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2013 TIFF’s Vanguard Section Grabs Highly Anticipated Preems from Aja, Cattet-Forzani & Brillante Mendoza

Outclassing Venice this year in terms of quantity (and we’ll soon see in perhaps quality), 2013’s Toronto International Film Festival’s Vanguard section sees programmer Colin Geddes happily working with a flood of film items that could have easily have been featured in the Midnight Madness section. Alongside world premieres for Simon & Zeke Hawkins’ We Gotta Get Out of This Place, Zack Parker’s Proxy, Juan Cavestany’s People In Places and Yeon Sang-ho’s The Fake, the fest lassoed notable premium offerings in the likes of Alexandre Aja’s Horns, Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani’s sophomore pic The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears and (also skipping the Lido) and Brillante Mendoza’s Sapi.

Ti West’s The Sacrament will benefit from the Lido-T.O exposure, while from Cannes, we find Jeremy Saulnier’s brilliant, award-winning Blue Ruin and Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman both receive their North American debuts (we imagine both will hit Austin next), while popular film fest auteurs in Alexey Fedorchenko (Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari) and Christoffer Boe (Sex, Drugs & Taxation) also make the cut. Here’s the packed 14-slotted titles for this year’s Vanguard section:

Blue Ruin – Jeremy Saulnier, USA North American Premiere
Borgman – Alex van Warmerdam, The Netherlands/Belgium/Denmark North American Premiere
Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari – Alexey Fedorchenko, Russia Canadian Premiere
The Fake – Yeon Sang-ho, Korea World Premiere
Horns – Alexandre Aja, USA World Premiere
People In Places (Gente En Sitios) – Juan Cavestany, Spain World Premiere
Proxy – Zack Parker, USA World Premiere
The Sacrament – Ti West, USA North American Premiere
Sapi – Brillante Mendoza, Philippines World Premiere
Sex, Drugs & Taxation (Spies & Glistrup) – Christoffer Boe, Denmark International Premiere
Soul – Chung Mong-Hong, Taiwan International Premiere
The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears – Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, Belgium/France/Luxembourg N-A Premiere
Thou Gild’st the Even – Onur Ünlü, Turkey North American Premiere
We Gotta Get Out of This Place – Simon Hawkins and Zeke Hawkins, USA World Premiere

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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