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The Toronto International Film Festival has posted its official list of films, and it's a doozy. I'm sure there are many great films on the list that I don't yet know anything about, but when I quickly looked for the three or four films that I'm most eager to see, I was elated to see all of them on the list:

  • Café Lumière — Hou Hsiao-Hsien's (I could stop right there. That's reason enough to see it.) tribute to Yasujiro Ozu (and there's the other). Oh yes, and it's shot by Hou's regular cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing and co-written by his regular screenwriter Chu T'ien-wen, so there are two more reasons. You need more? My God, you're demanding. OK, here: it stars Tadanobu Asano who starred in Last Life in the Universe and Kitano's Zatoichi (and, ok, he was also in Ichi the Killer).
  • two by Kiarostami — And they're called Five and 10 on Ten, got that? The first is another Ozu tribute. Last year was Ozu's centenary, which is why we've had all the retrospectives and homages, but Kiarostami's Five supposedly has few actors and little dialogue. Intriguing. 10 on Ten has been described like this: "Iran?s most honored director returns to the location of Taste of Cherry for a revealing documentary on himself."
  • L'Intrus — Claire Denis's latest, which I've mentioned previously. As regular readers know, Denis is easily one of my favorite filmmakers working today.

The list goes on. Chantal Akerman's latest (which I caught at San Francisco's Jewish Film Festival and will post something about very soon), an anthology by Wong Kar-Wai, Steven Soderbergh, and Michelangelo Antonioni (woah), new films from Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Varda, etc. etc.

I'll be attending the festival this year, and couldn't be more excited.

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August 24, 2004, 11:19 PM

The Hou and Denis I too am particularly looking foward to. I hope to catch the former at the NYFF in October.

From all the buzz I hear (and from the snippets I've seen), 10 on Ten is truly terrible.

August 24, 2004, 11:44 PM

That's too bad. I don't think he's made a bad feature (I haven't seen ABC Africa), so maybe he's due for a dud. Of course I'll withhold judgment.