The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has become the leading public film festival, inviting moviegoers to see more than 300 films from 60-plus countries every September. And, being such huge movie fans ourselves here at Kodak, we are thrilled to once again have a strong presence at TIFF.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as "Joe" in TriStar Pictures, Film District, and End Game Entertainment's Looper. (Photo: Alan Markfield Copyright: © 2012 Looper, LLC. All rights reserved.)
The 37th edition of TIFF opens today with the world premiere of Rian Johnson’s futuristic thriller Looper. All the action was caught by Steve Yedlin on KODAK VISION3 500T Color Negative Film. In Looper, time travel has been invented but is only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they send their target 30 years into the past where a hired gun is waiting to finish the job.
Anna Karenina, Tolstoy’s novel of love and jealousy, has been brought to the screen by director Joe Wright who reteamed with frequent collaborator Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC. They chose KODAK VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 5219 to capture all the nuances of this period piece starring Keira Knightley, and, “I wanted the grain and the grit of the higher speed stock,” explains McGarvey. “It seemed more appropriate for a period film. We were going to be shooting a lot in low light and I really wanted that darkness to live.”
Keira Knightley stars as Anna in Joe Wright's Anna Karenina, a Focus Features release. (Credit: Laurie Sparham)
The Master from director Paul Thomas Anderson was shot by Mihai Malaimare Jr. largely on Kodak 65mm. This 1950s-set drama centers on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as "the Master" (Philip Seymour Hoffman), whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter (Joaquin Phoenix) who becomes his right-hand man.
Also screening at TIFF are films from some directors whom you will recognize for their work in front of the camera, including Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman and Ben Affleck.
Thornton directed and stars in Jayne Mansfield’s Car. Set in 1960, Barry Markowitz, ASC filmed this story of a culture clash between two families in widescreen Super 35, 3-perf format entirely on KODAK VISION 3 500T Color Negative Film 5219.
A scene from Jayne Mansfield’s Car. (Credit : AR Films)
The Company You Keep is helmed by Redford, and photographed on Kodak 35mm by Adriano Goldman, ABC. This thriller centers on a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run from a journalist who has discovered his identity.
Hoffman makes his directorial debut with Quartet. The story centers on a trio of retired opera singers who perform a concert every year to celebrate Verdi's birthday. The plot thickens when an ex-wife arrives and turns their trio into an unorthodox quartet.The film was photographed by John de Borman, BSCon KODAK VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 5219 and 250D 5207.
Affleck teamed up with Roberto Prieto, ASC, AMC on Argo, the dramatic, true story of the bold escape of six Americans from Teheran at the height of the Iranian revolution. Prieto shot Argo with a range of formats, including Kodak 35mm anamorphic and 2-perf Super 35, to visually delineate different aspects of the story.
(Clockwise from left) Scoot McNairy as Joe Stafford, Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez, Rory Cochrane as Lee Schatz, Chris Denham as Mark Lijek, and Tate Donovan as Bob Anders in Warner Bros. Pictures' and GK Films' dramatic thriller Argo a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Photo by Claire Folger)
Festival goers will also get a sneak peek of Cloud Atlas, The Impossible, At Any Price, The Paperboy, The Place Behind the Pines, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, A Royal Affair, Dangerous Liasons, English Vinglish, Great Expectations, Lore, Midnight’s Children, Outage Beyond, Passion, Reality, The Last Supper and The Sapphires.
We’re proud so many talented, innovative filmmakers trust Kodak film to give their stories the visual resonance they deserve. We can’t wait to see their exceptional work on the big screen in Toronto. Bring on the popcorn!