On Friday, September 9, 2011 I attended the gala North American Premiere of We Need To Talk About Kevin
at the Toronto International Film Festival. The sold-out screening was held in the historic 1000-seat Winter Garden Theatre. The film was a selection in the Special Presentations section.
Based on Lionel Shriver's best-selling novel, We Need To Talk About Kevin
is the long-awaited triumphant third feature for multi-hyphenate director Lynne Ramsay, who also co-wrote the screenplay and serves as Executive Producer. The film stars Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, and Ursula Parker. It was shot from April 22 - June 2, 2010 and debuted in May at the Cannes Film Festival to great acclaim.
Needless to say, I was certainly very excited to see We Need To Talk About Kevin
-- it topped the list of my must-sees. And the film was a hot ticket. It was one of the first TIFF movies to sell out early in the festival's advance order ticket selection.
The highly-anticipated movie truly lived up to my expectations. It's a tremendously satisfying, albeit stupefying cinematic assault on the senses. To delve into the plot here would reveal spoilers, which I try to avoid at any cost. So I'll just say that the film is quite dark and deals with some very difficult subject matter. At its heart We Need To Talk About Kevin
is ultimately a powerful mother/son love story that may leave you emotionally drained but truly moved. For its devastatingly heartwrenching portrayal of a family in crisis, I give We Need To Talk About Kevin
The film features tour de force performances from the legendary Tilda Swinton (with Best Actress Oscar buzz in the air) and 18-year-old Ezra Miller, "it boy" of the indie circuit. He starred in City Island
, which won the prestigious Audience Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Miller returned the following year with two more critically-acclaimed films at Tribeca: Every Day
and Beware The Gonzo
. Those turned out to be my #1 and #2 Top Picks
of the fest. Every Day
made my Top 16 of 2010
. Miller just completed filming on Steven Chbosky's adaptation of his own novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
. The filmmakers are expecting a 2012 release.
Director Lynne Ramsay was joined onstage after the screening for a Q&A with her cast and crew, including stars Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller, and Ursula Parker, along with co-writer Rory Kinnear and editor Joe Bini.
Here are some pictures I shot during the intro and Q&A:
Q&A GALLERY (51 photos on 3 pages)