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Toronto Film Festival Dailies

TIFF 2022: September 8–18

The 476th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 8–18, 2021. in Canada's most vibrant and exciting metropolis, it has become one of the most important film events on the festival calendar.

Showcasing more than 300 films and hosting industryites from around the world, Toronto can "make or break" films looking for international distribution and a chance at Oscar gold. From glitzy red carpet premieres to challenging art films to cutting edge new media, the Festival offers something for every taste.

Past Coverage 2014 2015 - Coverage 2016 in French   English


North American Premiere of TITO AND THE BIRDS (Tito e os Pássaros ) @ TIFF


TITO AND THE BIRDS (Tito e os Pássaros )

A Film by Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar, and André Catoto

Written by Eduardo Benaim and Gustavo Steinberg

North American Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2018


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A marvelous dystopian adventure of a boy and his friends battling a culture of fear that is infecting their world, new animated feature Tito and the Birds is a stunning work of filmmaking with a socially relevant story.  Mixing expressionist influences with a vibrant palette and a variety of animation techniques (created using oil paintings, digital drawings, and graphic animation), this gorgeously animated feature tells an uplifting and insightful adventure about a boy fighting to find out what is right and to learn how to overcome his own fear.

Directed by Gustavo Steinberg (End of the Line), Gabriel Bitar (Cidade Cinza), and André Catoto (Say I Am Only Seventeen), and written by Eduardo Benaim and Gustavo Steinberg, Tito and the Birds premiered in competition earlier this year at the 2018 Annecy International Animated Film Festival to great audience enthusiasm and won the Best Feature at Anima Mundi 2018.  The film will have its North American premiere at Toronto International Film Festival this September ahead of its theatrical launch later this year.

Movie synopsis

Tito and the Birds is a film about a little boy and his journey to save the world.

Tito, a shy 10-year-old boy, lives in a world on the brink of pandemic. Fear is crippling people, making them sick and transforming them. Tito realizes, based on his father’s past research, that there may be a way to utilize the local pigeon population and their songs to create a cure for the disease. His father was forced to leave when Tito was only six and the struggle to find a cure becomes linked with the search to find his father again, along with his own identity.

Part action part drama, Tito’s journey is at once an uplifting and insightful adventure about a boy fighting to find out what is right and to learn how to overcome his own fear.

Directed by: Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar, and André Catoto

Written by: Eduardo Benaim and Gustavo Steinberg

Producers: Gustavo Steinberg, Daniel Greco, Felipe Sabino, and Brenda Wooding

Production companies: Bits Productions, Split Studio

Editor: Vânia Debs, Thiago Ozelami

Original Score: Gustavo Kurlat and Ruben Feffer

Sound: Ultrassom Music Ideas

Principal Voice Cast (Portugese):

Matheus Nachtergaele, Denise Fraga, Mateus Solano, Otávio Augusto, Pedro Henrique

Brazil, 2018

Portuguese with English subtitles

Gustavo Steinberg was born in São Paulo in 1973. He has produced six feature films, directed two and written the screenplay for four movies since 1995. His previous films have won awards such as Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, Digital Award at the 60th Venice Film Festival, Official selection in the 37th New York Film Festival, Young Jury Award at the 53rd Locarno Film Festival, Best Documentary in the Latin American Los Angeles Film Festival, among others.

Before co-directing Tito and the Birds, Gabriel Bittar has worked on title sequences and animations for several TV shows and feature films in Brazil such as Tropicália, Cidade Cinza, and Tim Maia. His unique identity is defined by his wide range of skills using mixed media on all of his projects. His personal work involves painting, etching, photography, and he is also part of Várzea Ilustrada, a multimedia collective responsible for interactive multimedia projection and live animations. Four times winner at the short film festival Festival do Minuto in Brazil. He has also produced, animated and directed the short film, The City, and Desire No5. Gabriel is a partner at Veranito, an animation studio based in São Paulo, where Tito and The Birds was composed.






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