26 pix slated for film fest
TORONTO — The Toronto Film Festival unveiled 26 films for this year’s slate Tuesday. All have unspooled at major fests elsewhere, with a number having garnered awards at Cannes.Twenty-five of the screenings will be North American premieres. Fest runs Sept. 7-16. From Cannes come helmer Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner “The Wind That Shakes the Barley”; “Babel,” for which Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu took the director’s prize; and helmer Bruno Dumont’s Grand Prix winner “Flanders.” They will be part of the Masters, Special Presentations and Visions programs, respectively. Cannes winners in the Contemporary World Cinema program are Andrea Arnold’s jury prize winner “Red Road” and Camera d’Or winner “12:08 East of Bucharest,” directed by Corneliu Porumboiu. “Our primary allegiance at the festival is to our loyal audiences,” said fest co-director Noah Cowan. “To that end, we select the very best films from the key, primarily European, festivals that run before our own.” John Cameron Mitchell’s “Shortbus,” another Cannes preem, will receive its first North American unspooling at the fest. In addition, helmer Nanni Moretti’s “The Caiman” (Italy) and “Lights in the Dusk,” from Aki Kaurismaki, will join the Masters program. Sheng Zhimin’s “Bliss” (China) and Joachim Trier’s “Reprise” (Norway) have been added to the Discovery lineup. Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike’s “Big Bang Love: Juvenile A” has been added to the Visions program, along with Rolf de Heer’s “Ten Canoes”; “Taxidermia,” from Hungarian director Gyorgy Palfi; “Bamako,” directed by Abderrahmane Sissako; and “Time,” from Kim Ki-duk. Also on the slate: “Jindabyne,” from Ray Lawrence; Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s “Invisible Waves”; “To Get to Heaven First You Have to Die,” from Djamshed Usmonov; and Szabolcs Hajdu’s “White Palms” (Hungary). Other titles announced Tuesday are Lou Ye’s “Summer Palace” (China/France); “Summer ’04,” from German filmmaker Stefan Krohmer; “The Bothersome Man,”, directed by Jens Lien (Norway); Slawomir Fabicki’s “Retrieval” (Poland); Israel Adrian’s “Cronica de una fuga” (Argentina); and “Slumming,” from Michael Glawogger.