This morning, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announced its list of films [pdf].
The festival runs for 10 days starting September 6th, and I plan to be there for 8 of those 10 days, returning home once in between to teach my classes.
Here's the list of films I'm personally leaning towards, although it will likely look a bit different come scheduling time. I'm listing them by program.
-- Masters: Four Women (Adoor Gopalakrishnan), Voyage of the Red Balloon (Hou Hsiao-hsien), Don't Touch The Axe (Jacques Rivette), Alexandra (Alexander Sokurov), Christopher Columbus, the Enigma (Manoel de Oliveira), One Hundred Nails (Ermanno Olmi), The Man From London (Bela Tarr), La Fille Coupée en Deux (Claude Chabrol), Les Amours Astreé et de Céladon (Eric Rohmer), Glory to the Filmmaker! (Takeshi Kitano), The Voyeurs (Buddhadeb Dasgupta), Chaos (Youssef Chahine & Youssef Khaled).
-- Real To Reel (Documentaries): Useless (Jia Zhang-ke), Fengming, A Chinese Memoir (Wang Bing), Encounters at the End of the World (Werner Herzog), Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient (Todd McCarthy).
-- Visions: Import Export (Ulrich Seidl), Silent Light (Carlos Reygadas), 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu), Buddha Collapsed out of Shame (Hana Makhmalbaf), Ploy (Pen-ek Ratanaruang).
-- Vanguard: Paranoid Park (Gus van Sant), Help Me Eros (Lee Kang-Sheng), Sad Vacation (Shinji Aoyama), Les Chansons d'Amour (Christophe Honoré).
-- Contemporary World Cinema: An Old Mistress (Catherine Breillat), The Mourning Forest (Naomi Kawase), Secret Sunshine (Lee Chang-dong), The Shock Doctrine (Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón & Naomi Klein), Dans la Vie (Philippe Faucon), Weirdsville (Allan Moyle), American Venus (Bruce Sweeney), Avant Que J'Oublie (Jacques Nolot).
-- Special Presentations: Redacted (Brian De Palma), My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin), Mad Detective (Johnnie To & Wai Ka Fai), No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers), Married Life (Ira Sachs), The Sun Also Rises (Jiang Wen).
-- Wavelengths (Avant-Garde): Films by Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ken Jacobs, John Gianvito, Heinz Emigholz, Peter Hutton, David Gatten, Cécile Fontaine, and others.
-- Gala: The Last Lear (Rituparno Ghosh).
-- Midnight Madness: The Mother of Tears (Dario Argento) .
Your comments or suggestions on films and filmmakers are most welcome.
David Hudson's awesomely detailed "fall movies preview" lists several films (especially English-language) that are also playing at TIFF. I'll try to hold off on seeing most of them in favor of something less likely to be distributed.
pic: Jacques Rivette on the set of Out 1, 1970. Courtesy Craig Keller of Cinemasparagus.