The line-up for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, to be held September 6 through 15, includes 33 French productions and majority French co-productions.
Considered one of the world’s leading film festivals, Toronto does not award prizes, but offers a showcase for over 300 films from around the world over ten days, screened in the various festival sections (Masters, Contemporary World Cinema, Vanguard, Real to Real, Midnight Madness, and Visions).
Two French films, The Second Wind by Alain Corneau and the Franco-Lebanese co-production Caramel, by Nadine Labaki, will be presented in gala screenings, an exceptional event for a major North-American film festival.
Unifrance will accompany a high-profile delegation of French actors and filmmakers who will travel to Canada (Quebec) to attend the event.
French actors in the delegation:
Monica Bellucci and Michel Blanc for The Second Wind, Juliette Binoche for Disengagement and Flight of the Red Balloon, Yasmine El Masri for Caramel, Romola Garaï for Angel, Marie Guillard for Chrysalis, Chiara Mastroianni for Love Songs and Persepolis, and Ludivine Sagnier for The Girl Cut in Two and Love Songs.
French directors in the delegation:
Catherine Breillat for The Last Mistress, Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury for Inside, Philippe Calderon for The Besieged Fortress, Alain Corneau for The Second Wind, Philippe Faucon for Dans la Vie, Xavier Gens for Frontier(s), Amos Gitai for Disengagement, Christophe Honoré for Love Songs, Nadine Labaki for Caramel, Julien Leclercq for Chrysalis, Jean-Pierre Lledo for Algeria, Unspoken Stories, François Ozon for Angel, Jacques Nolot for Before I Forget, Hiner Saleem for Beneath the Rooftops of Paris, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud for Persepolis, Céline Sciamma for Water Lillies, Florent Emilio Siri for L'Ennemi intime (Intimate Enemies), and Salif Traoré for Faro.
During the festival, Unifrance will also host a lunch event for around 100 actors, directors, sales agents, distributors, and journalists.