country's obligated culture and this


post-modern approach to cinema is a big step forward for a film culture


that is only a few decades old. We are at the beginning of RM assaults


right now. Production quality is getting better. Style of


storytelling is not your typical. 90% of Nollywood films are usually


drama but here I am making satire. Yes, there is kind of a revolution


going on right now. It is a small percentage, but definitely we are


here at the Toronto film Festival, so it signify something big to come.


Abbott have of the films produced in Nollywood never get a theatrical


release. Instead they go straight to DVD. They have lower budget and your


ambitions than most of the film screening here in Toronto. As the


industry grows, so does the artistry and will only be a matter of time


before a film-maker from Lagos five success of the global stage.


Adventures, or the matrix? And intriguing aspect of Nigerian film


culture is how deeply it is influenced by American movies. The


characters in green white green name check the avengers and the matrix


and were they don't yet have the skills of the budgets to match the


achievements of those films, the fascination with Hollywood culture


adds another ingredient to the already complex Nigerian character.


No, I will try to convince him and show that I can do something. The


film-makers that emits an Lagos, they travelled, they are completely


fluent in the culture and the pop culture especially of the UK and


North America and in some cases Asia as well. They are watching Bollywood


movies, Nollywood movies, European arthouse films. That is a part of


what they bring to making Nigerian films. That mixes really what we're


showing in the city to city Spotlight. If the Toronto


International film Festival prompt an interest in Nigerian films


worldwide, it would be a boon for the country's film industry and the


economy as a whole and movies like we might green, which paint a unique


portrait of its country's culture could help viewers understand


today's Nigeria a little better. Toronto had many engaging


documentaries, one of them was a rather story of a woman


investigating whether or not her father was a member of the Stasi,


the Ministry for State Security in the former East Germany. The Stasi


is everywhere, hidden in the crowd. The cameras trained on enemies and


agitators. The documentary: city shows that 27 years after the fall


of the Berlin Wall, many of those who were then living in east Germany


still find it hard to grapple with what life was like under communism.


The Stasi, the secret police of the Soviet aligned government,


orchestrated the most comprehensive surveillance state in history. After


the Edward Snowden revelations, the film-maker, who grew up in East


Germany, felt compelled to investigate what the Stasi had done.


The NSA operates in a democratic society where I can walk on the


street and I am not going to be arrested because I criticise them,


but the Stasi was a tool in an oppressive system were bad things


would have happened to me if I would have said anything against them. The


film: city, named after her East German hometown, now restored to its


original name, seeks to reconstruct what life was like under the threat


of constant surveillance. But it is not just political, it is personal


for her because she always have the suspicion that her father, who


committed suicide in 1999, may have been a Stasi informant himself.


Through her documentary, she hoped to find a definitive answer. If I


would have known that he had tried to commit suicide, I mean, surely I


would have asked some questions. One thing that is clear about it is at


this past has been very much arrears, it has gone and her


father's labels also like that. He made a real effort to destroy


everything in his life, to banish it and I think to see the past, to see


the world we have to really reduce it to its bare elements, just like


the architecture. One inside that emerges from: city is that the act


of observing also inevitably involves a search for meaning. If


you watch someone closely enough you will find yourself speculating on


their motivations. Motivation to its often can come across as sinister.


That is actually the creepy thing about surveillance, pre-emptive


surveillance, you can find anything about someone. You can make stuff


up. You just collect all of this material and you can go back later


and interpreted in so many ways so anybody can become the enemy


instantaneously. The one thing that most of the documentaries at the


Toronto International film Festival have in common, contemporary


relevance. Commerce City is no exception, because of the


proliferation of social media. I am amazed how easily people are willing


to give up their privacy without even having to do so. We were


thinking about what would the Stasi do if they would have had this book?


It were just all be available and it wouldn't even have to go wide and


collective, which is amazing. Of course, they could use basically all


information against you in any context. Many from former East


Germany would rather move on and forget about their lives under


surveillance, but: city suggest that not only are we doomed to repeat


history if we forget it, we have the tools that at our disposal to repeat


that history of surveillance and much more easily.


One animation that made of an impact at Toronto this year came from a


film-maker who has been to the festival before. Essentially it is a


coming-of-age story involving a young Canadian girl who travels to


Iran. Anne-Marie Fleming is a veteran Canadian animator within


youth film at Toronto this year that follows the adventures of a young


poet. I have been invited to a poetry Festival in Iran. In around?


She is invited to her poetry Festival in Iran but she finds out


the many stories about the father who she thought the band and her


when she was a small child. Why choose to set the story during a


poetry Festival? Rosie is a young poet, she doesn't know much about


anything, not about poetry, history, herself. She is surrounded by people


who are immersed in poetry and history and culture and they all


want teacher something. Our heroine goes on a journey and she meets all


of these people and the all have a little message for her and a lot of


these messages through poetry. My father abandoned me when I was


seven. But you are looking for his story, yes? So you will find that


everywhere. Rosie meets many people who know her father and variable to


filling the gaps in her knowledge of family history and introduced her to


Iranian culture, which it is not familiar with even though it is part


of our heritage. Cultural authenticity was heavily on the


film-maker's mind. I do a lot of research. I have consultants on


this. I wrote it, I showed it to people, I got everybody's input


because I am not aware of the nuances of things and they just


needed to have the seal of approval of all of the Iranian people


involved in the film. That is a very important audience for me. Not only


am I not Iranian, I have never been to Iran. The audience learns about


Iran through the eyes of Rosie. Her imagination is Sean and animations


created by several different artists that the director collaborated with.


In one scene Rosie learns about an ancient Iranian port that you can


emphasise with because like her, he also lost a parent at a fragile


moment in his life. Anne-Marie was especially excited when she


collaborated with an animator who was also connected to the story. I


approached this Iranian film-maker now based in Vancouver. He knows


this story so intimately. We had some many discussions about what


could be sure, what shouldn't be sure, and he was able to take this


paper cuts out technique that he had experimented with is a visual artist


and bring it into the world of animation. You had some very


traditional Persian artistic stylings in a form that you would


not expect, which is both paper and animation. Iran is often demonised


in the media. This your from paint a different picture? I think my film


paints a picture of around as a rich culture where poetry is important,


were family is important. I wanted to go right into that and make a


film that was completely not political and just talk about that


incredible rich culture and talk about people.


Well, that brings this special edition of the programme to a close.


We hope you have enjoyed the programme. Please remember he can


always reach us online and you can find us on Facebook, too. From the,


Tom Brook and the rest of the production team here in Toronto, it


is goodbye and we leave you with a clip from Lala land, a film that was


a big hit here in Toronto. Good afternoon. We have lost those


severe storms that brought a deluge for some yesterday and replaced it


with some sunshine. The best of the sunshine today in


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