A bit behind the steady stream of press releases from the Toronto International Film Festival Group and rather than simply cut and paste them below (they’re all here), I’ll highlight the three films that really jump out:
Jean-Marc Vallée, whose C.R.A.Z.Y. won the award for Best Canadian Feature Film in 2005, will close the festival with a period piece of a different kind, The Young Victoria is set in the period from 1836, the year before Victoria ascended the throne, to 1840, the year she married Prince Albert, and revises the widely held picture of Queen Victoria as an elderly widow dressed in black. In addition to being a love story and family drama, the film explores the idea of instant celebrity – one minute Victoria is living under virtual house arrest, the next she is the most famous woman in the world. Vallée may have caught the ear of director Martin Scorsese with by weaving some iconic rock songs with real flair into C.R.A.Z.Y. because Scorsese is one of the producers here.
Harmony Korine returns to Gummo territory in this handheld video of a loser-gang cult-freak collective who do antisocial things in a nonnarrative way, except for the song-and-dance numbers. The film has no IMDb page at the moment, but is called, charmingly, Trash Humpers.
Terry Gilliam needs no introduction to the average movie-goer or cinephile, and his last project, which starred Heath Ledger, is getting the Gala treatment from TIFF. Delayed, re-worked and finally completed with other actors subbing in for Ledger, this one should be quite the curio, and likely a very tough ticket to get. The film is of course, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
Also, noted is Atom Egoyan not only opens the festival with the Julianne Moore starring Chloe, but also has his 1991 film The Adjuster screening as the Canada Open Vault sidebar (which highlights classic Canadian cinema), which I might also add is showing the 1926 film Sparrows which stars film icon Mary Pickford.