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2023 TIFF: Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ilker Çatak, Monia Chokri & Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir Selected

2023 TIFF: Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ilker Çatak, Monia Chokri & Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir Selected

Last year the Contemporary World Cinema had plenty of Cannes Film Festival gems in Aftersun, Falcon Lake, R.M.N. and The Worst Ones. This year’s programme no longer called CWC but could be called Cannes replay but the programmers want us to call it the Centrepiece programme. We have the masterful (Cannes Best Actress-winning) About Dry Grasses by Nuri Bilge Ceylan plus Croisette light touches in the feel-good films of Fallen LeavesPerfect Days and Monia Chokri ‘s Simple Comme Sylvain. From Venice we find Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir’s City of Wind, Ariane Louis-Seize’s Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person and Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s Evil Does Not Exist. A Berlinale grab we got Ilker Çatak’s The Teachers’ Lounge and in the added Galas, Special Presentations, and Documentaries selection we find the world premiere to Lone Scherfig’s The Movie Teller the book to film project featuring Daniel Brühl, Antonio de la Torre, Berenice Bejo and Sarah Becker in the Atacama Desert during the 1960s. Here is the very last batch of selections with the schedule dropping next week.

CENTREPIECE PROGRAMME 2023
100 Yards Xu Haofeng, Xu Junfeng | China – International Premiere
About Dry Grasses Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Turkey/France/Germany/Sweden – North American Premiere

A Happy Day Hisham Zaman | Norway/Denmark – World Premiere
A Ravaging Wind Paula Hernández | Argentina/Uruguay – World Premiere
A Road to A Village (गाउ आएको बाटो) Nabin Subba | Nepal – World Premiere
Banel & Adama (Banel e Adama) Ramata-Toulaye Sy | France/Senegal/Mali – North American Premiere
Chuck Chuck Baby Janis Pugh | United Kingdom – International Premiere
City of Wind Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir | North American Premiere
Close Your Eyes (Cerrar Los Ojos) Víctor Erice | Spain/Argentina – North American Premiere
Death of a Whistleblower Ian Gabriel | South Africa – World Premiere
Fallen Leaves (Kuolleet lehdet) Aki Kaurismäki | Finland/Germany – Canadian Premiere
Fitting In Molly McGlynn | Canada – Canadian Premiere
Green Border (Zielona Granica) Agnieszka Holland | Poland/Czech Republic/France/Belgium – North American Premiere
Hey, Viktor! Cody Lightning | Canada – Canadian Premiere
Holiday Edoardo Gabbriellini | Italy – World Premiere
Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person Ariane Louis-Seize | Canada – North American Premiere
I Do Not Come To You By Chance Ishaya Bako | Nigeria – World Premiere
In Flames Zarrar Kahn | Canada/Pakistan – North American Premiere
Inshallah a Boy Amjad Al Rasheed | Jordan/France/Saudi Arabia/Qatar/Egypt – North American Premiere
Irena’s Vow Louise Archambault | Canada/Poland – World Premiere
Je’vida Katja Gauriloff | Finland – Canadian Premiere
Kanaval Henri Pardo | Canada/Luxembourg – World Premiere
Limbo Ivan Sen | Australia – North American Premiere
Lost Ladies Kiran Rao | India – World Premiere
Mountains Monica Sorelle | USA – International Premiere
National Anthem Luke Gilford | USA – International Premiere
Perfect Days Wim Wenders | Japan – Canadian Premiere
Robot Dreams Pablo Berger | Spain/France – North American Premiere
Shadow of Fire Shinya Tsukamoto | Japan – North American Premiere
Shayda Noora Niasari | Australia – Canadian Premiere
Sira Apolline Traoré | Burkina Faso/Senegal/France/Germany – North American Premiere
Snow Leopard Pema Tseden | China – North American Premiere
Sweet Dreams Ena Sendijarević | Netherlands/ Sweden/ Indonesia/France – North American Premiere
The Breaking Ice Anthony Chen | China – North American Premiere
The Delinquents Rodrigo Moreno | Argentina/Brazil/Luxembourg/Chile – North American Premiere
The Feeling That the Time for Something Has Passed Joanna Arnow | USA – North American Premiere
The Monk and the Gun Pawo Choyning Dorji | Bhutan/France/USA/Taiwan – International Premiere
Simple Comme Sylvain Monia Chokri | Canada/France – North American Premiere
The Reeds Cemil Ağacıkoğlu | Turkey/Bulgaria – World Premiere

The Settlers Felipe Gálvez Haberle | North American Premiere
The Teachers’ Lounge Ilker Çatak | Germany – North American Premiere
They Shot the Piano Player Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal | Spain/France – Canadian Premiere
Toll (Pedágio) Carolina Markowicz | Brazil/Portugal – World Premiere
Upon Open Sky Mariana Arriaga, Santiago Arriaga | Mexico/Spain – North American Premiere
We Grown Now Minhal Baig | USA – World Premiere
Woodland Elisabeth Scharang | Austria – World Premiere
Your Mother’s Son Jun Robles Lana | Philippines – World Premiere

GALAS
A Normal Family Hur Jin-ho | South Korea – World Premiere
Finestkind Brian Helgeland | USA – World Premiere
Smugglers Ryoo Seung-wan | South Korea – North American Premiere
Thank You For Coming Karan Boolani | India – World Premiere

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
Daddio Christy Hall | United States – International Premiere
El Sabor de la Navidad Alejandro Lozano | Mexico – World Premiere
Evil Does Not Exist Ryûsuke Hamaguchi | Japan – North American Premiere
Quiz Lady Jessica Yu | USA – World Premiere
Ru Charles-Olivier Michaud | Canada – World Premiere
The Movie Teller Lone Scherfig | Spain/France/Chile – World Premiere
The Promised Land Nikolaj Arcel | Denmark/Germany/Sweden – Canadian Premiere

DOCUMENTARY
I am Sirat Deepa Mehta and Sirat Taneja | Canada – 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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