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25 Alternative 2011 TIFF Picks: Angelina Nikonova’s Twilight Portrait

Now that Gaspar Noé’s Irreversible is distant memory, I’m now ready for rape redux. So far the timeline for Angelina Nikonova’s debut film is as follows: summer debut at a local Russian Film Festival were it was dubbed as an “audience dividing” strong first-effort from Variety, onto a showing on the Lido in the Venice Days sidebar and as of next week – an assured jolt (this displays the omitance of artificial lights) at its North American unveiling.

#23. Twilight Portrait

Director: Angelina Nikonova
Cast: Olga Dihovichnaya, Sergei Borisov, Vsevolod Voronov, Sergei Golyudov, Roman Merinov
Distributor: Rights Available

BuzzNow that Gaspar Noé’s Irreversible is a distant memory, I’m now ready for a rape redux. So far the timeline for Angelina Nikonova’s debut film is as follows: summer debut at a local Russian Film Festival were it was dubbed as an “audience dividing” strong first-effort from Variety, onto a showing on the Lido in the Venice Days sidebar and as of next week – an assured jolt (this displays the omitance of artificial lights) at its North American unveiling.

The Gist: A social worker, a child psycholigist in the middlelife crisis, Marina, gets injured by policemen. She seeks revenge. When she finally meets the initiator of the dramatic event, she decides to use her professional skills instead of common weapons.

TIFF ScheduleFriday September 9
AMC 9
3:00pm
Saturday September 10
AMC 1
1:00pm
Friday September 16
AMC 9
6:00pm

 
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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