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TIFF 2010 Press Conference held at the Royal York Hotel

Jennifer Jonas Tuesday 10th August 2010 TIFF 2010 Press Conference held at the Royal York Hotel Toronto, Canada

Otto; or, Up with Dead People Review


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It's almost impossible not to put "Bruce LaBruce" and "transgressive" in the same sentence. See what I mean? The cracked Canadian has a small but memorable body of work, a series of films that reveal his fascination with gay hustlers, amputees, skinheads, and gay skinhead amputee hustlers. Also gay terrorists. In Otto; or Up with Dead People he adds a new ingredient to his salacious stew: zombies. The result is total confusion... with a German accent.

Set in a scenic and admittedly well-shot Berlin, a promising locale for gay skinhead hustlers both dead and undead, Otto tracks the mostly aimless meanderings of Otto (Jey Crisfar), a young zombie in a hoodie who emerges from his grave and tries to recapture lost memories of his human existence. After what feels like way too much time passing, he encounters underground filmmaker Medea Yarn (Katharina Klewinghaus), who alongside her girlfriend, Hella Bent (Suzanne Sachsse), who appears in black and white like a silent film star, and her brother Adolf (Guido Sommer), is filming a movie about the zombie lifestyle (called "Up with Dead People"). Otto would be a perfect addition to her cast.

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Childstar Review


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In this smart but inconsistent look at the concept of celebrity, Canadian indie favorite Don McKellar pulls triple-duty -- writing, directing, and starring -- for the first time in seven years. That year, 1998, McKellar caught the eye of the international film audience with his end-of-the-world diary Last Night, and the ambitious epic The Red Violin, which he co-wrote. In comparison to those fine contributions, Childstar is lightweight stuff and sub-par McKellar.

Having conceived the idea for Childstar after a chance Oscar party conversation with Haley Joel Osment, McKellar stars as Rick, an experimental filmmaker who becomes the limo driver for Taylor Brandon Burns (great name!) a spoiled 12-year-old American superstar (Mark Rendall) shooting a new film in Canada. That movie, The First Son, is a ridiculous piece of jingoistic drivel where the President's son kicks some terrorist ass in order to save Dad, the White House and the whole damn country.

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