Tops in Toronto

toppTwinsIn case you haven’t heard, The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls has won the Cadillac People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The TIFF description reads:

In this elegantly compiled work – part biopic, part concept film, part comedy – [director]Leanne Pooley provides a strong reminder that what resists classification may be the very thing that has the power to restore unity, understanding and compassion in a tumultuous world.

ToppTwinsPoster FINAL high resThe Topp Twins beat Michael Moore’s doco Capitalism: A Love Story, which investigates the effects of the 2008 bank bailout and the Bush administration on the lives of ordinary Americans.

The two other NZ films at TIFF received mixed reviews. The Vintner’s Luck, directed by Niki Caro, has been described as “a spellbinding, sexy and hypnotic tale” and “an overblown work of amazing silliness”. It opens in NZ on November 12.

Jonathan King’s second feature, an adaptation of Maurice Gee’s Under the Mountain has been described as “a little dash of The Hardy Boys, a little slice of The X-Files, and a fun-sized chunk of Jules Verne meets Ray Harryhausen” and an “entertaining, well-mounted Kiwi children’s thriller”. It has a December release in NZ.

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