The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announced its list of films today.
The festival runs for 10 days, starting September 7th, and I plan to be there for 8 of those 10 days. Basically, I'll spend two very long weekends in Toronto, returning home once in between to teach my classes. (It's a 2-hour drive.)
Here's the list of films I'm personally considering, although it may look quite a bit different come scheduling time. I'm listing the films by program. The reason there are so few English-language films here is that most of them will eventually find US distribution.
Visions: Colossal Youth (Pedro Costa), Fantasma (Lisandro Alonso), Flanders (Bruno Dumont), Belle Toujours (Manoel de Oliveira), Climates (Nuri Bilge Ceylan), Bamako (Abderrahmane Sissako), Day Night Day Night (Julia Loktev), Invisible Waves (Pen-ek Ratanaruang), In Between Days (So Yong Kim), and three films by Jem Cohen, who made Chain.
Masters: Cœurs (Alain Resnais), Lights in the Dusk (Aki Kaurismäki), Rescue Dawn (Werner Herzog), When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts (Spike Lee), The Wind that Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach).
Special Presentations: Woman on the Beach (Hong Sang-soo), Brand upon the Brain! (Guy Maddin), Fay Grim (Hal Hartley), Hana (Hirokazu Kore-eda), Manufactured Landscapes (Jennifer Baichwal).
Mozart Program: Don't Want to Sleep Alone (Tsai Ming-liang), Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul).
Contemporary World Cinema: 12:08 East of Bucharest (Corneliu Porumboiu), Offside (Jafar Panahi), Slumming (Michael Glawogger), Summer Palace (Lou Ye), To Get to Heaven First You Have to Die (Djamshed Usmonov).
Wavelengths (Avant-Garde): Films by Nathaniel Dorsky, Peter Tscherkassky, Rose Lowder, Lawrence Jordan.
Gala: The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (Zacharias Kunuk & Norman Cohn), Volver (Pedro Almodóvar).
Real To Reel (Documentaries): Dong (Jia Zhangke), Iran: Une Révolution Cinématographique (Nader Takmil Homayoun), Very Nice, Very Nice (Arthur Lipsett), These Girls (Tahani Rached), American Hardcore (Paul Rachman), The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (Sophie Fiennes).
Midnight Madness: The Host (Bong Joon-ho).
Others: 2:37 (Murali K. Thalluri), Gambling, Gods And LSD (Peter Mettler), A Grave-Keeper's Tale (Chitra Palekar).
If you'd like to recommend other films or filmmakers, I'd be glad to hear about them.
Specifically, I’d also like to ask if you know these films or filmmakers about whom I am curious: Hamaca Paraguaya (Paz Encina); The Bothersome Man (Jens Lien); Falling (Barbara Albert); Pablo Trapero from Argentina; Catherine Martin from Quebec; Guillermo Del Toro from Mexico; Bahman Ghobadi from Iran; Ann Hui; Marc Recha; any of the three (!) Johnnie To films playing; and any of the avant-garde filmmakers I don't have on my list above? Merci, tout le monde.