Continuing our TIFF updates (the TIFF communications department must be working overtime!), here's what we know about the Masters Program:
LES AMOURS D'ASTRÉE ET DE CÉLADON Eric Rohmer, France
A shepherd named Céladon (Andy Gillet) journeys through crazed love and despair via idyllic glades, craggy hills, nymphs and delicious temptation for his beloved Astrée (Stéphanie Crayencour) in this first film adaptation of Honoré d'Urfé's baroque love story L'Astrée.
BEYOND THE YEARS Im Kwon-taek, South Korea
A former pansori drummer rediscovers both his abandoned past and step-sibling. Together or separate, they part and reunite, unable to sever the invisible tie of their unspoken true love for each other. BEYOND THE YEARS, the 100th film in director Im Kwon-taek's highly prolific career, features the music of pianist Kunihiko Ryo.
CHAOS Youssef Chahine and Youssef Khaled, Egypt/France
Nour is the only person who stands up to Hatem, a brash and loathsome police officer who rules his Cairo neighborhood with an iron fist. But when he finds out that Nour is secretly in love with a deputy public prosecutor, Hatem turns envious and Nour's life becomes a nightmare.
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, THE ENIGMA Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal
After more than sixty years and multiple trips between Portugal and America, a researcher named Manuel Luciano is about to discover the true identity of Christopher Columbus and unveil the mystery of the world famous explorer. The film is inspired by the book Christopher Columbus was Portuguese by Manuel Luciano da Silva and Silvia Jorge de Silva.
DÉSENGAGEMENT Amos Gitai, Israel/France/Germany/Italy
After Ana (Juliette Binoche) is reunited with her estranged Israeli stepbrother Uli (Liron Levo), she decides to return to Israel to look for the daughter she gave up at birth. Uli and Ana become tangled in the turmoil and emotion of military-enforced disengagement of Israeli settlers from Gaza in 2005.
FADOS Carlos Saura, Spain
Filmmaker Carlos Saura (TANGO) offers a fascinating trip through the history of fado, one of the oldest forms of urban folk music in the world, tracing its evolution from its very roots to its place in contemporary culture. Featuring performances by Mariza, Carlos do Carmo and other fado legends.
LA FILLE COUPÉE EN DEUX Claude Chabrol, France/Germany
Gabrielle (Ludivine Sagnier) makes a perverse choice between two attractive men – the older, married famous author Charles (François Berléand), and the young, suave and distinguished Paul (Benoît Magimel) – in this superbly caustic, droll, touching and scatological film whose title perfectly describes her – a woman cut in two.
FOUR WOMEN Adoor Gopalakrishnan, India
The lives of a prostitute, a virgin, a housewife and a spinster form stories from four different stratums of society. Starring: Nandita Das, Geetu Mohandas, Padmapriya and Manju Pillai.
GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER! Takeshi Kitano, Japan
Playing himself in the film as a celebrated director, Takeshi Kitano (ZATÔICHI, TAKESHIS') sets out on a quest to produce a box-office hit after publicly announcing his departure from gangster films. After failing to secure financing for his next genre projects, he decides to tell the story of a swindling mother (Kayoko Kishimoto) and her gold-digging daughter (Anne Suzuki) who set their eyes on an honest man, which unpredictably leads to the endangerment of the planet.
IT’S A FREE WORLD… Ken Loach, UK/Italy/Germany/Spain
Director Ken Loach (THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY) delivers a sharp and incisive story centred around brash Angie (Kierston Wareing), whose newly opened recruiting agency business explodes when personal ambition rubs up against social ethics.
THE PAST Hector Babenco, Argentina/Brazil
THE PAST follows the twists and turns in the life of Rimini (Gael García Bernal, DÉFICIT). After his divorce, he survives a string of relationships, loses his livelihood as a translator, becomes entangled in a child custody battle, lands in jail and recovers his ability to fall in love.
THE VOYEURS Buddhadeb Dasgupta, India
Yasin (Amitav Bhattacharya) moves to Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) and lives with Dilip (Prosenjit Chatterjee), who installs surveillance cameras for a living. Dilip pursues a tentative romance with Rekha (Sameera Reddy), a beautiful young dancer who moves in next door, after planting a spy camera above her mirror so that he and Yasin can watch her.