Toronto announces 26 titles for this year’s fest

Posted by · 1:33 pm · June 23rd, 2009

TorontoToronto International Film Festival programmers announced today that they are bringing home the circuit with a group of titles scheduled for the fest that have played previously at other festivals, including Cannes, Berlin and beyond. They will all be North American premieres, spread across several of the festival’s programs.

In the Masters Program we will have “The Eccentricities of a Blond Haired Girl” from director Manoel de Oliveira, celebrating his 101st birthday this year, and still at work. From Alain Resnais we have “Les Herbes Folles,” a romantic adventure built around the loss of a wallet, and Hirokazu Kore-eda brings us his Japanese film, “Air Doll,” in which a blow-up comes to life and tries to find her way in the real world, leaving behind her role as a sex toy.

The Discovery Program will give us “Gigante,” a love story from director Adrian Biniez, “The Happiest Girl in the World,” a comedy from Radu Jude, and the love story, “Kelin” from Kazakhstan. Australian director Warwick Thomas gives us “Samson and Delilah,” the tale of a young couple treated as outsiders as they live in an aboriginal community.

One of my favorite programs, Contemporary World Cinema, brings us films from around the globe, challenging audiences to watch stories from diverse cultures. If you are not a traveler, there is perhaps no greater way to see the world or understand a culture than through its cinema.

From Israel comes “Eyes Wide Open,” an interesting story of gay love set in the heart of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem, where social pressures and violence threaten all forms of love. “Huacho,” a film from Chile, follows 24 hours in the life of a poverty-stricken family, while the Korean film, “Like You Know It All,” is a comedy about an art house film director.

“Men on the Bridge” deals with the stories of six men working on a bridge in Istanbul while “My Year Without Sex” is another film from Australia dealing with the aftermath of an emergency surgery on a parent.

Thus begins the countdown to the film festival, the biggest cinematic event of the fall season. Check the TIFF site for the full list of titles added today.  There will be announcements each Tuesday until the fest.  Of course, the biggest revelations are saved for the last, but expect lots of great films at TIFF, as always.




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  • 1 6-23-2009 at 1:53 pm

    JC said...

    As a Vancouver, British Columbia resident, I’ve been waiting forever for The White Stripes to release a DVD/Blu-ray of their extensive cross-Canada (every province and territory, including a bunch of random, “secret” shows at sites as varied as a bowling alley, public bus, tiny fishing boat, preschool classroom (!), etc.) tour in 2007. It turns out Jack White put together a film, entitled Under Great White Northern Lights, and it’ll actually close the TIFF, before possibly getting a brief theatrical run. With that and It Might Get Loud (a three-generational guitarist documentary featuring him, Jimmy Page, and The Edge), that’ll be two docs of a considerably different nature for White in 2009, in addition to the three bands he’s currently juggling (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather). Busy guy, and that first doc should be quite interesting, given the weird nature of those “secret” gigs (done in every province prior to stadium shows, I might add). I imagine it’ll be added to the TIFF listing in the next few weeks.

  • 2 6-23-2009 at 2:50 pm

    John H. Foote said...

    How do you know it is closing TIFF?

  • 3 6-23-2009 at 3:01 pm

    JC said...

    Well, perhaps not “closing”, but playing on the last day of the fest, at any rate. I just noticed a bunch of articles such as this in recent days:

    http://theplaylist.blogspot.com/2009/06/white-stripes-doc-to-close-tiff.html

  • 4 6-23-2009 at 3:28 pm

    JC said...

    OK, it looks like my original response to John’s query got blocked on account of my providing a link to one of the many articles stating that Under Great White Northern Lights would be playing the last day of the TIFF (if not necessarily “closing” it), but they’re out there.

    Anyways, this goes beyond liking or disliking a particular band’s style of music. It was just sort of an historical moment, as no band (even a Canadian one) had played every single province of Canada in one tour (much less making all these weird random stops that have shown up on YouTube, and will inevitably feature in the documentary). I assume the centerpiece of the thing will be a 40-song performance, filmed with HD cameras, at their 10th anniversary show in a small theater in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. The concert I attended was at an outdoor venue in Burnaby, BC, in front of around 10,000 people.

  • 5 6-24-2009 at 4:13 am

    Glenn said...

    Good to hear that your North Americans will get the chance to see the exceptional “Samson & Delilah”. Glad to see Thornton’s film – a hugely surprising box office hit here in Australia – has been accepted and that maybe, JUST MAYBE, it will be picked up for distribution.