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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Great World of Sound" Director Craig Zobel

    Director Craig Zobel's "Great World of Sound" revolves around Martin (Pat Healy), who answers an ad to train as a record producer, where he's excited by the prospect of signing undiscovered artists. The company, called Great World of Sound, partners shy, unassuming Martin with the gregarious Clarence (Kene Holliday) and sends them on the road, visiting southern towns where the company has placed newspaper ads, and turning motels into makeshift audition studios. Though an unlikely duo, they sign more acts than anyone else at the company. But when Martin takes a special interest in a young girl's "New National Anthem," putting up his own money ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Silk" Director Francois Girard

    French Canadian director Francois Girard's Toronto International Film Festival '07 feature "Silk" is based on Italian author Alessandro Baricco's novel of the same name. Married silkworm smuggler, Herve Joncour (Michael Pitt) travels to 19th century Japan to collect his clandestine cargo. While there he spots a beautiful Japanese woman, the concubine of a local baron, with whom he becomes obsessed. Without speaking the same language, they communicate through letters until war intervenes. Their unrequited love persists however, and Herve's wife Helene begins to suspect his affair. Girard has directed experimental shorts and music videos in add...

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    TORONTO '07 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Peter Carstairs: "Cinema is ultimately becoming more international.

    Throughout the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as a showcase for new and emerging filmmakers from contemporary international cinema.

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    TORONTO '07 | Two Docs, "Jihad For Love" and "Surfwise" Stir Up Traditions in Both East and West

    Defying tradition both openly and while hiding are at the root of two films screening here this week in Toronto. Parvez Sharma's "A Jihad for Love" takes a look at a segment of the planet's gays who are often left voiceless (along with those in other religious traditions). Exploring homosexual Muslims, the director said making the film was surprisingly abetted by the customs of Islam itself. And on the polar opposite spectrum, Doug Pray's "Surfwise" chronicles the rejection of the material world and the pursuit of great surf by one couple and their nine children who grew up living in a camper traveling from beach to beach in search of the per...

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    TORONTO '07 | Gael x 3; Gillespie x 2

    "I wanted to do it eventually and this came up," Gael Garcia Bernal told indieWIRE about his first foray into directing, "Deficit," which is having its North American debut here in Toronto. "You need to find a unified reason why the film needs to exist and find the frontier of what you want to tell." Bernal, also in Toronto as the star of Hector Babenco's "The Past" and as executive producer of Israel Cardenas and Laura Amelia Guzman's "Cochochi," sat down alongside "Deficit" screenwriter Kyzza Terrazas to discuss their experience. "Gael had this anecdote about this rich kid that had a party at his country house with some of his friends," sai...

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    TORONTO '07 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Mark Heller: "I hope people are entertained and I want to find the

    Throughout the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as a showcase for new and emerging filmmakers from contemporary international cinema.

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    TORONTO '07 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Paprika Steen: "I believe all desperate actions come from the lonel

    Throughout the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as a showcase for new and emerging filmmakers from contemporary international cinema.

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    TORONTO '07 | In Two New Films, Ball & McCarthy Examine America; Both Titles Acquired Today at TIFF

    Among the new American narrative films stirring talk at the Toronto International Film Festival on 9/11 are two high-profile, provocative independent titles -- backed by powerhouse producers -- that have secured U.S. distribution today here at the festival: Alan Ball's "Nothing is Private" and Tom McCarthy's "The Visitor." Ball's "Six Feet Under" fame stirred anticipation for his feature directing debut and McCarthy's success with 2003's "The Station Agent" created substantial interest in his new movie. Tonight (Tuesday) in Canada, Warner Independent Pictures closed a deal for Ball's "Private" (adding that they are in final negotiations to pa...

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    TORONTO '07 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Teona Strigar Mitevska: "We filmmakers must be braver and bolder in

    Throughout the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as a showcase for new and emerging filmmakers from contemporary international cinema.

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    TORONTO '07 | President Carter Talks Peace Ahead of "Plains" Premiere; Dong Brings "Hollywood" Expos

    Amidst the frivolity of parties, red carpets, dinners and flashing cameras, the Toronto International Film Festival displayed its serious side today (Monday), ahead of the sixth anniversary of 9/11, with a visit from the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalyn...

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