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    TIFF '09: Hadewijch

    TIFF '09: Hadewijch

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    REVIEW | Hamburg with Cheese: Fatih Akin's "Soul Kitchen"

    German-Turkish director Fatih Akin's penchant for plot contrivance and convolution would seem to have found the perfect fit in the high-decibel comic confection "Soul Kitchen." Appropriately broad (as opposed to his last film, "The Edge of Heaven," which could have used more subtlety in place of its narrative glibness), Akin's new one, concerning a young man's desperate attempts to keep his roadside restaurant open and thriving amidst many setbacks, is overstuffed, more than a little too pleased with itself, yet often winning. As far as European comedies go, it's fairly by the numbers, assembling a motley crew of emphatically crazy characters...

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    Best Typo Ever?

    Best Typo Ever?

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    Buyer's Guide: 146 Films For Sale In Toronto

    The 34th Toronto International Film Festival kicks off today with the potential for a lot of deals to go down over its ten day duration. One hundred and forty-six premieres could result in acquisition for major territories, with over 3,000 industry professionals are expected to attend the Festival a...

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    REVIEW | Business or Pleasure: Mia Hansen-Love’s "The Father of My Children" Twists the Dark

    In "The Father of My Children" French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Love makes something oddly beautiful and complex from a basic comic template. A story of a workaholic dad who has an immensely difficult time juggling business and family, the film nevertheless takes its conventions in a unexpected direction. From the start, all the cliches are in place: a disheveled man (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) wearing a rumpled suit negotiates about seven different associates squawking into his cell phone while rushing down a Paris sidewalk, both on foot and behind the wheel of a car. His harried wife (Chiara Caselli) sits impatiently at home with the kids, who in...

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    REVIEW | Faith No More: Bruno Dumont’s “Hadewijch”

    Following in the grand tradition of austere European filmmakers, Bruno Dumont gives religious faith quite a workout in his new film, "Hadewijch." Not that this should come as a surprise to anyone who's followed Dumont's career. One of French cinema’s most illustrious provocateurs, Dumont has moved r...

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    Oscar Talk 2: Bright Star, An Education, The Road, Up in the Air

    In Contention's Kris Tapley and I talk 0scars again post-Telluride (Up in the Air, An Education, Bright Star and The Road) and pre-Toronto. And we disagree this time!

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    Czech Film "Shameless" Gets Picked Up Out of Toronto

    Jan Hrebejk's "Shameless" - having its International Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival - has been acquired for North American release by distributor Menemsha Films. Producers Rudolf Biermann and Tomas Hoffman of In Film Praha announced the deal for the film - alr...

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    "Lebanon" Wins Golden Lion In Venice

    Samuel Moaz's directorial debut "Lebanon" has been awarded the Golden Lion at the 66th Venice Film Festival. The film - which follows four young Israeli soldiers in 1982 - was deemed the best of the festival by a jury led by director Ang Lee. Other major winners included Shirin Neshat's "Women Wit...

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    Toronto Buzz

    There are three Torontos. The launch/press/interview side of the festival is in full swing (yes, George Clooney is here). Oscar prospects are being weighed. And buzz is building--or waning--on the hunt for acquisitions titles. Besides button-holing folks around town, Twitter is one way to gauge reac...

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