The Square (dir. Jehane Noujaim — Egypt) Omar (dir. Hany Abu-Assad — Palestine) Ladder to Damascus (dir. Mohammad Malas — Syria) Manuscripts Don't Burn (dir. Mohammad Rasoulof — Iran) Closed Curtain (dir. Jafar Panahi, Kambozia Partovi — Iran) While it's been repeatedly commented that the running theme of this year's TIFF was torture—and indeed, 10 of the 21 films I saw either depicted or...

Yep, the blog is back after a six-month hiatus—I am getting into gear for another ten days of bingeing on world cinema.  Here are my picks for which  I have locked down tickets so far: Closed Curtain 12 Years a Slave Like Father, Like Son Abuse of Weakness Visitors Devil's Knot The...