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TIFF 2010: Special Pres. Include: 127 Hours, Hereafter, I’m Still Here, The Last Circus, Let Me In & What’s Wrong with Virginia

We’ll find out exactly at the beginning of next month, what Telluride manages to steal from the world premiere mentions below, but regardless of world preem status, TIFF this year is BIG. In the award season contention list, TIFF have stole the thunder from NYFF by adding Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter and the always welcomed helmer Danny Boyle is bringing 127 Hours – this one is Telluride bound you can smell it.

We’ll find out exactly at the beginning of next month, what Telluride manages to steal from the world premiere mentions below, but regardless of world preem status, TIFF this year is BIG. In the award season contention list, TIFF have stole the thunder from NYFF by adding Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter and the always welcomed helmer Danny Boyle is bringing 127 Hours – this one is Telluride bound you can smell it. The addition of the Boyle film means Fox Searchlight is owning this festival by taking out real estate spots for its entire fall line-up: Never Let Me Go, Conviction and Black Swan are all showing at the fest.

On the top of the buyer’s lists we have the trio of Dan Rush’s Everything Must Go (we broke the news two weeks back), Dustin Lance Black’s What’s Wrong With Virginia and Passion Play which makes my predictions list fairly accurate this year. Two premium titles that are making the cut include: Matt Reeves’ Let Me In and despite receiving its theatrical release on September 10th, I’m Still Here — will bow at the festival (by all logic the preem would be scheduled for…you guessed it, on the 10th. Two euro titles worth keeping tabs on are the Locarno preemed Benoît Jacquot’s Deep in the Woods and Venice competing The Last Circus by Álex de la Iglesia. Here are the Special Presentation announcements:

127 Hours Danny Boyle, USA World Premiere
127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save
himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days
Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to
extricate himself by any means necessary. The film also stars Clémence Poésy, Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara.

AMIGO John Sayles, USA World Premiere
At the beginning of the 20th Century, during the Philippine-American War, a garrison under the command of US
Lieutenant Compton is left to ‘protect’ San Isidro, a remote region located in the Philippines. Compton can only
communicate with Rafael, the Head of the barrio, through the friar Hidalgo who bears a deep resentment towards Rafael.
Neither side can understand or trust the other, but are forced to live together, trying to survive in the middle of a war.
When the American occupation policy gets tougher, Rafael has to answer to both the Americans and the Filipino patriots.

Deep in the Woods Benoît Jacquot, France/Germany North American Premiere
France, 1865. A young vagabond, Timothée, arrives in a village and is given food and lodging by Doctor Hughes and his
daughter Joséphine. Joséphine runs after him, leaving her home and father, driven by an uncontrollable force. Distraught,
she follows this young man for whom she seems to feel only fear and disgust. Their pilgrimage will reveal another truth.

Everything Must Go Dan Rush, USA World Premiere
After 16 years spent devising motivational speeches that promise certain success, Nick Porter (Will Ferrell) is
abruptly fired. He returns home to discover his wife has left him, changed the locks on their home and dumped all his
possessions on the front yard. Nick puts it all on the line – or, more properly, on the lawn – with an absurdly
escalating garage sale that becomes a unique strategy for survival. Nick comes face-to-face with a life turned inside
out and discovers in total exposure an unexpected path to renewal.

Gorbaciòf – The Cashier who Liked Gambling Stefano Incerti, Italy North American Premiere
A compulsive gambler who works in the petty-cash office of the Poggioreale prison falls in love with Lily, an illegal
immigrant, and tries to free both of them from their dead-end lives. The film stars Toni Servillo, Mi Yang and Nello Mascia.

Hereafter Clint Eastwood, United Kingdom World Premiere
The story of three people haunted by mortality in different ways, Hereafter stars Matt Damon as a blue-collar American
who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, a French journalist (Cécile de France), has a
near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when London schoolboy Marcus (Frankie/George McLaren) loses the
person closest to him, he needs answers. Each in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what
might – or must – exist in the hereafter. The film also stars Jay Mohr, Bryce Dallas Howard, Marthe Keller, Thierry Neuvic
and Derek Jacobi.

I’m Still Here Casey Affleck, USA International Premiere
The directorial debut of Oscar-nominated actor Casey Affleck, I’m Still Here is a portrayal of a tumultuous year in the life
of internationally acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix. With remarkable access, I’m Still Here follows the Oscar nominee as
he announces his retirement from a successful film career in the fall of 2008 and sets off to reinvent himself as a hip hop
musician. The film is a portrait of an artist at a crossroads. Defying expectations, it deftly explores notions of courage and
creative reinvention, as well as the ramifications of a life spent in the public eye.

Julia’s Eyes Guillem Morales, Spain World Premiere
Julia, a woman suffering from a degenerative eye disease, finds her blind twin sister Sara hanged in the basement of
her house. Julia decides to investigate what she feels is a murder case, entering a dark world that seems to hide a
mysterious presence. As Julia begins to uncover the terrifying truth about her sister’s death, her sight deteriorates
further, until a series of unexplained deaths and disappearances cross her path. The film stars Belén Rueda and
Lluis Homar.

The Last Circus Álex de la Iglesia, Spain/France North American Premiere
Álex de la Iglesia’s genius for dark humour is at its most eloquent in his latest parody about the Spanish Civil War.
Two clowns attack and disfigure one another in jealous rages over a beautiful dancer. In the name of love, they
destroy the very object of their affection.

Let Me In Matt Reeves, United Kingdom / USA World Premiere
Chloë Moretz (Kick-Ass) stars as Abby, a mysterious 12-year-old girl, who moves next door to Owen (Kodi Smit-
McPhee, The Road), a social outcast who is viciously bullied at school. As a string of grisly murders occupy the
town, Owen has to confront the reality that this seemingly innocent girl is really a savage vampire. Let Me In is based
on the best-selling Swedish novel Låt den Rätte Komma (Let The Right One In), and the highly acclaimed film of the
same name.

The House by the Medlar Tree Pasquale Scimeca, Italy International Premiere
The Malavoglia are a family of fishermen: Grandfather Padron ‘Ntoni, his son Bastianazzo and wife Maruzza, and their children ‘Ntoni, Mena, Alessi and Lia. One night Bastianazzo dies in a boating accident, leaving the family on
the verge of a break down.

Mothers Milcho Manchevski, Macedonia/France/Bulgaria World Premiere
A child’s friend is accosted by a flasher so she decides to go to the police herself; a film crew sets out to find the old
traditions and discovers a grandmother living alone in an abandoned village; retired cleaning women are found raped
and strangled in a small town. The innovative structure of Mothers highlights the delicate nature of truth and fiction, of
drama and documentary.

Passion John Turturro, Italy North American Premiere
Passion journeys through Napoli, one of the biggest jukeboxes in the world with a treasure chest of songs from the
1200s to present day. Each song conjures distant stories and myths that speak of love, sex, jealousy, crime, poverty,
irony, superstition, and social protest.

Passion Play Mitch Glazer, USA World Premiere
Set in the desert and laced with the deep elements of a modern fable, Passion Play tells the tale of Nate (Mickey
Rourke), a down-on-his-luck jazz trumpet player who forms a bond with Lily (Megan Fox), a woman born with wings
who has wound up as a carnival sideshow attraction. Together these two damaged souls undertake a turbulent
romantic journey while trying to avoid the witty and menacing Happy (Bill Murray), a local gangster.

The Poll Diaries Chris Kraus, Germany/Austria/Estonia World Premiere
On the eve of World War I, a 14-year-old German girl returns to her home on the Baltic coast, a place uneasily
shared by Germans, Russians and Estonians. While her morbid scientist father controls the family with a cruel hand,
the passionate young girl secretly nurses a wounded Estonian anarchist back to health – an act of curiosity and then
of defiance that could set off an uncontrollable chain reaction.

Rio Sex Comedy Jonathan Nossiter, France/Brazil World Premiere
Rio Sex Comedy charts the misadventures of expatriates in Rio in their search for both personal pleasures and social
justice. Charlotte Rampling is an English plastic surgeon determined to subvert anyone from going near the knife.
Irène Jacob is a French anthropologist whose political correctness is upstaged by more carnal ambitions. Bill Pullman
is a befuddled American ambassador who flees from his responsibilities into one of Rio’s most dangerous favelas.
There he becomes co-opted by the schemes of Fisher Stevens, favela tour operator and romantic huckster.

Special Treatment Jeanne Labrune, France/Luxembourg/Belgium World Premiere
A high-class prostitute and a pre-eminent psychoanalyst discover that they share many things in common. They are
both unhappy with their professions, seeking a way out that involves unique contact with each other’s worlds.

What’s Wrong With Virginia Dustin Lance Black, USA World Premiere
Jennifer Connelly stars as Virginia, a charming yet mentally ill mother whose greatest love is her protector and
illegitimate son, Emmett (Harrison Gilbertson). Richard Tipton (Ed Harris), the local married Mormon sheriff, who is
running for public office, might very well be Emmett’s father. Their boardwalk town’s peculiar secrets are threatened
when Virginia’s son begins a romantic relationship with Tipton’s daughter (Emma Roberts) sending mother and son
on a mad dash to seize their own brand of the American Dream – guns blazing.

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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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