TIFF 2008 Film-List
Here is the Toronto International Film Festival film-list at Darren's TIFF blog, 1st Thursday.
The festival runs for 10 days starting September 4th, and I plan to be there for 8 of those 10 days. I'll drive back once mid-festival to teach my classes.
Here are some films I expect to get tickets for, although I suspect the list will look a bit different when the festival schedule is announced. I'm listing them by program.
-- Special Presentations: 35 Rhums (Claire Denis); Ashes of Time Redux (Wong Kar-wai); Che: parts 1 and 2 (Stephen Soderbergh); Un conte de Noël (Arnaud Desplechin); Me and Orson Welles (Richard Linklater); Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman); Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman); Gomorrah (Matteo Garrone); Still Walking (Hirokazu Kore-eda); Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique (Rithy Panh); Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (Peter Sollett).
-- Masters: Les Plages d'Agnès (Agnès Varda); Tokyo Sonata (Kiyoshi Kurosawa); Nuit de chien (Werner Schroeter); 24 City (Jia Zhang-ke); Four Nights with Anna (Jerzy Skolimowski); Of Time and the City (Terence Davies); Le Silence de Lorna (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne); Three Monkeys (Nuri Bilge Ceylan).
-- Wavelengths (avant-garde): Films by James Benning, Jean-Marie Straub, Nathaniel Dorsky, Jim Jennings, Jennifer Reeves, Pat O'Neill, David Gatten, and others.
-- Visions: Birdsong (Albert Serra); Liverpool (Lisandro Alonso); Service (Brillante Mendoza); The Sky Crawlers (Mamoru Oshii); Uncertainty (Scott McGehee & David Siegel).
-- Contemporary World Cinema: L’Heure d’été (Olivier Assayas); Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt); Sugar (Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden); Treeless Mountain (So Yong Kim); Two-Legged Horse (Samira Makhmalbaf).
-- Dialogues: Agnes Varda discussing La Pointe courte, and Terence Davies his trilogy, Children, Madonna and Child, and Transfiguration.
-- Discovery: Hunger (Steve McQueen).
I'll be looking to see the Denis film twice if I can. Soderbergh's Che films are also high on my list--who knows what theatrical fate awaits them? I've longed to see a Werner Schroeter movie, and this will be a good chance. Of the lesser-known filmmakers, I enjoyed Peter Sollett's Cannes award-winning short Five Feet High & Rising and the follow-up feature Raising Victor Vargas; I wish there were more good teen films in this vein. Similarly, So Young Kim's strong first film In Between Days has me curious to check out her new one.
Two big disappointments: no Lucretia Martel or Hong Sang-soo.
Here are some filmmakers on the list I've seen absolutely nothing by: Albert Serra, Mika Kaurismäki, Christian Petzold, Ramin Bahrani, Pablo Trapero, Kristian Levring, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Philippe Falardeau, Paolo Sorrentino.
Any thoughts, suggestions or recommendations of films or filmmakers on the TIFF film-list? They're all welcome.