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It.s a different kind of tiff this year. A new kind of tiff.The festival.s 35th year is marked with a whole lot of new in 2010.The festival will open doors to its new home, the Bell Lightbox on September 12th with a big ol. block party including a live concert in the entertainment district - right in middle of all the action.There.s also a new festival strip of commotion . the all new festival village, located on King Street in the heart of downtown Toronto just steps away from all the wining and dining your heart can desire. The Indian contingent at the festival is also quite .hatke. (different) from previous years.The festival.s South Asian line-up is fragrant of the winds of change and an increasing acceptance of a new crop of Indian films gaining momentum and emerging strong in Mumbai . Independent Cinema. Cinemagoers »
Actor Aamir Bashir (Peepli Live, A Wednesday, Split Wide Open) makes his directorial debut with Harud (Autumn). The film will have its world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 9-19) in the discovery section that showcases emerging and new talents. The film, set in contemporary Kashmir, captures the life of Rafiq who has lost his tourist photographer brother to insurgency. Renowned Iranian actor Reza Naji (Best actor at Berlin for the Song of the Sparrows by Majid Majidi) makes his first appearance in an Indian film with Harud.
How and where did “Harud” begin?
The idea came to me nearly five years ago. It was an impulse. It took four years to translate that impulse into a screenplay. Then in August- September 2009, we decided, again on an impulse, to shoot it in »
- Bikas Mishra
The Song of Sparrows
This is a film that has everything that Majidi is known for –wonderful actors, including a livewire band of child actors, panoramic cinematography (Tooraj Mansouri) which like in all Majidi films captures Iran’s vast openness at its most beautiful and contrasts it with the claustrophobia of the urban landscape, a fine mix of humour and melancholy, and above all, a deep humanist thought that gets life through a story of multiple meanings but told in an utterly simple manner.
This is a film in which Majidi raises a moral debate on how – and not whether - capitalism corrupts human values. Some might find Majidi’s style a bit to sentiment driven, »
- Runumi G
3 items from 2010
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