Toronto unveils first festival titles

Cannes, Berlin, Asian titles included

TORONTO -- The Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday unveiled a slew of premieres, mostly out of Cannes and Berlin, including the latest films from veterans Manoel de Oliveira, Alain Resnais and Hirokazu Kore-eda.

De Oliveira's "Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl" will unspool as part of the Masters sidebar, as will Resnais' "Les Herbes Folles" and "Air Doll," Japanese director Kore-eda's drama about a blow-up doll that becomes a real person that stars Korean actress Bae Doo-na.

And the high-profile Contemporary World Cinema program booked Israeli director Haim Tabakman's "Eyes Wide Open," a gay love story set in a religious Jewish community, "Huacho," from Chilean director Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, Korea's "Like You Know It All," by Hong Sang-soo, and Jessica Hausner's "Lourdes."

Other CWC titles include Asli Ozge's "Men on the Bridge," set in Istanbul, Australian director Sarah Watt's "My Year Without Sex" and from Romania "Police, Adjective," by Corneliu Porumboiu.

Toronto each year unveils titles chosen from earlier international film festivals before it rolls out its own world premieres.

The festival also selected for its Visions sidebar the Cannes competition entrant "Face" by Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang, French director Raya Martin's "Independencia," Alain Cavalier's "Irene," also from France, and Malaysian director Chris Chong Chan Fui's "Karaoke."

Other Vision titles include Thai director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's "Nymph," and "To Die Like a Man," from Portugal's Joao Pedro Rodrigues.

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Rounding out Toronto's first announced titles for its September event in the Discovery section is "Gigante," by Adrian Biniez, Romanian director Radu Jude's "The Happiest Girl in the World," "Kelin," from Kazakhstan director Ermek Tursunov, and Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel's "La Pivellina," an Austrian/Italian co-production.

Toronto also unveiled plans for a new sidebar, City to City, to feature films from a selected city. The inaugural spotlight will be on Tel Aviv, with an announcement on participating filmmakers to follow.