Tuesday, July 26, 2011

TIFF 2011: Festival Opening Press Conference

Sneak Peek attended the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival Opening Press Conference @ Toronto's Hyatt Regency Hotel King Street West, July 26.

This year, the 36th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), runs for 10 days, from September 8 - 18, 2011.

In typical classy fashion, TIFF organizers provided the early morning media with smoked salmon, kiwis, pineapples, melons, croissants and fruit juices, in The Hyatt Mezzanine ballroom, before making their professional podium presentation.

Highlights of the conference:

For the first time in 36 years, TIFF will open with a documentary, screening David Guggenheim's U2 rock band feature "From The Sky Down";

Canadian director Sarah Polley will debut her new comedy "Take This Waltz";

Galas will include "Moneyball"" starring Brad Pitt.

TIFF will also premier "The Descendants, starring George Clooney, directed by Alexander Payne ("Sideways");

"Pearl Jam Twenty" will screen, created from more than 1,200 hours of footage spanning the band’s career;

Also screening is director William Friedkin's "Killer Joe" starring Matthew McConaughey;

"We Need to Talk about Kevin" stars Tilda Swinton;

"Americano", directed by Mathieu Demy, stars Salma Hayek;

North American premiere Galas include Madonna's "W.E.";

Also screening is Toronto director David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method";


Opening Night:

"From the Sky Down," Davis Guggenheim


"Albert Nobbs," Rodrigo Garcia
"Butter," Jim Field Smith
"A Dangerous Method," David Cronenberg
"A Happy Event," Remi Bezancon
"The Ides of March," George Clooney
"The Lady," Luc Besson
"Moneyball," Bennett Miller
"Peace, Love and Misunderstanding," Bruce Beresford
"Take This Waltz," Sarah Polley
"W.E.," Madonna

Special Presentations:

"Americano," Mathieu Demy
"Anonymous," Roland Emmerich
"The Artist," Michel Hazanivicius
"A Better Life," Cedric Khan
"Burning Man," Jonathan Teplitzky
"Chicken With Plums," Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
"Corolianus," Ralph Fiennes
"Countdown,"Huh Jong-ho
"Dark Horse," Todd Solondz
"Deep Blue Sea," Terence Davies
"The Descendants," Alexander Payne
"Drive," Nicolas Winding Refn
"11 Flowers," Wang Xiaoshuai
"Elles," Malgoska Szumowska
"The Eye of the Storm," Fred Schepisi
"50/50," Jonathan Levine
"Friends with Kids," Jennifer Westfeldt
"Habemus Papam," Nanni Moretti
"Headhunters," Morten Tyldum
"Hick," Derick Martini
"The Hunter," Daniel Nettheim
"Jeff, Who Lives at Home," Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass
"Killer Joe," William Friedkin
"Like Crazy," Drake Doremus
"Machine Gun Preacher," Marc Forster
"Martha Marcy May Marlene," Sean Durkin
"Melancholia," Lars von Triet
"The Oranges," Julian Farino
"Pearl Jam Twenty," Cameron Crowe
"Rampart," Oren Moverman
"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," Lasse Hallstrom
"Shame," Steve McQueen
"A Simple Life," Ann Hui
"The Skin I Live In," Pedro Almodovar
"Take Shelter," Jeff Nichols
"Ten Year," Jamie Linden
"360,"Fernando Meirelles
"Trishna,"Michael Winterbottom
"Twixt," Francis Ford Coppola
Tyrannosaur," Paddy Considine
"We Need to Talk About Kevin," Lynne Ramsay
"Where Do We Go Now?," Nadine Labaki
"Woman in the Fifth," Pawel Pawlikowski

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