TSUKAMOTO, LANTHIMOS, TOYODA AND MORE IN TIFF 2011 VISIONS PROGRAM
New and largely unheralded films from Shinya Tsukamoto and Toshiaki Toyoda? Can it be? Plus the latest from the director of Dogtooth, the latest efforts from keys players in the current Philippine wave and a whole lot more. The Toronto International Film Festival has announced the complete lineup for the always challenging Visions program and they have outdone themselves this year:
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 stand-ins 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.