Matt's picks for TIFF 2007
The complete schedule for this year's Toronto International Film Festival was released yesterday, as was the year's programme book; pass holders around the city are now feverishly charting out their first and second choices, which are due in about 40 hours. (That's Friday at 1:00, in case my math sucks.)
What to pick? Well, take it from someone who just spent the day creating a 2-layer grid of fifty first picks and fifty second picks, none of which overlap and all of which must have appropriate travel time in between: it ain't easy.
Factors in my choices: Nothing that's getting a 3,000-screen release next month, nothing programmed by Cameron Bailey, anything programmed by Colin Geddes, nothing before noon, nothing from a country with a GDP less than ten billion USD, everything with Ellen Page in it, and at least one exception to even my best-considered rules.
Here's a flick for each day of the festival, the one that I am looking forward to above everything else that day:
Thursday the 6th: Persepolis
Gorgeous black-and-white animated film about a young Muslim woman coming of age in Tehran, based on the graphic novels.
Friday the 7th: Lust, Caution
Ang Lee's new film just got slapped with an NC-17 in the States, making its release future uncertain. See it while you can.
Saturday the 8th: Chacun son cinema
Nearly three dozen filmmakers make 3-minute films apiece for this massive anthology work.
Sunday the 9th: The World Unseen
Lesbian love during Apartheid. Right on!
Monday the 10th: Une vielle maitresse
I'm a fan of Catherine Breillat's work, and am looking forward to seeing what she cooks up in this adaptation of a 19th century novel about sexual intrigue.
Tuesday the 11th: Very Young Girls
I can't imagine this documentary about underage prostitutes will be terribly fun to watch, but then, last year's best film (Lake of Fire) was no chuckler either.
Wednesday the 12th: The Tracey Fragments
Bruce McDonald's experimentalish feature covers the tormented inner world of a teenage girl in an audacious split-screened visual design. (Don't worry, I'm sure it's more fun than that sounds.)
Thursday the 13th: Smiley Face
Gregg Araki's stoner comedy? SOLD.
Friday the 14th: Son of Rambow
Two British boys go overboard when they're exposed to the first Rambo film. Hey, I can relate.
Saturday the 15th: A l'interieur
The Saturday night closing Midnight Madness is the slam-bang party the end of the festival deserves. And this one's being called the goriest film since Dead Alive.