The Toronto International Film Festival announced this year’s schedule earlier today. Matthias has two movies screening at the festival: “The Danish Girl” and “Disorder” (Maryland). The festival runs from September 10-20 and Matthias is “expected to attend” according to the official press release. For more information about the tickets and festival be sure to head over to the official website.
The Danish Girl | North American Premiere | Special Presentation
Sep 12 – 9:30 AM – Princess of Wales
Disorder | North American Premiere | Gala Presentation
Sep 17 – 9:30 PM – Roy Thomson Hall
“The Danish Girl” will have additional screenings on September 13, 17 & 19 while “Disorder” will have a second screening on September 18. The programmer’s note for both movies were also published, which you can find after the jump.
The Danish Girl | By Piers Handling
Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars as Lili Elbe, the 1920s Danish artist who was one of the first recipients of sexual reassignment surgery, in this biopic directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech).
Tom Hooper’s gorgeous new feature continues his march through some of the fascinating byways of history. The Danish Girl, drawn from the fact-based novel by David Ebershoff and similar in spirit to Hooper’s magnificent The King’s Speech, focuses on a character struggling with internal demons that threaten his equilibrium. In the director’s Academy Award-winning 2010 film it was an unexpected, ill-prepared king with a speech impediment. Here it is a happily married and relatively successful young artist who gradually determines that he is truly a she, and sets out to release the secret person inside.
Sumptuously photographed, The Danish Girl is set in Copenhagen in the 1920s and focuses almost entirely on a free-spirited couple, both of them painters — he of delicate landscapes, she of portraits. Einar (Eddie Redmayne), has just had a successful gallery show, but Gerda (Alicia Vikander) struggles to gain attention for her work. One day, Gerda asks her husband to stand in for a female model so she can complete her latest painting. Einar is overwhelmed by the experience of putting on beautiful, feminine clothes, and soon it turns into a quiet obsession. As Einar gradually rediscovers himself, Gerda’s paintings of him as a woman begin to attract serious attention. Gerda balances Einar’s transformation with her new-found acclaim. Einar, meanwhile, finds it impossible to put the genie back in the bottle: She will become Lili, one of the first known recipients of gender reassignment surgery.
One of the extraordinary things about The Danish Girl is the manner in which Hooper treats the emotional volatility these characters cope with, both individually and together. Love and understanding are paramount to them, even as the emergence of Lili brings simultaneous loss and gain. Vikander is superb, and Redmayne’s performance in his transgendered role is as subtle and powerful as his work in last year’s The Theory of Everything.
A young ex-soldier suffering from PTSD (Matthias Schonaerts) protects a beautiful woman (Diane Kruger) and her child from a brutal home invasion, in this masterfully engineered thriller from director Alice Winocour (Augustine).
Featuring the chameleonic Matthias Schoenaerts (also onscreen at this year’s Festival in The Danish Girl) and the ultra-cool Diane Kruger (appearing at the Festival in Sky), Disorder is a sleekly machined piece of superior entertainment. In her second feature, director Alice Winocour (who co-wrote the Special Presentations selection Mustang) revs up the tension and then releases it in a bracing display of technical prowess. With a tip of the hat to Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs, Winocour puts a singular spin on the home-invasion movie.
Disorder centres on a young ex-soldier, Vincent (Schoenaerts), recently returned from combat and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Lost and aimless, willing to do any work that might come his way, he takes a job as a security guard for a lavish party hosted at “Maryland,” a luxurious seaside villa. His eyes settle on the beautiful hostess, Jessie (Kruger) — while his ears overhear matters that are none of his business. When Jessie’s husband travels to Geneva on business, Vincent is taken on as bodyguard for Jessie and her child. It is not long before he perceives a threat, and must draw on his military training to keep the three of them one step ahead of danger.
Disorder is far more than just an efficient, well-made thriller; it’s a study of the trauma experienced by combat soldiers. Vincent is a silent volcano threatening to erupt, and Jessie may or may not be his lifeline out of this morass. Winocour shows her mastery of nerve-wracking suspense and psychological drama alike as she guides us through the labyrinth of her story.