A fascinating kaleidoscope of the modern-day world is presented in the Open Horizons section of the 55th TIFF, through films which transport us to different corners of the planet and stimulate our senses through stirring, deeply human images.
This rich harvest of films is the product of the most pioneering forces in contemporary independent cinema: experienced filmmakers co-existing with newcomer directors whom we will talk about in the future. Established names, such as Bille August (Denmark), Reza Mirkarimi (Iran), Rakhsan Bani-Etemad (Iran), Bent Hamer (Norway), Jessica Hausner (Austria), but also the very promising Lucie Borleteau (France), Rubén Mendoza (Colombia), Hanne Myren (Norway) and Gabriel Mascaro (Brazil), among others.
The auteurs featured in Open Horizons take chances. They move across a broad thematic spectrum and display a remarkable variety in terms of directing styles, discarding stereotypes. At the same time, the “Currents” segment focuses on films which opt for a more radical approach to the art of cinema. For, after all, isn’t that what cinema is all about? To offer the most powerful filmic experiences, which express life and our world through the lenses of accomplished filmmakers.