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As we await the editing and uploading of the roundtable, here are our Toronto-present writers’ selections of their favourite films they’ve seen during TIFF (in a cinema, in Toronto, during the Toronto International Film Festival). To wit, not the best films of the festival, as who could possibly be equipped to make that assertion, what with so many films on view. And not films seen elsewhere and now playing in TIFF, just because.

(Ed. note – alphabetical lists are unranked.)

Jason Anderson

The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)

Tabu (Miguel Gomes)

Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel)

Night Across the Street (Raúl Ruiz)

No (Pablo Larrain)

 

 Tom Charity

The Master (Anderson)

The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn, Anonymous)

Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine)

Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas)

Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)

 

Daniel Kasman

Viola (Matías Piñeiro)

Dormant Beauty (Marco Bellocchio)

Three Sisters (Wang Bing)

View from the Acropolis (Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan)

Leviathan (Castaing-Taylor, Paravel)

 

Robert Koehler

The Master (Anderson)

Viola (Matías Piñeiro)

Auto-Collider XV (Ernie Gehr)

Dormant Beauty (Marco Bellocchio)

Gebo and the Shadow (Manoel de Oliveira)

 

Shelly Kraicer

Leviathan (Castaing-Taylor, Paravel)

Gangs of Wasseypur Parts One and Two (Anurag Kashyap)

Three Sisters (Wang Bing)

August and After (Nathaniel Dorsky)

Walker (Tsai Ming-liang)

 

Angelo Muredda

Bestiaire (Denis Côté)/Leviathan (Castaing-Taylor, Paravel): The dolorous beast double bill, the first as stately as the second is manic.

Tabu (Gomes)/Frances Ha (Baumbach): The melancholy pop song and the Truffaut B-side.

No (Larrain): The analog fable.

 

Adam Nayman

Tabu (Gomes)

The Master (Anderson)

Viola (Piñeiro)

The Act of Killing (Oppenheimer, Cynn, Anonymous)

Leviathan (Castaing-Taylor, Paravel)

 

Mark Peranson

The Act of Killing (Oppenheimer, Cynn, Anonymous)

Argo (Ben Affleck)

Leviathan (Castaing-Taylor, Paravel)

Peaches Does Herself (Peaches) (Note from M.P.: “i guess you could add Peaches Does Herself to my list to get to 5, that’s the only other thing I saw i didn’t aggressively hate”)

The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (Sophie Fiennes)

 

Olivier Père

Spring Breakers (Korine)

Sightseers (Ben Wheatley)

The Act of Killing (Oppenheimer, Cynn, Anonymous)

Dust (Julio Hernández Cordón)

Argo (Affleck)

 

Richard Porton

The Act of Killing (Oppenheimer, Cynn, Anonymous)

Gebo and the Shadow (Manoel de Oliveira)

Penance (Kurosawa Kiyoshi)

Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas)

Barbara (Christian Petzold)

 

Kiva Reardon

Paradise: Love (Ulrich Seidl)

Passion (Brian De Palma)

Tabu (Gomes)

Spring Breakers (Korine)

Leviathan (Castaing-Taylor, Paravel)

 

John Semley

Tabu (Gomes)

Sightseers (Ben Wheatley)

Room 237 (Rodney Ascher)

Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland)

In Another Country (Hong Sang-soo)

 

Michael Sicinski

Leviathan (Castaing-Taylor, Paravel)

autrement, la Molussie (Nicolas Rey)

Student (Darezhan Omirbayev)

Frances Ha (Baumbach)

The Last Time I Saw Macao (João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata)

 

Blake Williams

Leviathan (Castaing-Taylor, Paravel)

Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami)

August and After (Dorsky)

Beyond the Hills (Cristian Mungiu)

To the Wonder (Terrence Malick)

 

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