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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Middle Of Nowhere’ Will Make International Debut At TIFF + Other Familiar Titles

Ava DuVernay's 'Middle Of Nowhere' Will Make International Debut At TIFF + Other Familiar Titles

Always a highlight on the film festival circuit – one of the world’s most prestigious, and its director is a black man!

I’m talking about the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and Cameron Bailey, its director, who travels the world almost year-round, discovering unknown titles to premiere at his premiere film festival.

You’ll get the familiar and the not-so familiar. It’s a festival I’ve yet to attend, but that I’ve wanted to for some time. And unfortunately, 2012 won’t be the year I finally make my first trip. 2013 however, is more than likely.

Over the last 3 weeks, we’ve been highlighting films of interest to this blog, and will continue to do so, likely through and after the festival is over.

Earleir today TIFF unveiled titles in its Contemporary World Cinema, Wavelengths and Special Presentation categories. We’ll be going through each list in search of Diasporic content not yet covered here (and at first glance, I saw a few, which is great; I always love discovering new titles). But before that, I’ll quickly notify you of 4 titles we’ve covered quite a bit already, that will be screening at TIFF this year – one of them making it’s international debut.

Those 4 films are Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy (in the Special Presentation section; it will be released in USA theaters on October 5); Ava DuVernay’s Middle Of Nowhere (making its international debut in the festival’s Contemporary World Cinema section; it’s set for an October 12 USA theatrical release); Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl’s drama Paradise: Love (also in the Contemporary World Cinema section); and finally the Egyptian drama Baad el Mawkeaa (After The Battle), directed by Yousry Nasrallah (also in the Contemporary World Cinema section).

Even though I won’t be there personally, I’m planning to have some representation at the festival, so that we can get a few reviews, because there appear to be a number of interesting-looking titles we haven’t seen, and thus haven’t reviewed yet.

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high on my list of things to see this fall. the buzz has got me hook, line and sinker.


Really want to see it. I like everything she's done so far. Seems like it is taking a long time to come out. But at least it is coming. I agree Spike is doing it lately. He's no spring chicken and that's inspirational to see,


The trailer looked impressive. I wish the film had a better poster; it looks nothing like the quality of the film.

Critical Acclaim

Line-up's looking good. See what happens when the are people of color involved in the decisions? Makes a big difference. Applause to Cameron Bailey.


Another on my Toronto list!


Spike back on his grind again I see. One in theaters and one on the Fest circuit is not too shabby whatsoever! Good on him! David Oyelowo too with Paperboy and Middle of Nowhere. If you want success, apparently you have to work hard. Who knew? Good one them!


When it's all said and done, I believe this film will stand as one of the great black dramas ala Claudine, Mo Betta Blues, Nothing But A Man, Love Jones. I was at the second screening at Sundance, and luckily happened to be in LA for the big red-carpet last month at LA Film Festival. I jumped at the chance to see it again and enjoyed it just as much. I won't be at Toronto this year but anybody who is going to be there – white, black or purple who appreciates mature stories – will appreciate this film. – Lynn R.


This film seems to have some real steam behind it. I hope it fairs better than Pariah. I get scared for our directors when they start getting attention from the white world like this. I just hope they get treated right. I hope it doesn't get the short stick in the end. But this is great. Congratulations to them.

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