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    cinemadaily | The Ins and Outs of Toronto 2009

    Tonight, the Toronto International Film Festival opens. If you're going to Toronto, we want you to know what to expect; if you're not, we want you to feel like you're there. For those attending, indieWIRE's resident Canadian Peter Knegt, has a festival goer's travel guide, featuring food, drink, a...

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    TIFF '09 | Martin P. Zandvliet: "Why can’t work be your passionate lover?"

    In Martin P. Zandvliet's "Applause," Paprika Steen delivers a tour-de-force performance in this devastating drama about an alcoholic actress trying to put her life back together.

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    TIFF '09 | Ounie Lecomte: "Was working as fashion editor while writing the script"

    "A Brand New Life" is an impressive debut by French-Korean filmmaker Ounie Lecomte who, inspired by her childhood, recounts the emotional journey of a little girl abandoned by her father in an orphanage. We gave Lecomte and others a free-form style interview to gather their thoughts on their indivi...

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    TIFF '09 | Adrián Biniez: "Toronto is like going to the war with a fork"

    In Adrián Biniez's "Gigante," security guard Jara falls in love as he supervises staff through the closed-circuit cameras at a supermarket. First voyeur, then guardian angel, he protects and pursues the cleaning woman who has unknowingly captured his heart. The film screens as part of Toronto’s Disc...

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    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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    TIFF '09 Sneak Peak | Toronto Opener "No Biopic"; See Exclusive "Creation" Clip

    [Editor's Note: This interview and clip ran last week in indieWIRE as a sneak of the Toronto International Film Festival's opening night. "Creation" debuts at the event tonight in Canada.]

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    TIFF ‘09 | Radu Jude: "This film started in a way five years ago..."

    In Radu Jude's "The Happiest Girl in the World," "Delia Fratila (Andreea Bosneag) is not happy. Forced to repeat the same gleeful scene in a cheesy commercial for the best part of a smouldering summer day, she grows ever glummer as the temperature rises. Her parents have already found a buyer for the trophy car and are waiting in the wings to cash in. Breaks between takes lead to increasing friction as they try to pressure Delia into authorizing the deal. Never before has parental guidance sounded so much like a sales pitch. As Delia tries to hold on to her prize, even the camera starts crowding out the 'lucky' winner. Combining rich irony wi...

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    TIFF ‘09 | Rachel Ward: "Always looking, always hopeful and totally thrilled"

    "Based on a 1982 novel by Newton Thornburg," Rachel Ward's "Beautiful Kate" "begins with forty-year-old Ned Kendall (Ben Mendelsohn). At the behest of his dutiful sister Sally (Rachel Griffiths), Ned reluctantly returns to the isolated family homestead after a twenty-year absence because his cantankerous and bullying father, Bruce (Bryan Brown), is dying. Ned has dragged his twenty-one-year-old fiancée, Toni (Maeve Dermody), along to act as a lipstick-coated suit of armour and agent provocateur against his father. Incendiary memories of the past are what Ned must guard against, however, and in this he fails. Conflicting and painful recollecti...

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    TIFF ‘09 | Oscar Ruiz Navia: "We wanted to gallop in the gap between dream and reality"

    In "Crab Trap," "Cerebro (or 'Brain,' played by Arnobio Salazar Rivas), the leader of the Afro-Colombian community that inhabits the isolated village of La Barra on Colombia's Pacific coast, is trying to adjust to the advent of modernity represented by El Paisa (the White Man), a landowner who wants...

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    Legends of the Fall? 33 Films To Be Excited For

    If you're not among those lucky enough to be participating in the current onslaught of film festivals - or if you are, and are concerned about the impossibility of seeing everything - never fear, the fall movie season will soon be in full swing. Essentially kicking off while Toronto winds down (Jane Campion's "Bright Star" opens next Wednesday during TIFF, with Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant!" following two days later), the final months of 2009's specialty release schedule should easily fulfill a wide variety of cinephiles. There's works from auteurs both international ("The White Ribbon," "Antichrist," "Broken Embraces") and domestic (...

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