Toronto fest to spotlight helmer Seidl

'Dogdays,' 'Models,' 'Love,' 'Loss' to be featured

TORONTO — Austria’s Ulrich Seidl will be the subject of this year’s Director’s Spotlight at the 26th annual Toronto Intl. Film Festival, which unspools Sept. 6-15.

Four of Seidl’s films, including the North American premiere of his latest, “Dogdays,” will be featured. The others are “Models” (1998), “Animal Love” (1995) and “A Loss Is to Be Expected” (1992). Until recent years, Seidl focused his efforts on documentary filmmaking.

Director’s Spotlight exposes the work of international filmmakers who are lesser-known among North American auds and critics. Previous honorees have included Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Nanni Moretti and Pedro Almodovar.

Fest organizers also announced Tuesday that Josee Dayan’s “Cet amour la,” an intimate portrait of the French author, filmmaker and social commentator Marguerite Duras, will have its North American premiere at the fest. Pic stars Jeanne Moreau.

Fest dons Gilliam doc

Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe’s doc about filmmaker Terry Gilliam and his fascination with Don Quixote, “Tilting at Windmills,” will make its world premiere at the fest as one of 22 documentary features and four docu shorts that have been added to the slate. Other world preems include “Much Ado About Something,” in which Australian director Michael Rubbo does some sleuthing into the debate about who wrote Shakespeare’s works, and “Carving Out Our Name,” Tony Zierra’s tale of four actors, including Wes Bentley.

Vikram Jayanti’s “James Ellroy’s Feast of Death” will have its North American premiere at the fest, and Bruce Weber’s “Chop Suey,” an autobiographical work about the director’s life and career as a photographer, will make its Canadian premiere.

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