Toronto to spotlight Istanbul for tribute
Showcasing 10 films set in the city, including '10 to 11'TORONTO -- The Toronto International Film Festival may be hoping for a less controversial city-to-city spotlight this year with its choice of Istanbul for the September tribute.
Recall last year when Tel Aviv provided a 10-film homage at TIFF that blew up in the faces of fest organizers.
An artist and activist protest over Israel allegedly whitewashing its Palestinian dispute with a cultural showcase met with a counter-protest by Hollywood actors, directors and industry execs, including Jerry Seinfeld, Natalie Portman and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Back for a sophomore run, Toronto's city spotlight will showcase 10 Istanbul-set films, to include Pelin Esmer's "10 to 11," "40," by Emre Sahin, "Block-C," Zeki Demirkubuz, the Theron Patterson black comedy "Dark Cloud" and "Hair" by Tayfun Pirselimoglu.
Rounding out the Istanbul spotlight is "The Majority" by Seren Yuce, Reha Erdem's "My Only Sunshine," "September 12" by Ozlem Sulak, a look at Turkey's 1980 military coup 30 years on and "Somersault in a Coffin," by Dervis Zaim.
Toronto also unveiled its industry program Tuesday, to include panels and discussions by doc makers Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and Alex Gibney, and fellow directors John Sayles and Dustin Lance Black, and producer Jon Landau ("Titanic," "Avatar").
In addition, producers Christine Vachon and Bob Berney will be in Toronto to appear in-conversation as part of the inaugural Moguls section.
The Toronto International Film Festival is set to run from Sept. 9-19.