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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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    Banality In Venice: Clooney Worship, Tired Auteurs and Herzog's "Unlucky Dip"

    "What can I, but enumerate old themes?" -- W.B. Yeats

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    Pusan Supersizes with 355 Films; "Good Morning President" to Open

    Korea's giant 14th Pusan International Film Festival is set for its October event with a whopping 355 films hitting the screens on the island resort just off the southern city of Busan. The line up includes 143 world and international premieres of which 72 features will screen as world debuts.

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    "Korkoro" Leads Montreal World Fest Winners

    Algerian-French director Tony Gatlif's "Korkoro" (Freedom) won the top prize at the 33rd Montreal World Film Festival, which wrapped last night in Quebec. The film - about a gypsy family fighting for freedom under the Nazi rule in France - won the Grand Prix of the Americas, as well as the festival...

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    Telluride Wrap: Oscar Buzz for An Education, Up in the Air, The Road

    It was a solid if not stellar year at Telluride. Co-directors Tom Luddy and Gary Meyer persevered through the crazy economy by cutting back their budget (due to sponsor fall-offs) without sacrificing their high programming standards. "We made a commitment to figure out how to do more with ...

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