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2015 TIFF: Maris Curran, Thomas Bidegain & Josh Mond Among Discovery Programme Selections

With about two weeks left until the ’15 edition kicks off, the festival heads at TIFF have made the final announcements to their upcoming edition with the unveiling of the Discovery programme. With thirty offerings from several first time filmmakers, the section is populated by items that have preemed elsewhere in the awards tipped, Sundance sensation James White from Josh Mond, to the Cannes debuted Les Cowboys from scribe and now director Thomas Bidegain, to the world premiere of Maris Curran’s Five Nights in Maine starring David Oyelowo, Dianne Wiest and Rosie Perez. Here are the offerings:

“The Ardennes” Robin Pront, Belgium
“Beast” Tom McKeith, Sam McKeith, Australia/Philippines
“Black” Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Belgium
“Born to Dance” Tammy Davis, New Zealand
“Dégradé” Arab Nasser, Tarzan Nasser, Palestine/France/Qatar
“Desde Allá” Lorenzo Vigas, Venezuela
“Downriver” Grant Scicluna, Australia
“Eva Nová” Marko Škop, Slovakia
“Five Nights in Maine” Maris Curran, USA
“The Here After” (“Efterskalv”) Magnus von Horn, Poland/Sweden/France
“Ixcanul” Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala/France
“James White” Josh Mond, USA
“Keeper” Guillaume Senez, Belgium/Switzerland/France
“Les Cowboys” Thomas Bidegain, France/Belgium
“Meghmallar” Zahidur Rahim Anjan, Bangladesh
“Mountain” Yaelle Kayam, Israel/Denmark
“My Name is Emily” Simon Fitzmaurice, Ireland
“The Paradise Suite” Joost van Ginkel, Netherlands/Sweden/Bulgaria
“A Patch of Fog” Michael Lennox, United Kingdom
“Semana Santa” Alejandra Márquez Abella, Mexico
“Spear” Stephen Page, Australia
“Very Big Shot” (“Film Kteer Kbeer”) Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, Lebanon/Qatar
“The Wait” (“L’attesa”) Piero Messina, Italy
“We Monsters” (“Wir Monster”) Sebastian Ko, Germany
“Wedding Doll” (“Chatona Meniyar”) Nitzan Gilady, Israel

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 1976 (Manuela Martelli), Godland (Hlynur Pálmason), Corsage (Marie Kreutzer), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen).

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