Toronto International Film Festival Books Jonathan Demme, Gus Van Sant and Aki Kaurismaki Films

5:00 AM PST 08/23/2011 by Etan Vlessing
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TIFF will also spotlight Francis Ford Coppola, legendary rocker Neil Young and Sony Pictures Classics' Michael Barker and Tom Bernard with in-conversation sessions.

TORONTO – The Toronto International Film Festival will see Jonathan Demme, Gus Van Sant and Francis Ford Coppola walk its red carpet next month.

TIFF unveiled another 13 titles for its Masters sidebar as the festival on Tuesday showcased its high-end auteur titles after earlier rolling out star-driven Hollywood titles.

The Masters titles includes Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki bringing his Cannes FIPRESCI film critics prize winner Le Havre, where a town bands together to reunite an immigrant boy with his mother; and Gus Van Sant’s Restless, the Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper-starring teen drama that opened Cannes' Un Certain Regard program.

The Masters sidebar will also include Russian director Alexander Sokurov’s Faust, which will first bow in competition in Venice; Le Gamin au Velo (The Kids With a Bike), from Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne after the film won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes; and French director Bruno Dumont’s Hors Satan (Outside Satan).

Also Toronto-bound is French director Chantal Akerman’s La Folie Almayer, also to screen out of competition in Venice; Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s I Wish; French director Robert Guediguian’s Neiges du Kilmanjaro; Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tar’s The Turin Horse; and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

Featured in the Mavericks sidebar this year is Jonathan Demme and legendary rocker Neil Young debuting Neil Young Life, the third installment in Demme’s trilogy of Neil Young concert films.

Demme will also lead an in-conversation session at TIFF with Sony Pictures Classics’ toppers Michael Barker and Tom Bernard.

And the Mavericks section will include a world premiere for Albert MayslesThe Love We Make, where the veteran documentary maker and director partner Bradley Kaplan followed Paul McCartney in October 2001 as he prepared to perform at the 9/11 memorial event The Concert for New York City.

There’s also a screening of Erik Canuel’s screen adaptation of Christopher Plummer’s award-winning stage play Barrymore; a conversation with Deepa Mehta and Salman Rushdie and a sneak peek at their novel-to-film adaptation of Midnight’s Children; and separate conversations with legendary Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola and British thesp Tilda Swinton.

Elsewhere, TIFF’s Discovery program is to feature world premieres by Swedish director Axel Petersen with Avalon; U.S. director Ryan O’Nan’s The Brooklyn Brothers Beat The Rest; Ngoc Dang Vu’s Lost in Paradise, from Vietnam; French director Emmanuelle Millet’s Twiggy; and Roman’s Circuit, by Sebastian Brahm.

The Discovery sidebar also booked North American and international bows for UK director John McIIduff’s Behold The Lamb, Joseph Israel Laban’s Cuchera, and South Korean director Ruslan Pak’s Hanaan.

The Toronto International Film Festival is set to run from September 8 to 18.

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