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Rugsėjo 5-15 dienomis Toronte vyksta 44-asis tarptautinis kino festivalis – TIFF. Jo metu šiame Kanados mieste galime sutikti pasaulio kino įžymybes: aktorius, režisierius, scenarijų ir muzikos kūrėjus, garso ir apšvietimo specialistus.
Toronto festivalis – tai puiki proga savo talentą ir kūrybą pristatyti jauniems kino kūrėjams, jau pasiekusiems žiūrovų pripažinimą – parodyti savo naujausius darbus. Gausioje festivalio programoje pristatomi ir 26 kanadiečių meniniai ir dokumentiniai kino filmai, pusės iš jų kūrėjai -moterys. Festivalio ekranuose taip pat bus pristatyti Kanados čiabuviams skirti filmai. Rugsėjo 5 d.festivalio atidarymo programai skirtas kanadiečių Daniel Roher dokumentinis filmas “Once We Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band”. Tai pasakojimas apie Toronto gatvėse ir netolimo čiabuvių rezervato Six Nation’s aplinkoje augusio muziko ir jo suburtos grupės istoriją.

Kadras iš dokumentinio kino filmo “Once We Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band”

Daugiau apie kino festivalio programą rašo TOMAS TRUSSOW:

TIFF 2019 Is Here

The 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival rolls out the red carpet for another year of stars, screenings, and celebrations

One of the biggest parties in Toronto returns for another round of prestige and glamour as the Toronto International Film Festival brings celebrities and filmmakers from far and wide to the busy streets and theatres of Ontario’s bustling capital. Unfortunately for the Canadian-Lithuanian community, no Lithuanian-language film has been selected to screen at this year’s festival, after the likes of Eglė Vertelytė’s Miracle and Marija Kavtaradzė’s Summer Survivors from years past; however, a Lithuanian co-produced and edited film will make its rounds for those interested in a terrifying glimpse from the distant past. Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa returns to Toronto with his latest documentary State Funeral, which showcases rare archival footage of Joseph Stalin’s lavish funeral in March of 1953. Put together by Lithuanian editor Danielius Kokanauskis—a frequent collaborator with Loznitsa, who also edited Giedrė Žickytė’s documentary Master and Tatyana—Loznitsa’s film promises “to bring the spectator inside this experience not as an impartial observer of a historical event or an admirer of rare archival footage, but as a participant and a witness of a grandiose, terrifying and grotesque spectacle, revealing the essence of a tyrannical regime.”

As always, Canadian filmmaking remains well-represented this year, with films that touch on relevant topics like political activism (American Woman), social alienation (Anne at 13,000 ft), traumatic homecomings (Clifton Hill), Indigenous healthcare (Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger) and environmental racism (There’s Something in the Water). Award-winning features from other festivals are also scheduled to screen, including Berlin’s Golden Bear winner Synonyms, about an Israeli man’s struggle to assimilate into French society, and Cannes Palme d’Or recipient Parasite, a South Korean crowd-pleaser about a working-class family’s plan to infiltrate an affluent household. Other films of note include The Painted Bird, which is based on Polish author Jerzy Kosiński’s 1965 Holocaust novel; A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, featuring acclaimed actor Tom Hanks in the role of late children’s entertainer Mr. Fred Rogers; A Hidden Life from master filmmaker Terrence Malick, which tells the true story of a pious Austrian farmer who becomes a conscientious objector; Harriet, a biopic about the iconic American abolitionist Harriet Tubman; and Jojo Rabbit, a comedic wartime satire about a boy whose imaginary best friend is none other than Adolf Hitler himself.

Comedies or dramas, documentaries or experimental shorts, this year’s TIFF is certainly not lacking in variety. Though Lithuania is sadly not directly represented this year, with films from 84 other countries and regions around the world, there should still be a reason for everyone to step out and celebrate the great diversity in cinema coming to Toronto this month.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5th to the 15th. To purchase tickets and see a complete listing of films, visit tiff.net.

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