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According to this article by the Hollywood Reporter, NYILY is premiering at the Toronto Film Festival:

Toronto Completes Festival Lineup

Toronto also booked New York, I Love You, a compliation of short films from 12 international filmmakers
He seems pretty busy these days, so I will work on the assumption that he won't be in attendance, but it sure would be cool if he did!

According to this article it will be a work in progress: Toronto '08

TIFF will salute an American neighbor with a work-in-progress screening of "New York, I Love You" in the festival's Special Presentations section. The project includes segments directed by Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, Randy Balsmeyer, Allen Huges, Shunji Iwai, Scarlett Johannson, Shekhar Kapur, Joshua Martson, Mira Nair, Natalie Portman, Brett Ratner, Jiang Wen and Andrey Zvyagintsev.

Link to TIFF: Toronto International Film Festival Box Office

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He isn't listed on the list of attendees here: TIFF Announces Over 500 Guests, but I will definitely try to get tickets. Many movies are shown at the TIFF twice. The stars tend to show up to the first showing, so getting tickets to the second showing, if it is a popular movie, is usually the better bet. TIFF lottery here I come! smile.gif

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Here's the full schedule and outlines some information about the stories including Orlando's. :shiny:


Saturday September 06 06:45PM VARSITY 8

Monday September 08 12:00PM RYERSON

And who doesn't love The Big Apple? In a series of overlapping love stories all set in New York City, thirteen directors and a huge, star-studded cast range from Central Park to Chinatown, the Village, the Upper East Side and Coney Island, all in search of what makes the heart beat faster. It turns out the city that never sleeps never stops pining either.

In the Diamond District, a young Hasidic bride (Natalie Portman) negotiates with a Jain man from India (Irrfan Khan) over a diamond purchase, each flirting with the other's culture and finding surprising common ground. In a cramped downtown apartment, a musician (Orlando Bloom) rushes to finish a soundtrack for an animated film. The director, through an intermediary, keeps pushing him to read Dostoevsky. And when that intermediary (Christina Ricci) turns up on his doorstep, Russian literature suddenly comes alive.

And so it goes, one lovely sliver of love after another, some of them overlapping. Ethan Hawke turns in a firecracker performance as a sidewalk romancer, trying to lure a gorgeous woman (Maggie Q) from the curb to his apartment. Two lovers rush to meet for the first time after a one-night stand, each anxious with nerves. Anton Yelchin plays a guy who finds his last-minute prom date (Olivia Thilby) to be full of surprises. And in one of the film's most haunting stories, the magnificent Julie Christie plays a famous opera singer who returns to her favourite Manhattan hotel. She's brought not just her luggage, but her baggage too.

Like a collection of New Yorker stories, some of the sequences in New York, I Love You carry gratifying twists, while others simply capture telling moments. The directors of this omnibus film are a global bunch, including Joshua Marston, Mira Nair, Natalie Portman, Fatih Akin, Shunji Iwai, Brett Ratner and Scarlett Johansson, as well as Shekhar Kapur, who stepped in to complete a contribution by the late Anthony Minghella. New York has never had it so good.

Country: USA

Year: 2008

Language: English

Runtime: 112 minutes

Format: Colour/and Black and WhiteHDCAM

Rating: PG

Principal Cast: Eva Amurri, Kevin Bacon, Jacinda Barrett, Justin Bartha, Rachel Bilson, Orlando Bloom, James Caan, Hayden Christensen, Julie Christie, Bradley Cooper, Chris Cooper, Andy Garcia, Taylor Geare, Carla Gugino, Ethan Hawke, John Hurt, Irrfan Khan, Shia LaBeouf, Cloris Leachman, Blake Lively, Heather Matarazzo, Drea de Matteo, Emilie Ohana, Natalie Portman, Nicholas Purcell, Maggie Q, Shu Qi, Christina Ricci, Olivia Thirlby, Goran Visjnic, Eli Wallach, Saul Williams, Robin Wright Penn, Anton Yelchin, Burt Young, Ugur YĆ¼cel

International Sales Agent: QED International


So he's a musician after all. Maybe we'll get to hear him sing? Now I'm even more excited! :P

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Here's some thoughts on Orlando's segment by a fan of the director, Shunji Iwai, who runs a Toronto Japanese film appreciation community. I put spoiler tags on the slightly spoilerish section, but I thought his perspective was interesting, and a little different from what we might be used to. teehee.gif


Saturday, September 13, 2008

TIFF'08: The return of Shunji Iwai in "New York, I Love You"

by Bob Turnbull

"Comprised of 12 separate stories all taking place in New York City, the latest omnibus film from the producers of "Paris Je T'aime" called "New York, I Love You" was screened at TIFF as a Work In Progress. Since it is indeed not the finished version of the film (e.g. music may be changed, titles not complete, etc.), producers Marina Grasic and Emmanuel Benbihy asked that the press hold off on publishing any reviews.

Of interest to the readers of J-Film Pow-Wow is the name of one of the twelve individual story directors - Shunji Iwai ("All About Lily Chou-Chou"). His segment comes early in the film (the second one in sequence if I recall) and stars Orlando Bloom as a musical score writer who is struggling with getting his cues right for a film he is working on.

He receives help via the phone from a woman assistant to the director who gives him helpful tips like "read Dostoyevsky". Of course, considering the title of the parent film, the story becomes more about whether the woman will actually meet Bloom's character or not.

I won't ruin the rest of the segment, but it did turn out to be one of my favourite stories of the bunch. Of particular note is that the film playing in the background in Bloom's apartment which he is trying to score is one of the segments from Genius Party Beyond (the fourth one entitled "Tou Jin Kit") - previously reviewed here at the Pow-Wow when it played in the Worldwide Short Film Festival back in June."


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