By Oliver Lyttelton | www.oliverlyttelton.com August 21, 2012 at 9:40AM
It's taken over a month to unveil the expansive, hugely exciting lineup for this year's Toronto International Film Festival, and with opening night (the premiere of Rian Johnson's "Looper") a little over two weeks away, the slate was finally completed this morning by a selection of announcements from the Masters, Mavericks and Discovery strands of the festival.
And while many of the new films were already announced, there were still a couple of surprises in there, first and foremost a new film by Michael Winterbottom. The director, who was at TIFF last year with "Trishna," will unveil the world premiere of "Everyday," a made-for-TV project that's been shot over the course of five years, following a couple (John Simm and Shirley Henderson) struggling to carry on when he's sent to prison. The film will air on Channel 4 in the U.K. later this year, but the festival bow seems to bode well for its cross-over potential.
There are a few other world premieres in the Discovery section, most notably "The Brass Teapot," starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano as a young, financially-struggling married couple, but the real headliners are a selection of films from Sundance, Cannes and Venice making their North American premieres, including Michael Haneke's "Amour," Peter Jackson-produced documentary "West Of Memphis," Olivier Assayas' "Something In The Air," Cristian Mungiu's "Beyond The Hills," Manoel de Oliveira's "Gebo And The Shadow," and Abbas Kiarostami's "Like Someone In Love."
You can read all the new additions below (including live stage interviews with Jackie Chan and David Geffen, among others), and we'll bring you extensive coverage from TIFF when it kicks off on September 6th.
"Amour" Michael Haneke, Austria/France/Germany North American Premiere
Screen legends Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva are ineffably moving as an elderly couple facing their own mortality in the Palme d'Or-winning new work by modern master Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon).
"Beyond the Hills" ("Dupa Dealuri") Cristian Mungiu, Romania/France North American Premiere
Palme d'Or winner Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) returns with this magisterial drama about a young Romanian woman who sets out to retrieve her childhood friend from “captivity” in a remote Romanian monastery, and soon comes into violent conflict with the archaic strictures of this traditional community.
"Everyday" Michael Winterbottom, United Kingdom World Premiere
Everyday tells the story of four children separated from their father, and a wife separated from her husband. The father, Ian (John Simm), is in prison. The mother, Karen, (Shirley Henderson) has to bring up a family of four children by herself. Filmed over a period of five years, Everyday uses the repetitions and rhythms of everyday life to explore how a family can survive a prolonged period apart.
"Gebo and the Shadow" (Gebo et l'ombre) Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal/France North American Premiere
Cinematic legends Jeanne Moreau, Claudia Cardinale and Michael Lonsdale star in the new film from legendary Portuguese master Manoel de Oliveira.
"In Another Country" (Da-Reun Na-ra-e-suh) Hong Sang-soo, South Korea North American Premiere
South Korean master Hong Sang-soo teams with French superstar Isabelle Huppert for this inventive and wonderfully witty three-part film, in which three different but strikingly similar women — all named Anne, and all played by Huppert — meet and interact with the same group of people in a seaside Korean town, with each encounter producing a set of intriguing new outcomes and new possibilities.
"Like Someone in Love" Abbas Kiarostami, Japan/France North American Premiere
An old man and a young woman meet in Tokyo. She knows nothing about him; he thinks he knows her. He welcomes her into his home, she offers him her body. But the web that is woven between them in the space of 24 hours bears no relation to the circumstances of their encounter.
"Me and You" Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy North American Premiere
In Italian master Bernardo Bertolucci's first feature in 10 years, Lorenzo is a quirky 14-year-old loner who plans to fulfill his teenage dream of happiness by hiding out in his apartment building’s abandoned cellar. To escape his overwrought parents, Lorenzo will tell them that he is going away on a ski trip with school friends. For an entire week, he will finally be able to avoid all conflicts and pressures to be a “normal” teenager. But an unexpected visit from his worldly older half-sister Olivia changes everything. Their emotional time together will inspire Lorenzo to come to terms with the challenge of casting aside his disguise of troubled youth and prepare to soon be thrown into the chaotic game of adult life.
"Night Across the Street" (La Noche de Enfrente) Raúl Ruiz, France/Chile North American Premiere
Three intersecting ages of a man who can see approach of death. Three rival souls. The final testament of Raúl Ruiz.
"Pieta" Kim Ki-duk, South Korea North American Premiere
In the new film by controversial Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk, a brutal man employed by a loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle when a mysterious woman appears claiming to be his long-lost mother. But, as his attachment to her grows, he begins to discover the gruesome and tragic secret that made her seek him out.
"Something in the Air" (Après mai) Olivier Assayas, France North American Premiere
At the beginning of the seventies, Gilles, a high school student in Paris, is swept up in the political fever of the time. Yet his real dream is to paint and make films, something that his friends and even his girlfriend cannot understand. For them, politics is everything, the political struggle all-consuming. But Gilles gradually becomes more comfortable with his life choices, and learns to feel at ease in this new society.
Student Darezhan Omirbayev, Kazakhstan North American Premiere
Master director Darezhan Omirbayev transposes Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment to modern-day Kazakhstan, in this tale of a university student who takes the ruthless social Darwinist principles of his post-communist, pirate-capitalist society to their murderously literal extreme.
"When Day Breaks" Goran Paskaljevic, Serbia/Croatia/France World Premiere
Misha Brankov is a retired music professor. One morning he receives a letter requesting him to contact the Jewish Museum in Belgrade. At the museum, he learns that during some excavations on the sewers at the city’s Old Fairgrounds, an iron box was found, in this same place where during the Second World War an infamous concentration camp was set up for Serbian Jews and Gypsies. The contents of the box will change the Professor’s life.