TIFF 2020: PENGUIN BLOOM and THE WATER MAN!

PENGUIN BLOOM

Director: Glendyn Ivin

Screenwriter: Shaun Grant and Harry Cripps

Producers: Emma J. Cooper, Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky, Jodi Masterson,  Naomi Watts

Principal Cast: Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln, Jacki Weaver, Rachel House, Leeanna Walsman, Lisa Hensley, Griffin Murray-Johnston, Felix Cameron, and Abe Clifford-Barr

Running Time: 95 minutes

In 2013, Samantha Bloom (two-time Academy Award nominee NAOMI WATTS), her husband Cameron (The Walking Dead’s ANDREW LINCOLN) and their three sons left their home in Australia for a holiday in Thailand. While enjoying a view, Sam fell off of a rooftop due to what was later determined to be a rotted railing…breaking her vertebrae in two places. Paralyzed from the chest down, Sam — a lifelong outdoorswoman, surfer, and traveler — was unrecognizable to herself, and spent long months in a depression that made her question who she could be in the world and in her own family.


A year later, her children brought home a wounded baby magpie they found. Warily eyeing the black-and-white bird the kids affectionately named “Penguin,” Sam bonded with the household’s new member, beginning a process of emotional healing that surprised her husband and sons, her mother (Academy Award nominee JACKI WEAVER), and herself. PENGUIN BLOOM tells the amazing true story of renewal that occurred when a woman whose life seemed shattered found hope and purpose in her family’s love — and in a bird on its own journey of recovery.

Screenings:   

Saturday,  September 12th at 12:30 PM ET at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 4

Saturday, September 12th at 6:00 PM ET – VIRTUAL (Canada only)

Thursday, September 17th at 8:30 PM at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1

Thursday, September 17th 9:00 PM at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 2

THE WATER MAN

Director: David Oyelowo

Screenwriter: Emma Needell

Producers: David Oyelowo, Carla Gardini, Shivani Rawat, Monica Levinson 

Executive Producers: Oprah Winfrey, Darren M. Demetre, Connor Flanagan, Emma Needell

Principal Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosario Dawson, Lonnie Chavis, Amiah Miller, Alfred Molina, Maria Bello

Running Time: 92 minutes

THE WATER MAN is a fantasy-adventure film about a young boy named Gunner who sets out on a quest to save his ill mother by searching for a mythic figure who knows the secret to immortality. Gunner enlists the help of a mysterious local girl who has her own terrifying tale of meeting this figure, known as the Water Man, face-to-face. Together they journey into the remote Wild Horse forest, but the deeper they venture, the stranger and more dangerous the forest becomes. Back home, Gunner’s father, Amos, who has grown distant from Gunner over the years, will stop at nothing to find his son — and in the process discovers who his son really is.

Screenings: 

Saturday, September 19 at 4:00  PM ET at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1 

Saturday, September 19 at 6:00PM ET – VIRTUAL (Canada only)

Saturday, September 19 at 7:30 PM ET at the Visa Skyline Drive-In at CityView 

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