Although no prizes are awarded at the Canadian festival, it is recognized as one of the most important events on the global film calendar.
The Chilean feature films that made the final cut for the prestigious event are Cristián Jiménez’s Bonsái, Sebastián Lelio’s El Año del Tigre (‘The Year of the Tiger’) and Alejandro Zambra’s El Circuito de Román (‘Roman’s Circuit’).
An adaptation of Alejandro Zambra’s acclaimed novella of the same name, Bonsái will appear in the Contemporary World Cinema category, where it will be showcased alongside films from all corners of the world.
On the back of a successful appearance at the Locarno Film Festival in Italy earlier this month, Sebastián Lelio’s apocalyptic drama about a devastating tsunami will appear in the Vanguard category at the Toronto festival.
The feature-length film from Sebastián Brahm, El Circuito de Román, will debut in the Discovery category, which puts the spotlight on promising young directors.
The three Chilean directors will fly to the festival courtesy of the Chilean government’s Program for Supporting Audiovisual Works Selected for International Festivals.
The films will appear alongside more than 300 films at the Toronto International Film Festival, which has undergone significant changes to consolidate its place as a major fixture in the lead-up to the Oscars. The event’s People’s Choice award is often a strong indicator of further success, with big name films such as Slum Dog Millionaire and The King’s Speech gaining popular approval at Toronto before receiving further acclaim.
The Toronto International Film Festival is considered second only to Cannes in terms of star presence and economic activity, and this year it will see premieres from the likes of Cameron Crowe, Terence Davies, Francis Ford Coppola, Alexander Payne, Sarah Polley and Michael Winterbottom. The festival will run from Sept. 8 to 18.