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Toronto Fest Adds to Sprawling Program: Highlights

Toronto Fest Adds to Sprawling Program: Highlights

The Toronto International Film Festival is adding scads of movies to its sprawling 11-day program of 300-plus selections which launches September 4 with the world premiere of David Dobkin’s “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall. It’s a lot to absorb: we list the individual Wavelengths, Cinematheque, Gala adds and TIFF director Cameron Bailey’s Spotlight on Seoul programs below; Indiewire breaks down the full seven-part program here; and we highlight a few titles that pop out:
“Beyond the Lights” (world premiere) writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Love and Basketball”) ditched studio controls to go indie in order to hang onto her casting of British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a rising musician who has a relationship with a policeman. Mbatha-Raw subsequently starred in Fox Searchlight’s summer hit “Belle” ($10.6 million domestic). Relativity Media is releasing November 14.

“Boychoir” (world premiere), from musically-inclined Montreal director Francois Girard (“The Red Violin”), stars Dustin Hoffman as a demanding teacher who drills his musical prodigy (comparisons will be made to Sundance sensation “Whiplash”). 

“The Cobbler” (world premiere) from writer-director Tom McCarthy (“Win Win,” “The Visitor”) is an Israel-funded acquisition title with a strong ensemble cast that could mark a comeback of sorts for Adam Sandler. He goes indie as a shoe repairman who figures out that he can actually step into his customers’ shoes. Sandler is also seeking to escape from actors’ jail via a second TIFF title, Jason Reitman’s already-announced “Men, Women & Children.”

“The Forger” (world premiere), directed by British TV helmer Philip Martin (“Prime Suspect 7”) is about a thief (John Travolta) who gets out of prison and works for his father (Christopher Plummer) in order to be with his son. Foreign-financed acquisition title. 

“Jauja” broke out at Cannes; directed by Argentinian Lisandro Alonso and financed by multiple territories, the gorgeous road movie stars fluent Spanish-speaker Viggo Mortensen as a 19th century Danish general chasing his runaway daughter into the wilds of Patagonia; it opens in October in Argentina but is still available in North America. 

“Madame Bovary” (world premiere) is an indie directed by Sophie Barthes (“Cold Souls”), stars Mia Wasikowska (who shined as Jane Eyre) as one of literature and cinema’s most infamous adulterers. Was Bovary a feminist? It’s available for North America.

 marks an unusual indie horror turn for Arnold Schwarzenegger, who sticks by his daughter (Abigail Breslin) even after she turns into a zombie. (Shades of “Life After Beth”?) Many rights are available to this Henry Hobson film. 

“Maidan,” a must-see front lines documentary from veteran Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa (“In the Fog”), made a splash at Cannes. “Maidan,” referring to the central square in Kiev where thousands of ordinary Ukraine citizens encamped to protest the government, deploys the camera as an impersonal, trustworthy and objective observer, Loznitsa locks it down on a tripod for long static stretches in various locations–he chooses them as events unfold, sometimes in order to run to safe, higher ground–and edits the results. We see the logistics of this initially peaceful protest operation as it escalates into a violent revolution with multiple casualties on both sides. You’ve never seen a movie like this. 
“Welcome to Me” (world premiere), from theater writer-director Shira Piven (older sister of Jeremy and wife of the film’s producer Adam McKay) is a comedy drama starring Kristen Wiig as a woman with borderline personality disorder who wins millions in the lottery and throws away her meds. Tim Robbins co-stars. North American rights are for sale.

Full programs below:


Boychoir François Girard, USA
An orphaned 12-year-old boy is sent to prestigious music school where he struggles to join an elite group of world-class singers. No one expects this rebellious loner to succeed, least of all the school’s relentlessly-tough conductor who wages a battle of wills to bring out the boy’s extraordinary musical gift. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Debra Winger and Garrett Wareing. 

The Connection (La French) Cédric Jimenez, France/Belgium World Premiere Marseille, 1975. Pierre Michel, a young police magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help crack down on the city’s organized crime. He decides to take on the French Connection, a Mafia-run operation that exports heroin all over the world. Not paying heed to any warnings, he leads a one-man campaign against Mafia kingpin Gaëtan Zampa, the most untouchable godfather of all. But Pierre Michel soon discovers that to get results he will have to change his methods. Starring Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette and Benoît Magimel. 

Escobar: Paradise Lost Andrea Di Stefano, France World Premiere Young surfer Nick thinks all his dreams have come true when he visits his brother in Colombia. Against an idyllic backdrop of blue lagoons and white beaches, he falls madly in love with Maria, a beautiful Colombian girl. It all seems perfect until he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar. Starring Benicio del Toro, Josh Hutcherson and Claudia Traisac. 

The Forger Philip Martin, USA World Premiere A former art prodigy and second generation petty thief buys his way out of prison to spend time with his ailing son. To do so, he must team up with his father for one last job to pay back the syndicate that arranged his release. Starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, Tye Sheridan, Jennifer Ehle, Marcus Thomas, Anson Mount, Abigail Spencer and Travis Wade. 

Infinitely Polar Bear Maya Forbes, USA Canadian Premiere Set in the late ’70s, a manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by taking responsibility of their two young daughters. The spirited girls don’t make the overwhelming task any easier. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide, Beth Dixon and Keir Dullea. 

Laggies Lynn Shelton, USA International Premiere Overeducated and underemployed, 28-year-old Megan is in the throes of a quarter-life crisis. Squarely into adulthood with no career prospects or motivation to think about her future, Megan is comfortable lagging a few steps behind while her friends check off milestones and celebrate their new grown-up status. When her high-school sweetheart proposes, Megan panics and — given an unexpected opportunity to escape for a week — hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika, and her world-weary single dad Craig. A romantic coming-of-age comedy about three people who find their lives intertwined in the most unconventional of ways. Starring Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell and Chloë Grace Moretz. 

Ruth & Alex Richard Loncraine, USA World Premiere Based on Jill Ciment’s novel, Heroic Measures. Ruth & Alex is set over a weekend where a couple (Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton) must decide whether or not to sell their Brooklyn walk up of 40 years. The story takes a comedic turn when the dynamic couple have to contend with eccentric open house guests, their pushy realtor niece, and the health of their beloved family dog — all while navigating a New York on edge from what turns out to be an media-generated terror threat. 


Beyond the Lights Gina Prince-Bythewood, USA World Premiere 
Noni is the music world’s latest superstar, but the pressures of fame have her on edge — until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop and aspiring politician. Can Kaz’s love give Noni the courage to find her own voice and become the artist she was meant to be? Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Colson “MGK” Baker and Danny Glover. 

Clouds of Sils Maria Olivier Assayas, France/USA North American Premiere At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous 20 years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she’s asked to step into the role of the older Helena. She departs with her assistant to rehearse in Sils Maria, a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal is to play the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself. Starring Juliette Binoche, Chloë Grace Moretz, Kristen Stewart and Lars Eidinger. 

The Cobbler Thomas McCarthy, USA World Premiere Max Simkin repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are. Starring Adam Sandler, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Fritz Weaver, Yul Vazquez, Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman. 

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 (Dan Shen Nan Nu 2) Johnnie To, Hong Kong/China World Premiere After losing his girl in a love triangle, Shen Ran falls in love with another woman, only to find himself still attached to his old flame. Meanwhile, his new love also finds herself torn between him and another young man. Starring Louis Koo, Miriam Yeung, Gao Yuanyuan and Vic Chou. 

Gemma Bovery Anne Fontaine, France World Premiere Martin, an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster passionate about Gustave Flaubert who settled into a Norman village as a baker, sees an English couple moving into a small farm nearby. Not only are the names of the new arrivals Gemma and Charles Bovery, but their behaviour also seems to be inspired by Flaubert’s heroes. Starring Gemma Arterton, Fabrice Luchini, Jason Flemyng and Niels Schneider. 

Gentlemen Mikael Marcimain, Sweden World Premiere Beaten, bruised and afraid, young author Klas Östergren hides out in a Stockholm apartment, writing the story of its vanished inhabitants: the flamboyant, charismatic, enigmatic Morgan brothers. Gentlemen simultaneously celebrates and mourns the post-WWII era — its liberation, wild jazz music and poetry, economic boom and rampant corruption. Starring David Dencik, Ruth Vega Fernandez, David Fukamachi Regnfors, Sverrir Gudnason, Boman Oscarsson and Pernilla August. 

Gomorrah Stefano Sollima, Italy North American Premiere This is the inside story of the Camorra, the fierce Neapolitan crime organization, told through the eyes of 30-year-old Ciro, the right hand of the clan’s godfather, Pietro Savastano. 

Human Highway (Director’s Cut) Bernard Shakey and Dean Stockwell, USA World Premiere The road to the ’80s is reflected through the hi-tech, fantasy lens of Neil Young’s 1982 film, Human Highway. This absurdist comedy- musical deals with one of the most serious issues of our time: the threat of nuclear destruction. Starring Dean Stockwell, Neil Young, Devo, Russ Tamblyn, Dennis Hopper, Charlotte Stewart, Sally Kirkland and Geraldine Baron. 

World Premiere 
Madame Bovary Sophie Barthes, United Kingdom/Belgium World Premiere In 19th-century France, Emma Bovary, the wife of a dull country doctor, embarks on a series of love affairs and spends well beyond her means. Although the affairs provide moments of perceived bliss, Emma’s idealized notions of love evade her and leave her in ruinous debt. Starring Mia Wasikowska, Laura Carmichael, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, Logan Marshall-Green and Henry Lloyd- Hughes. 

Maggie Henry Hobson, USA World Premiere A Midwestern farmer stays by the side of his beloved teenage daughter even as she slowly turns into a cannibalistic zombie, in this daring, genre-bending debut feature from director Henry Hobson. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson. 

Pride Matthew Warchus, United Kingdom North American Premiere Inspired by an extraordinary true story, Pride follows a group of gay and lesbian activists who come together to support the families of striking mine workers in 1984 England. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes the strongest union of all. Starring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, Joseph Gilgun, George MacKay and Ben Schnetzer. 

Revenge of the Green Dragons Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo, USA World Premiere In the vein of crime classics like Mean Streets and Infernal Affairs, this film follows two immigrant friends, Sonny and Steven, who survive the hard streets of New York in the 1980s by joining Chinatown gang The Green Dragons. Sonny and Steven quickly rise up the ranks, drawing the unwanted attention of the city’s police force. Starring Ray Liotta, Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, Harry Shum Jr., Shuya Chang and Geoff Pierson. 

The Search Michel Hazanavicius, France North American Premiere The Second Chechen War, 1999. The Search recounts a powerful story of conflict told through four lives that will be brought together by a shocking twist of fate. Starring Bérénice Bejo, Annette Bening, Maxim Emelianov, Abdul-Khalim Mamatsuiev and Zukhra Duishvili. 

Shelter Paul Bettany, USA World Premiere Hannah and Tahir come from two different worlds. But when their lives intersect, they’re at the same place: homeless on the streets of New York. A love letter to the great New York dramas of the 1970s, Shelter is an unsparing story of loss, love, sacrifice, redemption and ultimately, hope. Starring Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Mackie. 

Three Hearts (3 Coeurs) Benoît Jacquot, France North American Premiere One night in a French provincial city, Marc meets Sylvie. They wander the streets until morning and set a date to meet in Paris a few days later. When Marc doesn’t show up on time a twist of fate leaves him romantically torn between two sisters. Starring Benoît Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve. 

Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit) Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Belgium/France Canadian Premiere Sandra has only one weekend to visit her colleagues and — with the help of her husband — convince them to sacrifice their bonuses so she can keep her job. Starring Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Pili Groyne and Simon Caudry. 

Welcome to Me Shira Piven, USA World Premiere A woman with Borderline Personality Disorder wins the Megamillions lottery, quits her meds and buys herself a talk show on an infomercial channel where she talks and creates segments exclusively about herself. This movie is a dark comedic look at our obsession with celebrity and narcissism. Starring Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wes Bentley, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack and Linda Cardellini. 


For cinephiles, art lovers and daring Festival-goers who refuse to be categorized, the Toronto International Film
Festival’s® Wavelengths programme offers 46 films which challenge conventional approaches to cinema and propose daring new forms
of filmic expression. Overseen by film curator Andréa Picard, with contributions from members of TIFF’s international programming
team, Wavelengths is committed to showcasing a wide range of film art, including artist-made film and video, hybrid and essayistic
documentaries, and feature-length films employing daring approaches to style and storytelling. This year’s dynamic selection includes
the latest gem by the world’s oldest living working filmmaker, Manoel de Oliveira (105), alongside new films by radical auteurs Sergei
Loznitsa, Tsai Ming-liang and Lav Diaz, emerging Canadian talents Alexandre Larose, Malena Szlam, Blake Williams and Jean-Paul
Kelly, and internationally acclaimed artist-filmmakers Soon-Mi Yoo, Eric Baudelaire, KwieKulik, Ken Jacobs, and Lonnie van
Brummelen & Siebren de Haan.

“This edition of Wavelengths is marked by a certain youthfulness, by deep, personal engagement, and the recurring themes of
nationhood and language — two key notions related to culture, and ones being challenged in many areas of the world today,” said
Picard. “From exciting new voices in the art world to some of the most significant filmmakers of today, the programme underscores the
creative diversity in cinema and celebrates the moving image for its singular aesthetic, personal and political means of expression.”

Additional highlights of this year’s programme include highly anticipated new features from Pedro Costa, Matías Piñeiro, Eugène
Green, Shinya Tsukamoto and the Safdie brothers, a special 70mm presentation of Los Angeles-based artist Margaret Honda’s first
film Spectrum Reverse Spectrum, and a refreshing array of young new talent alongside seminal work from the Polish avant-garde of
the seventies.


A Single Word (Une Simple Parole) Mariama Sylla, Khady Sylla, Senegal/Qatar World Premiere
In societies where written archival records are scant, the word becomes capital – passed down orally from teller to teller, it transcends
the extinction of death. At once elegiac and explorative, A Single Word explores what is at stake for contemporary society with the loss
of the word, synonymous with memory – a question all the more pressing and painful given that Khady Sylla passed away on October
8, 2013, while working on editing the film with her sister Mariama and Rodolphe Respaud.

Horse Money (Cavalo Dinheiro) Pedro Costa, Portugal North American Premiere
The highly anticipated new film by Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa, Cavalo Dinheiro is the follow-up to Costa’s landmark Fontainhas
trilogy (Ossos, In Vanda’s Room, Colossal Youth), reuniting with Colossal Youth’s Ventura, lost in heart rending indeterminacy as
revolution breaks out.

Episode of the Sea Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan, the inhabitants of Urk, Netherlands World Premiere
Episode of the Sea is the result of a two-year collaboration with the fishing community of a former island in the Netherlands. Rendered
in black and white to echo neorealist drama and early documentary styles, the film evokes fishing and filmmaking as practices that
have been passed on by ancestors.

Fires on the Plain (Nobi) Shinya Tsukamoto, Japan North American Premiere
Tetsuo director Shinya Tsukamoto creates a gritty and graphic version of the classic war novel about a dazed, wounded soldier who
wanders through the surreal carnage of the Pacific War.

From What is Before (Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon) Lav Diaz, Philippines North American Premiere
On the eve of Ferdinand Marcos’ proclamation of martial law, a small village is visited by a series of strange, perhaps supernatural
occurrences, in the new film from Filipino master auteur Lav Diaz (Norte, the End of History).

Heaven Knows What Joshua Safdie, Benny Safdie, USA/France North American Premiere
While you sleep soundly in your bed, the night lepers lord the streets of New York City, lusting after the highest high. Harley “homeless”
Holmes is their patron saint, caught in the throes of perpetual extremes. On one corner, her malevolent lover demands a bloodletting.
On another, a kindly dope dealer offers her free transfusions. How much ebb and flow can a young heart take before bursting into
oblivion? Based on the real-life stories of Arielle Holmes, documented in her forthcoming memoir Mad Love In New York City, the film
co-stars Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class, Byzantium, The Last Exorcist), street legend Buddy Duress, and gore-rap
phenomenon Necro.

Jauja Lisandro Alonso, Denmark/USA/Argentina/Mexico/Netherlands/Germany/France North American Premiere
In the dazzlingly ambitious new film from Argentinian auteur Lisandro Alonso (Los Muertos, Liverpool) a 19th-century Danish general
(Viggo Mortensen) undertakes a grueling physical and metaphysical journey when he pursues his runaway daughter into the rugged
wilderness of Patagonia.

La Sapience (La Sapienza) Eugène Green, France/Italy North American Premiere
In the long-awaited new film from French auteur Eugène Green, a brilliant architect seeks spiritual and artistic renewal during a life-
changing voyage to Italy to study the work of the great 17th century architect Francesco Borromini.

Le beau danger René Frölke, Germany North American Premiere
Taking its title from a short text by Michel Foucault, this singular portrait of internationally acclaimed Romanian author Norman Manea
provocatively explores the interplay and interstices between public persona, the act of creation, lived experience and representation.

Letters to Max Eric Baudelaire, France International Premiere
A record of the epistolary encounter between French artist and filmmaker Eric Baudelaire and Maxim Gvinjia, former Foreign Minister of
the breakaway Caucasian state of Abkhazia, Letters to Max is both a chronicle of a developing friendship and an ingenious, unusual
essay film about the inherently speculative nature of nationhood.

Maidan (Maïdan) Sergei Loznitsa, Ukraine/Netherlands North American Premiere
Celebrated Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa (In the Fog) creates one of the essential cinematic experiences of our time with this epic,
formally audacious documentary chronicle of the historic protests in Kiev’s Maïdan square.

Songs From the North, Soon-Mi Yoo, USA/South Korea/Portugal North American Premiere
Multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker Soon-Mi Yoo (Far from Afghanistan) makes her solo feature film debut with this sharp and
sensitive essay film about everyday life and ideological distortion in North Korea.

The Princess of France (La Princesa de Francia) Matías Piñeiro, Argentina North American Premiere
Young Argentine auteur Matías Piñeiro follows up his international sensation Viola with the latest of his revisionist takes on the
Shakespearean canon, deliciously detailing how life begins to imitate art when a Buenos Aires theatre company mounts a radio version
of Love’s Labour’s Lost. 


TIFF Cinematheque:

The Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova) Sergei Parajanov, Armenia
“Watching Sergei Parajanov’s The Color of Pomegranates, or Sayat Nova, is like opening a door and walking into another dimension,
where time has stopped and beauty has been unleashed,” said Martin Scorsese. Scorsese’s Film Foundation has restored the original
Armenian version of Sayat Nova — a visually dazzling biography of the eponymous 18th-century Armenian poet and musician related
through a succession of opulently exotic tableaux. Restored in 2014 by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project at Cineteca di
Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata in association with the National Film Centre of Armenia and Gosfilmofond of Russia. Restoration funding
provided by the Material World Charitable Foundation and The Film Foundation.

Cruel Story of Youth (Seishun zankoku monogatari) Nagisa Ôshima, Japan
Master director Nagisa Ôshima’s seminal second feature — a brutal and beautiful portrait of two doomed, rebellious young lovers living
fast and dying young in the sleazy backstreets of Tokyo, has never been crueller or more visually glorious than in this pristine 4K
restoration. Cruel Story of Youth was a landmark in Japanese cinema, exploring the country’s postwar malaise with a razor-sharp
sense of style. Starring Miyuki Kuwano and Yûsuke Kawazu. The digital restoration was performed in 4K by Shochiku Co., Ltd. under
the supervision of Takashi Kawamata, cameraman of Nagisa Ôshima. Courtesy of Janus Films.

Dragon Inn King Hu, Taiwan
In this dazzlingly restored presentation of legendary director King Hu’s classic, a heroic trio of outlaw warriors square off against sinister
assassins at an isolated desert inn. It is the middle of the Ming dynasty, and the loyal Minister of Defence, Yu Qian, has been executed
by the emperor’s chief eunuch, Cao Shaoqin. Yu’s children have been sentenced to exile, but as they travel toward the empire’s
border, Cao dispatches his top agents to kill them. Starring Jun Shi, Ling-Feng Shang Kuan, Ying Bai and Feng Hsu. This digital
restoration was made in 4K by the Chinese Taipei Film Archive at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in Bologna from the negative. The
director of photography has supervised the color grading

The Goddess Wu Yonggang, China
Silent screen legend Ruan Ling-yu gives a fierce and tragic performance in her signature role as a wronged prostitute in Wu
Yonggang’s early classic of Golden Age Shanghai cinema. 2K digital restoration courtesy of the China Film Archive.

Tribute Screening

In Comparison Harun Farocki, Germany/Austria
Spanning continents and cultures, In Comparison focuses on the brick — that very basic unit of foundation — and traces its contexts,
from the collective efforts of a community building a clinic in Burkina Faso, through semi-industrialized mouldings in India, to industrial
production lines in Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland. Eschewing traditional commentary, but certainly employing a deft, willful
and playful point of view, In Comparison presents various methods of labour production, allowing for an assessment that changes with
every layer and goes well beyond a simple binary divide. Never schematic but nevertheless possessing a notable (and charming)
structure, this striking 16mm colour film reveals the innate beauty of forms, rows, clay, fabric and skin gleaming in the sunlight.
Farocki died on July 30. He was an inspiration to many at TIFF. We present this screening in his memory

My Darling Clementine John Ford, USA
John Ford’s classic western — the mythic tale of Wyatt Earp’s gunfight with the corrupt, cattle-rustling Clanton clan at the O.K. Corral
— is restored in near hallucinatory detail and clarity. Henry Fonda as Earp embodies the forces of order and civility in the “wide-awake,
wide-open” town of Tombstone. The supporting cast, includes Victor Mature as the consumptive Doc Holliday and Walter Brennan as
the grizzled Clanton patriarch. 4K digital restoration courtesy of Fox. Scanned in 4K from Museum of Modern Art’s nitrate 35mm fine
grain master and restored in 4K at Cineric Inc. Audio was restored from the source element at Audio Mechanics.

Previously announced TIFF Cinematheque titles include:

Speaking Parts Atom Egoyan, Canada
Lance is a film extra looking for his first speaking role. When Clara, an idealistic television writer, checks into the hotel where Lance
works, he seduces her into casting him in her current film. Meanwhile, Lance’s co-worker Lisa prowls video stores, obsessively viewing
and re-viewing the movies in which Lance appears as an extra. Haunting images and obsessive sexualities merge, as these three
people become fatally entangled in a web of psycho-sexual desire. This digital restoration was supervised by Atom Egoyan at Deluxe
Toronto. Courtesy of eOne.

Crime Wave John Paizs, Canada
Winnipeg director John Paizs’ 1985 classic brilliantly apes the look of ’50s educational films and trashy crime movies in its story of a
teenage girl who develops an odd obsession with a frustrated would-be screenwriter. Courtesy of eOne and Library and Archives

CITY TO CITY (spotlight on Seoul)

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival looks east for the 2014 City to City programme, introducing
audiences to eight daring films from Seoul, South Korea. The lineup showcases adventurous new works by contemporary
Korean directors that will expose audiences to the fearless cinema emerging from the region.

Already known as a hotbed of boundary-busting and internationally acclaimed film—and contemporary arts in general—the
Korean capital is home to a number of up-and-coming filmmakers poised to contribute to the future of national, regional and
international cinema.

The lineup of City to City films was programmed by Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film
Festival, and Giovanna Fulvi, International Programmer for the Festival. The City to City series, now in its sixth year,
focuses on the films and filmmakers from a selected international hot-spot breaking new ground in cinema. Past
programmes featured films from Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Mumbai and Athens.

A Dream of Iron (Cheol-ae-kum) Kelvin Kyung Kun Park, South Korea/USA Canadian Premiere
Multi-media artist Kelvin Kyung Kun Park looks back to the “heroic age” of heavy industry in 1960s South Korea and the
contemporary ruins of those utopian dreams of modernity.

A Girl at My Door (Dohee-Ya) July Jung, South Korea North American Premiere
Banished to provincial purgatory after a censure for misconduct, a former star of the Seoul police force finds her maternal
instincts unexpectedly awakened when she meets a troubled teenage girl. Starring Kim Sae-ron, Bae Doona and Song Sae-

A Hard Day (Kkeut-kka-ji-gan-da) Kim Seong-hun, South Korea North American Premiere
A luckless police detective becomes the target of blackmail after trying to cover up a hit-and-run in this wild neo-noir thriller.
Starring Lee Sun-kyun and Cho Jin-woong.

Alive (Sanda) Park Jung-bum, South Korea North American Premiere
A simple labourer in a remote mountain village is driven to desperate measures to provide for the women in his life in this
wrenching yet beautiful drama. Starring Park Jung-bum, Lee Seung-yeon, Park Myung-hoon and Shin Heat-bit.

Cart (Ka-teu) Boo Ji-Young, South Korea World Premiere
The employees of a big-box discount retail store band together when contract workers are summarily laid off. Starring Yum
Jung-Ah, Moon Jeong-Hee, Kim Young-Ae, Kim Gang-Woo, Hwang Jung-Min, Chun Woo-Hee and D.O.

Confession (Jo-Eun-Chin-Goo-Deul) Lee Do-yun, South Korea International Premiere
When a faked robbery ends in tragedy, three long-time friends have their fierce loyalty to one another put to the test in this
noir-ish action thriller. Starring Ji Sung, Ju Ji-hoon and Lee Kwang-soo.

Gyeongju Zhang Lu, South Korea North American Premiere
In this charmingly off-kilter romantic comedy, a Beijing university professor visits the ancient Korean capital of Gyeongju on
a nostalgic quest to revisit a “dirty” café painting he first saw years before, and finds an unexpected connection with the
beautiful present owner of the establishment. Starring Park Hae-il and Shin Min-a.

Scarlet Innocence Yim Pil-sung, South Korea World Premiere
A university professor gradually succumbing to blindness is entranced by an obsessive love in this modern-day adaptation
of a classic Korean fairy tale. Starring Jung Woo-sung and Esom. 

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