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DAILY NEWS: Toronto Line-Up Announced; CUFF Goes “Proto-Punk”

DAILY NEWS: Toronto Line-Up Announced; CUFF Goes "Proto-Punk"

DAILY NEWS: Toronto Line-Up Announced; CUFF Goes "Proto-Punk"

by Matthew Ross and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

>> Toronto 2002 Line-Up Boasts 343 Films From 50 Countries

(indieWIRE: 08.21.02) — The Toronto International Film Festival will yet again live up to its
reputation as North America’s most expansive film event. The 2002 line-up,
which was announced yesterday by festival director Piers Handling and managing
director Michele Maheux, boasts a staggering 343 films from 50 countries,
including 263 features, of which 193 (74 percent) are world and North American
premieres. Almost 55 percent (141) of the features are screened in a language
other than English, and 56 films are feature debuts. The 10-day festival will
open September 5 with a screening of Atom Egoyan‘s “Ararat” and will close
September 14 with Brian de Palma‘s “Femme Fatale.”

[The complete lineup is available now here at (links are available at the end of this story).]

Seven more titles from the festival’s Gala section were announced, bringing
the total to 18. The complete Masters, Visions, Special Presentations,
Contemporary World Cinema, and Dialogues line-ups were also announced. These
programs run in addition to the Perspective Canada, Discovery, Planet Africa,
Real to Reel, Wavelengths, National Cinema, Canadian Retrospective,
Spotlight, and Two Feet, One Angel: A Tribute to Ramiro Puerta programs
already announced.

New Gala films include Joel Schumacher‘s “Phone Booth,” a world premiere,
described as an action-packed story of one man’s life-changing phone
call; Neil Jordan‘s “The Good Thief” (world premiere), Daniele Thompson‘s
Jet Lag” (world premiere), Todd Haynes‘ “Far From Heaven” (world
premiere), Jim Sheridan‘s “In America” (world premiere), Emilio
‘s “The Other Side of the Bed” (world premiere), and
Patrice Leconte‘s “L’Homme du Train” (North American premiere).

Masters boasts 13 films from 20 established auteurs. Highlights include the
world premiere of Buddhadeb Dasgupta‘s “A Tale of a Naughty Girl,” the North
American premiere of “Ten Minutes Older: The Cello,” from Bernardo
, Mike Figgis, Jiri Menzel, Istvan Szabo, Claire Denis, Volker
, Michael Radford, and Jean-Luc Godard; the North American
premiere of Aki Kaurisimaki‘s Cannes grand jury prize winner “The Man Without
A Past
,” the North American premiere of Catherine Breillat‘s “Sex Is Comedy,”
and the North American premiere of Adoor Gopalakrishnan‘s “Shadow Kill.”

New this year, the Vision program showcases 23 feature-length films, including
20 world and North American premieres from international filmmakers “who push
the boundaries of contemporary cinema.” The Special Presentation section will
screen 28 films from 14 countries, 21 of which make their world or North
American premieres. This Contemporary World Cinema line-up includes a total
of 66 features, including 52 world and North American premieres from 33

This year’s festival will also bring back the Dialogues: Talking With Pictures
section for the eighth year, and will feature six films presented by some
of today’s most influential personalities in the arts community. Michael
will present Francis Ford Coppola‘s “The Conversation,” Matt Dillon
will present Carol Reed‘s “Outcast of the Islands,” Leonard Maltin will
present Charlie Chaplin‘s “Modern Times,” Elia Suleiman will present
Robert Bresson‘s “Pickpocket,” and Lynne Ramsay will present Terrence
‘s “Days of Heaven.”

Some of the many guest speakers confirmed to date include: Catherine
, Robert Duvall, Daniel Langlois, Deepa Mehta, Carlos Reygadas,
Weiland Speck, and Richard Stursberg. [Matthew Ross]

[indieWIRE’s editor-in-chief Eugene Hernandez and associate editor Brian
Brooks will be attending the festival and filing daily news reports. They
will be joined by film reviewer Peter Brunette and features
writer Stephen Garrett.]

2002 Toronto International Film Festival Lineup Links:

Galas | Masters | Visions | Specials | Dialogues

Discovery | Real | Midnight | Wavelength

Canada | World | Africa | Korea

King | Guediguian | Puerta

>> Chicago Underground Goes Proto-Punk

(indieWIRE: 08.2`.02) — “Proto-punkers” from the ’60s will unleash at the, taking place August 22 to 28 with more than
100 shorts, 11 features, and nine docs. Laurel Legler‘s documentary “MC5 A
True Testimonial
” ushers in the event, described by CUFF as “an in-depth
look at the last great untold story of the 1960s, the story of the legendary
Detroit proto-punkers The MC5.” Five world premieres will screen including
Jon Moritsugu‘s lo-tech “Scumrock,” Todd Verow‘s “Take Away,” Dietmar
‘s documentary “Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping,” and Usama
‘s Southeast Asian film “Soak.”

Other CUFF festivities include a tribute to New York-based painter and
filmmaker Alfred Leslie who will receive the annual Jack Smith Lifetime
Achievement award
. Also slated is a series of music events curated by
filmmaker Jeff Economy at local venues. Music is also a focus with
“Audiovisions 2,” a program of new experimental music videos from Austria,
and Robert Taicher’s “Shut Yer Dirty Little Mouth,” a dark comedy about
two angry San Francisco alcoholics. Not to be missed is the documentary,
Horns and Halos,” about the publication of a controversial George
W. Bush
biography. [Brian Brooks]

[For more information, visit the CUFF website.]

>> TUESDAY IN indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: NYFF Sets Eclectic Line-Up; “Good Girl”
Still Good at the Box Office; Woodstock Welcomes “Personal Velocity”

(indieWIRE: 08.21.02) — The 2001 New York Film Festival was marked by
the high number of French titles, and 2000 was considered by many as the
year of the Asian film. This year’s program, which was announced yesterday
by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, includes an eclectic selection of
titles that resists any broad characterization. Also, the indie box office and the Woodstock Film Festival lineup.


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