Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The films I'm (hopefully) seeing this year...

Assuming the Gods that watch over the TIFF ticket lottery are on my side (and assuming I can get out of bed in the morning), here's what I'll be seeing at the festival:

3 Needles (Thom Fitzgerald)
50 Ways of Saying Fabulous (Stewart Main)
Angel (Jim McKay)
Backstage (Emmanuelle Bercot)
Bangkok Loco (Pornchai Hongrattanaporn)
Banlieue 13 (Pierre Morel)
Battle in Heaven (Carlos Reygadas)
Be With Me (Eric Khoo)
Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee)
Brothers of the Head (Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe)
Cache (Michael Haneke)
Citizen Dog (Wisit Sasanatieng)
Drawing Restraint 9 (Matthew Barney)
Duelist (Lee Myung-se)
Entre ses mains (Anne Fontaine)
Everlasting Regret (Stanley Kwan)
Evil Aliens (Jake West)
Fateless (Lájos Koltai)
Festival (Annie Griffin)
Free Zone (Amos Gitaï)
Gilaneh Rakhshan (Bani-Etemad, Mohsen Abdolvahab)
Harsh Times (David Ayer)
Hostel (Eli Roth)
Iron Island (Mohammad Rasoulof)
Isolation (Billy O'Brien)
L' Enfer (Danis Tanovic)
Le Temps qui reste (François Ozon)
Linda Linda Linda (Nobuhiro Yamashita)
Look Both Ways (Sarah Watt)
Manderlay (Lars von Trier)
Mary (Abel Ferrara)
October 17, 1961 (Alain Tasma)
Revolver (Guy Ritchie)
River Queen (Vincent Ward)
Romance & Cigarettes (John Turturro)
Runaway (Tim McCann)
Sa-kwa (Kang Yi-Kwan)
SPL (Wilson Yip)
Takeshis' (Takeshi Kitano)
Thank You For Smoking (Jason Reitman)
The Forsaken Land (Vimukthi Jayasundara)
The Great Yokai War (Takashi Miike)
The Notorious Bettie Page (Mary Harron)
The Porcelain Doll (Péter Gárdos)
The Quiet (Jamie Babbit)
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Tommy Lee Jones)
Three Times (Hou Hsaio-hsien)
Tideland (Terry Gilliam)
U-Carmen eKhayelitsha (Mark Dornford-May)
Un Couple Parfait (Nobuhiro Suwa)
Vers Le Sud (Laurent Cantet)
Wah-Wah (Richard E. Grant)
Walk the Line (James Mangold)
Wassup Rockers (Larry Clark)
Wavelengths: Program 1 (Various)
Why We Fight (Eugene Jarecki)

I had a very easy time with scheduling this year, all things considered, and have only a few instances where I'm genuinely disappointed that I couldn't squeeze a film into my schedule. In a perfect world, I would have included:

Twelve and Holding (Michael Cuesta)
Mrs. Harris (Phyllis Nagy)
Transamerica (Duncan Tucker)
Tsotsi (Gavin Hood)
Va, Vis et Deviens (Radu Mihaileanu)
Beowulf & Grendel (Sturla Gunnarsson)
Gentille (Sophie Fillières)
Sunflower (Zhang Yang)
Fallen (Fred Kelemen)
The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (Timothy Quay, Stephen Quay)
Into Great Silence (Philip Groening)

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