Twenty films are set to screen in this year’s Discovery program at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, so far. Organizers unveiled 13 new films that will be seen in the section, joining the seven previously announced titles. The eleven year old section spotlights new filmmakers from around the world and each movie is eligible for the $10,000 cash DIESEL Discovery Award, selected by the international press corp.
The sole U.S. film is Ed Stone‘s “Griffin and Phoenix,” a world premiere that stars Dermot Mulroney and Amanda Peet. It is a remake of Daryl Duke‘s 1975 love story, about a couple facing a bleak future. The film, from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Gold Circle Films, was written by John Hill and produced by Amy Israel, Jason Blum, Paul Brooks, Sidney Kimmel, and Ed Stone.
Other world premieres include Ozer Kiziltan‘s German/Turkish film, “Tavka – A Man’s Fear of God“, which is described as a look at an Islamic sect’s inner workings, while Steve Hudson‘s German/UK/Irish production is the story of a fisherman who smuggles Chinese immigrants aboard his father’s boat. From New Zealand, Robert Sarkies‘ “Out Of The Blue” explores a shooting spree that killed 13 in the country, told through the words of a small seaside community. Peter Schonau Fog‘s “The Art of Crying” from Denmark is the story of a kid with a psychotic father. Finally, Sean Ellis‘ “Cashback” from the UK is the story of an art student who works nights to battle his insomnia.
Also having a world premiere are the previously announced Chitra Palekar‘s “A Grace-Keeper’s Tale” from India, the directorial debut of the accomplished Bollywood writer. Another previously announced world premiere is Rajnesh Domalpalli‘s “Vanaja,” also from India.
Other new Discovery titles include the international premieres of Paul Andrew Williams‘ “London to Brighton” from the UK, Arni Olafur Asgeirsson‘s “Thicker Than Water” from Iceland, Joon-ik Lee‘s “King and the Clown” from South Korea, Tae-Yong Kim‘s “Family Ties” from South Korea, Marina Spada‘s “As The Shadow” from Italy, and the previously announced Cuban/Spanish/Venezuelan film, “The Silly Age” by Pavel Giroud.
North American premieres include Jean-Pascal Hattu‘s “7 Ans” from France, Jesper Ganslandt‘s “Falkenberg Farewell” from Sweden, and the previously announced “Darkbluealmostblack” by Daniel Sanchez Arevalo from Spain, as well as Alexis dos Santos‘ “Glue – A Teenage Story in the Middle of Nowhere” from Argentina, Sheng Zhimin‘s “Bliss” from China,” and Joachim Trier‘s “Reprise” from Norway.