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Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Toronto: Snakes on a Mutherf***ing Film Festival

After ripping the New York Film Festival a new one a few days ago (and getting gently spanked for my lack of appreciation by my Chi-town BFF, Nick), the Toronto Film Festival's lineup, announced today, shows us what a real film festival looks like. They've got every major film NYFF has, PLUS every major prizewinner from Cannes, PLUS every big Hollywood Oscar contender, PLUS three dozen more A-list efforts you want to see. (Even Borat, for chrissake.) If you're a film aficionado and you know directors, get ready to salivate -- Toronto will feature new films by ALL of the following:

Pedro Almodovar, Michael Apted, Darren Aronofsky, Kenneth Branagh, Guillermo del Toro, Manoel de Oliveira, Todd Field, Marc Forster, Eytan Fox, Christopher Guest, Hal Hartley, Werner Herzog, Agnieszka Holland, Leon Ichaso, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Barbara Kopple, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Zacharias Kunuk, Aki Kaurismäki, Tony Kaye, Abbas Kiarostami, Kim Ki-duk, Patrice Leconte, Ken Loach, Guy Maddin, Douglas McGrath, Roger Michell, Takashi Miike, Anthony Minghella, John Cameron Mitchell, Nanni Moretti, Mira Nair, Phillip Noyce, Jafar Panahi, Alain Resnais, Nicolas Rey, Patricia Rozema, Volker Schlöndorff, Ridley Scott, Tarsem Singh, Hong Sang-soo, Johnnie To (three films!!), Tsai Ming-liang, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Lou Ye, and Steven Zaillian...

...and Paris, Je T'aime with contributions by Bruno Podalydès, Gurinder Chadha, Gus Van Sant, Joel and Ethan Coen, Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas, Christopher Doyle, Isabel Coixet, Nobuhiro Suwa, Sylvain Chomet, Alfonso Cuarón, Olivier Assayas, Oliver Schmitz, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Wes Craven, Tom Tykwer, Frédéric Auburtin, Gérard Depardieu, and Alexander Payne...

...and I left off about 25 other recognizable names, like actors making directorial transitions (Ethan Hawke, Michael Ian Black, Bobcat Goldthwait, Tony Goldwyn, Emilio Estevez). The full list is here. If only Nick, Nathaniel, Jill, MaryAnn, Catherine and I could take off work for a week or two, I could die happy. Or at least in a movie theatre. [via GreenCine Daily]

P.S. -- In my third mention of Nick in this post, I urge you all to bow down and join him in praise of Bring It On, which Nick rightfully calls "the Grand Illusion of modern high-school comedies." I'm a complete devotee of the movie, which gets better every time I watch it. And yes, I speak fag. Fluently.


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