'Buddha,' 'Dr. Plonk,' 'Sylvia' added to sidebar
MONTREAL — The Toronto Intl. Film Festival on Tuesday added 13 features to the seven already announced for the Visions program, a sidebar devoted to non-mainstream pics.
The new pics include “Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame,” the second feature from Iranian filmmaker Hana Makhmalbaf, younger sister of Samira and daughter of Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Pic is the story of a 6-year-old Afghan girl harassed by boys on her way to school.
Dutch-born Australian helmer Rolf de Heer’s “Dr. Plonk” is a silent, black-and-white comedy about an inventor, shot with a hand-cranked camera as a tribute to Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
Jose Luis Guerin’s “Dans la ville de Sylvia” is about a young man looking for a girl in Strasbourg. Lav Diaz’s “Death in the Land of Encantos” is about a poet who returns to his hometown after a typhoon.
Argentinean helmer Anahi Berneri’s “Encarnacion” is the story of the homecoming of a B-list actress, while Korean pic “M” from helmer Lee Myung-se is a supernatural love story.
Other pics include: French helmer Michelange Quay’s relationship drama “Mange, ceci est mon corps”; Australian helmer Lawrence Johnston’s “Night,” showcasing what night means to certain people; Greek filmmaker Alexander Voulgaris’ “Pink,” looks at young people in Greece today; Christian Frosch’s Austria/ Germany/ Luxembourg/Hungary sci-fi thriller “Silent Resident”; French pic “Sous les toits de Paris” from helmer Hiner Saleem about two friends who go weekly t the local pool; Iranian director Naqi Nemati’s debut, “Those Three,” about three soldiers; and Dorota Kedzierzawska’s Polish pic “Time to Die” following the life of an old woman. Fest runs Sept. 6-15.