Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Documentarys, Discovery and Vanguard Films at TIFF'09

The TIFF announcements continue with more film titles release in the Discovery and Vanguard programmes. We also have lots of documentaries titles to explore, the majority of which are in the Real to Reel programme but jump into other programmes such as The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights, a documentary that follows Jack and Meg White of The White Stripes on their cross Canada tour which is included in Vanguard, Good Hair which is a Special Presentation and Turtle: The Incredible Journey included as a Sprockets Family Zone title. For fans of film, rating and legalities Cleanflix looks interesting, a doc on 'clean' versions of Hollywood films inspired by the religious preaching. We also have the directorial debut from actor Samantha Morton with The Unloved. The Vanguard program is certainly bringing us cinema on the edge including unconventional crime film Accident directed by Soi Cheang and produced by Johnnie To, going apocalyptic with Luis Ortega's The Dirty Saints and down the rabbit hole following a drug dealer with Gaspar Noé's Enter the Void.

Lets take a look at the titles, organized by program.

Discovery

The Angel
Dir: Margreth Olin
Cast: Maria Bonnevie
Norway/Sweden/Finland

Applause
Dir: Martin Pieter Zandvliet
Cast: Paprika Steen
Denmark

Bare Essence of Life
Dir: Satoko Yokohama
Cast: Kenichi Matsuyama
Japan

Beautiful Kate
Dir: Rachel Ward
Australia

A Brand New Life
Dir: Ounie Lecomte
South Korea/France

The Disappearance of Alice Creed
Dir: J. Blakeson
Cast: Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston, Gemma Arterton
United Kingdom

Eamon
Dir: Margaret Corkery
Ireland

Every Day Is a Holiday
Dir: Dima El-Horr
France/Germany/Lebanon

Five Hours from Paris
Dir: Leon Prudovsky
Israel

Heliopolis
Dir: Ahmad Abdalla
Egypt

The Day Will Come
Dir: Susanne Schneider
Germany/France

Le Jour où Dieu est parti en voyage
Dir: Philippe van Leeuw
Belgium

Last Ride
Dir: Glendyn Ivin
Australia

My Dog Tulip
Dir: Paul Fierlinger and Sandra Fierlinger
Animated
Voices: Christopher Plummer, Isabella Rossellini
USA

My Tehran for Sale
Dir: Granaz Moussavi
Australia/Iran

Northless
Dir: Rigoberto Perezcano
Mexico/Spain

La Soga
Dir: Josh Crook
Dominican Republic/USA

Shirley Adams
Dir: Oliver Hermanus
South Africa/USA

Toad's Oil
Dir: Koji Yakusho
Japan

Together
Dir: Matias Armand Jordal
Norway

The Unloved
Dir: Samantha Morton
United Kingdom

Real to Reel

The Art of the Steal
Dir: Don Argott
USA

Bassidji
Dir: Mehran Tamadon
Iran/France/Switzerland

Cleanflix
Dirs: Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi
USA

Collapse
Dir: Chris Smith
USA

Colony
Dirs: Carter Gunn and Ross McDonnell
Ireland

Google Baby Zippi
Dir: Brand Frank
Israel

How to Fold a Flag
Dirs: Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein
USA

L'Enfer de Henri-Georges Clouzot
Dirs: Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea
France

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
Dir: Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
USA

Presumed Guilty
Dirs: Roberto Hernández and Geoffrey Smith
Mexico

Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags
Dir: Marc Levin
USA

Snowblind
Dir: Vikram Jayanti
USA/United Kingdom

The Topp Twins
Dir: Leanne Pooley
New Zealand

Videocracy
Dir: Erik Gandini
Sweden

Special Presentation

Good Hair
Dir: Jeff Stilson
USA

Sprockets Family Zone

Turtle: The Incredible Journey
Dir: Nick Stringer
United Kingdom/Austria/Germany

Vanguard

Accident
Dir: Soi Cheang
Hong Kong, China

The Ape
Dir: Jesper Ganslandt
Sweden

Bunny and the Bull
Dir: Paul King
United Kingdom

The Dirty Saints
Dir: Luis Ortega
Argentina

Enter the Void
Dir: Gaspar Noé
France/Germany/Italy
North American Premiere

Hipsters
Dir: Valery Todorovsky
Russia

The Misfortunates
Dir: Felix Van Groeningen
Belgium/Holland

My Queen Karo
Dir: Dorothée van den Berghe
Belgium

Spring Fever
Dir: Lou Ye
China

The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights
Dir: Emmett Malloy
USA

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 10 - 19, 2009 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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