On today's podcast we offer empirical evidence to answer a long-burning question about whether podcasts can be produced without sleep, listlessly. Conclusion: a hearty somewhat!
Also, we talk about the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, paying special attention to world cinema. Reporting from Toronto is our own J. Robert Parks. This discussion also functions as a preview for people who are attending the New York Film Festival in October since many of these films play at both events, and it also functions as a preview of what may appear in art houses around the U.S. in the next 12 months.
Films marked "NYFF" in the rundown below apply both to TIFF and NYFF. Films marked "vom" feature vomiting. Films marked "whirled cinema" may induce vomiting. Films marked "calming" neither feature nor induce vomiting despite appearances to the contrary. Except in the case of "NYFF," these various designations have not been applied consistently due to shortage of time and spotty research. Caveat lector.
0:00 Intro: Tip for Parents, Toronto, New York, Program Notes
3:55 Toronto 2007, Part 1
4:16 You, the Living (Andersson)
6:53 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (Mungiu) [NYFF]
9:21 Just Like Home (Scherfig)
9:45 Useless (Jia)
12:22 Flight of the Red Balloon (Hou) [NYFF]
16:40 Jellyfish (Geffen/Keret)
17:17 Happiness (Hur)
18:25 What's Coming Up? Reygadas, Van Sant, Sokurov
19:54 Banishment (Zvyogintsev)
21:04 What Else is Coming Up? De Heer
23:12 Toronto 2007, Part 2
25:11 Silent Light (Reygadas) [NYFF]
29:54 Paranoid Park (Van Sant) [NYFF]
33:20 Encounters at the End of the World (Herzog)
37:19 Secret Sunshine (Lee) [NYFF]
41.54 The Pope's Toilet and debut films
46:38 The Sun Also Rises (Jiang)
51:16 Alexandra (Sokurov) [NYFF]
53:06 My Winnipeg (Maddin)
56:22 Second-hand reactions: In the City of Sylvia, etc [NYFF]
59:53 Toronto 2007 Summary
Excellent conversation as always, gentlemen. I hadn't previously stumbled upon much coverage of the Chinese films mentioned, and they sound fascinating- the Sun Also Rises sounds like quite a departure from Jiang Wen's previous film Devils on the Doorstep. And I hope Useless comes around, though since I'm still waiting on Still Life and Dong I'll refrain from getting my hopes up too high.
Baby Eisenstein! tee hee hee... Iris sounds like a really smart baby. Congratulations!
Yeah, as I mentioned in the intro, I can't recommend the Baby Eisenstein videos at any age. Imagery is too disturbing -- carriages going down steps, mothers screaming. 'Course I'm new at this and might be over-protective.
Brian, where did you see Devils on the Doorstep? It's kind of surprising that the SFIAAFF hasn't shown the Jia films. Maybe this year.
I saw Devils on the Doorstep on R1 DVD, fairly recently actually (not knowing that Jiang finally had a new film coming out). It was a friend's favorite film from the 2001 SFIFF, so it had been on my to-see list for a while.
I wasn't too surprised that the SFIAAFF didn't play the Jia films because it would have been the US premiere. When Tribeca announced it was playing it, it seemed to me that opened the doors for a San Francisco festival to play it, but it hasn't happened yet and I somehow doubt the upcoming SF Asian Film Festival in November will take it on as Jia's films don't seem their style.
I notice Still Life is slated for a theatrical opening in New York in early 2008. I'm crossing my fingers that it comes around here too, unlike many the many Asian films that disappear after a week in the Big Apple. But I think I'm even more interested in seeing Dong, so I hope that makes its way around here somehow too.