I should have suspected something was up when chatting with Andrew late last night about the Toronto International Film Festival this year, and noticing that the website was currently under maintenance. This morning, the TIFFG announced the ‘festival of festivals’ titles, their yearly aggregate of many films that have played around the world at other big continental festivals like Berlin and Cannes.
Toronto remains styling itself the largest and most important North American Film Festival, and they bring the variety and the quality only hinted at in this early international list. Personally, I’m most looking forward to Hiroakazu Kore-Eda‘s Air Doll. A film that promises to be a heck-uv-a-lot better than Lars and The Real Girl, when the sex doll actually comes to life. Other Asian titles include new films from Tsai-Ming Liang, Hong Sang-Soo, and Pen-ek Ratanaruang and the much acclaimed Karaoke out of Malaysia. I am quite glad to see TIFF heavily sampling The Orient from which titles seemed a bit sparse in last years edition. I must confess much ignorance to the European and Middle Eastern cinema in the below line-up, but fans of Red Road can rejoice, as Andrea Arnold returns with her follow-up, Fish Tank. I will be popping around the web to get a handle on these titles, note that Kazakhstan has a film in there, with no sign of SBC.
TIFF always begins with a big title list like the below just before passes/packages/tickets go on sale, in the 2009 edition of TIFF which runs between September 10-19th, Passes are going on sale on July 6th.
Full list of titles, directors and one sentence description are tucked under the seat.