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TORONTO 2019 Discovery

Toronto’s revamped Discovery programme explores promising debuts

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- A broad selection of 37 films from 35 countries will be presented at the acclaimed section of the Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto’s revamped Discovery programme explores promising debuts
Simple Women by Chiara Malta

The 44th Toronto International Film Festival (5-15 September) has announced the full line-up of the Discovery programme, which this year is changing and includes 37 films from up-and-coming filmmakers from all around the globe.

Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s co-head and artistic director, said about the selection: “This is where you want to look for the next decades’ masters, and it’s great to see long time TIFF programming associate Dorota Lech shaping the section as Discovery’s Lead Programmer.”

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Lech, who a couple of months ago took over the curation of the Discovery programme, added: “I’m thrilled to be curating the Discovery programme, a showcase of films that — regardless of form — expand, embolden, or even challenge notions of storytelling beyond what is established or expected. Expect the programme to push cinematic boundaries, pointing us in unexpected directions. As in previous years, it is a place to find work that could be poetic, bold, or challenging, but that is always passionate.”

In the selection, women’s voices are predominant as 54% of the films are directed by female filmmakers, while Chiara Malta’s fiction debut Simple Women [+see also:
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 will open the programme. The European presence is also impressive, as 54% of the selected titles (20 films) are either European productions or co-productions, the majority of them having their world premiere at TIFF.

The complete list of films selected:

Discovery

1982 [+see also:
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- Oualid Mouaness (USA/Lebanon/Norway/Qatar)
AFRICA - Oren Gerner (Israel)
The Antenna - Orçun Behram (Turkey)
The Audition [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Ina Weisse
interview: Ina Weisse
film profile
]
- Ina Weisse (Germany/France)
August [+see also:
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- Armando Capó (Cuba/Costa Rica/France)
Black Conflux - Nicole Dorsey (Canada)
Bring Me Home - Kim Seung-woo (South Korea)
A Bump Along The Way [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Shelly Love
film profile
]
- Shelly Love (UK)
Calm With Horses [+see also:
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- Nick Rowland (UK/Ireland)
Certified Mail - Hisham Saqr (Egypt)
Comets - Tamar Shavgulidze (Georgia)
Disco [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Jorunn Myklebust Syversen
film profile
]
- Jorunn Myklebust Syversen (Norway)
Easy Land - Sanja Zivkovic (Canada)
Entwined [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Minos Nikolakakis
film profile
]
- Minos Nikolakakis (Greece)
The Giant [+see also:
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]
- David Raboy (USA/France)
The Good Intentions - Ana García Blaya (Argentina)
Hearts and Bones - Ben Lawrence (Australia)
Hope [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Maria Sødahl
film profile
]
- Maria Sødahl (Norway/Sweden)
Kuessipan - Myriam Verreault (Canada)
Lina from Lima - María Paz González (Chile/Argentina/Peru)
The Lost Okoroshi - Abba Makama (Nigeria)
Love Me Tender [+see also:
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]
- Klaudia Reynicke (Switzerland)
Murmur - Heather Young (Canada)
My Life as a Comedian [+see also:
trailer
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]
- Rojda Sekersöz (Sweden/Belgium)
Noura’s Dream [+see also:
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trailer
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]
- Hinde Boujemaa (Tunisia/Belgium/France)
The Obituary of Tunde Johnson - Ali LeRoi (USA)
Pompei [+see also:
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- Anna Falguères, John Shank (Belgium/Canada/France)
Raf - Harry Cepka (Canada/USA)
The Rest of Us - Aisling Chin-Yee (Canada)
Sea Fever [+see also:
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 - Neasa Hardiman (Ireland/Sweden/Belgium/UK)
Simple Women [+see also:
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- Chiara Malta (Italy/Romania) (opening film)
Sole [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Carlo Sironi
film profile
]
- Carlo Sironi (Italy/Poland)
Son-Mother [+see also:
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]
- Mahnaz Mohammadi (Iran/Czech Republic)
Stories From The Chestnut Woods [+see also:
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trailer
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- Gregor Božič (Slovenia/Italy)
Sweetness in the Belly [+see also:
film review
interview: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari
film profile
]
- Zeresenay Berhane Mehari (Ireland/Canada)
Two of Us [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
- Filippo Meneghetti (France/Luxembourg/Belgium)
ZANA [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Antoneta Kastrati
film profile
]
- Antoneta Kastrati (Kosovo/Albania)

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