‘UP,’ UP AND AWAY
TIFF opens with the Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud docu “Oceans” and closes with the Pete Docter toon “Up.” Also skedded for opening day is never-seen footage from the James Cameron sci-fi epic “Avatar.”
I’M FEELING MIGHTY MERLOT
Among the more unusual pics in the Special Screening section are “Sideways,” Cellin Gluck’s remake of the 2004 Alexander Payne hit (featuring an all-Japanese cast), and “Soul Red,” a docu about iconic thesp Yusaku Matsuda (“Black Rain”), supervised by Matsuda’s widow, Miyuki Matsuda.
The Winds of Asia section features a special component on Egyptian cinema as well as a retro devoted to the late Malaysian helmer Yasmin Ahmad, and another examines the TV oeuvre of Hong Kong helmer Ann Hui, curated in cooperation with the Udine Far East Film Festival.
The Director’s Angle and Actor’s Angle seminars, a new addition to TIFF last year, features helmer Hirokazu Kore-eda (“Air Doll”) and thesps Hiroyuki Sanada (“The Last Samurai”) and the aforementioned Matsuda. Both Kore-eda and Sanada will discuss their work, while the Matsuda event is part of TIFF’s commemoration of the 20th anniversary of his untimely death at age 40.