Here’s a cheat-sheet about what’s promising at this year’s TIFF:

As usual, the program can be navigated using TIFF’s standard selection: Canada First series, or City to City which focuses on one global spot, Istanbul being featured in 2010.

And, needless to say, the range can be narrowed down by country and language. But what about more specific themes and interests?

Curious about social issues around the world: The First Grader (UK), I am Slave (UK), Little White Lies (France), The Light Thief (Kyrgyzstan), Life Above All (South Africa/Germany), Our Day Will Come (France).

For literary/theatre adaptations: from Kazuo Ishiguro’s book Never Let Me Go, Norwegian Wood (Japan), Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Jack Goes Boating, Aftershock (China), Brighton Rock (UK).

Fascinated by the workings of the human psyche? Jorgen Leth’s Erotic Man (Denmark), The Game of Death (France), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Biutiful, Cold Fish (Japan), The Sleeping Beauty (France).

For the artistically inclined: Sylvan Chomet’s The Illusionist (UK), Aronofsky’s Black Swan (USA), Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow (UK/FRA/NED).

Live out of a suitcase, or aspire to? The Trip (UK), The Bang Bang Club (Canada/South Africa), Modra (Slovakia), Lapland Odyssey (Finland), My Joy (Ukraine), Silent Souls (Russia).

Fancy a glimpse of alternative scenarios:  this year’s Palm d’Or winner – Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thailand), The Four Times (Italy), Manoel de Oliveira’s The Strange Case of Angelica, Womb (Ger/Hun/Fra),

Raw documentaries: The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (Romania), David Suzuki’s environmental doc Force of Nature, Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, How to Start Your Own Country (Canada).

An appreciations of history: Roses a Credit (France), Paul Ruiz’s Mysteries of Lisbon (Chile), Chico & Rita (Spain), Behind Blue Skies (Sweden).

Fascinated by the Far East? 13 Assassins (Japan), Andre Lau’s Legend of the First: The Return of Chen Zhen (Hong Kong), Fire Of Vengeance (Hong Kong), The Piano in a Factory (China).

More about the conflicts in the Middle East: Miral (Israel), Tears of Gaza (Norway), Precious Life (Israel), Cannes Critic Week Winner Armadillo (Denmark), The Hunter (Iran).

Explore Eastern Europe: Manchevski’s Mothers (Macedonia), Tanovic’s Cirkus Columbia (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Outbound (Romania), How I Ended This Summer (Russia).

Buzz from other annual festivals: Jean Luc Goddard’s Film Socialism, Korea’s Lee Chang-dong’s Poetry, Jose Luis Guerin’s Guest (Spain), I Wish I Knew (China).


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