As we get closer to the start of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, Peter Howell of the Toronto Star checked in with 24 various members of the film industry to gauge which titles had the most “buzz.” I was one of the 24 folks interviewed, adding my three top picks to the list. With hundreds of selections at the festival, it’s tough to pick just three. I decided not to pick any films I’ve already seen in the lineup, but there are certainly tons of them (Babel, Borat, The Host, Pan’s Labyrinth, Red Road, S&Man, Shortbus Summercamp!, etc.) that would’ve otherwise made the list. Anyway, here is the complete article… and my picks below:
Kurt Cobain About A Son, AJ Schnack: “I’ve been following this film for months and, in so many ways, it sounds like an amazing anti-rockumentary.”
The Fall, Tarsem: “Tarsem is a visual master and I can’t wait to see what has been described as nothing short of epic.”
Office Tigers, Liz Mermin: “An East meets West look at corporate office culture directed by Liz Mermin? I’ll be first in line.”
And, then, some of the close calls I couldn’t fit on a three-title list: John Barker’s Bunny Chow, Susanne Bier’s After the Wedding, Israel Adrian Caetano’s Cronica de una Fuga, Katherine Dieckmann’s Diggers, Larry Fessenden’s The Last Winter, Todd Field’s Little Children, Christopher Guest’s For Your Consideration, Hal Hartley’s Fay Grim, Werner Herzog’s Rescue Dawn, Tony Kaye’s Lake of Fire, Kim Ki-duk’s Time, Julia Loktev’s Day Night Day Night, Gabriel Range’s D.O.A.P., and a few others. It’ll be a very busy trip.