At TIFF 2011, a masterful international program
More than a whistle stop on the way to the Hollywoodâ€™s awards season, TIFF is also a showcase for the best in world cinema, with has a particularly strong concentration in this yearâ€™s Masters program.
Leading the way is The Kid with a Bike, the latest film from Belgiumâ€™s Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. Belgian filmmakers, offering what they call their â€œfairy taleâ€ about a 12-year-old delinquent boy and the young hairdresser (CÃ©cile de France) who reaches out to him.
The Dardennesâ€™ film shared Cannes Grand Prize with another Masters selection, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylanâ€™s Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, which follows a small-town doctor on a night with the police, in the aftermath of a murder.
Another Cannes competition highlight is Finnish director Aki Kaurismakiâ€™s Le Havre, a deadpan comedy about a bohemian shoeshine man and a young African refugee, set in the French port city of the filmâ€™s title.