We have some exciting news to share with you! Both Tali Shalom-Ezer
's »My Days of Mercy« (working title: »Mercy«) and David Freyne
's »The Cured«
(formerly known as »The Third Wave«) are going to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017
next month (September 7-17). You can already check out some basic information as well as brand new movie stills below. Stay tuned for August 22 when the world premiere dates and additional screening times will be officially announced!
My Days of Mercy
Directed by Tali Shalom-Ezer
USA | 103 minutes | 2016 | STC | colour | English | World Premiere
World premiere: September 8
Additional screenings: September 11, September 15, September 16, September 17
The daughter (Ellen Page) of a man on death row falls in love with a woman (Kate Mara) on the opposing side of her family's political cause.
Oscar nominee and powerhouse Canadian Ellen Page stars in a love story for our times. Made with passion, commitment, and an expert eye for the shadings in relationships, My Days of Mercy is a revelation.
Sisters Lucy (Page, also seen at this year's Festival in The Cured) and Martha Morrow (Amy Seimetz, also appearing at this year's Festival in Lean On Pete) are regular attendees at state executions across the Midwest, where they demonstrate in favour of abolishing the death penalty. At one such event, Lucy spots Mercy (Kate Mara, also at the Festival in Chappaquiddick), daughter of a police officer whose partner was killed by a man about to receive a lethal injection. Mercy is there to celebrate justice served.
Lucy and Mercy could be bitter enemies, yet they share an undeniable connection. Their relationship grows from hostility to curiosity to intense, physical passion. But eventually Lucy must confess her reasons for getting involved in the cause: her own father (Elias Koteas) was convicted of murder and now waits on death row. Can Lucy and Mercy overcome their intense differences, or will these differences consume them?
My Days of Mercy brings remarkable empathy and respect to all sides of a debate as divisive as the death penalty. By staying attentive to the details of her characters and what they want, director Tali Shalom-Ezer bridges intractable differences. She shows us that if anything can bring us together, it's love.
Directed by David Freyne
Ireland, United Kingdom, France | 95 minutes | 2017 | STC | colour | English | World Premiere
World premiere: September 9
Additional screenings: September 10, September 13, September 16
Ellen Page stars in this gloriously terrifying yet thought-provoking horror thriller about the fraught process of reintegrating formerly infected flesh-eaters into society in the aftermath of a zombie plague.
If the past 50 years of zombie movies have taught us anything, it's that there are fates worse than death. But how are we to feel when the dead come back to us as — seemingly — the same old neighbours, colleagues, and loved ones we once knew? Starring Academy Award nominee Ellen Page (also at this year's Festival in My Days of Mercy) and Sam Keeley, David Freyne's accomplished first feature presents an unfathomable dilemma: what happens after a zombie plague has been contained and cured, and those once infected attempt to reintegrate into society?
Senan (Keeley) has been through hell. When the plague swept across Ireland he was among the thousands afflicted and rendered into rabid ghouls. Senan did horrible things he cannot forget — and neither can the public, nor the authorities charged with policing those released from captivity. Senan's sister-in-law Abbie (Page), however, is willing to give him a second chance. She lets him live with her and her young son, believing that Senan's actions while infected were beyond his control. But as an angry anti-cured movement burgeons in tandem with an increasingly radicalized pro-cured movement, Abbie is forced to question just how far her trust should be pushed.
Like any great zombie flick, The Cured works on several levels: it's a gloriously terrifying horror-thriller packed with enough jump scares to satisfy genre fans, yet it also displays an intellect and heart that provoke empathy even as it takes aim at the ways in which humans beings fail each other.
(Last Update: September 8, 2017)