While the focus of festival announcements are understandably on the new films that will be unveiled, organizers always make room for retrospective screenings. And this morning, along with strong batch of even more World Premieres of movies from around the world, it’s some vintage titles that grabbed our attention from TIFF’s latest additions.
Michael Mann‘s “Heat” and Brad Bird‘s “The Iron Giant: Signature Edition” will both hit the big screen in Toronto. The Robert De Niro and Al Pacino crime saga celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and what better way to blow out the candles than with a slot in the Cinematheque Programme. Meanwhile, Bird’s contemporary animated classic will show for all ages as part of the Kids Programme, with this new edition of the movie featuring two all-new sequences. It will hit TIFF before arriving for a limited run in cinemas at the end of September.
TIFF runs from September 10-20. Check out the full lineup additions below, plus the In Conversation lineup.
“A Patch of Fog,” Michael Lennox, United Kingdom, World Premiere
“The Ardennes, “Robin Pront, Belgium, World Premiere
“Beast,” Tom McKeith, Sam McKeith, Australia/Philippines, World Premiere
“Black,” Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Belgium, World Premiere
“Born to Dance,” Tammy Davis, New Zealand, World Premiere
“Desde Allá,” Lorenzo Vigas, Venezuela, North American Premiere
“Downriver,” Grant Scicluna, Australia, International Premiere
“Eva Nová,” Marko Škop, Slovakia, World Premiere
“Five Nights in Maine,” Maris Curran, USA, World Premiere
“The Here After (Efterskalv),” Magnus von Horn, Poland/Sweden/France, North American Premiere
“Ixcanul,” Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala/France, Canadian Premiere
“Keeper,” Guillaume Senez, Belgium/Switzerland/France, North American Premiere
“Les Cowboys,” Thomas Bidegain, France/Belgium, North American Premiere
“Meghmallar,” Zahidur Rahim Anjan, Bangladesh, World Premiere
“Mountain,” Yaelle Kayam, Israel/Denmark, North American Premiere
“My Name is Emily,” Simon Fitzmaurice, Ireland, North American Premiere
“Semana Santa,” Alejandra Márquez Abella, Mexico, World Premiere
“Spear,” Stephen Page, Australia, World Premiere
“Very Big Shot (Film Kteer Kbeer),” Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, Lebanon/Qatar, World Premiere
“The Wait (L’attesa),” Piero Messina, Italy, North American Premiere
“We Monsters (Wir Monster),” Sebastian Ko, Germany, North American Premiere
“Wedding Doll (Chatona Meniyar),” Nitzan Gilady, Israel, International Premiere
Previously announced Canadian titles in the Discovery Programme include Stephen Dunn’s “Closet Monster,” Adam Garnet Jones’ “Fire Song,” Jamie M. Dagg’s “River,” Kire Paputts’ “The Rainbow Kid” and Andrew Cividino’s “Sleeping Giant.”
“My Skinny Sister (Min lilla system),” Sanna Lenken, Sweden/Germany, Canadian Premiere
“Phantom Boy,” Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, France/Belgium, North American Premiere
“The Iron Giant: Signature Edition,” Brad Bird, USA, World Premiere
“As I Open My Eyes (A peine j’ouvre les yeux),” Leyla Bouzid, Tunisia/France/Belgium (Contemporary World Cinema)
“Born To Dance,” Tammy Davis, New Zealand (Discovery)
“The Final Girls,” Todd Strauss-Schulson, USA (Midnight Madness)
“Girls Lost,” Alexandra-Therese Keining, Sweden (Contemporary World Cinema)
“He Named Me Malala,” Davis Guggenheim, USA (TIFF Docs)
“Keeper,” Guillaume Senez, Belgium/Switzerland/France (Discovery)
“My Name is Emily,” Simon Fitzmaurice, Ireland (Discovery)
“Sleeping Giant,” Andrew Cividino, Canada (Discovery)
“Heat,” Michael Mann, USA
“Zoom,” Pedro Morelli, Canada World Premiere
Among her numerous accolades throughout her career in film, television, on stage and as a NY-Times Bestselling author, Academy Award® and Emmy®-winning actress Julianne Moore is the ninth person in Academy history to receive two Oscar nominations in the same year and the only American actress to be awarded top acting prizes at the Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals. Having appeared in more than 60 feature films, she will next be seen this October in “Freeheld” – part of the Festival’s official selection – opposite Ellen Page and Michael Shannon, and in November as President Coin in Francis Lawrence’s upcoming Hunger Games sequel “Mockingjay: Part 2.” Julianne is an Artist Ambassador for Save the Children U.S. Programs, is on the Advisory Council of The Children’s Health Fund, and is a supporter of Planned Parenthood and the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. Moore will hit the stage for a special conversation on the occasion of the premiere of her highly anticipated new film.
In Conversation With… Salma Hayek
Academy Award-nominee and Emmy winner Salma Hayek has proven herself as a prolific actress, producer and director in both film and television. Hayek has several films set for release this year and next, including the Festival selection “Septembers of Shiraz” alongside Adrien Brody, “Tale of Tales” by acclaimed Italian director Matteo Garrone, and as the voice “Teresa Taco” in Seth Rogen’s upcoming animated feature Sausage Party. She was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe®, Screen Actors Guild and a BAFTA award for her leading role in Julie Taymor’s “Frida.” Noted for her acting career, Hayek has also dedicated much of her time to social activism, previously serving as spokesperson for the Pampers/UNICEF partnership worldwide and the Avon Foundation’s Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. In November 2005, she served as co-host, alongside Julianne Moore, at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo. She was also part of the One campaign that singer and activist Bono created, as well as a member of Global Green, and Youth Aids. Born and raised in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Hayek studied International Relations in college in Mexico. Hayek takes the stage to discuss her remarkable career to date.
Two-time Emmy winner Sarah Silverman is a versatile performer with a repertoire that includes everything from film and television to stand-up comedy and iconic videos. Silverman next stars in the lead role of drama “I Smile Back” – in the Festival’s official selection – and in Ashby. She recently wrapped production on the “Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Project,” as well as a comedy pilot for HBO which she executive produced and in which she stars. Last year she was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for her comedy special “We Are Miracles.” Other credits include “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Take This Waltz” and her concert film “Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic.” Silverman’s sharp sense of humour is sure to entertain audiences as she discusses her varied career.
In Conversation With… Matthew Weiner
Matthew Weiner serves as creator, Executive Producer, writer and director on the critically acclaimed drama “Mad Men” and will delight fans by discussing aspects of the extremely popular TV series. Since the series premiere in 2007, “Mad Men” has become one of television’s most honored shows joining an elite group in 2011 when it became only the fourth drama to be awarded four consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. Additional honors for the series include: three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Drama Series; a Peabody Award; three Producers Guild Awards; four Writers Guild Awards; two BAFTA Awards; five Television Critics Association Awards, including Program of the Year; and being named seven years running to AFI’s Top 10 Outstanding Television Programs. Weiner’s additional credits include serving as an Executive Producer and writer on The Sopranos, and writer on various television comedy series including “The Naked Truth,” “Becker,” and “Andy Richter Controls the Universe.” In addition to his television credits, Weiner wrote and directed the feature film, “Are You Here,” featuring performances from Owen Wilson, Zack Galifianakis and Amy Poehler. Born in Los Angeles, Weiner studied Philosophy, Literature, and History at Wesleyan University. He also earned his MFA from the University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television. Weiner currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, architect Linda Brettler, and their four sons.