Starting September 5th, for 11 days, 300 films are screened from 60+ countries at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). What can an older adult cinephile expect this year from an industry that notoriously caters to the culture of youth? There seems to be a several gems starring older adult actors and a few interesting documentaries highlighting talented, eccentric and engaging older adults.
Here is what you can expect from TIFF this year that highlights older adults:
– American playwright Sam Shepard (69) plays an Oklahoma poet battling alcoholism in Osage County, a tale about life, death and family conflict. His strong-willed wife is played by Meryl Streep (64).
– The much beloved Canadian actor Gordon Pinset (83) stars in the dramatic comedy The Grand Seduction filmed on location in Newfoundland.
– Woody Allen (77) stars in the comedy Fading Gigolo about a small bookshop owner who ‘manages’ his friend turned ‘professional Don Juan’ to keep his failing bookstore solvent.
– Judi Dench (78) stars in the true story Philomena about an unmarried Irish-Catholic woman who searches for the son she was forced to give up fifty years ago.
– Jim Broadbent (64) and Lindsay Duncan (62) star in the comedy drama Le Week-end. A film about a British couple returning to Paris to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.
– Hunter S. Thompson’s ‘gonzo’ illustrator Ralph Steadman (77) is the subject of the documentary For No Good Reason.
– Director Madeline Anderson (86) is celebrated for her short I Am Somebody filmed in 1969 about a group of black women who went on strike in South Carolina.
– Canadian diplomat Ken Taylor (78) is the principal subject of the documentary film Our Man In Tehran covering the story of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
– Documentarian Marcel Ophüls (85) looks back on his own life in the memoir Ain’t Misbehavin’.
– Set in the backwoods of Maine, the documentary Burt’s Buzz gives life to the reclusive Burt Shavitz (76) the founder of Burt’s Bees personal care brand.
– The drama Berea (African Metropolis) is a film about ‘the anxiety of an elderly gentleman totally disoriented by the radical urbanization of his neighbourhood’.
– Gabriel Arcand (64) plays a rugged sheep farmer who makes a life changing sacrifice to help his daughter in the Quebec drama Le Démantèlement,
– The Sea starring Ciaran Hinds (60) and Charlotte Rampling (67) is an ‘adaptation of Banville’s beloved 2005 Man Booker Prize-winner, an immersive tale of a troubled past engulfing the present’.
– The film Gerontophilia stars Canadian actor Walter Borden portraying a nursing home resident who forms an intimate relationship with a male attendant.
– Bright Days Ahead starring French actress Fanny Ardant (64) is a ‘sophisticated and sexy drama about a married woman in her sixties tumbling into an affair with a much younger man’.
So sit back, grab a bag of popcorn and enjoy the wit and wisdom of this years TIFF films featuring older adults.