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Festivals & events

22 August 2017 à 17:53

Another fine year for French cinema at the Toronto Film Festival

39 French or majority French productions (28 features and 11 shorts) will be presented at the Toronto International Film Festival, the largest film festival in the American continent, whose next edition will take place from September 7 through 17. Further proof of the fantastic and unique presence of French cinema on the international scene.

Fifty French artists will be present at the new edition of TIFF, among whom Nathalie Baye, Xavier Beauvois, Robert Guédiguian, Louis Garrel, Sandrine Bonnaire, Ariane Ascaride, Michel Hazanavicius, and Robin Campillo, signalling the diversity and dynamism of French films, be it by new or established artists.

Emerging talents
This year, Toronto provides an opportunity in particular to emerging talents on the French film scene, while remaining faithful to its mission of being open to diversity: from Deniz Gamze Ergüven, whose second film Kings will be presented in the Gala section, to Teddy Lussi-Modeste, Xavier Legrand, Mélanie Laurent, Joan Chemla (whose debut feature If You Saw His Heart will be presented in Competition), and Coralie Fargeat, who has taken her first steps into feature filmmaking with a horror film (Revenge).
At a moment when the festival launches a crowdfunding campaign in support of women filmmakers (Share her Journey), the presence of a great many French women directors in the selection recalls the specificity of the French film industry, which is a pioneer in an international domain which is still fundamentally masculine..
 
Women at the center of the game
The struggle of women to win their freedom is a theme running through the French selection this year, whether the films in which these heroines appear are set in France, Tangiers, or Casablanca (Custody by Xavier Legrand, Razzia by Nabil Ayouch, and Catch The Wind by Gaël Morel), in the countryside during the First World War (The Guardians by Xavier Beauvois), in South Central in Los Angeles in 1992 (Kings by Deniz Gamze Ergüven), or seen through the alert and explicitly feminist gaze of Tonie Marshall and Agnès Varda. UniFrance is particularly thrilled about the presence this year in Toronto of great French actresses (Nathalie Baye, Sandrine Bonnaire, Léa Drucker, Emmanuelle Devos…) alongside such newcomers as Iris Bry, who will all carry the standard of this program of committed films.
 
French-style activism
After the thundering international success of Raoul Peck's documentary I Am Not Your Negro, presented at TIFF last year, French cinema continues to wave the flag of political and social commitment, notably via one of the first fiction films to deal with the period of the French AIDS activism group Act Up (BPM (Beats Per Minute) by Robin Campillo), the latest film by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (A Season in France) about the consequences of the war in Central Africa, and the new film by one of our greatest militant filmmakers Robert Guédiguian, who, in his new film, deals with the demise of the workers' struggle and the new issues of human migration.

Last but not least, we praise the way the festival takes into consideration two specificities of French cinema: comedies (with the selection of Sens de la fête by the duo Nakache/Toledano) as the closing film, and international coproductions, with a high quality selection.

Carte blanche to Robert Guédiguian
On the occasion of the presentation of The House by the Sea in the Masters section, the Alliance Française will honor the Marseille filmmaker with a retrospective of three films: Le Voyage en Arménie, Snows of Kilimanjaro, and My Sweet Pepper Land, by Hiner Saleem, which he produced. Robert Guédiguian will also give a masterclass during this retrospective.

UniFrance at the Film Market
As is the case each year, UniFrance provides a space dedicated to its members within the Film Market at the Hyatt Hotel. Nineteen French exporters will be present this year at the UniFrance stand. Last but not least, on September 9, the association will organize its traditional French Night, an evening that brings together the teams of the French films in selection, producers, exporters, journalists, distributors, and international professionals.

  • The UniFrance "French Films in Toronto" brochure can be downloaded below.

French cinema at TIFF 2017 in a few figures:

  • 50 invited artists (shorts and features)
  • 28 majority features
  • 27 minority coproduction features
  • 11 shorts
  • 8 features made by women

French cinema at TIFF 2017, section by section

Gala:

Contemporary World Cinema:

Discovery:

Masters:

Midnight Madness:

Special Presentations:

Wavelengths:

Platform:

TIFF Docs:

Short films - Official Selection:

Short films - Wavelengths:

Artistic delegation: 

Author : Communications

Latest update : 24 August 2017 à 17:53 CEST

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A Ciambra

A Ciambra

(2017)

A Gentle Night

A Gentle Night

(2017)

A Season in France

A Season in France

(2017)

A Sort of Family

A Sort of Family

(2017)

Ana mon amour

Ana mon amour

(2017)

Angels Wear White

Angels Wear White

(2017)

April's Daughter

April's Daughter

(2017)

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

(2016)

Beyond the One

Beyond the One

(2017)

Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

(2016)

C'est la vie!

C'est la vie!

(2016)

Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name

(2017)

Caniba

Caniba

(2017)

Catch The Wind

Catch The Wind

(2017)

Charles

Charles

(2017)

Cocaine Prison

Cocaine Prison

(2017)

Custody

Custody

(2017)

Diving

Diving

(2016)

Division Movement to Vungtau

Division Movement to Vungtau

(2016)

Faces, Places

Faces, Places

(2016)

Foxtrot

Foxtrot

(2017)

Félicité

Félicité

(2017)

Good Luck

Good Luck

(2017 - Upcoming release)

Hannah

Hannah

(2017)

Happy End

Happy End

(2017)

I Am Not Your Negro - International poster

I Am Not Your Negro

(2016)

I Am not a Witch

I Am not a Witch

(2017)

I Didn't Shoot Jesse James

I Didn't Shoot Jesse James

(2017)

If You Saw His Heart

If You Saw His Heart

(2017)

In the Fade

In the Fade

(2016)

Insyriated

Insyriated

(2016)

Jeannette: the Childhood of Joan of Arc

Jeannette: the Childhood of Joan of Arc

(2016)

Kings

Kings

(2017)

La Libertad

La Libertad

(2017)

Le Fort des fous

Le Fort des fous

(2017 - Upcoming release)

Le Voyage en Arménie

Le Voyage en Arménie

(2005)

Let the Corpses Tan

Let the Corpses Tan

(2016)

Loveless

Loveless

(2017)

Lower Heaven

Lower Heaven

(2017)

Makala

Makala

(2017)

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

(2017)

Marlon

Marlon

(2017)

Mon amour mon ami

Mon amour mon ami

(2017)

Mrs. Fang

Mrs. Fang

(2017)

My Sweet Pepper Land

My Sweet Pepper Land

(2013)

Number One

Number One

(2017)

Oblivion Verses

Oblivion Verses

(2017)

Occidental

Occidental

(2017)

Of Sheep and Men

Of Sheep and Men

(2017)

Racer and the Jailbird

Racer and the Jailbird

(2017)

Radiance

Radiance

(2017)

Rainbow - A Private Affair

Rainbow - A Private Affair

(2017)

Razzia

Razzia

(2017)

Redoubtable

Redoubtable

(2016)

Revenge

Revenge

(2017)

Snows of Kilimanjaro - Poster - France

Snows of Kilimanjaro

(2010)

Submergence - Poster - US

Submergence

(2017 - Upcoming release)

The Captain

The Captain

(2017)

The Cured

The Cured

(2017)

The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin

(2017)

The Death, Dad & Son

The Death, Dad & Son

(2017)

The Guardians

The Guardians

(2016)

The House by the Sea

The House by the Sea

(2017)

The Insult

The Insult

(2017)

The Journey

The Journey

(2017)

The Other Side of Everything

The Other Side of Everything

(2014)

The Price of Success

The Price of Success

(2016)

The Summit

The Summit

(2017)

The Treehouse

The Treehouse

(2017)

Thelma

Thelma

(2017)

Wajib

Wajib

(2017)

Wicked Girl

Wicked Girl

(2016)

Zama

Zama

(2017)

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