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The Ridiculous Potential of This Year’s Toronto and Venice Film Festivals

The Ridiculous Potential of This Year's Toronto and Venice Film Festivals

While Cannes still has a few slots to fill in its competition (and will do so any minute now), this we already know: A whole ton of high profile 2010 films aren’t heading to the Croisette. Whether it was because they weren’t done (mostly the case) or weren’t accepted (perhaps more the case than we’re led to believe), the fact remains that Cannes’ loss is going to be Toronto and Venice’s gain come late summer. When you consider all the films that seem destined for one or both of those fests (and perhaps Telluride as well), it’s overwhelming. But the vast majority of them have few other options: They opt to not do the festival circuit (which would only work for the most high profile of them), they could premiere at less likely launch pad festivals like, say, London (where “Fantastic Mr. Fox” opted to start off last year), or they could wait for Sundance or Berlin six months later (which would veto any 2010 awards season plans).

Toronto’s co-director Cameron Bailey seems like he’s already setting the wheels in motion for a potentially epic TIFF (which will also be moving downtown this year). On twitter (as @camerontiff), he mentioned a week or so back:

Highlights from today’s LA meetings: a 1st weekend Gala + the return a director who caused one of our biggest scandals.
9:01 PM Apr 15th via Seesmic

Any thoughts on the “biggest scandal” clue? I’m at a bit of a loss.

As for the gala, it could basically be any of the films in this quick list I drew up of films that seem poised for Venice and/or Toronto. Cannes might still snatch up one or two of them but of this list, I’d be surprised if less than 60% weren’t headed for at least one of those fests. The potential epicness (which is definitely a bit too US-centric, I realize… I was working fast here, so forgive me and/or suggest exclusions):

“The American,” directed by Anton Corbijn
“The Beaver,” directed by Jodie Foster
“Black Swan,” directed by Darren Aronofsky
“Brighton Rock,” directed by Rowan Joffe
“The Debt,” directed by John Madden
“Eagle of the Ninth,” directed by Kevin MacDonald
“The Fighter,” directed by David O. Russell
“Hereafter,” directed by Clint Eastwood
“The King’s Speech,” directed by Tom Hooper
”Little White Lies,” directed by Guillaume Canet
“London Boulevard,” directed by William Monahan
“Love and Other Drugs,” directed by Edward Zwick
”Meek’s Cutoff,” directed by Kelly Reichardt
”Miral,” directed by Julian Schnabel
“Nailed,” directed by David O. Russell
“Never Let Me Go,” directed by Mark Romanek
”Potiche,” directed by Francois Ozon
“Rabbit Hole,” directed by John Cameron Mitchell
”The Revenge,” directed by Susanne Bier
”The Rum Diary,” directed by Bruce Robinson
“The Social Network,” directed by David Fincher
“Somewhere,” directed by Sofia Coppola
”The Tempest,” directed by Julie Taymor
”Three,” directed by Tom Tykwer
“The Town,” directed by Ben Affleck
“The Tree of Life,” directed by Terrance Malick
“True Grit,” directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
“The Turin Horse,” directed by Bela Tarr
”Untitled,” directed by Gus Van Sant
”The Way Back,” directed by Peter Weir
”What’s Wrong With Virginia?” directed by Dustin Lance Black
“Your Highness,” directed by David Gordon Green

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