The Toronto International Film Festival has added even more films to their line-up today as the complete line-up was announced, which ended up causing the festival’s server to crash, but I was lucky enough to get in and get out before missing out on the information.
First off, the festival’s Mavericks line-up is quite interesting, which includes a series of guest presentations and this year will see Edward Norton interview Bruce Springsteen, NBA All-Star and native Canadian Steve Nash will present his hour-long film Into the Wind, Apichatpong Weerasethakul will talk with the audience as his Cannes Palm d’Or-winning film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives was just added to the Masters programme, Ken Loach and Paul Laverty will be interviewed by Michael Moore on politics and cinema and Philip Seymour Hoffman will have his own panel. Also on hand will be Bill Gates, Geoffrey Canada, Davis Guggenheim, Lesley Chilcott and Kelly Reichardt.
As for the latest films announced, I’ll begin with the one new addition to the Special Presentations line-up, which is the Rachel Weisz starrer The Whistleblower directed by Larysa Kondracki and based on the true story of Nebraska police officer turned peacekeeper, Kathryn Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz), who uncovers a disturbing sex-trafficking underworld in Bosnia and its shocking connection to the UN. As she works to expose the scandal, the UN does its utmost to keep her quiet. The film co-stars Vanessa Redgrave, David Strathairn, Monica Bellucci and Nikolaj Lie Kaas.
At the lede of this article is your first look at Weisz in The Whistleblower and you can get a larger look right here.
The Visions Programme includes Vincent Gallo’s Promises Written in Water, Cannes entry The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu and Moscow 11:19:31 from frequent composer Michael Nyman.
The Russian horror My Joy enjoyed very good reviews at Cannes and has been included in the Contemporary World Cinema Programme along with fellow Cannes features such as the terrible Tender Son – The Frankenstein Project and the excellent Of Gods and Men. The World Cinema Programme also has Tom Tykwer’s Three, Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff, Home for Christmas from Bent Hamer (O’Horten) and The Other Boleyn Girl helmer Justin Chadwick brings The First Grader.
I have not had a chance to go through the complete list all that thoroughly, but I have included everything in this post as well as links to all the films that are already included in the RopeofSilicon database and links to the reviews for those I already saw at Cannes. Featured directly below are the Special Presentations and Gala line-ups and the rest of the categories are on Page Two.
I will be in Toronto covering the festival and reviewing as many of the films as I can from September 8 – 16, so be sure to stick around as there is a lot more to discuss.
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