|Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche in Fred Schepisi's|
Words and Pictures
Perhaps it was because the day had been difficult. But somewhere around two o'clock on Tuesday I found this picture above among the new announcements made that day of programming in the Contemporary World Cinema, Wavelengths, TIFFKids and remainder of Special Presentations and Galas titles... and I smiled. From veteran director Fred Schepisi (whose The Russia House I've always loved), Words and Pictures is about a competition between a high school English teacher (Clive Owen) and an artist on the same faculty (Juliette Binoche), as to what matters more, words or pictures. Yes, I know, perhaps more lemonade than chardonnay. And since by all sources it was not supposed to appear until 2014, we might be worried that it will be a very rough cut. But who cares. As a teacher myself, who has often challenged students to this very debate on the first day of one of my courses, I'm curious. And who can resist the first JB film to hit TIFF since TIFF11's Elles.
|Laurent Lafitte and Fanny Ardant in|
Marion Vernoux's Bright Days Ahead
|Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Emma Thompson and |
Pierce Brosnanin Joel Hopkins' The Love Punch
|Colin Firth in Jonathan Teplitzky's The Railway Man|
For me, the full picture of TIFF doesn't happen until Wavelengths and Masters are known. We got one half today, the other is perhaps coming later this week. Hoping that Bruno Dumont's Camille Claudel 1915 will be getting its North American premiere here. Also featuring Binoche, it is my most waited-for film of the last few years. Fingers crossed! Now on to Wavelengths and Contemporary World Cinema in separate posts.