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 (CÃ©cile 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.