Thursday, 28 July 2011


Recognised as one of the most prestigious film festivals of note, Toronto International Film Festival has been a consistent showcase of choice where Oscar potentials always screen at. The King's Speech and Black Swan had their North American premieres there last year as well. Following up their reputation of intriguing films that will very likely generate buzz towards the later half of this year during the award season, they've just announced their first wave listing of films.

The films in participation are listed below in no merit sequence:

11 FLOWERS by Wang Xiaoshuai
360 by Fernando Meirelles
388 ARLETTA AVENUE by Randall Cole
4AM by Janine Fung
50/50 by Jonathan Levine
ACQUA by Raha Shirazi
AFGHAN LUKE by Mike Clattenburg
AFTERNOON TEA by DJ Parmar
ALBERT NOBBS by Rodrigo Garcia
AMERICANO by Mathieu Demy
AMY GEORGE by Yonah Lewis Calvin Thomas
ANONYMOUS by Roland Emmerich
ARIRANG by Kim Ki-Duk
THE ARTIST by Michel Hazanavicius
A BETTER LIFE (Une Vie Meilleure) by Cédric Kahn
BURNING MAN by Jonathan Teplitzky
BUTTER by Jim Field Smith
CHICKEN WITH PLUMS (Poulet Aux Prunes) by Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud
CORIOLANUS by Ralph Fiennes
COUNTDOWN by Huh Jong-ho
A DANGEROUS METHOD by David Cronenberg
DARK HORSE by Todd Solondz
THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Terence Davies
THE DESCENDANTS by Alexander Payne
DRIVE by Nicolas Winding Refn
ELLES by Malgoska Szumowska
THE EYE OF THE STORM by Fred Schepisi
FRIENDS WITH KIDS by Jennifer Westfeldt
FROM THE SKY DOWN by Davis Guggenheim
HABEMUS PAPAM by Nanni Moretti
A HAPPY EVENT (Un Heureux Evenement) by Rémi Bezancon
HEADHUNTERS (Hodejegerne) by Morten Tyldum
HICK by Derick Martini
THE HUNTER by Daniel Nettheim
THE IDES OF MARCH by George Clooney
JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME by Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass
KILLER JOE by William Friedkin
THE LADY by Luc Besson
LIKE CRAZY by Drake Doremus
MACHINE GUN PREACHER by Marc Forster
MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE by Sean Durkin
MELANCHOLIA by Lars von Trier
MONEYBALL by Bennett Miller
THE ORANGES by Julian Farino
PEACE, LOVE, & MISUNDERSTANDING by Bruce Beresford
PEARL JAM TWENTY by Cameron Crowe
RAMPART by Oren Moverman
SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN by Lasse Hallström
SHAME by Steve McQueen
A SIMPLE LIFE (Tao Jie) by Ann Hui
THE SKIN I LIVE IN (La Piel Que Habito) by Pedro Almodóvar
TAKE SHELTER by Jeff Nichols
TAKE THIS WALTZ by Sarah Polley
TEN YEAR by Jamie Linden
TRISHNA by Michael Winterbottom
TWIXT by Francis Ford Coppola
TYRANNOSAUR by Paddy Considine
W.E. by Madonna
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN by Lynne Ramsay
WHERE DO WE GO NOW? (Et maintenant on va où?)by Nadine Labaki
THE WOMAN IN THE FIFTH (La femme du 5è) by Pawel Pawlikowski

Upon a quick glance through the first round of film listing, I have to say it's mind-blowing given that it has enough films to satisfy earlier buzz chatters of anticipation as well as potential great films by great auteurs.



Films that people have been talking much about even much before are in the likes of Luc Besson's The Lady (as pictured above), a biopic tale of Burmese political figure Aung San Suu Kyi played by Michelle Yeoh, and Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In, of a plastic surgeon who uses his worst enemy as his guinea pig.

Of course, building upon their strong campaign towards the award season are films that have previously screened and gained recognition during May's Cannes Film Festival such as the controversial filmmaker (who unwittingly made anti-semitic remarks during a press conference) Lars von Trier's Melancholia, and Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive.

There's also films directed by seasoned actors that caught my eye. The first is none other than George Clooney's The Ides of March, which already caught a lot of buzz prior. The other is by Ralph Fiennes' (Yes, Lord Voldemort) Coriolanus. For the Asian film fans, Hong Kong Director Ann Hui's A Simple Life starring Asian Superstar Andy Lau and South Korean Director Huh Jong-Ho's Countdown, with two of the most powerful South Korean actors Jeong Jae-Young and Cannes Best Actress Jeon Do-Yeon, should keep the heat up.

On a pondering note, films like Jason Reitman's Young Adult isn't included, which a lot of people thought it would be. That said, this is only the first round of listing and we'll see if more films will be joining the ranks of the already impressive films in the first wave's lineup.

There's so many films worthy of note, so I'm really interested in knowing which of the above films have caught your eye and anticipation!



2 comments:

  1. I'm most interested in The Lady (Yeoh rules!), The Skin I Live in and Melancholia. Ann Hui's A Simple Life also caught my attention, because of Lau. Thanks for the share, buddy. I wasn't really familiar with the movies that will be screened at the festival this year.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hey Goerge. It's usually the case when we aren't too familiar with many films during festivals, but as the award season nears (when the festival films screen in cinemas) we would know more especially after critics rave about them online.

    Anyway, your picks are pretty impressive themselves! The Lady, The Skin I Live In, Melancholia, these are films I'd love to watch this year! :)

    ReplyDelete

Search SON:sation