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TIFF ISA of the Day: Funny Balloons

TIFF ISA of the Day: Funny Balloons

Coverage of International Sales Agents (ISAs) has resumed for the Toronto International Film Festival. This segment covers inspirational companies that have officially selected films in the festival. SydneysBuzz features ISAs, as they play an instrumental and necessary role in helping filmmakers to share their visions and voices with the world.
Based in Paris, Funny Balloons is an international sales company handling selected titles in all media from young or established filmmakers with personal, singular visions.
This year’s TIFF selections from the Funny Balloons slate includes PASOLINI, by Abel Ferrara (TIFF Special Presentation) and RETURN TO ITHACA, by Laurent Cantet (TIFF Special Presentation). NDE (NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE), by Benoit Delépine & Gustave Kervern also had a TIFF market screening.
Learn more about these official TIFF selections:
American director Abel Ferrara, another outlaw talent, has clearly found a soulmate in Pasolini. Starring Willem Dafoe, a dead ringer for Pasolini, Pasolini offers a kaleidoscopic view of the last day of the artist’s life, in 1975. Struggling with the censors as he is about to finish Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, pausing for an interview with a journalist that allows him to reflect on ideas of sex and politics, having lunch with his beloved mother with whom he shared a house, welcoming friends and former lovers — these are all moments that allow Ferrara to piece together the complex jigsaw puzzle that is Pasolini. And then, of course, there is his obsessive predilection for cruising the nocturnal streets of Rome in search of furtive sex.
Return To Ithaca, a film shot entirely in Spanish and set in an apartment and rooftop terrace overlooking Havana’s famed ocean avenue, the Malecón, sees Cantet probe into the lives of a group of middle-aged Cubans struggling to make sense of what has happened to their lives and their dreams.
A quintet of old friends, bearing the scars of years spent eking out a living in Havana, by turns joke and needle each other; they commiserate and taunt; they reminisce. Even though the people in the group share a common past, life has taken them in different directions. Each faces a crisis of conscience that Cantet explores delicately, as compromises butt up against principles, pragmatism against ideals, youth against parents.

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