2011 TIFF

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1.
The Cat Vanishes (2011)
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Luis, a recognized university professor, out of the psychiatric clinic, where he spent the last three years... (90 mins.)
Director: Carlos Sorin
 
2.
Where Do We Go Now? (2011)
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A group of Lebanese women try to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village. (110 mins.)
Director: Nadine Labaki
 
3.
The Forgiveness of Blood (2011)
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An Albanian family is torn apart by a murder, resulting in a blood feud that makes eldest son Nik a prime target and forces his sister, eldest daughter Rudina, to leave school in order to take over the family business. (109 mins.)
Director: Joshua Marston
 
4.
Sarah Palin: You Betcha! (2011 Documentary)
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Nick Broomfield goes in pursuit of Sarah Palin, interviewing her family and friends, for a decidedly unauthorized perspective on this growing force in American politics. (91 mins.)
 
5.
i am a good person/i am a bad person (2011)
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When a mother and daughter tour film festivals in Europe and decide to part ways, they must confront life-changing choices alone, before returning home. (80 mins.)
Director: Ingrid Veninger
 
6.
Tyrannosaur (2011)
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Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction, earns a chance of redemption that appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. (92 mins.)
Director: Paddy Considine
 
7.
Death of a Superhero (2011)
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A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality. (97 mins.)
Director: Ian Fitzgibbon
 
8.
The Skin I Live In (2011)
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A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession. (120 mins.)
 
9.
Winnie Mandela (2011)
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A drama that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband's incarceration. (104 mins.)
Director: Darrell Roodt
 
10.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)
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A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes. (157 mins.)
 
11.
Take Shelter (2011)
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Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. (121 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
 
12.
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
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Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife. (83 mins.)
 
13.
Michael (2011)
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Five months in the life of a pedophile who keeps a 10-year-old boy locked in his basement. (96 mins.)
 
14.
The Kid with a Bike (2011)
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Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends. (87 mins.)
 
15.
Starbuck (2011)
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As his lover announces her pregnancy, a fortysomething slacker receives other life-changing news: 142 people, all of them the result of artificial insemination, have filed a class action lawsuit against him, their biological father. (109 mins.)
Director: Ken Scott
 
16.
Anonymous (2011)
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The theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her. (130 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
 
17.
Rampart (2011)
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Set in 1999 Los Angeles, veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, works to take care of his family, and struggles for his own survival. (108 mins.)
Director: Oren Moverman
 
18.
Killer Joe (2011)
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When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance. (102 mins.)
 
19.
Butter (2011)
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In Iowa, an adopted girl discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town's annual contest. (90 mins.)
Director: Jim Field Smith
 
20.
Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2011 Documentary)
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Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk... (97 mins.)
Director: Léa Pool
 
21.
Burning Man (2011)
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An English chef with a chic restaurant on Bondi Beach trying to put his life and his relationship with his son back on track while surrounded by women. (110 mins.)
 
22.
Into the Abyss (2011 Documentary)
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Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill. (107 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
23.
Wuthering Heights (2011)
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A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy. Based on the classic novel by Emily Bronte. (129 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
 
24.
Friends with Kids (2011)
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Two best friends decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships. (107 mins.)
 
25.
Café de Flore (2011)
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A love story between a man and woman. And between a mother and her son. A mystical and fantastical odyssey on love. (120 mins.)
 
26.
Neil Young Journeys (2011 Documentary)
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Neil Young returns to his birth Canadian province of Ontario to revisit his old haunts and to perform in Toronto's vintage Massey Hall. (87 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Neil Young
 
27.
A Dangerous Method (2011)
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A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis. (99 mins.)
 
28.
Hysteria (2011)
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The truth of how Mortimer Granville devised the invention of the first vibrator in the name of medical science. (100 mins.)
Director: Tanya Wexler
 
29.
Trespass (2011)
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As they're held for ransom, a husband and wife's predicament grows more dire amid the discovery of betrayal and deception. (91 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
30.
Shame (2011)
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In New York City, Brandon's carefully cultivated private life - which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction - is disrupted when his sister arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay. (101 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
 
31.
50/50 (2011)
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Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
 
32.
Take This Waltz (2011)
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A happily married woman falls for the artist who lives across the street. (116 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
 
33.
Elles (2011)
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On her latest assignment, a journalist for Elle immerses herself in a prostitution ring run by university students. (99 mins.)
 
34.
Dark Horse (2011)
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Romance blooms between two thirty-somethings in arrested development: an avid toy collector who is the dark horse of his family and a depressed woman on the rebound. (86 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
 
35.
360 (2011)
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A dramatic thriller that weaves together the stories of an array of people from disparate social backgrounds through their intersecting relationships. (110 mins.)
 
36.
The Descendants (2011)
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A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. (115 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
 
37.
Trishna (2011)
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The story of the tragic relationship between the son of a property developer and the daughter of an auto rickshaw owner. (117 mins.)
 
38.
From the Sky Down (2011 Documentary)
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In the terrain of rock bands, implosion or explosion is seemingly inevitable. U2 has defied the gravitational pull towards destruction; this band has endured and thrived. This documentary asks the question why. (90 mins.)
 
39.
The Ides of March (2011)
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An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. (101 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
 
40.
Moneyball (2011)
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Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. (133 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
 
41.
Melancholia (2011)
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Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. (130 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier