K5 @ TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Martin Zandvliet’s Land of Mine opened the festival in Competition, garnering some
fantastic reviews and comments from the press. Ann Hornaday, the chief film critic from the Washington Post was on hand for the film’s Q&A and announced that the director had “done for sand what Spielberg did for water.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Farber wrote that the film worked both as “a moving anti-war essay and a gripping thriller.” Dennis Harvey’s Variety review commented on the “tightly focused narrative that can hardly help but build considerable tension and poignancy.”
K5’s second film to be screened was the Ethan Hawke-starrer Born to be Blue from Canadian director Robert Budreau. Hawke’s performance was praised across the board with many journalists suggesting he be in line for Best Actor across the upcoming awards season.
The company’s third title was New Zealand director Leanne Pooley’s extraordinary animated documentary 25th April, retelling the Gallipoli landings and the plight of the ANZAC soldiers faced with fierce resistance from the Turkish forces in 1915. One review described the film as a “visionary work... bringing an authenticity and urgency to this historical dialogue.”
Part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Vangaurd section, K5 presented celebrated German visual artist Akiz' Der Nachtmahr. Described by critics as a “creature feature in the great tradition of films like E.T. but with way more crop tops, black lipstick, and leather leggings”, Der Nachtmahr follows rebellious teenager Tina when haunting visions and a warping of reality as a bizarre, initially repulsing creature comes into her life. Battling against the prejudice of all around her that she is developing a mental illness, Tina has to fight for her sanity. The film played to packed audiences at the festival.