It seems like an exciting new tidbit concerning this year’s Toronto International Film Festival comes down the pipe every other day. Not that I’m complaining mind you. The festival line-up continues to get stronger and stronger, and this latest announcement only adds to that.
The festival has announced a new program called “Vanguard” that, according to the festival, will be hitting audiences with a raw, pulsating aesthetic that speaks to sexual, cultural and cinematic freedoms. I don’t know exactly what that means, but I suppose it’s as good a way as any to explain cramming French sci-fi, Finnish kung-fu, Hong Kong gangsters, and lots of sex into the same ticket.
The full announcement can be found here. Personally, I’m most excited about:
- Jade Warrior — A kung-fu film from Finland just seems like a punchline waiting to happen. Or an absolute stroke of brilliance. The only way to know is to watch it. Visit the website (where you can see a short teaser).
- Renaissance — Visually, this French sci-fi animation looks something like a combination of Sin City, Blade Runner, and A Scanner Darkly. Watch the trailer.
- Election 1+2 — I keep saying that I’m going to write off Johnnie To’s films, as I’ve been underwhelmed by almost everything I’ve seen from the man. But I keep watching his films for some reason. But the Election films have been garnerning praise and controversy left and right, enough to intrigue me yet again, and so I suppose I’ll be in the seats for these as well.