Earlier in the summer, I wrote a post trying to demystify the TIFF ticketing process for you. I also b**tched about how the process for choosing films can be overwhelming, time-consuming and frustrating. Between the mega-program guide available for $35 at the Bell Lightbox (and, in my opinion, containing too much information), the free hard copy of the Official Film Schedule also available at the Bell Lightbox, the online scheduler, and the apps for Blackberry and iPhone, there is no shortage of resources.
Unfortunately, none of these tools will do the dirty work of kindly sifting through the 300+ selections for you and matching the films to your availability (well, there were curated packages, but they are all sold out).
Since I bought a package earlier in the summer, I got to choose my films yesterday and – lucky for you – have done some research, which I’m happy to share!
**Individual tickets go on sale this Sunday, September 2nd at 10:00 a.m.***
I would highly advise that you take a look at availability on Saturday once all of the advance ticket holders have made their selections to see what is still available. As of yesterday, there were some screenings that were already sold out. If it is sold out, don’t despair: check the film information online and if there is a distributor listed (as many films already have), it will likely be showing in Toronto in the very near future!
Warning: I tend to gravitate towards depressing, often politically-charged films that usually leave me feeling sad about humanity, but humbly grateful for my life. I also tend to avoid the major Hollywood movies that will likely be (or already have been) picked up for wide release in favour of movies that may not make it back to Toronto. This will become apparent in my choices.
My selections for TIFF 2012:
Amour (winner at Cannes, an elderly couple facing their own mortality)
A Late Quartet (winner at Cannes, powerhouse cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken about a string quartet)
Camp 14: Total Control Zone (documentary about a man who was born, raised and escaped from North Korea)
Clandestine Childhood (set in 1979 Argentina’s military dictatorship)
The Land of Hope (a rural Japanese family struggles to survive the nuclear crisis resulting from the Tohoku earthquake)
The Bright Day (part of the Mumbai City-to-City Program, a young man uses his DSLR camera to embark on a spiritual quest in India)
Ship of Theseus (also part of the City-to-City Program, three individuals’ tragic paths have an unknowing connection in Mumbai)
3 (From Uruguay – A man, unhappy with his life, tries to re-join the life of his ex-wife and daughter he left 10 years earlier)
Arthur Newman (Colin Firth and Emily Blunt. All you need to know!)
Krivina (A Bosnian immigrant who fled to Toronto after the civil war returns to his homeland in search of a missing friend who has been implicated in war crimes)
No (Historical drama telling the story of young ad exec in 1988 Chile who is recruited to craft the political opposition’s publicity campaign under the rule of dictator Augusto Pinochet)
To The Wonder (Terrence Malick’s latest about a man who reconnects with a woman from his hometown after his marriage falls apart)
The Hunt (winner at Cannes, this film tells the story of an innocent man accused of child molestation)
Here Comes the Devil (A couple’s recently returned children seem forever changed after they disappeared in Tijuana caves)
The Time Being (A drama about an eccentric, dying millionaire who may be trying to either help further the career of a young artist or destroy his life)
Reality (Winner at Cannes, a satire about an Italian man who believes he is destined to be a reality TV star)
Middle of Nowhere (Winner at Sundance, a story about a woman’s blind devotion to her incarcerated husband)
The Master (Joaquin Phoenix returns to the screen playing a WWII veteran who meets the founder of a new religion, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman)
Inch’Allah (From the Producers of Incendies and M. Lazhar – A Quebec doctor discovers the heartbreaking absurdity of life in Israel’s divided West Bank)
Barbara (Winner at the Berlin Film Fest. Set in East Germany in the early 80’s, a Berlin physician must choose between love where she resides or crossing the border for a better life)