Elsewhere there is ample opportunity to stumble across work by some previously unknown filmmaker. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah's Black twists the bard for tale of star-crossed lovers in Brussels gangs; mental disability is thoughtfully tackled in Nitzan Gilady's fantastic debut Wedding Doll; Ciro Guerra's Embrace of the Serpent charts two parallel courses through the Amazon and is garnering favourable comparison to Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God. The dark sides of German teenagers are evident in both We Monsters - which explores the moral implications of two parents covering up a murder committed by their daughter - and Der Nachtmahr, which sees a free-spirited party girl plagued by the appearance of a monstrous sprite that only she can see. The Toronto cinema-going public will have a chance to sample recent British output as London becomes the subject of this year's 'City to City' strand, with Rufus Norris' musical London Road and Owen Harris' comedy romp Kill Your Friends both present. The auteurs of the Greek Weird Wave are also on call with Athina Rachel Tsangari's Chevalier (her follow-up to Attenberg) and Yorgos Lanthimos bringing his first English-language film, The Lobster, to town after positive word from Cannes. Also on show from the Croisette are the new films from arthouse darlings such as Miguel Gomes (Arabian Nights), Paolo Sorrentino (Youth), Hou Hsiao-hsien (The Assassin) and Jia Zhang-ke (Mountains May Depart), plus Cannes prize-winners Rams and Son of Saul. New films from Michael Moore, Lenny Abrahamson, Pablo Larrain, Johnnie To, Chantal Akerman, Terence Davies and Hong Sang-soo offer just a glimpse of the riches in store for a suitably impressive fortieth anniversary line-up.
The Toronto International Film Festival takes place from 10-20 September 2015. For more coverage, follow this link.
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