In this morning’s Toronto announcement story (“TIFF vs. Telluride: Intrigue Intensifies, Plot Thickens“) I failed to highlight two films that appear to warrant special attention — Hany Abu-Assad‘s The Idol, which appears to be more of a lighthearted, less melodramatic film than Abu-Assad’s widely praised Omar, and Sebastian Schipper‘s Victoria, which premiered at last February Berlinale and which just popped a trailer.
Otherwise the just-announced Toronto galas and special presentations that nobody is particularly interested in (at least for the time being) are as follows:
GALAS: Beeba Boys (dir. Deepa Mehta, Canada, World Premiere), Forsaken (dir. Jon Cassar, Canada (World Premiere), Hyena Road (dir. Paul Gross, Canada, World Premiere), Lolo (dir. Julie Delpy, France, World Premiere), The Man Who Knew Infinity (dir. Matt Brown, United Kingdom, World Premiere), Remember (dir. Atom Egoyan, Canada, North American Premiere), Septembers of Shiraz (dir. Wayne Blair, USA, World Premiere), The Dressmaker (dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse, Australia, World Premiere).
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS: Anomalisa (unspellable, all but impossible to remember…dir. Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, USA, Canadian Premiere), Colonia (dir. Florian Gallenberger, Germany/Luxembourg/France, World Premiere), The Daughter (dir. Simon Stone, Australia, North American Premiere), Desierto (dir. Jonas Cuaron, Mexico, World Premiere), Dheepan (dir. Jacques Audiard, France, North American Premiere — didn’t deserve the Palme d’Or at last May’s Cannes Film Festival), Families (dir. Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France, World Premiere), Guilty (dir: Meghna Gulzar, India, World Premiere), I Smile Back (dir. Adam Salky, USA, Canadian Premiere…preemed at last Janury’s Sundance Film Festival), The Lady in the Van (dir. Nicolas Hytner, USA, World Premiere), Len and Company (dir. Tim Godsall, USA (North American Premiere), The Lobster (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos, North American Premiere), Louder than Bombs (dir. Joachim Trier, Norway/France/Denmark, North American Premiere), Mountains May Depart (dir. Jia Zhang-ke, North American Premiere), Parched (dir. Leena Yadav, India/USA (World Premiere), Sicario (dir. Denis Villeneuve, USA, North American Premiere), Sunset Song (dir. Terence Davies, United Kingdom/Luxembourg, World Premiere), Un plus une (dir. Claude Lelouch, France, World Premiere).