Lee Tamahori’s Mahana and Alison Maclean’s The Rehearsal are named for Toronto’s 35+ title Contemporary World Cinema programme. Both films will make their North American premiere at the festival.
The announcement last week of The Rehearsal’s New York Film Festival selection as a US premiere suggested the title would be named somewhere in the Toronto line-up, and so it proves.
Travelling as The Patriarch internationally, Mahana had its world premiere in Berlin back in February. Its domestic take of over $1.25 million would have made it a contender for the year’s highest-earning local release in most years recently. The Rehearsal had its world premiere last month at the NZIFF.
No Australian titles are named for TIFF’s Contemporary World Cinema line-up, although Aussie films are named in other sections of the programme.
Elsewhere in the line-up there’s the unusual sight of two African titles getting their world premieres., South African Akin Omotoso’s Vaya and Rahmatou Keïta’s The Wedding Ring (Zin’naariyâ!) from Niger and Burkina Faso.
The Toronto International Film Festival runs 8 – 18 September.