Wednesday, 27 August 2008

First picks for TIFF'08


Here are my first choices for films this year. Well, not my actual 'must see' list but these are the films I have submitted as my selections. I'm going to drop off my orders later today. I did make second picks but the irony is they were usually more hyped films - I wouldn't recommend that method, but I did feel compelled to but in a second pick so sometimes it was something like The Wrestler or RocknRolla.

1st picks:

24 City
A Film with Me in It
Achillles and the Tortoise
All Around Us
Ashes of Time Redux
Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World, The
Blind Loves
C'est pas moi, je le jure!
Dernier Maquis
Derriere Moi
Detroit Metal City
Dungeon Masters, The
Eden Log
Empty Nest
Every Little Step
Fear Me Not
It Might Get Loud
Katia's Sister
Ocean Flame
One Week
Patrik, Age 1.5
Radio Love
Real Shaolin, The
Secret of Moonarce, The
Sky Crawlers, The
Still Walking
Toronto Stories
Tokyo Sonata
Un ete sans point ni coup sur
White Night Wedding
Winds of September

Program Breakdown:
So far the program breakdown in CWC and Midnight Madness heavy - which I expect. I'm a little surprized to see so many Vangaurd selections - when the program first came out I steered clear of it due to pretty intense content, but over the years I have seen some stelllar films from it (Chyrsalis, Boy A). I wish I got at least one Canada First! in there, but so far my Canadian selections have been through other programs.

10 Contemporary World Cinema
6 Vanguard
5 Midnight Madness
5 Special Presentations
2 Discovery
2 Masters
2 Visions
1 Sprockets
1 Gala

The Toronto International Film Festival 2008 runs from September 4-13/08 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


The Mad Hatter said...

Good luck! I'll be dropping off my first picks tomorrow afternoon.

Blake said...

Slum Dog Millionaire didn't make the list? Where's the love for Danny Boyle?

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Slum Dog Millionaire does look good, but:
1) Special Presentations are harder to get into than other films
2) Especially if they are from well known directors
3) I don't usually go for films that are likely to come in regular releases

There are over 300 films and ya gotta smoosh that down to however many you are seeing (40 for me). Not even all my 'must see's' got on this list. It's quite a process!

Jamie said...

It's wild that even narrowing it down to 40 (40!) films is a challenge when there's so much to choose from. I loved seeing how your categories broke down.

I've got my fingers crossed for you re getting your pics!

John said...

I posted up my picks and times over at

Check them out and let me know if you are set up for the same time. If so we'll have to make sure to run into each other.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Sure thing John!

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