Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Latest from duo behind 'Intouchables' and 'Samba' closes TIFF

Piers Handling, CEO and Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF, this morning unveiled the first round of titles premiering in the Gala and Special Presentations programs of the 42nd TIFF. Of the 14 Galas and 33 Special Presentations, this first announcement includes 25 world premieres, eight international premieres, six North American premieres and eight Canadian premieres.

“Festival-goers from around the world can anticipate a remarkable lineup of extraordinary stories, voices and cinematic visions from emerging talent and some of our favorite masters,” Handling said. “Today’s announcement offers audiences a glimpse at this year’s rich and robust selection of films, including works from Canada, USA, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, India, Chile, Egypt and Cambodia.”

Today's list includes the World Premiere of "C’est la vie!", which was announced as the festival's Closing Night Gala. Written and directed by award-winning filmmakers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, the film stars Gilles Lellouche, Suzanne Clément, Eye Haïdara, and Jean-Pierre Bacri. "C’est la vie!" will screen at Roy Thomson Hall on Sept. 16.

"C’est la vie!" tells the story of Max, who has begun to grow tired after running his catering company for 30 years. While planning a large wedding for clients, a series of mishaps upends a very tight schedule, and every instant of happiness and emotion could veer into disaster and chaos. From the preparations to daybreak, we get a behind-the-scenes look at a wedding party through the eyes of the people working the event. They will all have to count on their one common quality: knowing how to throw a good party!

Nakache and Toledano make films that the whole world has embraced. We're thrilled to welcome them back with their latest,” said Bailey. “This will be a terrific way for Toronto to close out the festival.”

Bailey later added that the festival's Opening Night film has not been selected so far. However, he said the choice likely would be announced by mid-August, if not sooner. The 42nd annual film festival runs from Sept. 7-17.

Other festival world premieres announced today include: "Breathe" (directed by Andy Serkis and starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy); "The Catcher Was a Spy" (Guy Pearce and Paul Rudd) ; "Mary Shelley" (Elle Fanning); "The Wife" (Christian Slater and Glenn Close); "Woman Walks Ahead" (Jessica Chastain and Sam Rockwell); and "The Children Act" (Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci).

For more on festival films named today, read John's cleveland.com piece here.

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