TIFF ’06

For the past couple years, I’ve planned on blogging from the Toronto International Film Festival, with mixed results. Inevitably, I always remember one of my favorite aspects of film festivals is the social component, particularly in this age of virtual interaction; getting to meet online friends and cinÈphiles in person I only get to see once or twice a year is too great a thrill to cloister myself in a hotel room. Having said that, I’m hoping to blog some this year, but if Girish or somebody invites me out for coffee, I’m tossing the laptop in my room and having fun.

So TIFF announced its official schedule this morning, and I’ve got my tentative line-up here, although there are several films I can still fit in and will likely buy additional tickets for–I was restricted to 30 for the moment.

September 7
ï The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (Sophie Fiennes, UK/Austria/Netherlands)
ïTen Canoes (Rolf de Heer, Australia)

September 8
ï12:08 East of Bucharest (Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania)
ïRequiem (Hans-Christian Schmid, Germany)
ïClimates (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey/France)
ïBamako (Abderrahmane Sissako, France/Mali/USA)
ïThe Host (Bong Joon-ho, South Korea)

September 9
ïThe Wind That Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach, UK/Ireland/Italy/Spain/Germany)
ïManufactured Landscapes (Jennifer Baichwal, Canada)
ïWavelengths 2
ïRescue Dawn (Werner Herzog, USA)

September 10
ïThe Bet Collector (Jeffrey Jeturian, Phillipines)
ïThe Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair (Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein, Germany)
ïTimes and Winds (Reha Erdem, Turkey)

September 11
ïWoman on the Beach (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)
ïHalf Moon (Bahman Ghobadi, Iran/Iraq/Austria/France)
ïI Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan/France/Austria)

September 12
ïOffside (Jafar Panahi, Iran)
ïCoeurs (Alain Resnais, France)

September 13
ïBelle toujours (Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal/France) and Fantasma (Lisandro Alonso, Argentina)
ïDay Night Day Night (Julia Loktev, USA)

September 14
ïColossal Youth (Pedro Costa, Portugal/France/Switzerland)
ïRed Road (Andrea Arnold, UK)

September 15
ïBorn and Bred (Pablo Trapero, Argentina/Italy/United Kingdom)
ïSyndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand/France/Austria)

September 16
ïDong (Jia Zhang-ke, Hong Kong/China)
ïRemembering Arthur (Martin Lavut, Canada)
ïMissing Star (Gianni Amelio, Italy)
ïAmazing Grace (Michael Apted, UK)
ïLights in the Dusk (Aki Kaurism‰ki, Finland/Germany/France)