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A turn in Canuck luck

Toronto Fest bounces back with high-end film lineup

This article was updated at 6:20 p.m. PT on Aug. 21, 2003.

See ineupThe studios and their top filmmakers are taking a wary view of the top fests, but the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, which announced its full lineup Tuesday, has scored what is arguably an impressive slate of high-end product.

Among the films from the majors to be showcased are MGM’s thriller “Out of Time,” starring Denzel Washington and directed by Carl Franklin; Paramount comedy “The School of Rock,” from Richard Linklater, with Jack Black and Joan Cusack; Warner’s “Matchstick Men” from director Ridley Scott, starring Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell; and Disney’s “Veronica Guerin,” with Cate Blanchett in the title role for director Joel Schumacher.

Prominent among the Toronto titles from specialty companies is Jane Campion’s erotic thriller “In the Cut,” which notably skipped the Venice Fest, despite Campion’s having premiered many of her pics there. The Screen Gems release, which stars Meg Ryan, have a berth in Toronto’s gala lineup.

Other specialty titles in the Toronto mix include Lions Gate’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” the Peter Webber film adaptation of the Tracy Chevalier bestseller, starring Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth and Tom Wilkinson; Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Company” a backstage ballet pic from Robert Altman; Miramax’s Philip Roth adaptation “The Human Stain,” directed by Robert Benton and starring Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman; and United Artists’ Michael Winterbottom-directed sci-fi drama “Code 46,” with Samantha Morton and Tim Robbins.

Toronto will embrace far more high-profile product than was in evidence in Cannes. This Hollywood presence reflects concern over the more condensed Oscar schedule as well as the continually rising cost of competing in Cannes.

Significantly, Toronto organizers have also confirmed a long list of A-list attendees, including Blanchett, Kidman, Altman, Washington and Hopkins.

Winterbottom is one of two directors with two films in the fest, also screening “In This World” in Visions. Peter Greenaway has both completed features from his “Tulse Luper Suitcase” trilogy in the Visions lineup.

In drawing together this significant lineup and roster of Hollywood attendees, fest organizers were apparently able to overcome the obstacles of the SARS scare, a rising dollar and last week’s power blackout.

“Barring a rain of frogs or a plague of locusts, I think we’re good to go,” said fest managing director Michele Maheux.

Fest director Piers Handling also admitted that the SARS threat worried fest organizers, but said the fest would plow on. “We went through 9/11 — it was in the middle of the festival. We will roll with the punches.”

Fest’s closing-night gala is Australian comedy “Danny Deckchair” from first-time director Jeff Balsmeyer, starring Rhys Ifans and Miranda Otto.

Other titles in the section include Margarethe von Trotta’s “Rosenstrasse,” John Irvin’s “The Boys From County Clare,” with Colm Meaney; Miramax’s Cannes prize-winner “The Barbarian Invasions,” from French-Canadian helmer Denys Arcand; and Samuel Goldwyn’s coming-out comedy “Mambo Italiano,” from Montreal-based director Emile Gaudreault.

Other key premieres scattered through the fest include Mike Hodges’ “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” starring Clive Owen, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Charlotte Rampling, unspooling in the Masters sidebar; John Crowley’s “Intermission,” with Colin Farrell, in Contemporary World Cinema; actor-turned-director David Thewlis’ “Cheeky” screening as a special presentation; and in the same section, screenwriter Richard Curtis’ helming bow “Love Actually” from Universal, showing as a work in progress.

Latter pic’s stellar cast includes Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson.

Also premiering as a special presentation is director Billy Ray’s debut “Shattered Glass,” with Hayden Christensen and Chloe Sevigny, from Lions Gate. Canuck maverick Guy Maddin’s “The Saddest Music in the World” screens in the Visions sidebar.

Further special presentations segueing from premieres at major fests include Jim Jarmusch’s “Coffee and Cigarettes,” Lars von Trier’s “Dogville,” Errol Morris’ “The Fog of War” and Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation.”

John Sayles’ “Casa de los Babys” and Gus Van Sant’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Elephant” screen in the Masters section.

World preems from U.S. filmmakers in the Discovery program include Greg Marcks’ “11:14,” with Henry Thomas, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Swayze, Hilary Swank, Shawn Hatosy and Rachael Leigh Cook; and “Madness and Genius” from 22-year-old tyro helmer Ryan Eslinger, who began writing the script at age 13.

Brit actor Stephen Fry’s Evelyn Waugh adaptation, “Bright Young Things,” preems under the Contemporary World Cinema banner and will be looking to close a U.S. distribution deal at the fest.

Lions Gate bows James Cox’s “Wonderland” in the same section, starring Val Kilmer as epically endowed porn star John Holmes.

North American audiences also will get their first chance to judge Vincent Gallo’s much-discussed film scandale and the actor-director’s own extensively featured endowment in “Brown Bunny,” screening in Visions.

Robust French contingent includes Sony Classics pickups “Bon Voyage” by Jean-Paul Rappeneau and animated feature “The Triplets of Belleville,” along with Anne Fontaine’s “Nathalie…” all receiving gala treatment.

Also landing a gala slot is Italian vet Marco Bellocchio with “Good Morning, Night.”

Italian pics are particularly well-represented at Toronto.

Among them are Miramax acquisitions “The Best of Youth” by Marco Tullio Giordana and “I’m Not Scared” by Gabriele Salvatores; Gabriele Muccino’s “Remember Me” and Ferzan Ozpetek’s “Facing Window,” both of which appear likely to land a U.S. distribution deal.

Traditionally well-represented at Toronto, Asian cinema figures strongly again with Takeshi Kitano’s swordsman drama “Zatoichi” in the Masters lineup and fellow Japanese helmer Toshiaki Toyoda’s Nine Souls” among the galas, along with Thai director Oxide Pang’s “The Tesseract.”

Chinese helmer Sun Zhou is in the Visions lineup with “Zhou Yu’s Train,” starring Gong Li. Locarno favorite “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring” from Korean director Kim Ki-duk screens in Contemporary World Cinema.

Joining this year’s Dialogues: Talking With Pictures is Ridley Scott with the director’s cut of “Alien,” with never before seen footage, Francis Ford Coppola with “One From the Heart,” Jane Campion with Nicholas Roeg’s “Bad Timing,” Hector Babenco with Eduardo Coutinho’s “Twenty Years Later.”

On the industry side, Julie Taymor (“Frida,”) will lead a master class, Elliot Goldenthal and Neil Young will participate in in-conversation, and Ron Mann, John Sayles and Barbara Gowdy will headline the maverick filmmakers program.

Toronto Film Festival lineup

North American Premiere
BON VOYAGE (F)
Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France, 2003

World Premiere
THE BOYS FROM COUNTY CLARE (F)
John Irvin, Ireland / United Kingdom / Germany, 2003

North American Premiere
CODE 46 (F)
Michael Winterbottom, United Kingdom, 2003

World Premiere
THE COMPANY (F)
Robert Altman, USA / Germany, 2003

International Premiere
DANNY DECKCHAIR (F)
Jeff Balsmeyer, Australia, 2003

World Premiere
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING (F)
Peter Webber, United Kingdom / Luxembourg, 2002

International Premiere
GOOD MORNING, NIGHT (F)
Marco Bellocchio, Italy, 2003

North American Premiere
THE HUMAN STAIN (F)
Robert Benton, USA, 2003

World Premiere
IN THE CUT (F)
Jane Campion, USA / Australia, 2003

LES INVASIONS BARBARES (F)
Denys Arcand, Canada / France, 2003

MAMBO ITALIANO (F)
Émile Gaudreault, Canada, 2003

North American Premiere
MATCHSTICK MEN (F)
Ridley Scott, USA, 2003

World Premiere
NATHALIE… (F)
Anne Fontaine, France, 2003

World Premiere
OUT OF TIME (F)
Carl Franklin, USA, 2002

World Premiere
THE REPUBLIC OF LOVE (F)
Deepa Mehta, Canada / United Kingdom, 2003

North American Premiere
ROSENSTRASSE (F)
Margarethe von Trotta, Germany / The Netherlands, 2003

World Premiere
THE SCHOOL OF ROCK (F)
Richard Linklater, USA, 2003

North American Premiere
VERONICA GUERIN (F)
Joel Schumacher, USA, 2003

MASTERS

North American Premiere
CASA DE LOS BABYS (F)
John Sayles, USA, 2003

North American Premiere
CHOKHER BALI, A PASSION PLAY (F)
Rituparno Ghosh, India, 2003

North American Premiere
COME AND GO (F)
João César Monteiro, Portugal / France, 2003

World Premiere
DYING AT GRACE (F)
Allan King, Canada, 2003

ELEPHANT (F)
Gus Van Sant, USA, 2003

World Premiere
I’LL SLEEP WHEN I’M DEAD (F)
Mike Hodges, United Kingdom, 2003

A TALKING PICTURE (F)
Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal / France / Italy, 2003

North American Premiere
LE TEMPS DU LOUP (F)
Michael Haneke, France / Austria / Germany, 2003

North American Premiere
ZATOICHI (F)
Takeshi Kitano, Japan, 2003

VISIONS

North American Premiere
BRIGHT FUTURE (F)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan, 2002

North American Premiere
THE BROWN BUNNY (F)
Vincent Gallo, USA, 2003

Canadian Premiere
CREMASTER 3 (F)
Matthew Barney, USA, 2002

North American Premiere
GOOD BYE, DRAGON INN (F)
Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan, 2003

World Premiere
GREENDALE (F)
Bernard Shakey, USA, 2003

North American Premiere
IN THIS WORLD (F)
Michael Winterbottom, United Kingdom, 2002

International Premiere
NINE SOULS (F)
Toshiaki Toyoda, Japan, 2003

North American Premiere
DES PLUMES DANS LA TÊTE (F)
Thomas de Thier, France / Belgium, 2003

North American Premiere
SANSA (F)
Siegfried, France / Spain, 2003

World Premiere
THE TESSERACT (F)
Oxide Pang, Thailand / United Kingdom / Japan, 2003

LES TRIPLETTES DE BELLEVILLE (F)
Sylvain Chomet, France / Canada / Belgium, 2002

North American Premiere
THE TULSE LUPER SUITCASES, EPISODE 3. ANTWERP (F)
Peter Greenaway, United Kingdom / The Netherlands, 2003

North American Premiere
THE TULSE LUPER SUITCASES, PART 1. THE MOAB STORY (F)
Peter Greenaway, United Kingdom / The Netherlands, 2003

North American Premiere
TWENTYNINE PALMS (F)
Bruno Dumont, France, 2003

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

21 GRAMS (F)
Alejandro González Iñárritu, USA, 2003

North American Premiere
ALILA (F)
Amos Gitaï, France / Israel, 2003

THE BEST OF YOUTH (F)
Marco Tullio Giordana, Italy, 2003

World Premiere
CHEEKY (F)
David Thewlis, United Kingdom / France, 2003

North American Premiere
COFFEE & CIGARETTES (F)
Jim Jarmusch, USA, 2003

Canadian Premiere
THE COOLER (F)
Wayne Kramer, USA, 2002

North American Premiere
DOGVILLE (F)
Lars von Trier, Denmark / Sweden / United Kingdom / France / Germany, 2003

World Premiere
LA FACE CACHÉE DE LA LUNE (F)
Robert Lepage, Canada, 2003

North American Premiere
THE FOG OF WAR (F)
Errol Morris, USA, 2003

Canadian Premiere
GO FURTHER (F)
Ron Mann, Canada, 2003

World Premiere
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN (F)
Philip Saville, Canada / United Kingdom, 2003

LA GRANDE SÉDUCTION (F)
Jean-François Pouliot, Canada, 2003

World Premiere
L’ HISTOIRE DE MARIE ET JULIEN (F)
Jacques Rivette, France, 2003

North American Premiere
LOST IN TRANSLATION (F)
Sofia Coppola, USA, 2003

Work In Progress
LOVE ACTUALLY (F)
Richard Curtis, United Kingdom / France, 2003

THE MERRY WIDOW (F)
Erich von Stroheim, USA, 1925

North American Premiere
MONSIEUR IBRAHIM ET LES FLEURS DU CORAN (F)
François Dupeyron, France, 2003

North American Premiere
PÈRE ET FILS (F)
Michel Boujenah, France / Canada, 2003

North American Premiere
RAJA (F)
Jacques Doillon, France / Morocco, 2003

North American Premiere
THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD (F)
Guy Maddin, Canada, 2003

World Premiere
LES SENTIMENTS (F)
Noémie Lvovsky, France, 2003

World Premiere
SHATTERED GLASS (F)
Billy Ray, USA, 2003

Canadian Premiere
THE SINGING DETECTIVE (F)
Keith Gordon, USA, 2003

World Premiere
THE SNOW WALKER (F)
Charles Martin Smith, Canada, 2003

THE STATION AGENT (F)
Tom McCarthy, USA, 2003

World Premiere
TOUCHING THE VOID (F)
Kevin Macdonald, United Kingdom, 2003

Canadian Premiere
VALENTIN (F)
Alejandro Agresti, The Netherlands / Argentina, 2002

North American Premiere
ZHOU YU’S TRAIN (F)
Sun Zhou, China / Hong Kong, 2003

CANADIAN OPEN VAULT

THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ (F)
Ted Kotcheff, Canada, 1974

PERSPECTIVE CANADA

20H17, RUE DARLING (F)
Bernard Émond, Canada, 2003

ANIMAL NIGHTMARES
Peter Lynch, Canada, 2003

ASPIRATION
Constant Mentzas, Canada, 2003

BAGER
Tomi Grgicevíc, Canada, 2003

THE BIG CHARADE
Jesse McKeown, Canada, 2003

World Premiere
THE BREAD MAKER (F)
Anita McGee, Canada, 2003

World Premiere
THE CORPORATION (F)
Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Canada, 2003

DEFILE IN VEIL
deco dawson, Canada, 2003

DÉFORMATION PERSONNELLE
Jean-François Asselin, Canada, 2002

DNA
Jack Blum, Canada, 2003

THE DOG WALKER
James Genn, Canada, 2003

World Premiere
EMILE (F)
Carl Bessai, Canada, 2003

EXPOSURES
Matt Sinclair-Foreman, Canada, 2003

AN EYE FOR AN EYE
David Rimmer, Canada, 2003

World Premiere
FALLING ANGELS (F)
Scott Smith, Canada, 2003

THE FEVER OF THE WESTERN NILE
deco dawson, Canada, 2003

World Premiere
FLYERMAN (F)
Jeff Stephenson, Jason Tan, Canada, 2003

THE GARDEN
Jason Buxton, Canada, 2003

GAZ BAR BLUES (F)
Louis Bélanger, Canada, 2003

GROTESQUE
Wrik Mead, Canada, 2002

GUEST ROOM
Skander Halim, Canada, 2003

HER CARNAL LONGINGS
Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof, Canada, 2003

World Premiere
HOLLYWOOD NORTH (F)
Peter O’Brian, Canada, 2003

Canadian Premiere
IMITATIONS OF LIFE (F)
Mike Hoolboom, Canada, 2003

IN THE DARK
Mike Hoolboom, Canada, 2003

JOURS EN FLEURS
Louise Bourque, Canada, 2003

THE LAST NIGHT
Mathieu Guez, Canada, 2003

A LITTLE LIFE
Elizabeth Murray, Canada, 2003

World Premiere
LOVE, SEX AND EATING THE BONES (F)
Sudz Sutherland, Canada, 2003

World Premiere
THE MAGICAL LIFE OF LONG TACK SAM (F)
Ann Marie Fleming, Canada, 2003

MARDI (QUEL JOUR ÉTAIT-CE?)
Lyne Charlebois, Canada, 2002

MOCCASIN FLATS
Randy Redroad, Canada, 2002

NOËL BLANK
Jean-François Rivard, Canada, 2002

NOT A FISH STORY
Anita Doron, Canada, 2003

World Premiere
NOTHING (F)
Vincenzo Natali, Canada, 2003

World Premiere
ON THE CORNER (F)
Nathaniel Geary, Canada, 2003

PASSAGES
John Price, Canada, 2003

PERFECT
Boris Rodriguez, Canada, 2003

POP SONG
Charles Officer, Canada, 2003

World Premiere
A PROBLEM WITH FEAR (F)
Gary Burns, Canada, 2003

World Premiere
PROTEUS (F)
John Greyson, Canada / South Africa, 2003

SASKATCHEWAN PART 2
Brian Stockton, Canada, 2003

THE SCHOOL
Ezra Krybus, Matthew Miller, Canada, 2003

SHE WAS CUBA
Ho Tam, Canada, 2003

SHOOTING STAR
Jason Britski, Canada, 2002

SOMETIMES A VOICE
Simon Davidson, Canada, 2003

SONG OF WRECKAGE
Ryan Redford, Canada, 2003

TERMINAL VENUS
Alexandre Franchi, Canada, 2003

TODD AND THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL
Craig D. Wallace, Canada, 2003

World Premiere
TOTEM: THE RETURN OF THE G’PSGOLOX POLE (F)
Gil Cardinal, Canada, 2003

THE TRUTH ABOUT HEAD
Dale Heslip, Canada, 2003

North American Premiere
TWIST (F)
Jacob Tierney, Canada, 2003

WHY THE ANDERSON CHILDREN DIDN’T COME TO DINNER
Jamie Travis, Canada, 2003

WILDFLOWERS
Geoffrey Uloth, Canada, 2003

X MAN
Christopher Hinton, Canada, 2002

CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA

North American Premiere
ABJAD (F)
Abolfazl Jalili, Iran, 2003

ALEXANDRA’S PROJECT (F)
Rolf de Heer, Australia, 2002

North American Premiere
ANTENNA (F)
Kazuyoshi Kumakiri, Japan, 2003

AT FIVE IN THE AFTERNOON (F)
Samira Makhmalbaf, Iran / France, 2003

World Premiere
B-HAPPY (F)
Gonzalo Justiniano, Chile, 2003

World Premiere
BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS (F)
Stephen Fry, United Kingdom, 2003

Canadian Premiere
BROKEN WINGS (F)
Nir Bergman, Israel, 2002

North American Premiere
CRIMSON GOLD (F)
Jafar Panahi, Iran / France / Italy, 2003

North American Premiere
DEPUIS QU’OTAR EST PARTI (F)
Julie Bertuccelli, France, 2003

North American Premiere
DRIFTERS (F)
Wang Xiaoshuai, Taiwan / China, 2003

Canadian Premiere
DUMMY (F)
Greg Pritikin, USA, 2002

World Premiere
ERRANCE (F)
Damien Odoul, France, 2003

Canadian Premiere
THE EVENT (F)
Thom Fitzgerald, Canada / USA, 2002

World Premiere
EVIL (F)
Mikael Håfström, Sweden / Denmark, 2003

North American Premiere
FACING WINDOW (F)
Ferzan Ozpetek, Italy / United Kingdom / Turkey / Portugal, 2002

FOREST (F)
Benedek Fliegauf, Hungary, 2003

North American Premiere
FREE RADICALS (F)
Barbara Albert, Austria, 2003

North American Premiere
FUSE (F)
Pjer Zalica, Austria / Bosnia – Herzegovina / Turkey / France, 2003

World Premiere
THE GALÍNDEZ FILE (F)
Gerardo Herrero, Spain / United Kingdom / Italy / Portugal / Cuba / France, 2003

International Premiere
GOLDEN CHICKEN (F)
Samson Chiu, Hong Kong, 2002

North American Premiere
GOOD BYE, LENIN! (F)
Wolfgang Becker, Germany, 2003

North American Premiere
A GOOD LAWYER’S WIFE (F)
Im Sang-soo, South Korea, 2003

North American Premiere
GRIMM (F)
Alex van Warmerdam, The Netherlands, 2003

World Premiere
GUN-SHY (F)
Dito Tsintsadze, Germany, 2003

A HEART ELSEWHERE (F)
Pupi Avati, Italy, 2003

North American Premiere
THE HOURS OF THE DAY (F)
Jaime Rosales, Spain, 2003

I’M NOT SCARED (F)
Gabriele Salvatores, Italy / Spain / United Kingdom, 2002

North American Premiere
IDENTITY KILLS (F)
Sören Voigt, Germany, 2003

World Premiere
IN THE CITY (F)
Cesc Gay, Spain, 2003

North American Premiere
INTERMISSION (F)
John Crowley, Ireland, 2003

International Premiere
INTERVIEW (F)
Theo van Gogh, The Netherlands, 2003

North American Premiere
JAMES’ JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM (F)
Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, Israel, 2003

North American Premiere
JAPANESE STORY (F)
Sue Brooks, Australia, 2003

Canadian Premiere
KAMCHATKA (F)
Marcelo Piñeyro, Argentina / Spain, 2002

North American Premiere
KITCHEN STORIES (F)
Bent Hamer, Norway, 2003

North American Premiere
LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE (F)
Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thailand, 2003

North American Premiere
THE LAST VIRGIN (F)
Joel Lamangan, The Philippines, 2003

North American Premiere
LOVING GLANCES (F)
Srdjan Karanovic, Serbia and Montenegro / United Kingdom, 2003

North American Premiere
THE MAGIC GLOVES (F)
Martín Rejtman, Argentina, 2003

North American Premiere
LES MAINS VIDES (F)
Marc Recha, France / Spain, 2003

International Premiere
MEMORIES OF MURDER (F)
Bong Joon-ho, South Korea, 2003

Canadian Premiere
MILWAUKEE, MINNESOTA (F)
Allan Mindel, USA, 2003

North American Premiere
THE MOTHER (F)
Roger Michell, United Kingdom, 2003

MY LIFE WITHOUT ME (F)
Isabel Coixet, Canada / Spain, 2003

World Premiere
NICOTINA (F)
Hugo Rodríguez, Mexico / Argentina / Spain, 2003

North American Premiere
NÓI ALBINÓI (F)
Dagur Kari, Iceland / Germany / United Kingdom / Denmark, 2003

North American Premiere
NOS ENFANTS CHÉRIS (F)
Benoît Cohen, France, 2003

North American Premiere
OSAMA (F)
Siddiq Barmak, Afghanistan / Japan, 2003

Canadian Premiere
PIECES OF APRIL (F)
Peter Hedges, USA, 2003

Canadian Premiere
PREY FOR ROCK & ROLL (F)
Alex Steyermark, USA, 2003

North American Premiere
THE PRINCIPLES OF LUST (F)
Penny Woolcock, United Kingdom, 2003

North American Premiere
PROSTI (F)
Erik Matti, The Philippines, 2002

Canadian Premiere
PTU (F)
Johnnie To, Hong Kong / China, 2003

North American Premiere
PUPENDO (F)
Jan Hrebejk, Czech Republic, 2003

North American Premiere
PURPLE BUTTERFLY (F)
Lou Ye, China / France, 2003

North American Premiere
QUI A TUÉ BAMBI? (F)
Gilles Marchand, France, 2003

World Premiere
RAMBLERS (F)
Nobuhiro Yamashita, Japan, 2003

North American Premiere
REMEMBER ME (F)
Gabriele Muccino, Italy / France / United Kingdom, 2003

THE RETURN (F)
Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia, 2003

North American Premiere
SECRET FILE (F)
Paolo Benvenuti, Italy, 2003

North American Premiere
SHARA (F)
Naomi Kawase, Japan, 2003

North American Premiere
SILENCE BETWEEN TWO THOUGHTS (F)
Babak Payami, Iran, 2003

North American Premiere
SO FAR AWAY (F)
Juan Carlos Tabío, Spain / Cuba, 2002

North American Premiere
SOUTH FROM GRANADA (F)
Fernando Colomo, Spain, 2003

North American Premiere
SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER… AND SPRING (F)
Kim Ki-duk, South Korea / Germany, 2003

World Premiere
STANDER (F)
Bronwen Hughes, Canada / Germany / South Africa, 2003

North American Premiere
STORMY WEATHER (F)
Sólveig Anspach, Iceland / France / Belgium, 2003

North American Premiere
STRUGGLE (F)
Ruth Mader, Austria, 2003

World Premiere
SUPERTEX (F)
Jan Schütte, Germany / The Netherlands, 2003

World Premiere
TESTOSTERONE (F)
David Moreton, USA / Argentina, 2003

North American Premiere
TOUTES CES BELLES PROMESSES (F)
Jean Paul Civeyrac, France, 2003

North American Premiere
TRAVELLERS AND MAGICIANS (F)
Khyentse Norbu, Bhutan, 2003

North American Premiere
VIBRATOR (F)
Ryuichi Hiroki, Japan, 2003

International Premiere
VODKA LEMON (F)
Hiner Saleem, France / Italy / Switzerland / Armenia, 2003

North American Premiere
WHAT THE EYE DOESN’T SEE (F)
Francisco J. Lombardi, Peru, 2003

North American Premiere
WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF (F)
Lone Scherfig, Denmark / United Kingdom, 2003

World Premiere
WONDERLAND (F)
James Cox, USA, 2003

North American Premiere
YOUNG ADAM (F)
David Mackenzie, United Kingdom, 2002

DISCOVERY

World Premiere
11:14 (F)
Greg Marcks, USA, 2003

North American Premiere
16 YEARS OF ALCOHOL (F)
Richard Jobson, United Kingdom, 2003

North American Premiere
ANA AND THE OTHERS (F)
Celina Murga, Argentina, 2003

North American Premiere
CHRISTMAS (F)
Gregory King, New Zealand, 2003

North American Premiere
LES CORPS IMPATIENTS (F)
Xavier Giannoli, France, 2003

Canadian Premiere
DALLAS 362 (F)
Scott Caan, USA, 2003

World Premiere
EASY (F)
Jane Weinstock, USA, 2003

International Premiere
THE GREEN BUTCHERS (F)
Anders Thomas Jensen, Denmark, 2002

World Premiere
I LOVE YOUR WORK (F)
Adam Goldberg, USA, 2003

North American Premiere
JEUX D’ENFANTS (F)
Yann Samuell, France, 2003

North American Premiere
KOKTEBEL (F)
Boris Khlebnikov, Alexei Popogrebsky, Russia, 2003

THE LAST CUSTOMER
Nanni Moretti, Italy, 2003

World Premiere
MADNESS AND GENIUS (F)
Ryan Eslinger, USA, 2003

World Premiere
MAQBOOL (F)
Vishal Bharadwaj, India, 2003

International Premiere
MY FATHER AND I (F)
Xu Jinglei, China, 2002

North American Premiere
MY TOWN (F)
Marek Lechki, Poland, 2002

North American Premiere
A NATION WITHOUT WOMEN (F)
Manish Jha, France / India, 2003

World Premiere
NOVEMBER (F)
Achero Mañas, Spain, 2002

World Premiere
RHINOCEROS EYES (F)
Aaron Woodley, USA, 2003

World Premiere
RICK (F)
Curtiss Clayton, USA, 2003

North American Premiere
SEXUAL DEPENDENCY (F)
Rodrigo Bellott, Bolivia / USA, 2003

North American Premiere
A SMILE (F)
Park Kyung-hee, South Korea, 2003

World Premiere
SUMMER IN THE GOLDEN VALLEY (F)
Srdjan Vuletic, Bosnia-Herzegovina / France / United Kingdom, 2003

International Premiere
THIS LITTLE LIFE (F)
Sarah Gavron, United Kingdom, 2003

THE TRIGGERSTREET.COM PROJECT
USA, 2003

PLANET AFRICA

Canadian Premiere
AFROPUNK: THE “ROCK N ROLL NIGGER” EXPERIENCE (F)
James Spooner, USA, 2003

International Premiere
DARK (F)
D.A. Bullock, USA, 2003

HIS/HER STORY
Nzinga Kemp, USA, 2003

HISTOIRE DE TRESSES
Jacqueline Kalimunda, Rwanda / France, 2002

World Premiere
HOW TO GET THE MAN’S FOOT OUTTA OF YOUR ASS! (F)
Mario Van Peebles, USA, 2003

MILLE MOIS (F)
Faouzi Bensaïdi, France / Morocco / Belgium, 2003

North American Premiere
MOI ET MON BLANC (F)
S. Pierre Yaméogo, Burkina Faso, 2003

North American Premiere
ONE LOVE (F)
Rick Elgood, Don Letts, Norway / United Kingdom, 2003

OUTCRY
Destau Damtou, Israel, 2003

SHORT ON SUGAR
Joseph Anaya, USA, 2003

North American Premiere
LE SILENCE DE LA FORÊT (F)
Didier Ouénangaré, Bassek ba Kobhio, Cameroon / Gabon / Central African Republic, 2003

THE SKY IN HER EYES
Ouida Smit, Madoda Ncayiyana, South Africa, 2001

World Premiere
SOLDIERS OF THE ROCK (F)
Norman Maake, South Africa, 2003

STRANGE & CHARMED
Shari Frilot, USA, 2003

World Premiere
VALLEY OF THE INNOCENT (F)
Branwen Okpako, Germany, 2003

North American Premiere
LES YEUX SECS (F)
Narjiss Nejjar, France / Morocco, 2003

REAL TO REEL

North American Premiere
THE AGRONOMIST (F)
Jonathan Demme, USA, 2003

Canadian Premiere
AILEEN: LIFE AND DEATH OF A SERIAL KILLER (F)
Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill, USA / United Kingdom, 2003

Canadian Premiere
THE BLONDS (F)
Albertina Carri, Argentina / USA, 2003

North American Premiere
BRIGHT LEAVES (F)
Ross McElwee, USA, 2003

DESTINY’S CHILDREN
Pimmi Pande, India / United Kingdom, 2003

Canadian Premiere
DREAM CUISINE (F)
Li Ying, Japan, 2003

North American Premiere
ENQUÊTE SUR LE MONDE INVISIBLE (F)
Jean Michel Roux, France, 2002

North American Premiere
FESTIVAL EXPRESS (F)
Bob Smeaton, Canada, 2003

North American Premiere
THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS (F)
Lars von Trier and Jørgen Leth, Denmark / Switzerland / Belgium / France, 2003

World Premiere
GAME OVER: KASPAROV AND THE MACHINE (F)
Vikram Jayanti, Canada / United Kingdom, 2003

North American Premiere
JESUS, YOU KNOW (F)
Ulrich Seidl, Austria, 2003

World Premiere
LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF (F)
Thom Andersen, USA, 2003

Canadian Premiere
MAYOR OF THE SUNSET STRIP (F)
George Hickenlooper, USA, 2003

International Premiere
MOLLY & MOBARAK (F)
Tom Zubrycki, Australia, 2003

Canadian Premiere
THE PASSION OF MARÍA ELENA (F)
Mercedes Moncada, Mexico, 2003

Canadian Premiere
THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED (F)
Kim Bartley and Donnacha O’Briain, Ireland, 2003

Canadian Premiere
S21, LA MACHINE DE MORT KHMÈRE ROUGE (F)
Rithy Panh, France, 2003

International Premiere
THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL (F)
Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni, Germany, 2003

TIBET: CRY OF THE SNOW LION (F)
Tom Peosay, USA, 2002

Canadian Premiere
TOM DOWD & THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC (F)
Mark Moormann, USA, 2003

Canadian Premiere
WEST OF THE TRACKS, PART I: RUST (F)
Wang Bing, China, 2003

Canadian Premiere
WEST OF THE TRACKS, PART II: REMNANTS (F)
Wang Bing, China, 2003

Canadian Premiere
WEST OF THE TRACKS, PART III: RAILS (F)
Wang Bing, China, 2003

World Premiere
THE YES MEN (F)
Dan Ollman, Sarah Price, Chris Smith, USA, 2003

WAVELENGTHS

BOUQUET 25
Rose Lowder, France, 2002

CHINESE SERIES
Stan Brakhage, USA, 2003

COCTEAU CENTO
Dan Boord, Luis Valdovino, USA, 2003

EARLY MONTHLY SEGMENTS
Robert Beavers, Switzerland, 2002

FEAR OF BLUSHING
Jennifer Reeves, USA, 2001

THE GROUND
Robert Beavers, Greece / Switzerland / USA, 2001

HE WALKED AWAY
Jennifer Reeves, USA, 2003

THE HEDGE THEATER
Robert Beavers, Italy / Switzerland, 2002

HORIZONTAL BOUNDARIES SECOND PROJECTION
Pat O’Neill, USA, 2003

IN THE GARDEN
Ute Aurand, Bärbel Freund, Germany, 2002

INTERIOR
Jim Jennings, USA, 2001

LET’S MAKE A SANDWICH
Pat O’Neill, USA, 1982

MEDITATIONS ON REVOLUTION, PART V: FOREIGN CITY
Robert Fenz, USA, 2003

MEGALOPOLIS
Jim Jennings, USA, 2001

NO
Sharon Lockhart, USA, 2003

NOOR
Deborah Phillips, Germany, 2003

OUTLINE
Sandra Gibson, USA, 2003

PSALM III: “NIGHT OF THE MEEK”
Phil Solomon, USA, 2002

QUADRO
Lotte Schreiber, Italy / Austria, 2002

ROLLING IN MY EARS
Barry Gerson, USA, 2002

SEASONS…
Phil Solomon, Stan Brakhage, USA, 2002

STAN’S WINDOW and WORK IN PROGRESS
Stan Brakhage, USA, 2003

International Premiere
SYSTEM OF TRANSITIONS
Johannes Hammel, Austria, 2003

TRANSLUCENT APPEARANCES
Barry Gerson, USA, 1975

THE VISITATION
Nathaniel Dorsky, USA, 2002

VIDA DE NOVO: THE NEW BRAZILIAN CINEMA

Canadian Premiere
BUS 174 (F)
José Padilha, Brazil, 2002

North American Premiere
CARANDIRU (F)
Hector Babenco, Brazil, 2003

International Premiere
GOD IS BRAZILIAN (F)
Carlos Diegues, Brazil, 2003

Canadian Premiere
THE MAN OF THE YEAR (F)
José Henrique Fonseca, Brazil, 2003

Canadian Premiere
MARGARETTE’S FEAST (F)
Renato Falcão, Brazil / USA, 2002

World Premiere
THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD (F)
Vicente Amorim, Brazil, 2003

North American Premiere
THE STORYTELLERS (F)
Eliane Caffé, Brazil / France, 2003

CANADIAN RETROSPECTIVE: THE FILMS OF NELL SHIPMAN

BACK TO GOD’S COUNTRY (F)
David M. Hartford, Canada, 1919

A BEAR, A BOY AND A DOG
Bert Van Tuyle, USA, 1921

Canadian Premiere
THE GRUB-STAKE (F)
Bert Van Tuyle in collaboration with Nell Shipman, USA, 1922

THE LIGHT ON LOOKOUT
Bert Van Tuyle, Nell Shipman, USA, 1923

SOMETHING NEW (F)
Nell Shipman, Bert Van Tuyle, USA, 1920

THE STORY OF MR. HOBBS (F)
Lorenzo Alagia, USA, 1947

THE TRAIL OF THE NORTH WIND
Nell Shipman, USA, 1923

WHITE WATER
Bert Van Tuyle, Nell Shipman, USA, 1924

DIRECTORS SPOTLIGHT – 3X3

CLOUDS OF MAY (F)
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey, 2000

CONFESSION (F)
Zeki Demirkubuz, Turkey, 2001

North American Premiere
DISTANT (F)
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey, 2003

ENCOUNTER (F)
Ömer Kavur, Turkey, 2003

FATE (F)
Zeki Demirkubuz, Turkey, 2001

MOTHERLAND HOTEL (F)
Ömer Kavur, Turkey, 1987

THE SECRET FACE (F)
Ömer Kavur, Turkey, 1991

THE SMALL TOWN (F)
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey, 1997

Canadian Premiere
THE THIRD PAGE (F)
Zeki Demirkubuz, Turkey, 1999

DIALOGUES: TALKING WITH PICTURES

ALIEN (F)
Ridley Scott, USA, 1979

BAD TIMING/A SENSUAL OBSESSION (F)
Nicolas Roeg, United Kingdom, 1980

IKIRU (F)
Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1952

NASHVILLE (F)
Robert Altman, USA, 1975

ONE FROM THE HEART (F)
Francis Ford Coppola, USA, 1982

TWENTY YEARS LATER (F)
Eduardo Coutinho, Brazil, 1984

MIDNIGHT MADNESS

Canadian Premiere
CYPHER (F)
Vincenzo Natali, USA, 2002

International Premiere
END OF THE CENTURY: THE STORY OF THE RAMONES (F)
Michael Gramaglia, Jim Fields, USA, 2003

North American Premiere
GOZU (F)
Takashi Miike, Japan, 2003

North American Premiere
THE GRUDGE (F)
Takashi Shimizu, Japan, 2002

International Premiere
HAUTE TENSION (F)
Alexandre Aja, France, 2003

International Premiere
ONG-BAK MUAY: THAI WARRIOR (F)
Prachya Pinkaew, Thailand, 2003

North American Premiere
SAVE THE GREEN PLANET (F)
Jang Jun-hwan, South Korea, 2003

North American Premiere
UNDEAD (F)
Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig, Australia, 2002

World Premiere
UNDERWORLD (F)
Len Wiseman, USA / United Kingdom, 2003