Thursday, August 06, 2009

18 New Films Announced

The festival announced another 18 films today.

In the Contemporary World Cinema Programme:

  • Beyond the Circle, from Golam Rabbany Biplob, about a musician from a small village who gets swept up in the city life in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Blessed, from Ana Kokkinos, about seven lost children who wander for a day and a night while their mothers worry at home. Stars Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings), Frances O'Connor (A.I.), and Deborra-Lee Furness (Jindabyne). Interestingly, Otto and O'Connor worked together on Cashmere Mafia, and O'Connor and Furness were both in an episode of Halifax f.p in 1994. Kokkinos was previously at the festival with the somewhat controversial The Book of Revelation.
  • Down for Life, from Alan Jacobs, based on a story in the New York Times about a teenage girl gang leader who tries to escape her life.
  • Giulia Doesn't Date at Night, from Giuseppe Piccioni, about a novelist who asks out his daughter's swimming instructor, only to find out she's under a curfew after being convicted of a crime of passion.
  • Heiran, from Shalizeh Arefpour, about a young Iranian girl who falls in love with an Afghani student, much to the dismay of her family.
  • The House of Branching Love, from Mika Kaurismäki, about a married couple that try and fail to have a clean and civilized divorce.
  • Rabia, from Sebastián Cordero, about a man on the run from the law hiding out in the house in which his girlfriend works as a housekeeper.
  • Sawasdee Bangkok, from Wisit Sasanatieng, Aditya Assarat, Kongdej Jaturanrasmee and Pen-ek Ratanaruang. Each directs a different story set in Bangkok. Sasanatieng was previously at the festival with Citizen Dog (Mah nakorn), Assarat with 3 Friends (Ma-Mee), and Ratanaruang with Invisible Waves.
  • Shameless (Nestyda), from Jan Hrebejk. A comedy about love and marriage and sex inspired by stories from Czech writer Michal Viewegh's book Povídky o manželství a sexu (Tales of Marriage and Sex).
  • Slovenian Girl (Slovenka), from Damjan Kozole, about a girl in university prostituting herself in the classifieds, drawing her into a very dark world.
  • Tanner Hall, the writing and directorial debut of Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg, about four girls in a New England boarding school. Stars Rooney Mara, Georgia King (Little Dorrit), Brie Larson (United States of Tara), Amy Ferguson, Tom Everett Scott, Chris Kattan, and Amy Sedaris.

In the Visions programme:

  • Between Two Worlds, from Vimukthi Jayasundara, about a young man that flees the city for a small village steeped in legend.
  • Gaia, from Jason Lehel, about a woman left for dead in the desert, who must face her past and take control of her life.
  • Hiroshima, from Pablo Stoll, follows Juan, a singer who works in a bakery by night, of the course of his day.
  • I Am Love (Io sono l'amore), from Luca Guadagnino, stars Tilda Swinton as a woman who has an affair with her son's best friend. Guadagnino did a documentary with Swinton back in 2002 (Tilda Swinton - The Love Factory) as part of The Love Factory series, talking to her about cinema and love.
  • Lebanon, from Samuel Maoz, about a tank crew during the 1982 Lebanon War.
  • To the Sea, from Pedro González-Rubio, about a Mexican man and his half-Italian son who travel to the second-largest coral reef in the world before they part. González-Rubio was previously at the festival with the documentary Toro Negro.
  • Trash Humpers, from Harmony Korine (Gummo), about "a loser-gang cult-freak collective who do antisocial things in a nonnarrative way, except for the song-and-dance numbers".


My experiences at the Toronto International Film Festival. Note this blog is not affiliated with the Toronto International Film Festival Group or the festival itself.
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