At TIFF 2011, a masterful international program
More than a whistle stop on the way to the Hollywood’s awards season, TIFF is also a showcase for the best in world cinema, with has a particularly strong concentration in this year’s Masters program.
Leading the way is The Kid with a Bike, the latest film from Belgium’s Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. Belgian filmmakers, offering what they call their “fairy tale” about a 12-year-old delinquent boy and the young hairdresser (Cécile de France) who reaches out to him.
The Dardennes’ film shared Cannes Grand Prize with another Masters selection, Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’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 Kaurismaki’s Le Havre, a deadpan comedy about a bohemian shoeshine man and a young African refugee, set in the French port city of the film’s title.