Festival Announces Boundary Pushing Vision Titles
Toronto ““ The 36th Toronto International Film Festival® announces a strong line-up of 18 films in this year’s Visions programme. Works presented under the Visions banner are films from around the world by filmmakers who challenge audiences’ notions of mainstream cinema.
ALPS Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece/France North American Premiere
A nurse, a paramedic, a gymnast, and her coach have formed a secret, illegal company. The service they provide is to act as standins for the recently deceased, for the benefit of grieving relatives and friends. The company is called “ALPS” and the ALPS members, taking inspiration from the life of the deceased, adopt their behaviours and habits, memorizing favourite songs, actors, foods, familiar expressions. Although the members of ALPS operate under a disciplined regime demanded by the paramedic, their leader, the nurse doesn’t.
Century of Birthing Lav Diaz, The Philippines North American Premiere
A grand meditation on the roles of the artist, Filipino director Lav Diaz’s Century of Birthing tells two seemingly unrelated tales: one focusing on a filmmaker who has spent years working on his latest opus; the other about a Christian cult leader in a rural region.