The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) unveiled eleven new films in the Contemporary World Cinema category and seven films in the Visions category, a section that showcases filmmakers that push the boundaries of mainstream cinema. Included in the Contemporary World Cinema category are films from Iran, Bangladesh, Czech Republic, and the United States. The entries in Visions include “Trash Humpers,” the new film from always controversial “Gummo” director Harmony Korine. “Trash Humpers” is described as a, “handheld video of a loser-gang cult-freak collective who do antisocial things in a non-narrative way, except for the song-and-dance numbers.”
The newly announced titles include four films produced or co-produced in the United States. Earlier this week, indieWIRE reported that TIFF announced 28 new Canadian films accepted into the program, including the new work from Terry Gilliam, Atom Egoyan, and Jean-Marc Vallée. A list of the films announced before this week can be found by clicking here. Below is a list of the new films, with descriptions provided by TIFF.
Contemporary World Cinema
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“Beyond the Circle” Golam Rabbany Biplob, Bangladesh
In this political fable from Bangladesh’s leading filmmaker, a simple village musician gets swept up in the market economy of big city Dhaka.
“Blessed” Ana Kokkinos, Australia
During the course of one day and night, seven children wander the streets in an urban odyssey. Blessed is a film about mothers and children, about love and beauty, about being lost and finding your way home.
“Down for Life” Alan Jacobs, USA
Based on a New York Times article, this film depicts a single, fateful day in the life of a 15-year-old Latina gang leader. Leaving the gang, she discovers, is more difficult than joining. Shot in South-Central Los Angeles, the film stars local youths in the lead roles.
“Giulia Doesn’t Date at Night” Giuseppe Piccioni, Italy
A young novelist is intrigued by his daughter’s swimming instructor. When he asks her out, he learns that she doesn’t date at night and discovers that she is serving a sentence for a crime of passion. Tentatively they start a relationship that leads both of them in unforeseen directions.
“Heiran” Shalizeh Arefpour, Iran
A young Iranian girl falls in love with an immigrant student from Afghanistan, causing her family to react with anger.
“The House of Branching Love” Mika Kaurismäki, Finland
Family therapist Juhani and business trainer Taula decide to divorce in a civilized manner. Despite these good intentions, things turn ugly and the Pandora’s Box of their marriage flies open, releasing plagues of love and hate.
“Rabia” Sebastián Cordero, Spain/Colombia
Rabia is a romantic thriller about a construction worker on the run for killing his foreman who hides in the mansion where his girlfriend works as a housekeeper.
“Sawasdee Bangkok” Wisit Sasanatieng, Aditya Assarat, Kongdej Jaturanrasmee and Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thailand
Directed by four distinctly talented Thai directors, this collection of tales about Bangkok is less a love letter than a funny, touching and surprising expression of the city’s reality.
“Shameless” Jan Hrebejk, Czech Republic
This film, freely inspired by stories form Michal Viewegh’s bestseller, “Tales of Marriage and Sex,” is a wry comedy about sex and marriage and a story about losing and finding love.
“Slovenian Girl” Damjan Kozole Slovenia/Germany/Serbia/Croatia
North American Premiere
A young university student solicits sex clients through newspaper ads, involving her in a hellish adventure.
“Tanner Hall” Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg, USA
Tanner Hall a folkloric look into the private world of an all-girls boarding school. In a cozy but run-down New England town, the knot of adolescence is unravelled through the coming-of-age stories of four teenaged girls.
“Between Two Worlds” Vimukthi Jayasundara, Sri Lanka
North American Premiere
Rajith, a young man, flees the city in which he lives and where violent confrontations are common. He goes to a village in a valley where the inhabitants seem to be still strongly influenced by an old legend.
“Gaia” Jason Lehel, USA
A group of Native Americans discover a young woman, left for dead, in the Arizona desert and take her to their reservation. Through her relationship with American Natives she manages to re-connect with her own innocence, but is forced to make a choice between being reborn out of the chaos of her past and dying in the grips of her darkness.
“Hiroshima” Pablo Stoll, Uruguay `
Juan sings in a rock band, but he doesn’t talk much. He also works at a bakery during the night and sleeps most of the day. This is the story of one of his days and what happens when he wakes up. Hiroshima is a silent musical, based on real facts.
“I Am Love” Luca Guadagnino, Italy
Academy Award-winner Tilda Swinton stars in this drama about the devastating effects of a forbidden passion between a woman who belongs to a rich northern-Italian family and her son’s best friend, a cook.
“Lebanon” Samuel Maoz, Israel
North American Premiere
Set in June 1982 during the Israel-Lebanon War, the film follows a young and heroic tank crew that finds itself in a situation that cannot be contained. The crew copes with impossible conflicts, losing its way amid the chaos of war.
“To the Sea” Pedro González-Rubio, Mexico
Before their inevitable farewell, a young Mexican man and his half Italian son, Natan, embark on an epic journey to the second-largest coral reef on the planet.
“Trash Humpers” Harmony Korine, USA/United Kingdom
Harmony Korine returns to “Gummo” territory in this handheld video of a loser-gang cult-freak collective who do antisocial things in a non-narrative way, except for the song-and-dance numbers.