The Toronto International Film Festival has made its final announcement of programming for its 35th edition, setting an additional 102 films for its Visions, Vanguard, Contemporary World Cinema, Discovery and Masters programs. Fridik Thor Fridriksson, Gregg Araki, Amos Gitai, Avi Nesher, Hong Sangsoo, Xavier Beauvois, Kelly Reichardt, Peter Mullan, Vincent Gallo, Tom Tykwer, Michelangelo Frammartino, Bruce La Bruce, Ken Loach, Jia Zhang-Ke, Lee Chang-doing, Jean-Luc Godard, Takashi Miike, Catherine Breillat and Apichatpong Weerasethakul are among the filmmakers joining the lineup.
This announcement brings Toronto’s feature film lineup total to 246, with the definite possibility of a few last minute additions in the 16 days before the festival gets under way.
Twenty-seven titles will make up the festival’s Discovery program, which showcases the work of new and emerging directors. Representing countries as diverse as China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Iraq, Uruguay, Australia, Argentina, India, Greece, Sweden and Singapore, the program will offer quite the mix of work from around the world. Americans are also well-represented, with Arielle Javitch’s “Look, Stranger” (starring “4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days”‘s Annamaria Marinca), Justin Lerner’s “Girlfriend,” Abe Sylvia’s “Dirty Girl” (starring Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich and William H. Macy), Max Winker’s “Ceremony” (starring Uma Thurman), and Shawn Ku’s “Beautiful Boy” (starring Michael Sheen and Maria Bello) all announced as part of the lineup.
The Contemporary World Cinema offers a similarly wide geographic range of work with the 45 films added to its programme. World premieres for films from Norwegian Bent Hamer (“Home For Christmas”), Brit Peter Mullan (“Neds”), Belgium’s Koen Mortier (“22nd of May”), Iciar Bollain (“Even The Rain,” a Spain/France/Mexico co-production starring Gael Garcia Bernal) and South Korea’s Kim Tae-Young (“Late Autumn”). Iceland’s Fridik Thor Fridriksson, Israel’s Avi Nesher, South Korea’s Hong Sangsoo, France’s Xaver Beauvois, USA’s Kelly Reichardt and Germany’s Tom Tykwer were also announced. Check out the full lineups for both Discovery and Contemporary World Cinema here.
The Masters program added 10 new titles, including the world premiere of Amos Gitai’s “Roses à Crédit,” which follows a young couple marry in France in the 1940s. The film joins an impressive array of North American premieres, including work from Ken Loach, Jia Zhang-Ke, Lee Chang-doing, Jean-Luc Godard, Takashi Miike, Catherine Breillat and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Get the full list of titles here.
Vanguard and Visions saw the likes of Gregg Araki (“Kaboom”), Bruce LaBruce (“L.A. Zombie”), Vincent Gallo (“Promises Written In Water”), Sophie Fiennes (“Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow”), Michelangelo Frammartino (“The Four Times”), and Andrei Ujica (“The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu”) joining the lineups. The complete programs are listed here.
In addition to the films, the festival also announced the complete line-up for Mavericks, a programme of discussions with a wide range of folks from the world of film and beyond. Patricipants include Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kelly Reichardt, Davis Guggenheim, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ken Loach, Paul Laverty, Bruce Springsteen, and Bill Gates. More on that news, and the complete list of participants, can be found here.
The Toronto International Film Festival runs September 9-19, 2010.