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Toronto, 2014

Time Out of Mind
"Time Out of Mind" (Oren Moverman)

The 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) once again established itself as the gateway to the North-Americas with 284 feature length films and 139 world premieres. A new policy prevented films that had already been presented at the festivals of Venice and Telluride to be screened in the first five days of the festival. But there was still enough action going on with world premieres of big Hollywood titles such asA Theory of Everything, Pawn Sacrifice, The Imitation Game, St. Vincent and While We Were Young. The red carpets were filled with stars, the fans had their cameras ready and the international press ran from one venue to another to play their part in the junket circus. But TIFF is a Chinese box. It contains many festivals within the festival, and allows for border crossersandcinephile explorations, from the once again superbly curated Wavelengths program to the Midnight Madness and beyond.

A six member FIPRESCI jury focussed on non-Hollywood world premieres without North-American distributionfrom the Special Presentations section and the Discovery program. Since TIFF is a non-competitive festival, the selection was made by the festival, to ensure diversity and range. In the Discovery section the jury focussed on first and second films. (Dana Linssen)

Toronto (Canada, September 4-14, 2014). Prize, Special Presentations: Time Out of Mind (Orig. Work Title: Vintage Muscatel) by Oren Moverman (USA, 2014). Contact: US Sales Agent: Paradigm, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME), ICM Partners. International Sales Agent: QED International. Motivation: "For Oren Moverman's sensible and human depiction of the homelessness and Richard Gere's remarkable performance, FIPRESCI is pleased to grant the special presentations award to Time out of Mind." Prize, Discovery: May Allah Bless France! (Qu'Allah Bénisse la France!) by Abd Al Malik (France, 2014). Contact: Films Distribution. Jury: Dana Linssen, The Netherlands, president ("NRC Handelsblad", "De Filmkrant"), Marco Lombardi, Italy ("Il Messaggero"), Ola Salwa, Poland ("Kino", "Rzeczpospolita"), Télesphore Mba Bizo, Cameroun (, Jorge Gutman, Canada ("El Popular"), Thom Ernst, Toronto ("Playback Magazine", "CTV National News").


A Painful Portrait of a Beggar and a Gentleman. Marco Lombardi reviewed the FIPRESCI prize winner Time Out of Mind by Oren Moverman. arrow.
An Autobiographical Journey of an Underprivileged yet Gifted Youth. Ola Salwa reviewed the FIPRESCI prize winner May Allah Bless France! (Qu'Allah Benisse La France!) directed by Abd Al Malik. arrow.
Stories to Meditate On. Argentine cinema, probably the most important in Latin America, had an excellent representation at the TIFF. Five of the movies screened set themselves apart from an already distinguished group. Jorge Gutman's report. arrow.
Memory as Source of Conflicts in Film Reality Depiction. The more the characters are aware of their past, the more they would rather identify with the heroes of yesteryears in their present life. Télesphore Mba Bizo reflects on the reliabilty of such intentions as they stand tall in some of the films screened during the Special Presentations section at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF, in Canada. Télesphore Mba Bizo's report. arrow.
Atlantic.: 'There Will Be Wind'. The ocean has been called a mother. And a mistress. She is both in Jan-Willem van Ewijk’s second feature Atlantic. Dana Linssen's report. arrow.
Prestige Trumps the Popular. X+Y is one of the most accessible films in the Discovery programme at TIFF2014.  Unfortunately, accessibility has a way of working against a movie particularly when launched in a category where most other films stand on the strength of their political and social engagement. Prestige trumps the popular. Thom Ernst's report. arrow.



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Toronto 2014

bullet. Index
bullet. A Painful Portrait
bullet. Autobiographical Journey
bullet. Stories to Meditate On
bullet. Film Reality Depiction
bullet. There Will Be Wind
bullet. Prestige Trumps the Popular

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