AMPR @ TIFF 2013
AMPR @ TIFF 2013
The Unknown Known
Distributor: eOne Entertainment
Director: Errol Morris (Director)

Errol Morris offers a mesmerizing portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War. Although Rumsfeld has held lofty positions of American political power for half a century, most people know little about him. When Rumsfeld wrote, as part of his most famous meditation, that an “unknown known” refers to “things you think you know that it turns out you do not,” he could have been speaking about himself. THE UNKNOWN KNOWN is not intended as yet another post mortem on the Iraq War, but rather an illumination of a mystery.

Man of Tai Chi
Distributor: eOne Entertainment
Director: Keanu Reeves
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Tiger Chen

Keanu Reeves makes his directorial debut with this spectacular martial-arts epic starring former Matrix stuntman Tiger Chen and featuring fight choreography by the legendary Yuen Woo-ping.

The Art of the Steal

Distributor: eOne Entertainment
Director/Writer: Jonathan Sobel
Cast: Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon, Terence Stamp, Kenneth Welsh
A dynamite cast — including Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Terence Stamp and Jay Baruchel — enlivens this crackling crime film from writer-director Jonathan Sobol (A Beginner’s Guide to Endings).

Blue Ruin
Distributor: eOne Entertainment
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Cast: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack
A classic American revenge story, BLUE RUIN follows a mysterious outsider whose quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Finding himself in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family, he proves to be an amateur assassin.

Director: Alessio Cremonini
Cast: Dana Keilani, Sara El debuch, Wasim Abo azan, Sami Haddad

When two sisters learn that a member of their family has decided to desert the Syrian Army and join the Free Army, they must embark on a hazardous journey to Turkey, in this powerful account of contemporary Syria from filmmaker Alessio Cremonini.

Director: Gianni Amelio
Cast: Antonio Albanese, Livia Rossi, Gabriele Rendina

Gianni Amelio (Lamerica) directs this affecting and timely story about a middle-aged, precariously employed jack-of-all-trades in Milan, who doggedly tries to get by in an unfeeling city while trying to retain his dignity and his passions.

Stop The Pounding Heart
Director: Roberto Minervini
Cast: Colby Trichell, Sara Carlson

The teenage daughter of Christian goat farmers in rural Texas rebels against her arranged marriage in this half-fiction, half-documentary hybrid from Italian director Roberto Minervini, shot with non-professional actors performing in their real homes.

South Is Nothing (Il Sud è Niente)
Director: Fabio Mollo
Cast: Valentina Lodovini, Vinicio Marchioni, Miriam Karlkvist

Set in a tiny seaside town, Fabio Mollo’s feature debut is a quietly evocative drama about a family’s attempts to cope with the loss of their son, and the impact of his absence on his teengaed sister Grazia (Miriam Karlkvist)..

Those Happy Years (Anni Felici)
Cast: Micaela Ramazzotti, Kim Rossi Stuart, Martina Gedeck

A narcissistic artist finds his self-satisfied world turned upside down in the wake of a disastrous exhibition and his previously devoted wife’s extra-marital inclinations, in the touching and insightful new comedy-drama from Italian writer-director Daniele Luchetti.