More from Toronto, IFFM Canadian Sidebar, and Chicago Docs
Compiled by Eugene Hernandez and Mark Rabinowitz
>> Toronto Adds Gala Screenings; Latin American and Spanish Films
The Toronto Film Festival recently announced several additions to their
lineup, including several world and North American premieres among their
selections of Spanish and Latin American films. Screening in the
Contemporary World Cinema, Discovery, Masters and Reel to Reel sections
of the festival, those programmed to date include the North American
premiere of "Divine," by Mexico's Arturo Ripstein; the World Premiere
of Carlos Carrera's "Un Embrujo" from Mexico; the North American
premiere of Brazil's "Midnight," from "Central Station" director Walter
Salles and co-directed by Daniela Thomas, and the world premiere of "The
Sleepwalker," from Argentina's Fernando Spiner.
Additionally, the festival has added several gala presentations, most
recently the directorial debut of Academy Award-nominated screenwriter
Richard LaGravenese ("The Fisher King"), "Living Out Loud"; Gary Ross'
debut film, "Pleasantville," and Sam Raimi's upcoming Paramount Pictures
release, "A Simple Plan." "Living" stars Holly Hunter, Danny DeVito,
Queen Lateefah and Martin Donovan; "Pleasantville" stars Tobey Maguire
and Joan Allen ("The Ice Storm"), Jeff Daniels, William H. Macy, J.T.
Walsh and Reese Witherspoon, and "Plan" stars Billy Bob Thornton,
Bridget Fonda and Brent Briscoe. Also recently added were Walter Salles'
"Central Station," Benoit Jacquot's "L'Ecole de la Chair" and Pat
O'Connor's "Dancing at Lughnasa." For more information about the
upcoming Toronto Film Festival, check out their web site at:
>> 5 Canadian Voices on Tap for 1998 IFFM
New Voices Canada, a special sidebar at the 1998 Independent Feature Film Market (September
18th - 25th) will showcase five new features, organizers announced this
week. Films to be screened are: writer/director Christene Browne's
"Another Planet," Bruno Lazaro Pacheco's "City of Dark," Bruce
Sweeney's "Dirty," Jerry Ciccotti's "Boy Meets Girl," and Yan Cui and
Qi Chang's "Yellow Wedding." In a prepared statement, Telefilm Canada
Executive Director Francois Macerola commented, "This event is an
excellent opportunity to discover the latest in highly original and
creative Canadian productions." This marks the eighth year for the
>> Windy City Doc Fest Set, Winners Announced
Three award winners have been announced for the 1998 Windy City
Documentary Film Festival which will screen 35 films from 20 countries
in Chicago, September 29th - 27th. Sally Ingleton's "Mao's New Suit",
about young Chinese fashion designers, took the festival's Eastman Award,
while Joel Meyerowitz's portrait of his father, "Pop," and Christopher
Walker's "Trinket's and Beads," a look at a small Amazon tribe's
resistance tp Texaco's oil harvest, shared the Best of the Festival
prize. Among the other films set to screen at the event are Denise Iris'
"M & M in New York," Stig Hartkopf's "Cuba by Bike," Lawrence Hott and
Diane Garey's "The A.C.L.U.," Anne Makepeace's "Baby It's You," and Paul
Alexander Juutilainen's "Herbert's Hippopotamus."
[For more information, contact the festival at 312/344-7773.]