Wednesday, September 5, 2012 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 4:44 PM

Solo basta ver la lista de las películas incluidas en el festival para darse una idea de la fuerza del cine latino. El Festival de Cine de Toronto sigue posicionándose como uno de los referentes mundiales. También se está asegurando un rol central en un mercado rico y diverso. El Latino.

Plenty of Latino films will be participating in this year's Toronto Film Festival, many of which will have their North American or International premieres. Films to highlight are many and more diverse than ever before: Juan Antonio Bayona's The ImpossibleCarlos Sorin's Gone Fishing, Walter Salles' On the Road, Pablo Stoll Ward's 3Benjamín Ávila's Clandestine Childhood, Julio Hernández Cordón's Dust, Pablo Trapero's White Elephant, William Vega's La Sirga, Javier Ruiz Caldera's Ghost Graduation, entre otros. 

The Toronto Film Festival takes place September 6-16. For more info visit > TIFF.

Special Presentation

* The Impossible. Juan Antonio Bayona. Spain.

Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) recreates the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in terrifyingly vivid detail in this grueling survival story about a married couple (Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor) searching for their missing children in the aftermath of the disaster.

For those lucky millions of us who only saw it from the comfort of our living rooms, the images were unforgettable. The day after Christmas 2004, the ocean rose and crashed down on paradise. Eight years after one of the most devastating natural catastrophes in recent memory, director J.A. Bayona brings the Indian Ocean tsunami and its aftermath to vivid, terrifying life in The Impossible.
The sun-soaked beaches of Thailand have been luring vacationing Westerners for decades: couples in search of romance, solitary backpackers on spiritual adventures, families looking for picture-perfect memories. The Impossiblerecounts the astonishing true story of one such family, whose dream holiday became a nightmarish struggle. In an idyllic scene on Christmas Day, Maria (Naomi Watts) and Henry (Ewan McGregor) celebrate with their three sons by releasing white, floating lanterns into the air from the beach. The next day brings disaster: driven apart by the wave of destruction, the family struggles to find each other among thousands of strangers.

Reassembling the team from his international breakthrough, the ghost story The Orphanage, Bayona demonstrates yet again his astonishing command over his medium. Only the second film made using 3-D sound technology — though the picture is 2-D — The Impossible offers a terrifyingly immersive vision of disaster. Bayona's film engrosses the viewer in every inescapable, unrelenting minute as Maria and Henry try desperately to find each other and their missing children, confronting terrible uncertainty and impossible choices.

* 3. Pablo Stoll Ward, Uruguay/Germany/Argentina. North American Premiere

For Rodolfo (Humberto de Vargas), life at home feels empty and cold, as if he doesn’t belong. Meanwhile, his first wife, Graciela (Sara Bessio) and their teenage daughter Ana (Anaclara Ferreyra Palfy) are living through defining moments in their lives. Subtly, Rodolfo will try to slip back into the place he once had next to them — the one he walked away from 10 years ago. 3 is a comedy about three people and the absurd fate to which they are doomed: being a family.

* Clandestine Childhood. Benjamín Ávila, Argentina/Spain/Brazil North American Premiere.

Argentina 1979. After years of exile, 12-year-old Juan and his family return to Argentina under fake identities. Juan’s parents and his uncle Beto are members of the Montoneros Organization, which is fighting against the Military Junta that rules the country. Because of their political activities, they are being tracked down relentlessly. His friends at school and the girl he loves, Maria, know him as Ernesto, a name he must not forget with his family’s survival being at stake. This is a story about militancy, undercover life and love.

-Brian Stewart, Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, is an acclaimed foreign correspondent and an expert on foreign affairs and the military. He will speak about Clandestine Childhood in an extended Q&A session, following one of the screenings.

* Dust. Julio Hernández Cordón, Guatemala/Spain/Chile/Germany North American Premiere.

In a small Guatemalan village where many "disappeared" during the country's civil war, a troubled young man struggles with the memory of his murdered father — and the nearby presence of the man who turned his father in.

* Ghost Graduation. Javier Ruiz Caldera, Spain. International Premiere.
Modesto is a teacher who sometimes sees dead people. Not only has this cost him a fortune at the shrink, it has also got him fired from every school he's ever worked at. His luck changes when he lands a job at Monforte where five students have turned the prestigious school into a house of horrors. Modesto is charged with getting all five kids to pass their senior year and to get out of there once and for all...but it won't be that easy.

* Once Upon a Time Was I, Verônica. Marcelo Gomes, Brazil/France. World Premiere.
This film follows the reflections of Verônica, a recently graduated medical student going through a time of uncertainty. She questions not only her career choices, but also her most intimate bonding and even her ability to cope with life in contemporary urban Brazil.

* Gone Fishing. Carlos Sorin, Argentina World Premiere.

Marco is a travelling salesman and a recovering alcoholic who decides to change the direction of his life after a stay at a detox centre. His counselor suggests he take up a hobby as part of his treatment and Marco decides to try fishing. He then heads to Puerto Deseado during shark fishing season to find his estranged daughter, Ana.

* The Great Kilapy. Zézé Gamboa, Angola/ Brazil/Portugal World Premiere.

Zézé Gamboa's sardonic historical drama follows a good-hearted, apolitical con man who, on the eve of Angolan independence in the mid-1970s, pulls off a massive swindle at the expense of the Portuguese colonial administration — and soon after finds himself hailed as a hero of the national liberation struggle.

* Fin (The End). Jorge Torregrossa, Spain. World Premiere.

A group of old friends get together for a weekend in a mountain cabin. Years have gone by, and yet nothing seems to have changed between them. But lurking behind the laughter and stories is a murky episode from the past that continues to haunt them. A strange, sudden incident alters their plans, leaving them stranded and with no line of communication to the outside world. On their way for help, the group starts to disintegrate, just as a new natural order is unveiled.

* On The Road. Walter Salles, France/Brazil. North American Premiere.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Walter Salles and based on the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac, On The Road tells the provocative story of Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), a young writer whose life is ultimately redefined by the arrival of Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), a free-spirited, fearless, fast-talking Westerner and his girl, Marylou (Kristen Stewart). Traveling cross-country, Sal and Dean venture out on a personal quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism engulfing them in search of the unknown, themselves, and the pursuit of it – the pure essence of experience. Seeking unchartered terrain and the last American frontier, the duo encounter an eclectic mix of men and women, each adding meaning to their desire for a new way of life. The screenplay is by Jose Rivera (Academy Award nominee for The Motorcycle Diaries), while Executive Producer Francis Ford Coppola has been developing the project since 1978. Also stars Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.

* The Son Did It. Daniele Ciprì, Italy/France. North American Premiere.

The Son Did It is the story of the Ciraulos, a poor family from South Italy whose young daughter is mistakenly killed by the Mafia. As compensation, they receive a large amount of money from the State but this sudden richness will change their life in a completely unexpected way. Starring Toni Servillo, Giselda Volodi, Alfredo Castro and Fabrizio Falco.

* The Suicide Shop. Patrice Leconte, France/Belgium/Canada. International Premiere.

Imagine a shop that for generations has sold all the accoutrements for the perfect suicide. This family business prospers in all its bleak misery, until the day it encounters joie de vivre in the shape of younger son, Alan. What will become of The Suicide Shop in the face of Alan's relentless good cheer, optimism and determination to make the customers smile? Starring Bernard Alane, Isabelle Spade, Kacey Mottet Klein, Isabelle Giami and Laurent Gendron.

* Thérèse Desqueyroux. Claude Miller, France. International Premiere.
In the Landes region of France, near Bordeaux, marriages are arranged to merge land parcels and unite neighbouring families. Thus, young Thérèse Larroque becomes Mrs. Desqueyroux. But her avant-garde ideas clash with local conventions and in order to break free from the fate imposed upon her and live a full life, she will resort to tragically extreme measures. Starring Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche and Anaïs Demoustier.

* White Elephant. Pablo Trapero, Argentina/Spain. North American Premiere.

In a poverty-stricken and highly dangerous Buenos Aires slum, two men – both friends, both priests, both deeply respected by the local community for their tireless endeavours on behalf of the poor and the dispossessed – take very different paths in their struggle against violence, corruption and injustice. Starring Martina Gusman, Ricardo Darin and Jérémie Renier.

* Lines of Wellington. Valeria Sarmiento, Portugal. North American Premiere.

After the failed attempts of Junot and Soult in 1807 and 1809, Napoleon Bonaparte sent a powerful army, commanded by Marshal Massena, to invade Portugal in 1810. The French easily reached the centre of the country, where the Anglo-Portuguese army, led by General Wellington, was waiting. Starring John Malkovich, Nuno Lopes, Soraia Chaves, Marisa Paredes, and Victoria Guerra.


* 7 Boxes. Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schémbori, Paraguay.

It's Friday night in Asunción and the temperature is 40oC. Víctor, a 17-year-old wheelbarrow-boy, dreams of becoming famous and covets a cell phone in Mercado 4. He is offered the chance to deliver seven boxes with unknown contents in exchange for $100. This sounds like an easy job but it soon gets complicated. Something in the boxes is highly coveted. Víctor and his persecutors find themselves caught up in a crime they know nothing about. Starring Celso Franco, Lali González, Víctor Sosa and Nico García.

* Augustine. Alice Winocour, France. International Premiere.

Paris, winter 1885. At the Pitié-Salpêtriere Hospital, Professor Charcot is studying a mysterious illness: hysteria. Augustine, 19 years old, becomes his favourite guinea pig and the star of his demonstrations of hypnosis. The object of his studies will soon become the object of his desire. Starring Soko, Vincent Lindon and Chiara Mastroianni.

* Blancanieves. Pablo Berger, Spain/France. World Premiere.

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who never knew her mother. She learned the art of her father, a famous bullfighter, but was hated by her evil stepmother. One day she ran away with a troupe of dwarfs and became a legend. Set in southern Spain in the 1920s, Blancanieves is a tribute to silent film. Starring Maribel Verdú and Daniel Giménez Cacho.

* The Interval. Leonardo Di Costanzo, Italy. North American Premiere.
A boy and a girl have been locked up in an enormous abandoned building in Naples. The boy has been forced by a Camorra gang to act as her jail-keeper. But as the hours go by, hostility gives way to a form of exchange and when the Camorra gang members make their appearance at sunset, the pair are different from what we were expecting. Starring: Francesca Riso, Alessio Gallo, Carmine Paternoster, Salvatore Ruocco, Antonio Buil, Jean Yves Morard

* La Sirga. William Vega, Colombia/France/Mexico. North American Premiere.
Alice is helpless. War memories invade her mind like threatening thunder. Uprooted by the armed conflict, she tries to reshape her life in La Sirga, a decadent hostel on the shores of a great lake in the highlands of the Andes. There, on a swampy and murky beach, she will try to settle down until her fears and the threat of war resurface again. Starring Joghis Seudin Arias, David Fernando Guacas, Julio César Roble, Heraldo Romero and Floralba Achicanoy .


* Gebo and the Shadow (Gebo et l'ombre). Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal/France. North American Premiere.
Cinematic legends Jeanne Moreau, Claudia Cardinale and Michael Lonsdale star in the new film from legendary Portuguese master Manoel de Oliveira.

* Me and You. Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy. North American Premiere.
Master Bernardo Bertolucci's first feature in 10 years, Lorenzo is a quirky 14-year-old loner who plans to fulfill his teenage dream of happiness by hiding out in his apartment building’s abandoned cellar. To escape his overwrought parents, Lorenzo will tell them that he is going away on a ski trip with school friends. For an entire week, he will finally be able to avoid all conflicts and pressures to be a “normal” teenager. But an unexpected visit from his worldly older half-sister Olivia changes everything. Their emotional time together will inspire Lorenzo to come to terms with the challenge of casting aside his disguise of troubled youth and prepare to soon be thrown into the chaotic game of adult life.

* Night Across the Street (La Noche de Enfrente). Raúl Ruiz, France/Chile. North American Premiere.
Three intersecting ages of a man who can see approach of death. Three rival souls. The final testament of Raúl Ruiz.

* Something in the Air (Après mai). Olivier Assayas, France. North American Premiere.
At the beginning of the seventies, Gilles, a high school student in Paris, is swept up in the political fever of the time. Yet his real dream is to paint and make films, something that his friends and even his girlfriend cannot understand. For them, politics is everything, the political struggle all-consuming. But Gilles gradually becomes more comfortable with his life choices, and learns to feel at ease in this new society.

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