Toronto isn't officially over, but for me, 5 days is always enough to get a sense of a film festival's offerings. By day 6, everything starts to take on a stale air. Looking back from the comforts of home, this year's fest was actually one of the better than I can remember. The fest's premieres usuallly don't hold a candle to Cannes', and while I can't say anything was utterly transformative, I saw a solid batch of films. Even those that tested my patience, such as the arty Belgian film "Unspoken" or the minimalist Uruguayan teen coming-of-ager "Acne" (a Cannes preem), I was glad to have seen. Here's a list of my favorite Toronto premieres, in rough order of personal preference. For more elaboration, check out out my indieWIRE critics notebooks: 1 and 2.
"Still Walking" (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
“Goodbye Solo” (Rahman Bahrani)
"Treeless Mountain" (So Yong Kim)
"The Wrestler" (Darren Aronofsky)
"35 Rhums" (Claire Denis)
"Kisses" (Lance Daly)
“Pandora’s Box” (Yesim Ustaoglu)
"Me and Orson Welles" (Richard Linklater)
"The Hurt Locker" (Katheryn Bigelow)
"Unspoken" (Fien Troche)