Final Comments on Toronto
Fri Sep 3 17:03:51 EDT 1999
Thanks for emailing the other Asian film titles. Yes, contextualisation
does help and it semms much stronger than when looking at the Japanese films
in isolation. I wasn't aware who was programming the Asian films at the
Toronto festival this year, but I know the person mentioned has a very good
reputation. And very much one of the good guys. Good to see that David
Overbey's SE Asian focus is continued with a very strong Philippines lineup.
Anyway, its early days and only fair to see how Toronto develops over the
next few years. Montreal and Fantasia are much stronger competitors now and
it'll be hard for Toronto to find a position for itself.
I have this awful dilemma. I do think that criticism of festivals is of
paramount importance: if one agrees that film criticism as a whole serves a
purpose then so does criticism of festivals. Especially given the power
they have. Taiwanese directors, for example, don't have a domestic audience
so they at least depend on festivals for introducing them to the world. But
at the same time perhaps its wholly unprofessional of me to criticise other
festivals. I'm always to-ing and fro-ing on that one. Well, I'll keep my
mouth shut for a while in penance...
The Asian Film Library
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