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This year’s TIFF is poised to shake off the doldrums of a movie-less summer with films that should reignite interest in the art and magic of cinematic storytelling. Here's our curated guide to the titles that demand your attention.
The feature directorial debuts of Halle Berry and Regina King will be part of the lineup at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, organizers announced on Thursday.Berry’s film, “Bruised,” features the actor and director as a mixed martial arts star fighting for custody of her young daughter. King’s “One Night in Miami” is based on a play that fictionalizes a night in 1964 in which boxer Cassius Clay (soon to be Muhammad Ali), singer Sam Cooke, football player Jim Brown and activist Malcolm X met in a Florida hotel room.Nearly half of the 50 selected features, 23, have a female director or co-director.Other films among the 50 titles announced by TIFF include Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” a drama from “The Rider” director that stars Frances McDormand; Francis Lee’s “Ammonite,” a female romance set in 1840s England and starring Saoirse Ronan, Kate Winslet and Fiona Shaw; Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “Good Joe Bell,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton and written by “Brokeback Mountain” screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana; Ricky Staub’s “Concrete Cowboy,” with Idris Elba and Jharrel Jerome; Florian Zeller’s “The Father,” with Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman; Glendyn Ivin’s “Penguin Bloom,” with Naomi Watts and Jackie Weaver; Ben Sharrock’s “Limbo,” about a Syrian musician waiting in Scotland for a decision on his asylum request; Sonia Kennebeck’s “Enemies of the State,” about a family whose hacker son is targeted by the U.S. government.Nonfiction films on the list include Werner Herzog’s “Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds,” a documentary about comets and asteroids; Sam Pollack’s “MLK/FBI,” about the FBI’s investigation and harassment of Martin Luther King Jr.; Oscar nominee Gianfranco Rosi’s “Notturno”; and documentary legend Frederick Wiseman’s “City Hall.”Also Read: 'The French Dispatch,' 'Soul' Make the Cannes 2020 Lineup As Festival Reveals the Movies It Would Have ShownAs previously announced, Spike Lee’s film “David Byrne’s American Utopia,” a document of Byrne’s Broadway show, will be the opening-night film on Sept. 10. Mira Nair’s “A Suitable Boy,” taken from a decades-spanning TV miniseries, will close the festival 10 days later.Viggo Mortensen’s “Falling,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was also chosen for the canceled Cannes Film Festival, will be part of the Toronto Film Festival lineup as well.The lineup is long on films from around the world, with offerings from such international auteurs as Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round”), Michel Franco (“New Order”), Kornél Mundruczó (“Pieces of a Woman”), Naomi Kawase (“True Mothers”) and François Ozon (Summer of ’85”).In a pandemic-affected year that has seen most awards shows postponed until deep into next year, the Toronto lineup is noticeably lacking in many studio awards films that typically use the fall festival circuit to launch their biggest contenders. While additional programming will be announced in upcoming weeks, TIFF has said that its feature lineup will consist of 50 films, the number that was announced on Thursday.Also Read: Venice Film Festival Lineup Includes Record 8 Features With Female Directors in CompetitionThe Toronto Film Festival will be significantly scaled-down from its usual size, which typically includes more than 200 features over 10 days. The industry presence will be reduced, with many events and all press screenings taking place on the festival’s private viewing platform rather than in Toronto. Socially-distanced screenings will take place for local audiences, with the festival organizers saying in a statement that TIFF continues to work with public health officials, “with its number-one priority being the health and well-being of both Festival filmgoers and the residents of the entire community.”The Toronto Film Festival 2020 lineup:“180 Degree Rule,” Farnoosh Samadi | Iran “76 Days,” Hao Wu, Anonymous, Weixi Chen | USA “Ammonite,” Francis Lee | United Kingdom “Another Round” (“Druk”), Thomas Vinterberg | Denmark “Bandar Band,” Manijeh Hekmat | Iran/Germany “Beans,” Tracey Deer | Canada “Beginning” (“Dasatskisi”), Dea Kulumbegashvili | Georgia/France “The Best is Yet to Come” (“Bu Zhi Bu Xiu”), Wang Jing | China “Bruised,” Halle Berry | USA “City Hall,” Frederick Wiseman | USA “Concrete Cowboy,” Ricky Staub | USA “David Byrne’s American Utopia,” Spike Lee | USA (Opening Night) “The Disciple,” Chaitanya Tamhane | India “Enemies of the State,” Sonia Kennebeck | USA “Falling,” Viggo Mortensen | Canada/United Kingdom “The Father,” Florian Zeller | United Kingdom/France “Fauna,” Nicolás Pereda | Mexico/Canada “Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds,” Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer | United Kingdom/USA “Gaza mon amour,” Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser | France/ Germany/Portugal/Palestine/Qatar “Get the Hell Out” (“Tao Chu Li Fa Yuan”), I-Fan Wang | Taiwan “Good Joe Bell,” Reinaldo Marcus Green | USA “I Care A Lot,” J Blakeson | United Kingdom “Inconvenient Indian,” Michelle Latimer | Canada “The Inheritance,” Ephraim Asili | USA “Lift Like a Girl” (“Ash Ya Captain”), Mayye Zayed | Egypt/Germany/Denmark “Limbo,” Ben Sharrock | United Kingdom “Memory House” (“Casa de Antiguidades”), João Paulo Miranda Maria | Brazil/France “MLK/FBI,” Sam Pollard | USA “The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel,” Joel Bakan, Jennifer Abbott | Canada “New Order” (“Nuevo orden”), Michel Franco | Mexico “Night of the Kings” (“La Nuit des Rois”), Philippe Lacôte | Côte d’Ivoire/France/Canada/Senegal “Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao | USA “No Ordinary Man,” Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt | Canada “Notturno,” Gianfranco Rosi | Italy/France/Germany “One Night in Miami,” Regina King | USA “Penguin Bloom,” Glendyn Ivin | Australia/USA “Pieces of a Woman,” Kornél Mundruczó | USA/Canada/Hungary “Preparations to Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time” (“Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre”), Lili Horvát | Hungary “Quo Vadis, Aïda?” Jasmila Žbanić | Bosnia and Herzegovina/ Norway/The Netherlands/Austria/Romania/France/Germany/Poland/Turkey “Shadow In The Cloud,” Roseanne Liang | USA/New Zealand “Shiva Baby,” Emma Seligman | USA/Canada “Spring Blossom,” Suzanne Lindon | Francesing Night Presentation “A Suitable Boy,” Mira Nair | United Kingdom/India (Closing night) “Summer of 85” (“Été 85”), François Ozon | France “The Third Day,” Felix Barrett, Dennis Kelly | United Kingdom “Trickster,” Michelle Latimer | Canada “True Mothers” (“Asa Ga Kuru”), Naomi Kawase | Japan “Under the Open Sky” (“Subarashiki Sekai”), Miwa Nishikawa | Japan “Violation,” Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli | Canada “Wildfire,” Cathy Brady | United Kingdom/IrelandRead original story Toronto Film Festival Lineup to Include Films Directed by Regina King, Halle Berry At TheWrap
Wes Anderson’s “The French Dispatch,” Pete Docter’s “Soul” and two films from Steve McQueen, “Lovers Walk” and “Mangrove” (both from his anthology series “Small Axe”), are among the films that would have gone to this year’s Cannes Film Festival if it had taken place, Cannes organizers announced at a press conference in Paris on Wednesday.While the prestigious festival itself will not happen, those films and 52 others in the 2020 Official Selection will bear the Cannes 2020 label, a way the festival plans to highlight films that would have been chosen to screen in Cannes this year and have committed to trying for theatrical releases by the end of the year.Other filmmakers who will be represented on the virtual Croisette include Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round”), Francois Ozon (“Summer of ’85”), Naomi Kawase (“True Mothers”) Im Sang-soo (“Heaven”) and Viggo Mortensen, whose Sundance premiere “Falling” is also on the Cannes list.The festival was originally scheduled for May 12 through May 23 in the South of France, but the physical gathering was canceled when the coronavirus prompted a ban on public events in the country. Still, Cannes general delegate Thierry Fremaux said in a letter posted on the festival’s website that “cancellation has never been an option,” so the festival’s bookers continued to view the 2,067 films that were submitted for consideration, the first time ever that more than 2,000 films had been submitted.Also Read: Cannes Admits Physical Festival Is Impossible, Turns to Other PlansThe films chosen includes 15 from first-time directors, the largest number ever in the Official Selection. Of the films chosen for the festival, 16 are directed by women, up from 14 last year, 11 in 2018 and 12 in 2017.The festival also includes 21 French films, eight more than last year. Of those 21, eight are directed by women.The announcement of the Official Selection, which was made by Fremaux and Cannes president Pierre Lescure, did not differentiate between films that would have been part of the Main Competition, ones that would have gone into the Un Certain Regard sidebar or ones that would have screened out of competition.The festival plans to help showcase its Cannes 2020 films at other film festivals that will take place this year, including ones in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York, as well as Sundance in 2021.“To be adamant in our decision to deliver an Official Selection is ultimately, for the Festival, the best way to help cinema, as well as focus on the films that will be released in theaters in the coming months,” read Fremaux’s letter posted on the Cannes website, in part. “The reopening of cinemas, after months of closure, is a crucial issue. The Cannes Film Festival intends to accompany these films and support their careers in France and abroad, as well as confirm the importance of theaters as in what makes the value of the Seventh Art. We know that many festivals are taking the same position …“Many other festivals around the world have expressed the desire to welcome the Cannes 2020 selection films. The Cannes Film Festival will soon unveil how it will operate next fall. Traditionally, successive festivals such as Locarno, Telluride, Toronto, Deauville, San Sebastian, Pusan, Morelia, Angoulême (for French cinema), New York, Rome, Rio, Tokyo, Mumbaï or Mar del Plata and even Sundance have invited the films of the Official Selection. They will do it again this year with the active support of Cannes and its teams. As we did last year, the Festival will present one or two films together with ACID (Association du Cinéma Indépendant pour sa Diffusion), one of the Festival’s parallel sections that will also announce a selection. The Critics’ Week will also announce its own selection. Finally, Lili Hinstin, the Locarno Festival’s director wanted to be the first to welcome Cannes films (before she too was unfortunately forced to give up), and we also spoke with Jose-Luis Rebordinos, the director of the San Sebastian festival, who decided that the films included in the Cannes 2020 Official Selection could also compete in San Sebastian. He changed the rules, just for us. Exceptional circumstances, exceptional measures.“As previously announced, the Marché du Film will have an online edition this year, organized by its director Jérôme Paillard. Such an online edition was possible for the Marché, but it is not something we wished for the Festival itself (we don’t even know if it would have been allowed by the right-holders of the films). At the Marché, both participation and desire are promising (all information is available on the Marché du Film’s Website).”Also Read: Cannes' Marché du Film Outlines Virtual Plan for June EventThe Cannes 2020 Official Selection:“Ammonite,” Francis Lee “Antoinette dans les Cevennes,” Caroline Vignal “Au Crepuscule,” Sharunas Bartas “Aya and the Witch,” Goro Miyazaki “Beginning,” Dea Kulumbegashvili “The Billion Road,” Dieudo Hamadi “Broken Keys,” Jimmy Keyrouz “Casa de Antiguidades,” Joao Paulo Miranda Maria “The Death of Cinema and My Father, Too,” Dani Rosenberg “Des Hommes,” Lucas Belvaux “DNA,” Maiwenn “Druk” (“Another Round”), Thomas Vinterberg “El olvido que seremos,” Fernando Trueba “Enfant Terrible,” Oskar Roehler “Even,” Im Sang-soo “Falling,” Viggo Mortensen “February,” Kamen Kalev “Flee,” Jonas Poher Rasmussen “The French Dispatch,” Wes Anderson “Garcon chiffon,” Nicolas Maury “Gargarine,” Fanny Liatard and Jeremy Trouilh “A Good Man,” Marie-Castille Mention Schaar “Here We Are,” Nir Bergman “Heaven,” Im Sang-soo “Ibrahim,” Samuel Guesmi “John and the Hole,” Pascual Sisto “Josep,” Aurel “Last Words,” Jonathan Nossiter “Le Discours,” Laurent Tirard “Les choses qu’on dit, les choses qu’on fait,” Emmanuel Mouret “Les Deux alfred,” Bruno Podalydes “Limbo,” Ben Sharrock “Lovers Walk,” Steve McQueen “Mangrove,” Steve McQueen “Un medecin de nuit,” Elie Wajeman “Nadia, Butterfly,” Pascal Plante “Nine Days to Raqqa,” Xavier de Lauzanne “The Origin of the World,” Laurent Lafitte “Peninsula,” Yeon Sang-Ho “Pleasure,” Ninja Thyberg “The Real Thing,” Koji Fukada “Rouge,” Farid Bentoumi “Septet: The Story of Hong Kong,” Ann Hui Johnnie TO, Tsui Hark, Sammo Hung, Yuen Woo-Ping and Patrick Tam “Si le vent tombe,” Nora Martirosyan “Simple Passion,” Danielle Arbid “Sixteen Years,” Suzanne Lindon “Slalom,” Charlene Favier “Squad,” Ayten Amin “Soul,” Pete Docter “Striding Into the Wind,” Wei Shujun “Summer of ’85,” Francois Ozon “Sweat,” Magnus Von Horn “Teddy,” Ludovic & Zoran Boukherma “True Mothers,” Naomi Kawase “The Truffle Hunters,” Gregory Kershaw and Michael Dweck “Un Triomphe,” Emmanuel Courcol “Vaurien,” Peter DourountzisRead original story ‘The French Dispatch,’ ‘Soul’ Make the Cannes 2020 Lineup As Festival Reveals the Movies It Would Have Shown At TheWrap
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