Tuesday, July 14, 2009

More films added to the TIFF 2009 lineup

This is sort of old news by now, but I can't not discuss it. Creation will open the 34th Toronto Film Festival on September 10. The Charles Darwin biopic stars Paul Bettany and his real-life wife Jennifer Connelly. This will be the first time that a non-Canadian film will open the festival.

"We have traditionally opened with a Canadian film, but this year we chose to go a different route. We fell in love with this movie and this is the one, we felt, really sets the tone for the kinds of conversations we hope will happen around the films at the festival," TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey told reporters on Tuesday. [CBC News]

Aside from Creation, there are a few films set to screen in Toronto that I've been looking forward to:

Jane Campion's Bright Star with Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw.
Steven Soderbergh's The Informant! starring Matt Damon. The trailer was released about a two weeks ago.
Tim Blake Nelson's Leaves of Grass starring Edward Norton as twin brothers. I've been waiting ages for this film to see the light of day.
Neil Jordan's Ondine starring Colin Farrell.
Niki Caro's The Vintner's Luck starring Gaspard Ulliel.
Lee Daniels' Sundance winner Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire. This film goes without saying at this point.

The festival will make more lineup announcements every Tuesday until August 18 with the last roundup being on August 20. The festival closes on September 19. Below is the lineup that was released this morning.

  • The Boys are Back, Scott Hicks (Australia/U.K.).
  • Bright Star, Jane Campion (U.K./Australia).
  • City of Life and Death, Lu Chuan (China).
  • Cracks, Jordan Scott (Ireland).
  • Hadewijch, Bruno Dumont (France).
  • The Informant, Steven Soderbergh (U.S.).
  • The Invention of Lying, Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson (U.S.).
  • Leaves of Grass, Tim Blake Nelson (U.S.).
  • London River, Rachid Bouchareb (U.K./France/Algeria).
  • Mao's Last Dance, Bruce Beresford (Australia/U.S./China).
  • Moloch Tropical, Raoul Peck (Haiti/France).
  • Mother, Bong Joon-ho (South Korea).
  • Ondine, Neil Jordan (Ireland/U.S.).
  • Partir, Catherine Corsini (France).
  • Scheherazade Tell Me a Story, Yousry Nasrallah (Egypt).
  • Solitary Man, Brian Koppelman and David Levien (U.S.)
  • Valhalla Rising, Nicolas Vinding Refn (Denmark/U.K.).
  • Vengeance, Johnnie To (Hong Kong/France).
  • The Vintner's Luck, Niki Caro (New Zealand/France).

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