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    TIFF '09 | Granaz Moussavi : "Something Different and Fresh from Iran"

    Filmed at great risk to all involved, Granaz Moussavi's "My Tehran for Sale" reveals the complex double lives led by many modern Iranian youth who must struggle for cultural freedom. The film screens as part of Toronto’s Discovery section. indieWIRE contacted the film’s director to discuss her care...

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    TIFF '09 | Dima El-Horr: "Dream in Arabic, speak English and write and read in French"

    Coming from Lebanon, Dima El-Horr's "Every Day is a Holiday" is a striking debut about three women on the road to visit their imprisoned men. Mixing real politics and stark absurdity, El-Horr announces herself as a major new voice in Middle Eastern cinema. The film screens as part of Toronto’s Disc...

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    TIFF '09 | Kate Ogborn: "I hope that the film touches people"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a series of interviews indieWIRE will be running with the filmmakers screening in the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival's Discovery program.

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    Denouncing Tel Aviv Focus, Filmmaker Pulls Out of Toronto Fest

    Ten days before it's set to kick off, the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival has found itself in the midst of some controversy. Canadian filmmaker John Greyson ("Lilies," "Fig Trees") has withdrawn his short film "Covered" - a doc about the 2008 Sarajevo Queer Festival, which was cancelled due...

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    TIFF '09 | Ahmad Abdalla: "I wrote this film after a very hard phase of my life"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a series of interviews indieWIRE will be running with the filmmakers screening in the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival's Discovery program.

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    TIFF List: Toronto's Complete 2009 Lineup

    The 34th Toronto International Film Festival - running September 10-19, 2009 - has completed its program, with 273 features and 64 shorts from 64 countries to screen over the ten-day event. That total marks 22 more feature films than last year, and 72% of the feature films are world, international, ...

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    Michael Moore, Concerts, Free Screenings & A New Prize Highlight TIFF Docs for '09

    Within this year's doc line up at the Toronto International Film Festival is a familiar elephant in the proverbial room, with Michael Moore's latest, "Capitalism: A Love Story," set for its North American premiere - at North America's preeminent film festival - sure to capture headlines, accolades, ...

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    Talking TIFF: Fest Co-Director Cameron Bailey On Toronto '09

    "I'm getting slightly more sleep this year, that's the major difference," Toronto International Film Festival co-director Cameron Bailey told indieWIRE regarding his sophomore year on the job. "But only a little bit. It's still a really demanding job. The only difference is I know what's coming this...

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    Sarajevo Standouts: Ordinary and Not So Ordinary People

    The Sarajevo Film Festival closed out its 15th anniversary edition last night honoring films recognizing both everyday and out-there subjects, with Serbian films doing especially well. Offering a realist view of both the drudgery and soul-killing aspects of war, Vladimir Perisic's carefully composed Serbian drama, "Ordinary People," charting the course of one day in the life of a young Serbian soldier, won the festival's "Heart of Sarajevo" awards for Best Film and for Best Actor for understated yet powerful lead Relja Popovic. In pointed contrast to that film's starkness, Yorgos Lanthimos' absurdist look at the lives of a family raised in de...

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    TIFF Talks: Rock, Caine, Levinson and Egoyan Lead Fest's Announced Events

    Chris Rock, Michael Caine, Neil Jordan, Frederick Wiseman, Barry Levinson, Joe Dante, Peter Berg, and Atom Egoyan are among those set for the 34th Toronto International Film Festival's extensive discussions, panels and master classes. Announced today, those names are divided up into both the Maveri...

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