Saturday, September 13, 2008

TIFF08: My Russian Film List: Smaller, Thinner and Lighter

Toronto International Film Festival 2008: Smaller, Thinner and Lighter, by artjunction.blogspot.comtiff08: smaller, thinner and lighter
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The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is a cinema fête of filmmakers and moviegoers, motion pictures and stars, cars and bars, cell phones and ipods, etcetera; so it's something for everyone.

I have 8 movies in My Film List (compare with last year):

The Ghost
Domovoy, triller
director: Karen Oganesyan
country: Russia
year: 2008
tiff's programme: Contemporary World Cinema

Country Wedding
director: Valdís Óskarsdóttir, directorial debut
country: Iceland
year: 2008
tiff's programme: Contemporary World Cinema

White Night Wedding
Brúðguminn, "...updates and modernizes Anton Chekhov's "Ivanov" and transplants it to Flatey, a remote island off Iceland's north shore."
director: Baltasar Kormákur
country: Iceland
year: 2008
tiff's program: Contemporary World Cinema

Dreaming of a nomadic wedding in the Hunger Steppe
director: Sergey Dvortsevoy
country: Germany / Switzerland / Kazakhstan / Russia / Poland
year: 2008
tiff's programme: Discovery

Medicine for Melancholy
"A Medicine for Melancholy was originally a collection of science fiction short stories by Ray Bradbury. The colossal differences and quaint similarities between our two tales can be explored..."
director: Barry Jenkins
country: USA
year: 2008
tiff's programme: Discovery
tiff tags: First Time Feature, Romance, Identity
The screening was preceded by the short:
Jesus and the Giant
director: Akin Omotoso
country: South Africa
year: 2008
tiff's programme: Discovery

New York, I Love You
Brighton Beach, Brodsky, Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky are essential parts of this NYC's love stories.
"NEW YORK is a dozen foreign cities, so far as its alien population is concerned. It is already known as one of the largest German, the largest Italian, the largest Russian, cities in the world."
- NYT, June 7, 1908
director: Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, Randy Balsmeyer, Allen Hughes, Shunji Iwai, Scarlett Johansson, Shekhar Kapur, Joshua Marston, Mira Nair, Natalie Portman, Brett Ratner, Jiang Wen, Andrey Zvyagintsev
country: USA
year: 2008
tiff's programme: Special Presentations

The Sky Crawlers
“You can change the side of the road that you walk down every day. Even if the road is the same, you can still see new things. Isn't that enough to live for?”
– Yuichi Kannami in The Sky Crawlers
director: Mamoru Oshii
country: Japan
year: 2008
tiff's programme: Visions
tiff's tags: Animation, Literary Adaptation, Science Fiction

Native Dancer
Co-written and produced by the great Russian director Sergei Bodrov.
director: Guka Omarova
country: Kazakhstan/Russia/France/ Germany
year: 2008
tiff's programme: Contemporary World Cinema

tiff07 blogs:
Girish Shambu's Blog TIFF 2008 Film-List
MySpace Daniel Clark's Blog: Toronto Film Festival Interview with a TIFF Volunteer
artjunction's tiff posts
TIFF07: My Russian Film List
TIFF06: My Russian Film List
TIFF05: From TIFF to MIFF using SWA

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olga said...

Slumdog Millionaire wins at Toronto film fest
"Singh was not really the Kinng when it came to competing with Slumdog Millionaire, the underdog saga shot entirely in Mumbai, which won the People's Choice Award at the end of the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last weekend. Akshay Kumar's [Images] film was one of the 250 feature films from more than 60 countries, eligible for the award.

A gritty, upbeat and heart-tugging film, Slumdog has already started an Oscar buzz. The People's Choice Award is often an indicator of future Academy Award nominations; the past selections include Life Is Beautiful, Hotel Rwanda, Eastern Promises, Diva and Whale Rider and best-picture winners Chariots of Fire, and American Beauty. Tsotsi, which won the best foreign language film Oscar in 2006, was also a People's Choice Winner here."
by Arthur J Pais in Toronto
September 15, 2008 18:43 IST
Credit: rediffNEWS

olga said...

Here is girish's state of the art Toronto '08: The Round-Up.

A lot of thoughts, numbers, counts, scores, comparisons, comments, ideas, etcetera...

It looks like we had different tiff08s.