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TIFF 2014 – First films from France announced

July 29, 2014 | By francecanadaculture Film

TIFF announced the first round of titles premiering in the Galas, Special Presentations, Masters, TIFF Docs and Vanguard programmes of the 39th Toronto International Film Festival, which will take place on September 4-14, 2014. This initial lineup includes 8productions and 11 co-productions from France.

TIFF also announced the initial lineup of speakers joining this year’s TIFF Industry events as part of the 39th Toronto International Film Festival. Film industry moguls and creative mavericks lead Talent Lab’s top emerging Canadian and international filmmakers in group discussions on the artistic side of filmmaking, sharpening creative practices, and building confidence in the next generation of filmmakers. This year, Talent Lab participants will be guided by Governors Jim Stark, an award-winning American producer, and renowned French director Claire Denis.

GALAS

The New Girlfriend (Une nouvelle amie) by François Ozon, France, World Premiere
When her best friend Lea dies, Claire falls into a deep depression. However, after making a surprising discovery about her late friend’s husband, she’s given a new lease on life. Starring Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier and Raphaël Personnaz.


 Samba by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, France, World Premiere
Samba migrated to France 10 years ago from Senegal, and has since been plugging away at various lowly jobs. Alice is a senior executive who has recently undergone a burnout. Both struggle to get out of their dead-end lives — Samba’s willing to do whatever it takes to get working papers, while Alice tries to get her life back on track — until fate draws them together. Balancing light-hearted moments with heavier emotion, Samba is a story about two strangers on a new path to happiness. Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Omar Sy and Tahar Rahim.



SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Eden by Mia Hansen-Løve, France, World Premiere
In the ‘90s, French electronic music is developing at a fast pace. Entering this exciting Parisian nightlife, Paul and his best friend form a DJ duo called Cheers. But just as they rapidly find their audience, they are caught up in a euphoric and short-lived rise to fame. Eden retraces the steps of the “French touch” generation from 1992 to today — a generation that still enjoys outstanding international success thanks to DJs like Daft Punk, Dimitri from Paris and Cassius. Starring Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Vincent Macaigne, Greta Gerwig, Golshifteh Farahani, Laura Smet and Vincent Lacoste.

                                                
Far From Men (Loin des Hommes) by David Oelhoffen, France, North American Premiere
Algeria, 1954. While the rebellion rumbles in the valley, two very different men thrown together by a world in turmoil are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. In the midst of an icy winter, Daru, a reclusive teacher, has to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murder. Pursued by horsemen seeking summary justice and vengeful settlers, the two men decide to confront the unknown. Together, they fight to gain their freedom. Starring Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb.

Force Majeure by Ruben Östlund, Sweden/Norway/Denmark/France, North American Premiere
A Swedish family’s ski trip in the French Alps is cut short by news of an oncoming avalanche, during which an impulsive decision by the father Tomas drives a wedge between him and his wife, Ebba — he has run for his life, while she has stayed to protect her children. When the anticipated disaster fails to occur, reality and embarrassed relief returns to the mountainside resort, but the family’s world has been shaken to its core. Force Majeure is an observational comedy about the role of the male in modern family life. Starring Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren, Kristofer Hivju and Fanni Metelius.

The Gate by Régis Wargnier, France, World Premiere
Two decades after forging an unlikely alliance in Pol Pot’s Cambodia, a French ethnologist and a former Khmer Rouge official meet again after the latter is arrested for crimes against humanity, in this drama from top French director Régis Wargnier.

Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet, Canada/France/Lebanon/Qatar/USA, World Premiere
Roger Allers, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz,Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar and Michal Socha Inspired by the beloved classic, Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet is a richly-animated story and celebration of Gibran’s book, created by artists, animators and musicians from around the world. Starring Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek-Pinault, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina, John Rhys-Davies and Quvenzhané Wallis.

Pasolini by Abel Ferrara, France/Italy/Belgium, North American Premiere
Rome: on the night of November 2, 1975, the great Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini is murdered. Pasolini is the symbol of an art that’s fighting against the power. His writings are scandalous, and his films are persecuted by the censors; many people love him and many hate him. The day of his death, Pasolini spends his last hours with his beloved mother and later with his dearest friends, until he finally goes out into the night in his Alfa Romeo in search of adventure in the eternal city. At dawn Pasolini is found dead on a beach in Ostia on the outskirts of the city. In a film dreamlike and visionary, blending reality and imagination, it reconstructs the last day in the life of this great poet. Starring Willem Dafoe.

Return to Ithaca by Laurent Cantet, France, North American Premiere
A terrace overlooking Havana. Five friends gather to celebrate the return of Amadeo after 16 years of exile. From dusk to dawn, they reminisce about their youth, the group they used to form, the faith they had in the future — also their disillusionment.

MASTERS The latest from the world's most influential art-house filmmakers

1001 Grams by Bent Hamer, Norway/Germany/France, Première mondiale

A recently divorced, work-obsessed lab technician finds herself encountering a whole new world of experience when she attends an important scientific conference in Paris, in this charmingly offbeat comedy from Norwegian master Bent Hamer (Kitchen Stories, O’ Horten).

Goodbye to langage 3D by Jean-Luc Godard, France, Première nord-américaine

Winner of the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the new film by Jean-Luc Godard is a visually sumptuous and richly complex meditation on history and eternity, being and nothingness, desire and death.

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence by Roy Andersson, Sweden/Norway/France/Germany, Première nord-américaine

Swedish master Roy Andersson (Songs from the Second Floor) returns with this absurdist, surrealistic and shocking pitch-black comedy, which moves freely from nightmare to fantasy to hilariously deadpan humour as it muses on man’s perpetual inhumanity to man.

Timbuktu by Abderrahmane Sissako, France/Mauritania/Mali, Première nord-américaine

Following the recent jihadist takeover of northern Mali, a proud cattle herder comes into fateful conflict with the fundamentalist rulers of the provincial capital, in this luminous, lyrical and poetic drama from the great African filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako.

TIFF DOCS

National Diploma by Dieudo Hamadi, France/Congo, Première nord-américaine

Director Dieudo Hamadi follows a group of teenagers in his hometown of Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo, whose struggles to pass the state exam that is the key to their future are further complicated by their country's endemic culture of corruption.

National Gallery by Frederick Wiseman, France/USA, Première nord-américaine

Master documentarian Frederick Wiseman (La Danse, Crazy Horse, At Berkeley) takes us inside the inner workings of London’s National Gallery.

Natural Resistance by Jonathan Nossiter, Italie/France, Première nord-américaine

Jonathan Nossiter follows up his hit 2004 docuementary Mondovino with this profile of four radical vineyard propietors in Italy, who are striving to produce all-natural wines in the face of market and governmental pressure.

Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait by  Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan , Syrie/France, Première nord-américaine

The astonishing collaboration between exiled Syrian filmmaker Ossama Mohammed and young Kurdish activist Wiam Simav Bedirxan distills footage from thousands of clandestine videos to create a shattering, on-the-ground documentary chronicle of the ordeal being undergone by ordinary Syrians in the ongoing civil war.

This is my land by Tamara Erde, France, Première mondiale

Israeli-born director Tamara Erde visits six independently-run Israeli and Palestinian schools to investigate how history is taught in this contested region.

VANGUARD  Provocative, sexy… possibly dangerous. This is what's next.

Alleluia by Fabrice Du Welz, France/Belgique, Première nord-américaine

French fear jockey Fabrice Du Welz (Calvaire, Vinyan) returns with this tale of star-crossed romance and straight-up carnage, based on the true story of 1960s "Lonely Hearts Killers" Martha Beck and Ray Fernandez.

Find more about TIFF 2014 here : http://www.tiff.net/

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