Good Favour (Rebecca Daly)
Ireland is well represented at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) with the following films all screening.
David Freyne’s The Cured about the fraught process of reintegrating formerly infected flesh-eaters into society in the aftermath of a zombie plague.
Rebecca Daly’s Good Favour follows a teenage stranger who is welcomed into a household in a devout Christian village gradually reveals his mysterious motives — and what seem to be magical powers.
Brian O’Malley’s The Lodgers, set in rural Ireland in 1920, sees teenage twins living in a haunted manor under the shadow of a family curse.
Yorgos Lanthimos’ Cannes winning The Killing of a Sacred Deer follows the strange relationship between a cardiac surgeon and a 16-year-old boy that portends a terrifying sacrifice
Nora Twomey’s The Bread Winner is the story of an 11-year-old Afghan girl who finds strength in the love of her family and the power of storytelling.
Aoife McArdle’s feature debut Kissing Candice is about a girl who longs to escape the boredom of her seaside town, but when a boy she dreams about turns up in real life, she becomes involved with a dangerous local gang.
Sebastian Lelio’s Disobedience is based on the novel by Naomi Alderman and revolves around Ronit (Rachel Weisz) the estranged daughter of a rabbi, who returns from New York to the Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood she grew up in North London, following her father’s death. Her arrival causes upheaval in the quiet community.
Sophie Fiennes’ documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami takes a look at the Jamaican-born model, singer, and New Wave icon.
Haifaa Al-Monsour Mary Shelley is a biopic of the Frankenstein author, chronicling her tempestuous marriage to dissolute poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and the fateful night at a Swiss chateau that inspired her most famous creation.
The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival takes place from 7–17 September and more information can be found here.