Olin’s The Angel and Samantha Morton’s The Unloved among TIFF’s 21 Discovery Titles
It’s world cinema at your fingertips. TIFF have announced 21 offerings for their Discovery sidebar mostly gathered from international film festivals not including Berlin, Venice or Cannes. Among the 21, we find seven world premieres from the likes of Margreth Olin (The Angel) and J.Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed).
It’s world cinema at your fingertips. TIFF have announced 21 offerings for their Discovery sidebar mostly gathered from international film festivals not including Berlin, Venice or Cannes. Among the 21, we find seven world premieres from the likes of Margreth Olin (The Angel) and J.Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed). Here is the full list of titles including Samantha Morton’s directorial debut, The Unloved.
Margreth Olin, Norway/Sweden/Finland World Premiere
A young mother (played brilliantly by Maria Bonnevie) struggles with a history of drug abuse in this exquisitely rendered and deeply compassionate piece, the first fiction film from one of Norway’s most respected documentary filmmakers.
Martin Pieter Zandvliet, Denmark North American Premiere
Paprika Steen delivers a tour-de-force performance in this devastating drama about an alcoholic actress trying to put her life back together.
Bare Essence of Life
Satoko Yokohama, Japan International Premiere
In this original fusion of black comedy, surreal fantasy and feel-good drama about a mentally challenged hero, Japanese heartthrob Kenichi Matsuyama plays a strange farmer who finds an unexpected path to the miracle of love.
Rachel Ward, Australia International Premiere
In order to make peace with his combative, dying father, a writer must return to his childhood home and confront long-suppressed memories of the mysterious deaths of his brother and twin sister.
A Brand New Life
Ounie Lecomte, South Korea/France North American Premiere
An impressive debut by French-Korean filmmaker Ounie Lecomte who, inspired by her childhood, recounts the emotional journey of a little girl abandoned by her father in an orphanage.
The Disappearance of Alice Creed
J. Blakeson, United Kingdom World Premiere
Two ex-cons kidnap a woman, but the tables turn and turn again in this tight, smart tale. This film is a terrific little thriller starring Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston and Gemma Arterton.
Margaret Corkery, Ireland North American Premiere
A family holiday brings to a head the destructive love triangle between Eamon, a little boy with behavioural problems, his selfish mother Grace and his sexually frustrated father Daniel.
Every Day Is a Holiday
Dima El-Horr, France/Germany/Lebanon North American Premiere
From Lebanon, this is a striking debut about three women on the road to visit their imprisoned men. Mixing real politics and stark absurdity, El-Horr announces herself as a major new voice in Middle Eastern cinema.
Five Hours from Paris
Leon Prudovsky, Israel World Premiere
In a suburb of Tel Aviv, an Israeli cab driver who longs to fly and a Russian music teacher who is soon to board a plane find out that romance is only a cab ride away.
Ahmad Abdalla, Egypt World Premiere
An Egyptian art film with some major stars, Heliopolis weaves together portraits from one of Cairo’s most storied neighbourhoods.
The Day Will Come
Susanne Schneider, Germany/France International Premiere
Thirty years after giving her daughter up for adoption to join the terrorist underground in Germany, Judith is tracked down by her now-adult daughter Alice to a vineyard in the Alsace where she is living with a new family and a new identity.
Le Jour où Dieu est parti en voyage
Philippe van Leeuw, Belgium World Premiere
Offering a new take on the Rwandan genocide, acclaimed cinematographer van Leeuw’s directorial debut recreates the first-person experience of one woman as the horror descends.
Glendyn Ivin, Australia International Premiere
A desperate father and his 10-year-old son flee into the wilderness of the desert and the human heart, battling the elements, the past and each other.
My Dog Tulip
Paul Fierlinger and Sandra Fierlinger, USA North American Premiere
Christopher Plummer and Isabella Rossellini voice this vividly animated, touching tale of friendship between an elderly bachelor and his German Shepherd.
My Tehran for Sale
Granaz Moussavi, Australia/Iran International Premiere
Shot underground on location in Tehran, the film tells the story of modern-day Iranian youth struggling for cultural freedom.
Rigoberto Perezcano, Mexico/Spain World Premiere
Andrés reaches the Mexican border to cross into the United States. As he waits between crossing attempts, he discovers the complicated border world of Tijuana.
Josh Crook, Dominican Republic/USA World Premiere
This gritty and gripping drama explores political intrigue, love, death and the power of memory, set in the Dominican Republic.
Oliver Hermanus, South Africa/USA North American Premiere
This intimate, precise portrait focuses on a mother in Cape Town, South Africa, whose son is disabled in a neighbourhood shooting.
Koji Yakusho, Japan International Premiere
The story of Takuro Yazawa, a day-trader who claims he can earn hundreds of millions of yen in one day, and those around him as they attempt to cope with the death of his son and somehow find a way to benefit spiritually from the experience.
Matias Armand Jordal, Norway International Premiere
The tragic death of a mother causes her family to shatter when they struggle to cope with the loss.
Samantha Morton, United Kingdom International Premiere
Morton shifts from actor to director in this stark portrait of a young British girl plucked from an abusive family and thrown into the hands of government care.