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Top 20 Alternative Picks for TIFF 2013: Alexandre Aja’s Horns

Horns – Alexandre Aja

Section: Vanguard
Dates: Friday 6th, Sunday 8th

Buzz: Parisian “Splat Pack” director Alexandre Aja is well-recognized by gore hungry cineastes and mainstream filmgoers alike, thanks to his savagely violent and revered Piranha, The Hills Have Eyes, and crown jewel of his filmography, High Tension. It is no surprise then that he would be drawn to author Joe Hill’s twisted parable Horns. Using screenwriter Keith Bunin (who is making the leap from formerly writing episodes of HBO’s In Treatment), Aja’s sure to be masterfully debauched vision of Hill’s source novel has his fans frightfully expectant. All eyes however may be on leading man Daniel Radcliffe (also appearing at this year’s festival in Kill Your Darlings and The F Word), who has veered towards darker material (following last year’s The Woman in Black) in order to distance himself from the Potterverse. With a solid supporting cast including the compulsively watchable Juno Temple as well as Max Minghella and James Remar, Horns is a wicked selection.

The Gist: Following his girlfriend’s brutal death, Ignatius wakes up to discover that he has developed horns on his temple and is being accused of murder in his otherwise quiet town.

Leora Heilbronn is a Toronto-based writer. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Volver), Coen Bros. (Burn After Reading), Dardennes (Lorna's Silence), Haneke (The Piano Teacher), Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Certified Copy), Lynch (Mulholland Drive), Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds), Van Sant (Good Will Hunting), von Trier (Melancholia)

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