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Toronto International Film Festival 2011 Lineup

The 2011 program for the Toronto International Film Festival.

News is rolling out of Toronto for this year's festival, with the Galas and the Special Presentations sections announced.  As always with TIFF, the sheer number of films can seem overwhelming, but with new films by David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method, pictured above), Terence Davies (!), Francis Ford Coppola, Wang Xiaoshuai, Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud, and William Friedkin added to big names that premiered already this year (including Almodóvar, Von Trier, Nanni Moretti, and Nicolas Winding Refn) it looks like the 2011 iteration will be as packed with must-see cinema as ever before.  We'll be updating this listing as new lineups are announced.  See TIFF's official website for details.


Special Presentations


Real to Reel Documentaries

Midnight Madness

City to City


  • First Position (Bess Kargman, USA)
  • The Flying Machine (Martin Clapp, Geoff Lindsey & Dorota Kobiela, Poland/China)
  • A Letter to Momo (Hiroyuki Okiura, Japan)
  • A Monster in Paris (Bibo Bergeron, France)

Canada First!

  • Amy George (Yonah Lewis, Canada)
  • Leave It On the Floor (Sheldon Larry, Canada)
  • Nuit #1 (Anne Émond, Canada)
  • The Odds (Simon Davidson, Canada)
  • The Patron Saints (Brian M. Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky, Canada)
  • Romeo Eleven (Ivan Grbovic, Canada)
  • Wetlands (Guy Édoin, Canada)

Contemporary World Cinema


Short Cuts Canada

  • 4am (Janine Fung, Canada)
  • Acqua (Raha Shirazi, Canada/Italy)
  • Afternoon Tea (DJ Parmar, Canada)
  • Combustion (Renaud Hallée, Canada)
  • Derailments (Chelsea McMullan, Canada/Italy)
  • The Devil's Due (Alexander Gorelick & Adam Shaheen, Canada)
  • Doubles with Slight Pepper (Canada/Trinidad & Tobago/USA)
  • The Encounter (Nicholas Pye, Canada)
  • A Film Portrait on Reconstructing 12 Possibilities That Preceded the Disappearance of Zoe Dean Drum (Eduardo Menz, Canada)
  • The Fuse: Or How I Burned Simon Bolivar (Igor Drljaca, Canada/Bosnia)
  • Good Boy (Isaac Cravit, Canada)
  • Heart of Rhyme (Cory Bowles, Canada)
  • Hidden Driveway (Sarah Goodman, Canada)
  • Hope (Pedro Pires, Canada)
  • If I Can Fly (Yoakim Bélanger, Canada)
  • Issues (Hugh DillonEnrico Colantoni, Canada)
  • Lie Down and Die (Kyle Sanderson, Canada)
  • Little Theatres: Homage to the Mineral of Cabbage (Stephanie Dudley, Canada)
  • Mandeep (Darrin Klimek, Canada)
  • No Words Came Down (Ryan Flowers & Lisa Pham, Canada)
  • Of Events (Mathieu Tremblay, Canada)
  • One Night with You (Jeanne Leblanc, Canada)
  • ORA (Philippe Baylaucq, Canada)
  • The Paris Quintet in Practice Makes Perfect (Benjamin Schuetze, Canada)
  • Patch Town (Craig Goodwill, Canada)
  • Pathways (Dusty Mancinelli, Canada)
  • The Pedestrian Jar (Evan Morgan, Canada)
  • The Red Virgin (Sheila Pye, Canada)
  • A River in the Woods (Christian Sparkes, Canada)
  • La ronde (Sophie Goyette, Canada)
  • Solar Wind (Ian Lagarde, Canada)
  • Sorry, Rabbi (Mark Slutsky, Canada)
  • Spirit of the Bluebird (Xstine Cook & Jesse Gouchey)
  • Sundays (Jean-Guillaume Bastien, Canada)
  • Surveillant (Yan Giroux, Canada)
  • Tabula Rasa (Matthew Rankin, Canada)
  • Throat Song (Miranda de Pencier, Canada)
  • Trotteur (Arnaud Brisebois & Francis Leclerc, Canada)
  • Up in Cottage Country (Simon Ennis, Canada)
  • Waning (Gina Haraszti, Canada)
  • We Ate the Children Last (Andrew Cividino, Canada)
  • The Weight of Emptiness (Alain Fournier, Canada)
  • The Yodeling Farmer (Mike Maryniuk & John Scoles, Canada)

Canada Open Vault

I was starting to wonder what had happened to Pawel Pawlikowski.
As was I, Darren. Happy to see he’s back.
That’s a packed lineup with some big names.
Excited to hear there are new films from Besson, Beresford, Xiaoshuai (has last year’s Chongqing Blues even gotten an international release yet??), Meirelles, Davies, Payne, Friedkin, Forster….a very respectable lineup! Cannes this year had a good one also; it’ll be interesting to see whether Venice stacks up and manages to pull some of its own cards out of the hat later this week.
well just look at that cigar. lol.
Details for the Venice lineup:
They aren’t showing Bela Tarr’s “The Turin Horse” are they? I would have loved to see that film in their lineup.
TIFF has been really lackluster in recent years. Last year had some severely under-appreciated (and under-publicized) gems – most notably, Notre Jour Viendra. So far, this year is looking up a little. I mean, they haven’t been announcing the “smaller” pictures yet, which are often the most exciting. I am hoping that along with films like Drive, Melancholia, A Dangerous Method there are the more independent work we heard whispers about around the time of Cannes such as Sleeping Beauty, Oslo August 31st, and Le Havre. Here’s to hoping! I’ll certainly be seeing a lot more this year than in 2010.

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