Tribute talks Triage at TIFF

Tribute’s Toni Ippolito sat down with Triage stars Colin Farrell and Branko Djuric, along with director Danis Tanovic at TIFF.

Based on the novel by Scott Anderson, Triage explores the harsh reality of war through the eyes of photojournalist Mark Walsh (Farrell). Aside from losing 40 pounds for the role, Farrell admits that the film was also emotionally challenging. “It wasn’t the most optimistic of character journeys,” Farrell tells Tribute. “He was somebody that was incredibly damaged and traumatized… I think like many of the things in life, it had caught up to him to the stage that he didn’t even realize the stuff that he was keeping inside.”

Triage isn’t Farrell’s only film in the festival this year—he can also be seen in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.


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  1. maryp on September 12, 2009 7:39 pm Reply

    I have such mixed feelings about seeing this film. It looks like it will be exceptional, however I think it will be very emotional to watch Colin actually look as if he's dying. I'll definitely see it and bring tissues. Thanks for a great interview.

  2. Jodelle on September 12, 2009 11:24 pm Reply

    I'm reading the novel right now. It's dark and haunting and the kind of writing that leaves permanent images with you. It offers many questions, as any good art does; sometimes direct questions. One question that is particularly resonant is asked by the character Mark - "What happened to scars that were never acknowledged? Did they just go away?"

    I think Colin is going to be excellent in the film. I can see why he chose to work on it. I'm not at all bothered by the weight loss that has upset some people. He did it because he's the real deal. He's a real actor. He did it out of obligation to the character and the story.

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