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TIFF 2021: Bouli Lanners, Ho Wi Ding, Nathalie Biancheri, Agustina San Martín & Stephen Karam to World Preem in Toronto

TIFF 2021: Bouli Lanners, Ho Wi Ding, Nathalie Biancheri, Agustina San Martín & Stephen Karam to World Preem in Toronto

Cherry picking the better titles from Cannes (winning titles such as Murina, Unclenching The Fists) and Venice, today TIFF programmers beefed up their Special Presentations and Gala slates and announced a truckload of items for their Contemporary World Cinema and Discovery programs. While there are indeed overlaps, there are a slew of world premiere titles for the likes in returning filmmakers Manuel Martín Cuenca’s The Daughter (La Hija), Bouli Lanners’ Nobody Has to Know, Ho Wi Ding’s Terrorizers, and Sébastien Pilote’s Maria Chapdelaine with fresh faces in Stephen Karam’s The Humans, Agustina San Martín’s directorial debut To Kill The Beast and Nathalie Biancheri’s sophomore feature in Wolf (Focus Features pick-up). Here are the latest entries including Joachim Trier’s latest getting a bump up –

CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA

Are You Lonesome Tonight? – Wen Shipei | China / North American Preem
The Box – Lorenzo Vigas | USA/Mexico / North American Preem
Costa Brava, Lebanon – Mounia Akl / Lebanon/Norway/Sweden/France/Spain/Denmark/Qatar / North American Preem
The Daughter (La Hija) – Manuel Martín Cuenca | Spain / World Premiere
The Hill Where the Lionesses Roar – Luàna Bajrami | Kosovo/France / North American Preem
Întregalde – Radu Muntean | Romania / North American Preem
Kicking Blood – Blaine Thurier | Canada / World Premiere
La Soga 2 – Manny Perez | USA / World Premiere
Maria Chapdelaine – Sébastien Pilote | Canada / World Premiere
Medusa – Anita Rocha da Silveira | Brazil / North American Preem
Murina – Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović | Croatia/Brazil/USA/Slovenia / North American Preem
Nobody Has to Know – Bouli Lanners | France/Belgium/United Kingdom / World Premiere
The Odd-Job Men – Neus Ballús | Spain / North American Preem
The Other Tom – Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo | Mexico/USA / North American Preem
OUT OF SYNC (Tres) – Juanjo Giménez | Spain / North American Preem
Terrorizers – Ho Wi Ding | Taiwan / World Premiere
Unclenching The Fists – Kira Kovalenko | Russia / North American Preem
Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash – Edwin | Indonesia/Singapore/Germany / North American Preem
The Wheel – Steve Pink | USA / World Premiere
Whether the Weather is Fine – Carlo Francisco Manatad | North American Preem

DISCOVERY
Aloners – Hong Sung-eun | South Korea / International Premiere
Anatolian Leopard – Emre Kayış | Germany/Denmark/Turkey/Poland / World Premiere
As In Heaven – Tea Lindeburg | Denmark / World Premiere
A Banquet – Ruth Paxton | United Kingdom / World Premiere
Dug Dug – Ritwik Pareek | India / World Premiere
Farha – Darin J. Sallam | Jordan/Sweden/Saudi Arabia / World Premiere
The Game – Ana Lazarevic | Serbia/USA / World Premiere
Learn To Swim – Thyrone Tommy | Canada / World Premiere
Lo Invisible – Javier Andrade | France/Ecuador / World Premiere
Paka (River of Blood) – Nithin Lukose | India / World Premiere
Quickening – Haya Waseem | Canada / World Premiere
Scarborough – Shasha Nakhai, Rich Williamson | Canada / World Premiere
Snakehead – Evan Jackson Leong | USA / International Premiere
To Kill The Beast – Agustina San Martín | Argentina/Brazil/Chile / World Premiere
Tug of War – Amil Shivji | Tanzania/South/Africa/Germany/Qatar / World Premiere
Wildhood – Bretten Hannam | Canada / World Premiere

GALA PRESENTATIONS
The Good House – Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky | USA / World Premiere
Silent Night – Camille Griffin | United Kingdom / World Premiere
The Worst Person In The World – Joachim Trier / North American Preem

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
The Falls – Chung Mong-Hong | Taiwan / North American Preem
The Humans – Stephen Karam | USA / World Premiere
Inu-Oh – Masaaki Yuasa | Japan/China / North American Preem
Lingui, The Sacred Bonds – Mahamat-Saleh Haroun North American Preem
Mothering Sunday – Eva Husson | United Kingdom / North American Preem
The Power of the Dog – Jane Campion | Australia/New Zealand / Canadian Premiere
Sundown – Michel Franco | Mexico / North American Preem
Wolf – Nathalie Biancheri | United Kingdom/Ireland/Poland / World Premiere

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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