The 36th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada between September 8 and September 18, 2011. Buenos Aires, Argentina was selected to be showcased for the 2011 City to City programme. The opening film was From the Sky Down, a documentary film about the band U2, directed by Davis Guggenheim. Considerable media attention at the time focused on Madonna's behaviour during the festival.
|2011 Toronto International Film Festival|
|Opening film||From the Sky Down|
|Closing film||Page Eight|
|Location||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Hosted by||Toronto International Film Festival Group|
|No. of films||Over 200 feature films|
|Festival date||September 8, 2011–September 18, 2011|
|People's Choice Award (Drama)||Where Do We Go Now?||Nadine Labaki|
|People's Choice Award (Drama), First Runner Up||Starbuck||Ken Scott|
|People's Choice Award (Drama), Second Runner Up||A Separation||Asghar Farhadi|
|People's Choice Award (Documentary)||The Island President||Jon Shenk|
|People's Choice Award (Documentary), First Runner Up||First Position||Bess Kargman|
|People's Choice Award (Documentary), Second Runner Up||Pearl Jam 20||Cameron Crowe|
|People's Choice Award (Midnight Madness)||The Raid||Gareth Evans|
|People's Choice Award (Midnight Madness), First Runner Up||You're Next||Adam Wingard|
|People's Choice Award (Midnight Madness), Second Runner Up||God Bless America||Bobcat Goldthwait|
|Best Canadian Feature Film||Monsieur Lazhar||Philippe Falardeau|
|Best Canadian First Feature Film||Citizen Gangster||Nathan Morlando|
|Best Canadian Short Film||Doubles with Slight Pepper||Ian Harnarine|
|FIPRESCI Special Presentations||The First Man||Gianni Amelio|
|FIPRESCI Discovery||Avalon||Axel Petersén|
A Dangerous Method is a 2011 German-Canadian historical film directed by David Cronenberg and starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, and Vincent Cassel. The screenplay was adapted by writer Christopher Hampton from his 2002 stage play The Talking Cure, which was based on the 1993 non-fiction book by John Kerr, A Most Dangerous Method: The story of Jung, Freud, and Sabina Spielrein.
The film marks the third consecutive collaboration between Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen (after A History of Violence and Eastern Promises). This is also the third Cronenberg film made with British film producer Jeremy Thomas, after completing together the William Burroughs adaptation Naked Lunch and the J. G. Ballard adaptation Crash. A Dangerous Method was a German/Canadian co-production. The film premiered at the 68th Venice Film Festival and was also featured at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.Set on the eve of World War I, A Dangerous Method describes the turbulent relationships between Carl Jung, founder of analytical psychology; Sigmund Freud, founder of the discipline of psychoanalysis; and Sabina Spielrein, initially a patient of Jung and later a physician and one of the first female psychoanalysts.Among the film's many honors, Mortensen was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for his portrayal of Freud.A Letter to Momo
A Letter to Momo (Japanese: ももへの手紙, Hepburn: Momo e no Tegami) is a 2011 Japanese anime drama film produced by Production I.G and distributed by Kadokawa Pictures. The film was written and directed by Hiroyuki Okiura and stars an ensemble cast featuring Karen Miyama, Yuka, Toshiyuki Nishida, Chō and Kōichi Yamadera. In A Letter to Momo, 11-year-old Momo Miyaura moves with her mother to a small island town after her father dies. When she arrives, she encounters three goblins that others cannot see who help her to cope with the loss of her father and the changes in her life.
A Letter to Momo premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada on September 10, 2011 and was released on April 21, 2012 in Japan.Always Brando
Always Brando is a 2011 film directed by Tunisian director Ridha Behi. Originally titled Brando and Brando, it was set to star Marlon Brando and Christian Erickson until Brando's death. The film premiered at 2011 Toronto International Film Festival then Abu Dhabi Film Festival where producers Ziad Hamzeh and Ridha Behi received the Black Pearl award for best producers.Azhagarsamiyin Kuthirai
Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai (English: Azhagarsami's Horse) is a 2011 Tamil-language mystery dramedy film directed by Suseenthiran, based on the short story of the same name penned by writer Bhaskar Sakthi. The short story refer to suseenthiran by co-director leninbharati. it stars Appukutty and Saranya Mohan in lead and features music by Maestro Ilaiyaraaja. The film was initially reported to be jointly produced by Gautham Menon's Photon Kathaas and Escape Artists Motion Pictures. but was then produced by the latter only, while Cloud Nine Movies would distribute film. The film released on 12 May 2011 to very positive reviews.The film was screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, becoming the second Tamil film to be screened there after Kannathil Muthamittal (2002). In 2012, the film was honored with two National Film Awards for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and Best Supporting Actor for Appukutty.Citizen Gangster
Citizen Gangster is a 2011 Canadian drama film directed and written by Nathan Morlando. Scott Speedman stars as Canadian gangster and alleged murderer Edwin Alonzo Boyd.
The film originally premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival under the title Edwin Boyd, but was retitled Citizen Gangster in general release.Countdown (2011 film)
Countdown (Hangul: 카운트다운; RR: Kawoonteudawoon) is a 2011 South Korean caper film that takes the audience on an entertaining journey through the underbelly of South Korea. Starring Jeon Do-yeon and Jung Jae-young, this debut feature by Huh Jong-ho premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.Into the Abyss (film)
Into the Abyss, subtitled A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life, is a documentary film written and directed by Werner Herzog about two men convicted of a triple homicide that occurred in Conroe, Texas. Michael Perry received a death sentence for the crime.
The film was first shown on September 3, 2011, at the Telluride Film Festival, and had its official world premiere on September 8, 2011, at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. After strong festival showings and a surge of interest in the issue of capital punishment in the United States, Herzog requested that the film be rushed into general theatrical release, which occurred on November 11, 2011.Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Jeff, Who Lives at Home is a 2011 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass, starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms, and co-starring Judy Greer and Susan Sarandon. The film premiered on September 14, 2011 at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and then saw a limited release in the United States and Canada on March 16, 2012, after having been pushed back from the original date of March 2.Man on Ground
Man on Ground is a 2011 Nigerian South African drama film directed by Akin Omotoso. It was screened and premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. The film tells a story about how Xenophobia in South Africa affect the lives of two Nigerian brothers.Moneyball (film)
Moneyball is a 2011 American sports film directed by Bennett Miller and written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. The film is based on Michael Lewis's 2003 nonfiction book of the same name, an account of the Oakland Athletics baseball team's 2002 season and their general manager Billy Beane's attempts to assemble a competitive team.
In the film, Beane (Brad Pitt) and assistant GM Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), faced with the franchise's limited budget for players, build a team of undervalued talent by taking a sophisticated sabermetric approach to scouting and analyzing players. Columbia Pictures bought the rights to Lewis's book in 2004.Moneyball premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was released on September 23, 2011 to box office success and critical acclaim. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for Pitt and Best Supporting Actor for Hill.Nathan Morlando
Nathan Morlando is a Canadian screenwriter and film director. He is best known for his feature film debut Citizen Gangster, which won the Toronto International Film Festival Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.A graduate of the University of Toronto, Morlando debuted at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival with his short film Countdown. He had already written the script for Citizen Gangster, which was slated to be directed by Denis Villeneuve in 2000. The film was not made at that time, however, and Morlando became its director by the time it finally moved forward in the 2010s.He directed an episode of the television series Copper in 2013.
His second feature film, Mean Dreams, was released in 2016.Pearl Jam Twenty
Pearl Jam Twenty (also known as PJ20) is a 2011 American documentary directed by Cameron Crowe about the band Pearl Jam. Preliminary footage was being shot as of June 2010. Crowe completed filming in April 2011, after using 12,000 hours of footage of the band for the documentary. The film premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and also had an accompanying book and soundtrack.The documentary charts the history of the band, from the demise of Mother Love Bone, their battle against Ticketmaster and the tragedy of the Roskilde Festival in 2000.The film was presented theatrically at select cinemas in the US during the month of September 2011, and premiered on October 21, 2011 on PBS' American Masters. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 24, 2011. A book, written by Jonathan Cohen, was published concurrent to the film's release.The Day (2011 film)
The Day is a 2011 Canadian post-apocalyptic film directed by Douglas Aarniokoski. The film stars Ashley Bell, Shannyn Sossamon, Dominic Monaghan, Shawn Ashmore and Cory Hardrict. The film premiered on September 16, 2011 at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released in 12 theaters in the United States on August 29, 2012. It screened theatrically for 16 days and grossed $20,984.The Island President
The Island President is a 2011 documentary film about the efforts of then-President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed to tackle rising sea levels resulting from climate change. Produced by Actual Films, an Oscar- and Emmy-winning American documentary film company based in San Francisco, and directed by Jon Shenk, the film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival.
The film was funded by groups including the Ford Foundation, the American Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies and the Sundance Institute.At the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, The Island President won the Cadillac People's Choice Documentary Award.US rights to The Island President were acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films. The film opened in New York City on March 28, 2012, followed by releases in other US cities, like Los Angeles and San Francisco.After Nasheed stepped down as President in February 2012, Shenk said that he hoped his film could help convince the world that Nasheed was deposed in a coup that was orchestrated by loyalists to the former dictator, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. “That might be the single most important thing that the movie can do. It’s now clear that this new government is not democratic, that the people who run the ministries are the same people who were there under the dictator.”Volcano (2011 film)
Volcano (Icelandic: Eldfjall) is a 2011 Icelandic drama film directed by Rúnar Rúnarsson. The film was selected as the Icelandic entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist. At the 2012 Edda Awards, the film was nominated in 14 categories, winning in 5.The film screened within many international film festivals, including the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2012 Maryland Film Festival.You're Next
You're Next is a 2011 American black comedy slasher film directed by Adam Wingard, written by Simon Barrett and starring Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, A. J. Bowen and Joe Swanberg. The plot concerns a family under attack by a group of masked assailants during their wedding anniversary getaway.
The film had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness program and was theatrically released on August 23, 2013, in the United States. The film grossed over $26 million at the box office, and has since gained a cult following.