Belgium and the UK well represented at TIFF
by Boyd van Hoeij
- The Toronto International Film Festival has announced a second series of titles for its 2014 edition
The new film by Norwegian director Bent Hamer, 1001 Grams [+see also:
interview: Bent Hamer
film profile], will have its world premiere in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Masters section, as will UK filmmaker Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of an Angel. North American premieres from Europe include Venice title A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence [+see also:
interview: Roy Andersson
film profile] by Sweden’s Roy Andersson, and Swiss-French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D [+see also:
film profile], which premiered at Cannes.
Several European films will have their world premieres at Toronto as part of the always-exciting Midnight Madness section, including [REC] 4: Apocalypse [+see also:
interview: Jaume Balagueró
film profile] by Spanish director Jaume Balagueró; Cub, the feature debut by Flemish-Belgian director Jonas Govaerts; and Big Game, a Finland/UK/Germany co-production directed by Jalmari Helander that stars Samuel L Jackson, Jim Broadbent and Felicity Huffman.
A large contingent of European films will premiere in the Vanguard section, including the world premiere of Belgian film Waste Land, starring Walloon actor Jérémie Renier and directed by Flemish genre director Pieter Van Hees; and the North American premiere of Alleluia [+see also:
interview: Fabrice Du Welz
film profile], by Van Hees’ francophone compatriot and fellow genre director Fabrice Du Welz.
Three titles from the UK are also part of the Vanguard section: Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy and Dave McKean’s Luna will both have their world premieres at TIFF, while Gerard Johnson’s Hyena will have its international premiere at the festival.
Rounding off the European presence in the Vanguard section are Spanish entry Shrew’s Nest, by directors Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel; Goodnight Mommy [+see also:
interview: Severin Fiala and Veronika …
film profile] by Austrian directorial duo Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala; and Finnish director JP Valkeapää’s They Have Escaped.
The festival will run from 4-14 September.