Well, it’s that time of year again. For the 17th year, I’ll be attending the Toronto International Film Festival. Alas, even though I applied this year for the very first time, I was not successful in obtaining press accreditation. Nevertheless, I’ll still be seeing my normal ten films, which I’ve listed below. I was also fortunate to be able to attend a number of pre-festival press screenings, so you’ll see those reviews posted during TIFF as well. Special thanks to the geniuses behind Tiffr, an online scheduling tool that becomes more indispensable each year.
- Thursday September 8: 12:00pm
Dreileben (Germany, Directors: Christian Petzold, Dominik Graf, Christoph Hochhäusler)
- Friday September 9: 6:45pm
Goodbye First Love (Un amour de jeunesse) (France, Director: Mia Hansen-Løve)
- Saturday September 10: 9:45am
Volcano (Eldfjall) (Iceland, Director: Rúnar Rúnarsson)
- Saturday September 10: 3:45pm
J’aime regarder les filles (France, Director: Fred Louf)
- Sunday September 11: 3:00pm
Martha Marcy May Marlene (USA, Director: Sean Durkin)
- Monday September 12: 2:45pm
Miss Bala (Mexico, Director: Gerardo Naranjo)
- Tuesday September 13: 3:15pm
Shame (UK, Director: Steve McQueen)
- Tuesday September 13: 6:00pm
Damsels in Distress (USA, Director: Whit Stillman)
- Wednesday September 14: 3:00pm
Alps (Alpeis) (Greece, Director: Yorgos Lanthimos)
- Saturday September 17: 5:45pm
Superclásico (Denmark, Director: Ole Christian Madsen)
In addition the above, I’m hoping to catch the entire 15 hours of Mark Cousins’ documentary series The Story of Film: An Odyssey which is showing for free. I’m going to try to see it in five 3-hour segments, screening at 10:00am each day from Monday September 12 through Friday September 16. It’s also being shown in two parts on the final weekend of the festival, but that sounds a lot more exhausting.
I’ll be there for Shame and Damsels!
I know a few others who will be sharing that particular double-bill on Tuesday. Interesting pairing, I think.
Yeah, it seems like Shame is a must-see for most of the people I talk to. And I’m glad to see Whit Stillman getting some love. It’s been so damned long since Last Days of Disco.