by Chris MaGee
How long have I been ending stories about Hirokazu Kore-eda's film "Air Doll" by saying, "Let's hope this comes to Toronto," or "Cross our fingers that this gets picked up for TIFF"? It seems like since the news of the film first came out. Well, now I don't have to keep dropping hints/ insinuations/ vain hopes. The Toronto International Film Festival has just announced the very first films in their 2009 line-up and sitting right at the top of the 24 film list is "Air Doll". Frankly I never actually doubted that TIFF wouldn't get Kore-eda's tale of an inflatable sex doll (Korean actress Bae Doo-na) who comes to life and falls in love with a video store clerk (Arata). The director has been a fixture at TIFF off and on for years, but now there's no more guessing.
To check out all of the films that have been officially announced for the 33rd Annual Toronto International Film Festival click here.