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Toronto -- The Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday unveiled a slew of premieres, mostly out of Cannes and Berlin, including the latest films from veterans Manoel de Oliveira, Alain Resnais and Hirokazu Kore-eda.
De Oliveira's "Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl" will unspool as part of the Masters sidebar, as will Resnais' "Les Herbes Folles" and "Air Doll," Japanese director Kore-eda's drama about a blow-up doll that becomes a real person that stars Korean actress Bae Doo-na.
And the high-profile Contemporary World Cinema program booked Israeli director Haim Tabakman's "Eyes Wide Open," a gay love story set in a religious Jewish community, "Huacho," from Chilean director Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, Korea's "Like You Know It All," by Hong Sang-soo, and Jessica Hausner's "Lourdes."
Toronto each year unveils titles chosen from earlier international film festivals before it rolls out its own world premieres. »
- By Etan Vlessing
Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s latest feature Kûki ningyô (Air Doll, 2009)—based on a manga by Yoshiie Gōda about a life-size blow-up doll who develops a soul and falls in love with a video store clerk—has been selected for screening in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. In San Francisco to promote the appearance of Still Walking in SFIFF52’s World Cinema sidebar—in tandem with the film’s upcoming theatrical release—I took a moment during our conversation to enquire after his latest.
* * * Michael Guillén: Congratulations on being selected for this year’s Un Certain Regard with your new film Air Doll. I’m interested in what you were seeking to explore thematically in your latest film?
Hirokazu Kore-eda: The doll is inflated with air, so it’s basically empty or blank inside. She is living in Tokyo and around her are us urbanites who are also empty. We have nothing »
- Michael Guillen
2 items from 2009
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