If How I Met Your Mother has taught us anything about Canada, it's that "two beavers are better than one" (and that multiplication is important, kids). Likewise, two Canadian directors are better than one. Jason Lapeyre, co-director and writer, and Robert Wilson, co-director and producer, came together to bring us the strangely compelling child war-games film, I Declare War, at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
Readers of Rue Morgue and Wax Poetics will recognize Lapeyre's written contributions to the magazines. Lapeyre has also directed music videos and shorts, including the 2011 documentary Faceless, and produced the award winning short, The Captured Bird. Clearly not content with just having one feature in the festival circuit this year, Lapeyre's other feature, Cold Blooded, has been shocking festival audiences. Cold Blooded was screened at the recent 2012 Fantasia Film Festival and 2012 Bare Bones Film Festival, where it walked away with the Audience Award, Best Canadian Film and Best Actress award, respectively. But even more notorious--and chillingly fitting for a suspenseful crime film--was that a man had a seizure during it's premiere at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. (Coincidence? Perhaps, but, uh, maybe the weak of constitution should avoid finding out for themselves. Just in case.)
Lapeyre's partner in war-games, Wilson, is no stranger to the genre himself, having directed and produced an impressive share of horror films and music videos. He also worked on the documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, which made it's debut at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival.
Lapeyre and Wilson have created an incredibly unique and captivating film in I Declare War, already having snagged top awards at the 2012 ActionFest. They were brave--and perhaps insane enough--to asked the question, "So what would happen if we put a bunch of 12-year-olds in the woods with grenades, AK-47s, and crossbows and pitted them against each other?" and the answer was I Declare War.
I DECLARE WAR Screening Times:
Sun., Sept. 9th, 4:15 PM SCOTIABANK 4
Tue., Sept. 11th, 2:00 PM CINEPLEX YONGE & DUNDAS 10
Fri., Sept. 14th, 9:45 PM SCOTIABANK 4