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    TORONTO '08 DISPATCH | Sunday Night at TIFF: An indieWIRE Diary

    Sunday was a busy night in Toronto. Well over a dozen items were on indieWIRE's list of possible events to cover and we were unsure how to negotiate it. At the last minute, we decided that it might be "fun" to have me attempt to attend every single one. While that certainly didn't end up being th...

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    TORONTO '08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Death Defying Acts: Strong Returns for Aronofsky, Bahrani, and Ustaog

    On Sunday night, hours after winning the top prize at Venice, Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" premiered for North American audiences here in Toronto, riding a wave of positive buzz and critical approbation. But standing in front of a revved up crowd at the majestic, cavernous Elgin Theater, direct...

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    TORONTO '08 DISPATCH | "Lovely, Still", "Heaven on Earth," "Religulous," and "The Hunger" Cap A Busy

    Sunday capped a typically busy first weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival. While audiences and industry anticipated the North American premiere of Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," other films in the spotlight included Nik Fackler's "Lovely, Still", Deepa Mehta's "Heaven on Earth," La...

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    DISPATCH FROM VENICE '08 | "The Wrestler," "Un Lac," and "Stella" Stand Out During a Troubled Fest a

    As if to prove that good things do, indeed, come to those who wait, Venice on its penultimate day delivered three of its strongest films. It was a pity, then, that almost no one was left to see them, having by then left the Lido with their minds already made up about this year's festival.

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    TORONTO '08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Veteran Filmmakers Stand Out With "Last Stop" While Newcomers Delive

    British director Nigel Cole, best known for the popular art-house comedies "Saving Grace" and "Calendar Girls," introduced his latest film, the father/son road drama "$5 A Day," by explaining to the Toronto International Film Festival audiences at its Saturday night premiere its qualifications as a ...

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    TORONTO '08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Intimate Moments with Denis, Kore-eda and Kim; and Linklater Channels

    Not only can few Toronto attendees pronounce the name of this year's opening night film "Passchendaele," a Canadian WWI epic, but few among us have actually seen it. So much for a rousing start. Rather than major big-budget works (although the Coen brothers' "Burn After Reading," by most accounts, i...

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    TORONTO '08 DISPATCH | Canadians Kick Off Fest; Venice - Telluride Stoke Pre-TIFF Buzz; and Discover

    The local news here wondered during their early evening broadcasts if it would rain on the party Thursday night, but in the end, the Toronto International Film Festival's opening night went off with only a minimum amount of precipitation. The 33rd edition of the festival, which many consider the wor...

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    FIRST PERSON | "7 Days in September" Director Steven Rosenbaum on "The 9/11 Generation"

    EDITORS NOTE: Filmmaker Steven Rosenbaum's "7 Days in September," the critically acclaimed documentary about the days after September 11th, is one of five films about 9/11 that are being screened via SnagFilms' first annual "September 11th Remembrance in Film" program, which also includes National G...

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    TORONTO '08 | Eating, Drinking, and Shopping in Toronto: An indieWIRE Insiders Guide

    Tens of thousands of people are about to converge upon Canada's largest city for one of the world's largest film events, socializing and networking all over town. indieWIRE surveyed a group of Toronto locals and insiders about their favorites places to eat, drink, shop and chill, including some of o...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Ping Pong Playa" Director Jessica Yu

    Almost exactly a year ago, Jessica Yu's Ping Pong Playa premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her first foray into feature fiction filmmaking after documentaries such as Academy Award winning short, "Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien" and last year's "Protagonist,...

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