Toronto 2012: Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Winterbottom, Michael Haneke in Masters Lineup
TORONTO – Booking the masters - the latest work by Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Winterbottom, Michael Haneke and Abbas Kiarostami will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
Revealing its Masters sidebar, fest organizers on Tuesday said Winterbottom’s Everyday, which was filmed over five years, will receive a world premiere in Toronto, as will Serbian filmmaker Goran Paskaljevic’s When Day Breaks.
As Toronto makes its last lineup announcements, there’s a slew of North American premieres for Cannes titles like Bertolucci’s Me and You, the Italian director’s first film since The Dreamers, Cristian Mungiu’s Beyond the Hills, a nuns-gone-mad drama, and 103 year-old Manoel de Oliveira’s Gebo and the Shadow.
Also getting a North American bow as part of the Masters program is Haneke’s Amour, Hong Sang-soo’s In Another Country, Kiarostami’s Like Someone in Love and Night Across the Street, by Raul Ruiz.
Rounding out the Masters sidebar are North American bows for Kim Ki-duk’s Pieta, French director Olivier Assayas’ Something in the Air and Darezhan Omirbayev’s Student, an adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment novel.
Toronto has also booked 27 first and second feature titles for its Discovery sidebar, including world premieres for Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves, set in 1920s Spain, Ramaa Mosley’s The Brass Teapot, starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano, Rola Nashef’s Detroit Unleashed, set in that city’s Arab-American community, and Dutch director Michiel ten Horn’s The Deflowering of Eva van End.
Also debuting in Toronto is Grace Lee’s Janeane from Des Moines, about a conservative housewife who confronts Republican party candidates at the Iowa caucuses like Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.
And there’s world bows for Lonesome Solo’s Burn It Up Djassa from the Ivory Coast, Call Girl, by Swedish filmmaker Mikael Marcimain, The Color of the Chameleon, by Bulgarian director Emil Christov and Andrew Williamson’s The Land of Eb, set in Hawaii and starring Jonithen Jackson and Hilary Monson.
Toronto also added a world premiere of Nono, the Zigzag Kid, a Belgium/Dutch co-production by Vincent Bal, to its TIFF Kids sidebar.
And the festival has HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins, and documentary makers Ken Burns and Shola Lynch taking part in informal conversations at the TIFF Doc Conference.
The conference will also feature world premieres of Rafea: Solar Mama, by Egyptian-American filmmakers Jehane Noujaim (Control Room) and Mona Eldaief, and The Last White Knight, by Paul Saltzman.
The Toronto International Film Festival is set to run from Sept. 6 to 16.