2003 Toronto International Film Festival Selects 252 Feature Films

by Eugene Hernandez

The poster for the 28th International Film Festival in Toronto. Credit: Image provided by the Toronto International Film Festival.

The 2003 Toronto International Film Festival announced that it has selected a total of 336 films from 55 countries to screen at this year's event. Of the 252 feature films on tap, 75 percent are world or North American premieres. During a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday, festival director Piers Handling and festival managing director Michele Maheux revealed the lineup.

As previously announced, Denys Arcand's "Les Invasions Barbares" (Barbarian Invasions) will open the festival on September 4, while Handling and Maheux announced that the event will close on September 13 with Jeff Balsmeyer's directorial debut, "Danny Deckchair," a comedy starring Rhys Ifans.

The 28th Toronto International Film Festival is comprised of 16 sections, including the high-profile gala screenings, the Masters section highlighting established filmmakers, the Discovery section for emerging filmmakers, Real to Reel for docs, and the Contemporary World Cinema section, which surveys work from around the world.

Here are the complete lineups for each section:

Gala presentations

Masters & Visions

Special Presentations

Canadian Open Vault, Perspective Canada, Canadian Retrospective

Contemporary World Cinema


Planet Africa

Real to Reel


Vida de Nova: The New Brazilian Cinema

Directors Spotlight: 3x3, Dialogues: Talking with Pictures, Midnight Madness

Our special Toronto 2003 section is available at: http://www.indiewire.com/toronto/