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    TORONTO '08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Discovery Section Films Aim To Break Through

    For certain movies, placement in the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival almost seems like a plea. The festival catalogue calls the program "your introduction to gifted and innovative directors who are certain to become household names," but that's assuming those directors a...

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    TORONTO '08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | "Gigantic" Breaks Out; "Pedro" Does Justice To Activist; Auds Dig "Ev

    Nobody in the Toronto International Film Festival audience at the Monday evening premiere of "Gigantic," a lovely, funny, unabashedly odd romance from first-time feature filmmaker Matt Aselton, mentioned the name Wes Anderson in the post-screening question-and-answer sessions. But they would have b...

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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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