• TIFF NEWS: Werner Herzog, Michael Moore, Coen Bros.

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      GALAS

    Dorian Gray Oliver Parker, United Kingdom
    World Premiere
    In Victorian London, the handsome Dorian Gray (Ben Barnes) is swept into a social whirlwind by the charismatic and cunning Lord Wotton (Colin Firth). Immersed in the hedonistic pleasures of the city, Dorian vows he would give anything to keep his youth and beauty – even his soul. Based on the Oscar Wilde novel, Dorian Gray examines the destructive power of beauty, the blind pursuit of pleasure and the darkness that can result from both.

    The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Rebecca Miller, USA
    North American Premiere
    From all outward appearances, Pippa Lee (Robin Wright Penn) leads a charmed existence. An anchor of feminine serenity, she is the devoted wife of an accomplished publisher (Alan Arkin) 30 years her senior, the proud mother of two grown children, a trusted friend and confidant. But as Pippa dutifully follows her husband to a new life in a staid Connecticut retirement community, her idyllic world and the persona she has built over the course of her marriage will be put to the ultimate test. Adapted from writer-director Rebecca Miller’s novel of the same name, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee presents the complex portrait of the many lives behind a single name.

      SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

    Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Werner Herzog, USA
    North American Premiere
    Terence McDonagh (Nicolas Cage), a homicide detective with the New Orleans Police Department, is promoted to Lieutenant after he saves a prisoner from drowning in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. However, during his heroic act, he severely injures his back and is put on prescription pain medication. A year later, Terence – struggling with his addictions to sex, Vicodin and cocaine – finds himself in the battle to bring down drug dealer Big Fate, who is suspected of massacring an entire family of African immigrants.

    Capitalism: A Love Story Michael Moore, USA
    North American Premiere
    On the 20-year anniversary of his groundbreaking masterpiece Roger & Me, Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story comes home to the issue he’s been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene far wider than Flint, Michigan. From Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, to the global financial epicenter in Manhattan, Michael Moore will once again take film-goers into uncharted territory.

    Harry Brown Daniel Barber, United Kingdom
    World Premiere
    Harry Brown is a provocative and thought-provoking modern urban western featuring a tour-de-force lead performance from two-time Academy Award®-winner Michael Caine. Harry Brown has lived to see his community descend into crime and violence, and ruled over by a gang of teenage thugs. After his best friend is brutally murdered and the gang leader responsible walks free, Harry reaches a breaking point and revenge becomes his only aim.

    Perrier’s Bounty Ian Fitzgibbon, Ireland/United Kingdom
    World Premiere
    When Michael’s (Cillian Murphy) debt to Dublin kingpin Darren Perrier (Brendan Gleeson) is called in and one of Perrier’s goons accidentally ends up dead, Michael escapes to the mountains with his father Jim (Jim Broadbent) and best friend, Brenda. Flat broke, on the run and with only 24 hours to pay up, Michael is forced to confront his true feelings for Brenda and make amends with his father. However, with Perrier and his gang in hot pursuit, time is running out for Michael and only fate, a bit of luck and possibly a gang of savage dogs will save him, in this cracking gangster comedy.

    A Serious Man Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, USA
    World Premiere
    Imaginatively exploring questions of faith, familial responsibility, delinquent behaviour, dental phenomena, academia, mortality and Judaism – and intersections thereof – A Serious Man is the new film from Academy Award®-winning writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen.

    Triage Danis Tanovic, Ireland/Spain
    World Premiere
    Mark (Colin Farrell), a war photographer, returns home from Kurdistan without his friend and colleague David (Jamie Sives). As time goes on, it becomes clear that Mark holds the key to the truth of David’s disappearance.

    Whip It Drew Barrymore, USA
    World Premiere
    Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut stars Ellen Page (Juno) as Bliss, a rebellious Texas teen who throws in her small-town beauty pageant crown for the rowdy world of roller-derby. Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Pollock) plays Bliss’s disapproving mother, while Drew Barrymore, Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live) and Juliette Lewis (Old School) play roller-derby stars. Whip It also stars Eve, Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Stern, Alia Shawkat, Ari Graynor, Andrew Wilson, Zoe Bell and singer-songwriter Landon Pigg.

    Women Without Men Shirin Neshat, Germany/France/Austria
    North American Premiere
    Shirin Neshat’s first feature-length film is based on a magic-realist novel written by Iranian author Sharnush Parsipur. The narrative interweaves the lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953, a pivotal moment in Iranian history when an American led coup d’état brought down the democratically elected prime minister Mohammed Mossadegh and reinstalled the Shah to power. The film chronicles each woman’s quest for change and their mysterious encounter in a magical orchard.

7 Comments


  1. Mike Rot says:

    I am thinking for those in the know, the Herzog film will be a hot ticket at the fest. But I can never predict, last year it was Wendy and Lucy, who knew that would attract fervent fans like so many flies over Christie Pitts?

    local reference, sorry.

  2. Kurt Halfyard says:

    I was just joking with Gamble last night about wandering into the latest Coen Brothers flick at TIFF, and he said (insisted) that there is no way it'd be ready.

    Where is the new Mallick film Rot? Wither?

    (p.s. when do they start picking up all that trash in T-dot?)

  3. Matt Gamble says:

    Its not that it wouldn't be ready, its that it was scheduled to open theatrically before TIFF started, which made it seem unlikely to play there. But I just double checked the booking sheets and they say October 2nd, so I somehow got September in my head instead.

    Its probably because that was what the Coens told me the release date was, but then they also told me it was THE Serious Man, so clearly they are idiots.

  4. Kurt Halfyard says:

    Ooops, my mistake!!! This wouldn't be the first time that TIFF had a title with a previous commercial release….

  5. Mike Rot says:

    if they skimp out on Malick there will be hell to pay Mr Handling.

  6. They usually are a few that open almost concurrently with TIFF release in Toronto on the second Friday, I remember Singh is Kinng opened ahead of TIFF recently.

    I'm excited that Dorian Gray is in the line up, especially because it doesn't have any North American release dates yet. Whip It looks like a lot of fun as well, it's opening theatrically in October though.

  7. Marina Antunes says:

    Pissed that Dorian Gray is playing because it looks pretty cool.

    Even more pissed that the awesomeness of Bad Lieutenant is also playing. “You don’t have a lucky crack pipe?”

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