September 22, 2009
Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould is proud to be playing at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
The film will play on October 4, 5, and 12th and the Granville Cinema #2. Tickets are $11 to the first screening and $8 to the 2nd and 3rd screening and are on sale now at the VIFF website.
Visit our Screening Times page for full information on where you can see Genius Within.
September 12, 2009
GENIUS WITHIN: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 13th at 5:30pm at the AMC theatre Yonge/Dundas!
Tickets are $20 each and available at the box office at the theatre prior to the show.
September 3, 2009
September 3, 2009
Inner life of genius Glenn Gould exposed in new documentary
Andrea Janus, CTV.ca News
Updated: Thu. Sep. 3 2009 6:36 AM ET
A new documentary aims to show “the more human side of Glenn Gould,” a man as famous for his reclusiveness and bizarre personal habits as he was for his music.
The movie debuts later this month at the Toronto International Film Festival.
For “Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould,” co-directors Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont have compiled never-before-seen footage and interviews with friends and lovers who have never, or rarely, spoken publicly about Gould.
The film paints a portrait of Gould as funny and intelligent, but a troubled artist. He had a number of loyal friends and millions of fans, but preferred the solitude of his family’s northern Ontario cottage.
“What we were trying to do is look at the myth alongside the man, and show both sides,” Hozer said during an interview with CTV’s Canada AM.
“A lot of times you think of Glenn Gould, you think of the hat, and the scarf and the gloves, a bit of a recluse. What we wanted to try and show is the more human side of Glenn Gould. Show his genius, but at the same time show his human side.”
A number of books and films have dissected Gould, who died of a stroke in 1982 at age 50, but the documentary allows the artist and those closest to him to tell the story — there is no narrator.
While his ever-present gloves and overcoat, his constant humming while he played and his germaphobia and pill-popping make their way into the film, his friendships — and his relationships with women — are perhaps detailed here more so than ever before.
While fans and critics often wondered if Gould was gay or even asexual, it was recently revealed that the pianist had a nearly five-year love affair with artist Cornelia Foss, who was married to pianist and composer Lukas Foss.
Foss, who moved to Toronto with her two young children to be with Gould for a time before returning to her husband, describes Gould in the film as funny, engaging, intelligent, but admitted “he was solitary.”
And it’s her children, who are both interviewed for the film, who may reveal the most about Gould, Hozer says. The two affectionately recall their time in Toronto with the pianist, who doted on them, and sadly discuss their separation from him when their parents reunited.
“That was a great surprise, seeing the children, Christopher and Eliza, and how they were touched by Glenn Gould,” Hozer says. “Kids have a way of seeing through people and seeing how genuine they are, and it gives us a new layer to Glenn Gould when we see how affectionate these kids were with him.”
With this film, Hozer makes her debut as a director after a career as Gemini award-winning editor with more than 50 films under her belt. She has worked with Raymont for eight years, including on “Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire,” which won a 2007 Emmy for best documentary and the audience award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
In this, their first co-directing partnership, the duo allows the artist to tell his own story.
Numerous interview clips and home movies show off a silly sense of humour not seen by many outside of Gould’s close circle of friends. Those include a moment during a road trip when he stopped to serenade zoo animals in German before collapsing in a fit of giggles.
There is also a touching moment when a friend and collaborator recalls Gould saying he felt so close to him that he wished they could become brothers.
“We found a lot of footage and audio recordings of Glenn Gould, telling us about his hopes and his fears and his dreams,” Raymont told Canada AM. “So it’s really a new and very different side to this extraordinary Canadian.”
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September 2, 2009
Tickets to the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and GENIUS WITHIN: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould go on sale this Friday, September 4 at 7am. Tickets can be purchased in three ways; by phone, internet or in person at one of the festival box offices.
There are two TIFF box offices:
Nathan Phillips Square.
100 Queen Street West
(located in the white tent, on the west side of the square)
Open 10am to 7pm
Roy Thomson Hall
60 Simcoe Street
Open 7am to 7pm
416-968-FILM (toll-free at 1-877-968-FILM)
September 2, 2009
Real to Reel: Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
by: Marc Glassman
Aug 31, 2009
Love life of Glenn Gould revealed at long last
• Directors: Peter Raymont, Michele Hozer
• Producer: Peter Raymont
• Production company: White Pine Pictures
• Featuring: Glenn Gould, Cornelia Foss
• Distributor: KinoSmith (Canada)
• International sales: Films Transit International
Piano virtuoso Glenn Gould was a sensation in the late 1950s, a genuine Canadian icon who hit the heights of international acclaim after his recording of The Goldberg Variations became a best-selling classical disc. Since his death at the age of 50 in 1982, Gould has been the subject of numerous biographies and films. So why make another doc?
Peter Raymont, the CEO of White Pine Pictures and co-director of Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould, says enthusiastically that “What was cool about Glenn Gould [from the ’50s] was that he was handsome and articulate and attractive to people in so many ways… but no one ever talked about his sexuality.”
Until recently, no one talked about his love life. Remarkably, the silence has only been broken in the past year and Genius Within is the first film in which the great love of his life, painter Cornelia Foss, has been interviewed.
“Here was a new side to him: his romantic life,” says Raymont of the interviews conducted with Foss by his co-director Michele Hozer. “It humanizes Gould. He’s no longer this weird, solitary, lonely figure.
“We discovered footage that had never been seen before, diaries that only a few scholars had read, and home recordings of music that had never been released to the public,” he explains. “It was a treasure trove.”
Genius Within is Hozer’s first directorial credit; previously she edited White Pine’s celebrated biopics on Roméo Dallaire, James Orbinski and Ariel Dorfman. She says, “Working with Peter Raymont is like being on a treadmill. You are working [and sweating] really hard. But when it is all over, you look great!”
September 1, 2009
We now have confirmed screening times for the World Premiere of Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould.
The world premiere will be Sunday, September 13, 2009 at 5:30pm at the AMC Theatre 7 at Yonge & Dundas!
The film will play three public screenings at TIFF and have two screenings for press and industry.
Please check the screening times page for full details.