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2014 TIFF: Cristián Jiménez, Ole Christian Madsen, Holdridge & Saasen, Baran bo Odar Offer World Views in CWC

If you wanted a snapshot of worldly issues then TIFF’s Contemporary World Cinema programme would certainly serve as a whirlwind passport. Loaded in Cannes Film Festival preemed items receiving their North American Premiere debuts (Jessica Hausner’s Amour Fou, Mélanie Laurent’s Breathe , Bruno Dumont’s P’tit Quinquin and Pascale Ferran’s Bird People are are just the tip of the iceberg) TIFF programmers have landed world premiere items from the likes of Cristián Jiménez, Ole Christian Madsen, Alex Holdridge & Linnea Saasen (we pic above) and Baran bo Odar. Along with the Canadian items mentioned last week, Here is the largest section’s offerings for 2014.

“Aire Libre,” Anahí Berneri, Argentina / International Premiere
“Amour Fou,” Jessica Hausner, Austria/Luxembourg/Germany / North American Premiere
“Behavior” (“Conducta”), Ernesto Daranas, Cuba / Canadian Premiere
“Bird People,” Pascale Ferran, France / North American Premiere
“Black Souls” (“Anime Nere”), Francesco Munzi, Italy / International Premiere
“Breathe” (“Respire”), Mélanie Laurent, France / North American Premiere
“Charlie’s Country,” Rolf de Heer, Australia / North American Premiere
“Cut Snake,” Tony Ayres, Australia / International Premiere
“The Dark Horse,” James Napier Robertson, New Zealand / International Premiere
“Don’t Breathe” (“La Faille”), Nino Kirtadze, France / World Premiere
“The Farewell Party” (“Mita Tova”), Sharon Maymon, Tal Granit, Germany/Israel / North American Premiere
“Frailer” (“Brozer”) Mijke de Jong, Netherlands / World Premiere
“Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” (“Gett, le procès de Vivane Amsalem”), Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz, France/Germany/Israel / North American Premiere
“Girlhood” (“Bande de filles”), Céline Sciamma, France / North American Premiere
“The Grump” (“Mielensäpahoittaja”), Dome Karukoski, Finland / World Premiere
“High Society” (“Le beau monde”), Julie Lopes Curval, France / International Premiere
“Impunity,” Jyoti Mistry, South Africa / World Premiere
“In the Crosswind” (“Risttuules”), Martti Helde, Estonia / International Premiere
“Itsi Bitsi,” Ole Christian Madsen, Denmark/Sweden / World Premiere
“Justice” (“Hustisya”), Joel Lamangan, Philippines / International Premiere
“Kabukicho Love Hotel” (“Sayonara Kabukicho”), Ryuichi Hiroki, Japan / World Premiere
“Kill Me Three Times” Kriv Stenders, Australia / World Premiere
“Labyrinth Of Lies” (“Im Labyrinth des Schweigens”), Giulio Ricciarelli, Germany / World Premiere
“Leopardi” (“Il giovane favoloso”), Mario Martone, Italy / International Premiere
“The Lesson” (“Urok”), Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, Bulgaria/Greece World Premiere
“Li’l Quinquin” (“P’tit Quinquin”), Bruno Dumont, France / North American Premiere
“Lulu,” Luis Ortega, Argentina / World Premiere
“Margarita, with a Straw,” Shonali Bose, India / World Premiere
“Meet Me in Montenegro,” Alex Holdridge, Linnea Saasen, USA/Germany/Norway / World Premiere
“Men Who Save The World” (“Lelaki Harapan Dunia”), Liew Seng Tat, Malaysia/Netherlands/Germany/France / North American Premiere
“Mirage” (“Délibáb”), Szabolcs Hajdu, Hungary/Slovakia / World Premiere
“Modris,” Juris Kursietis, Latvia/Germany/Greece / World Premiere
“Not My Type” (“Pas son genre”), Lucas Belvaux, Belgium/France / Canadian Premiere
“Out of Nature” (“Mot nature”), Ole Giæver, Norway / World Premiere
“The Owners,” Adilkhan Yerzhanov, Kazakhstan / North American Premiere
“Partners in Crime” (“Kong Feng”), Chang Jung-Chi, Taiwan / North American Premiere
“The Reaper” (“Kosac”), Zvonimir Jurić, Croatia/Slovenia / International Premiere
“Red Rose,” Sepideh Farsi, France/Greece/Iran / World Premiere
“Sand Dollars” (“Dólares de Arena”), Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas, Dominican Republic/Argentina/Mexico / World Premiere
“Still the Water” (“Futatsume no mado”), Naomi Kawase, Japan/France/Spain / North American Premiere
“Tales” (“Ghesseha”), Rakhshan Banietemad, Iran / North American Premiere
“Today” (“Emrouz”), Reza Mirkarimi, Iran / International Premiere
“Tokyo Fiancée,” Stefan Liberski, Belgium/Canada/France / World Premiere
“Tour de Force” (“Hin und weg”), Christian Zübert, Germany / North American Premiere
“Two Shots Fired” (“Dos disparos”), Martin Rejtman, Argentina/Chile/Germany/Netherlands / North American Premiere
“The Valley” (“Al-Wadi”), Ghassan Salhab, France/Germany/Lebanon/Qatar / World Premiere
“Venice” (“Venecia”), Kiki Álvarez, Cuba/Colombia / World Premiere
“Voice Over” (“La Voz en Off”), Cristián Jiménez, Chile / World Premiere
“Where I Am King” (“Hari ng Tondo”), Carlos Siguion-Reyna, Philippines / International Premiere
“Who Am I – No System is Safe,” Baran bo Odar, Germany / World Premiere
“Xenia,” Panos H. Koutras, Greece/France/Belgium / North American 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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