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Not much recent activity on this forum, but I've been posting my TIFF list here for more than a decade and I'm nothing if not a creature of habit. Anyone else going this year? And if so, what do you think of the lineup? I feel a little unmoored because so few of my favorite directors have films at this festival. I've done my research and made my best guess at what I'm most likely to connect with, but I still know almost nothing about most of these films. For those who haven't been following TIFF news, a third of the lineup this year was directed by women, and I'd guess my schedule has about the same ratio.

Thursday, 9/7

  • BPM (Robin Campillo)
  • The Nothing Factory (Pedro Pinho)
  • Good Luck (Ben Russell)
  • Western (Valeska Grisebach)

Friday, 9/8

  • The Rider (Chloé Zhao)
  • The Future Ahead (Constanza Novick)
  • I Am Not a Witch (Rungano Nyoni)
  • Mrs. Fang (Wang Bing)
  • Wavelengths 1: Appetite for Destruction (6 shorts)
  • Florence (Erkki Kurenniemi) & Prototype (Blake Williams)

Saturday, 9/9

  • Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig)
  • Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (Dani Leventhal, Sheilah Wilson) & Beyond the One (Anna Marziano)
  • Occidental (Neïl Beloufa)
  • High Fantasy (Jenna Bass)
  • Wavelengths 2: Fluid Frontiers (8 shorts)
  • Nina (Juraj Lehotsky)

Sunday, 9/10

  • Hannah (Andrea Pallaoro)
  • ¾ (Ilian Metev)
  • Cocote (Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias)
  • Wavelengths 3: Figures in a Landscape (7 shorts)

Monday, 9/11

  • Angels Wear White (Vivian Qu)
  • Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont)
  • Caniba (Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor)
  • Wavelengths 4: As above, so below (4 shorts)
  • Le Fort Des Fous (Narimane Mari)

Tuesday, 9/12

  • Ex Libris - The New York Public Library (Frederick Wiseman)
  • Outside In (Lynn Shelton)
  • Zama (Lucrecia Martel)
  • Dragonfly Eyes (Xu Bing)

Wednesday, 9/13

  • Lean on Pete (Andrew Haigh)
  • A Fantastic Woman (Sebastián Lelio)
  • I Love You, Daddy (Louis C.K.)
  • Scaffold (Kazik Radwanski) & Ta peau si lisse (Denis Côté)

Thursday, 9/14

  • Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (Angela Robinson)
  • First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
  • Alanis (Anahí Berneri)
  • Let the Corpses Tan (Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani)
  • The Day After (Hong Sangsoo)

Friday, 9/15

  • Dark River (Clio Barnard)
  • Faces Places (Agnès Varda, JR)
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Jessica and I will be there Sept 8-17.  I'm still working on my selection list, but at the top are BPM, C'est la Vie (horrible title, though), Downsizing, Faces Places, Happy End, I Tonya, Jane, Kings, Loving Pablo, Marrowbone, Mary Shelley, Molly's Game, Novitiate, Number One, One of Us, Sighted Eyes, Suburbicon, The Children Act, The Current War, The Florida Project, The Insult, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Square, The Third Murder, Thelma, and Three Billboards.  So even if my very favorite contemporary directors don't have films showing, there's still plenty that I'm excited to see.

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Well, I made our film selections yesterday afternoon, and I'm very happy with how the process shook out this year.  I was able to score tix for 6 of my top 10 selections, and I'm hopeful we'll be able to make it in for 2 of the others.  I do notice that the tone of the films I chose is lighter than in years past; this wasn't conscious, but in this Year of Trump, I guess I've had enough dourness in current events to make me aim for more upbeat cinematic fare.

Saturday 9/9

-      I, Tonya

-          Mary Shelley or Suburbicon

Sunday, 9/10

-          The Current War

-          The Square

-          One of Us

Monday, 9/11

-          Lean on Pete

(our lean day – we may add in Hostiles)

Tuesday, 9/12

-          Downsizing

-          BPM

Wed, 9/13

-          Faces Places

-          Loving Pablo

Thurs, 9/14

-          Kings

-          Marrowbone

Fri, 9/15

-          Makala

-          Thelma

Sat, 9/16

-          Jane

-          C’est la Vie!


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My new favorite TIFF moment of all time:

I'm supposed to meet Andrew Spitznas and Jessica at Fran's at 4:15 or so, but Andrew says films have been letting out late this year, so as I'm walking up Victoria street I ask one of the TIFF volunteers, "What time does Kings let out?" And she starts yelling at me: "Halle Berry is not here! So there's no point in blocking my exit!"

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Yeah, I know, no celebrity sightings out and about Toronto, unlike last year (walked past Agnes Varda at TIFF Lightbox and saw Iggy Pop at the airport).  But I've been more impressed with the films on offer.  Today included my second 5-star film of 2017 (Makala) and a 4.5-star suspense film out of Norway (Thelma).

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