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August 16, 2011 1:59 AM
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Toronto Film Festival Adds Galas, Special Presentations, World Cinema & More

The 36th Toronto International Film Festival revealed more of its extensive lineup today, with eight more titles added to its Galas including Closing Night film, "Page Eight" by British filmmaker David Hare as well as 18 Special Presentations from directors including Nick Murphy, Gary McKendry, Joel Schumacher, Gianni Amelio, Agnieszka Holland, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Pankaj Kapur, Anne Fontaine, Mathieu Kassovitz and Geoffrey Fletcher.

For a complete list of all films announced for Toronto so far, including films in all these programs, click here.

Galas and Special Presentations also feature onscreen appearances by Jason Statham, Robert De Niro, Clive Owen, Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Gerard Butler, Ralph Fiennes, Imelda Staunton, Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Deneuve, Shahid Kapur, Isabelle Huppert, Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel and James Gandolfini, among others.

Today's announcement also named 18 titles screening in TIFF's Visions program, and 51 films unveiled in its Contemporary World Cinema section, with work hailing from Brazil, China, South Africa, France, Iran, Morocco, the Netherlands, Israel, Portugal, Russia, Canada and more. This snapshot of global trends in cinema also features the North American premieres of new films by such directors as Andrey Zvyagintsev, Gerardo Naranjo, Sono Sion, Asghar Farhadi, Karim Ainouz, Ole Christian Madsen and Cristián Jiménez.

Also joining TIFF's overall program are a slate of recent projects by well-known international artists for its city-wide Future Projections program of moving-image artworks. Artists include Peter Lynch, Nicholas and Sheila Pye, James Franco and Gus Van Sant, Mr. Brainwash, David Rokeby, Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky, Gregory Crewdson, Ben Rivers, Duane Hopkins, David Lamelas, and Eve Sussman | Rufus Corporation.

The selection of artwork is free and open to the public for the duration of the Festival, September 8 to 18, at TIFF Bell Lightbox and various locations around Toronto.

TIFF's Wavelengths program, meanwhile, spotlights international avant-garde film and video, with five programs featuring works from veteran figures from the art world including Mark Lewis, Ben Rivers and Tacita Dean, whose "Edwin Parker" will screen exclusively at the festival in honor of the late Cy Twombly.

The lineup features works by master filmmakers, including Rose Lowder, James Benning, Nathaniel Dorsky and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Canada’s own Joyce Wieland and what TIFF calls "a strong local showing of burgeoning talent offer a distinctly Toronto perspective," with works by Chris Kennedy, John Price, Blake Williams and Joshua Bonnetta, and a co-presentation with Toronto’s longstanding Wavelength music series.

"The works in this year's Wavelengths programme are as timely as ever and point to the present as a crucial time of transition. While the death knell for film has been sounding for ages, its obsolescence can no longer be ignored by film artists whose preferred media (16mm, Kodachrome) are disappearing and no longer available to them," commented TIFF Curator Andrea Picard in a statement. "As such, there's a distinctly elegiac tone to this year's programme, but the laments are matched by a sense of celebration, renewal and regeneration. The lineup includes documentaries, thrilling abstractions, lyrical travelogues and a collaborative projector and sound performance, all of which emphasize film and video's vast, expressive artistic potential."

The Wavelengths lineup runs from September 9 through 11.

For a complete list of all films announced for Toronto so far, including films in all these programs, click here.

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