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What I'm Watching at TIFF '18: Kazik Radwanski (MDFF)

The man behind MDFF Selects picks five films for Festival

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Sep 6, 2018
Kazik Radwanski

What I’m Watching asks the friends of the Toronto International Film Festival, both old and new, what films they’re most excited to watch at this year’s Festival.

Today: Kazik Radwanski of MDFF, the team behind TIFF's MDFF Selects series.




Stats:


Job:
Filmmaker and co-founder of MDFF.

Location:
Toronto

Number of years attending TIFF:
I grew up in Toronto, but my first short, Princess Margaret Blvd., played at TIFF in 2008, so this feels like the 10th anniversary.

Favourite past TIFF movie:
Promises Written in Water directed by Vincent Gallo. It hasn't screened publicly since TIFF in 2010. I often brag about seeing it. I love that it has screened in Toronto but never New York.

The most movies you’ve ever seen at one Festival:
The first few years, I definitely did five a day. So I would think around 40–45.




Kazik, what are you watching at TIFF this year?


Long Day’s Journey Into Night
dir. Bi Gan

His first feature, Kaili Blues, is incredible. We screened it to a sold-out audience at the Royal back in January 2016. I’m excited to see what he can do with a larger budget.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night plays at TIFF on September 11, 13, and 15 as part of the Wavelengths programme.

Diamantino
dir. Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt

I love Abrantes' short-film work. It's so great that Peter Kuplowsky programmed this in his Midnight Madness section. It's going to be a fun screening.

Diamantino plays at TIFF on September 15 and 16 as part of the Midnight Madness programme.

Fausto
dir. Andrea Bussmann

Andy co-directed a really beautiful film called Tales of Two Who Dreamt with Nicolás Pereda. It was shot in Parkdale, and MDFF helped produce it. She just recently picked up a special mention at Locarno for this film.

Fausto plays at TIFF on September 9, 11, and 15 as part of the Wavelengths programme.

The Stone Speakers
dir. Igor Drljača

Igor collaborated with me on my last short, Scaffold. He helped me write the Bosnian dialogue and was one of the voices that you hear in the film. I've admired his work for a while. I’m very curious to see his first doc and learn more about Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Stone Speakers plays at TIFF on September 8 and 9 as part of the Wavelengths programme.

Firecrackers
dir. Jasmin Mozaffari

Jasmin has been coming to our MDFF Selects screening series since we were based out of a tiny room in Kensington Market. She made an incredible short called Firecrackers when she graduated from Ryerson. This is probably the most hyped Canadian film at the Festival. I can't wait to see her first feature.

Firecrackers plays TIFF on September 8 and 10 as part of the Discovery programme.