From 7 to 17 September, the city of Toronto will host over 300 films from around the world for the 42nd edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, one of the biggest festivals in the world of cinema. Among the participants, three Luxembourg co-productions supported by the Film Fund Luxembourg are aiming to convince the Canadian audience and boost Luxembourg's reputation for film creation.
Three films in three categories.
The first feature film by the Luxembourg director Govinda Van Maele, Gutland, will be presented in the 'Discovery' category. This surrealist rural thriller, co-produced by 'Les Films Fauves', tells the story of a foreigner who arrives in the agricultural community of Schandelsmillen. The protagonist only slowly integrates into the village community and he gradually starts to unearth the dark side of the village. But the villagers aren't the only ones with a troubled past.
The animated film The Breadwinner by Nora Twomey is competing in the 'Special Presentations / TIFF Kids' category. This Luxembourg co-production by Melusine Productions is based on the award-winning novel by Deborah Ellis. The film tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old Afghan girl living in Kabul who has only known her country at war. The city is oppressed by the Taliban, who do not allow women to go out unless they wear a veil and are escorted by a man. When her father is imprisoned, Parvana dresses up as a boy to feed her family.
Two thirds of the film's animation was filmed at Studio 352 in Luxembourg.
Mary Shelley, a film by the Saudi director Haiffa Al-Mansour, is nominated in the 'Gala Presentations' category. The film looks back at the love story between the poet Percy Shelley and the young Mary Wollstonecraft, the famous author of 'Frankenstein'.
The festival and Luxembourg entries
The Toronto International Film Festival was founded in 1976 and is now one of the biggest festivals of this season, an excellent springboard to access the North American market and one of the major locations for film sales. Luxembourg (co-)productions have participated in the festival for several years now:
- Song of the Sea (2014);
- Secrets of war (2014);
- Amour fou (2014);
- Sunset Song (2015);
- Noces (2016);
- Souvenir (2016).
(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal)