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TIFF 2006

Gala Screenings Thurs. Sept. 7 – Sat. Sept. 9 ROY THOMSON HALL

Thursday, September 7, 8:00 PM

THE JOURNALS OF KNUD RASMUSSEN

Director: Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn

Description: is a poetic, elliptical account of the first contact between European explorers and the Inuit.

Friday, September 8, 6:30 PM

PENELOPE

Director: Mark Palansky

Starring: Christina Ricci, Catherine O’Hara, Reese Witherspoon, Peter Dinklage

Description: Centuries ago, a witch proclaimed that the next girl born to the aristocratic Wilhern family will have the nose of a pig. Generations pass, until Jessica (Catherine O’Hara) and Franklin (Richard E. Grant) lose the sorcery lottery. Their otherwise lovely daughter, Penelope (Christina Ricci), has a porcine snout. After the London gutter press, led by ferocious cub reporter Lemon (Peter Dinklage), gets a misleadingly scary photo of the sweet thing, her parents lock her away in a beautiful mansion.

VOLVER 9:30 PM

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Description: Wildfires, years ago, orphaned Raimunda (Cruz) and Sole (Lola Dueñas). Raimunda’s routine is about to be seriously destabilized when long-dead mother, Irene (Carmen Maura), begins making appearances in their hometown – her hilarious first appearance is one of the films many highlights.

Saturday, September 9, 1:30 PM

THE WHITE PLANET

Director: Thierry Piantanida, Thierry Ragobert, Jean Lemire

Description: Documentary on fantastically unfamiliar world: the great frozen North, through four seasons.

A GOOD YEAR 6:30 PM 

Director: Sir Ridley Scott

Starring: Russell Crowe, Albert Finney, Marion Cotillard

Description: The film opens, with eleven-year-old Max Skinner (Freddie Highmore) being educated in the gentle art of savouring life – and wine, summering on the vineyard estate of his earthy uncle Henry (Albert Finney). Fast forward twenty five years, Max (Russell Crowe) has become a self-satisfied financier, striding through the steel-and-glass world of London business, a trail of dodgy deals, one-night stands and he has just made another killing when he learns Henry has passed away, leaving Max the sole beneficiary. Max smells a profit and arranges a quick trip to France to appraise the old property. But can he callously sell off this vestige of his idyllic childhood? Max’s haste to close the deal falters as wild cards are thrown his way.

BABEL 9:30 PM 

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal

Description: American couple Susan (Cate Blanchett) and Richard (Brad Pitt) travel to Morocco on vacation, where catastrophe stalks their already troubled relationship. As their tour bus passes through a mountain village, a shot rings out and a stranger’s decision to hand his sons a rifle creates an international incident. Meanwhile, in California, the couple’s two children are in the care of Amelia (Adriana Barraza), their nanny who has to drive to Mexico with her nephew. And in Tokyo, a widowed father (Kôji Yakusho) struggles to reach his deaf-mute teenaged daughter, Chieko (Rinko Kikuchi), as she swings through emotional and sexual extremes.

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TIFF 2006

Gala Screenings Thurs. Sept. 7 – Sat. Sept. 9 ROY THOMSON HALL

Thursday, September 7, 8:00 PM

THE JOURNALS OF KNUD RASMUSSEN

Director: Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn

Description: is a poetic, elliptical account of the first contact between European explorers and the Inuit.

Friday, September 8, 6:30 PM

PENELOPE

Director: Mark Palansky

Starring: Christina Ricci, Catherine O’Hara, Reese Witherspoon, Peter Dinklage

Description: Centuries ago, a witch proclaimed that the next girl born to the aristocratic Wilhern family will have the nose of a pig. Generations pass, until Jessica (Catherine O’Hara) and Franklin (Richard E. Grant) lose the sorcery lottery. Their otherwise lovely daughter, Penelope (Christina Ricci), has a porcine snout. After the London gutter press, led by ferocious cub reporter Lemon (Peter Dinklage), gets a misleadingly scary photo of the sweet thing, her parents lock her away in a beautiful mansion.

VOLVER 9:30 PM

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Description: Wildfires, years ago, orphaned Raimunda (Cruz) and Sole (Lola Dueñas). Raimunda’s routine is about to be seriously destabilized when long-dead mother, Irene (Carmen Maura), begins making appearances in their hometown – her hilarious first appearance is one of the films many highlights.

Saturday, September 9, 1:30 PM

THE WHITE PLANET

Director: Thierry Piantanida, Thierry Ragobert, Jean Lemire

Description: Documentary on fantastically unfamiliar world: the great frozen North, through four seasons.

A GOOD YEAR 6:30 PM 

Director: Sir Ridley Scott

Starring: Russell Crowe, Albert Finney, Marion Cotillard

Description: The film opens, with eleven-year-old Max Skinner (Freddie Highmore) being educated in the gentle art of savouring life – and wine, summering on the vineyard estate of his earthy uncle Henry (Albert Finney). Fast forward twenty five years, Max (Russell Crowe) has become a self-satisfied financier, striding through the steel-and-glass world of London business, a trail of dodgy deals, one-night stands and he has just made another killing when he learns Henry has passed away, leaving Max the sole beneficiary. Max smells a profit and arranges a quick trip to France to appraise the old property. But can he callously sell off this vestige of his idyllic childhood? Max’s haste to close the deal falters as wild cards are thrown his way.

BABEL 9:30 PM 

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal

Description: American couple Susan (Cate Blanchett) and Richard (Brad Pitt) travel to Morocco on vacation, where catastrophe stalks their already troubled relationship. As their tour bus passes through a mountain village, a shot rings out and a stranger’s decision to hand his sons a rifle creates an international incident. Meanwhile, in California, the couple’s two children are in the care of Amelia (Adriana Barraza), their nanny who has to drive to Mexico with her nephew. And in Tokyo, a widowed father (Kôji Yakusho) struggles to reach his deaf-mute teenaged daughter, Chieko (Rinko Kikuchi), as she swings through emotional and sexual extremes.

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TIFF 2006

Gala Screenings Thurs. Sept. 7 – Sat. Sept. 9 ROY THOMSON HALL

Thursday, September 7, 8:00 PM

THE JOURNALS OF KNUD RASMUSSEN

Director: Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn

Description: is a poetic, elliptical account of the first contact between European explorers and the Inuit.

Friday, September 8, 6:30 PM

PENELOPE

Director: Mark Palansky

Starring: Christina Ricci, Catherine O’Hara, Reese Witherspoon, Peter Dinklage

Description: Centuries ago, a witch proclaimed that the next girl born to the aristocratic Wilhern family will have the nose of a pig. Generations pass, until Jessica (Catherine O’Hara) and Franklin (Richard E. Grant) lose the sorcery lottery. Their otherwise lovely daughter, Penelope (Christina Ricci), has a porcine snout. After the London gutter press, led by ferocious cub reporter Lemon (Peter Dinklage), gets a misleadingly scary photo of the sweet thing, her parents lock her away in a beautiful mansion.

VOLVER 9:30 PM

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Description: Wildfires, years ago, orphaned Raimunda (Cruz) and Sole (Lola Dueñas). Raimunda’s routine is about to be seriously destabilized when long-dead mother, Irene (Carmen Maura), begins making appearances in their hometown – her hilarious first appearance is one of the films many highlights.

Saturday, September 9, 1:30 PM

THE WHITE PLANET

Director: Thierry Piantanida, Thierry Ragobert, Jean Lemire

Description: Documentary on fantastically unfamiliar world: the great frozen North, through four seasons.

A GOOD YEAR 6:30 PM 

Director: Sir Ridley Scott

Starring: Russell Crowe, Albert Finney, Marion Cotillard

Description: The film opens, with eleven-year-old Max Skinner (Freddie Highmore) being educated in the gentle art of savouring life – and wine, summering on the vineyard estate of his earthy uncle Henry (Albert Finney). Fast forward twenty five years, Max (Russell Crowe) has become a self-satisfied financier, striding through the steel-and-glass world of London business, a trail of dodgy deals, one-night stands and he has just made another killing when he learns Henry has passed away, leaving Max the sole beneficiary. Max smells a profit and arranges a quick trip to France to appraise the old property. But can he callously sell off this vestige of his idyllic childhood? Max’s haste to close the deal falters as wild cards are thrown his way.

BABEL 9:30 PM 

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal

Description: American couple Susan (Cate Blanchett) and Richard (Brad Pitt) travel to Morocco on vacation, where catastrophe stalks their already troubled relationship. As their tour bus passes through a mountain village, a shot rings out and a stranger’s decision to hand his sons a rifle creates an international incident. Meanwhile, in California, the couple’s two children are in the care of Amelia (Adriana Barraza), their nanny who has to drive to Mexico with her nephew. And in Tokyo, a widowed father (Kôji Yakusho) struggles to reach his deaf-mute teenaged daughter, Chieko (Rinko Kikuchi), as she swings through emotional and sexual extremes.

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