Wavelengths curator to oversee fest's edgy sidebar

TORONTO — The curator of Toronto Film Festival’s Wavelengths sidebar Andrea Picard will now oversee the fest’s edgy Visions program, it was announced Monday.

“Andrea’s unwavering commitment to cinema and her extensive programming experience make her the perfect choice to lead the curatorial direction of Visions,” said festival co-director Cameron Bailey, adding that the move is part of an ongoing strategy to develop and refine the event’s programming.

Launched in 2002, Visions has in recent years showcased auteurist films such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Blissfully Yours,” Claire Denis’ “L’Intrus,” Joao Pedro Rodrigues’ “To Die Like a Man” and Denis Cote’s “Curling.”

“(Visions) will continue advocating for daring, visionary and autonomous voices that expand our notions of cinema,” said Picard. “It will strike a balance between new, emerging voices and higher-profile filmmakers and will be open to feature-length films of high artistic merit from all over the world.”

Picard, who joined the organization in 1999, is also a programmer for the fest’s year-round Cinematheque and will contribute to its The New Auteurs series this year.

The 36th Toronto Film Festival runs Sept. 8 to 18.

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