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TORONTO - 68 French films selected at TIFF

August 24, 2015 | By francecanadaculture Film

Each year, the TIFF increasingly shows its affection for French cinema. This year 68 French films & co-production have been selected for the 40th edition of the festival that will take place from September 10 to 20.

Alice Winocour, Catherine Corsini, Claire Denis, Claude Lelouch, Dany Boon, Diane Kruger, Elsa Zylberstein, Fabienne Berthaud,Gaspar Noé, Gilles Lellouche, Jacques Audiard, Jean Dujardin, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Joachim Lafosse, Julie Delpy, Marine Vacth, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mathieu Amalric, Rachida Brakni & Thomas Bidegain, to mention just a few, have confirmed they'll be attending.

3000 nights by Mai Nasri, Palestine/France/Jordan/Lebanon/United Arab Emirates/Qatar (2014)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA
 
Actua 1 by Philippe Garrel, France (1968)
WEVELENGHTS
May 68 events seen through various 16 & 35mm shots, anonymous images made by young protesters who were filming during the night.
 
Adieu Philippine by Jacques Rozier, France/Italy (1962)
TIFF CINEMATHEQUE
Paris, 1960. Michel is a young technician in the TV industry. He is due for military service in two months, in the midst of the Algerian War. He meets and seduces Juliette and Liliane, two aspiring actresses and inseparable friends. When he goes on a holiday to Corsica, just before being drafted, the girls decide to join him.
 
An by Naomi Kawase, Japan/France/Germany (2015)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA

The Apostate de Frederico Veiroj, Espagne/France/Uruguay (2015)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA

Arabian Nights : Volume 1, The Restless One by Miguel Gomes, Portugal/France/Germany/Switzerland (2015)
WAVELENGTHS

A major hit at this year's Cannes, this epic, three-part contemporary fable by Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes (Tabu) adopts the structure from "Arabian Nights" in order to explore Portugal's plunge into austery. The first volume of this thrillingly inventive and wildly ambitious triptych includes appearances by cunning wasps, virgin mermaids, an exploding whale, erection-inducing potions, and a talking rooster.

Arabian Nights : Volume 2 - The Desolate One by Miguel Gomes, Portugal/France/Germany/Switzerland (2015)
WAVELENGTHS

Part Two of Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes' majestic, mutating modern-day folk tale relates how desolation has invaded humanity through stories involving a distressed judge on a night of three moons, a runaway, a teleporting murderer, a wounded cow, a sad, chain-smoking couple in a concrete apartment bloc, and a ghost dog named Dixie.

Arabian Nights : Volume 3 - The Enchanted One by Miguel Gomes, Portugal/France/Germany/Switzerland (2015)
WAVELENGTHS

The third and concluding volume of Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes' Scheherazadean triptych brings this epic to a close with the sound of birdsong and the promise of the ineffable.

As I open my eyes by Leyla Bouzid, Tunisia/France/Belgium/United Arab Emirates (2015)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA

Bang Gang (a modern love story) by Eva Husson, France (2014)
PLATFORM - World Premiere

George, a pretty teen girl, falls in love with Alex. To get his attention, she initiates a game with their friends, discovering, testing and pushing the limits of their sexuality. When the nature of their activities is revealed, each of them deals with the scandal in radically different
ways. Faced with the implosion of their own value system, they move on by reassessing their priorities, finding love and following their own desires.

Blood of my blood by Marco Bellocchio, Italy/France/Switzerland (2015)
MASTERS

BOX by Florin Serban, Romania/Germany/France (2015)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA

Campo Grande by Sandra Kogut, Brazil/France (2015)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA - World Premiere
 
 
Cemetery of Splendour by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand/United Kingdom/France/Germany/Malaysia (2015)
MASTERS
A young medium and a middle-aged hospital volunteer investigate a case of mass sleeping sickness that may have supernatural roots, in the gorgeous, mysterious, and gently humorous new film from Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives).
 
Colonia by Florian Gallenberger, Germany/Luxembourg/France (2015)
SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Two young lovers (Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl) find themselves trapped in the murderous crackdown following the 1973 coup against Chilean president Salvador Allende.


Couple in a hole by Tom Geens,United Kingdom/Belgium/France (2015)
CITY TO CITY LONDON

Desierto by Jonas Cuaron, Mexico/France (2014)
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Jonás Cuarón directs Gael García Bernal in this thriller about a group of would-be immigrants whose dream of entering the US becomes a nightmare when a deranged vigilante begins stalking them through the Sonoran Desert.

Dheepan by Jacques Audiard, France (2015)
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Disorder by Alice Winocour, France/Belgium (2014)
GALA PRESENTATIONS

The Endless River by Olivier Hermanus, South Africa/France (2015)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA
A young waitress in a small South African town forms an unlikely bond with a grieving widower whose family has been brutally murdered, in the new film from director Oliver Hermanus.
 
 
Eva doesn't sleep by Pablo Agüero, France/Argentina/Spain (2015)
WAVELENGTHS - World Premiere
Gael García Bernal gives a supremely creepy performance in the new film from visionary Argentinean director Pablo Agüero, which tells the unbelievable true story of the transport of the embalmed body of the country’s beloved First Lady Eva Perón.
 

Everything will be fine by Wim Wenders, Germany/Canada/France/Sweden/Norway (2014)
MASTERS

Evolution by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, France (2014)
VANGUARD - World Premiere
A young boy living in a mysterious, isolated seaside clinic uncovers the sinister purposes of his keepers, in this mesmerizing blend of body horror and surreal fantasy from director Lucile Hadžihalilovic (Innocence).
 
Families by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France (2014)
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS - World Premiere

The Fear by Damien Odoul, France (2013)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA

A Few Seconds by Nora El Hourch, France (2014)
SHORT CUTS

Francofonia by Alexander Sokurov, France (2013)
MASTERS
Master filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) transforms a portrait of the world-renowned museum into a magisterial, centuries-spanning reflection on the relation between art, culture and power.
 
 
French Blood by Diastème, France (2014)
PLATFORM
 
 
Frenzy by Emin Alper, Turkey/France/Qatar (2015)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA

Hide & Seek by Kimie Tanaka, France/Japan/Singapore (2015)
SHORT CUTS

Shoichi, a Japanese male nurse living in the city, returns home to the countryside after his mother's sudden death to deal with younger brother Kotaro, who hasn't left his room in over a decade. However, disappointment from the local bureaucracy leads Shoichi to a radical decision.

Hitchcock/Truffaut by Kent Jones, USA/France (2015)
TIFF DOCS
Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, James Gray, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and others discuss the importance of the epochal book that transcribed the week-long 1962 interview between Alfred Hitchcock and French New Wave luminary François Truffaut.
 
In the shadow of the women by Philippe Garrel, France (2015)
MASTERS

Incident Light by Ariel Rotter, Argentina/France/Uruguay (2015)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA
In this poignant period drama set in 1960s Argentina, a young woman struggling to raise her twin daughters alone after the tragic death of her husband accepts the courtship of a charming but mysterious older suitor.
 
Je suis Charlie by Daniel Leconte & Emmanuel Lecomte, France (2015)
TIFF DOCS - World Premiere
This new documentary by the father-and-son directing team of Daniel and Emmanuel Leconte pays tribute to the 11 journalists of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo who were killed in the January 2015 attack by radical Islamic extremists.
 
Journey to the shore by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan/France (2014)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA

Lamb by Yared Zeleke, Ethiopia/France/Germany/Norway (2015)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA

Let them come by Salem Brahimi, France/Algeria (2014)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA - World Premiere
In this remarkable adaptation of Arezki Mellal’s novel, a family must defend itself amidst the onslaught of violence between government forces and radical Islamists in 1980s Algeria.
 
The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/United Kingdom/Greece/France/Netherlands (2015)
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Lolo by Julie Delpy, France (2014)
GALA PRESENTATIONS

Louder than bombs by Joachim Trier, Norway/France/Denmark
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Love by Gaspar Noé, France (2015)
Vanguard

Ma Ma by Julio Medem, Spain/France (2015)
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Maman(s) by Maïmouna Doucouré, France (2015)
SHORT CUTS
The family of eight-year-old Aida is thrown into chaos when her father returns from Senegal with young Rama, whom he introduces as his second wife. Aida may not exactly understand the details, but she understands that her mother is in deep distress, and that there seems to be but one way to make things better again.
 
Mountains may depart by Jia Zhang-ke, China/France/Japon (2015)
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Much Loved by Nabil Ayouch, Marocco/France (2015)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA

Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Turkey/France/Germany (2014)
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

My Mother by Nanni Moretti, Italy/France (2014)
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Nasser by Jihan El-Tahri, France/South Africa (2015)
TIFF DOCS
Filmmaker Jihan El-Tahri explores the history of Gamal Abdel Nasser, the revolutionary army officer whose decade-long reign as president of Egypt saw him defy the West during the 1956 Suez Crisis, co-found the international Non-Aligned Movement, and suffer a dramatic defeat to Israel in the Six-Day War.
 
New Eyes by Hiwot Admasu Getaneh, France/United Kingdom (2015)
SHORT CUTS
In a bustling village near Addis Ababa, an Ethiopian girl becomes aware of strange new feelings that are both discomfiting and exciting. As her burgeoning sexuality begins to colour her experience of the world, it threatens to bring her into conflict with societal expectations. Even so, Hiwot Admasu Getaneh's extraordinary film is suffused with joy and sensuality.
 
 
Occidente by Ana Vaz, France/Portugal (2014)
WAVELENGHTS

One floor below by Radu Muntean, Romania/France/Germany/Sweden (2015)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA

The Other Side by Roberto Minervini, France/Italy (2015)
WAVELENGHTS

Parisienne by Danielle Arbid, France (2015)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA - World Premiere

The new film from Lebanese director Danielle Arbid follows a young Arab immigrant in Paris, whose encounters with three men reveal different facets of her new country, and of herself.

The pearl button by Patricio Guzman, Chile/France/Spain (2014)
MASTERS
The great Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzmán (The Battle of Chile, Nostalgia for the Light) chronicles the history of the indigenous peoples of Chilean Patagonia, whose decimation by colonial conquest prefigured the brutality of the Pinochet regime.
 
 
Peripheria by David Coquard-Dassault, France (2015)
SHORT CUTS
This haunting, beautifully crafted animation is set in a not-so-distant dystopia where lonely, suspicious pack dogs set the boundaries of their world amidst the remains of human presence. Within the confines of this border, the best and worst of animal behavior begin to manifest.
 
 
Rabin, the last day by Amos Gitai, Israel/France (2015)
MASTERS
Lauded director Amos Gitaï (Kippur) delves into the prelude and aftermath of the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in this gripping docudrama.
 
 
The Returned by Fabrice Gobert, France (2015)
PRIMETIME

Sector IX B by Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, France/Senegal (2015)
WAVELENGHTS
Taking inspiration from L’Afrique fantôme — the controversial diary by French surrealist writer Michel Leiris recounting his participation in the ambitious Dakar-Djibouti ethnographic expedition of the 1930s — Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc’s arresting first feature reflects on identity, cultural appropriation, and the transference of memory through objects.
 
 
Sky by Fabienne Berthaud, France/Germany (2015)
PLATFORM - World Premiere
Fleeing from the scene of a terrible crime, a young woman embarks on a life-changing road trip across California and Nevada, in this drama starring Diane Kruger, Lena Dunham and Norman Reedus.
 
 
Story of Judas by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, France (2015)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA

Summertime by Catherine Corsini, France (2015)
SPECIAL PRESENTATION

The Treasure by Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania/France (2015)
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA

Tuesday by Ziya Demirel, Turkey/France (2015)
SHORT CUTS
This is, at first glance, a film about an ordinary school day for a teenage girl in Istanbul. But as Tuesday details three encounters she has while going to school, playing basketball, and taking a bus home, it becomes an observational exposé of men who believe they are entitled to an unquestioned authority over a woman's personal space.
 
 
Un plus une by Claude Lelouch, France (2015)
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS - World Premiere
A successful film composer (Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin, The Artist) falls in love when he travels to India to work on a Bollywood retelling of Romeo and Juliet, in this glorious romantic drama from the great French director Claude Lelouch (A Man and a Woman).
 
 
Wellington Jr. by Cécile Paysant, France (2015)
SHORT CUTS
A tentative young hunter sets out into the wilderness under the tutelage of his seasoned father. But the rite of passage leads to increasingly surreal and grisly developments in this stop-motion animated marvel by France's Cécile Paysant.
 
The White Knights by Joachim Lafosse, France/Belgium (2014)
PLATFORM - World Premiere
Cannes prizewinner Vincent Lindon (Bastards) stars as the head of a NGO trying to rescue 300 children from the civil war in Chad, in the new drama from Belgian director Joachim Lafosse (Our Children).
 
 
A Young Patriot by Du Haibin, China/USA/France (2015)
TIFF DOCS
This intimate documentary chronicles five years in the life of a young Chinese student, whose fervent idealism and dedication to Mao’s legacy stands in stark contrast to contemporary China’s turn towards state capitalism.
 
Youth by Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France/United Kingdom/Switzerland (2015)
SPECIAL PRESENTATION

For more information, please visit the website of TIFF.

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