As the lineup shakes out, the 39th Toronto Film Festival is making way for what looks to be its most global program yet. Earlier this week, TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey unveiled his Spotlight on Seoul program featuring a new wave of films out of South Korea.
As announced today, the festival will sharpen its focus on Asian cinema with the third annual Asian Film Summit on September 9 at Toronto’s swanky Shangri-La Hotel. Veterans flocking to this summit — a major fulcrum for East-West industry relations — include Legendary East CEO Peter Loehr, UniJapan’s Kenta Fudesaka (a heavyweight at the Cannes market), directors Andrew Lau (“Revenge of the Green Dragons,” coming soon to DirecTV) and Wang Xiaoshuai (“Red Amnesia”), who are bringing world premieres to the fest, and Welsh “The Raid” helmer Gareth Evans.
Under the stead of programmer Thom Powers, Toronto will also lean heavily on documentary with the annual Doc Conference. In celebration of “Roger and Me”‘s 25th birthday, Michael Moore will deliver a special keynote address; directors Joshua Oppenheimer (Oscar-nominated “The Act of Killing”) and Ramin Bahrani will supplement their new films, “The Look of Silence” and “Lift You Up” respectively, with in-depth Q&As; and TIFF will spotlight a superb slate of key industry players, from Marc Schiller (BOND/360) to Dan Silver (ESPN) and more.
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