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The 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, (TIFF) will be held in Toronto, Canada. This 33rd annual festival will run from September 4 to September 13, 2008. The film festival has announced that the opening night gala will be the WWI romantic epic Passchendaele from Canadian director Paul Gross.[1]

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About the 2008 Festival

Festival is heavy on Canadian fare as well as featuring prominent indie films and worldwide and/or North American debuts including: Adoration directed by Canada’s own Atom Egoyan, Appaloosa the second film from Ed Harris (who directed Pollock), Blindness from screenwriter-director, Fernando Meirelles, Iraq war thriller The Hurt Locker directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and veteran filmmaker Barbet Schroeder’s Inju, la bete dans l’ombre.[2] [3] [4] Scheduled is The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (directed by Jodie Markell), based on a “rediscovered” Tennessee Williams screenplay. TIFF will screen 312 films from 64 countries. These include 249 features, most of which are North American and/or world premieres.[5]

Neil Burger (director of The Illusionist) will world premiere The Lucky Ones a character study of U.S. soldiers on an unplanned road trip, starring Tim Robbins. [5] [6]

Also featured will be Me and Orson Welles helmed by American “slacker” Richard Linklater, the Spike Lee-directed WWII film, Miracle at St. Anna as well as the Jonathan Demme directed film Rachel Getting Married. Other festival highlights are screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s first film, Synecdoche, New York, a slice of experimental filmmaker James Benning’s Americana RR will be featured in the “Wavelengths” avant-garde showcase, the four-hour-long Stephen Soderbergh epic Che (playing in two parts), as well as The Wrestler lensed by Darren Aronofsky. The Brits are also well represented with Happy-Go-Lucky directed by Mike Leigh and Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle.[2] [3] [4]

Despite showing fewer films than last year, among the 249 features, 116 are premieres and 61 are first features.[5] [7] Films from as many as 64 countries will be screened, with more than 340,000 admissions expected.[7]

“Canadian Open Vault”, which always highlights a restored Canadian film, will focus on Quebec filmmaker Francois Girard’s 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould made in 1993.[1]

Actors Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Benicio Del Toro, Ethan Hawke, Laura Linney and film directors Julian Schnabel, Kathryn Bigelow and Steven Soderbergh are among the celebs the festival has invited on its 500-plus guest list, thus completing its lineup.[6]

The festival will close on September 13, 2008 with the North American premiere of Stone of Destiny written and directed by Charles Martin Smith, the true story of four Glasgow university students who try to restore the 300-pound Stone of Destiny to its rightful Scotish home.[8]

Festival themes and concepts

When asked if this year’s festival has a theme, new festival co-director Cameron Bailey said, “With 312 films showing its impossible to name one theme. I think its interesting to note though that in the American cinema, particularly within the last few years, you’ve seen filmmakers who take on the Iraq war with the kind of freshness that would with anything that is brand new and is such a huge event and so cataclysmic. Now what we are seeing is that filmmakers are dealing with that conflict in a different way. Take Kathryn Bigelow, for instance, with The Hurt Locker. This a movie that’s set in Iraq but it is not about the Iraq War as a kind of shocking political event. It’s about the Iraq War as a dramatic circumstance… It’s not so much a political film or a film about how we should feel about the Iraq War. It’s more about these characters in that context. It’s the same way with The Lucky Ones. This is a movie about coming home, not about fighting a war. It’s about how soldiers try to reintergrate into the country… I’m finding (that filmmakers) are dealing a bit more with the second or third stages of this war, rather than the first stage and it’s initial shock… I think the environment is big this year with films like Food, Inc., At The Edge of the World, Upstream Battle. These are some of the documentaries that Thom Powers has programmed and not out of any design on his part. He just found that some of the strongest docs this year were dealing with the environment… ” [9]

North American premieres

  • Aide-toi et le ciel t’aidera directed by Francois Dupeyron (France)
  • Adoration directed by Atom Egoyan (Canada)
  • Appaloosa directed by Ed Harris (U.S.)
  • Un Barrage center le pacifique directed by Rithy Panh
  • Blindness directed by Fernando Meirelles (Brazil/Japan/Canada coprod.)
  • The Brothers Bloom directed by Rian Johnson
  • Un conte de Noel directed by Arnaud Desplechin
  • Disgrace directed by Steve Jacobs
  • Il Divo directed by Paolo Sorrentino
  • The Duchess directed by Saul Dibb
  • Easy Virtue directed by Stephen Elliot (U.S./U.K.)
  • Fifty Dead Men Walking directed by Kari Skogland (Canada)
  • Genova directed by Michael Winterbottom
  • Gomorrah directed by Matteo Garrone
  • Good directed by Vincente Amorim
  • The Good the Bad the Weird directed by Kim Jee-woon (South Korea)
  • Heaven on Earth directed by Deepa Mehta (Canada)
  • The Hurt Locker directed by Kathryn Bigelow (U.S.)
  • Is There Anybody There? directed by John Crowley
  • It’s Not Me directed by Philippe Falardeau (Canada)
  • The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond directed by Jodie Markell
  • The Lucky Ones directed by Neil Burger
  • Management directed by Stephen Belber
  • Me and Orson Welles directed by Richard Linklater (U.S.)
  • Miracle at St. Anna directed by Spike Lee (U.S.)
  • Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist directed by Peter Sollet
  • O’Horten directed by Bent Hamer (Norway)
  • One Week directed by Michael McGowan (Canada)
  • The Other Man directed by Richard Eyre
  • Pedro directed by Nicholas Oceano
  • Pride and Glory directed by Gavin O’Connor
  • Rachel Getting Married directed by Jonathan Demme (U.S.)
  • The Secret Life of Bees directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
  • Stone of Destiny directed by Charles Martin Smith
  • Synecdoche, New York directed by Charlie Kaufman (U.S.)
  • The Wrestler directed by Darren Aronofsky (U.S.)
  • Zack and Miri Make a Porno directed by Kevin Smith (U.S.)

Special presentations

  • Ashes of Time Redux directed by Wong Kar Wai
  • Empty Nest directed by Daniel Burman
  • Every Little Step directed by James Stern and Adam Del Deo
  • La Fille de Monaco directed by Anne Fontaine (France)
  • Ghost Town directed by David Koepp (U.S.)
  • Happy-Go-Lucky directed by Mike Leigh
  • I’ve Loved You So Long directed by Philippe Claudel (France)
  • New York, I Love You (a compilation of short films from 12 directors) including Natalie Portman, Allen Hughes, and Mira Nair
  • Religulous directed by Larry Charles (U.S.)
  • RocknRolla directed by Guy Ritchie
  • Waltz with Bashir directed by Ari Folman

Other films to be screened

  • $9.99 directed by Tatia Rosenthal
  • Before Tomorrow directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu (Canada)
  • Burn After Reading directed by the Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
  • Che (in two pieces) directed by Stephen Soderbergh (U.S.)
  • The Class directed by Laurent Cantet
  • Cooper’s Camera directed by Warren Sonada (Canada)
  • Daytime Drinking directed by Young-seok Noh (Korea)
  • Dean Spanley directed by Toa Fraser
  • Edison and Leo directed by Neil Burns (Canada)
  • La Fille de Monaco directed by Anna Fontaine
  • Gigantic directed by Matt Aselton
  • Hunger directed by Steve McQueen
  • Inju, la bete dans l’ombre directed by Barbet Schroeder
  • Last Stop 174 directed by Bruno Barreto (Brazil)
  • Lovely, Still directed by Nik Fackler
  • Lymelife directed by Derick Martini and Steve Martini
  • Nothing But the Truth directed by Rod Lurie
  • Public Enemy No. One directed by Jean-Francois Richet
  • Real Time directed by Randall Cole (Canada)
  • Singh Is Kinng directed by Anees Bazmee
  • Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle (U.K.)
  • Snow directed by Aida Begic
  • The Stoning of Soraya M directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh
  • Tulpan directed by Sergey Dvortsevoy
  • Who Do You Love? directed by Jerry Zaks
  • What Doesn’t Kill You directed by Brian Goodman
  • A Woman in Berlin directed by Max Farberbock (Germany)
  • A Year in Winter directed by Caroline Link

Masters program

  • 24 City directed by Jia Zhangke
  • Adam Resurrected directed by Paul Schrader
  • Everlasting Moments directed by Jan Troell
  • Four Nights With Anna directed by Jerzy Skolimowski
  • Of Time and the City directed by Terence Davies (U.K.)
  • Le Silence de Lorna directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne (U.K.)
  • Three Monkeys directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
  • Tokyo Sonata directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Vanguard and visions

  • Afterwards directed by Gilles Bourdos
  • Uncertainty directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel
  • Universalove directed by Thomas Woschitz (Austria)

Midnight Madness

  • Acolytes directed by Jon Hewitt
  • The Burrowers directed by J.T. Petty
  • Chocolate directed by Prachya Pinkaew (Thailand)
  • Deadgirl directed by Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel (U.S.)
  • Detroit Metal City directed by Toshio Lee
  • Eden Log directed by Franck Vestiel
  • JCVD directed by Mabrouk El Mechri
  • Martyrs directed by Pascal Laugier
  • Not Quite Hollywood directed by Mark Hartley (Australia)
  • Sexykiller directed by Miguel Marti

Sprockets (family fare)

  • Bridge to Terabithia directed by Gábor Csupó (Germany)
  • Krabat directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner
  • Mia et le Migou directed by Remy Girerd
  • The Secret of Moonacre directed by Gábor Csupó
  • Sunshine Barry & the Disco Worms directed by Thomas Borch Nielsen

Wavelengths (avant-garde showcase)

  • Derriere moi directed by Rafael Ouellet (Canada)
  • Le Genou d’Artemide directed by Jean-Marie Straub
  • Pontypool directed by Bruce McDonald
  • RR directed by James Benning (U.S.)
  • The Secret History of the Dividing Line (part of series) directed by David Gatten
  • When It Was Blue directed by Jennifer Reeves

Contemporary world cinema

  • 33 Scenes From Life directed by Malgosia Szumowska
  • $5 a Day directed by Nigel Cole
  • Acne directed by Frederica Veiroj
  • The Country Teacher directed by Bohdan Sláma (Czech Republic/Germany/France)
  • Delta directed by Kornel Mundruczo
  • Un ete sans point ni coup sur directed by Francis Leclerc (Canada)
  • Fear Me Not directed by Kristian Levring
  • Flame & Citron directed by Ole Christian Madsen
  • El Greco directed by Yannis Smaragdis
  • L’Heure d’ete directed by Olivier Assayas
  • Knitting directed by Yin Lichuan
  • Linha de Passe directed Walter Thomas and Daniela Thomas (Brazil)
  • Lion’s Den directed by Pablo Trapero
  • Lost Song directed by Rodrigue Jean
  • Maman est chez le coiffeur directed by Lea Pool (Canada)
  • Middle of Nowhere directed by John Stockwell
  • Mothers & Daughters directed by Carl Bessai
  • My Mother, My Bride and I directed by Hans Steinbichler
  • The Narrows directed by Francois Velle
  • Patrik, Age 1.5 directed by Ella Lemhagen
  • Pandora’s Box directed by Yeşim Ustaoğlu
  • Restless directed by Amos Kollek
  • Revanche directed by Gotz Spielmann
  • Skin directed by Anthony Fabian
  • Teza directed by Haile Gerima
  • Three Wise Men directed by Mika Kaurismaki
  • Toronto Stories (four part anthology) directed by David Weaver, Sudz Sutherland, Aaron Woodley and Sook-Yin Lee (Canada)
  • Two-Legged Horse directed by Samira Makhmalbaf
  • White Night Wedding directed by Baltasar Kormakur

Canada first

  • Borderline directed by Lyne Charlebois

The Real to Reel (docu program)

  • Blind Loves directed by Juraj Lehotsky
  • Examined Life directed by Astra Taylor
  • La memoire des anges directed by Luc Bourdon
  • Paris, Not France directed by Adria Petty
  • The Real Shaolin directed by Alexander Sebastien Lee
  • Under Rich Earth directed by Malcolm Rogge
  • 7915 KM directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter

References

  1. ^ a b “Toronto unveils Canadian selection” Variety, By Brendan Kelly July 15, 2008
  2. ^ a b “Toronto believes in Lee’s ‘Miracle'” Variety, by Jennie Punter, Jul. 2, 2008
  3. ^ a b “Toronto film festival finds its Destiny” Aug 14, 2008 Reuters/Hollywood Reporter
  4. ^ a b “Toronto Adds Premieres for ‘Che’, ‘Porno’, ‘Bloom’, ‘Synecdoche’, Others” Cinematical, by William Goss, Aug 13th 2008
  5. ^ a b c “Toronto’s dance card complete Sept. 4-13 festival includes 249 features” By Etan Vlessing, Hollywood Reporter, Aug 19, 2008
  6. ^ a b Variety “Toronto Film Festival unveils lineup Event boasts 500-plus guest list”, by Jennie Punter, Aug. 19, 2008
  7. ^ a b “Toronto film festival promises lighter touch” Reuters, Aug 19, 2008
  8. ^ “Toronto fest adds 20 films to lineup” Variety, by Anne Thompson, Aug. 13, 2008
  9. ^ “Toronto Co-Director Cameron Bailey” Indiewire Interview, by Peter Knegt, Aug 19, 2008

External links

  • Full List of TIFF 08 Films & Schedules
  • TIFFReviews.com – coverage of TIFF ’08 with news, reviews, blogs, photos and videos
  • Variety, Jul. 23, 2008, “Van Damme’s JCVD to hit Toronto”, (wavelengths, midnight madness, family fare)
  • “TIFF slots ‘Appaloosa,’ ‘Other Man'”, Variety, By Michael Jones, July 17, 2008
  • “Toronto Unveils Canadian selection” Variety, By Brendan Kelly July 15, 2008
  • “Secret Life of Bees’ stings Toronto” Variety, Jul. 10, 2008
  • “Cannes winners trot to Toronto: Fest unveils first pics in slate” Variety, by Jennie Punter, Jun. 26, 2008
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