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28 Films Set for Toronto's 2004 Discovery Section; Visions and Wavelength's Lineups Also Set

28 Films Set for Toronto's 2004 Discovery Section; Visions and Wavelength's Lineups Also Set

by Eugene Hernandez



A scene from Marco Kreuzpaintner's "Summer Storm" from Germany, screening in the Toronto International Film Festival's Discovery section. image provided by the festival.


Organizers of the 29th Toronto International Film Festival have unveiled the complete line-ups for the festival's Discovery, Visions and Wavelength's sections. The nine-year old Discovery sidebar showcases premieres from first or second time feature directors. Eleven of the twenty-eight Discovery films that will screen in the section this year are world premieres.

Among the line-up of Discovery premieres are Hendrik Holzemann's "Off Beat" about a medic who meets a woman who has appeared in his dream, Lori Silverbush and Michael Skolnik's "On the Outs" which looks at three Latino girls who cross paths in detention in New Jersey, Xiao Jiang's "Electric Shadows" about the lives of unwanted Chinese children, Anna Reeves' romantic comedy about a young thief who comes across a community of oyster farmers, and Lucile Hadzihalilovic's "Innocence," described by the festival as "a haunting and fantastical coming-of-age tale about Iris, a beautiful six-year-old girl who emerges from a coffin and steps into a bizarre, netherworld boarding house where obedience is paramount and the outside world is a looming threat."

Among the other world premieres, Alice Wu's "Saving Face" is a romantic comedy about a lesbian surgeon dealing with her pregnant mom, while Aksel Hennie's "Uno" about a young man offered a second chance at leading a more productive life and Bharatbala's "Hari Om" is the story of a rickshaw driver. Rounding out the roster of world premieres are Brad McGann's "In My Father's Den" about an award-winning journalist returning home, Svetozar Ristovski's "Mirage" looking at a young boy who becomes a criminal in a former Yugoslav Republic and Ra'up McGee's crime thriller, "Automne."



A scene from Anne Reeves's "Oyster Farmer," screening in the Discovery section. image provided by the festival.


Eleven Discovery films screening in Toronto will have their international premieres, six titles are North American premieres. Among the films on tap are Saverio Costanzo's "Private," winner of the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival this past weekend. Based on a true story, the film is described as, examining "the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the tale of a well-educated Palestinian family who are suddenly imprisoned in their own home when it is commandeered by Israeli soldiers."

Twenty-one films will screen in the festival's Visions program this year, including David Gordon Green's latest, "Undertow," Michael Winterbottom's "9 Songs," and Claire Denis' "L'Intrus." The section, now in its third year, explores innovative films that use "unconventional approaches to storytelling, or employ new technologies in distinctive ways." Twenty-three films will screen in the festival's Wavelength's section. Now in its fourth year, that section is described as "a forum for artists who work in film and video, (offering) filmgoers a rare chance to experience some of the finest new works in experimental film and hear the artists discuss their work."

Complete list of Discovery films at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival:

"A Way of Life," directed by Amma Asiante (UK)

"Astronauts," directed by Santi Amodeo (Spain)

"Automne," directed by Ra-up McGee (France/USA)

"Boats Out of Watermelon Rinds," directed by (Turkey)

"Buffalo Boy," directed by Minh Nguyen-Vo (Belgium/Vietnam/Germany)

"Crying?," directed by Alexandros Voulgaris (Greece)

"Electric Shadows," directed by Xiao Jiang (China)

"Hari Om," directed by Bharatbala (India)

"Harvest Time," directed by Marina Razbezhkina (Russia)

"In My Father's Den," directed by Brad McGann (New Zealand/UK)

"Innocence," directed by Lucile Hadzihalilovic (France)

"Le Cou De La Giraffe," directed by Safy Nebbou (France/Belgium)

"Les Revenants," directed by Robin Campillo (France)

"Mirage," directed by Svetozar Ristovski (Macedonia)

"Off Beat," directed by Hendrik Holzemann (Germany)

"Omagh," directed by Pete Travis (Ireland/UK)

"On the Outs," directed by Lori Silverbush and Michael Skolnick (USA)

"Oyster Farmer," directed by Anne Reeves (Australia/UK)

"Private," directed by Saverio Costanzo (Italy)

"Producing Adults," directed by Aleksi Salmenpera (Finland/Sweden)

"Saving Face," directed by Alice Wu (USA)

"Summer Storm," directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner (Germany)

"Symmetry," directed by Konrad Niewolski (Poland)

"The Forest for the Trees," directed by Maren Ade (Germany)

"The Overture," directed by Itthi-sunthorn Wichailak (Thailand)

"Uno," directed by Aksel Hennie (Norway)

"Vento di Terra," directed by Vincenzo Marra (Italy)

"Whisky Romeo Zulu," directed by Enrique Pineyro (Argentina)


Complete list of Visions films at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival:

"9 Songs," directed by Michael Winterbottom

"A Hole in My Heart," directed by Lukas Moodysson

"A Letter to True," directed by Bruce Weber

"Acapulco Gold," directed by Andre Forcier

"Anatomie de l'Enfer," directed by Catherine Breillat

"Blood," directed by Jerry Ciccoritti

"Dias de Santiago," directed by Josue Mendez

"Ebulyson -- The Evolution of a Phillipine," directed by Lav Diaz

"I Like It A Lot," directed by Jay Rosenblatt

"L'Intrius," directed by Claire Denis

"Primer," directed by Shane Carruth

"Tarnation," directed by Jonathan Caouette

"The Dead," directed by Lisandro Alonso

"The Heart is Deceitful...Above All Things," directed by Asia Argento

"The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess," directed by Bruce McDonald

"Theme Je," directed by Francoise Romand

"Trauma," directed by Marc Evans

"Tropical Malady," directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

"Undertow," directed by David Gordon Green

"Vital," directed by Shinya Tsukamoto

"Zero The Inside Story," directed by Elida Schogt

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