The TIFF lottery gods were uncommonly kind to me this year: I got nearly all my picks for the film festival. Here's what I'm seeing:
Dreileben ("Three Lives" -- three feature films, by Christian Petzold, Dominik Graf, and Christoph Hochhäusler; Germany)
Almayer's Folly (Chantal Akerman, Belgium/France)
The Turin Horse (Bela Tarr, Hungary)
The Kid with a Bike (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium)
This is not a Film (Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi, Iran)
Crazy Horse (Frederick Wiseman, USA)
Elena (Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia)
That Summer (Philippe Garrel, France)
Le Havre (Aki Kaurismaki, Finland)
The Cardboard Village (Ermanno Olmi, Italy)
Outside Satan (Bruno Dumont, France)
Martha Marcy May Marlene (Sean Durkin, USA)
Life without Principle (Johnnie To, Hong Kong)
House of Tolerance (Bertrand Bonello, France)
ALPS (Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece)
The Loneliest Planet (Julia Loktev, USA)
Elles (Malgoska Szumowska, Poland/France)
Good Bye (Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran)
Azhagarasamy's Horse (Suseendran, India)
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, Iran)
The Student (Santiago Mitre, Argentina)
Back to Stay (Milagros Mumenthaler, Argentina)
Sleeping Beauty (Julia Leigh, Australia)
Films I wanted to see but was unable to schedule: The Deep Blue Sea (Terence Davies, UK); Damsels in Distress (Whit Stillman, USA); Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols, USA); We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay, UK); Invasion (Hugo Santiago, Argentina, 1969); Century of Birthing (Lav Diaz, Philppines); Once upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey); Faust (Alexander Sokurov, Russia); Low Life (Nicolas Klotz/Elizaeth Perceval); and Mushrooms (Vimukta Jayasundara, Sri Lanka). And my Wavelengths (avant-garde) schedule is still uncertain.
Here is a link to all the programmes at the festival. Any suggestions or recommendations? I'd love to hear them.
A few links:
-- For the next couple of weeks, during TIFF, Cinema Scope Online will be putting up new pieces each day.
-- Catherine Grant's post at Filmanalytical presents, with explanatory text, her latest video essay: on "the haptic" in film.
-- Good news: Nicholas Ray's We Can't Go Home Again has just been picked up for distribution by Oscilloscope Laboratories. Jonathan Rosenbaum has posted his essay on the film. Also at Jonathan's: an essay on Raymond Durgnat on the occasion of the launch of a new website devoted to Durgnat's writings. Right now there are links to a small number of pieces, and I hope the site will accumulate many more as time goes by. Finally: an interview with Jonathan by Michael Guillen titled "Positioning Cinephilia" in the journal Film International (not, alas, available to read online).
-- Jim Emerson helpfully (as always) gathers together the various strands of the recent "chaos cinema" debate.
-- Interested in browsing an eclectic set of links-filled posts? Visit Cinetrix.
-- Ignatiy V. on Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai's Don't Go Breaking My Heart.
-- Steven Shaviro: "What is the Post-Cinematic?"
-- (via Chris Fujiwara) A brief interview with Frederick Wiseman, "Finding a sharper focus on reality through literary criticism."
-- German cinema: I finally caught up with Maren Ade's Everyone Else, surely among cinema's great microscopic examinations of a relationship. The three-feature Dreileben is the film I'm most looking forward to at Toronto; here is a 2007 interview with one of its directors, Christoph Hochhäusler, who also helps run the film blog Revolver. Michael Sicinski's appetizing review of The City Below is here; I hope the film gets distributed in the US. I can't wait to see it.
pic: Dreileben - One Minute of Darkness.