Announcing Blindspot 2015: Celebrating 40 years of TIFF


BigChill There’s still two entries left in my 2014 Blindspot series, but I couldn’t wait to announce my Blindspot line-up for 2015, which I decided upon months ago.  My second themed Blindspot series, I decided to make next year’s selection a yearlong celebration to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Toronto International Film Festival next September.  Beginning Werner Herzog’s Heart of Glass, which played at the first Festival of Festivals in 1976, the majority of next year’s series will consist of winners of TIFF’s People’s Choice Award, with my annual Halloween horror selection being selected from the very first Midnight Madness line-up. Without further ado, here is my 2015 Blindspot line-up (in chronological order):

  • Heart of Glass (Werner Herzog, 1976) – Selection from inaugural edition of Festival of Festivals
  • Girlfriends (Claudia Weill, 1978) – First People’s Choice Winner
  • Chariots of Fire (Hugh Hudson, 1982) – People’s Choice Winner
  • The Big Chill (Lawrence Kasdan, 1983) – People’s Choice Winner
  • The Decline of the American Empire (Denys Arcand, 1986) – People’s Choice Winner
  • Brain Damage (Frank Henenlotter, 1988) – Selection from inaugural edition of Midnight Madness
  • Roger & Me (Michael Moore, 1989) – People’s Choice Winner
  • Strictly Ballroom (Baz Luhrmann, 1992) – People’s Choice Winner
  • Whale Rider (Niki Caro, 2002) – People’s Choice Winner
  • Hotel Rwanda (Terry George, 2004) – People’s Choice Winner
  • Precious (Lee Daniels, 2009) – People’s Choice Winner
  • Where Do We Go Now? (Nadine Labaki, 2011) – People’s Choice Winner

And that’s my Blindspot line-up for 2015. I tentatively plan to watch the films in chronological order, with the exception of Brain Damage, which I’ll watch in October.  It should make for a great visual history of one of the world’s top film festivals.

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.