CATEGORIES Exhibition, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Movie News, CinematicalAfter the first big batch of releases, TIFF's slate was sounding pretty darned great, as names like Robert Redford, Darren Aronofsky, Julian Schnabel, and Ben Affleck peppered the list. Then came a solid list of documentaries. And then, even more leading names like Clint Eastwood and John Sayles, plus Midnight Madness picks from James Gunn and John Carpenter.
With just about every big fall film gracing the lineup, it looked like we were done with noteworthy films. Oh, what a silly assumption. Now, finally, TIFF has completed their lineup, and there's even more notable fare to look out for, and a hurricane of big names preparing to descend on Toronto next month, from Godard to Gallo.
If you're a celeb photo stalker, this list should help you plan your fest. There are a slew of big names attending in 2010, seeing that almost anyone who's anyone is in a film or making one this year. As for the new films, there are simply too many for one post, so we've gone and chosen some of the best-looking films from each lineup. Hit the linked title header for the complete list.
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS (listed w/ below Discovery Programme, one addition)
The Whistleblower -- Larysa Kondracki, Canada/Germany
This harrowing political thriller recounts the story of a female Nebraska police officer turned peacekeeper who uncovers a horrible sex-trafficking underworld in Bosnia and its shocking connection to the UN. As Kathryn Bolkovac (Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz) feverishly works to expose the scandal, the UN does its utmost to keep her quiet.
Ten films were added to TIFF's Masters Programme, including:
Film Socialism -- Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland
Godard's latest film, a "symphony in three movements," grapples with trying to make sense of a world that appears to be beyond comprehension and meaning.
The Sleeping Beauty -- Catherine Breillat, France
An epic fantasia of a young girl's coming-of-age, featuring Catherine Breillat's signature take on gender relations and breathtaking cinematography.
13 Assassins Takashi Miike, Japan
Cult director Takeshi Miike delivers a period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war-torn future.
VISIONS & VANGUARD
Boundary-pushing international films, this lineup includes:
Promises Written in Water Vincent Gallo, USA
Shot in black and white, this fiercely independent film traces the steps a young photographer takes to fulfill the dying wishes of a beautiful young woman, including getting a job in a funeral parlour so he can oversee her cremation.
Our Day Will Come Romain Gavras, France
The highly anticipated debut by French director Romain Gavras (director of M.I.A.'s video Born Free) focuses on two outcast redheads -- a bullied teen (Olivier Barthelemy) and a psychologist (Vincent Cassel) -- who embark on a hallucinatory journey to Ireland in a quest for freedom.
Featuring filmmakers across the world from China to Iran to Belgium, you can check out the full list right here, which includes the latest from Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer:
Three -- Tom Tykwer, Germany
Returning to the rule-breaking freedom of early films like Run Lola Run, Tykwer introduces a sophisticated Berlin couple who both start affairs with the same man, putting them on a collision course.
Up-and-coming filmmakers, including:
Ceremony -- Max Winkler, USA
Along with his unwitting best friend, a young guy looks to crash the wedding of an older woman with whom he's infatuated. Stars Uma Thurman.
Dirty Girl -- Abe Sylvia, USA
Danielle is the dirty girl of Norman High School. When her misbehaviour gets her banished to a remedial class, she teams up with an innocent closet-case and they head out on a road trip to discover themselves. Stars Juno Temple, Dwight Yoakam, Milla Jovovich and William H. Macy.