Festival de Toronto: Masters


13 Assassins Takashi Miike, Japan North American Premiere Cult director Takeshi Miike delivers a period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a wartorn future.

Essential Killing Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland/Norway/Ireland/Hungary North American Premiere A Taliban fighter is captured, interrogated, tortured and then transported to an unnamed snowy destination in Europe. He manages to escape and must use his wits to evade his pursuers whilst battling bitter winter cold and lack of food.

Film Socialism Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland North American Premiere Godard's latest film, a "symphony in three movements," grapples with trying to make sense of a world that appears to be beyond comprehension and meaning.

I Wish I Knew Jia Zhang-ke, China/The Netherlands North American Premiere Commissioned to commemorate the 2010 World Expo, this documentary on Shanghai portrays a chapter of modern Chinese history through interviews and scenic views of a city in continuous evolution. I Wish I Knew is directed by one of the youngest masters of cinema, Jia Zhang-ke.

Poetry Lee Chang-dong, South Korea North American Premiere Rhyme and crime intertwine in Poetry, the moving portrait of an elegant old lady in the initial stages of Alzheimer's, as well as a lyrical take on creative discovery and an upsetting look at juvenile violence, by Korean master Lee Chang-dong.

Roses à Crédit Amos Gitai, France World Premiere A young couple marry in France in the 1940s and the film follows the arc of their marriage over the next decade. As France recovers from the trauma of the war, the wife finds herself increasingly caught up in acquiring material possessions while the husband prefers a more traditional lifestyle.

Route Irish Ken Loach, United Kingdom/France/Belgium/Italy/Spain North American Premiere A British solider who worked with a security firm in Iraq attends the funeral of his best friend, who was killed on the notorious Baghdad highway Route Irish. After receiving an envelope containing his friend's cell phone with a video recording of a massacre of Iraqi civilians, he sets out to avenge his friend's memory.

The Sleeping Beauty Catheirne Breillat, France North American Premiere An epic fantasia of a young girl's coming-of-age, featuring Catherine Breillat's signature take on gender relations and breathtaking cinematography.

The Strange Case of Angelica Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal/Spain/France/Brazil North American Premiere Manoel de Oliveira, a 101-year-old filmmaker, returns to the Douro River, the site of his first short, Douro Faina Fluvial, to create a surprising tale about a metaphysical love that defies reason. Photographer Isaac becomes smitten when he is called to take the last picture of the beautiful Angelica. Although she is dead, when he looks at her through his viewfinder she becomes
animated and lively.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Apichatpong Weerasethakul, U.K./Thailand/France/Germany/Spain North American Premiere Winner of this year’s Palme d'Or, Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul takes viewers on a subliminal journey through a cinematic border zone where magic, transmigration of souls and generations of memory cohabit in a highly original masterpiece.

Previously announced titles include Erotic Man (Jørgen Leth), Mysteries of Lisbon (Raul Ruiz) and Nostalgia for the Light (Patricio Guzmán).

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