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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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    Toronto Adds New Docs; Introduces One Day "Doc Conference"

    The 34th Toronto International Film Festival had added five new documentaries to its growing program, with topics ranging from a Ruth Gruber bio, a multi-faceted look at modern China, a controversial exploration into the world of the Saharawi refugees, a probing study on autism and the story of Disney’s re-emergence as an animation powerhouse. The new titles come announced jointly with two doc-related initiatives set for the festival's 2009 edition, which runs September 10-19, 2009. The festival has set a newly formed Doc Conference, a full day of panels "devoted to the specific challenges and opportunities for documentary financing, distri...

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    Sarajevo Celebrates Zhang-ke, Barendrecht; Takes On Queer Controversies

    In marking its 15th anniversary with this year's edition, the Sarajevo Film Festival has long ago realized its first year promise to offer a cultural refuge to what was then a city still under a siege by Serbian forces that had been going on since 1992. Since that founding in 1995, the festival has ...

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    San Sebastian Sets New Directors Sidebar

    The San Sebastian International Film Festival has announced its New Directors programme, which includes seventeen films from first and second time directors. The films will compete for Kuxta-New Director Award, which comes with a $127,000 prize to be shared between the director and the film's Spanish distributor. The lineup includes British director Tom Harper's new film "The Scouting Book For Boys," Argentinian director Pablo Aguero's "First Snow," and Mexican director Rigoberto Perezcano's "Norteado" - which won every award in San Sebastian's Films In Progress section at last year. The sidebar was previously included films by Francois Ozon...

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    End of an Era for NYFF, The Dawn of a New One or More of the Same?

    Change is coming to the New York Film Festival. While the lineup for the 47th annual festival continues the institution's tradition of showcasing international auteurs, attendees will notice changes this year as new leadership takes the reins. The shifts start on opening night and include changes in...

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