Wednesday, August 25, 2010

35th Toronto International Film Festival

Some of you maybe recall that I'm not really a fan of this festival as find it's too commercial for my taste, has the North American premiere of many films that come from prestigious festivals, and most of the films are simply not interesting to me. But I do recognize that's an important fest in North America and maybe it's the largest. This year will screen 246 films in many sections and programs; will run from September 9 to 19 and here are sections that the fest has.

Canada First - First time Canadian directors
Canadian Open Vault - Special presentations of recently restored, iconic, Canadian films
City to City - An Exploration of the urban experience through film. Each year a city is spotlighted
Contemporary World Cinema - Best films from every corner of the earth. (Maybe the most interesting program)
Discovery - Showcase for innovative new filmmakers
Future Projections - Cinema meets visual arts with moving-image projects throughout the city of Toronto
Galas Presentations
Masters - Films made by the most influential directors living today
Mavericks - Unforgettable dialogues with some of the most compelling figures of working in cinema today
Midnight Madness - Weird and wonderful films from misfit directors for those audiences who appreciate the wild side of cinema
Reel to Reel - Candid and unscripted, the best documentaries of the year
Short Cuts Canada -Canadian shorts
Special Presentations - Crowd pleasing films
Sprockets Family Zone - Films for children and adults alike
TIFF for Free - Free public screenings showcasing gems from festivals past
Vanguard - Films that defy convention (another sometimes interesting section)
Visions - Poetic films that take radical and innovative approach to filmmaking and the art of storytelling (ditto above)
Wavelengths - Film is art. Vibrant and aesthetically stunning works from the world's leading and emerging film and video artists.

To check films in each section/program go here.

These are some of the films I find interesting and are new to the blog.

All About Love, Ann Hui, Hong Kong, 2010 (lesbian interest)
Inside America, Barbara Eder, Austria, 2010
Jucy, Louise Alston, Australia, 2010 (is a womatic comedy!)
Last Night, Massy Tadjedin, France and USA, 2009 (Intriguing cast, but hope is not too American)
The Piano in a Factory, Zhang Meng, China, 2010

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